Amicas Pizza & Microbrew Reviews

Amicas Pizza & Microbrew Amicas Mocha-Oatmeal Milk Stout 3.8
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a medium, poorly retained beige head, with slight lacing, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 35) body......nose is cocoa, chocolate, coffee, slight vanilla, mild herbal hops.......taste is moderately lactose type sweet, with chocolate, coffee, slight cocoa notes, slight vanilla tones, finishing with hop, coffee, roasted malt bitterness, balance to the malts and additives.....mouth feel, very creamy slightly sticky body, mild alcohol warmth, moderate carbonation. This is a lovely rich, creamy milk stout. It is nicely balanced, with slightly restrained hops, with the roasted malts, coffee and chocolate are much of the finishing bitterness. BJCP 8/3/15/55/7
Monday, December 21, 2015

Amicas Pumpkin Chai Bock 3.9
Draft. Pours a thin, poorly retained, light beige head, with minimal lacing, over a clear copper amber (SRM 15) body.....nose is cinnamon, ginger, cardamon, fennel, light toasted malts, with crust, hints of raisin and dried cherry, light floral honey, minimal hops......taste is slightly sweet, with hints of caramel, raisin, dried cherry, light floral honey notes, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, light pumpkin, mild pepper notes on the finish, minimal hop notes.......mouth feel, meium body, slightly sticky, light alcohol notes, moderate carbonation. This is a very interesting pumpkin beer that is well balanced between spice, pumpkin and malts. It is highly complex in both aroma and flavor which really open up as it warms. BJCP 9/3/15/4/8
Monday, October 19, 2015

Amicas Big S Brown 3.3
Clearish dark deep brown with a persistent light beige foamy head. Aroma has a bit of cocoa and caramel but is overall a tad light. Smooth and quaffable flavor with cocoa malts and a fair body with gentle earthy sweetness throughout. Definitely not a boring run-of-the-mill brown, but nothing stupendous either. It’s like a really light and not-so-roasty Porter.
Sunday, August 30, 2015

Amicas / Pagosa Peach Tart 3.4
Clear pale golden with a slight little white head. The nose reminds me of pickled banana peppers, but has a little orange rind in there too. Smooth flavor with just the right amount of sour twang, mixed with orange rind and smooth pale malt, and gentle peach tones. It’s honestly just a slightly soured pale ale, but it works out pretty well.
Sunday, August 30, 2015

Amicas Work Release 3.4
Clear golden with a thin foamy white cap. Pretty light nose but you get a little German blonde malt and a kiss of boozy yeast. The flavor has a nice medium-full body with pleasant German blonde bock notes, light breadiness, a bit of alcohol heat, and a kiss of noble hop bitterness to balance. Pretty nice, if a bit standard.
Sunday, August 30, 2015

Amicas Green Chile Ale 3.2
Clear light golden, no head. Nose of an assortment of fresh chiles. The flavor is crisp and semi light with a blonde ale backbone, but then a spicy wave of fresh chiles kicks in, with a wonderful roasted undertone, and a bit of capcasin heat. A touch spicy and peppery flavored but actually kinda nice. Not over the top in any one direction and very flavorful.
Sunday, August 30, 2015

Amicas Headwaters IPA 3.9
Clear golden with a thin white foamy cap. Lovely floral and leafy fresh hop nose with a touch of earthy dankness. Flavor is good and floral with a backing of grapefruit zest and orange rind, a little kiss of pine resin, earthy and leafy fresh bitterness, and a thick pale malt background.
Sunday, August 30, 2015

Amicas Ute Trail Pale Ale 3.8
Clear pale golden with a wee little white cap. Bit of a resiny hop aroma that’s a bit dank and grapefruity/floral. Great hoppy flavor that’s floral with plenty of citrus rind and grassy/piney bitterness with a nice pale malt sweetness behind it.
Sunday, August 30, 2015

Amicas Blonde Bomber 3.4
Clear pale straw hue with a very thin white ring of foam around the glass. Nose is a tad lemony with a sweet pale golden malt behind it. Crisp and nearly lager-like flavor with blonde malt and cracker tones with a nice little pop of lemon zest and grassy hop bitterness. Very low bitterness overall but it brings a bit of balance. Crisp and refreshing and blonde and lemony.
Sunday, August 30, 2015

