Arctic Craft Brewery Reviews

Arctic Craft Southwest Saison 3
(draft at Trinity May 2009). Cloudy yellow color. Small white head, which is mostly diminishing. Light citrus/cumin aroma. Light citrus and malt flavors. Avg duration. Smooth finish. Slick texture. Soft to moderate carbonation. Spare lacing.
Monday, May 16, 2011

Arctic Craft Vanilla Porter 3
This porter was dark brown with a nice thick white head. The flavor was full bodied with a very distinct strong sugary vanilla taste that seemed to get stronger with every sip. Overall, the vanilla porter was just average with too much vanilla flavoring. I would not have this beer again.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Arctic Craft On-On Ale 2.7
I sampled this brew at the brewery in 2008. As itís description says, this pale ale is light on hops which brings my rating of this beer lower than average. The flavor was not complex but it was smooth. Overall, this pale ale is average and I would probably not buy this beer again
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Arctic Craft Milk Stout 3.4
2008. The aroma had hints of chocolate and dark malt. The head was thick for a short time. The flavor was semisweet and malty with hints of chocolate. There were subtle hop undertones. Of the three beers I tried, this was probably the best. I would probably buy this beer again
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Arctic Craft Vanilla Porter 3.7
11th October 2008. GABF. Opaque brown beer. Vanilla alright but itís balanced against some nice porterish sourness. Sour dry finish. Different!
Sunday, January 17, 2010

Arctic Craft Vanilla Porter 3.6
Draught. Dark brown with ecru head. Aroma of vanilla, very full. Flavour is roast malt, very full bodied with more vanilla. Steady vanilla finish. This had been well aged.
Monday, January 04, 2010

Arctic Craft Patientia Sour 3.6
Cask Stillage at Indulgences Etc, Denver 23/09/2009 Sour aroma. Amber coloured strong in alcohol and sour with a little dryness in a crisp finish.
Thursday, November 19, 2009

Arctic Craft Garden Saison 3.7
Crushed with Jakebra at the Colorado Springs Saison Festival. Shit...garlic and onions on the nose. Wow. Extremely original. Very cool beer. You can taste everything. Like a excellent veggie sandwich in beer form. One of highlights of the festival.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Arctic Craft Harvest Season Saison 2.9
Crushed with Jakebra at the Colorado Springs Saison Festival. Definite pine and squash on the nose. Points for originality, but itís so weird that Iím not sure how to rate it.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Arctic Craft Milk Stout 3.3
(growler from the brewery). Pours a black color. Brown head which diminished quickly. Aroma is light malt and light alcohol. Milk and cocoa taste. Finish is milky and malty with light alcohol. Very soft carbonation.
Sunday, April 05, 2009

Arctic Craft Milk Stout 3.5
(Growler) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of chocolate, lactose, toasted malt, caramel, banana, nuts, and rye. Flavor of toasted malt, cocoa, and rye with a bitter finish.
Sunday, January 11, 2009

Arctic Craft Peach Lager 4.1
Had this brew at the All Colorado Beer Fest 08’. Aroma is like smelling a fresh cut peach. Color is a hazy gold with fair carbonation and a loose ring for a head. Starting with a light body that goes down clean with a crisp feel. Finish jumps out with a fresh peach flavor that rides out to the end. After taste is a crisp dry clean feel. This is a very refreshing, tasty, light brew that would be great on a warm summer day.
Thursday, November 20, 2008

Arctic Craft Patientia Sour 4
Sampled GABF 2008
This beer has a light tan colored head with a lightly hazy, copper-amber color. The aroma is tart up front with a phenolic plastic like finish that is not unpleasant. Brettanomyces-like funk provides aromas of stale sweat, cured leather, musty - lightly moldy blanket and a musky goat like note. There are some solid fruity notes underneath the more expressive funk that produces aromas of cherry, expressive - tart plum, and a very floral, fruit aromatic note that seems a mix of orange blossom and honey-suckle.

The beer is sour tasting, but in addition to the typical lactic acid notes there is a solid acetic character to this beer. The acidity accentuates some fruit flavors that almost provide a ghostly sweetness to this definitely dry beer; flavors of tamarind, sour raisin, chewy cherry vinegar, a touch of strawberry and even a touch of fruity balsamic are all noticeable. This is quite quaffable and while light bodied, it does have enough viscous heft to stand up to the sourness.

