Tuesday, March 24, 2009

New From Four+ Brewing: Hive

Utah has a new beer to start-off spring. Hive is the sixth label to come out of Four+ Brewing in SLC. Hive is made with local honey and is similar in color. I wasn't able to get my hands on a bottle before writing this, but Local Beer proponent Douglas Byrd did and here's his trustworthy review.

2 oz. bottle from Smiths Marketplace. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a medium white head. The aroma is a heavy dose of honey, some sweet toasted malts also. The taste is similar; crisp and easygoing malts, some light citrus, and a nice honey flavor. Very quaffable and a nice beer for a hot Summer day. Too bad it was snowing today. Not bad. Simple and easygoing. A thin and fizzy mouthfeel.
I labeled it as a golden ale. Beer Advocate labeled it as a light lager, but it says honey ale right on the label.

Since this beer is just debuting it won't be everywhere immediately (as I found out).

Also, this is no secret but Four+ has changed the name of it's nationally successful Wildfire Organic Pale Ale to Wyld Organic Extra Pale Ale. Nothing has changed but the label. If you haven't tried this one yet, get out and grab one. They're quite yummy!

Also, in the coming months Uinta/Four+ will be debuting a new, yet to be named organic summer ale. This should be another good year for new beer labels in Utah. And thanks to Doug for helping to get the word out. Cheers!

7 comments:

calanan said...

Wyld? And with a tramp stamp as a logo? You can do better than that, Four+ (in fact you already did do better, "Wildfire" was a great name).

Anonymous said...

Yeah, that whole "tribal" design was old four years ago.

Douglas said...

Wildfire was better. This text speak is getting out of control. The Sci-Fi channel changed their name to SyFy! Come on guys, don't you know beautiful women sell beer, not cool new names. No really, a good beer like the Wildfire will sell anywhere. As to the Hive, it was just fine. Nothing ground breaking but a thirst quenching brew.

theicidalmaniac said...

Ummm...aren't ALL beers organic?

Mikey said...

Theicidalmaniac,
The USDA defines "organic" to mean foods whose ingredients cannot have been made by using most synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, genetic engineering, growth hormones, irradiation or antibiotics. Most beers made worldwide do not meet this criteria. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

at least it's not Hyve. I believe they had legal issues with the use of the term Wildfire...

Anonymous said...

I got both Hive and Wyld in a "Beer of the Month" club delivery and they are both really good if you have access to the brewery or somewhere that sells them.