Tasting Notes: Oso Under from AleSmith Brewing & Alvarado Street Brewery

The weekend has finally arrived and that is cause to celebrate with some Tasting Notes on the Oso Under collaboration project from AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) and Alvarado Street Brewery (Salinas, California).

A beer that “melds the breweries’ distinct strengths” and centers around Australian and New Zealand hops, Oso Under is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale where “Galaxy hops are the star of the show with their passionfruit, citrus, and peach flavors and aromas, while Vic Secret hops, hailing from Victoria, Australia, tout tropical fruit, herbs, pine, clean pineapple and passionfruit. Nelson hops round out this beloved Aussie/New Zealand extravaganza with fruit-flavored accents.” Coming in at 7% ABV, Oso Under “is teeming with brightness, curbed by a dry finish.”

Oso Under is rolling out now and will be available only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in California and throughout the rest of Alesmith’s distribution footprint.

Now that we are all caught up on the details behind this collaboration, let’s crack open a can and see how it all came together over some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Oso Under from Alesmith Brewing Company & Alvarado Street Brewery

Appearance: This IPA pours a dark golden yellow in color and builds right at a finger of wispy white foam. When held to direct light, the golden hue brightens and takes on a more vibrant tone. The beer is perfectly clear and displays a sparse amount of slow-moving carbonation bubbles meandering about within. Head retention is ok, falling almost immediately to a thin but lasting ring that somehow manages to drop substantial gobs of lace on the glass throughout the experience.

Aroma: The aromatics open with a wave of dank herb and resiny pine. This is then overtaken by luscious tones of peach and passionfruit. The profile closes with a burst of floral notes accompanied by a light vinous note.

Taste: A mixed bag of citrus (orange, grapefruit and tangerine), peach and passionfruit combine to create a nice tropical fruit cocktail that is dosed with just a splash of white wine. A biscuity malt presence attempts to establish some balance before being run down by hefty punches of pine and straight dankness. Pure West Coast goodness right here.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a mid to low carbonation level, this beer has a touch of lingering weight to it but it does dry out nicely on its own time. This allows all that hoppiness to coat the palate and slickly remind you that this is indeed a hop bomb that harkens back to the days of non-hazy IPA yore. Of course, this means the beer stays on the bitter side and offers just a tinge of malty balance. The 7% ABV is tame and keeps this crushable by full octane IPA standards. The aftertaste is all pine and dank herb.

Final Thoughts: Oso Under is the delightful line where new and old school IPA trends and techniques converge. The Galaxy hops definitely supply a healthy burst of juiciness before they are overrun by Vic Secret’s surprisingly West Coast leaning dank and resiny notes. The Nelson then keeps you on your toes at all times by offering some white wine and floral complexity. Juicy yet dank. It is all that is good in this world of IPAs and definitely a must try. Prost!

Burial Beer Co. & Other Half Collaborate on ‘One Of Us Will Have To Bury The Other’

Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of One Of Us Will Have To Bury The Other, a special collaboration project with Other Half Brewing (Brooklyn, New York), on Wednesday, July 7.

Carefully crafted to be the ultimate summertime drinker, One Of Us Will Have To Bury The Other is a Mexican-style Lager “made with pale pilsner with a touch of Vienna and Munich malt, fermented bone dry, and aged in [Burial’s] American oak foudre.” Coming in at 5% ABV, One Of Us Will Have To Bury The Other offers notes of “freshly baked honey toast with hints of corn laced with palm tree daydreams.”

One Of Us Will Have To Bury The Other – available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles for $12 each – will be available for online presale for pickup at Burial Beer Co.’s Asheville taproomRaleigh taproom and Charlotte taproom at noon on July 7. If any bottles survive the presale, the brewery will release those in their online shop to send out into its new 12 state shipping range on Thursday, July 8 at noon.  One Of Us Will Have To Bury The Other will not see distribution. Prost!

One Of Us Will Have To Bury The Other from Burial Beer Co. & Other Half Brewing

Release – Limited; July 7, 2021
Style – Mexican-style Lager
ABV – 5%
Treatment – Aged in an American oak foudre
Availability – 4-packs 12 oz. bottles
Distribution – None. Brewery & online store only

Magnanimous & Gatlin Hall Brewing Collaborate on Infinite Mirror DIPA

Magnanimous Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Can Release of Infinite Mirror, a Double IPA brewed in collaboration with Gatlin Hall Brewing (Orlando, Florida), on Friday, June 11.

