Blueberry Muffin IPA Tasting

😋Appearance

Dark blue, indigo, wine-like color with a light pink head.

Aroma

Jammy and fruity, bright fresh, deep blueberry, and light sweet malt. faint hops.

Mouthfeel

Medium mouthfeel that’s lightly creamy with nice, lightly prickly carbonation.

Taste

At first you’re hit with a fresh, deep blueberry flavor and it washes with lightly sweet malt and finishes with blueberry essence and light hoppiness. The blueberry is the star here, but some light, sweet malty flavors are present.

Notes

This beer is really tasty! It has a light malt backbone that really let the blueberries shine. The flavor is unmistakably fruity and juicy and it drinks quite clean. It could be more muffin-like, but the flavor is so pleasant and fruity you don’t miss it. If I were to brew it again and wanted more muffin, I’d up the victory and Munich malt and maybe even add another “bready” malt in there as well. Overall, a very good beer.

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Enigma Oat Coat Tasting

Beer

Appearance

Golden/orange/light honey color, light haze.  Stiff white head that dissipates slowly.

Aroma

Stone fruit, melon, pineapple, berry, light spice, sweet malt, oaty, crisp.

Mouthfeel

Medium mouthfeel, light body, but a little creamy, nice crispy carbonation.

Taste

Starts with light sweet malt and oat flavors, then washes with tropical, fruity, and lightly dank hop flavor. There’s a tiny hint of spice and it finishes with light clean bitterness that doesn’t linger. 

Notes

I’m really digging this beer, and I <3 enigma hops. It drinks really clean, like a pale ale, and it has great aroma and mouthfeel. This beer could work with other hops as well. The oats add a nice mouthfeel and flavor and It’s supremely drinkable. It cleared quite a bit in the keg, but the flavors were stable for the life of the keg.

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Bobby Brown Holiday Brown Tasting

Appearance

Light brown, amber-like color with great clarity. Nice brown full pour with tan head that dissipates slowly.

Aroma

Gingerbread cookie, spice, biscuit, cinnamon, bread, sweet chocolate. 

Mouthfeel

Medium mouthfeel, has a nice round body. Medium carbonation. 

Taste

It first hits with clean chocolate, and washes with light bready notes. Finishes with spice and some sweetness, but doesn’t linger. Very crisp, clean, and balanced. Nothing sits too high.

Look at that color!

Notes

This is a really nice beer. A tasty brown ale with light chocolate notes that play well with the spice. It’s incredibly balanced, expressive, & drinkable. 

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Blue Saison w/ Dragonfruit Tasting

Appearance

Deep blue violet color with light purple head. great clarity, minimal haze.

Aroma

Earthy, woodsy, floral, spicy, mossy. Light saison character.

Taste

It hits with a mouthful of heavy woody, floral notes and washes with light saison character. It leaves an herbal, flowery aftertaste with a little sweetness I think I’m getting from the dragonfruit.

Mouthfeel

High carbonation, prickly. Light to medium viscosity, finishes dry.

Notes

This beer was a bit much. The butterfly pea flower flavor is pungent and overpowering, very little saison character, and muddled flavors. I can see how they can lend some good notes to beer, but I went really heavy and the beer was blue ish, so this was fun.

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Honey Chamomile Wheat Tasting

Appearance

White head with small bubbles that dissipate slowly. Light golden pale color. Light haze in early bottles, later bottles crystal clear.

Aroma

Chamomile, light earthiness, light sweetness, wheat, light floral notes

Taste

It has a nice clean-ness up front. The honey hits first for a second, then the chamomile washes with a little bitterness and flowery tea like flavor in the back end. It pairs really well with the wheat and honey. Not sweet at all, not perfumy or too flowery.  The wheat lingers.

Mouthfeel

This beer is almost effervescent, nice high carb. It has a light/medium body, not watery at all, but quite drinkable.

Notes

I really enjoy his beer. It’s an awesome summer beer that drinks clean and has interesting flavors that mesh well together. I rarely brew beers twice, but this will be back next summer.

Picked up a 2nd place medal at this years Byggvir’s Big Beer Cup in the Spiced beer category! Wooo

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