Beer Review Poetry – Great Divide Lasso IPA

Great Divide Lasso IPA

A guy named Lew digs session beer,

So that you can drink it for hours with a bit less fear!

When it comes to IPA, this Booze Dancer likes them bold,

With a firm hop bite that won’t leave you cold.

Founders and Stone have gone the Session IPA route.

I have tried their attempts thinking they might be a hoot!

They’re solid brewers with a gold standard line up,

So if they bring something new to the table, you know that I’ll show up!

All Day IPA was thirst quenching and quite a delight,

But Stone’s Go To lacked their signature arrogant bite.

In comes Great Divide with this Lasso IPA.

A session worthy beer is what they did say.

At 5% ABV, you might have quite a few,

And you might even gain the respect of the aforementioned Lew.

While I love how this beer looks with its clear pale orange color,

The aromas are subdued and make me yearn for some other (beer that is).

There’s a wee bit of pine, and a smattering of citrus,

But for whatever reason, I’m not excited to drink this.

Perhaps it’s my mood which is all kinds of fickle,

Or perhaps it’s just my taste buds that aren’t yet tickled.

When I take that first sip, I am somewhat relieved.

This beer isn’t bad, I am no longer peeved!

There’s a smattering of sweet malt and a subtle hop bite,

I’m enjoying this Lasso, it’s quite a delight!

Now this beer isn’t earth shattering, and it won’t blow your mind,

But I still think you should try it, it might just be your kind!

Beer Review – Great Divide Yeti

Great Divide Yeti

I’m having a hard time believing that Christmas 2013 is just about over. Days of shopping, hours of wrapping, and POOF!, it’s all over in a span of minutes (I’m referring to the opening presents part. The eating and drinking is a two day affair). Thankfully, the Christmas festivities went really well, i.e. everyone behaved (the kids AND the adults), everyone got what they wanted, and we all had a really nice time together. And Papa G-LO scored a new pint glass and a bottle of Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or. Life is good!

Did I mention that I’m writing this at 10PM on Christmas night? By the time we got home from my in laws, the boys were exhausted, so they were in bed and asleep by 9PM. Since there was nothing interesting to watch on TV, I decided to play with my new toy (the GorillaTorch that’s wrapped around the neck of the beer bottle in the above picture), do a bit of Beertography, and write up a Craft Beer review. As you can see, I chose Great Divide’s Yeti for tonight’s review. This is one of those beers that I have heard so much about, but for whatever reason, have not yet tried. Until now!

Before we get to my review, here are a few words about this beer from the good people at Great Divide Brewing Company:

Yeti Imperial Stout is an onslaught of the senses! It starts with big, roasty malt flavor that gives way to rich caramel and toffee notes. YETI gets its bold hop character from an enormous quantity of American hops. It weighs in at a hefty 75 IBUs.

And now for my impressions of this beer…

  • Appearance: Deep dark mahogany color with a thin tan head that dissipates rapidly.
  • Aroma: Very rich smelling with espresso, the deepest, darkest chocolate, and a healthy dose of earthy hops.
  • Taste: Lightly carbonated with a somewhat thick and creamy mouthfeel. Lots of dark roast coffee up front, with a bitter dark chocolate backbone. The hops come on strong in the middle and it all comes together as you approach the finish. Kinda feels like I’m washing down a piece of dark chocolate covered candied orange peel with a double espresso. Dry and astringent finish that lingers for a really long time.
  • ABV: 9.5%

As I’ve already mentioned, this is my first Yeti experience and it is definitely a good one. I am loving the rich roasted flavors and the solid hop bitterness that keeps everything in balance. After two days of running around to see family and friends, it’s a beautiful thing to kick back with a big beer that lends itself to sipping and savoring. And as an added bonus, this beer gets even better as it warms up. Bravo Great Divide! Yeti was definitely worth the wait.

Beer Review – Great Divide Nomad Pilsner

Since summer is practically here, my last mixed six pack purchase at Wine Works in Marlton, NJ included several lighter bodied beers, i.e. a Kolsch, a Pilsner, a Summer Ale, and a couple of Wheat Beers. Among the mixed six pack was a bottle of Great Divide’s Nomad Pilsner. I’m a big fan of their Colette Farmhouse Ale, and their Yeti series is highly regarded, so I decided to give this beer a try. Truth be told, I was also sucked in by the pretty label!

Great Divide Brewing Company has the following to say about their Nomad Pilsner: Continue reading

Beer Review – Great Divide Hercules Double IPA

Prior to our evening of spirits and fun at Spirits Confidential Philadelphia, G-LO, Crazy-Eye, and I connected at the Cooperage for a “pre-game” drink.  Given my planned trip to Colorado in the spring I opted for a Great Divide Hercules Double IPA to sample more of what the CO based brewery has to offer. Continue reading

Beer Review – Great Divide Titan IPA

A while ago, I went to Roger Wilco and picked up a six of the Great Divide Titan IPA. This is another example of the great craft beer that comes out of Colorado with the likes of Avery, Left Hand, and Oskar Blues.

Here is what Great Divide has to say about their Titan IPA: Continue reading

Beer Review – Great Divide Colette

The closest I get to a farm is a visit to the local farmer’s market, and the occasional trip to Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. Though I live in the suburbs, I’m a city boy at heart. So here’s the question… can you make a decent Farmhouse Ale in the city, or does it actually have to be brewed on a farm to be any good?

Beer Advocate defines Farmhouse Ales (Saisons) as follows:

“Saisons are sturdy farmhouse ale that was traditionally brewed in the winter, to be consumed throughout the summer months. Not so long ago it was close to being an endangered style, but over recent years there’s been a massive revival; especially in the US.

This is a very complex style; many are very fruity in the aroma and flavor. Look for earthy yeast tones, mild to moderate tartness. Lots of spice and with a medium bitterness. They tend to be semi-dry with many only having touch of sweetness.”

Great Divide Brewing Company is located in Denver, Colorado, and the Colette Farmhouse Ale is one of their seasonal beers which is available in the late Spring/early Summer.  Let’s see how this city brewed beer stacks up…

Appearance: Golden yellow. Very cloudy. Light, fluffy head that rises and settles rapidly, leaving moderate lacing along the glass.

Aroma: Lemon peel. A wee bit yeasty.

Taste: Very crisp and citrusy. Medium carbonation. Tart but not overly so. Very clean, lasting finish. Much like the Dogfish Head Saison du Buff and the Saison Dupont, it reminds me of Champagne.  I really like Champagne!

Rating: I first had this beer three weeks ago during board game night with Mrs. G-LO and Mr. & Mrs. Alemonger. I liked this beer so much that I had to write about it ASAP.  I am happy to report that this beer makes a great first AND second impression. Though it’s not quite as good as the Saison Dupont ($5 for a 12 ounce), and definitely not as complex as the Dogfish Head Saison du Buff ($4 for a 12 ounce), the Great Divide Colette, at around $2/bottle, is a great value and deserves a B+.

A Votre Sante!