Usually anniversary beers are either A) and IPA or B) something Barrel-aged. Nothing wrong with either choice but I like it when summer anniversary beers acknowledge the SoCal heat and serve up a Pils. And that is what Claremont Craft Ales has done. So pre-order and take an AC drive out to Claremont when this beer is ready.
Thankfully there are a lot of Pink Boots Hop Blend beers out there and one that I want to try is actually two from Claremont Craft Ales. I like the Breaking the Glass name and it is the West Coast one which is my preferred.
Claremont Craft Ales has been pretty aggressive with the IPA releases and come February 8th, there will be two more to look for…
All you have to decide is West Coast or Hazy.
When I went to Sunset Beer to pick-up a 4-pack of the 2019 Unity, I saw an empty cooler where the beers should have been lined up. I turned to the helpful staff who pointed me where I needed to go in the store and off I went with my prize.
Truth be told, I was kinda hoping for something more strange this year. Maybe some fruit or herb that is local to the Claremont area where Claremont Craft Ales is located could have been added.
But the fact that the cans were in short supply must mean a level of popularity that the style still draws and economics does factor into the equation when selecting a beer style.
And yet, this beer, fine as it is, seemed like something down the middle. It is a bigger beer, north of 8% but other than that it was a DIPA. It lacked a certain spark in the aroma, flavor profile or bitterness. Park this beer amidst three or four other West Coast Old-School DIPA’s and I could not have picked it out or said, that it had an ingredient that screamed L.A.
I know that a Unity beer will evolve. It can’t always be strange beers and it does need to be of the moment. The moment now seems simple and businesslike
Here are some photos and notes from Claremont Craft Ales on the LABW11 brew day….
Beer and Star Wars goes together like protocol droids and astromechs. And if you are looking for a May the 4th beer, well Claremont Craft Ales has you covered…
Though for a hazy, the more appropriate quote might be…
“Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi
R.I.P. Peter Mayhew
You may not think of tiki in regards to Claremont Craft Ales. or jacaranda when it comes to King Harbor. But they know each other and have collaborated on a dueling set of IPA’s.
King Harbor – “Tiki Jac IPA – is our Tiki Hut IPA recipe with a hint Claremont’s Jacaranda Rye IPA. Rye spice malt bill with a big juicy tropical hop layered on top.”
Claremont – “Tiki Hut Dry IPA – is their awesome Mosaic Dry IPA with a hint of our Tiki Hut IPA hop profile. Bone dry west coast style IPA with dank mosaic and tropically fantastic citra sending a roundhouse kick to your pallet.”
If you can find both, would be a good brewing comparison.
For August, I have grabbed a variety of beers to review that are adjacent to Los Angeles and we start with Claremont Craft Ales and two of their canned offerings….
First up is Baseline which began it’s journey as the 2nd Anniversary beer and is now, as the can explains, “part crisp blonde ale and part over-the-top Double IPA”. With lemon peel.
It certainly has a hop kick and the lemon peel weaves in and out as you sip the beer. After I poured the beer, I looked at the ABV and noticed that it certainly is imperial at twice the percentage of the Hoppy Wheat Ale. As the beer warms up, the lemon becomes a bit more pronounced in the aroma with almost a candied note to it. There is a bit of viscosity off this beer as well. That combination makes this beer stickier and slower to drink. Probably best as a taster as opposed to a full glass.
Next up is Indian Hill part of the weird nomenclature that makes this sorta / kinda a Session IPA or XPA. How will it compare to the recent Citra Bend from Golden Road that is also in the WHA category?
The focus here is squarely on the Wheat. It starts behind a citrusy aroma and hoppiness but then the grain just takes over the palate which is the opposite of what most in this group are like. There are also some orange notes in the back as well. Despite the lightness of this beer it doesn’t fall into the watery trap that can be the downfall of the session beer.
Both beers are interesting and well above average and I certainly hope a steady supply will be in stores.