Beer Reviews


Dunkelweizen

Zwei Brewing Co.

By Rowland Wasgatt on Monday, October 23, 2017

Beer Style:Bavarian-style Wheat
City:Fort Collins, CO
Rating:8.7 out of 10
Smell:Banana and slight plum mixed with allspice.
Taste:Mixed notes of banana, chocolate and allspice upfront and nice creamy plum finish.
ABV:5.25%
IBU:12
Ingredients:Hallertau Magnum hops and uses a Weiss yeast.
Impression:This traditional German dark wheat beer (Dunkel=dark;Weizen=wheat) has a lot of character you don't get from the usual wheat beer. The usual banana and clove flavors are there, but the additional chocolate and plum really give this more heartiness. A perfect beer for the fall if you're looking to get away from the usual pumpkin beers that tend to dominate this time of year. A good dark amber color and creamy head give this even more uniqueness. This beer really brings the "fall feeling" with its flavors and color.
Zwei Brewing Company - Dunkelweizen 2017

Moonbeam

Equinox Brewing Co.

By Rowland Wasgatt on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Beer Style:Belgian White IPA
City:Fort Collins, CO
Rating:9 out of 10
Smell:Citrus and slight pear.
Taste:Upfront sweet pear mixed with lemon and a piney backbone.
ABV:6.6%
IBU:63
Ingredients:Malt: 2-row, Carafoam and White Wheat. Hops: Simcoe, Centenial, Amarillo and Cascade. Yeast: Trappist high gravity.
Impression:This is one of the more interesting IPAs out there. There's a strong upfront fruitiness/citrus tone where the theme of pear jumps right out at you. A good piney bitterness you come to expect from an IPA on the backend. Apparently, it's the Belgian yeast that gives this beer its strong fruitiness overtone. Lots of variety and character to discover in this brew the more you drink this fun IPA. Very balanced and great for a balmy summer day even though it's not a session beer per se. This should be available in the Equinox taproom for at least the next month. Enjoy!
Equinox Brewing Company - Moonbeam Belgian White IPA 2017

Hüll Melon

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co.

By Rowland Wasgatt on Friday, June 23, 2017

Beer Style:Session IPA
City:Fort Collins, CO
Rating:8.8 out of 10
Smell:Slight lemon grass and citrus.
Taste:Upfront pine and nice light mixing of peach and cantaloupe.
ABV:4.5%
IBU:Not listed
Ingredients:Hüll Melon hops and Mandarina Bavaria hops.
Impression:This light golden straw-colored beer is quite refreshing where one can find themselves quaffing this in large gulps. It has a nice light body that's perfect for the summer, and a head that's a good bubbly mix of upfront pine and lingering citrus. A slight fusion of peach and cantaloupe dance around on your palette as well. You can find this limited one-off brew at bars in various locations, but it's best you just visit Horse & Dragon to grab this unique concoction and take some home. This beer really welcomes in the summer months. Here's to the summer solstice and longer days!
Horse and Dragon Brewing Company - Hüll Melon 2017

Hellerbock

Zwei Brewing

By Rowland Wasgatt on Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Beer Style:Maibock
City:Fort Collins, CO
Rating:9.1 out of 10
Smell:Strong and malty.
Taste:Upfront bready sweetness and nice spicy bite on the backbone with a nice hop finish.
ABV:7.6%
IBU:35
Ingredients:A lager yeast was used for fermentation and the hops used was Hallertau Mittelfrueh.
Impression:This traditional German Maibock has a very soft bready malt flavor upfront with a honed spicy alcohol backbone finishing with a nice floral hop. The Lombardi brothers made another outstanding German seasonal here. This Maibock comes across as a session beer on first sip, but by the end of your first pint you notice this is a pretty strong brew clocking in at 7.6%. Get to Zwei quickly for this great seasonal spring beer because it won't be back around until next year.
Zwei Brewing - Maibock 2017

