Were the folks at Monday Night Brewing listening to Styx when they came up with the name for this blackberry lemon sour ale? The Atlanta-based brewery describes Dr. Robot as a “refreshing year-round sipper” made with blackberry juice and lemon zest to enhance and balance the beer’s tart flavor.
Appearance and Aroma
Like Monday Night's Star Wars homage Han Brolo, Dr. Robot’s can also has the signature Monday Night tie branding. This time around, however, the ties are blue and yellow decorated with lemon slices, blackberries, and a quirky robot cartoon, all cast on a magenta background. Out of the can, Dr. Robot pours the color of red gummy bears, a deep ruby hue with a light pink foam that dissipates quickly. The aroma is strong berry mingled with a hint of lemon zest.
If given the opportunity to drink it again, I probably would, but I don’t think I’ll go out of my way for it.”
Dr. Robot’s flavor is straightforward and lacks complexity, which isn’t surprising after seeing its ultra-simple recipe: two malts, one hop, fruit. When you take a sip, mostly what you taste is a sour lemony tang balanced by the tart, bold flavor of blackberries. Any hop or malt character is completely covered up by the berry fruit juiciness. Despite its simplicity, however, it’s still an exceedingly refreshing beer that finishes enjoyably clean and crisp.
I’ll admit that Dr. Robot is thirst-quenching and tasty. Plus, at 5.0% ABV, you won’t have qualms about having more than one. If given the opportunity to drink it again, I probably would, but I don’t think I’ll go out of my way for it. There are just too many other choices out there, and I’m the kind of beer drinker who likes to keep her options open.