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September 23, 2012

Great Divide’s Wild Raspberry Ale Beer Review 9.23.2012

Great Divide's Wild Raspberry Ale

Great Divide's Wild Raspberry Ale

TBR Reports on Great Divide’s Wild Raspberry Ale
File Date: 9.23.12

File Name: Talk Like A Pirate Day?
The Beer: Wild Raspberry
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.6% ABV
Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.greatdivide.com
State/Country of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: In 1994, Colorado’s craft beer scene scarcely existed, but Brian Dunn recognized Denver’s potential to be a great beer city. Combining his business background with his passion for beer, which was developed through his international travels and his experience as a homebrewer, he decided to start a brewery. He set up shop in an abandoned dairy-processing plant at the edge of downtown Denver and began brewing the beers that would eventually carry Great Divide Brewing Company to its status as one of America’s most decorated microbreweries and would help transform Denver into an international destination for beer lovers.

tbr-wild-rspbry-insertBrewer Brand Hype: WILD RASPBERRY ALE is a unique, thirst-quenching ale fermented with real red and black raspberries. Its balance of malt and fruit flavors make it a beer lover’s fruit beer.
Label: Wild Raspberry Ale. Ale Fermented With Raspberries. Flavorful. Ruby Red. Refreshing. Wild Raspberry Ale is a unique, thirst quenching ale fermented with real red and black raspberries. It’s balance of malt and fruit flavors make it a beer lover’s fruit beer. Suggested food pairings: Spicy Mexican food, creamy blue cheese, fruit desserts. Best of the Rockies, US Beer Tasting Championship, Summer 2007; Regional Champion, US Beer Tasting Championship, Summer 2004; Regional Champion, US Beer Tasting Championship, Summer 2003.

The Brewski Review: Arrrg! No, it’s not Talk Like A Pirate Day. This is me saying my back is killing me. Spent some time cleaning in the garage today so I can bring my truck home. It’s a long story. Anyway, I need it back so I can buy some 4×8 sheet of plywood to make a large barn door in my garage. I’ve been installing some baseboard trim in the garage (recycled, dry van, semi-trailer interior forklift skirting – that’s a mouthful) and had to move everything around. It’s a mess. More stuff than room. But all the moving around, unloading the motorcycle from the truck, reloading a non-working fridge then unloading it at the curb, mowing the grass, yadda, yadda, yadda. I’ll be taking some pain killers tonight so I can get some rest. I’m just as broke down as my motorcycle. I came inside exhausted. My wife is cooking chili so I thought a nice beer would be good. I’ve been putting down these seasonal fruit beers before the season leaves us. This Great Divide version of raspberry flavor is pretty tasty. It isn’t overwhelming, but strikes a nice balance with the beer. It’s also a beautiful ruby red color. Poured with minimal head. My advice? Skip the heavy work. Just open one of these up and enjoy yourself.

Drinkability: Yes. Would surely drink again.
Appearance: Beautiful Ruby Red as noted.
The Buds: Nice raspberry roundness.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 out of 5 caps.

February 8, 2012

Great Divide’s Nomad Pilsener 2.8.2012

It's the beer with the camel on it.

It's the beer with the camel on it.

TBR Reports: Great Divide’s Nomad Pilsner
File Date: 2.8.2012

The Beer: Nomad Pilsner
Type: Czech Pilsener
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4% ABV
Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.greatdivide.com
State/Country of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: In 1994, Colorado’s craft beer scene scarcely existed, but Brian Dunn recognized Denver’s potential to be a great beer city. Combining his business background with his passion for beer, which was developed through his international travels and his experience as a homebrewer, he decided to start a brewery. He set up shop in an abandoned dairy-processing plant at the edge of downtown Denver and began brewing the beers that would eventually carry Great Divide Brewing Company to its status as one of America’s most decorated microbreweries and would help transform Denver into an international destination for beer lovers.

tbr-nomad-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Nomad is our spin on the classic Bohemian Pilsner style. The journey starts with German malts and Saaz hops that offer a lively floral nose and crispness, while a full 5 weeks of lagering time ensures that Nomad is eminently balanced. This Nomad may wander, but it’s got some serious roots.
Label: Same as ‘Brewer Brand Hype’ noted above with: Suggested Food Pairings – pan seared trout, grilled pork tenderloin with rosemary, Avalanche Cheese Co. Robiolo (Colorado), crispy Brussels sprouts, salted caramel ice cream.

The Brewski Review: As with other pilsners, this one is golden yellow, clear and crisp. It has a light feel to it in your mouth and it’s noted as well balanced but, to me, it’s seems more hoppy than ’eminently balanced’. It poured with minimal head that dissipated rather quickly. I like the label also. The red, yellow and black really pop to your attention. Also, my son loves animals so seeing the camel reminds me of him.

Drinkability: Sure, on a nice hot day.
Appearance: Clear, golden yellow.
The Buds: On the hoppy side of balanced.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.

February 2, 2011

Great Divide Brewing’s Hibernation Ale Beer Review 2.2.2011

The Rich Goodness of Hibernation Ale

The Rich Goodness of Hibernation Ale

The Brewski Report Reviews Great Divide’s Hibernation Ale
File Date: 2.2.2011

File Name: Blizzard of ’11 Is A Yawner
The Beer: Hibernation Ale
Type: Old Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 8.7% ABV
Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.greatdivide.com
State/Country of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: In 1994, Colorado’s craft beer scene scarcely existed, but Brian Dunn recognized Denver’s potential to be a great beer city. Combining his business background with his passion for beer, which was developed through his international travels and his experience as a homebrewer, he decided to start a brewery. He set up shop in an abandoned dairy-processing plant at the edge of downtown Denver and began brewing the beers that would eventually carry Great Divide Brewing Company to its status as one of America’s most decorated microbreweries and would help transform Denver into an international destination for beer lovers.

tbr-hiber-labelBrewer Brand Hype: Hibernation Ale has been our celebrated winter tradition since 1995. This robust, dry-hopped ale has a malty richness balanced with a complex hop profile and hearty, warming character.  8.7% ABV. October thru January.
Label: Same as above with: Suggested Food Pairings: Aged, hard Dutch cows milk cheese, roasted chicken, grilled vegetables.

The Brewski Review: The ‘old’ in Old Ale refers to beers that in times past, could have been left to age in wood containers of varying types for periods up to a year. Due to this the beer can pick up slight acid flavors. I didn’t detect that here, just plenty of roasted malt favors and a little on the bitter side for me. Overall, very good. With the high ABV content I drank it before dinner in the hopes that I could lay on the couch and pass out with a full stomach. But, I don’t think I needed the beer to fall asleep fast. We had a winter storm blow through last night that stretched across the nation. 100 million people were supposed to be affected by this. We didn’t get it as bad as they forecasted but they still shut down our plant giving me the day off (we’ll have to work Saturday to make up the lost production). Isn’t winter great? So many resources are consumed by pushing frozen water around. Time, money and physical energy, which, buy the way, is why I’m so wiped out. I even have a mondo-size snowblower to help move the snow around. If I ever build a new house I’d love to install heated sidewalks and a driveway. Then, I wouldn’t have any more excuses to not sit in front of the TV and drink beer.

The frozen liquid winter wonderland in my little slice of heaven.

The frozen liquid winter wonderland in my little slice of heaven.

Drinkability: Good. But not a fan.
Appearance: Rich ruby brown in color.
The Buds: Hearty indeed. Very hoppy/malty.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.

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