Looking for a great way to sample multiple beers without having to spend tons of money on a truckload of expensive six packs? More breweries are coming up with tasty mixed twelve packs, allowing customers to try a bunch of items at once for a relatively affordable price. Denver, Colorado’s Great Divide Brewing Company isn’t missing out on the fun; offering up their Brewer’s Picks box which contains four of their award winning beers including Denver Pale Ale, Titan IPA, Hoss, and Hibernation Ale.
The Denver Pale Ale is an English take on the style, pouring a pale golden color with some darker copper hues and a nice frothy head. Expect a subdued nose with lighter hops and a touch of malt profile, which translates into the flavors nicely. Easy to drink and only 5.4% alcohol, this is a nice session beer which leaves you refreshed and satisfied, but not exactly blown away.
Titan IPA is Great Divide’s powerful, citrusy brew, taking on a crystal clear burnt orange with a light white head, leaving boatloads of lacing around the pint glass. Plentiful citrus hops, fruit, and spiciness fill the nostrils once the top is popped off. Bitter pine resiny hops explode right up front with citrus zest flavors upon first sip. A nicely rounded caramel malt base peers through the hops, balancing out the flavors along with some fruit sweetness. This is an extremely solid beer which should satisfy hopheads from coast to coast.
Hoss is next up, an Oktoberfest beer with a rye twist and nice orange-red color streaked with auburn hues. Toasted biscuit, light caramel malt, a slight fruit sweetness, and a little citrus swirl in the nose. The flavors start with lightly roasted malt with some subdued bitter, herbal hoppiness, before moving into lighter fruit notes. A bready, caramel backbone surges through, followed by a splash of zest, coupled with a somewhat under pronounced, but familiar rye flavor.
The final stop is Hibernation Ale, a roasty old ale boasting 8.7% alcohol and deep cherry mahogany color with burnt orange hues towards the bottom of the glass. Look for scents of roasted dark malt, bitter chocolate, and a hint of coffee up front. The flavor profile is richer and strong, but still retains some pine hoppiness in between moments of chocolate, toffee, and warming booze.
Providing a nice smattering of styles, and a solid progression in flavor and alcohol content, the Brewer’s Picks box has a little something for everyone, whether it’s something to warm you on a cold winter evening, or a punch of hoppiness to pair with a pizza or burger. Seek one of these out soon at local liquor stores today for around $18-20 before they’re all gone.