Shark Attack

Rally King Brewing

By Rowland Wasgatt on Friday, March 17, 2017

Beer Style:India Pale Ale
City:Fort Collins, CO
Rating:8.5 out of 10
Smell:Very strong sweet blood red orange and citrus.
Taste:Upfront sweet orange with a touch of grapefruit and decent piney hop bite on the backbone.
ABV:7.4%
IBU:70
Ingredients:The only ingredients published are blood red orange added to the Surfer Girl IPA.
Impression:This IPA is an infused version of their Surfer Girl IPA where blood red orange is added. The sweetness and citrus of the blood red orange does override the usual hoppiness you get from the Surfer Girl. There's a nice pink grapefruit coloring to this version of IPA. So, if you're looking for a more refereshing version of an IPA this is a great beer. This beer really welcomes in the spring months and is perfect for those looking for their first IPA to try. Upfront orange sweetness with a touch of grapefruit lulls you into the beer, and the "shark attack" comes at the end with a nice piney hop bite. Not sure how long this brew will be around, but you should try this one at Rally King in their taproom before it runs dry.
Rally King Brewing - Shark Attack IPA 2017

Pat's Porter

Maxline Brewing

By Rowland Wasgatt on Friday, February 17, 2017

Beer Style:Porter
City:Fort Collins, CO
Rating:8.9 out of 10
Smell:A good mix of coffee and chocolate.
Taste:Rich smooth coffee/chocolate and a small hop bite on backend.
ABV:7.4%
IBU:33
Ingredients:Ingredients not listed.
Impression:A really nice sweet and roasty chocolaty beer made by Maxline Brewing here. On the back of the tongue you get a nice little hop bite which adds a nice depth to this Porter. A good tan and creamy head that's characteristic of a standard Porter. Really mellows out the more you drink it, but keeps its roasted chocolate character. This is a standard beer you can find at the taproom of Maxline Brewing, and you should go out of your way to try this beer. A top notch Porter for sure.
Maxline Brewing - Pat's Porter 2017

Dopplebock

Prost Brewing

By Rowland Wasgatt on Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Beer Style:Dopplebock or "Double Bock"
City:Fort Collins, CO
Rating:8.7 out of 10
Smell:Slight caramel sweetness and nuttiness.
Taste:Rich smooth caramel sweetness and a nice little hop bite.
ABV:8.9%
IBU:26
Ingredients:Brewed with Hallertau hops and Munich 1, Munich 2, Carafa malts.
Impression:This traditional German Dopplebock is a nice smooth winter warmer. Most winter warmers are malt foward and have a high alcohol content and this beer doesn't disappoint. A very rich and malty beer, but yet smooth at the same time. Much sweeter than a traditional German Bock but strikes a good balance with the malts, but still gives a nice little hop bite when it hits the mid-region of the tongue. In the end, another return to the rich smooth sweetness of this beer. A great winter beer for sure and a "warmer" because of it's high ABV. Prost!
Prost Brewing - Dopplebock 2016

Sled God - Winter Warmer

By Rowland Wasgatt on Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Beer Name:Sled God
Beer Style:Brown ale
Brewery:Fort Collins Brewery
City:Fort Collins, CO
Rating:8.9 out of 10
Smell:Nuttiness and coffee.
Taste:Upfront sugary booziness with coffee and hazelnut flavors with a good oak finish.
ABV:6.8%
IBU:30
Ingredients:Brewed with Magnum hops, brown sugar, coffee and aged on American oak.
Impression:Truly a complex brown ale where the different flavors really move across your palate nicely. At first, this brown ale seems like a boozy beer but finishes very smooth. A good mix of coffee, hazelnut and an almost burnt sugar (probably coming from the brown sugar) flavor gives this beer great character. There is just the right amount of bite coming from the Magnum hops adding to the complexity. I must say that I've really enjoyed what the brewers at Fort Collins Brewery have been concocting lately, and "Sled God" is no exception. Also, Sled God is a variation of their old "Big Shot" Winter Warmer seasonal, and this is a great improvement to what was an already great beer. Keep in mind that the Fort Collins Brewery says this beer pairs well with peanut butter brittle or a duck confit. Here's to the coming winter. Cheers!
Fort Collins Brewery - Sled God 2016

