Bob’s Beer Bits and Sips
New Releases and Seasonal Offerings
Upslope Brewing Company
Citra Pale Ale
The Boulder, CO-based Upslope Brewing Company has introduced this very tropical fruit aroma pale ale, which on Feb. 1 replaces its first beer released eight years ago, the Pale Ale. The Citra Pale Ale has been a tap room favorite for years and is now available year round in 12-ounce six-packs, twelve-packs, Mix Boxes, and on draft. I found it to be quite juicy and to my palate made me think of it as more of an IPA than a Pale Ale, which just goes to show how far the American palate has progressed in its love and appreciation of bright, citrusy hops.
Victory Brewing Company
Fans of the Downingtown, PA-based Victory Brewing’s crowd favorite Golden Monkey will want to try this ramped up version. This Monkey has the same ABV 9.5% as its tamer sibling and is brewed with Pilsner malt, coriander seed, Tettnang and whole flower Hallertau hops and fermented with three different yeast strains including Brettanomyces yeasts, which gives it a marked wild, tart character. Golden Monkey devotees owe it to themselves to take a walk on the wild side and take this complex Monkey out for a spin. This Sour Brett Triple is now available year round.
Great Divide Brewing Company Espresso Oak Aged Yeti
I’ve long been a big fan of Great Divide Brewing Company’s Imperial Stout that is named for a mythical creature, which I was drawn to due to its thick, chocolaty-sweet malty richness. The Denver-based brewery also has a version that marries the chocolate notes with the dry roast of coffee along with caramel and wood from the oak barrel aging. When this beer was first formulated Great Divide Founder Brian Dunn and the people from Pablo’s Coffee, a highly respected local coffee roaster, worked for quite a while to get the blend just right, adding espresso to Oak Aged Yeti a little at a time until they found the perfect balance. At 9.5% ABV this seasonal offering is a good candidate for aging…that is, if you can resist popping it open. For those that love coffee, chocolate and beer, this beer has your name written all over it.
Kona Brewing Company
Hanalei Island IPA
In honor of the lush Hawaiian Island of Kauai, also known as the Garden Isle, and Hawaii’s popular drink POG a sweet blend of passionfruit, orange and guava juices, Kona Brewing Company has unveiled its new Hanalei Island IPA with POG as the central flavor profile. Initially only available on tap at the two Kona Brewpubs located in Hawaii Kai on Oahu and in Kailua-Kona on the Island of Hawaii, this easy-drinking Session IPA is now making its way to the mainland. Passionfruit, orange and guava balance the subtle bitterness of aromatic Azacca and Galaxy hops and at just 4.5% ABV you should be able to enjoy more than one in a session. Sandi Shriver, head of Kona Brewing Co.’s brewery operations said, “It was a natural progression to develop a beer that incorporated fruits grown on the Islands to distinctively represent Hawaii. Hanalei Island IPA is an extremely drinkable beer that will appeal to those new to beer as well as the more seasoned connoisseurs.” As for the name, Hanalei Island IPA is named after the historic town of Hanalei and the crescent shaped world-famous Hanalei Bay, tucked against lush green mountains streaked with waterfalls.