Fort Collins Brewery 1020 Pale Ale

The other two Fort Collins beers I've had were very, very good. As a result, I have high expectations for this one. It's an ale, so it already has that going for it - I'm an ale guy, and I don't care who knows it. I bought this as part of a six pack, so I certainly hope I like it, or I'm choking down five more of them.

It's a bit murky, and the color is a slightly yellow gold with a fairly sticky head that reduces to a very thin blanket that still manages to cover the entire top of the beer. The aroma is surprisingly not laden with lots of floral hops. Instead, there is a bready and citrus smell. Way deep down, I think I can smell a bit of pine hops, but I'm starting to think that I've been drinking too many IPAs lately.

First sip is a very sharp with its lemon zest, some grapefruit oddness, the more noticeable pine, and the background bready malt. It's got a lot going on, and I'm not sure it's all mixing together as it was intended. The aftertaste is a kind of stale mothball or something that is really making the whole sip taste a bit off. Perhaps a full swig? Yes. Yes, I think so.

Tip--in is all carbonation burn. It's kind of surprising, as there really wasn't much of a head to begin with. The carbonation subsides a bit for the middle to come in, and it brings citrus and bread - just like before. The finish starts up with a harsh pine, and it devolves into that stale taste like the carpet in the back of a disused closet.

Bottom Line: Not the best ale, but certainly drinkable.



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