The Pink Boots Society is a non-profit organization that helps further the careers of women in the beer industry through education, providing scholarships to help women advance their careers in beer. These scholarships make a difference, a recent article on craftbeer.com profiles some of the women who have been positively impacted by Pink Boots scholarships. Craft beer as an industry has come under fire for being predominantly white and male, and not always a friendly place for women and people of color, and having more representation from these groups in important positions at breweries is a great step towards addressing these issues. Every spring a wide range of breweries collaborate with the Pink Boots Society to brew beers, designed and brewed by their female employees, and a portion of the proceeds go into the scholarship fund. Exhibit A brewed a Pink Boots beer again this year, naming this year’s version Belle (I forgot that I reviewed Exhibit A’s Pink Boots beer last year too, I promise to spread the love next spring). Exhibit A Belle is a pale ale brewed with lemongrass, lemon verbena, and hibiscus, it is available now on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Exhibit A Belle pours clear light orange with a solid white head. The aroma is a mixture of floral and fruity hops. The flavor is pretty balanced but the hops lead with notes of orange, cut grass, and papaya along with a mild but noticeable bitter bite. The lemongrass, lemon verbena, and hibiscus add some subtle herbal and citrus notes. Some mild malts round out the flavor, touches of bread crust and cereal. Belle is light and easy drinking, not overly boozy at 6.0% ABV. The finish is crisp with some lingering hop and adjunct flavors. Overall this is an interesting and tasty pale ale benefiting a great cause. Grab some Pink Boots beers while you have the chance! Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.
Previous Exhibit A Reviews:
Exhibit A Pink Boots Were Made For Brewing, Exhibit A We’re Going To Need You To Come In On Saturday Scotch Ale, Exhibit A Demo Tape Eleven Side B, Exhibit A Danko, Exhibit A The Cat’s Meow and Demo Tape 5