Amicas Infinite Search 4.1
Draft. Pours a medium, well retained beige head, with slight lacing, over a clear, dark brown black (SRM 35) body.......nose is sweet, with heavy dried fruits including plum, raisin, toffee/caramel notes, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, molasses, light herbal notes, balance to the malts......taste is moderately sweet, with dried fruits including plum, raisin, cherry, hints of toffee/caramel, light beef notes, tobacco, finishing with a moderate hop, roasted malt bitterness, balance to the malts.....mouth feel, thick chewy body, slightly sticky, alcohol warmth present, carbonation makes for thick creaminess. This is a very rich, thick, complex beer with layers of complexity in both aroma and flavor. It evolves over time, and is a quite wonderful example of the style. BJCP 9/3/17/5/8
Monday, January 12, 2015

Amicas Loyal Duke Strong Scotch Ale 3.9
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of toffee, caramel, tobacco and light earthiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, tobacco, earthiness and light fruitiness with a smooth lingering toffee finish.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Amicas Farmers Friend 3.7
Draft at the brewery. Pours a thin, poorly retained, white head, with minimal lacing, over a hazy yellow (SRM 3), effervescent body.....nose is light malts, with cereal notes, light acid, hints of Belgian funk, balance to the Brett.....taste is mild barnyard, hints of lemon, light ginger, light spice, mild sourness, minimal hp bitterness, balance to the Brett and yeast.....mouth feel, body light of medium, moderate acid, carbonation high with major spritz. This is a light, crisp, refreshing beer. It is complex in both aroma and flavor without having any ingredient overly dominant. It is not a typical heavier Saison. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Amicas Headwaters IPA 3.4
On tap poured a clear deep golden hue w/ minimal head, lasting ring w/ some lacing. Big sweet citrus hop aroma. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a bold bitter finish of long duration. Tastes are pine, straw, and orange citrus. Full bodied and good mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Amicas Victorian Porter 3.7
Growler. Pours a thin, shortly retained light beige head, with slight lacing, over a clear, brownish black (SRM 35) body.....nose is coffee, chocolate, toffee/caramel, light vanilla, minimal hops, balance to the malts.....taste is coffee, chocolate, light toffee/caramel, light nuttiness, moderately sweet throughout, light soft bitter finish....mouth feel, light of medium body, sticky, carbonation adds a light tingle, and light acid. This is a sweet, very malt dominated Robust Porter, with light hop contributions. As such, it is approaching a light Baltic in style, or a Tropical Stout, except for the low hopping. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Amicas Touch My Monkey 3.7
Draft at the Brewpub. Pours a medium,well retained, ivory head over a slightly hazy light brown (SRM 20) body......nose is light clove, very light banana/bubblegum, cereal yeast, hints of wintergreen, balance to the yeast......taste is cereal, light banana/bubblegum, clove phenolics arrive late, finish almost dry, hints of citrus, minimal bitterness....mouth feel, light body, no alcohol or astringency, moderate acid on the finish, slight tingle from carbonation. This meets the style nicely with light clove, banana/bubblegum, tones well balanced, clean, not cloying, refreshing. BJCP 8/3/16/5/7
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Amicas Loyal Duke Strong Scotch Ale 3.8
bottle .. from behind .. . burnt plum black .. light head, lacing is christopher meloni .. . everything matches up- an on the point scotch, enjoyed this .. . . books. shit my grandma goes on and on about. shut it grammy and eat your delicous apple sauce!
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Amicas Pegasus Project 4.1
Draft at the Brewery. Pours a thin white head, with some lacing over a hazy medium amber (SRM 12) body.....nose is toffee/caramel, almost treacle, toast biscuit, dried fruits, hints of pine, resin, grapefruit peel, anise.....taste is moderate sweet malts with toffee/caramel, dried fruits including raisin, plum, hints of anise, light pineapple as it warmed, light pepper tones, ending with a moderate lightly pine bitterness.....mouth feel thick, chewy, sticky, alcohol warmth present, ending softly. This is a rich, thick ,chewy, delightfully complex beer. Although the malts are a bit more forward than the hops it is well balanced. The result is to take it in the direction English Barley Wine rather than a hop consumed American. It is quite delicious. Let it warm slightly for best pleasure. BJCP 9/3/16/5/8
Sunday, February 16, 2014

