Taming the Savage Heart (Oddwood Ales)

Taming the Savage Heart, the latest release from Austin, Texas’ Oddwood Ales (a subsidiary of Adelbert’s) is a great entry into the subset of sour beers, a blend of younger and older barrel-aged efforts. The brewery does well to provide a nuanced and varied flavor profile here, avoiding the tendency by some breweries to create something akin to sucking on a warhead.  As a result the brewery is able to go and elicit certain flavors (citrus, oak, hay) from the beer that may otherwise be lost with strongly flavored sour components.

Taming the Savage Heart has a fair amount of wheat and grain elements and a barnyard / hay main focus. It is upon this backdrop that the beer is able to go and vary considerably. Oddwood Ale’s beer here has hints of malt that act as a canvas upon which the sour mouth feel can build up as one continues along with the beer. The effort would be a fantastic purchase for those that are fans of farmhouse and saison style beers while the numerous other flavors presented here would be enough to raise the eyebrows of even the most jaded craft beer connoisseur. As Taming the Savage Heart continues to warm a different set of flavors begins to reach prominence. A slight bitterness works alongside the sour side of the beer, highlighting the tart, tangy side of the effort.

The wide chorus of flavors that are experience in this brew, coupled with the tendency to sail into increasingly sour straits means that an imbiber could conceivably come back time and time again to Taming the Savage Heart and find different tastes and experiences each time.  Keep an eye out for our reviews of their Dancin’ Monks and Philosophizer; Oddwood Ales are currently available in Texas.

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Acres O’Green Irish Red (Lone Tree Brewing)

The Acres O’Green Irish Red by Colorado’s Lone Tree Brewing is an archetypal version of an Irish Red Ale, meaning that individuals will be immediately hit with a fair amount of malt taste with a little bit of sweetness at the end of each quaff. The beer pours with a delicious mahogany coloration and a fair amount of off white to tannish head with a slight amount of lacing occurring afterwards.Acres O'Green Irish Red (Lone Tree Brewing) Continue reading “Acres O’Green Irish Red (Lone Tree Brewing)”

Snake River Pale Ale (Snake River Brewing)

Snake River Brewing (Jackson, Wyoming) has created an eponymous Pale Ale which pours with a yellowish-orange coloration and a ton of beige head. Floral and hoppy sides are present in the initial nose on the beer, while the first sip that an individual takes will showcase perfume and rose elements. There is a good amount of grass and wheat notes that make their presence known at the beginning of a Snake River Pale Ale, creating something that is refreshing and is very consistent. Continue reading “Snake River Pale Ale (Snake River Brewing)”

Jolly Roger Black Lager (Eddyline)

Eddyline (Buena Vista, Colorado) is canning a number of their year-round beers; Jolly Roger, a black lager / schwartzbier is something that would be absolutely perfect during those nights where the temperature begins to drop.  Jolly Roger pours intensely dark with only a small amount of brownish coloration at the periphery. There is a good amount of light-brown/tannish head that lays on top of the bottle, with a lacing that makes it way down a glass. The initial nose of a 16 ounce can of Jolly Roger links together grain, malt, wheat, and a little bit of sweetness into an alluring fragrance. Jolly Roger is a beer that reinvigorates what a lager can entail. Continue reading “Jolly Roger Black Lager (Eddyline)”

Jenny Lake Lager (Snake River Brewing)

Jenny Lake Lager by Jackson Hole, Wyoming’s Snake River Brewing pours with a mahogany / reddish-brown color and a thick, frothy off-white head. Lacing is present in droves and will demarcate precisely how far an individual has gotten in the effort.   Continue reading “Jenny Lake Lager (Snake River Brewing)”

Summertime Wheat (Rahr & Sons)

Summertime Wheat from Fort Worthy’s Rahr & Sons brewery is a hazy yellow beer that has a small amount of white head. This haze is due to Rahr & Sons’ decision to leave the brew unfiltered, which gives a different mouth feel and considerably denser flavor profile than filtered products. The beer has a nose not unlike that of a hefeweizen, with bits of citrus and clove that can be discerned. Rahr’s Summertime Wheat has a small amount of bitterness that is immediately evident before the more sugar and fruit sides shine. This seasonal is perfect for the warming months of the early summer, having more than enough in the way of twists and turns present that one will be able to stick with a sixer over the course of the night. Continue reading “Summertime Wheat (Rahr & Sons)”

Here Gose Nothin’ (Destihl Brewery)

Here Gose Nothin’ is an effort from Destihl Brewery’s Wild Sour Series. The beer pours with a light orange / yellow color and no appreciable amount of head. The nose of HGN is a little salty, a little sour and provides imbibers with some idea about where the beer will ultimately go. The tartness of the effort is immediately discernible, while the savory aspect of the salt does well to change up the overall palette toward the end of the sip. The beer’s effervescence keeps things light and airy through the entirety of the can, while warmer temperatures keep things interesting. Continue reading “Here Gose Nothin’ (Destihl Brewery)”