We're going to keep this months intro short. We were stoked to see 4 offerings from Colorado this go round, and from two of our favorite breweries Boulder Beer Co and Flying Dog. We told you a month ago how excited we were about our shipment of beers...we're way more excited this go round. This is a hop lovers dream shipment here. What's great is that for someone who isn't familar these beers provide a great range of flavors. Ok we really want to drink these now so lets get on to the good stuf...the beer. As always Click Here To Join the same clubs as us.
Flying Dog Tire Bite Golden
Appearance: Light and Golden...who would have thought?
Smell: Surprising amount of hops with a nice biscuit malt back
Taste: Really balanced beer. Hoppier than most golden ales we can recal but not so much that it breaks style. This beer is just balanced all around. Last time we had this beer was a couple years ago, and it's better than we remember it. We're really glad we tried this again because we want to go out and buy some more now. If you want a nice crisp lighter beer that still has a bit of hops and great balanced flavor this beer is for you.
Flying Dog Kerberos Tripel
Appearance: Golden copper
Smell: Sweet belgian yeast, hint of alcohol and candy sugar
Taste: A bit sweet, reminds us of a sweet saison, with a dried apricot like finish. A bit of heat from the alcohol sneaks through as this beer warms. While this beer should be served ice cold, it needs to be cold or the alcohol comes through in a little bit of an unwelcome way. A cool take on a tripel though, can't think of another tripel like this, and that's fine with us. Brewing to style is way over rated in our book anyways.
Boulder Beer Co. Flashback Anniversary Ale
Appearance: Really pretty, what that isn't descriptive enough? It's a really tasty looking coppery red.
Smell: Lots of hops, lots of malt, lots of cascade hops goin on
Taste: Whoa, whats up cascade hops. This beer has 5 additions of cascade hops, and you can taste it! This beer is cool. So we'll ignore for a minute that Boulder Beer Co made up a style here. There's no such thing as an IBA, but the Boulder Beer Co looking glass series is one of the things that got us in to hoppy beers, and for that we'll let them make some things up now and then. The fact is this is a blend of brown ale flavors and IPA flavors, so the name isn't innacurate. Give this one a shot for sure. We somehow haven't tried this before now, so we're glad we did and we think you should too.
Boulder Beer Co Mojo IPA
Smell: It's an IPA from Colorado...so hops...a bit of alcohol does come through as well though
Taste: Delicious delicious hops. We'll be clear though, this beer is hopped pretty heavily on the bittering end of things so if you don't care for bitter/hoppy beers this is likely not for you. Fortunately for us, and we hope many of you, we like lots of hops. While heavily hopped on the bittering side, the beer has a great hop profile through the drinking experience. Mmmmm hops...yum.
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Millstream Brewing Company John's Grocery Generation's White Ale
Appearance: Hazy, light straw colored. White fluffy, thin head that starts out 2 inches thick and quickly dissipates to nothing.
Smell: Sweet wheat predominates the aroma, and then you get some banana from the yeast. It's a fairly pleasant smell.
Taste: This is a very flavorful beer! It starts out with some chalky wheat sweetness then moves into a good bit of coriander. It finishes much drier than we expected, especially based off how it started off. This is a good summer beer that would stand up to when the weather gets colder (which is apparently July, in Boston).
Opening a beer of the month shipment is always fun, it's really like opening a gift each month. We've tried a lot of beer, it's impossible to count at this point but it's well over a 1000 different beers. So when we get a shipment entirely of beer we've never tried, that's really cool. Beer of the month clubs are fun because they often pick beers from smaller breweries that don't distribute past small regional areas. The result is you get to try beer you'd never be able to try unless you traveled to the state it was brewed in. This month brings us beer from PA and NM.
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Pennsylvania Brewery - Penn Pilsner
Smell: light lager
Taste:This is fantastic summer session beer. This is a very basic lager and is fantastically refreshing and simple, and sometimes that's just what you want from a beer.