Archive for the ‘Off Color Brewing’ Category

Tonight’s selection is another beer from Off Color. Time to crack it open.

jerkbird

ABV: 9.5%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “At some point John and Dave were born. They did other stuff for a while and then they figured out they were better at making beer than at the other stuff. So that’s what they do now. They met while both studied at the oldest and most respected brewing school (of the two…and by the brewers that went to the one) in the US, the Siebel Institute, in 2008 and the brewery was envisioned while they both interned at Metropolitan Brewing afterwards. Most of Off Color’s business plan is based off of Doug and Tracy at Metro knowing what they’re doing, so you should go buy some of their beer too. After cutting their teeth at larger breweries, the two somehow convinced enough otherwise-very-smart-people to invest enough money for them to buy some big shiny things to make their own beer in. So that’s what they do now.”

Random: Val got the cutest tote bag for me one Christmas from them. She also got me a tee-shirt, which is one of my favorites.

The beer poured with a three finger, fluffy white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and bright yellow with a lot of carbonation. The nose had notes of peach, golden raisins and yeast. There wasn’t much spice. The taste had oak with golden raisins up front. It went into apricot, peach and vanilla. The body was very light with a touch of alcohol and high carbonation. The finish was quick and clean with apricot and yeast. A bomber of this was $18 ($.82 per ounce). This beer was on the more expensive side, but yet another solid beer from Off Color.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Tonight’s beer is another Off Color beer. This label is even more amazing than their usual labels. Let’s get to it.

spacetiger

ABV: 7.8%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “At some point John and Dave were born. They did other stuff for a while and then they figured out they were better at making beer than at the other stuff. So that’s what they do now. They met while both studied at the oldest and most respected brewing school (of the two…and by the brewers that went to the one) in the US, the Siebel Institute, in 2008 and the brewery was envisioned while they both interned at Metropolitan Brewing afterwards. Most of Off Color’s business plan is based off of Doug and Tracy at Metro knowing what they’re doing, so you should go buy some of their beer too. After cutting their teeth at larger breweries, the two somehow convinced enough otherwise-very-smart-people to invest enough money for them to buy some big shiny things to make their own beer in. So that’s what they do now.”

Random: My cats hate anything on top of their heads.

This beer poured with a three finger, loose, white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and yellow with light carbonation visible. On the nose, I picked up a lot of yeast with some diluted lemon juice and coriander. The taste was light with an herbal note and quickly went into white bread that was freshly baked. It had coriander and even some lavender. The body was very light with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with lemon and lavender. I thought this beer had a lot of complexity and enjoyed the herbal notes. A bomber of this was $18.20, which came to $.83 per ounce. I would definitely have this one again, despite the prohibitive pricetag.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Happy birthday to me! I’m not sure what we’re doing yet, but I’m hoping it’s a lot of fun. Anyways, today’s selection is a beer from a brewery that has some of the best artwork that I’ve ever seen in the business. I love the illustrations, especially the ones with the mice.

yuzufierce

ABV: 3.8%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Berliner Weisse with Yuzu Fruit Our kettle soured, free rise fermented Berliner Weisse with Yuzu fruit. It’s ok to enjoy yuzu again! Availability: Summer, Draft and bottles ABV: 3.8% | IBU: 3ish? Malts: Pils, Wheat, Flaked Wheat Hops: A little Secret Ingredients: Lactobacillus and Yuzu (duh!)”

Random: My goal this weekend is to get through my backlog on the rest of my posts and be current. Wish me luck.

The beer poured a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass, along with a quarter of a finger of a crown. The body was bright yellow and cloudy. It had a lot of carbonation visible as well. The nose was filled with lemon juice and nothing else. The taste reminded me of melted lemon Italian ice with a touch of sprite. It had some tartness as well, but I couldn’t pick up much yuzu. The body was very light with high carbonation. It had an instant finish with lemon juice. The bottle was $2.50, which came to $.21 per ounce. I thought this beer was alright, but it was a bit one note for me. I would grab a bunch of other Off Color beers before this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I managed to find this beer hanging out on the shelf. Off Color keeps putting out quality liquid, so any time I see a beer from them, it ends up coming home with me.

hyperpredator

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “When you are a Farmhouse Ale the top of the food chain, you ingest everything in sight. SOMETIMES coffee bean are in sight. WHEN YOU INGest those, it takes you to a whole ‘nother trophic level. THEN YOU ARE ON TOP OF THE TOP. WHEN YOU GET ON TOP OF THE TOP IT’S HARD TO COME BACK DOWN. BUT WHY COME DOWN? YOU ARE ALREADY AT A DIFFERENT LEVEL! MAN, THIS COFFEE FARMHOUSE ALE IS GOOD!!! WHY AM I FEELING MY HEART THIS MUCH!?”

