|Fantastic looking tap handles|
breweries, so this was a major plus to me.
The beers I thought could use improvement were the Devils Head Red and the America the Pale. The Red was just too sweet for me. I didn't really get a whole lot of hop flavor or bitterness. The beer was supposed to be a hoppy red but I think that because it sat at 7.9% ABV and only had 39 IBU's I couldn't really pick up on that. On to the Pale Ale. I always look forward to a Pale Ale, it's one of my favorite styles to drink multiple pints of. This one felt really really heavy. The nose had some good hops to it and I could taste the honey from the Centennial hops, and the beer definitely had some bitterness to it, but man it felt big, more like an IPA. Well, the ABV is actually at 7.3% and the IBU's are only at 30 so it actually sits at the bitterness of a pale but with the strength of something even slightly beyond an IPA. I would up the bitterness and flavor hops a bit if it's going to stay at 7.3%. No worries though, these are mild issues that will be worked out. And to be honest other people told me the Pale was their favorite...so what do I know?
I noticed Ed Sealover at Run Beer Run visited the place and gave a review as well. He says the beers are stereotype-busting beers. If I understand what he means he's saying the beers have a whole lot of flavor for their particular styles. I would agree, the beers are all full of flavor, none seem to be lacking a great handling of malts. But well made beer in almost any style should be tasty. Some of the beers I tried are real winners some need a bit more help but Pikes Peak is definitely on the right track. Pikes Peak is not shooting for insane beers that push the boundaries of brewing, the way Avery does, but what they make is really solidly good. I would like to see some beers that push the hops a little further.
It's difficult and unfair to give a real review of a place after visiting it once, especially when the place hasn't even opened yet, I didn't try any food, I forgot to go to the patio, etc. But what I can say is that I really wish Pikes Peak was in walking distance of my house. It may be hard to visit the tap room all the way up in Monument. I hope that people will steadily attend this place, it's certainly a friendly enough atmosphere to remind you 'let's head out to Pike's Peak Brewery tonight.' Really, I would like to see Pikes Peak beers around town in places where Bristol might have the only microbrewery presence. These beers are perfect for chilling with friends, having a couple pints, and talking about the important things in life. These are contemplative beers, full of energy but with a good balance in their restraint. I think everyone can find something they will like. They deserve to be at the local pubs where sitting and chatting is an important fixture. I would love to have their beers over at my regular watering holes because I would be very happy to drink multiple pints. I would definitely order these beers on a regular basis. These beers are what we could call 'conversational beers.'
Pikes Peak Brewery is located at 1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO 80132
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