A couple weeks ago I tasted four beers I got in a sampler pack at our local mega mart (if you follow me on Instagram @chuck006 you know this already). This pack from Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City. The four beer are the 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat, Milk Stout, Pale Ale and Rosemary IPA. This package caught my attention because of the variety of the beers in the sampler and the idea of a Rosemary IPA.
Founded in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest. They say their mission is to produce fresh, flavorful beers using the finest traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques.
The Rosemary IPA is pretty good. I am not the biggest fan of IPA’s so pretty good is high praise. With an IBU of 59 the hops are really forward. In fact I would have guessed the IBU would have been higher. This is a red amber IPA. It is flavorful and can produce a thick creamy head. The rosemary adds a savory herbal and piney quality. However hints of citrus come through on the tale end.
80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer
The 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer is and American Hoppy Wheat Ale. Born with roots in two of today’s most popular brewing styles, 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer is the result of careful cultivation by the brewers and cellarmen at Boulevard. Their efforts to craft a hybrid beer yielded a delightfully distinctive ale with the aroma of an IPA and the refreshing taste of a wheat beer. In this sampler pack this has turned out to be my favorite.
Boulevard Pale Ale is a smooth, fruity, well-balanced beer with year-round appeal. A variety of caramel malts impart a rich flavor and amber color, while liberal use of Cascade hops adds zest and aroma. Pale Ale is the first beer we brewed, and continues to be a perennial favorite. A crisp, amber colored, light- to medium-bodied beer with a mellow caramel malt character and prominent hop flavor and bitterness.
Very rounded and balanced. First one I’m having from the bottle, but this stuff is definitely pint glass worthy – for sure. The chocolate notes really come through. I actually looked this up to see whether or not it really contained milk, because of the name. Was surprised it only contains lactose sugar, not actual milk. Interesting. This is some good stuff indeed!
Wynwood uses only premium products in all of their beers. They procure the best malts from the US and use them as the base malt and mobile them with British and German Malts to create their caramel malts. They seek the finest hops from the US, England, Germany, New Zealand and Czech Republic. Wynwood puts their own unique twist to traditional styles with character and boldness.
La Rubia is the lightest beer they brew. However, this beer does not lack in flavor. It has a nice crisp bitterness to it with a slight bready and sweet flavor. This beer is brewed for the beautiful hot weather they get here in Miami. La Rubia is a combination of German Pilsner Malts, British Crystal Malts, Czech Saaz Hops and German Ale Yeast, making this beer a true American Blonde Ale. It pairs excellent with your salad, seafood and chicken. Serve this beer in a classic pilsner flute.
Wynwood brews their beers in a 15-Barrel two-vessel system. One barrel is equal to 31 US gallons. At any given time they can brew about 500 gallons of wort. Next they put the wort, or young beer, in the 15 or 30 barrel fermenters. Once the beer is fermented, it is then conditioned and packaged. Wynwood brands take anywhere from 2-6 weeks to be finished. However, they have some barrel aged products that take up to 9 months to be completed
This Belgian style beer has a light golden color but do not let that fool you, with an 8.10% alcohol content it packs a kick. This ale uses spicy hops and Belgian yeast to create and distinct and unique aroma and taste. Despite the alcohol content this beer is not heavy. Real Ale is obviously dedicated to their craft and get some pretty decent results. Devil’s Backbone is a good introduction to the style; it manages to be unique enough to get your attention, but not so out in left field that it put people off. It’s definitely ale and seems like it’s for real.
Appearance is a nice, mellow pale golden color. Murky since it’s unfiltered, but seems to have fairly good carbonation. Good 2 finger head that doesn’t stick around extremely long. Has moderate lacing. Reminds me of a hefeweizen or witbier.
Smell is fruity with a good split of hop floral notes and esters like banana and nice resinous wood.
Taste is first a good wallop of spice and herbal notes like pepper and cloves and an undertone of citrusy hops. Mixed with light alcohol astringency and it makes a solid bite. Then the fruity flavors come through with another bite of spice, followed by sweetness and malty grain.
Mouthfeel is warm and a little sticky, but also very smooth and crisp.
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This ale from Unita Brewing Company in Salt Lake City Utah. This beer leads with the citrus flavors of oranges and lemons. This combination of flavors come from the unique hops used in the brewing process. The Sorachr Hops come from Japan and are balanced with light malts to produce a fresh crisp beer.
While this ale would be an easy companion to most foods that would be on the grill in summertime such as chicken, fish and burgers. It will also complement curries and other spicy foods like buffalo wings.
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Our local Lowes Food Store just completed a major remodel. In this new remodel store is a Lowes food Beer Den where you can get advice on beer and sample several selections on tap. Last Saturday was the first chance I had to give it a try. This is the first grocery store in our area to offer beer in 32 and 64 once growlers. I must say that this is a unique way to buy beer.
I got a 32 oz growler of Highlad Brewing Company’s Lost Cove Pale Ale. This aromatic American Pale Ale is a sessional beer handcrafted with a unique Highland twist. Discover the secrets of Lost Cove in a summery American pale ale inspired by the spirit of Appalachia’s past. Delicate Pilsner malt blends with Cascade Hops for a hop-forward, cold-fermented ale with a citrusy aroma and crisp, clean finish. It has a pale yellow color with a somewhat fizzy white head that disappears after a minute or two. The aromas of biscuity malts, grassy and lemony hops, floral, hay really show the summertime in this beer. This is well balanced between light hops and biscuity pilsner malts. This puts it somewhere between a hoppy cream ale and a pilsner. Lost cove has a very good mouthfeel for this kind of beer – smooth and crisp, with plenty of carbonation to prickle the tongue.
Lost Cove, like Highland’s other seasonal beers, is named for a feature of the Southern Appalachian landscape.
Lost Cove By theNumbers:
||Cascade & Hallertau
||1/2bbl, 1/6bbl, 12pk, 6pk