Was working on a deck over on that side of town, and stopped at Freetail Brewery to see what bombers they had for takeout. There were four bombers available, and I didn’t know what any of them were all about, nor did I have the time to read about it or discuss it with the staff. So I picked the two IPA type beers to try later that day.
Two days later, we finished the job early, so we went to Freetail for lunch and a couple of beers. I saw that there was a third IPA in bombers for takeout, so I picked that one up too. I guess it’s Freetail “IPA week” for me! I’ll post the review of Soul Doubt IPA below.
The other two IPAs I picked up:
Velocihoptor (what a great name for an IPA!).
In addition, I had another round of Spirulina Wit, a delicious rye witbier with spirulina added to give it a wonderful and deliciously strange green color! At 3.9% ABV, it’s damn easy to drink, and I could easily have several of these in a sitting.
I also tried Uglie Ollie Stout, a delicious dry Irish stout that’s full bodied, but only 4.1% ABV. These two brews made a nice lunch (along with some delicious pizza from their food menu).
I am going to try to make it there this Saturday for the “battle of the wits” where they’ll have various varieties of their witbier for your drinking pleasure!
Cheers to Freetail!
Pours a nice amber to copper color, mostly clear, with a creamy head that left about a 1/4″ sheet of dense foam capped on top the whole way down, leaving sheets of nice sticky resinous lacing.
The aroma doesn’t blow me out of the water, by any means. It’s somewhat subdued, but I get Cara-Munich malt first, then some herbal, earthy hops.
Flavors much follow the aroma, but they stand out more, and leave me wondering why I don’t make it out to freetail more often! The Cara-Munich and aromatic malts (along with whatever crystal malts they used) make a great base, and an unusual one for an IPA. I like the innovation! It’s well hopped, but balanced very well with the moderate ABV and bold malty backbone. There’s a little citrus, but I am getting mostly heavily earthy and lightly floral or grassy hop flavors.
This IPA is very unusual, and very likeable. Just don’t expect to be getting a standard west coast 47 lbs of hops per five gallons type of IPA. This beer is well crafted and delicious, but it’s not Pliny the Younger or Heady Topper.
Cheers to Freetail brewery for this brew!