Friday, September 14, 2012

Beer of the Week (Vol. CLVIII)

Another edition of Beer of the Week sponsored as always by the fortunate folks at Glen Lake Wine & Spirits who can help find the wine, whiskey, and beer you need to make luck your lady tonight.

Our beer this week comes from California’s Lagunitas Brewing Company. It’s their Lucky 13.alt Anniversary Release:

From the first day of the first mash of the first recipe in the first brewhouse in the first space to this oasis 13 years on the road; We have worked hard to walk in the footsteps of our hero brewers- The Noble Brewer of the planet’s only legal Steam Beer, and Oregon’s Rebel Brewer from Newport. Thirteen years down the road, we have found our own voice as brewers but our admiration for the Great Ones has not dimmed one bit. If we walked well down the hero’s path ourselves, perhaps we too have been an inspiration for others. Beer is a Bronze Age business and we feel honored to have left our footprints on its path into history, at the same time leaving our flavors on your buds. Thanks for your trust over the years and we hope you enjoy this specialty brewed Hi-Gravity Auburn offering.

22oz brown bomber bottle goes for $4.99. Label has a well done rendering of blonde pin up centered in a horseshoe holding a glass of namesake beverage.

STYLE: Strong Ale


COLOR (0-2): Light reddish-brown and clear. 2

AROMA (0-2): Citrus hops and sweet malts with a touch of floral honey and spice. Quite pleasant. 2

HEAD (0-2): Bright white color, decent volume and thickness. Good retention and lacing. 2

TASTE (0-5): Strong flavors of sweet malts, caramel, and toffee balanced with citrusy hops. Can’t really notice the heat at all. Medium-bodied and smooth with a thinner mouthfeel. Decently drinkable and rather refreshing. 4

AFTERTASTE (0-2): Flavors linger than slowly fade. 2

OVERALL (0-6): A big beer with loads of complex flavor that remains approachable. For the price, it’s also a relative bargain. 4

TOTAL SCORE (0-19): 16