Beer Reviews

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There is not much that gets my beer chub cookin’ as much as that beautiful substance inside the bottle. The only thing to rival that frothy goodness is some fancy looking product design. A well designed product line has always been an eye catcher for me. It somehow says, “Hey, we’re not just slapping this shit together.” Why do I bring this up, you may ask? If you have noticed, Uinta has recently undergone an entire design change in honor of their 20th anniversary. This new design overhaul began with a logo change, which led to a new label design, custom-made bottles (dubbed the “compass bottle”), and finally, a separation between their beer lines: the Classic Line, Organic Line and Crooked Line. Now, if you are the Joe who is saying, “Who gives a shit about how pretty it looks, I want my beer,” then you can easily kiss my design-loving ass and enjoy the bonus of this design change: new beers! Now that our chubs have met in the proverbial middle, allow me to present the reviews.

Hop Notch IPA
Brewery/Label: Uinta Brewing / Classic Line
ABV: 7.3%
Size: 12 oz Bottle
Description: Pouring a clear copper color, this IPA’s fluffy white head opens up with aromas of floral, citrus hops, caramel and some soft toast. The flavor is a tangerine, hop-like character, a balanced bitterness, soft malts and some citrus hop crispness on the end.
Overview: This is the first, and hopefully not the last, of higher gravity releases after the redesign. I can only assume this is an answer to the gap that the Trader (4%) and Detour (9.5%) had left for the consumer. Damn, does it fill that void. It is a well balanced blend of a robust hop character and higher alcohol content, all without sacrificing its easy drinking ability. Keep rolling these out, folks.

Baba Black Lager
Brewery/Label: Uinta Brewing / Organic Line
ABV: 4%
Size: 12 oz Bottle
Description: This newly bottled black lager is an opaque black color with a medium-sized tan head. The aroma has notes of baker’s chocolate blended with roast, light caramel and hints of toasted malts. After the aroma sets in, this brew has well balanced flavors of roasted chocolate, soft earthy bitterness and a clean finish.
Overview: The Baba is a black lager newly released to the Organic Line, soon to be featured alongside Wyld and another rotating Organic Seasonal in Uinta’s Organic Mix’r pack. While Baba is a darker beer, its evenly balanced clean roast and chocolate kept me enjoying it while we were nearing the end of summer and well into the colder months. This beer came at the same time Uinta won a Pro-Am silver at the Great American Beer Festival with local homebrewer Travis Grimms’ Schwarzbier.

Hazel Amber Wheat
Brewery/Label: Uinta Brewing / Organic Line
ABV: 4%
Size: 12 oz Bottle
Description: Off the Organic Line, this wheat beer pours a clear amber with a light, off-white head. The aroma is an all-around balanced blend of sweet caramel, grains and some citrus spice. What you get out of the aroma leads into the flavor, with hints of wheat character, caramel malts and a fruity, crisp finish.
Overview: Hazel Amber Wheat is another new release to come out on the Organic Line. This amber wheat hybrid beer is a mellow, easy drinker and not too threatening for those drinkers who are afraid to step out of the safe “just a hef’” zone. But fear not, beer snob, the subtle hints of coriander spice, with that citrus hop character make it just as enjoyable for you, too. Oh, and it’s organic to boot.