APPEARANCE: Cloudy amber with orange highlights
HEAD: Aggressive, off-white head that fades away respectably
LACING: Thin rings of lace that slowly drip back into the beer
NOSE: Subtle and muddled. A clean, pale malt biscuity aroma and a slightly citric, slightly piney hop profile. Everything is thoroughly blended so it’s hard to detect individual notes.
TASTE: As maddeningly balanced as the nose. I hate to say this…but it tastes like “beer”. Sweet caramel and the slightly acidic, bitter tang of citrus hops in the finish. Clean, smooth, and thoroughly unremarkable.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium-bodied. Medium-carbonation.
DRINKABILITY: Just writing about this beer is making me bored. I suspect reading about it is even worse. Look, it’s a drinkable, tasty beer. There’s just nothing particularly distinguishable or interesting about it. Would I drink it again? Sure. Would I care if I didn’t? Probably not. I can see why the Motor Boat was originally Sweetwater’s flagship, then was discontinued, and then was resuscitated. Even the brewery doesn’t know how it feels about the beer.
RATING: 2.5 Hops