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#17 Negra Modelo

Negra Modelo

#17 Negra Modelo

Type: Vienna Lager
Container: Bottle
ABV: 6%
Sticker Price: $8.99/6-pack of bottles

While not a fan of Mexican beers in general, this cerveza is one of the simple and thirst quenching brews. Its inoffensiveness and sweet flavor leave a clean palate ready for food. Definitely not complex or too interesting, it gives the suggestion of something darker without demanding all my attention.

  • Rating (5=best): 3
  • Nose: Roasted corn, toasty malt. Not too much to pick out. Bit of a metallic tang.
  • Flavor: Super sweet, caramel malts. Tiny note of grassy hops. A little too watery but sometimes that’s good.
  • Finish: That strange medicinal aftertaste that reminds me of Belgian ales. Vanishes quickly.
  • Notes: The simplicity of the flavor leaves much to be desired. For a one-note beer, it’s a sweet one.
  • Shilpi: “It’s too bitter for a cerveza.”

#3 New Belgium Giddy Up!

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#3 New Belgium Giddy Up!

Type: Ale
Container: Bottle
ABV: 6%
Sticker Price: $12.99/12-pack of assorted flavors

I find I like a lot of what New Belgium puts out and I especially like darker beers in general. This one is for the coffee lovers. There’s so much coffee in here it’s almost not a beer! I love coffee and the lemon that shows up in the finish here keeps this one interesting. While I’d usually prefer a heavier body to the coffee-flavored beers, the lemon works well with the light body of this brew. Surprisingly crisp.

  • Rating (5=best): 4
  • Nose: Coffee, cream, roasted, sweet malt
  • Flavor: Strong espresso, roasted grains, malt, smooth, creamy, butter, lemon cake. No trace of hops: all the bitterness comes from the coffee.
  • Finish: Gives way to light bitterness, hint of the lemon at the end. If you wait for it, almost a lemon cookie flavor.
  • Notes: Good if you like coffee. Wonderfully fresh and crisp for a coffee beer.
  • Shilpi: Surprised she liked it! (She doesn’t care for the darker beers and really doesn’t like coffee.) “I had two!”

#2 New Belgium 1554

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#2 New Belgium 1554

Type: Black Ale
Container: Bottle
ABV: 5.6%
Sticker Price: $12.99/12-pack of assorted flavors

I find I like a lot of what New Belgium puts out and I especially like darker beers in general. This one has a lot of the malty, earthy characteristics I like in dark beers and scotch yet is surprisingly light and easy to drink. Maybe a little too light in the body but that keeps it refreshing and less demanding.

  • Rating (5=best): 4
  • Nose: Yeasty dark bread, coriander, dried fruits
  • Flavor: Roasted grains, malt, smooth, surprisingly light
  • Finish: Dry, espresso, slightly bitter chocolate at the end, even a little smoky
  • Notes: Very drinkable, good introduction to darker beers. Not too heavy keeps it refreshing but still has those great dark flavors.
  • Shilpi: “It’s bitter, like coffee. I’m not a fan. Take it away!” (She doesn’t care for the darker beers.)