Paradox Skully Barrel No. 57: Pina Cielo

Tonight’s selection is a barrel aged sour. I really tend to like those, so I was excited to open it.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Every beer that Paradox Beer Company produces is barrel-aged and bottle-conditioned. In 2012, Jeff, Brian and David, equipped with over 30 years of combined professional brewing experience, founded Paradox Beer Company. Paradox Beer Company produces original and rare beers which honor the uncertainty of nature bound with rigorous quality testing, providing one-of-a-kind flavors that could only be produced by Paradox.”

Random: There’s another brewery called Paradox based in the Adirondacks. I haven’t tried anything from them yet.

The brew poured with a half a finger of white, wispy head. It dissipated quickly with no lacing left on the glass. The body was a cloudy orange/light yellow color. There was no carbonation visible due to the cloudiness. The nose was filled with pineapple, apricot, peach and white vinegar. There was also a touch of oak and light vanilla as well. The taste was moderately sour. It had a nice vinegar presence that quickly followed up with pineapple, apricot and a touch of mango. I didn’t pick up on any of the cinnamon. There was a pleasant amount of wine barrel with oak. The alcohol was well-hidden. The finish was lengthy and sour with moderate carbonation. I wonder if their year or so of age this beer has mellowed out the barrel. Either way, this was an enjoyable beer and I’m glad I got to try it. I just wish I picked up some of the warm spice that was supposed to be there.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Paradox Honey, Genmai Gunpowder

We’re now to the point that we’re watching the actual award show. Sarah Paulson just won for American Crime Story, which I loved. I thought the entire cast was great. It’s one of those series that I could binge on. I’m curious to see which crime the next mini series chooses. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

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ABV: 8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Paradox Beer Company produces original and rare beers which honor the uncertainty of nature bound with rigorous quality testing, providing one-of-a-kind flavors that could only be produced by Paradox.”

Random: We drink a lot of iced green tea at home. We go through about a case per week.

The beer poured with a three finger, slightly off white head. It went away very slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw-yellow color with a lot of carbonation. The nose was bright with floral notes and honey. It also had a touch of sourness. What I didn’t get was any green tea. The taste was more interesting. It had some citric tartness that quickly went into wildflower honey. Finally, the green tea came through and was relatively strong. It also had oak and vanilla. The body was quite light and the ABV was imperceptible. High carbonation was there too. The finish was lengthy and bright with flowers and oak. The bottle was $15, which came to $.89, which is certainly on the more expensive side. But, I thought this beer was outstanding and the green tea really added something to the flavor.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Paradox Skully Barrel No. 35

Last time I went to The Craft Beer Outlet, they had some Paradox in stock. I didn’t know that Philly got their beers and was insanely excited to give it a shot.

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ABV: 8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Salted and dried plums, or Saladitos, are a popular savory candy available in Mexican specialty markets. To create this drinkable homage, we’ve paired those satisfying sweet and salty plum flavors with the tart citrus peel bite of our white wine barrel-aged sour golden ale. What you are holding is a vibrant and piquant beverage meant to stimulate your mind and appetite.”

Random: I really hope the Eagles are decent this year.

This beer poured with a two finger, thin white head. It dissipated instantly and was gone by the time I took the picture. The body was a bright and golden-orange. It was very hazy, so I could not see any carbonation. The nose had a pleasant tartness to it. It had bright citrus along with a musty white wine grape note. After a few sips, it also had a wet dirt note that was unexpected, but not off-putting. The taste was a bit more sweet. I’ve never had Salditos, but I could pick up an overripe plum note. It had a sugary sweetness that overwhelmed the tartness. The alcohol was hidden. It also had a pepper note that didn’t seem to fit with the beer. After it warmed, there was also a warm, oak and vanilla note. The body had moderate thickness with generous carbonation. The finish was lengthy with sugar plums. I liked this beer a lot. It was unique and had incredibly amounts of depth. This is definitely worth a try, despite it being expensive at $18 ($1.12 per ounce).

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0