New Beer: Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale

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Spoetzl Brewery of Shiner, Texas, has never offered a pale ale before, but recently released the first in their 103-year history. In fact, Wild Hare is the very first brew they've released that's made with ale yeast and the ale process.

The copper-colored beer is made with Munich and caramel malts and US Golding and Bravo hops. It's a grainy beer full of slightly sweet malt flavors—this isn't a super-crisp, biting brew. It's pretty mouthfilling, with hints of graham crackers. The hops lean toward earthy, slightly floral and orangey flavors, which should make it a good complement to food—there's nothing overpowering here. We'd pair this malt-forward brew with chili and cornbread, barbecue, or Indian curries.

Have you tasted Shiner's new Wild hare Pale Ale? Are you a fan?

Sample provided for review consideration.

About the Author: Maggie Hoffman is the editor of Serious Eats: Drinks. You can follow her on Twitter @maggiejane.