If you've been following my 6 Pack Project posts, you know that I matched up 6 of my homebrew recipes with my Colorado 6 pack list that I put together back in 2013.
As I was brewing beers in my Homebrew Colorado 6 pack, I noted that 3 out of the 6 beers no longer existed at their commercial breweries, so I was unable to compare my beers to the beers that they were meant to represent.
I brewed ...
- Stone Soup IDA to represent TommyKnocker's Hop Strike Black IPA
- One Hundred Hoppy Brown Ale to approximate Boulder Beer Company's Flashback India Brown Ale
- Irregular Eric's Double IPA as a tribute to Oskar Blues Deviant Dale's India Pale Ale
Since I was unable to track down the commercial beers to taste, I had to compare my homebrewed versions to my memory of the commercial beers.
I felt like Stone Soup and One Hundred were pretty close to what I remember about Hop Strike and Flashback.
I didn't think Irregular Eric's Double IPA matched real close to Deviant Dale's. I really like it, but it was not a match to the Oskar Blues beer.
So ... I was thinking that I should replace Hop Strike, Flashback, and Deviant Dale's on my 6 Pack Project with beers I can find today.
Here is what I'm thinking I would add to the list today.
- Ska Brewing Company's Mexican Logger ... A crisp and refreshing summer Mexican craft lager. More flavorful than the big boys it has a great Saaz hop finish in a low alcohol quaffable session beer. The sort of beer you can enjoy all day. I figure that SheppyBrew's Sin Lima Mexican Lager would be a perfect beer to compare to this. Sin Lima probably has a little more malt flavor and body, but I think they make a good match.
- Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale ... Colorado's classic pale ale. Nice American citrus hop flavor and aroma with a great malt backbone. 6.5% ABV with 65 IBU. Not quite an IPA, but a little more than a typical Pale Ale. I figure I can take Irregular Eric's and reduce the ABV. According to Oskar Blue's stats, it is already about the right color. I'm planning on naming the new beer Eric's Pale Ale.
- Copper Kettle Mexican Chocolate Stout ... Probably my favorite beer from Denver's Copper Kettle Brewing Company. A 7% ABV Chocolate Stout with cinnamon, and various hot peppers. I will have to design a new homebrew recipe to match this beer. I'm thinking I'm going to name my homebrew something like "Caliente Fuerte Mexican Stout".
As luck would have it, I currently have SheppyBrew's Sin Lima Mexican Lager kegged and ready to compare with Ska's Mexican Logger. This is a seasonal beer, but it should be out in the liquor stores very soon.
Follow Sheppy's Blog: 6 Pack Project and you'll see how I think they compare.
You'll also see when I brew Eric's Pale Ale and Caliente Fuerte Mexican Stout.
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