Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Colorado Native Lager

Type: Amber lager
Origin: Golden, CO
Price: $9.49/6-pack
ABV: 5.5%
NSP: 12.34
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Another beer brought back from my recent trip to Colorado.  Colorado folks tend to be a bit territorial, and I remember when this came out there was a fair amount of fanfare surrounding it.   The fact that this is made entirely with Colorado ingredients- Rocky Mountain water, San Luis Valley barley, 'the oldest strain of brewer's yeast in Colorado', and Colorado-grown hops- appealed to the sense of territorialism, I suppose.  Personally, the concept of locally-grown ingredients isn't all that meaningful to me (I guess I'm a bad Coloradan), because it doesn't matter if the ingredients are local if the beer ends up mediocre.  But I'd heard the beer was pretty legit, so I figured what the hell.

The bottle itself doesn't say where this is made.  So imagine my surprise when I looked up the website and saw at the bottom of the page: AC Golden Brewing Company, Golden, CO.  Yes, this beer is made by fucking Coors.  Maybe it's another layer of bad Coloradan, but I'm as much of a fan of Coors as I am of accidentally banging my junk on the corner of the table on the way to the kitchen to get a glass of water in the middle of the night.  If I'd known this was a Coors product, I wouldn't have bought it.  I would've taken a hatchet and smashed it to pieces.  But dammit, I already poured it, and even though it's Coors I can't just dump it because it's still beer.

So besides the fact that I already hate this, I also tend to not be a huge lager fan.  And this is an amber lager, which I like even less.  Really, I don't even know why the hell I'm drinking this.  As you can see in the picture, the color yells 'Hey, I'm malty as hell!'  And it smells really sweet with that never-appealing stale cardboardy malt aspect, plus maybe a touch of hop florality, but that's so faint I could be making it up.  The flavor's quite sweet as well, and again, the hops are so light and malt-concealed that they could be from Zimbabwe and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.  The carbonation feels a bit soft, and with this much malt, it ends up feeling kind of thick.  The only thing that saves this is a light acidity that prevents it from being over-the-top heavy- which is good, because it means I can just shotgun the rest of it and move on to something else.

2 comments:

  1. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on.. mmm... mmm... The fooled man cant get fooled again!

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  2. "I don't like this beer that I already knew didn't like but it's Coors' fault because they are the devil." Very good review.

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