Bacon Brown Ale – Uncommon Brewers (Santa Cruz, CA, USA) (re-tasting)

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  • My Rating: [B, downgraded from B+],  I gave it a (3.5 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Bacon Brown Ale – Uncommon Brewers, 6.8% ABV –16 fl.oz., (Santa Cruz, California, USA)


printed on the back of the can:

“Inspired by late night stories around the fire, this IPA is dry-hopped with Chinook and Centennial hops for a vibrant aroma, depth of flavour and crisp, citrusy undertow like no other. And in case you see a little haze and sediment, that’s a good thing, and totally natural – a result of our pure, unfiltered brewing process.”


  • Style: (flavoured – Bacon) Brown Ale
  • Taste: Creamy bright sweet tangy alcoholic light savoury brown sugar barley malt
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor / W. Vancouver
  • How much: $5 CAD – 473ml., December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yup

(initial  December 2013 tasting)

Visual: Comes in an aluminum tall can like all their other brews. Pours cloudy brown with a lasting creamy head, lacing, and lots active streams.

Nose: caramel malts, brown sugar, but just a hint of smokiness. (2)-aromatic strength.

Attack: incoming acidic caramel malts, fizzy/creamy

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, (MAIN) roasted caramel malts, brown sugar

Finish: (6)-sourness, (2)-mild meaty saltiness, (5)-hoppy bitterness.

Summary: A decent drinkable brew but it doesn’t have much bacon flavour that it advertises. (Note: numbers above are on a 10-point weak-strong scale)


 

April 4, 2016 Tasting:

Visual: Pours muddy brown, 1cm super foamy stick head, very active singular micro streams.

Nose: bright sweet brown sugar toffee malt, caramel apple (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-cream/fizzy

Mid-palate: toasted brown sugar malt, (lvl-6-sweetness), alcoholic toffee malt, tangy-light sour

Finish: subtle smoky exhale, residual sweet malts

Summary: Quite an enjoyable toasted malty brew with a hint of savory twist. Like my initial review, not a whole lot of distinct bacon flavour.

Bacon Brown Ale – Uncommon Brewers (Santa Cruz, California, USA)

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  • My Rating: C+

Bacon Brown Ale – Uncommon Brewers, 6.8% ABV –16 fl.oz., (Santa Cruz, California, USA)

On the front-side of the can:

“It’s a simple fact of life: bacon makes everything better. From eggs to ice cream, delicious bacon is turning up just about everywhere, Our uncommon contribution to this cured pork renaissance is the Bacon Brown Ale. This is a West Coast Nut Brown Ale brewed with toasted buckwheat and a generous serving of bacon-cured pork.”

  • Style: (bacon, buckwheat) Flavoured Brown Ale
  • Taste: acidic fizzy/creamy -> roasted caramel malts/brown sugar -> sour/salty/bitter hoppy finish.
  • Where I got it : 16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 16 fl.oz., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not highly

Visual: Comes in an aluminum tall can like all their other brews. Pours cloudy brown with a lasting creamy head, lacing, and lots active streams.

Nose: caramel malts, brown sugar, but just a hint of smokiness. (2)-aromatic strength.

Attack: incoming acidic caramel malts, fizzy/creamy

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, (MAIN) roasted caramel malts, brown sugar

Finish: (6)-sourness, (2)-mild meaty saltiness, (5)-hoppy bitterness.

Summary: A decent drinkable brew but it doesn’t have much bacon flavour that it advertises. (Note: numbers above are on a 10-point weak-strong scale)

Siamese Twin Ale – Uncommon Brewers (Santa Cruz, CA, USA)

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  • My Rating: B+

Siamese Twin Ale – Uncommon Brewers, 8.5% ABV – 16 fl.oz. (1 PT), (Santa Cruz, California, USA)

printed on the side:

“There’s a long tradition in Belgian brewing of using exotic spices to enhance a beer’s flavor. Although many have been used, CORIANDER is undoubtedly the king. In tribute to this heritage we present to you our Siamese Twin Ale.

It is a traditional Belgian-style Double seasoned with CORIANDER and entirely uncommon Thai spices. At first surprising, the floral notes of LEMONGRASS and sharper bite of KAFFIR LIME blend with the deep malt of this double to produce a dangerously drinkable beer.

Served alongside a fiery curry or enjoyed on its own, the Twin brings a taste of the tropics to every occasion. And who doesn’t need a taste of the tropics every now and then.”

