Some recent ticks from an early fall trip to Indianapolis, IN:
3 Floyds Space Station: Middle Finger (American Pale Ale) - 4.4
22oz bottle purchased at Kahn's Fine Wines & Spirits.
A: Clear amber hue with three fingers of cream white foam and several strands of lacing on the tulip glass. A few bubbles in the body. A great looking pale. (4)
S: Huge blast of orange zest, caramel, mango, biscuit, papaya, and tangerine; hints of resin, pineapple, and passon fruit develop as the beer warms. Wonderfully bright, fruity, and tropical aromas. (4.5)
T: Taste follows the nose with juicy navel orange, mango, tangerine, and papaya upfront and some caramel and biscuit flavours to balance. Big zesty and resinous hop bitterness transitions to a long, drying finish. Lovely. (4.5)
M: Medium-bodied, crisp carbonation, juicy-oily middle gives way to a zesty and resinous hop bitterness and a lengthy, bone dry finish. Awesome. (4)
O: Another model pale ale from Three Floyds. These guys really know what they’re doing when it comes to hoppy beers. A must try. (4.5)
3 Floyds BackMasking Oatmeal Stout - 3.7
22oz bottle purchased at Kahn's Fine Wines & Spirits. Re-reviewed after letting the bottle breathe in the fridge for a day.
A: Very dark brown, bordering on black, with three fingers of mocha-coloured foam and lots of webbed lacing on the tulip glass. Some faint ruby edges. A stellar looking beer. (4.25)
S: Strong hop aromas of peach, papaya, mango, and melon fruit (cantaloupe, honey dew) meld with subtle notes of roasted malt, day-old coffee, dark unsweetened chocolate, and an earthy-peaty smokiness. Awesome nose that, aside from the smoke, closely resembles a Black IPA. (4.25)
T: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and stone fruit upfront; slight tartness mid-palate; earthy hop finish with a moderate bitterness and warming alcohol to end. Solid if unconventional flavours. (3.5)
M: Light side of medium-bodied, silky-smooth, almost juicy middle, low carbonation, balanced hop bitterness transitions to an off-dry finish with some warmth going down. Lacking in body for the style. (3.25)
O: An aromatic and unique take on an oatmeal stout; unlike any example I've tried before. The mouthfeel is a little thin but the flavours are there and this beer smells fantastic. Worth trying. (3.5)
Upland Brewing Cherry Lambic - 3.5
750ml bottle purchased at the Upland Tasting Room in Broad Ripple Village.
A: Cloudy pink hue with a razor thin head and some bubbles in the body. No lace on my pour. Average appearance. (3)
S: Bing cherries, flower petals, oak wood, strawberry jam, barnyard funk (horse blanket, wet hay), crab apple, and a mild yeastiness. Solid aromas that are consistent with the style. (4)
T: Sour cherry, lemon juice, oak wood, moderate sweetness, and raspberry upfront; lightly drying finish with more sour cherry and woody flavours on the cough. Straightforward but satisfying palate. (3.5)
M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, big sour tartness (bordering on puckering) transitions to an off-dry finish with lingering sour-woody afters. (3.5)
O: A basic but enjoyable lambic that falls well short of greatness. Tasty and fun to try, but I probably wouldn't buy this again. (3.25)
"Bar people do not live as long as vegan joggers. However, they have more fun." - Bruce Elliott