King Cool Light (Beer Review!)

I usually reserve this space for music-related discussions.  However, it’s not often one of our friends has such an interesting venture.  Donnie Iris (who we talked with back in Dec 2010) has created his own BEER – King Cool Light (www.kingcool.com).  It’s brewed by Lion’s Head out of Wilkes-Barre, PA, and is currently available all around Western Pennsylvania, close to Iris’ hometown of Pittsburgh, and most-recently, Youngstown, Ohio (which is how I got my hands on a six pack*).  I do not claim to be an expert in this area, but I know what I like.

The first thing I noticed was, even at the first sip from the bottle, how clean a finish it had, with no aftertaste.  Their slogan is “The Light Beer That Rocks,” which is fitting because it definitely has a more full-body flavor and not watered-down at all, like it’s store-bought counterparts.

The real treat came when I poured it into a glass.  I couldn’t believe all the flavors that it unlocked.  It has a darker color that would suggest that it’s a heavy beer, but it’s not.  As an added bonus, the packaging is great, from the pictures of Iris and band in concert, to the bottle cap, which features Iris’ signature horn-rimmed glasses.

I asked a friend of mine, Ron Campbell, who is a beer expert, to try a bottle, and here’s what he had to say:

“I’m drinking your King Cool Beer right now. It’s not bad — better than I expected. It has a beautiful light caramel color. That was a surprise when I poured it into my ROCK-N-ROLL Hall of Fame beer glass. It’s crisp with a light malty taste. Lightly hopped,  no bitter aftertaste. Does that sound like a beer commercial? I would buy it if it comes to town. I would say it tastes like a lighter version of Sam Adams Light.”
 
Even the picky folks at the Beer Advocate (www.beeradvocate.com) gave King Cool Light a B-.  Now, if that sounds like a low grade, consider what they said about other beers in it’s class: Bud Light (D-), Miller Light (D+) and Coors Light (D).  Even Sam Adams Light got a comparable B-.
Here’s hoping that Donnie Iris’ new venture makes it out nationally.  Everyone should have a chance to taste this rockin’ brew. –Tony Peters
*thanks to Marjana Zupcsan
I’m drinking your King Cool Beer right now. It’s not bad better than I expected. It has a beautiful  light Carmel color. That was a surprise when I poured it into my ROCK-N-ROLL Hall of Fame beer glass. It’s crisp with a light malty taste lightly hoped no bitter after taste. Does that sound like a beer commercial? I would buy it if it comes to town. I would say it taste like a lighter version of Sam Adams Light.