Craft Beer

Beer of the Month Club – June 2016

June 17, 2016
Beer of the Month

Mr. Beer recently signed up for Beer of the Month Club as yet another way to try different beers from around the country. After this first tasting, we’re definitely glad we decided to sign up!

Beer of the Month Club has been around for more than 22 years. Each month, you will receive award-winning, hard-to-find craft beers from around the country that have been specially selected by Beer of the Month Club’s panel of brewmasters. You will get to choose from 3 different membership types, which range in price, and include the U.S. Microbrewed Beer Club, the U.S. and International Variety Beer Club, and the International Beer Club. Additionally, they offer a unique Rare Beer Club option, which sends you limited-release or exclusive U.S. and imported craft beers. Truly, there is an option for everyone no matter what you’re looking for!

This month, we got a great variety pack that included a pale ale, English special ale, white IPA and a chocolate porter.

SMaSH Sorachi Ace American Pale Ale by Sand Creek Brewing

Beer of the Month Club - American Pale Ale
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Aroma
Biscuit, toasty and sweet malt accompanied by piney and grassy hops.

Appearance
Pale or slightly golden color, nice clear clarity and diminishing head with no lacing.

Flavor
Biscuit, grainy and toasty malt character, leafy and herbal hop notes from the Sorachi Ace and a clean yeast.

Mouthfeel
Light to moderate mouthfeel with decent carbonation. 

Overall Tasting Notes
This pale ale is a solid representation of the pale ale style. The addition of Sorachi Ace hops added a nice earthy, bitter kick that was unusual, but welcomed, for a pale ale.

Emergent White IPA by Boulder Beer

Beer of the Month Club - White IPA
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Aroma
Sweet, biscuit malt aromas with a nice floral and citrus hop nose. Reminiscent of fresh pollen.

Appearance
Pale in color, slightly hazy in clarity and a fizzy, creamy head.

Flavor
Sweet malt backbone with floral and citrus hop notes. Estery yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel
Light-bodied but creamy.

Overall Tasting Notes
Good clean take on an IPA. There was a bit of spice that gave it a nice kick. Balanced and very refreshing.

English Style Special Ale by Sand Creek Brewing

Beer of the Month Club - English Style Ale
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Aroma
Caramel and chocolate malt notes, earthy hops and a clean yeast.

Appearance
Amber/ copper colored, hazy to cloudy clarity and a diminishing head retention.

Flavor

Biscuit, chocolate and nutty malt flavors with earthy and herbal hops.

Mouthfeel
Heavy mouthfeel.

Overall Tasting Notes
A nice English style beer with a heavy malt flavor accompanied by minimal hops. Great afternoon-type beer.

Shake Chocolate Porter by Boulder Beer

Beer of the Month Club - Chocolate PorterPhoto courtesy of Boulder Beer

Aroma
Sweet chocolate malt and earthy hops.

Appearance
Dark brown color standard of a porter with a cloudy clarity and lasting, lacy head.

Flavor
Chocolate! A hint of dark fruit malt and slight floral hops.

Mouthfeel
Medium to light bodied and very creamy.

Overall Tasting Notes
If you’re looking for a chocolate dessert beer, look no further! This beer is heavy, complex, and loaded with chocolate goodness.

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