It’s Friday and it’s time to relax! Weeks ago, we checked out four flavors from Paperback Brewing Company out in Glendale, California! This week, we take a look at seven new flavors we happened upon at our local beer store!
So, please, go get your favorite beverage, sit down, kick back and enjoy as we do our tasting!
Our first beer is…
BEER: Backyard Crusher (American Lager)
LOOK: Pale gold, slightly hazy
SCENT: Citrus, wheat, corn, butter
MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: Thicker mouthfeel than a regular lager with a LOT of flavor ranging from light lemon citrus to deep wheat and hops.
FINAL REFLECTIONS: A good start to the tasting. This is a fairly complex Lager, with a surprisingly thick mouthfeel than others like it (Longboard, Corona, Buenaveza, etc.) with citrus up front and hops on the tongue with a slightly hoppy finish. There’s a bit of a corn sweetness that really sends it down nicely. We really liked this one.
BEER: Czechs Who Wear Leather (Czech-Style Pilsner)
LOOK: Pale gold and clear
SCENT: Buttery corn and wheat
MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: A simple pilsner with water, wheat, and hops. Refreshing, even on the slightly dry finish.
FINAL REFLECTIONS: A nice compliment to Backyard Crusher, this is a simple Pilsner that doesn’t really showcase any gimmicks. It’s wheat and hops with a slightly dry finish that’s still refreshing. Only slightly less than Backyard Crusher for lacking the complexity it had.
BEER: The Office Mummy (West Coast Style Pale Ale)
LOOK: Pale gold and clear
SCENT: Wheat, corn, malt, tropical fruit
MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: A strange West Coast style ale with the bitterness overwhelming everything on the front end (fruit, hops, wheat).
FINAL REFLECTIONS: It’s really hard to grade this one. On the one hand, the bitterness sort of dominates everything else in the glass. On the other, the balance is almost complete from the tropical fruit, malt, and hops that make this a delicious drink. It ultimately boils down to “would I have this again” and I don’t think I would. There are better West Coast ales out there. This isn’t bad. It’s still a good drinker and would be great if you wanted a good, sharp beer with an attitude, much like the titular character on the can.
BEER: Communist Poodles From Connecticut (American Stout)
LOOK: Dark like mud
SCENT: Stop me if you’ve heard this before — but there’s chocolate and coffee on the nose. I KNOW, FUCK ME, RIGHT???
MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: Slightly thick mouthfeel with strange citrus up front (I still have no idea why this is a thing in stouts) and most of the chocolate on the back end.
FINAL REFLECTIONS: Why, why, WHY do beermakers insist on having a strange citrus flavor on their stouts and porters? I will never understand this. In any case, we have all the chocolate on the back end of the tasting, which is just fine with me because that balances things out considerably and it’s preferable to a burnt toast/coffee flavor because, frankly, that’s becoming a bit of a turn off for me in terms of a stout. My wife loves this far more than I did because she loves stouts more than life itself.
BEER: Tucked in By Strangers (West Coast Style IPA)
MATT: 4.5/5 (changed from recording)
LOOK: Gold and clear
SCENT: Pine, hops, tropical fruit
MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: A balanced beer with some nice tropical fruit on the front end and very little bitterness on the back and great malt on the finish.
FINAL REFLECTIONS: I have finally found a good substitute to Dust Bowl’s “Tomorrow’s Clear”. This is an outstanding West Coast Style IPA with delicious, decadent tropical fruit and bitter hops on the back end. This is just a perfect example of the subset of the style of beer it’s in.
BEER: Satan Wears Pajamas (American Red Ale)
MATT: 4/5 (changed from recording)
LOOK: Amber and clear
SCENT: Citrus, tree fruit, malt
MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: Nice, sweet red ale with an unexpected smokiness and spice to it.
FINAL REFLECTIONS: This might be the best red ale I’ve had in some time. Usually, I don’t like a lot of red ales because of the fact that they’re either too sweet, too bland, or stuff far too much citrus into the beer. This is a welcome flavor, an almost perfect beer for the fall, with a cinnamon spice and smokiness to it (fitting of the person on the can) and it goes down easy. Well done.
BEER: Electrical Instruments in Hazardous Locations (West Coast Double IPA)
LOOK: Gold and clear
SCENT: Overwhelming tropical fruit
MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: This is a lot like Tucked in By Strangers, but with a lot more kick.
FINAL REFLECTIONS: This is another great West Coast DIPA, but with an alcoholic malt kick. Would I drink one over the other? Yes. I’d drink this one on special occasions. I’d drink Tucked in By Strangers as a regular WCIPA. Both are great beers.
FINAL THOUGHTS: This was a much better showing for Paperback Brewing Company than the first tasting we did for them with some really great standouts in “Backyard Crusher”, “Tucked In By Strangers”, and the final beer “Electrical Instruments in Hazardous Locations”. One of the best tastings we have ever done.
HEAR OUR FINAL THOUGHTS!:
NEXT WEEK: We taste four beers from El Segundo Brewing! Join us then!