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Bomber of the Week: Fifty Niner by Odell Brewing Co
September 11, 2014
This week’s bomber comes from a brewery and city that are near and dear to me. Ft Collins has always been good to me all the way back to when I used to go there to escape the dreariness of teenage life in Estes Park, to providing me with my introduction into the world of beer that would later enthrall me to the degree it does today. Odell in particular has had a particular impact with its steady foundation of solid beers like 90 Schilling and Easy Street giving a pleasant alternative to much of the dirty water available to me while at university. I continue to be excited by new and unique releases from them, particularly those that have elements not often seen in other beers. Such is the case with this week’s bomber, the Fifty Niner.
On filling a chilled pint glass with this new adventure, a surprisingly lightly and foamy beverage sits awaits. This friendly color and fizzy head are matched with an inviting smell reminiscent of lemons and warm bread (A smell quite special to me for a few reasons). It’s an aroma that is inviting and gives a premonition of the rest of what’s to come.
Fifty Niner is a light and refreshing beer indeed. The aforementioned aromas play nicely with the flavors imparted by the ingredients of this golden ale, namely the hops and yeast. The Brettanomyces wild yeast in particular makes a significant contribution to the taste off Fifty Niner, which can best be described as “zesty” (yes, I actually used the word “zesty” in a sentence). There is also just enough of a fruity quality in this beer to provide a sweetness that doesn’t over power the flavors of oak and malt. I am supremely satisfied with what Fifty Niner ultimately presented and would recommend it to anyone looking for something that’s a little off the beaten path.
Brew Ratings: (Listed on a scale of 1-5 penguins: 1=lightest 5=strongest. Why penguins? Because 'Merica, that's why)