Archive for the ‘Fort Collins Brewing’ Category

Since I was home for a little bit after my first trip to Ohio, Val picked me up a few beers to review. I wasn’t aware that Fort Collins had started canning, although it seems like almost every brewery is starting offer beers in cans, which is pretty cool. I’m a huge fan of cans, especially since they’re lighter and take up less room. Let’s see how this one fared.

faraway

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Far Away IPA has a moderately high hop bitterness that refreshes the palate. This west coast style IPA has an exotic, tropical fruit nose, juicy piney body, and slight cracker malt presence”

Random: As usual, I can’t sleep, so I’m up watching “Brewdogs” and blogging before Val gets up. This episode, they’re in Brooklyn and trying to make a beer through a tube system going through apartments.

This brew poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated rapidly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and light yellow in color. There was not much carbonation visible, which was concerning for the style. The nose was almost invisible, which was equally concerning. I got white bread malt and then a touch of grapefruit citrus. The taste had some lemon flesh along with old grass. I also picked up pilsner malt. The body was thin with light carbonation and needed to be dialed up. The finish was swift with lemon candy. A can of this was $1.58, which came to $.13 per ounce. This beer was boring and one that I wouldn’t have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

I’m finally caught up with my beer reviews. I didn’t do much today. I worked for a few hours in dispatch and then came home. I was so exhausted I took a nap. Then, I caught up on reviews and watched “Bar Rescue,” which is a great show. Tonight, I let Katie pick a beer from the cellar, but it’s not cold enough yet, so I’m reviewing this one first. This is the last brew from the mixed twelve that I got down the shore.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: This brew came in at 35 IBUs.

Random: I can’t wait until the weekend and it’s not even Monday yet…not a good sign.

This brew poured with a one finger, thick tan head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color. There was some carbonation visible, despite the dark color of the brew. I let the brew warm for about 10 minutes and then took a good sniff of it. The nose was really nice with roasted malts and some bittersweet chocolate. The taste had some definite chocolate notes, almost like Nestle Quik powder with roasted malts. It had a bit of sweetness at the end. The body was on the thinner side with moderate carbonation. The finish was pretty quick with some roasted malts. The flavors were decent, but for me, it was just missing something. The chocolate flavor was just a little odd to me. This is probably the best brew in the mixed twelve, but it was just missing something. I wouldn’t rush back to have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

This was my review beer from Saturday night. Saturday was a little crazy. We had a funeral in the morning and brought Liz. Let me tell you, church is very different with a four-year old. I have never heard so many theological questions go back and forth. It was a Catholic mass and since I’m a lapsed Catholic, I usually get to field these questions from the child. Interesting…let me tell you. For the most part, she was incredibly well behaved. Katie had to go to work after that, so I hit the gym and came back to Fair Haven and had dinner with my soon to be father-in-law and the child. I am consistently in awe of how much energy the child has. Katie came home and then it was beer review time.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: American Amber/Red Lager

Trivia: This brew comes in at 30 IBUs.

Random: I finished my first week of couch to 5k. I’m actually starting to really enjoy it.

This brew poured with a two finger white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber color with lots of active carbonation. The nose was pretty bland with nutty malt and not much else. The taste was just like the nose. It was all nutty malt with some mineral notes. It was generally unpleasant. There was also a little bit of maple sweetness to it. I really wish that I could say more about the brew, but it was just boring. The body was on the thicker side with lots of carbonation. The finish was quick and unremarkable. There obviously wasn’t a booze presence. I didn’t like this one at all. Avoid.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

So, another review. I’m finally getting back on track with this. Katie’s picking up beer tomorrow and I’m excited because she always picks out interesting beer for me that I would never pick out myself. She’s got pretty good taste for a non beer drinker. So, this is another brew from the Fort Collins mixed pack. This one is a rauchbier and I tend to really dig this style, so I’m hoping this is a good one.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: Rauchbier

Trivia: This brew is 30 IBUs strong.

Random: I just bought the Nike Fuelband. So far, it looks really cool and I like it.

