Mini Review – Martin House Brewing’s Queen of the Mist (Passion Fruit)

I think at this point I’m in the Martin House fan club.  I’ve been a fan of their stouts for a long time.  In fact, their Pretzel Stout was the first beer I ever tried from them.  The IPAs are impressive as well, especially the Cellarman’s Reserve.  But recently, it’s the sours that have caught my attention.

They have released 5 different variants of Queen of the Mist now, and this is the third that I’ve tried (along with Prickly Pear and Apricot). The beer poured out hazy orange, almost like a mimosa and had a strong fruity aroma.  It started out tasting very tart out of the can, but seemed to mellow out as it warmed (or maybe I just adjusted to it?) The fruit flavor here is outstanding.  I’m not very familiar with Passion Fruit, but it tastes a bit like peach and orange to me with the saltiness of the base beer (The Salty Lady) standing out as well.  I think it would actually be the perfect beer for Sunday brunch. These cans just started rolling out onto the shelves of specialty beer stores in DFW this week but if they are anything like the other Martin House 2 packs, they probably won’t last too long!

American Craft Beer Week – Cobra Brewing’s Dawn of the Dank w/ Watermelon

It’s the first day of American Craft Beer Week and I’m drinking a special beer from Cobra Brewing Co!  Taps & Caps in Lewisville tapped the only keg of this watermelon version of Dawn of the Dank today and I was able to get a crowler of it to drink tonight.

This is an amazing beer!  Dawn of the Dank is already a really good imperial/triple IPA with a good fruity flavor and strong bitter finish and this one has a ton of watermelon flavor thrown on top of it.  It’s refreshing and would be a perfect summer beer if there was any still left when summer rolls around.

Cobra Brewing was my first local craft beer love.  I’ve been to their brewery more times than I can count and I’ve tried almost everything they’ve released.  This is probably my favorite IPA from them yet!  At the time of this posting, the keg is already a quarter empty, so get on over to Taps & Caps as soon as you can to give it a try!

Mini Review – 903 Brewers Farmhouse Saison Ale With Raspberries

Less than a week since I enjoyed another raspberry beer (the excellent True Love from Martin House… more on that soon) I decided to give this one from 903 brewers a try. Besides being brewed with raspberries, this farmhouse saison was also aged in pinot noir barrels.  Given how little I’ve enjoyed beers aged in red wine barrels in the past, you would think I would avoid this.  But I liked the Martin House beer River Horse, which was aged in cabernet barrels, so I thought maybe I was coming around.  I’ve also really enjoyed the last couple beers I’ve had from 903 (Birthday Sasquatch, Wonderland of Milk and Honey) so they’ve been on a roll in my opinion.

When I opened this one up, the raspberry aroma struck me immediately followed by a hint of vinegar.  The beer poured with a pink head that faded away to a thin lace after a minute or so.  The beer itself practially glows a reddish pink color.  On first sip, I honestly wasn’t sure what to think because it caught me by surprise.  I was expecting a pretty strong raspberry flavor, and there is some raspberry there, but there is also a counter punch from the wine barrel. At first these flavors seemed to clash, but they became more enjoyable as I got into my second glass.  Carbonation was light, and there was a very slight tartness to the beer.  The finish was a bit dry and this one isn’t very sweet at all.

So even now I’m not sure what to think.  It was one of the more difficult beers I’ve tried o rate on Untappd.  I’d say, if you want something a bit different, give this one a try.  If you don’t want a beer that maybe spent a little bit too much time in the pinot noir barrels (and is pretty funky), I’d stay away.

The label art is awesome: