Sunday, December 14, 2008

Fort Collins Brewery Big Shot review

Fort Collins Brewery Big ShotTis the season for winter warmers and I just couldn't pass up a holiday bottle of Fort Collins Brewery's Big Shot Seasonal Ale. Big Shot falls under the American Brown Ale category but it is also considered a spiced ale as well. It weighs in at 6.5% ABV and comes in a festive 22oz bomber with a holiday gift tag attached. It invites you to buy one for yourself and give one as a gift.

This beer went through a label re-branding in 2012. The snow surfing snow man has been replaced with a stationary snowman in a more classic look.

Appearance: FCB's Big Shot poured a medium brown color with reddish tones along the edge. It had a nice off-white and thick foamy head that stuck around for a while. This brew is clear filtered, not cloudy and has a mild carbonation to it. A nice lacing clung to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Big Shot reminded me immediately of a holiday beverage. The aroma is big on caramel malt, mild spices and citrusy hops. The scent is quite inviting and pleasing. Its unlike any other holiday brew I've had over the last 2 years.

Big Shot old label bottle: title=Taste and Feel: The brew has a medium body with a noticeable bitter finish. A nice hoppy brown and very mildly spiced. This spiced beer is not over done like other holiday brews can be. It's very easy drinking for a 6.5% brew. I'm pleased with this beer. It's a good brown yet different enough to warrant a special winter warmer distinction. I'm giving this brew a solid Thumbs Up. It's worth and just right for a cold winter day. Hop lovers will enjoy this one as well.

Overall: This would be a good brown ale to introduce a new craft beer drinker to. It's well balanced between the malts, bitterness, hops and spices. It's not as sweet as other browns can be yet it has a bit more substance than the rest.

The new look label (2012):
FCB Big Shot 2012

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- Fort Collins Brewery tasting room notes. (2008 old location)
- A fresh look at the new Fort Collins Brewery. (2011)

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