Sunday, April 8th 2012
Revolution Brewing is the nation's smallest brewery that currently cans their beers. At one point they put some of their beers in 12 oz. cans in-house but are now working with the folks at Mobile Canning to get their beers out to the locals in 16 oz. cans. The brewery, located in the small town of Paonia, Colorado, is housed in a former church. This 4-barrel brewery pumps out a number of different beers using local hops and malts as much as possible. We're excited to get to try some of their stuff and want to thank Mike out in Colorado for hooking us up. Oh yeah, we don't know why this beer is called "Jessie's Garage", perhaps someone will read this and fill us in. Cheers!
From the Revolution Brewing site:
"Our pale ale is made with 2-row and crystal malts, and topped with copious volumes of Centennial and Marynka hops for floral aromatics with a hoppy bite."
Here we go...
Pour - nice dark auburn or chestnut color with a subtle head on top. Very clean in appearance with a dark honey like color when held to the light.
Aroma - the aroma of this pale ale is just fanstastic. It's malty with that caramel sweet fragrance with hints of citrus from the hops. There is a bit of an essence of peat, like a scotch ale might have...but perhaps that's crazy talk. Great aroma from a beer well brewed.
Taste - that first sip is soft on the palate with some great toasty, bready malt flavors with hints of honey followed by a small wave of bitterness and citrus flavors of oranges and lemons. If you like your pale ales leaning a little more toward the malty end of the spectrum and not trying to jump style lines into the IPA category than this is a beer for you. Well done. Cheers!
Overall - this is the type of beer you'd be happy to order again and again and then try and talk your friends into trying. A great pale ale that isn't going to fatigue the palate but will provide a lot of taste and great balance. We'd love to visit this small brewery and try this, and all of their other offerings, on tap while listening to some live music.
Note - This Revolution Brewing, located in Colorado, is not to be confused with the Revolution Brewing Company located in Chicago. They are two very separate and unique breweries. Although, by year's end they'll both be producing canned beer.
Posted by Russ
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