Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Payette Brewing Co. expands into Colorado market

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 12:28 PM

We have received an update regarding the availability of Payette Brewing Co. beers in the Springs. The company is shipping beer to Colorado in July, but it's most likely that consumers will see Payette beers in liquor stores starting in early August, with much greater volume appearing in late August.

———————ORIGINAL POST 12:28 P.M. WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2018———————
Boise, Idaho's Payette Brewing Company has contracted with Colorado Craft Distributors to put cans on shelves across Colorado, starting in late July. They've been around since 2011 and have repeatedly taken home Boise Weekly's Best Brewery award. So they offered to send a mixed pack of four Payette brews to the Indy mailbox, I did what I always do when there's free beer: I reviewed it.

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  • Courtesy Payette Brewing Company
Kicking off their consistent American West-themed branding, Rodeo Citra pale ale's a 4 percent ABV single-hop pale ale. It took home a gold medal in the session beer category at the 2018 Los Angeles International Beer Competition, which is cool. It's my favorite of the four, a mix of citrus and passionfruit with sweet malt on the nose, pouring a crystal clear amber color. Each sip's balanced, with the taste deviating slightly for a sip that's like a caramel candied orange peel. Bravo.

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  • Courtesy Payette Brewing Company

Their IPA, Recoil, is hopped with Calypso, Citra, Eureka and Mosaic hops. There's a powerfully citrusy nose, but it sips sharp with a bitter finish, minimal malt backbone for big, hoppy bitterness with citrus peel and a little pine in there. It's all but crystal clear and rich golden in color — a fine choice for fans of west coast IPAs, and not too strong at 6.5 percent ABV.

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  • Courtesy Payette Brewing Company

Sour fans can look forward to Payette's Aura, brewed with guava and hibiscus. It's a mild 4 percent ABV. There's fruit and a mild spiciness from yeast on the nose, and it sips round and red, very effervescent with a slightly sticky finish. It's a little cloying, but the fruit's not overwhelming, and there's a mineral finish after a moderate sourness. Not bad.


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  • Courtesy Payette Brewing Company

The brewery's North Fork lager goes down easy and quick at 4.4 percent ABV. It's properly clean and crystal clear, the color of straw. The nose is malty with faint honey notes and a little hop greenness. It sips as clean as one expects a lager to do, with biscuity malt notes on the edge and trace hop bitterness on the back end. While far from the most ambitious or adventurous beer out there, it's a properly brewed lager, and that's just fine.

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