Friday night, it was hot and I wanted something refreshing. I cracked open my bottle of Rock Art’s Sunny and 75. It’s classified by BeerAdvocate as a Saison, and that’s exactly what it was (the label said “ale brewed with spices”). The beer pours a fairly clear grassy yellow/amber color. It smells of spices and malts with a little yeast. The taste is crisp and refreshing. It’s got a nice crisp spiciness to it with a little malty sweetness to balance it out. It’s got a slight bready flavor, though I didn’t pour any of the yeast into the glass. It’s a perfect beer for a hot summer afternoon.
This afternoon (since I’m not going anywhere), I cracked open Rock Art’s IPA (II) Double IPA. I didn’t have high hopes for it as their regular IPA is pretty lackluster, but I was surprised. It pours a dark cloudy amber with a nice white head. It smells of hops and nothing but hops. The hops dominate the flavor as well, but it’s got a nice malt balance to it. The hops seem to be a mix of pine and grapefruit. It’s got a nice thick oily mouthfeel, yet it’s quite drinkable. I’m impressed.
One last note, and this is nothing in depth. Susan had her bottle of Arcadia’s Scotch Ale on Friday. I took 1 sip and enjoyed that sip. I can’t really say much else other than that it’s worth a try.