The ten best new Colorado beers of 2012

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3) Wild Wild Brett Indigo
Crooked Stave

Crooked Stave pulled off an interesting feat with WWBI, balancing tart blueberries with oak in a way that made both shine perfectly. In fact, this show worked so well that, like a lion in a circus, you could almost forget that it's wild -- fermented with brettanomyces yeast. WWBI is tart, but not in a way that makes your salivary glands get hyperactive. Bright and refreshing, it was the cleanest wild or sour beer that I tasted in 2012. And, as a bonus, some of its characteristics changed as it warmed in the glass, giving WWBI a smooth, almost buttery mouthfeel. Crooked Stave owner Chad Yakobson liked it as well, and says he plans to brew this one again in 2013.

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2) Deviant Dale's
Oskar Blues

Thick, rich and decidedly dank, Deviant Dale's lives up to its name and its enticingly hoppy aroma with an almost overwhelming wallop of flavor that can become addictive. Brewed with copious amounts of Columbus hops, Deviant put down roots as a tap-room specialty before growing into a special project for Old Chicago and then blossoming as the Longmont brewery's first foray into sixteen-ounce cans. And it carries such a huge load of pine and grapefruit flavors that a single sip will make you feel as if you're chewing on a hop cone. A touch of sweetness mellows the bitter flavors on the back end.

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1) Uncle Jacob's Stout
Avery Brewing

Vanilla, oak, molasses, butter, bourbon, figs. And that's just for starters. It might take all day to nail down the complex blend of thick, velvety flavors that burst out of Uncle Jacob's Stout and coat the tongue. A 17.4 percent ABV bomb that Avery aged for six months in bourbon barrels, the beer will no doubt age well, but it was hard not to drink every drop I could find. At $12 per twelve-ounce bottle, though, I had to limit my intake. Avery plans to make this beer again in 2013, so I'm saving my pennies.


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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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