Amicas Gin Basket Wit 3.3
Draft, with multiple tastings over time. Pours a thin white, poorly retained white head over a hazy yellow (SRM 3) body....nose is cereal, citrous peel, coriander, grains of paradise, clove, cardamon, juniper.....taste is citrus with lime peel dominite, cardamon, light cereal, light pepper, juniper berry, slight spice bitterness, hints of lemon on the finish....mouth feel light of medium, minimal astringency, carbonation adds light acid on the finish. This is an interesting experiment. The botanicals dominate the yeast, malt and hop contributions. The complexity introduced by the herbs and other adjuncts were quite interesting to deconstruct, but made for a quite unusual beer. It really is a spice herb vegetable beer. BJCP 8/3/14/4/8
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Amicas Gin Basket Wit 4
On tap at brewery July 12th. Supposedly aged on Woods Distillery gin barrel or with added chips. Pours a cloudy gold. Aroma of citrus. Modest carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavor of clove, cardamon, lemon grass, juniper. Overall quite tasty though very different from a regular witbier due to the distillery gin influence.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Amicas Endurer 3.5
16oz goblet hazy dark amber with one ring of white head. Nose has mostly malt, cracker, toast, some light bitter green. Flavor doesn’t have a ton of sourness, some bitter greens, cracker, toast, caramel, a little red grape. Sweet finish. Not overly sour. Drinkable but seems like a mistake.
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Amicas Endurer 3.7
Draft, tasted multiple times. Pours a medium, light beige gradually collapsing head, with some lacing over a clear brown (SRM 20) body....nose is light dried cherry, chocolate, cocoa, light lactic acid.....taste is light chocolate, hints of cocoa, sour cherry, hints of balsamic, finishing with a moderate sour, bitter combination....mouth feel medium, minimal astringency carbonation adds a moderate foamy sensation. This is a pleasantly complex, not heavily sour, nicely balanced beer. In addition the sourness adds a very clean refreshing quality. BJCP 9/3/15/4/7
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Amicas 525 Imperial IPA 3.6
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a hazy pale orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy hoppy piney grapefruit aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit finish.
Monday, February 04, 2013

Amicas 525 Imperial IPA 3.5
12 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is solid hops, pine and grapefruity. Fruity, peachy, pine and grapefruity. Dry and bitter, solid hops fruity finish.
Monday, January 21, 2013

Amicas 525 Imperial IPA 3.4
clear orange, small white head. aroma is flowery, bitter hoppy. flavor is bitter flowery, full bodied , oily, malty. strong ia but sundued.
Monday, January 21, 2013

Amicas 525 Imperial IPA 3.3
Bottled. An amber beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, and hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, alcohol, and over ripe citrusyy fruits, leading to a bitter finish.
Monday, January 21, 2013

Amicas 525 Imperial IPA 3.4
Bottle, at Papsø’s. Almost clear golden with a small off white head. Appears sweet, fruity and hoppy. Flavor is much the same, not as sticky as the nose suggests, and not as crisp as I could have dreamt of. A decent brew, though, but it doesn’t really gain from all that alcohol.
Monday, January 21, 2013

Amicas 525 Imperial IPA 3.6
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of Pinball. Pours a hazy orange with a small off-white head. Biscuity sweet malts in the nose with a heavy hop dose - greasy hop melange. Thick and syrupy caramel, a ton of hops leading to a bitter finish. Hops are a bit "soupy" though - not so sharp and distinct - still very enjoyable. Boozy finish. 210113
Monday, January 21, 2013

Amicas Colorado Peach Pale Ale 3.4
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a minimal, very short lived white head, over a slightly hazy, dark gold (SRM 7) body......nose is very light fruit, slight honey, toffee/caramel, hop spice.....taste is very light peach, toffee/caramel, honey, with a lingering dominant, but moderate hop bitterness....mouth feel medium, carbonation medium. This is a beer that needs to warm in order to appreciate its qualities. When first poured, it was a very simple experience, with the hops utterly dominant except for the basic malt backbone. As it warmed the more subtle nuances of the malts and the fruit began to appear making for interesting aromas and flavors. There is no question this is an American style Pale Ale, with very light fruit tones. BJCP 7/3/13/4/7
Monday, December 24, 2012

Amicas Imperial Honey Brown 3.6
Tap. Sampled several times over a number of weeks at the brew pub. Pours a medium, poorly retained, ivory head, with minimal lacing, over a clear, brown (SRM 20) body.....nose is heavy cocoa, lighter chocolate, light toffee/caramel.....taste is cocoa, chocolate, toffee/caramel, slightly sweet throughout, mild spice hints (wintergreen)......mouth feel thick, chewy, slightly sticky, alcohol hidden, carbonation adds heavy creaminess. This is a rich, thick, complex, heavy, almost dessert in the glass type of beer. It is dominated by the roasted, not bitter malts, giving it the rich sweetness. This is not a session beer, nor one for a hop head, but one to be slowly savored, with a dish of Walnuts and a bit of Stilton . BJCP 8/3/14/4/7
Thursday, November 29, 2012

