When you order a beer in the Dominican Republic, you order “una fría.” The beer you get when you place that order is typically Presidente. Now the favorite beer of DR has teamed up with Long Island’s Blue Point Brewing to broaden Presidente’s appeal to US drinkers. By adding plantain to the mix, Una Fría scales the golden pilsner up into a full-on Dominican delight.
Una Fría pours as pure and clear as you’d expect from a brewery with the tradition of Presidente. It’s gorgeous; a serene golden bath that drinkers instinctively crave. Like any macro pilsner, there’s not much in the way of head, which is a shame. A big foamy top would do wonders in communicating just how good this beer is.
A first whiff is like stamping your passport in Punta Cana. Island lagers are not known for their aroma, so adding the tropical adjunct differentiates Una Fría right away. This is no run-of-the-mill Presidente. You get immediate plantain sweetness in the nose, smelling like dried banana and cinnamon.
Una Fría might just ruin Presidente forever.”
The wonderful noble hop bitterness of Presidente carries the sip, with the perky sweetness of the plantain righting the balance. The character of the plantain is specifically very well-managed. Blue Point could’ve taken the easy route and chucked fried plantains in the mix, capitalizing on the caramelized goodness. But instead, Una Fría bolsters the simple base beer with the starchy subtlety of a just-ripened plantain.
Blue Point and Presidente haven’t perfected the beach beer, but they sure have evolved it. It’s hard to believe that something as simple as adding an island fruit to an unremarkable vacation lager can make such a difference. The only downside? Una Fría might just ruin Presidente forever.