The Noble One - Belgian Quad

By Rowland Wasgatt on Friday, October 14, 2016

Beer Name:The Noble One
Beer Style:Belgian Quad
Brewery:High Hops Brewery
City:Windsor, CO
Rating:8.6 out of 10
Smell:Slight fruity plum and caramel.
Taste:Up-front malted milk ball (like Whoppers candy) and a nice little hop bite in the finish.
ABV:10.6%
IBU:26
Ingredients:Brewed with the noble hops, Spalt & Saaz.
Impression:This beer is like liquifying the candy called "Whoppers" and giving it a nice kick. This Belgian-style Quad, or quadrupel, is a heavyweight brew that sits at 10.6% ABV and is brewed by High Hops Brewery in Windsor, CO. This is a very malt-forward beer that has won numerous awards in the last several years. These awards include a gold medal at the Denver International Beer Competiton in 2014, a double gold at the Las Vegas International Beer Fest in 2015, and a bronze at the Best of Craft Beer in Oregon in 2016. High Hops says one will "guard this precious beer like the Gryphon guards his greatest treasures." Or you could just hide this brew behind the cheap swill in your fridge, or in the basement in a dark corner and save it for a later date. Also, this is a standard beer you can always find at the High Hops Brewery itself, and in bombers at some local liquor stores throughout Northern Colorado.
High Hops Brewery - The Noble One 2016

Excèntrico V2 - Tequila Barrel-Aged Pale Ale

By Rowland Wasgatt on Friday, September 16, 2016

Beer Name:Excèntrico
Beer Style:Tequila Barrel-Aged Pale Ale
Brewery:Jessup Farm Barrel House
City:Fort Collins, CO
Rating:8.9 out of 10
Smell:pine and peach cobbler with slight woodiness mixed with tequila.
Taste:A hop/piney and fruity mouthfeel with a subtle alcohol forwardness and a nice return to the hop in the finish.
ABV:5.7%
IBU:Not listed
Ingredients:Not listed.
Impression:This is Jessup Farm's second version of this pale ale and was bottled on 9/8/16. There's no mistaking the peach cobbler aroma when a glass of this beer approaches your senses. The mixing of the pine aromatics with the fruity overtones is a nice touch. Compared to most barrel-aged beers, there isn't a strong tequila and alcohol flavor. It's very subtle and it balances well with the hops and pale malts used here. Overall a very smooth and drinkable beer, and pale ale drinkers will very much enjoy this unique twist on a pale. It must be said, if Jessup Farm is doing this well with their other barrel-aged ales one must go out of their way to get this and other beers they brew up.
Jessup Farm Barrel House - Excèntrico 2016

Jynx - Black French Saison

By Rowland Wasgatt on Friday, July 15, 2016

Beer Name:Jynx
Beer Style:Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Brewery:Wiley Roots Brewing Co.
City:Greeley, CO
Rating:8.6 out of 10
Smell:Roasted coffee with a fruity subtleness.
Taste:Strong upfront malty chocolate spiciness and body with slight notes of raisin or plum, and nice smooth mixing of blackberry and raspberry fruit throughout.
ABV:6.2%
IBU:24
Ingredients:German Rye, German Caraffa, Chilean Black Pearl Barley, blackberries and raspberries.
Impression:A very deceptive beer made by Wiley Roots here. When poured into a glass this beer is very dark and gives you the feeling that you're about to embark on a very strong ale. However, this beer is quite smooth from beginning to the very end. A very nice spice from the rye used in this beer with slight notes of plum and raisin at the start. The blackberries and raspberries used in this brew jump out at the end giving this a nice pleasant finish. Wiley Roots has made a very nice easy drinking Saison here. If you don't like "dark beers", don't let that stop you and give this beer a serious try.
Wiley Roots Brewing Co. - Jynx 2016

Colorado Red

By Rowland Wasgatt on Friday, June 17, 2016

Beer Name:Colorado Red
Beer Style:American Red Ale
Brewery:Snowbank Brewing
City:Fort Collins, CO
Rating:8.4 out of 10
Smell:Slight caramel sweetness and a resiny and citrus hoppiness.
Taste:A very strong upfront piny hoppiness and slight fruity hop, and a very clean malty finish with lingering bitter pine on the tongue.
ABV:7.0%
IBU:45
Ingredients:Ingredients aren't listed.
Impression:A really great American Red Ale that isn't too hoppy, but it does hit you with the hop upfront which almost hides the fruity hop blended into this beer if you aren't looking for it. A smooth malty finish and a nice return to the hop with a nice resiny lingering on the tongue. Nice deep amber color that's very inviting, and this beer really mellows nicely after each sip. In my opinion, one of the nicest reds I've had in awhile. One can pick these up at the brewery itself in bomber bottles at a very reasonable price for $8. If you like red ales, highly recommend giving this one a go.
Snowbank Brewing - Colorado Red 2016

