Saltfire - Wet Hop Lupulin Dew (El Dorado): Mostly grapefruit peel with some berry, mint & vague herbs. It's got great balance for a wet-hop, the fact that it's a pale ale brings up its drinkability. 5.6% - Available at Saltfire
Saltfire - Mobius Trip: This foeder soured beer has generous amounts of prickly pear. This one is a little more fruit forward than some of the Mobius Trip beers. There's good balance here and prickly pear works well with the sour base. 8.0% - Available at Saltfire
Level Crossing - Raising Hope: 100 percent of the profits from this beer will go to cancer charities. This IPA is made with raspberry, blood orange and Bulgarian rose water. The combo creates a new taste at first that's pleasant but hard to describe. eventually the raspberry begins to shine. The IPA is not buried by the fruit and the whole package work incredibly well. One of the better fruited IPAs you'll come across.
Epic - Bid Bad Baptist (Chocolate Raspberry): This is a sweet, fruity, and roasty aroma with a big scent of raspberries along with chocolate. It tastes like it smells, Big taste of sweet raspberries and vanilla with notes of dark chocolate, mild coffee, toffee, caramel and biscuit along with wood. Some of the base beer gets a little lost, but if you're picking this up it's because of the chocolate and raspberry 10.5% Available at Epic.
Epic - Bid Bad Baptist (Pecan Pie): Making beers that taste like pie is becoming part of life around here; luckily for us, the breweries around here do them quite well. This is no exception. Cocoa and candied pecans lead it off with nice creamy toffee notes rounding it out. Mild cinnamon and coffee come in next with bourbon building towards the end. A little bit of heat in the finish. I'm a fan of bourbon pecan pie, this is pretty close to that. Good stuff. 11.5% - Available at Epic.
Wasatch Kick Back Series - IPL: The aroma starts off with a mixture of spicy, lightly soapy, floral and citrus rind aromas with the spicy hops. it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops still
being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they
did in the aroma, this time no single hoppy aspect seems to stick out
the most and it's followed by some of that clean Lager yeast. Up next
comes some pale, grainy and sweet malts flavors. On the finish there's a
lighter amount of bitterness with a hoppy aftertaste. This is a nice
tasting beer. 6.5% - Available at most Wasatch locations.
Hopkins - Savin Blanc Brut: Look for light toasted malts with minimal sweetness. with berry, citrus and melon notes. 5.0% - Only at Hopkins.
2 Row - Cryo Storm: The aroma is pleasant, lots of citrus juice and bitter peel, pineapple,
earthy pine, cereal grains and a floral bouquet. The flavors are
good, strong citrus juice and bright pineapple, floral, grassy, dank
and piney with well hidden alcohol and malty balance. The mouthfeel is good,
coating and crisp with a lively medium body that finishes with a dry
bite. Very nice. 7.1% Available at 2 Row.
Toasted Barrel - Belgian Waffle Triple: Missed this one. It's made with waffles, maple syrup, vanilla and candied sugar. 11.0% Only at Toasted Barrel.
Brujos Brewing/Beer Zombies Wizards and Zombies: A nice aroma of citrus, tropical fruits, hops and sweet malt. It starts with a good dose of guava and mango with lots of orange and other vague citrus flavors. This is a solid, focused, and
completely likable beer. Not overly fruity or aggressive, but
certainly lively. 10.5% - Only at Beer Zombies
Mason Ale Works/Beer Zombies - Galaxy Revenge: Soft, tropical, dank fruit that you'd expect from Galaxy hops. Passionfruit, mango, orange, grapefruit. Maybe some slight piney notes. A beautiful nose that's getting me excited for a sip. The nose follows through but a bit more subdued, led by sharper citrus notes (orange/grapefruit) with a decent hop bite. Some piney flavor, steers clear of the vegetal/grassy issues I've had with some Galaxy IPAs. Nice hint of warmth in the finish. 8.0% - Only at Beer Zombies
Mason Ale Works - Ball Don't Lie: Missed this one. 7.0% - Only at Beer Zombies
Mason Ale Works - The Duke Triple IPA: This extreme IPA isn't for the meek. It hearkens back to the days of full throttle bitter IPAs. Enormous peach forward maltiness with ridiculous amounts of hops. The result is big flavors of pineapple, stonefruits, mango and grapefruit. Bitterness is high with pine, leaving a bit of booziness in the mouth.11.0% - Only at Beer Zombies
The Bruery - Ruekeller Helles: A nose of grainy cereal and sweet malts with some other mineral notesand herbal hops. The taste starts off with doughy malts, cereal, nuttiness and some fruity ester notes. Light bitterness with fruity herbal hops come next with a drier finish with more cereal grain. Semi-dry finish. 5.2% - Found at Slackwater in Sandy
Crown Valley Brewing - Imperial Pumpkin Smash: - Missed this one. 10.6% Found at Slackwater in Sandy
Rogue - Coast Haste: Missed this Imperial Hazy. 8.6% - Found at DABC
Here's this week's Small Batch Beers from Hopkinbrewing Co.