Amicas Colorado Crystal 3.3
Tap at the brewpub. Tasted several times, over a number of weeks. Pours a thin white, short duration head, over a minimally hazy, yellow (SRM 3) body.....nose is cereal, heavy bread, huge yeast....taste is dry throughout, with cereal, leading to a light bitterness....mouth feel light, carbonation high. This was an interesting beer to taste over calender time. Initially it was very "green" tasting with hints of green peach, green citrus. Later, which is the rating used, it was very bread and yeast dominated. Beer can transmogrify most wonderfully. This was a lighter take on an APA which was the best category in RateBeer for it. BJCP 7/3/13/4/6
Monday, November 26, 2012

Amicas 525 Imperial IPA 3.8
Draft at the brewery. Pours a medium, well retained ivory head with extensive lacing, over a clear amber (SRM 10) body.....nose is toffee/caramel, pine citrus, floral honey.....taste is thick toffee/caramel with light sweeet tones, citrus peel, pine, pineapple, finishing with a slightly tart, medium hop bitterness.....mouth feel slightly chewy, slight stickiness, carbonation makes a creamy mouthful. This is quite typical of the style, which it meets very well. It is nicely balanced, and appropriately complex. BJCP 8/3/15/4/8
Saturday, November 03, 2012

Amicas Black Beards Delight 3.4
GABF. Brown pour, tan head. Nice roasty, suede leather, coffee aroma. Flavor is light, roasty, toasty, some leather, coffee, faint hops.
Monday, October 29, 2012

Amicas Honey Bourbon Imperial Brown 2.8
Blind tasting. Pours dark brown with a small, fizzy and bubbly tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is chocolate and light roast malt with honey and cotton candy, light maple and toffee with alcohol notes, spices, earthy hops and faint vinous notes. Flavor is sweet honey and chocolate malt, light hops and bitterness, dark fruity esters, spicy and peppery alcohol with bourbon notes and a sweet finish. Full body, medium-light carbonation.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Amicas Headwaters IPA 3.6
On tap at Foam Fest ’12. Pour is golden orange in appearance with a big, fluffy white head. Aroma is piney, soapy, floral hops, and a touch of caramel. Taste is dank, grass, weed, some resin, but nice floral hops, as well. Balanced well with a nice caramel backbone. Medium body with medium carbonation. Pretty good IPA.
Sunday, August 26, 2012

Amicas Hop Tonic Double IPA 3.4
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a medium, well retained withe head, with slight lacing, over a slightly hazy, amber (SRM 7) body.......nose is pine, citrus, pineapple, toffee/caramel, light floral notes....taste is pine, resin, citrus, toffee/caramel, pineapple hints, finishing with clean lingering bitterness.....mouth feel light of medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation low. The hop backbone dominates the malts so that the malt complexity is too hidden. This throws the balance off in what is otherwise an interesting experiment. BJCP 8/3/12/4/7
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Amicas Citron Wheat 3.3
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a white, short lived, white head, over a cloudy yellow (SRM 3) body......nose is lemon, lime, light wheat, dominated by aromatic lemon peel...taste is dry with tart lemon, lime, with a mildly bitter citrus peel finish...mouth feel light, carbonation medium. This is a light, refreshing variation on an American Wheat, with the citrus tones dominant, but not overwhelming. BJCP 7/3/12/4/7
Monday, August 13, 2012

Amicas Honey Bourbon Imperial Brown 3.7
Draft. Comments from multiple tastings at the Brewpub. Pours a thin off white head, over a clear brown (SRM 25) body.........nose is dried fruits, plum, cherry, light vanilla, bourbon hints, treacle, molasses, coffee, honey......taste is dried fruits, light whiskey, vanilla hints, cocoa, chocolate tones, with a light slightly bitter finish.....mouth feel medium to thick, slightly sticky, slight alcohol burn, carbonation low. Because of the large forces used, this evolved as it aged, with gradually increasing complexity and greater balance. It is quite delicious. BJCP 7/3/15/4/7
Friday, July 27, 2012

Amicas Type II Pale Ale 3.3
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a thin, well retained, white head, with slight lacing, over a slightly hazy, dark gold body....nosse is light hop spice, with a bit of citrus....taste is light cereal, toffee/caramel, mild bitter finish....mouth feel medium, carbonation medium. The hop bitterness is on the light end for an American Pale Ale, tending towards the English style. It is an easy drinking pint. BJCP 6/3/11/4/7
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Amicas Green Chile Ale 2
Slight Spice In The Aroma, Pours A Pale Yellow With A Think And Dissipating Head. Flavor Profile Has A Malty Sweetness With A Muddled Pepper Spice. The Anaheim I More Dominant Than Any Actual Green Chile Flavor. A Promising Beer, But A Let Down Overall.
Thursday, May 10, 2012

