Archive for the ‘Uinta Brewing Company’ Category

So, I’m off for the rest of the week before I start my new job. It’s really rainy here and I got an oil change this morning. I also got Val’s watch a new battery and am trying to take a stain out of the marble tile in the bathroom downstairs. I also did the dishes and have a load of laundry going. Val has already yelled at to me relax, which I seemingly have any issue doing. So, I’ve parked myself on the couch to bang out a few reviews.

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ABV: 4%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This tart and salty ale smells of fresh lemon rind and coastal sea breeze. Wheat malts give this beer flavors of freshly baked bread and coriander.”

Random: If not for anything else, this beer gets points for the punny name.

This beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw yellow in color. There was a lot of carbonation that was visible in the body. The nose had sea salt and coriander up front with lemon zest. The first thing that struck me was that it wasn’t nearly tart enough for the style. It did have the sea salt and coriander not, but just needed that tartness. The body was heavier than normal for the style with high carbonation. It had a quick and unremarkable finish. A can of this was $1.37, which came $.11 per ounce, which was really affordable, but just needed more tartness. There are many other goses on the shelf that I would reach for before this one.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

So, I have been spending a lot of time in Ohio, covering a site that had no management. Where I am staying is like chain restaurant heaven. I also can’t find a place for decent Italian food, so I’ve been craving it when I’ve been home. They have a chain pizza place called Donato’s that has almonds and cinnamon on their Hawaiian pizza. Val thinks I’m crazy for liking it, but it is quite good.

farmside

ABV: 5.6%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Boasting funk & fruit notes from white wine must and gooseberries, this earthy saison is approachable yet complex.”

Random: I tried Donato’s chicken bruschetta pizza and wasn’t a huge fan.

The brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was hazy, light yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose had lemon peel and a lot of spice. It had a white grape characteristic that partnered well with the bready yeast. What surprised me about the taste was that it was more grassy than spicy. The spice characteristic was present, but not prevalent. There was a brightness from the lemon flesh note and also a crackery yeast note. The body was too thin and had high carbonation. It had a quick finish with grass. A bottle set me back $1.50, which came to $.12 per ounce. This one had a decent price, but it needed more depth. I wouldn’t have this one again, there are better selections on the market.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Today’s beer is from a brewery that gets relatively wide distribution in New Jersey, but I haven’t tried many of their beers, nor do I see a lot of reviews of their beers. This can is one I think Val picked up for me to finish out a mixed six-pack. The can art is pretty whimsical, so hopefully the liquid inside is halfway decent.

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ABV: 9.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our trail blazing double IPA hauls a bold hop profile featuring heavy pine, orange rind, and guava with a sweet malty finish.”

Random: This is a year-round offering from Uinta. I also wish they gave a slightly more comprehensive description of the beer.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a small crown on top of the slightly hazy, bright orange body. There was light carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of caramel malt sweetness. It went into notes of mint, pine needles and grapefruit. The taste was filled with piney hops and old grapefruit zest. Then, some caramel malt came through and gave it sweetness. It also had a prominent alcohol note. The body was thick and syrupy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with syrupy pine and booze. A single can of this was $2.25, which broke down to $.19 per ounce. This beer was alright, but the booze needed to be better integrated. I wouldn’t rush to have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I’m glad that regular television is back. One of our favorite summer shows, “So You Think You Can Dance” featured kids dancing this year. A bunch of the dances struck me as really inappropriate for kids that age, so I refused to watch it.

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ABV: 7.2%

Style: Biere de Garde

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Uinta Brewing Company embarked upon its mission of brewing world class, full-flavored, craft-brewed beer in the winter of 1993. From a small, renovated mechanic’s garage located in Salt Lake City, Uinta began distributing a tasty variety of beer ranging from 4.0% to over 10% alcohol by volume to local bars, restaurants, and liquor stores. Demand escalated, resulting in the installation of a bottling line in 1996. Then, in 2001, having outgrown its original building, Uinta built and relocated to a 26,000-square-foot facility, pictured above, specifically designed for brewing beer. Uinta Brewing is named after an east-west mountain range located in northeastern Utah. Many of Uinta’s beer names are inspired by Utah’s diverse landscapes or have historical significance. Cutthroat Pale Ale, Uinta’s flagship beer, is named after Utah’s state fish. Subsequent beer names followed suit, such as King’s Peak Porter, named after Utah’s highest peak, Golden Spike Hefeweizen, named after the spike used to commemorate the completion of the transcontinental railroad in Utah, and Dubhe, named after the Utah Centennial star.”

Random: I’m craving Thai food again.