This brew poured with a finger high white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a light chestnut color with lots of visible carbonation. The nose was odd for the style. I expected a lot of smoke on this, give that it was a rauchbier. Instead, I got a huge amount of sweet and nutty malt. Yeah, my expectations went into the toilet at this point. The taste was a little bit better. I got some smoke and bacon, which I really enjoyed. Unfortunately, it was quickly followed with lots of sweet and nutty malt that was abrasive and obnoxious. The body was thin with lots of carbonation. The finish was overly sweet and obnoxious. Okay, seriously, what is up with the huge amounts of malt in Fort Collins brews? This is just not working for me. Yet another beer that was a borderline drainpour. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

It’s almost the weekend! I seriously can’t wait! I have the house to myself all weekend, so I think I’m going to bottle my two beers that I’ve had sitting around. My beer fridge is also remarkably empty…so I’m thinking I’m going to have to restock soon. This one is from a Fort Collins mixed pack that I got while I was down the shore. Honestly, I haven’t heard a lot of great things about Fort Collins, but I figured I’d give the brews a shot. Let’s see how this one goes.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: This brew comes in at 35 IBUs.

Random: I started the couch to 5k program earlier this week. I hate running, so I’m hoping this helps.

This brew poured with a thick, two finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark mahogany color with moderate carbonation. The color was shocking dark for the style. The nose was a lot of nutty malt and not much else. After the first sip, I’m really not thrilled. It was overwhelmingly nutty malt and a hint of sweetness. I cannot find a hop in there at all. The nutty malt was almost exactly like when I smelled the malt bag for my homebrew. As nice as that might sound, it doesn’t translate too well into drinking. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. The finish was thankfully short. Honestly, this beer is a borderline drainpour for me. There was nothing that I really enjoyed about it. Avoid.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

This was the last beer from Sunday. I cracked this one open while watching some movies with my sister. We watched “Snatch,” which was absolutely horrible. Then, we watched a documentary on how beer saved the world which was actually pretty good. It did the whole beer and history thing, which I really liked. Then, we watched Thor. For me, movies that are based on comics are hit or miss. This one was alright to me. I think it helped watching it on the big tv. So, beer time.

ABV: 4.75%

Style: Schwarzbier

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “William ‘Captain’ Kidd (c. 1645 – 23 May 1701) was a Scottish sailor remembered for his trial and execution for piracy after returning from a voyage to the Indian Ocean. Some modern historians deem his piratical reputation unjust, as there is evidence that Kidd acted only as a privateer. Kidd’s fame springs largely from the sensational circumstances of his questioning before the English Parliament and the ensuing trial. His actual depredations on the high seas, whether piratical or not, were both less destructive and less lucrative than those of many other contemporary pirates and privateers.”

Random: I remember having this beer in my fridge about a year before I started the blog and way before I even had a concept of what a schwarzbier was.

This one poured with a full finger of tan head that dissipated slowly, yet left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark brown color with moderate visible carbonation. The nose had roasted malts, coffee and a bit of chocolate. What was noticeably missing was that smoky characteristic that I love from a schwarzbier. This isn’t boding well for this brew. While keeping an open mind, I took a sip and got instant bitterness and roasted malts. There wasn’t any of the chocolate that I got in the nose and a slight bit of coffee was present. Finally, I got some smoke. But, honestly it took a few sips for it to come out. I really would have liked more of a smoky character to it. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. The finish was remarkably quick as well with a toasty finish. After about 20 minutes, the beer slightly improved and more smoke came out, but not enough to make me search this one again. I wouldn’t have this one again. There are so many better examples of a schwarbier out there than this.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

So, this was another brew review that I had done last week but hadn’t posted. When I was down the shore a few weeks ago, I visited a few different beer stores and I picked up a mixed twelve pack of Fort Collins brews. I haven’t had a lot of them, so I really don’t know how to feel about them. The only thing that I remember is that I bought a six-pack of their brews before I even started the blog. So, let’s see how this one goes.

ABV: 6.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: This won the US Open Beer Championship Silver Medal in 2009.

Random: I can’t wait until “The Walking Dead” comes back in October. I never understood why people watched it at first, but now I’m obsessed.

This brew poured with a thick, two finger tan head that dissipated slowly, yet left no lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly clear chestnut color with lots of active carbonation visible throughout. The nose had lots of pine and citrus notes. It was exceptionally floral with not a lot of malt behind it. The taste started with the floral hops that were apparent in the nose. It was not as citrusy as I would have thought. I also got some biscuity malt. The body was incredibly thin with too much carbonation. The finish was long with the biscuit malt that was apparent in the taste. This wasn’t an IPA that would floor anyone, but it was decent. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0