As I frequently do when picking out new beers, I chose The Perfect Crime AMERICAN BLONDE based on looks. I liked the simplicity of the typewriter font and the tiny female silhouettes scattered across the wallpaper-like background. The side of the bottle read, "Imported by Twelve Percent", which is always a good sign, and the cryptic description included the word collaboration. Other than that, I didn't have any clue about its origins.
Upon returning home, consuming this beer outweighed the need for further research, and so I grabbed a glass, a bottle opener and my camera and got to work. Golden orange in color. The aroma is of fresh white bread and a bit of banana. Flavor starts with light toast and goes right into white grapes and some peach. It has a rich, herbal bitterness and bit of spice. Soft on the palate, not sharp but still very effervescent. Thick, lacy head with great retention.
And now for the backstory. Almost a year ago, Brian Strumke of Stillwater posted an update on Facebook simply saying, "the Perfect Crime." Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø of Evil Twin Brewing and Brian Ewing of Twelve Percent Imports both "liked" the update. AMERICAN BLONDE, along with EUROPEAN BLONDE, are the two beers that have resulted from their collaborative efforts. Perhaps there will be more...?