Amicas Pale Down Under 3.4
Draft at the brewery. Pours a thin white head, with attractive lacing, over a clear gold (SRM 5) body......nose is heavy citrus, light pine, lgith sweet malts....taste cereal, heavy citrus with grapefruit tones, slight toffee/caramel with hints of sweetness, finishing with a moderate bitter bite....mouth feel medium, slight sticky, carbonation moderate with slight tingle. The single hop dominates both aroma and flavor leading to a less complex hop profile. The finish is clean and the overall experience is quite refreshing. BJCP 7/3/13/4/7
Saturday, April 21, 2012

Amicas Green Chile Ale 5
Had as accompaniment to the pizza. The strong chili taste makes me want more right after finishing. Love this beer. Might be too spicy for some palates.
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Amicas Mocha Joe Porter 3.2
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a thin mocha head, over a clear dark brown (SRM 36) body.....nose is coffee, cocoa later with hints of toffee/caramel.....taste is cocoa with chocolate hints up front, later bitter coffee, finishing with light hop tones, mildly sweet throughout....mouth feel medium, carbonation medium. The coffee tones dominate, cocoa arrives second, sweetness lingers. This is a very rich combination of aromas and flavors. BJCP 7/3/12/4/6
Sunday, February 05, 2012

Amicas Loyal Duke Strong Scotch Ale 4
Ruby brown color with light tan head. Wonderful roasty aroma with light sweetness and little wisps of smoke. Sweetish initial taste, but not too sweet, complemented by a round and nuanced nutty maltiness. Some light hits of smoke as well. thick, round finish with some warning alcohol and today graininess. Really a unique scotch ale, but I dig it.
Thursday, January 05, 2012

Amicas Mountain Milk Stout 3
Dullish dark color. Aroma of chocolate, herbal notes and some wisps of anise. Flavor is lightly sweet and creamy with the anise notes peeking through again. Somewhat slippery mouthfeel and light bitterness.
Monday, January 02, 2012

Amicas Headwaters IPA 3.6
Light brown with some coarse head. Aroma is mainly citrus, with some resiny notes as well. Citrus notes come across more strongly in the flavor, along with some biscuity malt. Well-blended finish with clean mouthfeel. Reminded me of a slightly darker Stone IPA.
Monday, January 02, 2012

Amicas Green Chile Ale 2.3
Sort of a greenish tint to this light yellow beer (could be my imagination). Aroma is fresh chili heat, with less roasted notes than expected. Imposed over a sweetish, uncomplicated malt background. Flavor is sweet with some fresh pepper bite, but again, little detectable roastiness. Fairly spicy/hot, but not distractingly so. This comes across as some peppers thrown into a simple golden ale. Not bad to drink, but also not terribly interesting.
Monday, January 02, 2012

Amicas Lunch Lady Lager 3.4
Draft at the brewery. This is a re-release and to some extent a reformulation. Pours a medium, lasting off white head, with light lacing, over a clear, yellow (SRM 3) body.....nose is light cereal, touch of hop spice....taste is light cereal at start with the barest hint of sweetness, leading to a clean, spicy bitter finish....mouth feel on the light of medium, carbonation adds a pleasant spritz. This is clean, light, crisp, with the right amount of bitterness to meet the style. BJCP 7/3/13/4/7
Thursday, December 15, 2011

Amicas Double IPA 3.2
In short: A IIPA with dried fruits and white sugar sweetness. Rather ordinary
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed probably fresh, tasting session with Montreal losers
The look: Cloudy orange topped by a medium off-white head with medium retention
In long: Nose is fruity and sweet which conveys a strong dried fruits sensation. Taste is grainy crackery malts, quite sweet with a refined white sugar sensation, dried orange cubes and other dried fruits. Medium bitterness. Lack of freshness sensation and I pretty sure the bottle was fresh. I see that this beer is getting mostly positive ratings but I didn’t like it much, so maybe I’m wrong and everybody else is right… but I cannot be sure, even my inferiority complex is not good enough.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Amicas Double IPA 3.5
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Légère odeur d’agrumes avec une pointe de pins. Apparence: La couleur est blonde légèrement voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes avec une pointe de pins et de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #3906)
Thursday, October 20, 2011

Amicas Double IPA 3.7
Bomber from the little liquor store near 285 & Arizona in Buena Vista, CO. Hazy orange blossom honey color with a moderate, slightly sticky white head. Aroma is peach, lightly floral, and a slight touch of pine. Flavor is a bit less subtle, with a shot of oaken booze, loads of bitterness from piney hop resin, and a twist of sweet caramel just before a thin, faded finish. Body is too watery and the finish lacks character, otherwise this one would be a home run like their regular IPA!
Friday, October 14, 2011