A fun collab to welcome Gatlin Hall to the Florida craft beer community, Infinite Mirror is a Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale double dry-hopped with Mosaic, Kohatu, & Wai-iti hops. Coming in at 8.5% ABV, this tropical juice bomb is exactly how Tampa beer lovers should be introduced to Gatlin Hall.

Infinite Mirror – available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft – will drop at Magnanimous Brewing on June 11 and will hang around only as long as supplies last. Infinite Mirror is a brewery only release and will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Infinite Mirror from Magnanimous Brewing & Gatlin Hall Brewing

Release – Limited; June 11, 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.5%
Featured Hops – Mosaic, Kohatu & Wai-iti
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None. Brewery only

Alesmith & Alvarado Street Brewery Collaborate on Oso Under West Coast IPA

Alesmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Oso Under, a special collaboration project with Alvarado Street Brewery (Salinas, California), in early June 2021.

A beer that “melds the breweries’ distinct strengths” and centers around Australian and New Zealand hops, Oso Under is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale where “Galaxy hops are the star of the show with their passionfruit, citrus, and peach flavors and aromas, while Vic Secret hops, hailing from Victoria, Australia, tout tropical fruit, herbs, pine, clean pineapple and passionfruit. Nelson hops round out this beloved Aussie/New Zealand extravaganza with fruit-flavored accents.” Coming in at 7% ABV, Oso Under “is teeming with brightness, curbed by a dry finish.”

“We are very excited to work with J.C. and his team at Alvarado Street,” says Head Brewer and Director of Brewery Operations at AleSmith, Ryan Crisp. “The beers they are producing are top notch and we’re delighted to collaborate on a beer that would truly be something special. We decided on a clean West Coast IPA with large amounts of Australian and New Zealand hops inspired by ours and J.C.’s roots to San Diego. The beer turned out excellent and we can’t wait for our fans to try it.”

“We’re thrilled at the opportunity to collaborate with AleSmith,” says J.C. Hill, Co-Owner and Head Brewer of Alvarado Street Brewing. “I started my brewing career in San Diego and was heavily influenced by AleSmith IPA, X, both Yulesmiths and many other beers I was lucky enough to cut my teeth on over a decade ago. San Diego is very near and dear to my heart, having lived there for much of my 20’s, and the beer scene continues to be one of the best in the world.”

Oso Under is rolling out now and will be available only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in California and throughout the rest of Alesmith’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Oso Under from Alesmith Brewing Company & Alvarado Street Brewery

Release – Limited; early June 2021
Style – West Coast-style India Pale Ale
ABV – 7%
Featured Hops – Galaxy, Vic Secret & Nelson
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer/

Late Start & Angry Chair Brewing Collaborate on Barrel-aged LVN CLN

Late Start Brewing (Tampa Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Bottle Release of Barrel-aged LVN CLN, an annual collaboration project with Angry Chair Brewing (Tampa, Florida), at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 12.

Back to give Tampa Bay Beer Week 2021 some of that sweet collaboration action, Barrel-aged LVN CLN is an Imperial Sweet Stout brewed with honey and lactose, aged for 24 months in Bourbon barrels, and treated with marshmallows and freshly roasted pistachios. Barrel-aged LVN CLN comes in at 11% ABV.

Barrel-aged LVN CLN will release at Late Start Brewing (located within Pour House Tampa at 1208 E Kennedy Blvd #112 | Tampa, Florida) at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 12. This Limited Release will be available on draft and in 750ml bottles ($30 each, no limit) for as long as supplies last. Barrel-aged LVN CLN is a brewery only release and will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Barrel-aged LVN CLN from Late Start Brewing & Angry Chair Brewing

Release – Limited; March 12, 2021
Style – Imperial Sweet Stout
ABV – 11%
Treatment – Aged in bourbon barrels for 24 months with freshly roasted pistachio, and marshmallow added, brewed with honey and lactose
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Distribution – None. Brewery only

AleSmith & Stone Brewing Collaborate on Dual Exposure Double IPA

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Dual Exposure, the brewery’s latest collaboration project with Stone Brewing (Escondido, California), in early February 2021.

