Beer Reviews

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There was a time when I actually had to look around for new beer hitting the market. But with all the options now, it’s pretty fucking hard for me to go out to a pub (Republican excluded) and say, “I’ll have the regular.” With this scatter shot of fantastic new styles hitting streets in SLC, it’s time to sit back and enjoy your beer-battered bukkake of selections.

Uinta Dubhe
Brewery: Uinta Brewing Company

ABV: 9.2%
Serving Style: 12 oz Bottle
Description: This double black IPA pours a deep brown­—almost an over-scorched roach color. The aroma is filled with piney grapefruit hops, sweet plums, a rounded roast character and a soft caramel lacing. The first rip/sip leads into a resiny, hop-coated, roasted character that mellows out with soft citrus and finishes with an earthy hop spice. 
Overview: Hell yeah brah! The black IPA is not a style shy to this state, and a double black IPA is only the second to be seen in the state, but a double black hemp seed IPA—Uinta, you’ve done it again. This is one beer that, despite the high alcohol content, is sessionable enough to make its way into the fridge on a regular basis. If that was not provoking enough, Uinta is selling this for only $1.65 a bottle.

Jack Mormon Coffee Stout
Brewery: Epic (Contract Brewers)
ABV: 8.1%
Serving Style: 22 oz Bottle
Description: This breakfast-in-a-bottle pours deep brown/black in color and puts off a medium head that fades off to some nice lacing around the glass. The aroma is a huge combination of milk chocolate, espresso, roasted malts and a toasty pinch at the end. The flavor is a mouthful of the aforementioned with a silky body that opens up the coffee flavor and toasted-oat character.
Overview: Try and keep up: This is an imperial chocolate-oatmeal-espresso-milk-stout conceived by local homebrew guru Chris Detrick. Through the small social limits of Salt Lake City, this recipe was presented to Jack Mormon Coffee and contract-brewed by Epic Brewing Co. with a little help from the original brewer himself. That aside, this is a wonderful breakfast stout that is worth having, but could stand to lay out a little longer in the cellar. Pick some up at Epic Brewing Co. and don’t be the only Jack Mormon on the street missing out on the most important meal of the day.

Hotheaded Redhead
Brewery: Hopper’s Grill
ABV: 8.0%
Serving Style: 750 ml Bottle
Description: Off the pour, this Irish inspired strong ale is a deep orange-to-auburn in color with a small, off-white pillowy head. The aroma is heavily complex in the malt profile with characteristics of soft toasts, sweet malts and a docile roast with some earthy hop character in the end. The flavor is very smooth for the alcohol content. With some sweet fruits and that soft toasted character coming through, it finishes smooth with a rounded hop character.
Overview: I don’t know how many times I’ve said it, but the brewhouse at Hopper’s is dialed in, and I want to see more bottled beer! I am always a fan of seeing styles of beer come out of the wetworks that we thought were going extinct. Thanks to head brewer Donovan Steele, we’ve managed to keep the Irish Strong Ale kicking around. This beer was deeply complex in the malt profile, so it was enjoyable to the last sip. Be sure to pick them up while they last at Hopper’s in Midvale.