The Excelsior! Series is IBC's:
- "handcrafted speciality beers, issued in extremely limited runs. They meld complimentary flavors while defying existing style guidelines. These beers are unfiltered, hand-packaged and bottle-conditioned. Each one is alive, has a unique personality and may be cellared indefinitely."
Both the White Gold and Thirteen came in pint bottles with unique labels describing their contents. The White Gold is characterized as a "Rustic Pale Wheat Ale" with Belgian influence. Additionally, the ale is brewed with "domestic barley and French wheat malts."
The Thirteen is described as a "Double Hoppy Wheat Ale" that has been brewed with "raw and malted wheat and flaked oats, assertively hopped with Citra and Sorachi Ace, spiked with an addition of orange and lemon peel and vigorously fermented with an American Ale Yeast."
Before I give my analysis of these two beers, let me just say that in receiving them, I felt like I had reached rock star status. Yes, Jeff and I are friends, but to taste beers that aren't typically available to the public felt really special and given that I just celebrated a special day--my 35th birthday--it was cool to sample these Excelsior! Series beers as a means of enhancing the celebratory spirit one feels as they age!
Onto the White Gold:
Taste: a hoppy very full flavored sip with a gardenesque floral scent
Color: extra golden like a bruised lemon peel
Thickness: especially bubbly producing a frothy head
Now the Thirteen Anniversary Ale:
Taste: the lemon was very pronounced, but not tart & helped to yield a refreshing sip; very aromatic, smelled like a spring day with each pour
Color: beautiful orange hues that contrasted the bits of sediment floating in the glass
Thickness: medium to moderate head; quite smooth
ABV: Happy Birthday to ME as it was 8.9%
Mom Factoid: Sometimes, you have to decide when is the best time to get your kids sugared up! Obviously, there is no magic moment to watch a sugar high, but since it was my birthday, I allowed the cake with an intense sugary frosting to be eaten prior to dinner by the three year old! It was fun and out of the ordinary and allowed for more time before bed to get the sugar out of her system! Cheers to a new year and more beer :) Thanks for reading!
**If you are interested in learning more about the Excelsior! Series beers, check out this link: