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Tart Lychee (New Belgium Brewing)

I’m going to use this time to “complain” about something that I really shouldn’t “complain” about at all: the use of odd ingredients in beer. Don’t get me wrong, this is something that I love as a beer consumer. As a beer reviewer it’s a whole different story. More often that not when a brewery has made a beer using some unique ingredient like lychee, yarrow, or some other fruit/plant I’ve never heard of it both excites me and annoys me. I love weird ingredients creating a unique take on a beer style that I’ve tried 100x before, but when it comes to reviews I hate not knowing what I’m looking for or how to detect said flavor/aroma. There’s been numerous times where I’ve found myself saying something along the lines of “I don’t know what this weird smell/taste is, so it must be that odd ingredient I’ve never tried before”. This is frustrating, especially for someone like myself who is always trying new beers. Now I do realize that my “annoyance” should be with my unrefined palate and not with the brewers/beer, but self-reflection is not my strong suit, that is what the blog is for. Where was I going with this? Oh, yeah, a new beer review. A beer using a fruit that I’ve never had because I’m a plebeian. Check it out.

PrintTART LYCHEE is part of New Belgium Brewing’s ‘Lips of Faith’ series. This American Wild Ale clocks in at 7.5% ABV.

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Accumulation (New Belgium Brewing)

New Belgium has added another new beer to their rotating lineup. This one is a winter White IPA. Since this is a relatively new style, and one that you don’t see that often, I figured I had to give it a go.

 

Accumulation packageACCUMULATION is an American IPA/White IPA with a 6.2% ABV and 70 IBUs. Continue reading

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Hibernation Ale (Great Divide Brewery)

Week 3 of MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK takes us to the Mile High City of Denver, Colorado. Great Divide Brewery has been serving the people of Denver for almost 20 years and in that time they made quite a few fantastic brews. Today we’ll be discussing their multiple award winning Old Ale.

Hibernation Ale LabelHIBERNATION ALE is available seasonally (in the winter time, obviously) and comes packed with a warming 8.7% ABV.

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Peach Porch Lounger (New Belgium Brewing)

Here is another beer that I drank earlier this summer during a short respite from the craziness of my day job. A Saison on a warm summer day, what more could you want?

Peach Porch Lounger labelPEACH PORCH LOUNGER is a Saison/Farmhouse Ale from New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series. This 9.4% ABV limited release beer was brewed in collaboration with the musician G Love.

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Cocoa Molé (New Belgium Brewing)

My love for all things Lips of Faith is well documented around these parts. As is my (bad) habit for sitting on beers. This review gives you the best of both worlds!

Lips of Faith Cocoa Mole labelCOCOA MOLÉ is a chili beer in New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series. It clocks in at a hearty 9% ABV (prior to aging). Continue reading

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Super Cru (New Belgium Brewery)

A while back I reviewed the Lips of Faith beer GRAND CRU and was impressed with it. Now the time has come to talk about what I assume is it’s (more super) older brother.

LoF Super Cru LabelSUPER CRU is part of New Belgium Brewery’s Lips of Faith series. This Belgian Strong Pale Ale has a pre-aging ABV of 10%.

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Hoss Rye Lager (Great Divide Brewery)

I picked up this beer in a Great Divide mix-pack. Mix-packs are one of my favorite ways of discovering beers that I’ve never tried before and/or would never buy on their own. This is one of those cases. It wasn’t until recently that I made the choice to start trying more lagers. Traditionally, I felt that the brewing process retarded the brewers ability to create a unique and flavorful beer, but I’m starting to see the error of my ways.

Great Divide Hoss Rye Lager labelHOSS RYE LAGER is a Märzen with a 6.2% ABV.

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