In Columbus, we’ve got a soccer supporters club on Hudson Street (with its own private establishment as well) that supports the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer. Elevator Brewery has a long list of brews, but they renamed their Xtra Lager to Hudson Street Hooligans Lager and began serving it exclusively as a contract-brewed beer for Hooligans and at Crew Stadium. This beer has since been retired, but that doesn’t mean I can’t wax somewhat poetic about it. It was an easy drinking Helles Lager with more flavor than your standard macro lagers. Unfortunately, I don’t think there was much else to recommend besides it being a superior option to macros.
Archived review (Dec 27, 2008): Poured as an amber-mahogany color with a nice tan head that dissipates far too quickly for my taste. But it’s very nice looking.
Smell was rather average – smelled like “beer” with a touch of orange… rather faint overtones of honey and ginger. But you have to struggle to discern them.
Taste was of ginger, honey, and orange. But again, have to struggle to discern them. Nice combo of flavors that were harmonious together though.
Mouthfeel was rather thin and the head didn’t help very much. Carbonation didn’t add pop either. Rather flat at times, but was quite smooth.
Drinkability is very high. Was able to polish off the growler within a couple of hours. Would definitely buy this again and polish another growler off again. Very easy to drink – I think the ABV is actually in the 5-6% range. Reasonably priced as well, definitely a must-drink if you have access to it.