The ten best new Colorado beers of 2012

Categories: Beer Man

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7) Deceit
Funkwerks

Deceit was a Funkwerks tap-room favorite that the brewery decided to bottle in the fall -- just before the Belgian Golden Ale won gold at the Great American Beer Festival. It was a deserving victory for one of Colorado's most up-and-coming breweries -- and lucky for us. Boasting an ABV of 9.4 percent, Deceit is indeed deceitful, as its lighter character belies a serious punch in the mouth. Crisp and carbonated like a saison, Deceit has sweeter, citrusy notes that make it taste and feel more like a Belgian-style dubbel.

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6) The Meddler Oud Bruin
Odell Brewing

Like the Flemish Reds it pays tribute to, the Meddler was made by blending together several versions of a beer -- a brown ale, in this case -- and then aging it for a year and a half, a process that smoothed out any rough edges. Tart from the wild yeasts, brettanomyces and lactobacillus, the Meddler is also sweet, rich and complex, exuding a fruity, malty characteristic that gave it an almost sherry-like drinkability.

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5) Belgian Style Pale Ale
Upslope Brewing

After hiding the good stuff in its Boulder tap room over the past few years, Upslope finally hit us with a flurry of beautiful beers in 2012, including the seasonal Pumpkin and Christmas ales and Foreign Style Stout. But a fourth beer, one that is difficult to categorize despite its name, stood even taller. Belgian Style Pale Ale most closely resembles a Belgian wit -- a wheat beer made with spices like coriander and orange peel -- but this one wasn't a wheat beer, though it does carry coriander and Trappist yeasts. But, style be damned, the ale, which weighed in at a dangerous 7.9 percent ABV, imparted such a smooth creaminess that I couldn't stop drinking it all summer.

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4) Apis IV
Elevation Beer Company

Apis IV was the first packaged beer released by this brand-new brewery from Poncha Srpings, and it made a great first impression. Like a candy sugar-dusted figgy fruitcake, this Belgian-style quadrupel reminded me of Avery Reverend in some ways. It was syrupy without being cloyingly sweet, and showcased a powerful but balanced battle between biscuity, bready malts and and hops-forward, resiny notes. I drank a lot of it.
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22 comments
meatnation
meatnation

Quit calling it a "wild yeast." They didn't get the yeast off a shoe. It's a cultured product introduced intentionally. There's nothing "wild" about it any more than a walmart goldfish is wild. This is about the 10th post where you incorrectly refer to a yeast as "wild" when in fact it is not in any way shape or form. And, by the way, yeast doesn't sour a beer like oud bruin. That's bacteria like lacto and pedio. You call yourself a beer man? You need to read some books on how beer is made I guess. You're lacking the background to write a column. 

thesuperflirts
thesuperflirts

@skabrewing greetings from the Philippines. Happy new year! :)

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

I think all this talk of alcohol is bad for Colorado's reputation.

maxplanck0
maxplanck0

A formidable list. Deviant Dale's is so good, it seems to disappear from the shelves before before I get to crack one open. I suppose the next time I locate a supply, I should buy it all and fill up the house's crawl space....

Jay Stooksberry
Jay Stooksberry

Not sure if it has made it east of the Continental Divide yet, but you gotta love Dirty Hippie by Palisade Brewing Company.

NapaofBeerGirl
NapaofBeerGirl

@ColoBeerMan glad @OdellBrewing Pond Hopper made it, that is my beer of the year! I can't get enough of it.

JestersBets
JestersBets

@datingdad it was good but I could only drink one before I needed something else

a94buff
a94buff

What a crisis of riches we have in CO.

zamboni332
zamboni332

@jennymuld agreed I have had all those except the one from poncho springs !!

Legen Dairy
Legen Dairy

Kona pipeline porter and coconut milk stout

ElevationBeerCo
ElevationBeerCo

@ColoBeerMan Thanks for including us on that fantastic list of great #colorado #craftbeers, we drank our fair share of those ourselves!

ColoBeerMan
ColoBeerMan

@NapaofBeerGirl @OdellBrewing Yes, it kind of flew under the radar, but it was really good.

ColoBeerMan
ColoBeerMan

@ElevationBeerCo definitely an amazing lineup

NapaofBeerGirl
NapaofBeerGirl

@ColoBeerMan @OdellBrewing Not low on my radar, I think I drank at least half of a recent keg at @TapandHandle ha!

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