Florida Beer: Hoppy Anniversary, A Year Of Due South Beers
It's #FloridaBeerFriday. Every Friday, we take a look at a beer brewed in the Sunshine State, giving analysis to the burgeoning craft beer movement of Florida.
For the past year or so, we've been taking a look at beers from across the state. Most of them have been locally available. Six of these have been from Due South Brewing Company, 2013's best large craft brewery in the state of Florida.
With the upcoming second anniversary celebrations coming up this Saturday, I thought it would be prudent to take a look back at these spotlights and provide a minor primer on the beverages to expect at this anniversary event.
Though it is not comprehensive of what will be available (if only there were so many weeks in the year), it will cover a few of the core bases while introducing some of the specially released beers that have been, and will be, available throughout the day on the 10th.
Without further ado, our last year with Due South Brewing. Click on a header to get the full review.
"Right off on the aroma, are heaps of roasted grain, vanilla and cinnamon. It belies the heat contained within, as it's a fresh cinnamon smell as opposed to that confectionary cinnamon aroma.
The flavor is mix between a dry and sweet porter, but the heat kicks in almost immediately, so any attempt to ascertain the subtleties of the malt get blown away. At first sip, the heat from the peppers grabs hold of your palate. The cinnamon helps to calm that down, but there is a loss of some of the nuances of the vanilla flavors. The heat really lingers, right at the back of the throat, but not to a degree of unlikability."
Category 5 IPA
"This 8.5% abv. beer is a crystal clear yellow-gold color, with huge hits of dank, resin, orange, and some apricot all fighting on the aroma. The malt body holds up the grapefruit and resin flavors and doesn't try to take over... it exists here as a platform to support these hop flavors. Rather bitter and slightly dank on the finish."
UXO American Strong Ale
"It pours a dark and deep amber with a thick off-white head that slowly, but surely, dissipates. Even while pouring, there's a strong aroma coming out of the can. In the glass, it's a full-on sniffing bonanza: berries, cherries, and jam come out on top, with some caramel malts tying the room together. The mouthfeel is mildly thick, and the flavor has an upfront hit of malt followed by a cascade of American hop flavors and carbonation that ends bitter with a lingering hint of jam on the tongue."