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Uinta Hive

Uinta Brewing Co.
Salt Lake City, UT
Four+ Hive Ale with Honey

While I’m awfully skeptical about the prevalence of crappy products with honey added, it makes sense in beer, what with brewing’s relation to mead.

The pour is lively, with a very tightly-knit, cloudy white head that has just the faintest hints of orange. The head is active and the surface teems as fine carbonation swells up throughout excellent clarity.

Less yellow than I expected, this really looks like a jar of honey – amber thinned out by marigold and some faint dun tones. As the head recedes to just below a half-inch, it clings to the inside of the glass like a wet sheet.

The nose is wonderfully malty and reminds me of East Anglian pubs – there is an earthy smell of wet wood, flour batter, hay, and a little bit of lemon zest.

The feel is quite good – the frothy head helps – and cereal grains show up first, though more thinly than the smell originally let on. There’s an interesting moment when the (very) faintly sweet honey mixes with the grassy hops; it’s not a battle between the two, but they don’t necessarily get along at first. Rapidly though, the honey becomes less sweet, and more floral while the hops become a bit more like lemon soap.

All in all, a pleasant brew, and an impressively delicate session ale (not lager!). While I might not seek it out as something incredibly complex, it is interesting enough, and infinitely refreshing.

Uinta Four Plus Wyld

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%

Four+ Wyld

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.