I couldn’t resist going back to Cloverleaf to see what its spring beer selection would be like. Of course I went on a Thursday night and ordered a flight (You can read my previous post to learn more). I was really pleased with this ensemble; it may be one of my favorites I’ve every order here, which says a lot because I’ve ordered my share of flights here!
New Brew Flight
1. River Horse Summer Blonde (4.5% alcohol): This American Blonde Ale pours a light, hazy golden color with a small white head. I picked up on wheat, fruit and citrus aromas in this brew. The flavor was dominated by wheat and lemon flavors, but not much else. Summer Blonde is easy to drink and definitely a nice beer to start off the spring with.
2. Dogfish Head Namaste (5% alcohol): A Belgian-style witbier that pours a light, cloudy pale yellow with a thin, bright white head. The aroma is predominantly citrus orange and lemon along with some spices. Namaste tastes similar to what it smells like; I can taste the lemon and orange and spice right away. I enjoyed its nice, refreshing finish. Overall, not a bad beer to drink on a warmer day, but not one of my favorites.
3. Dogfish Head Aprihop (7% alcohol): This American IPA, brewed with pilsner and crystal malts, has a copper color with a foamy white head. The beer smells of fruit-mainly apricots, hence the name- and hops. This beer has a traditional IPA hoppy flavor and just the right amount of sweetness from the apricots. With a high alcohol content, I expected a stronger flavor, but the slight apricot fruitiness balances Aprihop very well. I would have to say this is a great beer to try for someone adjusting to the flavor of IPAs. This was my favorite beer in flight!
4. Breckenridge 72 Chocolate Stout (7.2% alcohol): This Milk/Sweet Stout is very dark. It pours a dark brown, almost black color with a small, but long-lasting tan head. Dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee notes are evident immediately. The flavor consists of mild chocolate, roasted malts and vanilla. This is a nice creamy, smooth chocolate stout with a bittersweet finish. This was the last beer in the flight, so it was a bit warm by the time I got to it. I think it would have been much better if it was colder, but I still noticed all of its robust flavors.
5. Captain Lawrence Kolsch (5% alcohol): Kölsch is an easy-drinking German style of beer. Captain Lawrence is light and refreshing. This beer has a clear golden color with a thin white head. As soon as I saw the server bringing this to my table, I knew it was going to be on the lighter side. I noticed a bit of fruitiness, maybe orange or grapefruit, in this brew’s aroma. As for flavor, I noticed the same citrus notes, but overall this beer had a mild flavor.