I finally made my way to Bandit Brewery on a lazy Sunday afternoon in January. Here are some of the beers I got.
Cone Ranger India Pale Ale
Hoppy aroma, but not as overhopped as some other heavy hitting IPAs on the market. In addition to the more traditional hops, there are subtle notes of caramel, pine, molasses and tropical fruits. The palate is sweet for an instant but bitter almost immediately before transitioning to an interesting and unique grapefruit/papaya flavor that lingers well into the finish. The typical grassy and hoppy finishing notes are dialed down and complimented by bittersweet notes of biscuit and honey.
For a 6.7% beer this is a rather smooth and sessionable IPA. Very well done.
Wizard of Gose
Mildly funky aroma with yeast and some sour fruits. The beer is a tad more sour than expected, but boy does that make it extra refreshing! Following the initial burst of sourness come tart apricots that linger well into the finish and even open up to a bit of sweetness here and there. The finish is bready with a hint of fruits. I could see myself drinking this all day when it is hot out.
Good thing I got a few.
Farmed & Dangerous
This Belgian Farmhouse Ale smells sweet and very Belgiany with notes of bubblegum, molasses, coriander and banana peels. The taste and mouthfeel are not as Belgiany as I expected. The mouthfeel is lighter than expected, but still heavy enough to blanket the tongue, while the taste is kept in check without the typical sweet character…and when I say “without”, I mean that it is not as sweet as your typical Belgian ale. There is still sweetness all throughout the beer, but it is well balanced with some bitterness that develops at the start and towards the finish. There are the typical spices and bananas which give the finish a mildly warm character, but they are dialed in just right for my tastes. I could see myself drinking 2 or 3 of these without getting the dreaded Belgian headache.