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Six Pack Reviews

Quick reviews of six beers we tried recently.

Fat Orange Cat All Cats Are Gray in the Dark

Reviewed by Jordan Perkins

Drat that fat cat! Another delicious brew from that craft crazy cat brewery in Connecticut. I decided to choose this for my pre-trick or treat Halloween beer and it did not disappoint.

The best thing about it wasn’t its sweet chocolate notes throughout each sip, or it’s smooth yet light caramelly body. Not even those subtle, roasted coffee notes at the end can deter me from the real message this thing is sending. It’s the fact that it doesn’t try too hard to be different. It’s already throwing a curveball at you by being a “White” stout but it’s just as approachable as the next dark beer.

Fat Orange Cat is well known in the craft community so this post needn’t serve as their formal introduction to anyone reading this. No, this is about the beer. Each one of their brews is unique and enjoyable, with this White Stout being a different breed entirely. Don’t let that deep, golden straw color fool you though. It’s all stout from first to last sip. Cheers to them for continuing their consistent good beer brewage.

Roadhouse The Walrus Hazy IPA

Roadhouse Brewing’s The Walrus is a Hazy IPA brewed with peaches and tangerines. They really nailed the fruit additions. The fruit flavors are obvious without being overwhelming. I tasted sweet peach up front with a lingering tangerine finish. The beer has a pleasant, soft mouthfeel, with very little bitterness. This is my first Roadhouse beer, and I didn’t know what to expect from a Hazy IPA from Wyoming, but they’ve done well!

Secret Trail New Leif Pale Ale

New Leif is one of the first four beers Secret Trail has canned. They’ve been kicking ass the last two years, but have been keg only until now.

Brewing an American Pale Ale a mile away from a certain other Chico, California brewery begs comparison. New Leif is actually fairly similar to Sierra Nevada’s famous Pale Ale, and certainly acquits itself well. They share a crisp citrus hop bite, with a nice malt balance. New Leif is brewed with Centennial hops, sometimes referred to as Super Cascade.

I already know where your first craft beer stop is going to be if you’re visiting Chico, but don’t forget to make Secret Trail your second stop.

Nightmare Glasgow Smile

After seeing this can art I’m afraid to google “glasgow smile” and find out what horrors inspired this beer, but the beer itself is real damn good. This is my first experience with Nightmare Brewing, makers of “Death Metal & Horror Inspired Brews.”

This is a Gose soured on wild bilberries, brewed with heather, lemon zest and black sea salt, then fermented with raspberries and blueberries. It makes for a complex and rich berry forward sour. This isn’t a refreshing sour beer despite the brightness provided by the lemon zest. It’s too thick and rich to be real refreshing. It would pair better with a chocolate mousse than a hot summer day.

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Mraz Capitol Luau American Sour

Capitol Luau American Sour

Capitol Luau is tart and refreshing with loads of passion fruit and guava flavor. This tastes like a tart, tropical fruit punch, to the point of being a bit one dimensional, but really a delight to drink.

Martin House Blackbird Imperial Blackberry Sour Ale

Blackbird blackberry sour

Few things are better than smothering a fluffy biscuit with blackberry jam and that’s what this beer reminded me of. Adding berry can sometimes taste artificial or like cough syrup, but fortunately this beer does not suffer from that. It has rich, natural blackberry flavor. You can’t taste the 9.2% ABV but it’s full bodied with a rich, smooth mouthfeel. This is my first beer from Martin House (I hear they make a pickle beer) and I’m impressed.

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Six Pack Reviews

Quick reviews of six beers we tried recently.

Angry Chair & Westbrook Zoose Joose

In the ancient Greek myths, ambrosia is the drink of the gods, often depicted as conferring longevity or immortality upon whoever consumed it.

It’s also a fruit salad popularized in the late 19th century.

Now it’s a beer.

Angry Chair and Westbrook’s collaboration, “ambrosia-inspired” Zoose Joose is a wheat ale brewed with tangerine, pineapple, cherry, coconut, lactose and marshmallows.

The most notable thing about this beer is how well all the adjuncts work together. It is surprisingly not muddled, with each ingredient providing a distinct flavor. The cherry, pineapple, and lactose/marshmallow were up front for me, with the coconut contributing the least. The beer had minimal head and light carbonation.

I found the inclusion of lactose and marshmallow to be a bit much. I think the beer would be better with one or the other, or less of both. Overall, a really interesting and tasty brew though.

Dust Bowl Buck

This Hazy Double IPA isn’t second fiddle. You’re gonna have love as soon as you taste the clean citrus hop flavor. Open up your heart to the smooth, silky mouthfeel. This beer is a surprisingly crushable at 8.5% so try to act naturally. My heart skips a beat with the juiciness of Amarillo, Citra and Mosaic hops.

Sierra Nevada Estate Farmhouse

Sierra Nevada Estate Farmhouse

Like Sierra Nevada, I was born in Chico in 1980, so I love seeing their Estate beers. It’s great to see them branch out from their usual Estate IPAs.

This Estate Farmhouse Ale was spontaneously fermented in a peach orchard and aged in wine barrels. The wine barrel influence is evident, with some sweetness, and a hint of farmhouse funk. Overall a bit sweet, muddy, and boring. I’d prefer some more distinct farmhouse flavor and less toffee maltiness, but I like the new direction they seem to be taking with this addition.

Russian River STS Pils

Russian River STS Pils

The dark days of Russian River not distributing to Chico are finally over. Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, and STS suddenly showed up all over town recently.

This “Keller-style Pils” is delightful! It’s super crisp with a dry, bitter finish. It’s packed full of bready malt and lemony/peppery/earthy hops.

This is a world class pilsner, and I’m stoked to have it more readily available.

Tahoe Mountain’s Mayor of Midtown

This take on a Hazy IPA was tasty, but not what I expected. I’m curious about what yeast they used for this as it has hints of belgian flavors. Definitely yeast forward for an IPA, with earthy, melon hop flavor and medium bitterness. This beer reminds me of Toppling Goliath’s Pseudo Sue, but not quite as good.

Double Nickel’s Weekend Warrior

Double Nickel Weekend Warrior

This Hazy Pale Ale is double dry-hopped with Idaho and Citra. It’s a really nice showcase for these citrusy hops. Weekend Warrrior has a sweet orange aroma and is packed with orange, mango, and lime flavor. Weighing in at only 26 IBU it still has a noticeable bitterness, particularly lingering in the finish. It has a medium body and foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Double Nickel nails it once it again with this delightful brew. I also appreciate the 19.2 oz tall can!

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