Motorworks Take 2 – April 19, 2018

7th Hill MW Takeover pt2As I wrote last time, the Motorworks Taproom Take Over at the 7th Hill Taproom involved 16 beers. While I have been known to sample 14 beers in a single sitting, I didn’t think it was fair to review 14 beers in a single sitting. Typically, as a night wears on, my taste buds get stressed and sensitivity to flavors becomes less. So, it’s really doing beers a disservice to try to sample too many. For that reason, the following is a review of several more Motorworks beers, or at least several of the ones that were still available on Thursday.

RollcageMW Rollcage

Brewer: Motorworks (Bradenton, FL)
Style: Red Ale
ABV: 6.5%
IBU: 50
Served: Draft
Glass and Serving Size: 10oz Tulip
Rating: Meh

It’s been a while since I have found a Red Ale that I really liked. Unfortunately, this one gets added to a long list of reds that didn’t appeal to my tastes. The beer was a dark amber with a slightly off-white head. The smell was sweet with a strong malt aroma and a slight hoppiness. The flavor was heavily bitter with strong hops. If it wasn’t for the bitterness, the beer would have probably sat better with me.

 

EnduroMW Enduro

Brewer: Motorworks (Bradenton, FL)
Style: Session Pale Ale
ABV: 4.9%
IBU: 45
Served: Draft
Glass and Serving Size: 10oz Tulip
Rating: It’s Aight

This Session Pale Ale was pretty good, coming off of the Red. It was closer to my wheelhouse. The beer was a medium gold with a white head. The aroma was a little complex with hops mixed with a slight citrus and a slight bitter. The flavor was a lot of hops up front and a hit of citrus at the finish. In all it was a solid beer, definitely something that I would consider drinking again.

 

SnowflakeMW Snowflake

Brewer: Motorworks (Bradenton, FL)
Style: New England IPA
ABV: 6.9%
IBU: 85
Served: Draft
Glass and Serving Size: 10oz Tulip
Rating: It’s Aight

Sticking with the Pale Ales the next one is the Snowflake. Again, another beer that’s in my wheelhouse. The beer appears as deep golden with a white head. The smell consists of a blend of citrus, bitter and a light fruitiness that isn’t citrus. The flavor was bitter first followed by a hit of hops. What was surprising was I didn’t really get the taste of citrus. The beer was pretty solid, and something that I would consider drinking again.

 

A Bizarre Gardening AccidentMW ABGA

Brewer: Motorworks (Bradenton, FL)
Style: Berliner Weiss
ABV: 3.7%
IBU: 7
Served: Draft
Glass and Serving Size: 10oz Tulip
Rating: Interesting

Looking at my notes, this beer was noted as interesting. I really couldn’t place if I liked it or didn’t like it because it was unusual. The beer appears a light golden with a white head. The beer smelled bitter with strong hints of citrus and fruitiness. The flavor was citrus through and through. The finish was a bit unusual, I want to say that I got a hint of apple. In all, it wasn’t a bad beer, I just don’t know if it’s a beer that I would normally drink.

 

In Summary

In all, it was a pretty good night trying to finish up the Motorworks line-up. My favorites of the night were the Pale Ales. For the most part I enjoyed almost everything that Motorworks had to throw at me. As with everything else, there were some that resonated better than others. I think I would love to hit the brewery next time that I am in the area.

 

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