Monday, February 6, 2012

Dos Costas Oeste Grapefruit Wood

Today I'm drinking Dos Costas Oeste, the version aged on Grapefruit Wood. This is a collaboration beer between The Bruery and Cigar City, brewed by Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Florida. The little story on the side of the label talks about this being a West Coast (US) to West Coast (FL) effort, with the beer "cheerfully meandering off the beaten path".

This was a $15 wine bottle, a bit out of my price range for an unknown product. But I was peer pressured into buying it and the two other versions (cedar and lemon) as well. I guess I'll need to have my kids watch the after-school specials to learn how not to give in to temptations because I surely haven't figured that out yet. What a poor role model!

The artwork depicts a nicely colorful map of the US, and it's pretty cool since it wraps around about a quarter of the bottle. You know, the world is not flat! There is a meandering path from CA to Southwest Florida, highlighting the style expectations while noting the destinations of the two breweries involved. Finally, I'll take a stab at why these two breweries used Spanish while naming this beer. Actually, let me just ask you a question and we'll see how smart you are. Have you ever been to Florida and/or California?

OK. Let's do this thing. I've got a lot to say. Originally the aroma was floral and with some bright citrus. As the beer warmed, there was much more of a yeasty saison quality to it. Orange and grapefruit are noticeable, with coriander adding a huge scent too.

Sweet orange and spicy ginger flavors are most prominent in the beginning, with some burn from the 9% alcohol immediately noticeable. Some heat lingers too. Those initial flavors fan out in some interesting and different directions. First there is that definite yeasty saison quality that persists, lightly funky. Next, plenty of sweet orange and more tropical flavors marry a bitter grapefruit rind, a nice contrast on your fruity path.

The coriander is very noticeable and stands alone, no friends. A unique wood component adds interest and differentiates the beer. Carbonation is good, making all flavor profiles stand tall. The beer seems a little more sugary as you put the bottle down for the final time (if you get my drift).

I really enjoyed how you could pick out many different cliques and flavor gangs in this beer. Very fun and interesting beer. My overall critique is that this ultra-flavorful beer was a bit too sweet and had way too much coriander (and perhaps ginger, that all got muddled eventually). I'd have preferred a little less off the beaten path, because the fruity flavors and saison qualities from the yeast were fabulous. My last comment is that I don't like paying $15 for beer in wine bottles, the equivalent of a sixer that costs $42.52. (I'll leave my lesson there since I've been asked to refrain. Call me if you'd like me to do a group lecture for you though.) However, when I win the lottery... Watch Out! Check it out if you are rich or have a serious beer-drinking problem or are a Cigar City and/or The Bruery Groupie!


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