Ah, the knuckleball; feared big Big League hitters for its unpredictable, erratic flight. It’s difficult to control and difficult to hit — I would call this aptly named brew a big swing and a miss.
Stone Creek calls this a “light amber, light bodied lager with light to medium hop character.” That statement is correct. It is, in fact, light amber in color, light bodied, and has a medium hoppiness. I should point out, though, that Stone Creek failed to include “offensive” and “gross” in their description, and the bock classification might be a bit inaccurate. This is much more of a “light bodied lager” than a bock, but still unsatisfactory whatever cap it’s wearing. There IS an encouraging fruity undertone for the nose and palate, but that soft flicker of pleasantness is completely overpowered by the tawdry neon glare of cabbage and skunk.
To be fair, this is a Stone Coast seasonal brew which is available during baseball season, March 1 to October 31. Now November 13 isn’t too far past the 10/31 deadline, but it’s far enough into football season that a baseball beer probably isn’t the best choice. Perhaps I’ll give a fresh version of this brew a try in March when the Grapefruit League starts back up, but until then I’m going to give the other five bottles of this six-pack to any visitors I have that I don’t really like.