The embodiment of “both breweries’ esteemed expertise in the double IPA game,” Dual Exposure is an “easy-drinking [Double India Pale Ale] infused with notes of hibiscus, orange and lime peel, all packed into a light-bodied brew brimming with tropical citrus and fruit from huge amounts of Citra, Strata, HBC 592 and Amarillo.” Coming in at 8.2% ABV, Dual Exposure has “citrus [flowing through the body . . ., melding hops with drinkability to yield a supremely covet-worthy beer to please the discerning masses while it lasts.”

“We were really excited to partner with Stone on a new brew for 2021, and Dual Exposure is the perfect way for both breweries to merge our skill sets and shared passion for beer,” says Ryan Crisp, Head Brewer/Director of Brewery Operations at AleSmith. “The creative and collaborative process of developing recipes with their brew team is always an enjoyable experience that we look forward to. I mean, Stone and AleSmith working together – it doesn’t get any better!”

Greg Koch, Stone Brewing Co-Founder, says, “I’ve been enjoying AleSmith beers since before I’ve been drinking Stone beers! This isn’t our first collaboration, but it might be our best. Our combined team of brewers brought their A-game loading up on the hops and refining this double IPA with hibiscus and lime peel for something really memorable. I have so much respect for the AleSmith team, and of course mad respect for our own team at Stone, so I’m super stoked for this dream team collaboration!”

Dual Exposure is available now and will hang around as long as supplies last during the month of February. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located within AleSmith’s distribution territory and in the brewery’s online store. Prost!

Vital Information for Dual Exposure from AleSmith Brewing Company & Stone Brewing

Release – Limited; February 2021
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.2%
Featured Hops – Citra, Strata, HBC 592 & Amarillo
Added Ingredients – Hibiscus, orange & lime peel
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer/

Tampa Bay Brewing Co. Kicks Off BADASS Beer Week with Release of Waves of Haze IPA

Tampa Bay Brewing Company (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Can Release of Waves of Haze, a Hazy IPA brewed in collaboration with 3 Sons Brewing Company (Dania Beach, Florida) and Vitamin Sea Brewing (Weymouth, Massachusetts), on Saturday, November 14.

Nothing says BADASS Beer Week, Tampa Bay Brewing Company’s annual celebration of all things badass and beer, quite like a three-way collaboration! Waves of Haze is a “super-silky” Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale double dry-hopped with Citra, Strata, Sultana, and Talus hops. Coming in at 7% ABV, Waves of Haze “delivers big aromas of pink grapefruit, citrus rinds, dried roses, pine resin, & tropical fruits” alongside “crashing flavors of juicy chunks of pineapple, citrus, and pine.”

Waves of Haze – available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans – will drop at Tampa Bay Brewing Company’s Westchase and Ybor Taproom locations on November 14 and will hang around only as long as supplies last. Waves of Haze is a taproom-exclusive release and will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Waves of Haze from Tampa Bay Brewing Company, Vitamin Sea Brewing & 3 Sons Brewing Company

Release – Limited; November 14, 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 7%
Featured Hops – Citra, Strata, Sultana & Talus
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – None. Brewery only

Flying Dog Brewery & University of Maryland Collaborate on 2020 Field Notes Pale Ale

Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of 2020 Field Notes Pale Ale, a special collaboration project with the University of Maryland (UMD) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, in mid-October 2020.

The latest experimental offering to be “brewed using hops grown at UMD’s Western Maryland Research and Education Center in Keedysville, Maryland,” 2020 Field Notes is an American Pale Ale featuring Lyon, Glacier and Southern Cross hops that were “chosen after three rounds of blind sensory analysis on the hop varieties harvested by UMD this year.” Coming in at 5.6% ABV, 2020 Field Notes is a “crisp and delicious . . . pale ale with fruity and citrus hop notes dominating both the aroma and flavor profile.”

“There’s no better way to evaluate hops than putting them in a beer, which is exactly why experimental projects like Field Notes are vital to our work with the University of Maryland,” said James Maravetz, VP of Marketing, Flying Dog. “There are no pilot or test brews for this beer, it is a one-time shot to see what notes shine through.”

