This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Beer Bazaar's Fat Cat Pale Ale (aka Chatul Shamen).
Prior to our trip to Israel in January, many friends had told me that I needed to make a visit to the Beer Bazaar in the Shuk Machane Yehuda. After arriving in Israel, our surrogate daughter Nomi reinforced this by telling us about her visit to Beer Bazaar and the amazing selection they have. Well, Mrs KB and I made two trips to Machane Yehuda but each time the Beer Bazaar was not yet open. But on our last night in Israel I made a stop in and they were open!
The Beer Bazaar had numerous shelves of Israeli Craft Brew sorted by styles. I made a beeline for the IPA's but was also drawn by the cute logo on this bottle. They let you mix a six for 79 shekel (about $21). Its a little on the expensive side, but hey, what else do you do on vacation but splurge a little.
So what does the Chatul Shamen taste like? Its hard to really pin it down as the beer is no IPA and even a bit light for an American Pale Ale. There is a little bit of pine, but almost no citrus to speak of. The beer has a relatively low alcohol content (5.2% abv) and that also may be a contributing factor. I had the beer with Mrs KB's homemade chili and unfortunately the beer did not stand up to the rich flavors of the chili. When I had some by itself, there was a semblance of hops, but really you can't judge (or purchase a beer) based on a label.
The Fat Cat Pale Ale is certified kosher by the Rav Ha'ir of Kiryat Gat and there is a certification mark on the label. To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about this brew (yes its on BA), please follow this link beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/34175/177719/.
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