We got another surprise from AC Golden today — a bottle of Colorado Native Plum, the first sour beer under the brand. It’s made with Palisade Duarte plums and aged in Colorado whiskey barrels, with 14 months between brew and bottle. It’s a moderate 6.5 percent ABV.
The foggy brown ale pours with a fine tan head. Its nose blends acid with notes of plum and tamarind over no small amount of malt. It sips tart and dry, the product of the brettanomyces added in the bottle. There’s not a lot of body, and it reminds us of cranberry juice flavor-wise. We get little to none of the promised oak notes, and no whiskey whatsoever. For what it is, though, it’s good.
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MillerCoors' locavorous experimental arm, AC Golden, sent us a sixer of their new summer beer, Colorado Native Olathe Lager. It's brewed with ingredients that the included press release says were grown within a mile of each other in Olathe, Colorado. The malts are pale and Munich, with "Olathe Sweet" corn added as an adjunct. It's hopped to a mild 25 IBUs with Nugget and Crystal hops, winding up at 5.6 percent ABV.
All told, this is a pretty neat lager. The clear, golden brew belies nothing of the light toasty notes from the Munich malt. While I don't get much sweetness from the corn, it does add a certain depth of flavor to the beer. Unfortunately, there's no hop bitterness to speak of, and there's nothing interesting happening on the finish. It's just kinda there, mild and inoffensive.
That said, using local ingredients makes this beer just a skosh more awesome than it might otherwise be. And while it's not the sexiest thing on the market, it's pretty darn good nonetheless.
The press release assures us that Colorado Native's Winterfest beer will hit the market in a few months.