I try not to do back to back blog posts on any brewery – I don’t want it to seem like we are favoring anyone because this is honestly an honest beer blog. Its just after I tried the two beers we’ll be talking about today by this brewery, and realizing how amazing they are, I felt the need to tell you about them. I was seriously that blown away by both beers. Plus they are a new and local brewery doing great things for our veterans.
Yesterday we gave you a bit of a background on Backward Flag Brewing, and brewer and owner Torie Fisher. So today we are going to give you a beer review on not one, but two of their astounding beers. This double Beer Review will include Combat Edison, which is an American Wit beer and Operation Restored Warrior which is a IPA. Both of these beers are apart of the Forward Assault series which is a project aimed to raising awareness of the many amazing organizations that exist with the mission to help Veterans move forward. Backward Flag works with these groups and individuals in designing a unique recipe that is symbolic of their organization or cause. A portion of all proceeds from the several Forward Assault releases will be donated to the respective charities chosen by the collaborative partners.
Combat Edison is a 6.5% American Wit brewed with orange peels, and American hops. It is the second release from the Forward Assault series. It was brewed in collaboration with Bunker Labs which is a national not-for-profit organization helping veterans, active duty service members, and their spouses start and grow businesses. Bunker Labs supports military veterans throughout the journey of starting a business: from the idea stage—where active-duty service members are thinking about what to do post-service—to the growth stage of successful companies looking to hire, raise capital, and expand into new markets.
Combat Edison is easy drinking, bright and thirst quenching. It kicks off with aromas of black pepper, honeysuckle, freshly baked bread, and zesty citrus. The body is a golden straw color with a big fluffy head which thins out but leaves a layer of foam that lasts. It has a very soft body, and leaves a slight stickiness on the palate. Flavors of white pepper, honeysuckle, honey, dough, and chamomile all intermingle creating a beautiful balance. There is no bitterness perceived, and it ends with a slightly dry finish. This beer is extremely pleasant to drink, and is a fantastic representation of this style. I truly dig this beer. Everything is on point. Its full of flavor but nothing is brash, its exactly what this style should be. Refreshing in every sense of the word. Its great seeing a brewery create a good rendition of this style!
Operation Restored Warrior, the third release in the Forward Assault series, is a 6.8% IPA hopped with Mosaic and El Dorado hops, and conditioned on whole Dragon Fruit. This beer will raise awareness, and proceeds for a Veteran non-profit that exists with the purpose of moving Veterans forward by improving the treatment of PTSD through Operation Restored Warrior’s Drop Zone Program.
This IPA starts off with a beautiful hazy straw/gold color which was almost gradient to each other. Straw colored on the bottom which faded into a deep gold color towards the top. It almost seemed as two different beers with different densities were poured into the glass. It had a real strong head which left nice traces of lacing behind. Aromas filled your nose with tropical fruits, bubble gum, cotton candy, and faint onion. The medium body left strong flavors of tropical fruit, and bubblegum, with mild notes of grass, onion, and bread. There was a hefty bitterness in a short and dry finish. However this bitterness will not kill your palate. Everything was perfectly balanced with the candy-like sweetness helping to cut through some of the bitterness. This is another astonishing beer by this brewery. It would be easy to have more than a few of these, just be careful cause they will also easily sneak up on you.
Cheers to this new New Jersey brewery, to Torie Fisher, and everything she is doing for our veterans. I am really looking forward to trying more beers by this company.