Samplings from May 31, 2018

Deep LogoThis particular Thursday, the 7th Hill Taproom had a tap takeover by the Deep Brewery. Deep is a brewery that is local to Tallahassee. It’s one of the local breweries that I have been wanting to go check out in person. In general, Deep beers tend to resonate with me pretty well, and for that reason I would like to talk to one of their brewers about their philosophy. There was one of the brewers at the takeover, but he was busy telling tales to other customers, so I didn’t get a chance to interview him. One of these days, I will conduct and publish an interview.

Let’s talk about some of the beers.

Deep - Morning BoatMorning Boat

Brewer: Deep (Tallahassee, FL)
Style: Coffee Stout
ABV: 5.5%
IBU: ?
Served: Draft
Glass and Serving Size: 10 Ounce Tulip
Rating: Ok

If you have been following me for a while, you know that I like my coffee porters and stouts. One of the great flavor pairings is a nice roasted coffee with a dark roasted malt. Well, Deep was fairly successful in their Morning Boat beer. This beer is pretty solid and is a quality beer. If you are looking for something that represents a coffee stout, the Morning Boat fits the bill. However, if you are expecting something special, this isn’t the beer. Needless to say, I will drink this beer again because it is a solid beer.

The Morning Boat pours dark with a light mocha head. When you take in the aroma, the beer is dark roast coffee up front with hints of dark roasted malts. When drinking the flavor is dominantly dark roasted malt with coffee in the finish. Like I said, the beer is a solid representative of what it means to be a coffee stout.

 

Deep - Tan in the CanTan in the Can

Brewer: Deep (Tallahassee, FL)
Style: Coconut Cream Ale
ABV: 4.7%
IBU: ?
Served: Draft
Glass and Serving Size: 10 Ounce Tulip
Rating: Meh

A while back I wrote about the Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale. I had decided that I kinda liked that one. The Tan in the Can is pretty ambitious and slightly missed the mark, in my opinion. With highly specialized beers like this one, it’s hard to understand what the brewer was trying to accomplish. Where the Kentucky Cream Ale was clearly Cream Ale through and through, the Tan in the Can was a beer with some qualities of a Cream Ale. In this way, I felt that it was a miss.

The beer pours a deep golden with a creamy white head. The aroma has all of the qualities of a cream soda, which is quite delightful. The flavor was a light ale first with a coconut cream finish. I would have liked the coconut cream flavor to be more pervasive.

 

 

Deep - Sublime Key LimeSublime Keylime

Brewer: Deep (Tallahassee, FL)
Style: Florida Weiss
ABV: 4.1%
IBU: ?
Served: Draft
Glass and Serving Size: 10 Ounce Tulip
Rating: Ok

So, I have been enjoying sour beers a little more, lately. Thanks to the team at the Taproom, they have been educating me on good sour beers. One of the latest good ones was the Boulevard Lime Gose, which was just the right amount of tartness and flavor. Well, I have found that Weiss beers are also a good type of sour beer, and the Sublime Keylime is pretty solid. It wasn’t anything too spectacular, but all in all I enjoyed it.

The beer pours a golden with a light white head. The aroma is predominantly tart. There was no mistaking that this was a sour beer. The flavor was highly tart, and I was able to pick up the lime in the finish. I think that the beer would have been a bit better if it was a little less tart and a little more lime.

 

 

DF - Dragons and YumYumsDragons and Yum Yums

Brewer: Dogfish Head (Milton, DE)
Style: Fruit Pale Ale
ABV: 6.5%
IBU: 25
Served: Draft
Glass and Serving Size: 10 Ounce Tulip
Rating: Meh

Shifting gears from Deep Beers, I thought I would throw in a Dogfish Head beer. There is a soft spot in my heart for Dogfish Head, since they make one of my go-to IPAs. I have enjoyed a lot of beers that come out of the brewery. I was hopeful for the Dragons and Yum Yums, especially coming off of the Deep Florida Weiss. Unfortunately, the beer was fairly disappointing and lacked a convincing flavor, and for that reason it’s not one of my favorites.

The beer pours a pinkish color with a creamy white head. The aroma is fruity first with a tartness you associate with a sour beer. The flavor was first and foremost bitter followed by a slight fruitiness. The beer promised much, but was a slight disappointment in delivery.

 

Summary

In all, it was a good night of sampling beers. There really wasn’t anything bad, but there were some beers that promised a lot and under delivered. Unfortunately, nothing was a standout. Deep delivered a couple of solid beers that I will drink again. Like I said before, I will need to head up to the brewery and go on a brewery tour.

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