Ale

New arrival: Goose Island's Limited Release Cooper Project No.1

$5.99 12oz Bottles

$5.99 12oz Bottles

Available for Sale Monday May 8th.  

 Goose Island’s Cooper Project is a new rotating series of bourbon barrel-aged beers. Its first release is Scotch Ale and it does a great job of highlighting caramel, toffee and roast flavors.

It uses three types of pale malt, roasted barley and three types of crystal malt, including one variety called Simpson Crystal Rye. For those not familiar with the Scotch or Scottish style, it highlights malt, but does not have the intense burnt coffee-type roast you would find in a stout, and to a lesser extent, porter.

The Cooper Scotch Ale poured a dark brown color with red highlights and a half-inch frothy head, and the caramel malts were immediately evident in the aroma, along with a slight chocolate background.

The aroma was mirrored in the flavor — caramel and background chocolate, but also with toffee notes. There was a pleasant slight tang in the aftertaste — not citrusy, but a character often found from the use and manipulation of certain malts. In this case, it may be because of the caramel rye malt.

The beer had a rich mouthfeel without being cloying, and like many beers of this style, was medium sweet. It had a somewhat dry finish that prevented the sweetness from lingering, however.

The sweetness was not overpowering, such as McEwan’s Scotch Ale from Scotland, which is one of the sweetest beers in the world — I try one every couple years and the sugars are just too overpowering. Not so with the Goose Island version.

I liked the 8.7% ABV of the beer — enough to provide a warm glow, but no unpleasant alcohol flavor.

Buy it today at Hot Spot Liquor. Limited supply! Come today! 

Heavy Melon Ale from New Belgium is HERE!

ONLY $8.49

ONLY $8.49

Hot summer nights, jam out to the cooling waves of Heavy Melon Ale, our newest seasonal track. Brewed with juicy watermelon and zesty lime peel, this crushable ale rips with a blast of melon notes. Ripened fruit aromas of melon, papaya and citrus climax with an enticing aroma, and set up an invigorating wash of fruity sweetness, grassy bitterness and the slightest touch of tartness. Super crisp and refreshing from start to finish, Heavy Melon Ale shreds through the summer heat.

 

TASTING NOTES
VISUAL: Deep gold in color, light white foam and lacing.
AROMA: Juicy ripe watermelon, cucumber, papaya and citrus with an underlying herbal note and faint cereal malt notes.
FLAVOR: Light fruity sweetness with an even lighter touch of balancing bitterness.
MOUTHFEEL: Round juicy and mouthwatering start and middle with a spritzy, crisp finish.
BODY: Medium-light body
 

BEER FACTS 
ABV: 5%
IBU: 14
YEAST: Ale yeast
HOPS: Nugget
MALTS: Pale and Caramel-80
FRUITS/SPICES: Watermelon and lime peel
SPECIAL PROCESSING: The lime peel is best added in the boil to extract all those essential oils. The watermelon is added in fermentation to capture the delicate fruit flavors, and to ferment all those sugars.