The AleSmith collabs keep coming, this time Other Half is the other half with Hop Cypher, “a new DDH West Coast-style IPA” This beer might be just a skosh easier to snare than the recent Monkish collaborations with the New York brewery.
AleSmith Brewing is bringing back a Speedway Stout variant instead of a new one with their, Hawaiian Edition. This island favorite is the same imperial stout but brewed with Hawaiian coffee, toasted coconut and vanilla beans.
The press release description is, “Notes of tropical fruit, pine, & berries all shine through thanks to Idaho 7, Chinook, and Mosaic hops, all brought together by a healthy punch of malt.”
AleSmith has their second Speedway Stout variant for 2022 ready: Tart Cherry Edition.
Here is the brewery description, “An ample amount of tart cherries, vanilla, and artisanally roasted coffee combine to create the perfect blend of complex, delectable flavors.”
It is a cool side street of this series, taking it away from bigger and more loaded to tart.
I usually am not a breaking news guy but AleSmith has a new beer coming, like in an hour. It has been waiting though for much longer.
Here is the beer description: “We’ve matured our Russian Imperial Stout in premium bourbon barrels for up to one year to create Barrel-Aged Speedway Stout, with the perfect blend of flavors. Notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon add another level of complexity to this beer’s already massive flavor profile of chocolate, locally roasted coffee, and roasted barley. Designed to be enjoyed now or aged in the bottle for years to come, this special release is truly a unique beer that is smooth as it is rare.”
Head to their webstore to pick-up a bottle or head to a finer beer bottle shoppe in the coming week to possibly find a bottle.
More goodies came from AleSmith recently so it is time to take a walk on the beach, I am not one for running.
This time Pizza Port was brought in to partner on Beach Run IPA.
This DDH IPA has Enigma, Cashmere and Sabro hops an pours a bright lustrous yellow. And it does pack a bitterness punch. I get a little bit of catty, a little bit of fruit punch and a little bit of pine as well. No coconut from the Sabro which I usually get. There is a bit of alcohol heat as well which is kinda weird for a beer below 7% ABV. It is smack dab in classic pre-2010 West Coast IPA territory.
The next AleSmith collab IPA will be with Revision Brewing, Split Aces in a red checked can.
The second beer box in the mail prize also goes to AleSmith! Another intriguing Speedway Stout variant, Double Fudge.
When I see a name like Fudge, I expect some chocolate. When I see a name like Double Fudge, well I expect CHOCO-lot. This Speedway has a one fudge amount of chocolate to me. There is milk chocolate there but it isn’t big. I did not get much in the way of coffee either. Taking the name out of the equation, this is a very good beer. The vanilla and cocoa powder mix well. Almost like a milkshake. I would amp the cocoa and remove the coffee to use in a Ryan Bros. specific Speedway.
First beer box in the mail prize goes to AleSmith! And it is a long name. Speedway Stout with Madagascar vanilla and Ceylon Alba cinnamon.
This stout pours a pitch black. Lovely coffee cream head and lacing as well. I wondered, as I opened the can, would the vanilla out sweet the cinnamon? Or would the spice blow away the creamy notes?
To me, the two disparate ingredients meld together. The cinnamon has a red hot thing going on but it is tamped down by the vanilla making the mouthfeel less spiky. It is almost as each sip highlights one then the next sip focuses on the other.
Thankfully both flavors represent making this a grand start to the 2022 Speedway year.
News of a new AleSmith IPA might not perk ears up (it should, their IPA game is on point) but the news that their first 2022 release, Party Tricks will be a six-pack and in 16oz cans should.
Here is the beer description: “Brewed with massive amounts of Strata, El Dorado and Citra hops, this West Coast-style India pale ale evokes a blend of invigorating aromas, brimming with juicy notes of grapefruit, strawberry, and passion fruit.”