In 2010, the world’s oldest drinkable beer was found on a Baltic Sea shipwreck. The ship is believed to have sailed over 200 years ago. Beer – It ages well!
Backpocket Newbo Citra Pilsner
Backpocket Brewery in Coralville is the Brewery of the Month! I recently had a bottle of their Dunkel in my fridge and I have no idea why it took me so long to crack it open! That’s a great beer!
However, this week at The Brass Tap, I tried the Newbo Citra Pilsner (6% ABV) and was very impressed! I normally don’t enjoy pilsners. This one is MUCH DIFFERENT! I was shocked at the knowledge and care it obviously took to make this one. This stands out from any other pilsner. Like most, pilsners will pour a clear, light gold or yellow. I knew from the pour, this was going to be different. It was more of a clear gold. To me, that says it’s brewed longer or at least with a mixture of malt and wheat for body. The nose is citra hop and citrus. Maybe lemon and or orange peel. Bready flavor, but just enough of the hop bitter to make you notice that this is an exceptional pilsner. Crisp and clean finish with perfect carbonation. Mouthfeel is only slightly dry on the finish and a lasting flavor. This really impressed me as I was not expecting so much out of a pilsner! Backpocket nails this one! If I were you, I’d get in to The Brass Tap ASAP for a pint of this liquid gold!
Firestone Walker C-Hops Pale Ale
In the American Pale Ale (APA) category, Firestone Walker has an impressive hoppy pale in C-Hops. (6% ABV)
It’s called this because they only use hops that start with the letter “c”. Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, CTZ and Cashmere hops are used in the brew and give it an excellent hop flavor with a slight spicy bite to the bitter. It blends well with some citrus like grapefruit on the palate and maybe a bit of caramel. It pours amber gold with an aromatic bubbly head with light body. Another gorgeous brew and easy to drink! You may want another!