Tastings from February 1, 2018

I am trying to work through my notes over the last month. Some notes are way better than others, meaning I will probably not be writing up some of my days of sampling brews. I was also reviewing my memory card, and realized that I need to be more diligent in taking pictures of what’s on the menu. There is so much that I hadn’t considered when I started developing the concept for Pints and Potables.

Red CypressMy next batch of writeups is from February 1, 2018. This was an interesting day, as all the beers that I samples came from the self-serve taps. It was also interesting because it was the first time that I had tried beers from Red Cypress Brewery, which is located in Central Florida in Winter Springs. I have to admit that I have liked most of the beers that I have from Red Cypress. I think this one is one that I will need to keep an eye on.

Here was the line up from February 1, 2018.

RC Play It LoudPlay It Loud
Brewer: Red Cypress (Winter Springs, FL)
Style: New England IPA (Indian Pale Ale)
ABV: 5.5%
IBU: ?
Served: Draft
Rating: It’s Aight

For my first Red Cypress beer, I went for their IPA. As you can see from the picture, it’s a golden beer that is slightly cloudy. The aroma was a combination of hoppy goodness with quite a bit of citrus. The beer tasted of grapefruit that was slightly bitter. One thing that I noted was that the beer finished dry, kind of like a brut sparkling wine. I enjoyed the Play It Loud, but it wasn’t one of my top 20 IPAs. I think that I would drink it again, given the opportunity.

 

HG Sneaky WombatSneaky Wombat
Brewer: Hourglass (Longwood, FL)
Style: Sour IPA (Indian Pale Ale)
ABV: 6.0%
IBU: 63
Served: Draft
Rating: It’s Aight

This is another Florida Beer. Seems to be a theme here, now that I am looking up where different breweries are located. This one was interesting in that it was a Sour IPA. Normally, I’m not a big fan of Sours, but this one seemed to be a mild sour. The beer poured from the draft as a cloudy amber with a white head. The smell was that of a sweet citrus with an overtone of sour. The flavor exhibited a slight citrus that was overwhelmed by the tartness of the sour. I noted that the tartness was likened to eating a Sweettart candy. Again, sours aren’t really my thing, but this was one that I would drink again. A couple of my more adventurous compatriots agreed.

 

LG Sumpin EasySumpin Easy
Brewer: Lagunitas (Chicago, IL)
Style: Pale Ale
ABV: 5.7%
IBU: 51
Served: Draft
Rating: Not Really

I have had some Lagunitas beers that I really enjoyed. This one was not one of my favorites. The beer was light gold and clear, with a white head. The aroma was hoppy with a slight hint of lemon. The flavor was bitter with a slight hint of citrus. I think it was the bitter that turned me off of this one. When I say bitter, I liken it to biting into the rind of an orange or other citrus fruit. It just wasn’t for me.

 

But First Coffee
Brewer: Red Cypress (Winter Springs, FL)
Style: Coffee Porter
ABV: 6.5%
IBU: ?
Served: Draft
Rating: Good

This is the last beer for this day. Let’s see, Coffee and a Porter, what could go wrong? The answer is, absolutely nothing. A lot of times a beer loses its balance between the added flavor and the style of the beer. It’s unfortunate that I don’t have a picture of the glass, but it was a dark brown, almost black, like a porter should be. Surprisingly, I didn’t get much of an aroma, maybe a slight hint of dark malt. Now, the flavor was a good blend of dark malty goodness and coffee. The two flavors complemented each other quite nicely. I enjoyed it enough that I had a second glass and was sorely disappointed when it was gone the next week.

 

Summary

I feel Red Cypress was the clear winner on this day. The IPA and the Porter were both beers that I would drink again. The Sneaky Wombat wasn’t bad for a sour, and for a sour is a beer I would drink again. The Lagunitas Sumpin Easy just wasn’t doing it for me on that night.

 

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