This beer poured with a three finger, thick, off white head. It took a long time to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark orange with a lot of floaties in the glass. I couldn’t see how much carbonation was in the beer because of how cloudy it was. The nose was filled with oak and grape notes. There was also an alcohol note. The taste was incredibly bready. There was also a nutty note with yeast and light spice notes. The alcohol was not as apparent in the taste as the nose. Grape came through as well with light spice. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with yeast and light spice. The bomber was $9, which came to $.41 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer, but I wouldn’t rush back to have it again. I wanted it to have more oak.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This is the second collaboration beer that I’ve had from Uinta. Val and I love the owls on the bottle and that’s pretty much why it came home with us. The first bottle is proudly displayed on that bar, where I’ve put the empty of this one as well. Let’s see how it fared.

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ABV: 6%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to luekensliquors.com, “Brewing in collaboration with homebrewer Tom Shivers, this saison exhibits notes of subtle spice and fruit esters balanced by delicate malt character. Cahoots boasts earthy saison yeast characteristics with refreshing citrus fruit flavors and aromas.”

Random: At some point, I really should post some pictures of the bar. It’s all beer themed and that’s where I’ve put all of my beer books. It looks really nice. That will be a project for next week.

This beer poured with a huge, four finger, pure-white head that dissipated slowly and left light lacing on my Brewer’s Art glass. The body was clear (which I didn’t expect) and light orange in color with high carbonation. The nose was citrus-y with grapefruit peel and orange and finished with coriander. The taste was very light, but what flavor I picked up was lemon. Lemon zest and lemon pulp. There was also coriander and grains of paradise as well, but again, very small amounts of flavor were imparted from both. The body was overly thin and carbonation was present and enough for the style. The bomber was $8.99 (with the NJCB discount), which was $.41 per ounce. Although I really like the bottle on this one, I won’t be having it again. It needed way more flavor.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

My other half picked this bottle out. Since she dislikes hoppy beers, this would be really shocking that she would want this beer. But, when you look at the bottle, it’s not surprising. It’s not the beer inside that she wanted, it was the label art. In the cart it went.

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ABV: 9.4%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Uinta Brewing Company introduces Cahoots Double Rye IPA, brewed in collaboration with a decorated local homebrewer, Chris Detrick. Uinta developed the idea for an annual limited release brand, one that would rotate in beer style and, more importantly, feature a collaboration recipe. In the summer of 2012, Uinta head brewer Kevin Ely in cahoots with (see what they did there?) Chris Detrick, began the research and development process for Uinta’s first Cahoots. Together, Detrick and Uinta developed a Double Rye IPA, a bigger, bolder, hoppier version of Detrick’s award winning Rye IPA recipe. Two types of malted rye and loads of malted barley combine with CTZ and Chinook hop varities to create this subtly spicy and distinctly hoppy beer. Bold and rich, Cahoots Double Rye IPA is bottle conditioned and has an ABV of 9.4%. Scheduled to hit select shelves in early June, Cahoots is a limited release beer, only 120bbls were brewed. Keeping with Uinta’s Crooked Line tradition of supporting local art talent, Cahoot’s label art was produced by Andy Chase, a local print artist. This is the first time Uinta has collaborated with Chase for a Crooked Line label.”

Random: This is only the 4th beer that I’ve had from Uinta.

This brew poured with an insanely large, ecru colored head that took forever to dissipate. The head was really fluffy and thick as well. There was lots of lacing left on my IPA glass. The body was a dark, clear, chestnut color with generous carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of spice with rye and grapefruit along with a touch of cinnamon. The taste had a lot of caramel malt with some graham cracker. Rye came through next with some spiciness. Then, I got hops with notes of pine sap and warming alcohol. The body was on the thicker side without being cloying with high carbonation. It had a long finish with rye and warm booze. I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely have it again. If you see, grab it for the stuff inside, not just for the adorable bottle.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

It’s officially football Sunday. Because my girlfriend has FIOS, we do not get the game on tv. She is really sweet and tries to find ways for me to watch it, but we’ve (and by “we,” I mean “me”) settled on having Gamecast on the computer and listening to the commentary through satellite radio. What I should also mention is that she is not a sports fan and refers to all sports as “sportsball,” so the fact that she is okay with me screaming at the television/computer/radio is quite adorable. As I settle in for the first half, this is a beer that she picked out while in Philly.
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ABV: 4%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Malt and hops accented with roasted pumpkin and spices of the season. A subtle hint of vanilla and honey. Punk’n is a wonderful compliment to foods with nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove flavors. Try it with roasted turkey, squash or pumpkin ravioli, peach cobbler, or pumpkin cheesecake.”

Random: Although Uinta is distributed in NJ, it’s a bit on the hard to find side. I’ll find a few beer stores that will have it for a month or two, and then I can’t find anything from them.

This beer poured with a finger of slightly off white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy dark orange color with moderate carbonation visible throughout. The nose had a lot of spice, specifically ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg with some pumpkin at the end. The taste was brighter than the typical pumpkin beer. I got orange zest, cinnamon and nutmeg with pumpkin puree. The body was lighter than expected with high carbonation. It had a medium long finish with orange zest and pumpkin notes. I really enjoyed this beer. The addition of the orange that I picked up made it just a touch different from every other pumpkin beer. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0