“Over the past five years we have battled various obstacles, both environmental and manmade, and it is evident that we can produce hops in Maryland,” said Bryan Butler, Extension Agent, UMD College of AGNR. “The question that remains however is, can a consistent, high quality, profitable crop be produced? We look forward to continuing our work to determine the ultimate answer to that question.”

2020 Field Notes is rolling out now and will be hanging around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Maryland only. Prost!

Vital Information for 2020 Field Notes from Flying Dog Brewery & University of Maryland

Release – Limited; mid-October 2020
Style – American Pale Ale
ABV – 5.6%
Featured Hops – Lyon, Glacier & Southern Cross hops grown at University of Maryland’s Western Maryland Research and Education Center
Fun Fact – “UMD and Maryland’s largest independent craft brewery have been growing hops in Maryland since the organizations’ partnership began in 2015. At that time, UMD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources partnered with Flying Dog to study hop production in the State of Maryland. The goal of the study was to gather research and lay the groundwork for a commercially viable hop producing industry in Maryland that mirrors the success of hop growing ventures in the Pacific Northwest.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – Maryland only

Beer Finder – https://www.flyingdog.com/beer-finder/

TrimTab Brewing & Hidden Springs Ale Works Collaborate on Glow Up! Sour Ale

TrimTab Brewing (Birmingham, Alabama) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Glow Up!, a Sour Ale brewed in collaboration with Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida), on Tuesday, October 13.

Inspired by the Hummingbird Cake, Glow Up! is a Pastry Sour that has been dosed with additions of banana, pineapple, nut flour, cinnamon and milk sugar. Coming in at 6% ABV, Glow Up! is a decadent tropical treat that is both a little tart and a little sweet.

Glow Up! – available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft – will debut in the Tasting Gallery at TrimTab Brewing on October 13 and will hang around only as long as supplies last. There is no word at this time as to whether or not this Limited Release will see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Glow Up! from TrimTab Brewing & Hidden Springs Ale Works

Release – Limited; October 13, 2020
Style – Pastry Sour Ale
ABV – 6%
Added Ingredients – Banana, pineapple, nut flour, cinnamon & milk sugar
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft

Heavy Seas Beer & Rheb’s Candies Collaborate on Jimmy Truffle Dessert Stout

Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Curbside Can Release of Jimmy Truffle Dessert Stout, a special collaboration project with Rheb’s Candies (Baltimore, Maryland), on Friday, October 23.

Developed to capture the full sensory experience found in Rheb’s iconic jimmy truffles, Jimmy Truffle is an Imperial Milk Stout that combines a hefty malt base with lactose, cocoa powder, chocolate syrup and 35 pounds of jimmies (“don’t you dare call them chocolate sprinkles!”). Weighing in at 8% ABV, Jimmy Truffle is “a luscious, chocolatey treat of a beer that’s perfect for a cool, autumn night.”

“Chocolate Jimmies are easily my favorite ice cream topping. So, when I was introduced to Rheb’s Jimmy Truffles, I became an instant fan. We tried to bring that same delectable chocolate candy experience to a beer. We used significant amounts of roasted barley, chocolate, vienna, and dark crystal malts, along with cacao powder, chocolate syrup and 35 lbs of jimmies, a touch of earthy English hops, and lactose – to produce one candilicious brew.”
– Christopher Leonard, Heavy Seas Brewmaster

“We are more than honored to be in collaboration with an outstanding local brewery! Heavy Seas and Rheb’s Candy–nothing comes close to Baltimore culture better than this! A big thanks to Heavy Seas for this opportunity!”
– Jarrod Bradley of Rheb’s Candies

Jimmy Truffle will be released curbside at Heavy Seas Beer on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24. This Limited Release will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans as long as supplies last. Jimmy Truffle is a brewery exclusive release and will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Jimmy Truffle from Heavy Seas Beer & Rheb’s Candies

Release – Limited; October 23 & 24, 2020
Style – Imperial Milk Stout/Dessert Stout
ABV – 8%
Added Ingredients – Lactose, cacao powder, chocolate syrup & 35 lbs. of jimmies
Fun Fact – “The Jimmy Truffle label artwork was designed by local Baltimore artist, Chris Gipple, of Nightshift Creative, who also designed Heavy Seas’ 24 Anniversary beer label this past December. All the taproom exclusive beer labels will be designed by Chris in 2020.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – None. Brewery only