Beer Reviews – August 2010

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With all the heat and subsequent profuse drinking, I almost forgot to give my annual review of summer  booze to keep you inebriated enough to forget you’ve already worked through the season and you haven’t even peeked out from behind the Zion curtain. More importantly, I hope this will serve as a recommendation guide for this summer’s beer selection. If your current beer of choice seems to be accompanied by a Jimmy Buffet song, you ought to set that piss water down and pick up some of these quality beers.

Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner
Brewery/Brand: Uinta / Crooked Line
ABV: 9.0 %
Serving Style: 750 ml Bottle
Description: With a pop of the cork, this imperial pilsner’s aroma comes right off the bat with some tart honey, sweet grain, and a blended finish of hops and lemon zest. The taste is light and crisp, and does a damn fine job of hiding the alcohol content. Upon further drinking, you’ll find more flavors of a grassy hop bitterness and some dry grain. 
Overview: While this may not be the brew to bring to the barbeque or the big party, this is an easy summer drink that packs a punch and tastes great in the heat. Although this is not the first imperial pilsner that has hit the craft brew market, I have already gotten word from beer geeks afar that it is hitting the mark. Cheers Uinta—keep up the radical styles.

This is the Pilsner

Brewery/Brand: Hoppers
ABV: 5.2 %
Serving Style: 12 oz Beer Bottle
Description: This higher-point version of the pub’s regular on-draft beer pours out of the bottle a light straw-colored brew with a quickly-receding head. The nose is wonderfully balanced with hints of sweet malt, spicy/grassy hops and a fruity yeast hidden in the background. The flavor is equally balanced with the nose, with a crisp malt character, well-rounded grassy hops and a dry finish.
Overview: Fresh off a medal win at the North American Brewing Awards alongside Hoppers’ other high point Double Black Lager, I hope people are seeing that Donovan Steele (Hoppers Head Brewer) is a force to be reckoned with when he is given the ability to brew high-point. This one is only available in six packs out the brewery door, so race down if you want to get your hands on one.

Little Slammers Golden Ale

Brewery/Brand: Utah Brewers Cooperative / Wasatch Beers
ABV: 5.2 %
Serving Style: 7 oz Beer Bottle
Description: This cute little guy twists open to pour golden in color with a tight solid white head. The aroma is pretty basic with sweeter notes of sugar, toasted grain and a masked floral character. The flavor is sweet, with a mild hop character and all-around drying body.
Overview: The flavor is on the sweeter side for sure, but still has enough hop character to keep your palate wanting more. Originally, I was not too sold on the whole size thing. That is, until the ads proved true. I can smuggle this thing anywhere. Seriously, anywhere.