See, Sniff & Sip: Vol. VI

station26 red ipa1

It’s baseball season baby. The warm weather’s here,  and we’ve got three session beers you’ll want to reach for whether you’re pre-gaming with the Rockies downtown or playing a little Tee Ball with the kids in the backyard. No matter if you prefer your brews wheaty or heavily hopped or on the tart side, there’s something here for everyone. There’s even a special ballpark food pairing to go with each one. Batter Up!


new belgium snapshot wheatSnapshot Wheat

New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, CO

American Pale Wheat Ale
5.00% ABV

New Belgium’s new year-round offering is a blend of two beers.  The base Wheat beer is made with grains of paradise, coriander and Cascade hops, which gets blended with another portion that’s been soured with Lactobacillus, adding a layer of tartness to Snapshot.  The end result is an unfiltered, tart Wheat Beer that could potentially serve as an excellent gateway beer, luring craft beer fans into other wild and funky offerings.

Format: 12 oz. can
Availability: Year-round
Appearance: Poured into a New Belgium globe glass, which shows off the beers hazy, light yellow color.  A creamy, white, 3-finger tall head forms and slowly fades away, leaving behind chunks of Belgian lacing around the glass.
Aroma: The nose is lemons, tangerines and wheat, along with a touch of yeast and earth.
Taste: Snapshot offers up flavors of fresh wheat, lemon zest, oranges and biscuit.  The flavors are subtle, but refreshing and tasty.  A very balanced beer and the perfect definition of “Sessionable”.  Well done New Belgium.
Insane Pairing: Sunflower Seeds. The ultimate ballpark snack, whether you’re a player or a spectator.

Score: 3.5 / 5

breckenridge opheliaOphelia Hoppy Wheat Ale

Breckenridge Brewery, Denver, CO

American Pale Wheat Ale
5.0% ABV

A new one here from our friends at Breckenridge. They took a refreshing wheat beer and added Mosaic and Palisade hops, adding a lightly bitter, tropical fruit layer to the beer.

Format: 12 oz. bottle
Availability: Late Winter / Early Spring Seasonal
Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark yellow / orange color. Cloudy with tiny bits of sediment floating throughout. A 3-finger tall, fluffy white head sits on top, leaving behind a thick wall of lacing as it slowly fades.
Aroma: Nose has an earthy, grassy edge, along with bread, sweet citrus and a touch of hops.
Taste: Ophelia’s full of grapefruit, green apples and tropical fruits, along with a bit of wheat and biscuit. The finish comes off as a bit dry, but overall Ophelia’s a clean and easy drinking brew. One of Breckenridge’s newest offerings, this is the perfect candidate for a Spring / Summer session beer. Grab a 6’er and give her a try.
Insane Pairing: The classic ballpark hot dog. But remember, it’s not the real deal unless it’s wrapped in foil.

Score: 3.5 / 5

station26 red ipa2Red IPA

Station 26 Brewing Co., Denver, CO

American IPA
7.7% ABV

One of Colorado’s newest breweries has been quick to capture our attention. After several visits, we’ve learned that these guys know their hoppy brews and aren’t afraid to have a little fun. There’s great things happening at Station 26, like a Black IPA, Double IPA, Coffee IPA and the Red IPA featured here. Check ’em out!

Format: Growler
Availability: Brewery Only / Rotating Release
Appearance: Poured into a nonic pint glass, Station 26’s Red IPA is hazy amber in color, with a 1-finger tall, creamy off-white head. Carbonation is slow, but steady.
Aroma: The nose is hop-forward, piney, with a pinch of citrus and ever so slightly dank. Very, very enjoyable.
Taste: Red IPA starts out as hoppy and bitter, but quickly gives way to its sweet caramel, malty backbone. There’s a pinch of biscuit and fresh grain mixed in too. The beer’s exceptionally well-balanced and highly drinkable. Even at 7.7% ABV, I could drink a lot of this one.
Insane Pairing: Heavily salted peanuts.

Score: 3.75 / 5


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