Review – 2 Stellar Cellars

Here are my quick reviews of the Stellar Cellar experiment from MacLeod Ales and Cellador Ales. The base beer was the same and then each brewery did their spin. One Sour and one Unfiltered IPA…

Here is my quick take on this duo…

MacLeod – ‘tis a British take on IPA for sure. There is some fruit, pineapple, but it is a search to find it anywhere than in the aroma. I get mostly malt and an earthy, wet bitterness that lingers at a medium small level throughout. 
Cellador – this has a great aroma. All Brett with fruit notes lingering on the outside. This is a super dry beer.  Shock to the palate dry.  The pineapple comes through in a dried flavor. This is one to drink little sips of to savor. 

Sean Suggests for April 2020

Since beer shopping is a different experience these days, the monthly column has to change with the times and today the BUY list is a pair of beers starting with the same base.

Here is the info from Cellador…”If you didn’t know, we brew all our wort at MacLeod in Van Nuys; so in a certain sense every beer we make is a collaboration with them. For this we thought it would be fun to do a twist on something that neither of us are particularly known for. I worked with the brewers David and Stephen to create a standard west coast IPA recipe which we took and fermented in oak barrels with our house mixed cultures (as is our wort). It aged in oak for seven months, then we dry hopped it with Lemon Drop and El Dorado, and bottle conditioned it with local orange flower blossom honey. As our version was getting close to ready, MacLeod brewed the same recipe but did a standard clean version, which will be released in cans and crowlers Monday April 13th. We really hope that you’ll get both versions to try side by side and experience the ways in which using mixed-cultures can drastically change a beer.”