NEW BELGIUM TRANSATLANTIQUE KRIEK
New Belgium Brewing Co.
Fort Collins, Colorado and Asheville, North Carolina
6.2% | Oak-Aged Sour Ale w/ Cherries
For the fifteenth yr in a row, New Belgium and Belgium’s Oud Beersel have collaborated on Transatlantique Kriek. The beer, this yr launched in 375-mL, cork-and-caged bottles, is a 50/50 mix of New Belgium’s foeder-aged, bitter golden ale and Oud Beersel’s cherry lambic (kriek). From the crimson pour to the nostril and palate, cherry dominates. There’s tart cherry and acidity on the nostril, and extra of the identical within the first sip. Move previous that preliminary tartness, although, and you will discover extra of a syrupy sweetness from the fruit — nearly like cherries cooked in a pie. The fruit tempers the nice, just-right acidity, and paves the best way for a refreshing end.
BELCHING BEAVER DIGITAL BATH
Belching Beaver Brewery
6.5% | New-England-Style IPA
Digital Bath is the fourth collaboration between Belching Beaver and the Deftones, and the primary within the New England model. For this IPA, Belching Beaver used Citra, Galaxy, Mosaic, Nelson and Simcoe Cryo hops to create “something loaded with citrus notes for summer.” The brewery and band have achieved that, with large grapefruit notes and bitter orange. Far from one-note, nonetheless, the beer additionally gives up inexperienced onion and an natural notice that just about comes throughout as thyme. Digital Bath is complicated and juicy, with a dry end that compels one other sip.
DOGFISH HEAD LIQUID TRUTH SERUM
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
7% | India Pale Ale
An try at disproving the parable that worldwide bitterness items (IBU) can solely be achieved within the boil, Dogfish Head’s Liquid Truth Serum employs a wide range of post-boil additions of hops in pellet, powder, leaf and liquid kind. On the nostril, all of these additions create a candy orange profile. On the palate there’s extra orange in addition to grapefruit, however with a shocking quantity of lemon and a leafy, fresh-hop character. And, as Dogfish Head hypothesized, there may be certainly an honest quantity of bitterness courtesy all of these post-boil additions.
LAGUNITAS SUPER CLUSTER
Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Petaluma, California and Chicago, Illinois
8% | Double IPA
Lagunitas Brewing Co. calls its latest beer a “citra-hopped mega ale of intergalactic proportions,” however we’ll name it a double IPA. There are large, juicy notes of grapefruit, pineapple and tangerines, in addition to a bit of little bit of an natural, peppery high quality from the hops. As the beer warms, notes of candy orange and bready malt peek by previous the dankness. Be it a double IPA or “citra-hopped mega ale,” Lagunitas has one other worthy hoppy providing on its arms.
EDMUND’S OAST VIRIDI REX
Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co.
Charleston, South Carolina
9.5% | Double IPA
From a semi-hazy pour comes an assertive, complicated aroma of honey, fresh-cut grass and candied peaches. The first sip yields citrus, particularly tangerine and orange peel, in addition to a slight “catty” notice. There’s only a contact of alcohol on the end, although given the ABV it’s not sudden or in the least off-putting. The beer’s candy, juicier notes are nicely balanced with its bitterness, and Viridi Rex finishes semi-dry.
OLDE HICKORY APPALACHIAN WALKER
Olde Hickory Brewery
Hickory, North Carolina
10% | Brandy-Barrel-Aged Barleywine
An annual launch for Olde Hickory Brewery, Appalachian Walker is the brewery’s Irish Walker barleywine aged for greater than a yr in barrels that after held brandy. That base beer has taken dwelling a number of awards of its personal, however the time spent within the brandy barrels is transformative. There are layers of darkish fruit flavors, raisin and fig coated in caramel and, after all, brandy. It is a full-bodied beer, with a contact of alcohol warmth. If you’re like me you received’t thoughts the heat, as it is a clean sipper. That stated, I wouldn’t begrudge you for stashing a bottle away for a chilly winter’s evening to see the way it develops with a little bit of age.