Monday, September 1, 2014

Begyle Brewing Don't Bring Me Down, Zeus

This is an 8.0% ABV Double IPA from Begyle Brewing of Chicago, Illinois. This is batch #66 from this Community Supported Brewery. If you live in the area, you can get an annual subscription and you get a certain number of growlers each month, like community supported agriculture, or CSA's, for farms.

The beer pours a dark honey golden and light copper. There is a relatively short head, of somewhat fizzy white to off-white foam. The aroma is tropical fruit, mango and passion fruit over caramel malt. The taste follows the aromas with a real zest and zing to the tropical fruit, adding citrus. The malt is ample, but unobtrusive. The bitterness is moderate, present, but cut deeply by the sweetness of the malts. The beer drinks full and round, with a subtly stinging carbonation. An overall solid DIPA with a very interesting name.

Revolution Brewing Double Fist

This is an 8.0% ABV Double Pale Ale. It is from Revolution Brewing, which is located in Logan Square in Chicago, Illinois. They have a brew pub with good food and beer. It is definitely worth a visit if you are in Chicago.

The beer pours a deep copper and amber in color. There is not quite an inch of off-white to very light tan foam. The aroma is citrus and dank, with tropical fruit, especially mango. The taste follows the aromas adding in a very strong base of dark caramel malt. The finish is moderately bitter, cut by the sweetness of the malt. It drinks full and smooth, subtly carbonated. It has a very pleasant aftertaste, redolent of the original flavors. This is one big and bold flavored brew, it’ll punch you like a double fist of tasty beer.