Friday, March 27, 2015

New Beer Friday 3/27/15


Remember the days when you could strap on some patent leathers, spark up a smoke and hang with your best chicken? Well those days are back my friends in this weeks New Beer Friday.

Shades of Pale - Cafe X Espresso Stout - Pours black as you'd expect. The nose has a huge roasted coffee aroma that is nice and inviting. The taste starts right-off with big coffee notes. Some slight roasted barley notes come next, but for the most part it's an all coffee beer. It basically tastes like cold presses coffee. It needs more malt to back up the coffee flavors which would help balance it out. It is a tad thin as well. If you love coffee, I think you'll find it to be right up your zip code. 4.0% ABV. This is a limited edition bottled brew, that is available at Shades of Pale's new brewery at 154 w. Utopia Ave in South Salt Lake. Open weekdays from 11-6pm. 

Wasatch Plum Wit - Pours a cloudy straw color with a finger of dense foam on top. The nose is mostly wheat and Belgian yeast. The taste starts like many witbiers with wheat and some grains of paradise flavors. I don't get plum flavors but there is some nice unripened tart fruit flavors that take over creating another dimension to the brew. Finishes somewhat dry and tart. Not your typical fruit ale. The tartness is clean and refreshing. 4.0% ABV. Available where Wasatch has seasonal taps.

Hive Apple Crumble Wine - Described as a delightfully sweet spiced apple wine. With a rich, warm cinnamon flavor perfectly complementing the mellow apple, this desert wine makes us think of warm baked apples on a cold autumn’s night. @ Hive Winery

Bonneville Second AnniversaRye - Described as a hoppy rye pale made with Chilean cara malts and Experimental 07270 hops all the way through. Lots of tangerine/orange rind flavor. Hoppiest beer Bonneville has done.

Annex Peppercorn Saison with Galaxy Hops - A collaborative beer made with input from from Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria. Have not had this one yet. 4.0% ABV @ Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria in Sugarhouse.

Avenues Proper Leisure Brau - A hybrid beer described as a combining the smooth malt body and cold aging of a Vienna Lager with the lust for hops of an American IPA. The rich Vienna and Munich malt base and long boil, create a slightly sweet body in this orange hued lager, which is a nice counterpoint to the bitterness derived from American Hopping techniques. They used Summit, Calypso, and Simcoe hops (all higher alpha acid hops) in the boil and dry hopping periods which have lent sharp notes of citrus pith and chive. We lagers the beer cold for over a month, and then quickly dry hopped for a fresh, smooth finish. 4.0% ABV @ Avenues Proper

Retuning Favorites

Bohemian Brewery Dunkelweizen. Brewed with yeast from the Bavarian monastery of Andechs. Dark wheat and Munich malts give this beer a rich, chocolate backbone while the yeast adds subtle flavors of banana and clove.

Cheers!

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