Monday, February 3, 2020

Stacked Deck Snake Pilssen Review

Name: Stacked Deck Snake Pilssen
Style: Pilsner
ABV: 5.1%
IBUs: 24

Time to look at an offering from a reasonably new Minnesota brewery called Stacked Deck Brewing, based out of St. Paul, Minnesota. Like some of the beers I’ve reviewed in the past, this is one of those instances where I saw the can & name and just had to try this out.

I give to you Snake Pilssen, which is, as you might’ve guessed, a pilsner. It is interestingly enough, made with corn flakes. The name comes from the 1981 film Escape from New York, which stars Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, a former solider-turned-criminal who is tasked with rescuing the President of the United States from New York City; Which, in turn, has been turned into a maximum security prison in a dystopian future set in 1997. It’s definitely a product of its time & is not as well known as John Carpenter’s other works like Halloween or The Thing. However it’s got a certain type of charm to it with elements of action & film noir all rolled into one.

In any case, the beer label artwork is pretty much a love letter to the original film, from the depiction of Snake holding a glass of beer to the retro-80’s future design of the can. For comparison’s sake, here’s the full label…

Big thanks to Stacked Deck for providing me the full artwork!

And here’s the DVD cover

And look at this, even the bottom of the can somehow manages to be awesome!

Appearance – Hazy yellow color with some mild visible carbonation. The head has a light amount of retention and the lacing is on the spottier side.

Aroma – Right away, I’m getting some pale and pilsner malts upfront, with some mild floral hops following. I am also getting some light grain/corn notes in here, which I’m assuming is those corn flakes.

Taste – Much like the nose, that pale & pilsner malts are front-and-center on the palate, with that light floral hoppiness & corn flake/grain flavor showing up towards the middle. On the back end of the palate, I’m getting some light hop bitterness and pilsner maltiness, which fades away after a couple of moments.

I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical about the usage of Corn Flakes in this beer but I gotta say that this a nice & crisp pilsner that one can enjoy either in a glass or in a can! To top it all off, the asking price for this beer was extremely reasonable. If you’re looking for an excellent, crushable pilsner, then you owe it to yourself to try this out!

Stacked Deck Snake Pilssen – 9/10

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