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  • Style: Spiced Ale (Dubbel)
  • Taste Profile: creamy malts -> caramel malts/chamomile -> kaffir lime/lemongrass/coriander/malty-tangy finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off), December 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: possibly
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes for sure

Visual: Enticing ingredients but in a can… At least I already know this will be good based on their Baltic Porter and Golden State Ale. Pours cloudy dark mahogany brown with a small micro CO2 head, thin retention and some active streams.

Nose: Sweet caramel malts, with a hint of lime zest (7/10-strength)

Attack: fizzy-creamy, underlying lime sourness(3/10)

Mid-palate: (MAIN) sweet(9/10) caramel malts, chamomile

Finish: lemongrass + kaffir lime peel exhale, coriander dryness, alcoholic kick, malty-sweet light tangy finish.

Summary: A rather smooth brew but gets imbalanced toward the sweet side as it warms. I love the complexity that keeps it interesting with every sip and the creeper alcoholic effect.

Golden State Ale – Uncommon Brewers (Santa Cruz, CA, USA)

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  • My Rating: B

Golden State Ale (w/ Poppy Seeds) – Uncommon Brewers, 6.4% ABV – 16 fl.oz. (1 pt), (Santa Cruz, CA, USA)

On the front side of the can:

“Two signatures of our Golden State are the mountain quail and the poppy flower. We haven’t figured out how to make beer with qual, so we settled upon the poppy.

How better to enhance the flavor of a traditional Golden Ale than to include the tanginess of toasted poppy seeds? Our Golden State Ale blends the sweet bite of toasted poppy with the aromatics of a Belgian yeast. It’s pale and crisp, but carries enough body for the self-respecting beer drinker to think, ‘This is an uncommon ale’”

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  • Style: (poppy seed) Belgian-style Ale
  • Taste Profile: cream-fizzy sweetness -> bitter poppy seed/honeyed malts/peach -> crisp bite/hops/sweet-bitter malty finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off), January 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Consistent artwork with their other Baltic Porter, the can features a drawing of the yellow poppy flower. Pours translucent golden orange with a decent-sized lasting foamy head, lots of activity and lacing.

Nose: sweet hoppy malts with some chamomile undertones

Attack: very cream-to-fizzy mouthfeel, 5/10-sweetness

Mid-palate: bitter yet clean poppy seed, honeyed malts, hints of PEACH, RED APPLE

Finish: crisp bitter bite, mellow hops, light sweet-bitter tingly malty finish.

Summary: Another good beer from Uncommon Brewers. This one is much lighter on the palate than the Baltic Porter and is balanced from start to finish, first sip to the last. Though not particularly complex or rich, it is quite drinkable.

Baltic Porter – Uncommon Brewers (Santa Cruz, CA, USA)

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  • My Rating: B-

Baltic Porter (Spiced + certified organic) – Uncommon Brewers, 7.8% ABV – 16 fl.oz. (1 pt), (Santa Cruz, CA, USA)

On the front side of the can:

“Late in the 18th century Britain’s great brewing families were working hard to break into new markets. For the Baltic Sea ports they created an export version of the traditional British Porter. Styled like an IPA to preserve them for the voyage, those profound Baltic Porters served to ward off the chill winds of that northern sea.

That said, we weren’t satisfied with the Baltic Porter’s traditionally subtle hint of black licorice. This ale features a blend of WHOLE LICORICE ROOT and STAR ANISE to create an uncommon addition to that traditional export Porter’s hearty character.”

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  • Style: (spiced) Baltic Porter
  • Taste Profile: tingly-creamy -> roast coffee syrup/caramel/licorice -> cola/malts/sourness/bitter coffee finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off), December 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Good visual of the licorice plant and star anise on the front, as well as a decent description of the beer itself. Pours jet black with a large lasting cream-foamy head, CO2 activity at the surface.

Nose: Roasted coffee and thick sweet malts; (8/10-aroma strength)

Attack: tingly-fizzy-creamy mouthfeel

Mid-palate: roasted coffee syrup, 7/10-sweet caramel, licorice

Finish: fizziness, hints of cola (star anise), malty phlegm, mild coffee sourness, medium-deep roast coffee bitter finish.

Summary: This beer dispels my belief that no good beer comes out of a can; on the contrary, this Baltic Porter has good depth, decent complexity, good length and pleasant smoothness. The sourness grows as it warms up however. Recommended at least 1x.