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 cafés, 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…)