Pomegranate Wheat: This isn’t the only pomegranate wheat in the state; Fort CollinsBrewery’s (FCB) Major Tom’s has already eked a stable spot on the shelves of Colorado liquor stores. Still, there’s no reason why other brewer’s shouldn’t put their own spin on the style. Denver Beer’s Pomegranate Wheat is a cloudy, white grapefruit juice colored beer and the titular fruit is obvious on the nose. The flavor is tart yet light.
|Saison on the left, Pomegranate on the right|
Smoked Lager: Otherwise known as a rauchbier, a smoked lager is created when the brewing malts are roasted over a wood fire thus giving the beer a smoked flavor. Denver Beer’s rauchbier is opaque and orange-yellow with a BBQ aroma. This scent is similar to hickory dry rub or the Sacrament of Q that was featured at Star Bar’s beercocktail event. Its flavor is lightly smoked and tastes of mesquite. Again, FCB already has a well established rauchbier known as Z Lager but, once again, Denver Beer has every right to make their own. In this case, it is a good thing that they did go ahead and make their own version because it is far superior to FCB’s product which is ashy and overbearing in its meat-like flavor. Denver Beer crafted their rauchbier so that the smoked flavor doesn’t dominate the beer but rather accents it.
Confluence Pale Ale: Confluence has a large, rocky head and is clear copper in color. The hop aroma is there but it does not knock the drinker’s socks off; they seem to be more floral hops rather than bitter hops. The flavor is at a medium-level of bitterness but said bitterness does not linger. The drinker tastes the hops for a few moments but then they are gone.
Rye 25 Pale Ale: Rye 25 is an effervescent, clear, pale yellow beer with a very faint rye aroma. The bitterness level is higher than Confluence’s but, like confluence, the bitterness is fleeting. It is a flash-in-the-pan blast of hops. Rye 25 finishes dry.
|Confluence on the left, Rye 25 on the right|
Platte Pilsner: This beer is a clear, light yellow and it smells bready or pretzely. The flavor is, likewise, bready but with a slight bite of hops.
Stormy Summer Stout: Stormy Summer is very dark with brown highlights. In certain light, it almost looks purple. It has a roasted coffee aroma and the flavor follows suit. Stormy Summer is light-bodied which makes it easy to drink in the season mentioned in its name.
|Stormy on the left, Platte on the right|