Uinta Brewing Co.
Salt Lake City, UT
Four+ Wyld Extra Pale Ale
In honor of Earth Day, here’s an organic (USDA certified!) brew from Utah’s Uinta Brewing. Uinta has been making great beers in a state not known for its breweries. That’s not say that there’s no beer in Utah, but Uinta is making sure there are good ones. They make a lot of session brews (contrary to popular belief, they are allowed to make higher ABV brews. Their Labyrinth Black is over 13%), and this one weighs in at a quiet 4%
The pour is lively and immediately starts wafting pungent aromas out of the glass. The head is pillowy and full, slightly yellowed. Effervescence flies around the glass in a swarm. The color is a tawny honey blonde, and crystal clear.
The nose is lovely – cut grass and honeysuckle, wet pine and rose. This is a spectacularly balanced bouquet of hops and malt.
The mouthfeel is full and smooth at first. Grassy tartness kicks in immediately and those florals hit the roof of the mouth, adding aroma to the sip. The malt arrives as crisp bread crust and buttered rolls. Pine needles chime in at the end to add a bit of pop that cleans out the palate and prompts another sip, and quickly.
Proof that session beers can be complex and Awesome. Cheers to Uinta.
St. Peter’s Brewery
Organic English Ale
St. Pete’s beers come in these awesome oval bottles which, according to their site, are a half-liter copy of a bottle from an 18th Century bottle found near Philly.
Upon cracking the beer, a great skunky odor is evident. Of course, that’s probably my hockey equipment festering in the corner.
The beer pours very golden–a beautiful orange with great clarity and very little carbonation but billows as the beer glugs from my awkward pour out of the oddly-shaped bottle. The head, while it lasts, is a perfect white, slow to move and delicate. The nose has a touch of honey and and twice that much of wheat. There is a slight spice that almost obscures or is obscured by a balanced maltiness. The first sip is surprisingly zesty, with the maltiness being the most prevalent flavor in the initial mouthfeel. However, the spice is as orange as the color, finishes well and, despite the seeming lack of carbonation, there is a great deal of effervescence on the tongue. This is a lovely English ale, comparable in body even to some of the finest such as Ruddles and Belhaven or Fullers and some of the long-term stalwarts such as Old Speckled Hen. Were it cheaper, I would certainly enjoy this one on a more frequent basis.