Pilsner

By Rowland Wasgatt on Saturday, May 7, 2016

Beer Name:Pilsner
Beer Style:Southern German Pilsner
Brewery:Zwei Brewing Company
City:Fort Collins, CO
Rating:8.7 out of 10
Smell:Slight graininess and mild floral herbal hoppiness.
Taste:A bit of sweetness upfront with a nice hoppy finish.
ABV:5.1%
IBU:38
Ingredients:Traditional lager yeast with German Hallertau Tradition & Mittelfrueh hops.
Impression:Simply put, this is a beer that both domestic and craft beer drinkers can appreciate. A very refreshing and mild beer made in the South German tradition consisting of ingredients imported from Germany, yet brewed in Fort Collins, CO. A nice sweetness upfront and a great hoppy finish, which is perfect heading into the summer months. Just a solid German Pilsner for everyone to enjoy. Zwei Brewing brews many traditional German beers, but also experiments with Belgian and American styles as well. Those who only drink Budweiser or Coors, this beer will get you coming back to Zwei and appreciating craft beer. I promise you!
Zwei Brewing Company - German Pilsner 2016

Tropic King

By Rowland Wasgatt on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Beer Name:Tropic King
Beer Style:Imperial Saison
Brewery:Funkwerks
City:Fort Collins, CO
Rating:8.9 out of 10
Smell:Peach, Citrus, spice and biscuit.
Taste:Upfront tartness of passion fruit and slight hop bitterness, and a peppery peach/mango alcohol finish.
ABV:8.0%
IBU:30
Ingredients:Munich malts & New Zealand Rakua hops.
Impression:Funkwerks sold me some time ago on the Saison ale style. Always a solid brew comes from here, and this particular beer was an accident that needed to happen. According to Funkwerks, they accidently added extra malts to a hoppier version of their original Saison and out came this masterful malted beverage. Lots of variance of citrus fruits slide along the tongue from beginning to finish. Starting with a subtle passion fruit and biscuity flavor, and ending with a strong velvety peach/mango peppery flavor. The enduring tone here is the biscuit malt and peach flavors. Apparently, this beer pairs well with "hula hooping", but I've lost those abilities some time ago. The hula hooping not the beer drinking.
Funkwerks - Tropic King Imperial Saison 2016

Transatlantique Kriek

By Rowland Wasgatt on Saturday, March 5, 2016

Beer Name:Transatlantique Kriek
Beer Style:Blended Cherry Lambic (Kriek) w/ Sour ale
Brewery:New Belgium Brewing Company(Fort Collins) & Old Beersel(Belgium)
City:Fort Collins, CO
Rating:9.0 out of 10
Smell:An intense sour cherry.
Taste:A bright upfront sour cherry and a tart tonic-like mouth feel.
ABV:8.0%
IBU:8
Ingredients:Sour cherried lambic from Belgium & a Sour/Wild ale (Called Felix) from New Belgium.
Impression:Wow. This collaboration between New Belgium Brewing & Old Beersel of Belgium is exactly why brewers should collaborate more. First, they make a soured cherry lambic (Kriek) in Belgium at the Old Beersel brewery, and ship it across the Atlantic Ocean where New Belgium mixes their Sour/Wild ale named "Felix" (and a Golden brew to the mix as well) to create this beautiful gem. Another fruit-type beer I've fallen in love with, and why it's important to always look to challenge your beliefs when it comes to beer. Be careful though. This beer comes in at 8% so share it with a friend. Look for this seasonal brew in the typical New Belgium bomber and enjoy.
New Belgium Brewing - Transantlantique Kriek 2016

Friek

By Rowland Wasgatt on Friday, February 12, 2016

Beer Name:Friek
Beer Style:Kriek Lambic Ale
Brewery:Odell Brewing Co.
City:Fort Collins, CO
Rating:8.7 out of 10
Smell:Mild soured mixed berries.
Taste:A nice blast of upfront tart berries and a dry cherry finish.
ABV:6.9%
IBU:7
Ingredients:Colorado cherries, fresh raspberries and aged in oak barrels.
Impression:Never been one to like fruit beers much, but Odell Brewing sells me again. This mixing of Kriek & Framboise styles (others call it an American Wild Sour ale) is usually available as a seasonal towards the end of October. It's also aged in oak barrels and really has a great berry fruit tartness upfront, and a nice simple dry finish. Simply put, whatever you may call it, I call it awesomeness in a bottle and can't get enough of the greatness of Odell's ingenuity here. The tartness of this beer eases as you progress through the bottle, and allows the cherry to really come out more. Can't wait for the next batch.
Odell Brewing Co. - Friek Lambic/American Sour ale

