Some Three Floyds action coming your way with their European Style Pilsner brewed in collaboration with the heavy metal band Lair of the Minotaur to commemorate the release of their latest studio album “Evil Power”. The beer obviously getting its name from the name of the album and artwork inspired by the bands art as well. Three Floyds are often only associated with their hoppy American style beers but they are definitely fans of older and European style beers as well. Was excited to see this on the shelf at my local shop about a month ago when I picked it up. Evil Power comes in at 7.2% ABV and 56 IBUs.
Appearance: Glowing orange/light copper color, unfiltered and pretty hazy with a nice 2 finger head.Sticky lacing from the very thick head. Always like Three Floyds bottle artwork, this heavy metal inspired art is pretty sweet.
Nose: Fruity, German yeast. Lots of pilsner malt aromas with some earthy floral hops in there. Smells as I expected it too. Smells very pleasant and clean, very inviting.
Taste/Mouth: Clean pilsner taste, that nice fruity yeasty smells carried over into the taste as well. Pilsner malt again playing a huge part in this beer with some biscuit and grain notes as well. Very clean, refreshing and certainly crushable. You also get some citrus flavors like orange and lime in there as well. Good mouthfeel, light t drink but at the same time has a thick feel to it and medium carbonation. Hardly notice the 7.2% at any point in the tasting.
Price/Availability: Rotating availability and around $10-12 for a bomber. Which is on the cheaper end for Three Floyds bombers unfortunately.
Overall: I have yet to have a Three Floyds beer I really disliked. This isn’t anything special or groundbreaking but it is a good updated take on a classic style. It was about what I expected, maybe I thought it would be a little more jacked up on hops though.
As I mentioned before I am doing a bit of catch up on reviews and this is obviously one that I drank and took notes on before I moved to Chicago. Sixpoint’s German Pilsener The Crisp is up next! I was buying a good amount of Sixpoint before moving as they have recently changed from 4 packs of 16oz cans to 6 packs of 12oz cans, which in my opinion was definitely the right move as the majority of their beers are far more accessible in this format of distribution. This was a Sixpoint I had tried a long time ago when I was first getting into drinking craft beers and really had no recollection of it so I was excited to give it another go especially considering how much I enjoy some other Sixpoint offerings, especially that Bengali IPA! The Crisp comes in at 5.4% ABV and 44 IBUs.
Appearance: Beer is a nice golden yellow with just a slight haze to it. Pour gives you a nice 1 finger head and the beer has pretty good lacing as you drink it down. Always enjoy Sixpoints clean can designs.
Nose: Lots of pilsner malt, earthy hops, fruity clean yeast aromas as well. You get grapes and white wine in the nose as well. Very pleasant aroma on this beer and very nicely fits German Pilsener style.
Taste/Mouth: Super refreshing beer. Fruit carries over from the nose and some white wine and grape flavors as well. Nice bite from the hops and some earthy hop flavors coming through as well. Really clean, nice, refreshing beer. Little dry finish but fits perfectly and makes you itch for another sip. Beer has a great feel in your mouth, carbonation is perfect and is a real easy drinker.
Availability/Price: Tri-State area availability is great on Sixpoint and now in 6 packs makes the price feel a little better. around 9-10$ for a sixer.
Overall: This beer surprised me a lot, I wasn’t expecting all that much going into it. I would gladly buy a sixer of this again or grab it on draft without hesitation. Great spring/summer beer, really refreshing and crushable on a hot day. Sixpoint seems to have everything all figured out.
Next up is the collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Victory, Alt Route, their take on the German style Altbier featuring a hybrid ale/lager yeast. This is the closest brewery in the pack to my hometown in NJ (Victory is about a 2 hour car ride from my house). Although when the styles of the collabs were announced I was hoping for maybe a Double IPA (since Victory has been killing the IIPA game lately, ie. Dirt Wolf) the Altbier wasn’t the biggest letdown as far as styles some breweries chose. I knew the style left them quite a bit of room to make an interesting beer. Alt Route comes in at 6.6% ABV and 50 IBUs.
Appearance: Pours a really nice plum, deep ruby color with a 1 finger head. The beer produced some really nice lacing as well. This beer just like the Yonder Bock had such a nice color, a nice change of pace from all the golden and copper colored beers.
Nose: Nice malty lager nose on this beer, some caramel, grassy and toffee scents coming out. Get some earthy and floral hop aromas as well. Nose is not spectacular but you wouldn’t expect that from the style, it is certainly suitable for the style.
Taste/Mouth: Medium carbonation gives it a nice bite. Dark fruit, caramel, roasty malt are all very present in the flavor. Very drinkable beer, could easily session a few of these and not get bored. Slightly dry finish and bit woody and earthy as well. Extremely well done beer.
Availability/Price: As with all of the Beer Camp Collabs this is a one time only deal. Price of 12 pack was around $28.
Overall: Very enjoyable and really drinkable but at the same time nothing spectacular or extremely groundbreaking here but I would definitely drink it again if I saw it. Still wish they made a super dank Double IPA.