Sunday, October 26, 2014

Freigeist Ottekolong

type: kolsch
origin: Cologne, Germany
price: $6/0.5l
ABV: 4.8%
NSP: 4
website

There's an art to achieving something simple and also fantastic.  Cologne's thirst quenching drink -- the "Kolsch" as we call it -- can have both of those traits.  But it can also suck a fat one depending on the quality of the brewing operation.

This strikes a pleasing chord with me.  The malts are on full display, and yet it remains light-bodied with major croosh.  There is a bit too much residual sweetness for me, but shit it's hard to argue with a good kolsch.  No flaws as far as I can tell, and given that this has been imported, I'd be surprised if the beer at the source isn't phenomenal.

So I guess I'm pretty much in agreement with this reviewer, but the NSP is dreadful.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Epic Pumpkin Pie Gose

Type: Flavored Gose
Origin: Seattle, WA
Price: $9ish per 22 oz
ABV: 6%
Website

How could I not buy and review this beer. The description just screams disgusting since no part of pumpkin pie should be salty except for the refluxed turkey and gravy during dessert. I have only had one beer from Epic Ales before, the balsamic mushroom masterpiece, and it was definitely an interesting experience. I must also mention the artwork makes no sense. The name is very simple, 'pumpkin pie gose', but the picture depicts a slice of pie viciously clubbing his pumpkin brothers from whence he came. The slice of pie looks a little Hitlerjugend, so maybe that's what they were going trying for with this classic German style.

Anyways, is this beer as god-awful as it sounds? The smell is horrendous. It smells exactly like an over-skunked Miller High Life. The taste on the other hand is quite pleasant. A good funky sour more in line with some of the Russian River sours and just a tinge of saltiness that somewhat clears the palate. Pumpkin spices or essence are completely non-existent however. Maybe a little bit of nutmeg/cinnamon heat but none of the flavor. As a gose, this is a tremendous offering. As a pumpkin seasonal, I would move along, although no one really enjoys pumpkin beers all that much so maybe this is a good thing.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

off color brewing Scurry

type: Kottbusser (dark honey ale)
origin: Chicago, IL
price: $12/4-pack
ABV: 5.3%
NSP: 6.4
website


This is a style I've not had before--"Kottbusser"--and it reminds me of one of those true kola-root sodas, but with booze in it -- like if Michelob Ultra'd a good porter, or something like that.  It's like an Alt beer, but with excessively light body.  And the minimal carbonation is key ingredient to this: I'd wager that any higher levels of carb would mute the delicate flavors.

I ended up plowing through 3 of these bottles in 15 minutes because it was so ri-goddamn-diculously refreshing.  It was pretty warm outside and it absolutely crushed my thirst.

After tasting only two other beers make by off color, and now this, I'm completely sold on their abilities.  They seem to make unique, and well executed beers, with an impeccable taste for good design.

Overall: A very satisfying beer from an excellent brewery.  I'm planning to take down the entire four-pack on my next Caltrain ride to SF.