Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Brew Review: Cismontane Brewing Co. Coulter IPA
Beer: Cismontane Brewing Company Coulter IPA
Location: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Aroma: Sweet citrus hops
Appearance: Hazy medium amber
Body & Texture: Citrus tasting up front with a bit of an alcohol bite. Lots of carbonation with great head retention.
Aftertaste: Surprisingly very very bitter
I love their label. It definitely grabs your attention. The label felt like smooth soft plastic, and the picture on the front looks like the epitome of California. Upon first sip I was a little turned off because it tasted quite different than a regular IPA. After reading the back that it's brewed with rye, I thought it was more acceptable. I was surprised how hoppy this beer is. I've drank IPA's with 100 IBU's and Coulture IPA is 65, but tastes much higher. After sipping it a little longer I started to appreciate it more and would drink it again. The alcohol up front taste began to dissipate which I was happy about. I don't think I'd buy it for myself, but if I saw another bottle of Cismontane Brewing in the store, I'd definitely give them another shot.
On a sidenote:
Please take a look at my kitchen from last Saturday...It looks disgusting!
But please learn a lesson from me and David:
Last Saturday David and I worked on a new healthy menu for his new 12 week diet he's doing. In order to not feel pressured by the beer we had sitting in the fridge (4 six-packs worth!), David decided to take the beer out and store it in our beer cellar (hall closet). He also had two growlers in the fridge with a dormant yeast starter for his home brewing. We took the growlers out of the fridge, and I started twisting the top off the first one to pour it down the drain. Immediately it started hissing at me, as if it were a carbonated beverage. So, being cautious, I moved it to the sink, thinking if any poured out it would just run down the side of the growler. Unfortunately, the cap blew off the growler and exploded all over our kitchen. That's just one angle of the mess, but it also went on our stove, microwave, kitchen table, dishwasher, refrigerator, cook books, not to mention all over both of us. We were shocked to say the least. We were also cracking up and couldn't believe the explosion we just witnessed. It took us over an hour to clean it all up, and our blinds are garbage. What a lesson! Please learn from us! Don't leave a yeast starter in the refrigerator for 8 months. I really don't even know what else to say about it...