In this beer blog, we are going to get into a brew where two craft breweries teamed up to brew. I am talking about Dos Osos India Pale Ale from Revolution Brewing and Firestone Walker Brewing. This is a special and limited edition brew. If you read my beer blog posts on both of these breweries, you know the history of both of them. If you have not, please, read those beer blog posts to get to know both of these breweries. Let us get into the beer.
It has a clear deep golden color with a constant white head on this India Pale Ale. The smell is a heavy grapefruit with a slight orange. The taste is about the same with some carbonation notes. The aftertaste is a sweet grapefruit notes. This is an extremely drinkable beer.
Here is a description from Revolution Brewing’s Website (www.revbrew.com):
Dos Osos, or “two bears,” IPA is a collaboration brew with our great friend Dustin Kral who is the lead brewer at Firestone Walker Brewing Co. in Paso Robles, CA. Named after both the bear on the California State flag and the Chicago bears this IPA is described as a Central Coast IPA, named for California’s Central Coast. As with most West Coast IPAs, our version in not bogged down with lots of specialty malts and is dry, crisp and clean which is a trademark of the hoppy ales from both Revolution and Firestone. 2-row, Munich, and a touch of cara-pils lend a subtle malt base to which the layers of hop character are built upon. An array of hops including Warrior, Chinook, Centennial, Cascade and Citra infuse this ale with aromas and flavors of fresh flowers, citrus and passion fruit. The finished product is a clean refreshing IPA with a crisp bitterness and wonderful hop bouquet.
India Pale Ale
ABV 6.6%IBU 75
Profile: Dos Osos, or “two bears,” IPA is a collaboration brew with Firestone Walker Brewing Company.
Color: Deep Gold
Availability: 1/6bbl, 1/2 bbl, 22 oz.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Tiwtter; @revolutionsbrew, @RevBrewChicago, and @firestonewalker
Closing, this beer has been on my radar since it came out. I keep on picking it up at the liquor store and pulling it back down on the shelf. I knew I was leaving the Chicago area to move back to Michigan. I wanted to make sure I had at least one before I leave. I have to say I am not disappointed one bit. Both craft breweries did a great job working together to make a really good brew. It is well-balanced from the malty backbone to the hops. If you can find a bottle, I highly recommend you trying this brew. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Wieser