There Goes The Neighborhood - Belgian Rye Saison

By Rowland Wasgatt on Friday, January 8, 2016

Beer Name:There Goes The Neighborhood
Beer Style:Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Brewery:Black Bottle Brewery
City:Fort Collins, CO
Rating:8.4 out of 10
Smell:immediate citrus and lemon.
Taste:Familiar upfront spiciness you get from rye malts and a nice clean citrus and bready back note that finishes quickly and smoothly.
ABV:7.3%
IBU:33
Ingredients:As it says on the bottle,"Malt,hops, water, yeast, Mr. Brett & love"
Impression:Bam! As soon as the bottle opens you're hit with citrus and lemony smells. A savory spice from the rye is very much appreciated at the beginning, another hit of the lemon and bready notes, and a very clean finish makes this saison an easy one to handle. Hold on though, because this light-bodied beer packs a decent punch weighing in at 7.3%, and it's a big bomber bottle to boot (Say that 5 times real fast). This beer is brewed with love and SHOULD be enjoyed anytime you can get your grubby hands on a bottle.
Black Bottle Brewery - There Goes The Neighborhood

Big Shot Seasonal Ale

By Rowland Wasgatt on Saturday, December 26, 2015

Beer Name:Big Shot
Beer Style:Winter Warmer/Brown Ale
Brewery:Fort Collins Brewery
City:Fort Collins, CO
Rating:8.3 out of 10
Smell:mild nuttiness.
Taste:A mix of hazelnut and caramel/toffee flavors upfront, and a smooth spiciness on the backend that likes to linger on the tongue.
ABV:6.0%
IBU:38
Ingredients:No ingredients posted for this beer.
Impression: This winter warmer pours with a brown to reddish copper color, smell is barely there, and doesn't have a lot of head at all. However, this beer has huge flavor, goes down smooth and is spicier than most brown ales out there. Phenominal mixing of malted flavors from the first sip to the last, and the caramel/toffee mixed with the nuttiness makes this winter seasonal a must have every holiday season. Best when had in a comfy recliner next to a raging fireplace. Don't let this beer pass you by before the end of winter!
Fort Collins Brewery - Big Shot Winter Seasonal

Mountain Standard

By Rowland Wasgatt on Thursday, November 12, 2015

Beer Name:Mountain Standard
Beer Style:Double Black India Pale Ale
Brewery:Odell Brewing Company
City:Fort Collins, CO
Rating:8.9 out of 10
Smell:chocolate, orange candy, caramel, and a slight bitterness.
Taste:Upfront strong malty chocolatey/orange with a smooth caramel on the back tongue, and nice hoppy finish.
ABV:9.5%
IBU:60
Ingredients:brewed with Colorado hops from the western slope.
Impression:This Double Black IPA has big upfront roasted malt flavor with a mix of chocolate and orange candy, and a nice hoppy bite on the backend that fades quickly making this fall seasonal very drinkable. A bold maltiness, but not so bold that you can only have one. This is a very balanced beer between the strong roasted malts and the robust hoppy finish. On the bottle it states,"Go ahead. Give in to the dark side." But, don't give in too much Luke because this dark beer weighs in at 9.5%, and will surely do you in if you're not too careful. A truly classic fall seasonal from Odell Brewing Co.!
Odell Brewing Co. - Mountain Standard Double Black India Pale Ale

Pure Imagination Double Oatmeal Stout

By Rowland Wasgatt on Friday, October 23, 2015

Beer Name:Pure Imagination
Beer Style:Oatmeal Stout
Brewery:Verboten Brewing
City:Loveland, CO
Rating:8.5 out of 10
Smell:chocolate, coffee and slight caramel.
Taste:Upfront strong malty chocolate and coffee with a smooth caramel finish.
ABV:6.0%
IBU:32
Ingredients:brewed with English malts, American yeast, and Goldings hops.
Impression:This Double Oatmeal Stout was the 2014 World Beer Cup Silver Medal winner, and packs a good flavor punch upfront with the chocolate and coffee notes. The smooth creamy caramel finish is a nice touch, and later the coffee notes come back for a dance on the tongue. Also, the more you have you start to notice the hops upfront bitterness as well, which gives it a great addition to its already stellar character. Expected a creamier head on the this, but didn't ruin its drink-ability. Many returns to this robust stout for sure.
Verboten Brewing - Pure Imagination Double Oatmeal Stout