Bob’s Your Uncle Premium Bitters

Image courtesy of Round Barn Brewery, Baroda, MI

Round Barn Brewery in Baroda, MI, is an out of the way place, but well worth the short trip off of I-94 in southwest Michigan.  They make wine, they brew beer, they distill spirits, they do everything!  Bob’s Your Uncle Premium Bitters is one of their offerings and is a little taste of England.  Copper-hued with just a slight haze, the wispy, fine-bead head hides beneath it a nice beer.  The bouquet offers some caramel, a little earthy yeast and a nutty quality.  It does not have an outgoing personality, but it’s a beer you wouldn’t mind hanging out with.  Bob’s Your Uncle is light-bodied with some caramel and toasted notes in the taste profile, and finishes with a moderate amount of bitterness, courtesy of the hops.  There’s even a hint of bread dough on the back end of the finish and in the pleasantly lingering aftertaste.  Bob’s Your Uncle is a British phrase that means “there you have it”, and it is a fitting name for this easy drinking 4.8% ABV session beer.

Cut Throat Pale Ale

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Cut Throat Pale Ale from Finch’s Beer Company, Chicago, IL, is a 5.6% ABV American Pale Ale, honey-colored, with peachy highlights that comes in a 4-pack of 16 oz. cans.  You can get it on tap too, but I did not.  It’s a bit hazy, and Cut Throat produces a single-layer splotchy head of random sized bubbles and truly artistic lacing.  There’s not a bit of carbonation visible, but it must be there.  The bouquet is hoppy with a good, sweet, malty backbone and just a hint of orange.  The hop initial bitterness is more pronounced than the bouquet would have you expect, but there is some balancing sweetness.  The salivary glands are definitely stimulated by Cut Throat, maybe because there is a note of sour green apple within.  The texture is a little thin, not watery, but just lacking a little body.  Overall an OK beer, but not one I would go out of my way for.

72/100 APA

Indie Pale Ale

Indie Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers, Nantucket, MA.  Being a fan of indie music, and just about anything indie, I was drawn to this American IPA when I spotted it in the build your own 6-pack at Binny’s.  I can hardly describe it better than the label itself.  “This beautiful red-orange ale has a full malty body balanced by a fruity apricot/grapefruit nose. Mounds of dank Summit hops in the whirlpool and dry-hop additions provide a deliciously quenching finish to this East meets West-coast ale”.  I’ll add my own take.  Indie Pale Ale (6.5% ABV) is amber colored, displays a light haze and a big, globby head.  Rings of lace remain as the level drops in the glass.  Be sure to use a tallish, thin-walled glass so that the beer can warm sufficiently to release all of its intriguing scents and flavors.  Indie Pale Ale’s hoppy, malty bouquet highlights some apricot and doughy notes, but dry and earthy notes are first to appear upon tasting.  Plenty of astringent hops and a good dose of sweetness greet the tongue, but mainly it’s about the hops, with a very dry finish and a lingering bitterness.  Although I am a fan of the dryness, the bitterness is a little too pronounced.  I will say this one gets better as it warms and you become accustomed to it.

79/100

Pegasus IPA

Drink Local!

 

It’s always good to hear about a new brewery in your home town.  The new brewery I refer to is Argus Brewery and it is located in the historic Pullman neighborhood on Chicago’s Southeast Side.  In fact the brewery occupies the 2nd floor of a building that once served as Jos. E. Schlitz’ Chicago distribution center.  Pegasus IPA is surprising from the start, pouring a deep, garnet color, which is unusual for an IPA.  There was not much carbonation visible, and the head was fleeting and wispy, and left next to no lacing.  The bouquet is nice, being sharp and dry from a good dose of Cascade, Magnum and another variety of hops specially grown for Argus.  The hops give way to a slightly less well-represented malt presence, roasted with just a hint of caramel.  Take a drink and your salivary glands go into overdrive, with a hops forward bitterness, eventually yielding to the lighter malt flavors, helping to balance the brew nicely.  The color made me expect a little more body, but the lightness of body lends itself to more accessible and drinkable beer.  I could use a touch more carbonation on the tongue, but overall this is a nice product from a brewer I look forward to following!