Random: Val got me a hat from Off Color for my birthday that fits perfectly.

The brew poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with black coffee, Belgian yeast and golden raisins. I also picked up light spice. The taste was also a lot of coffee, but it was lighter on the taste than in the nose. Belgian yeast came through next with apricot. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with coffee. A bottle of this was $1.67, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. This was a really unique beer and the addition of coffee made it even more drinkable. If you see this on shelves, pick it up.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Off Color Bare Bear

Posted: December 11, 2016 in Off Color Brewing, Reviews, Sahti

Since I’ve been getting home before Val lately, I’ve been watching a lot of documentary series on Netflix. I just finished a series on historic British murders. Now, I’m watching a documentary series on the mysteries of history. This episode specifically is about the history of Abraham Lincoln. I’m absolutely loving this. Anyways, beer.

barebear

ABV: 7%

Style: Sahti

Trivia: According to brewery website, “Bare Bear, at 7% ABV, is actually fairly weak when compared to traditional examples that would range from 7 to 9% ABV. We also don’t use any of the traditional equipment, because, well, we don’t have it. But we do add juniper berries to the mash and then again in the kettle along with oak staves that impart a tannic character to the final beer. We use a saison yeast instead of bread yeast because we like it better and we use stainless steel fermenters instead of milk jugs because we are a commercial brewery and our customers would probably get mad if we served the beer flat out of old milk jugs. Consumers today are way to particular for my tastes.”

Random: We have a lot of birds in the front yard. I love watching them since we have so many different species.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy mahogany color with no carbonation due to how dark the beer was. On the nose, I picked up caramel malt, brown sugar with a touch of fresh spearmint. The taste was much less sweet than the nose. I tasted juniper berries, peppermint and spearmint. Then, there was some plum sweetness with grain and toast. The body was light with equally minimal carbonation. The booze didn’t come through on the taste. It had a quick and herbal finish. A single bottle of this was $3, which broke down to $.25 per ounce. I thought this was an interesting beer and enjoyed it, although some of the flavors were a bit disjointed.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is a beer that I was very excited to have. I love smores and if you combine a beer with smores and execute it well, I’m incredibly happy.

coffeedinosmores

ABV: 10.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We worked with Metric Coffee this for this years Coffee Dinosmores. Looking to highlight and expand upon the roasty, smokey aspect of the beer we chose a single origin bean from Sumatra – Ibu Rumani with classic dominant chocolate, pipe tobacco and cherry notes because big, dumb stupid flavors in the right proportions can be delicate and nuanced as well”

Random: One of the breweries we go to by the house has smores for dessert.

This beer poured with half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color with no visible carbonation. The nose had roasted malt, dark chocolate and marshmallows that provided some sweetness. It had some smoke and a touch of alcohol. The taste was superbly balanced. I picked up notes of dark chocolate and heavy cream up front. The smoke came through next with vanilla and marshmallows. and sweetness. It had a thick body with some booze with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with dark chocolate. This was an expensive beer at $8.99 a bottle, which broke down to $.75 per ounce. This beer was outstanding. Even though it was an expensive beer, I would get this again and give it a year or so to age.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

I have a few days before I head back to Jersey. I cannot wait to get home. One of the things I’ve found that California does not do well is pizza. The site that I am stationed at gets pizza every few days and the best pizza they can find comes from Costco. It’s fine, but it’s not Jersey pizza. I will say that the tacos here are really, really good. The weather is nice too, although a bit too warm for my liking. Anyways, let’s talk about this beer from Chicago.

lepredateur

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A beret-wearing, baguette-eating, mustached farmhouse ale made with French malts, French saison yeast, and Australian hops… what?”

Random: This is a fall seasonal release.

The beer poured with a half of a finger of white head. It dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of sweet honey. There was also banana and bubblegum. There was also some clove. The taste had a lot of banana. Apricot came through too. The next thing that came through was yeast and clove with coriander. White pepper finished the sip. It had a thick body for the style with high carbonation. The finish was quick with spice. A single cost me $3, which came to $.25 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot. It had really nice depth and flavor. I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0