Aug 5, 2019

Burnt City Pterodactyl Deathscream

Before we even get into the meat (flavor and all that good stuff) of this particular beer review, let’s just sit in wonder of a name like Pterodactyl Deathscream. I mean, with the sheer quantity of beer on shelves these days, coming up with a solid, unique name for your product is becoming harder and harder. Every now and again, you get one — like this Burnt City offering — that effortlessly draws you in.

While the name is clever for sure, this Chicago brewery has a solid double IPA to back it up. While the appearance of the 8% ABV Pterodactyl Deathscream isn’t going to be for everybody (hint, it’s beyond hazy), the flavors should please many a tastebud. The big beer is packed with luscious tropical notes (pineapple, mango, orange, hint of melon), as well as a good amount of pine resin and leafy hop notes.

This is not a one-sided flavor profile. There’s a solid punch of hop bitterness to temper that tropical presence and push this DIPA into the realm of boldness. Pterodactyl Deathscream isn’t overly pungent, but certainly packs in a good amount of hop character into its opaque depths. With the combination of fruit flavors and bitterness, it’s about as balanced as a big double IPA can get.

Not only am I impressed with the name, but Pterodactyl Deathscream thoroughly inspired my tastebuds, as well. Those of you within the distribution range of Burnt City (and are IPA fans) definitely need to be on the look out for prehistoric airborne reptiles conveniently packaged in 16 ounce cans.

This is a review of a promotional sample.