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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Rocky Mountain High



It's a constant battle to collect beer to review and actually review the beer that we have collected. As Ian mentioned in a previous post, the 2Beerguys have developed an addiction to searching for new beer. We have enough beer in the queue to reach 400 with ease. Rather than buying new beer, we are trying.. and I mean trying... to review what we have.. So, on Monday night, we (as in Amber, Ryan, Ian and I) reviewed the following 6 beers from Colorado:

Boulder Beer Company
- Singletrack Copper Ale
- Buffalo Gold Premium Ale

New Belgium Brewing Company
- 1554 Enlightened Black Ale
- Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale
- Below Winter Ale
- Fat Tire Amber Ale

The New Belgium Brewing Company wasn't a new brewery to this beer guy. The brewery is located in Ft. Collins, Colorado. The Ft. Collins area is also home to HP.. Yes Hewlett-Packard .... and I have visited HP twice. I have enjoyed many Fat Tire's on tap. This is their most infamous beer, but wasn't the best during this tasting. We were quite impressed with the Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale. The nose detected the dominant raspberry aroma from a distance. Not only was the aromatic presence welcoming, it made the mouth very happy. You will also notice from the scoring, that the 2 Below Winter Ale was very inviting to the nose. The hop presence was very dominant, but weaker on the palate.

Please check out the reviews...

Sean
Drink Craft Beer.. You've Earned it!!



Note: This evening with dinner, I enjoyed a tasty Smuttynose IPA. You can't go wrong with this selection. While writing this review, I quenched my thirst with a Winterhook - Winter ale from Redhook. Too bad it's a winter seasonal.

3 Comments:

  • At Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 8:13:00 AM EST, Blogger Ignace said…

    Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale indeed.

    *shakes his head incredulously*. Is there nothing you guys are not capable of?

    Somebody out there has surely tried to marry Belgian White [Hoegaarden before it was so mercilessly butchered by InBev - they have great difficulty with the beer by the way, they're chucking out batches into the river on a regular basis] with a cherry beer. I mean, come on, that has to be a challenge, right?

    Raspberry brown ale... I think it's because there are all these foreign substances in the fresh water supply that make you do this.

     
  • At Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 8:17:00 PM EST, Blogger Curley Stout said…

    actually it seems more like a marriage between brooklyn brown and a raspberry lambic to me.

    tradition is great and obviously is grounded in quality workmanship, but innovation and experimantation have their places as well.

     
  • At Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 11:57:00 AM EST, Blogger Ignace said…

    Actually, you have a point. There is no reason not to try new things. In the case of hybrids however I have had the dubious pleasure of tasting a few choice beverages that wanted to be a 'happy marriage between [great beer in its own right] and [always was a splendid beer], the result of which somehow managed not to be as spectacular as the designer hoped. Like welding the front of a motor bike to the back of a car.

    However, when you do manage to pull it off, and the result is a nice balance of the constituent parts, why, by all means go forth and enjoy same!

    My preference though is for genuinely new brews that continue the age old brewing tradition. The Urthel family was going to be a fabulous new jewel in the crown until business sense got the upper hand.
    There is also, to name but one other, the more than awesome Alvinne family that I readily recommend to everyone who loves a great new beer.

    Whatever your preference may be, enjoy beer with all your heart and enjoy it sensibly!

     

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