Beer Geek Nirvana

By JOSH SMITH  |  May 25, 2011

I jumped right to the CALIFORNIA COMMON, an obscure style better known as Steam Beer. Brass-colored, this beer smells of floral hops and sweet bread. The flavor follows with some alcohol at the finish and a lively carbonation and bitterness. The WEIZENBOCK is just as attractive with a huge aroma and golden-orange appearance. It tasted much more like a Hefeweizen, with lots of fruity banana and cloves. Very tasty though.

JUNIPER BLACK ALE is a Winter Warmer in the vein of a robust porter or Black IPA. The flavor is mainly heavily roasted malts with a hint of juniper in the background, but only if you search for it. There is also a solid bitterness and enough potent flavors that I probably wouldn’t drink more than one in a sitting. The DOUBLE IPA has a slightly muted aroma and taste incorporating pine, citrus, and even a little of that 8.5% ABV. It is bitter but far less intimidating than most Imperial IPAs. With four unique and expertly brewed beers, this is the best mix pack I have ever purchased (and it’s a relative bargain at $20 for a limited release). Get one (or more) before it’s gone.

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