This was an excellent Saturday Night Six Pack Sampler tasting! High ratings across the board. This was tough, as I didn’t want to drink six beers in one sitting, but they were just too good to dump down the drain. I need assistants who can finish these for me so they don’t go to waste. Job doesn’t pay much…er, at all. But there’s beer! Any takers?
A floral, dried apricot aroma drew me in right away. I get tired of pilsners that end up too biscuity/cerealy. The fruit was a welcome and inviting change of pace for me. On the palate, the flavor is as smooth, clean, and crisp as you’d hope for in a pilsner. The mid palate is slightly sweet, but the finish is nice and dry, with a generous, but well balanced, hopping. Really happy with this beer. It’s a shame it’s only available through June. Get it while it’s still on shelves! Rating: 4.5 / 5
I do love a good Kolsch, and this delivers. This actually has a lot in common with the Great Lakes Wright Pils: both use Mt. Hood hops, both are made with touches of wheat, and both have lower alcohol and IBUs. Not as floral or fruity as the Great Lakes Wright Pils, you get more of a lemon zest aroma, with hints of wheat (think more along the lines of flour than fresh wheat). Light and crisp, with a fairly round profile that still manages to remain dry throughout. Finishes with just a kiss of hops. The only knock I can give it is that it could use more complexity. But for being a straight shootin’, 4.4% abv, clean tasting beer, you could do far worse. Certainly one I could drink throughout a warm summer night. Rating: 4.2 / 5
I was worried at first, as this beer was a month past its best by date. But it’s still quite good. All the IPA citrus character that I love is present from the aroma to the palate. The hop bitterness is well tempered by the addition of wheat, making this an incredibly smooth quaff. I think I actually prefer this to Boulevard’s Unfiltered Wheat, which is one of my favorite beers from this brewery. The complexity of this one certainly gives it an edge. Highly recommended! Rating: 4.5 / 5
Spice, spice, and more spice. This beer smells like an herb garden. Highly complex aromas of thyme, basil, white pepper, whatever’s in the “Italian Medley” in my spice rack… basically grab any combination of spices out of your kitchen and you can find it in this beer. While all this spice is going on, the hops are busy sneaking up. They’re quietly waiting for you on the finish, ninja like and ready to pounce. But, again, it’s the spices that keep going long after the sip. Very complex and well made beer. Kudos to Stone! Rating: 4.5 / 5
Faintly fruity nose. This is a fruit beer where the fruit actually kind of takes a back seat to the rest of the beer flavors. I actually preferred this as it warmed in the glass. The raspberry is too subtle when cold but starts to pop a bit as it warms. Overall, it’s okay. For my money, I’d prefer something like a Founder’s Rubaeus or a Belgian Framboise. Rating: 3.5 / 5
Boulevard Brewing Co. Bully Porter. Porter. 6% abv.
incredibly easy drinking. I got an interesting floral aroma out of this, and the dark chocolate and coffee notes are very easy going. This offering from Boulevard is really well balanced. Fans of the style– heck, fans of a good beer– should definitely give this a try! Rating: 4.5 / 5