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Arizona Centennial Copper Ale
- Sonoran Brewing Company
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Sonoran Brewing Company
Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
| ABV ?
Limited (brewed once).
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look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5
Big foam-up attempting to pour in a couple of glasses. Never a good sign. Slightly hazy golden amber color. Quite frothy in the mouth.
Unpleasant surprise from the first sip. Sourish, weirdly bitter, very dry. Tastes like this had some residual sugar that was eaten but unexpected visitors who left their trademark plastic dishwater taste. Undrinkable.
From the 22 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine in east Tucson. Another of several beers from that location that makes me convinced TW does not know what they sell, nor care. And another nail in the coffin of a brewery that can’t get the sanitation thing down.
Serving type: bottle
01-15-2013 15:43:42 |
More by mactrail
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Nice loolking bottle. Brewed for Arizonas centennial celebration. Unfortunately the beer doesn't hpld a candle to the bottle. When they said copper ale they meant it literally, Color was copper but it also tasted like copper. Very metallically. Carbonation was good. Hops were out of balance. Not enough malt flavor to balance the beer out.
Serving type: bottle
01-29-2012 07:35:05 |
More by bigbelcher
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
So, the Arizona Centennial Commission named Sonoran Brewing Co. the "Official Craft Brewery of the Arizona Centennial" and told them to brew up a special beer for our hundredth anniversary of statehood. Sonoran, ever the overachievers, came back with a pair of beers: Arizona Centennial Ale, a filtered wheat ale, and Arizona Centennial Copper Ale, this ESB. Collectively known as "The Hundred Year Beers," the pair premiered August 26.
Though copper is right there in the name, Arizona Centennial Copper Ale is really more of a deep gold, but gleams with clarity.
The nose is toasty-sweet, like baked biscuits perfumed with a bouquet of floral hops.
Approach the first sip with care, as the carbonation feels like an Old West shootout is happening on the tongue -- I can't remember a more piercing, painful level of bubbles. Get past it, however, you're rewarded with the flavor of toasted crackers and biscuits coated with burnt sugar. Floral and earthy hops balance the malty sweetness, though bitterness is negligible.
The swallow dries everything out, leaving the biscuits and toasted bread to linger for just a second before you reach for another sip to rehydrate.
Both beers are refreshing and highly drinkable, yet they're also unexciting, and here's where I draw issue. A Centennial only comes around every 100 years -- why not push the envelope? With outrageous immigration laws, a bat-shit sheriff, public support for a state gun and more, Arizona is known for a lack of restraint or common sense in almost everything we do but beer. Here's hoping the brewers in our next century of statehood get with the crazy.
Serving type: on-tap
08-31-2011 22:42:23 |
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