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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery - Boulder, Co.

Boulder, Co has awesome beer.  That’s just the way it is.  I have no interest in breaking down which ones I like and which I don’t, because there is not a single brew produced here where I was like “whoah, that’s just horrible”.  

For those of you not familiar with Boulder, Co., it’s a great town.  People drive like crap, but I think that about most places – honestly I’m probably the worst offender, so maybe I fit in well.  One of my favorite spots is the walking mall on Pearl St. - great caf├ęs, bars, restaurants, shopping and people watching.  On a sunny day, it’s just a fantastic place to be. 

Anyone been to the Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery on Pearl St and 15th (also have a second location in South Boulder at 627 South Broadway, and one in Denver called the Vine St Pub at 1700 Vine Street)?   The Microbrewmaps team stopped by here to do a few reviews of their beers – I don’t think they believed us when we told them this, so HA!  Told you so J

We couldn’t decide what to get.  There were a bunch of brews we hadn’t yet tried, seasonal and just plain new ones, so we had our server Tori just pick out a sampling of her favorites.  (Great job Tori!) – 6 beer sampler, small milkshake glasses, so these will be shorter reviews because I’m sick of writing.

Bombshell Blonde: Started off with Bombshell Blonde, a very light golden-colored beer, perfect for hot sunny days.  With a nice head, and well carbonated, this brew showed a great balance of light hops and light, malty sweetness.  Kind of a had a dry, even pilsner-y aftertaste, but really was a delicious beer – would work great as a session beer.

1636 Belgian Dubbel:  This one was quirky – Dark straw to amber in color, this beer had a kinda sharp, yeasty nose to it.  A nice balance of caramel malt and hops, with the hops certainly lingering on for awhile.  Really very light bodied overall for a Belgian, but with decent complexity and soft carbonation.  Not bad at all!

Colorado Kind:   A Mountain Sun classic, and the first beer I tasted when I moved to Colorado.  Yeah, it tastes like it’s hopped with skunky weed, and the rumors will persist, but it’s truly a great beer.  Great nose, with hints of sweet grapefruit and orange.  Voluminously hopped, with a nice mild sweetness to balance it a bit.  Beautiful amber color and good carbonation, this beer really is a classic creation.  Very good American Pale Ale.

(To be continued tomorrow, or maybe the next day…)

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