Summer May Be Winding Down, But There’s Still Some Great Summer-y Beers Available
Summer has come and passed. This past Monday was Labor Day, which supposedly marked the end of the summer. Soon enough, the leaves will change colors, the air will turn cold, and we’ll be watching the Steelers work towards that elusive 7th Lombardi Trophy. And though some of us are ready for Fall beers (pumpkin ales and marzens are gifts from the beer gods), there’s still some awesome brews available that pair well with the hot weather that we’re still experiencing! So, if you’re not quite ready to let go of summer just yet, check out these selections available at Creekside Beer:
As I was born in Johnstown and went to school in State College, I always took for granted that beers from New Trail, hailing from Williamsport, PA, were available. I was very surprised to learn when I got to Pittsburgh that they didn’t distribute to this area, and I’m VERY relieved that they do now! Their flagship IPA, Broken Heels, is certainly worthy of that distinction. Direct from the brewers, “Broken Heels is brewed with oats and pilsner malts and hopped aggressively with an assortment of newer American grown hops in the Pacific Northwest. This beer has a full mouthfeel with low bitterness meant to be soft on the palette. High aromatics lead the consumer through a treasure trove of their favorite tropical fruits and wanting more of this very quaffable beer.” Broken Heels clocks in at 7.0% ABV and currently holds a 3.96/5 on Untappd.
Keep the good vibes rolling with Voodoo’s super drinkable West Coast IPA, (aptly named) Good Vibes! Voodoo was founded in 2005 and calls Meadville, PA home. They have additional locations all across the state, including Grove City, Homestead, State College, and Erie. They’ve gained fame for their barrel aged stouts, but Good Vibes remains the centerpiece of their awesome lineup of beers. According to the brewery, “this brew is hopped five times in the kettle & double dry hopped to produce bodacious dank fruit notes, we use gnarly amounts of Galaxy, Amarillo, Mosaic & Apollo in this West Coast-Style IPA.” Good Vibes clocks in at 7.3% ABV and, at time of writing, holds a 3.84/5 on Untappd.
Now that you’ve heard a little bit about these brews, what do I think of them?
New Trail Broken Heels IPA
Look: This beer pours thick and hazy. It has a yellowish-orangish color to it and a frothy, lingering head.
Smell: Aromas of lemon and pineapple are what hit me first. A touch of dankness is also in the air after cracking open the can.
Taste: It’s super soft and drinkable. Very creamy and tasting of tropical fruits and citrus, this beer features virtually no bitterness and could definitely be described as a crusher.
Thoughts: The flagship beer from New Trail may not be their absolute best offering (the Double Broken Heels is incredible), but this is a VERY good hazy IPA. No wonder people love New Trail so much!
Tyler’s Rating: 4.25/5
Voodoo Good Vibes IPA
Look: Look at that! An IPA I can see through! This beer pours a rich orange color and has a light, quick dissolving head.
Smell: A sweet citrus aroma is noticeable at first whiff. A hint of pine is also present, though it’s not overwhelming.
Taste: This beer is somewhat malty, which is a refreshing change of pace. It certainly also features fruit and resin notes, but the malt backbone gives this beer the perfect amount of bite.
Thoughts: West Coast IPAs aren’t really en vogue at the moment, but this beer is incredibly good! Sometimes, the classics are worth revisiting!
Tyler’s Rating: 4.0/5