Cue The Fanfare for the Common Man (or other Olympic inspired music) Round One of the Beer Olympics is in the books. Last night pitted two Excellent Colorado Brews against one another, and the result wasn't surprising (at least not to me). The contenders included "Mass Transit Ale" from the Bristol Brewery in Colorado Springs vs. the long standing "Fat Tire" from New Belgium. Here's how it went down:
|Beer A: Mass Transit Ale|
Beer A had a great aroma. Slight honey smell, and quite bright. The taste of the beer was also very satisfying. There were some caramel overtones in the malt, but it remained fairly light. No one flavor really overwhelmed the beer, leaving a nicely balanced taste. The mouth feel was very crisp, and somewhat light for an amber ale. Finally, the finish started slightly bitter, and grew stronger. This was easily remedied with another sip, but the bitterness would linger for several seconds.
Beer B also had an equally nice scent. There were more grassy, lemon-like notes to its aroma. The taste was remarkable. Caramel flavors and a deep coppery sensation, but still remarkably balanced. This was a beer with a combination of flavors that was near-perfect for an amber ale. Complex, yet not distracting. The mouth feel was slightly more full-bodied than Beer A, but it remained quite crisp. There just seemed to be a little more depth to it. Lastly, the beer had a slightly bitter finish, but unlike Beer A, it dissipated more quickly.
|Beer B: Fat Tire|
So congratulations to Fat Tire which moves on to the Semi Final Round of the Beer Olympics. It seems appropriate. Don't get me wrong, both of these beers are excellent, and I would happily drink a Mass Transit Ale, a fine beer in its own right. Comparing the two of them however, the Fat Tire tastes a bit more balanced and mature. In Fat Tire, New Belgium crafted a really fantastic beer that in my opinion (and in this Olympics, it's the one that counts!) is a strong contender for the Finals. As for Bristol Brewing, I wouldn't be surprised to see them in another round of the Olympics (perhaps for their Compass IPA).
Sticking with the Colorado theme, next up will be a contest between the 90 Schilling and Avalanche Ale. In the meantime, Happy Drinking!