Off Color – Eeek!

  • Style: American Wild Ale
  • ABV: 5.5%
  • IBU: 10

“At some point John and Dave were born. They did other stuff for a while and then they figured out they were better at making beer then at the other stuff. So that’s what they do now. They met while they both studied at the oldest and most respected brewing school in the US, the Siebel Institute, in 2008. The brewery was envisioned while they both interned at Metropolitan Brewing afterwards. Most of Off Color’s business plan is based off of Doug and Tracy at Metro brewing knowing what they’re doing, so you should go buy some of their beer too. After cutting their teeth at larger breweries, the two somehow convinced enough otherwise-very-smart-people to invest enough money for them to buy some big shiny things to make their own beer in. So that’s what they do now.” Off Color Brewing

Macro meets Craft. We can all be friends, can’t we? Brewed in collaboration with Miller HighLife. This beer was brewed with Pilsner Malt, Pale Malt, and Light-stable Hop Extract. Fermented with a house blend of wild indigenous yeasts and acidifying bacteria. The base beer uses Miller High Life ingredients – the same that have made the Champagne of Beers popular for years. Off Color used their funky, acidic mixed cultures in primary fermentation, then lagered it for three weeks. The final flourish is the bottle conditioning with Champagne yeast. (Who didn’t see that coming?)

This beer pours a hazy straw color with a thin head that surrounds the outer edges. Aromas of tart tangerine, peach, white grape, and yeasty sour dough bread can be picked up. While sipping on this fizzy concoction, flavors of white peach, and tropical notes invaded my taste-buds first. Followed by that was a complex grainy undertone. The white bread backbone helped by not overloading you with fruits. Some salinity was noticed, but that just accentuated the fruity esters. The sweetness in this was definitely upfront, but the mild tartness to it held it back from getting too out of hand. It finished raw to off-dry. High carbonation from the bottle conditioning led to a slightly thin, and super bubbly drink.

This beer was executed very well. I wanted to say this beer was sweet, but the fact is, its not. The fruity notes are so powerful and upfront that it gives off the illusion of sweetness. The champagne yeast really dried this one out, and gave it a nice white saltine cracker flavor. Similar to some English yeast strains. The tartness wasn’t over the top; in fact it was very refreshing. A few people in the office who are not sour beer fans were indeed a big fan of this one and said they would totally have it again.

I’m assuming most craft beer fans are turned off by the fact that Miller High Life was involved in this collaboration. But don’t let that stray you away. What you are left with in this collaboration is a complex, and well rounded beer. Take it from the members of Untappd. For what its worth, Eeeek! has a rating of over 4.10 with over 3,500 ratings. Also, the Miller High Life Moon Girl is awesome.

Bottoms up!

Categories: Ale, Craft beer reviews, Craft Beers, Sour BeerTags: , , , , , , , , ,

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