I had rumours that the bugs for this beer were taken from inoculating swabs of vegetable-produce, something that makes this beer a bit more interesting. This is surprisingly balanced in its funkiness. The aroma started out a bit slow but really picked up steam and become more complex and interesting. I am quite amazed how well integrated the flavor is, this must have picked up a nice balance of bugs. I am definitely enjoying the acetic acid component, it adds extra complexity and brings out an expressive, aromatic fruit character.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Arctic Craft Patientia Sour 3.4
(Growler and Draught samples) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Aroma of sour grapes, citrus, apple, some syrup, and light soapiness. Flavor of vinegar, yogurt, chardonnay, watermelon, and some herbal qualities with a moderately dry finish.
Friday, October 17, 2008

Arctic Craft Patientia Sour 3.6
GABF’08. Aroma is lentil soup with faint earthy sourness. Seriously, this was weird and off on the nose. Taste however cleans up with some actual nice sourness and a hint of chocolate to it. Its very original and works great. A very palatable brew, just fix up that nose.
Thursday, October 16, 2008

Arctic Craft Patientia Sour 4.5
on tap at Trinity. Cloudy yellow amber color. Very sour. A little bit of acetic acid. Fruity with lots of peach, apricot, and green apple notes. Excellent and super easy to drink.
Monday, October 13, 2008

Arctic Craft Patientia Sour 3.4
Sampled from a growler. I think this is the right spot but it might be something else to sort out after GABF weekend is done. Clear copper brown colored body with minimal head. Nose is red apple skins, a touch of sweet honey and a good amount of apple cider vinegar funkiness, along with a distinct note of red wine grapes and dry, tannic wood. I was told that this is merlot-cask aged? You can certainly tell. Lightly acidic and prickly on the tongue, fruity but semi-tart red apples, honey that seems to amplify over time, and a nice, prickly and funky white wine note throughout, reminds me of the wine character in Cuvee de Castleton batch 2. The next thing I put in my glass smelled like pickles, FWIW.
Thursday, October 09, 2008

Arctic Craft Patientia Sour 3.9
draft @ trinity. Murky orange brown with pure white head. A light sourness of apples. A nicely fruity sour body with faint oak showing through.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Arctic Craft Milk Stout 3.4
On tap at the brewery. Nitro. A bit cold. Black, thick with a brown head. Sweet and definitely milky-I’m not a big milk stout fan but this was nice. Drinks way too easy for 11%-dangerous. Nice beer.
Sunday, August 24, 2008

Arctic Craft On-On Ale 2.8
12oz can(courtesy of RSRIZZO)-It pours a nice amber body with a small off white head and an aroma of malt and caramel. Taste of malt and burnt malt. No noticeable hosp characteristic. Not a very good APA but it fits an amber much better.
Saturday, July 26, 2008

Arctic Craft Patientia Sour 3.3
Growler: Thanks BeerandBlues2! Pours a headless hazy deep copper color with no clarity. Aroma has some sweet & tart apple cider, candied malt notes, a hint of vinous character and a very mild note of fig as well. Slick and thin bodied. Flavor has some lactic cultures. Mildly tart, mainly acetic with vinegar notes. Has a touch of cinnamon apple cider and a yogurt like sharpness. Some candied malt comes out as well. A bit simple and one dimensional. Although it doesnít have the complexity of many Sour Ales itís highly drinkable, and cider-like.
Monday, July 07, 2008

Arctic Craft On-On Ale 2.6
Can poured a clear brown with a disapating amber head. Aromas of carmel, cocoa, brown sugar and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, cocoa, ligfht fruittiness and a hint of spice with a smooth malty finish.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Arctic Craft Vanilla Porter 3.5
Growler poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a minimal tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla and light mocha. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of vanilla, dark chocolate, light espresso and a hint of fruittiness with a smooth lingering vanilla finish.
Thursday, June 26, 2008

Arctic Craft Milk Stout 3.7
Draught. Pours thick and opaque with an average, creamy, dark brown head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate, nutty), light hops (flowers), average yeast (leather, dough) with notes of dates and toffee. Full bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a chalky finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden.
Friday, June 20, 2008

Arctic Craft Milk Stout 3.8
On tap @ Arctic Craft poured an opaque black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, roastiness and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and light vanilla with a smooth lingering bittersweet finish.
Friday, June 13, 2008

Arctic Craft Apricot Lager 3.1
On tap @ Arctic Craft poured a hazy tarnished gold with a small didapating off white head. Aromas of apricot, carmel and light leather. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of apricot, light carmel and a hint of vanilla with a crisp fruity finish.
Friday, June 13, 2008

Arctic Craft Patientia Sour 3.8
On tap @ Arctic Craft poured a hazy copper with a minimal off white head. Aromas of citrus, wood, light leather and lighjt barnyard. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of sour citrus, sour apple and light carmel with a crisp lingering tart finish.
Thursday, June 12, 2008

Arctic Craft Patientia Sour 3.2
Draught at brewery. Pours clear amber with an average, frothy, off-white head. Aroma is average malt (meal, straw), average hops (flowers, grass), average yeast (earth) with notes of wood and wine. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness. A decent offering from Arctic Craft as most of their brews are rather boring.
Friday, May 09, 2008

Arctic Craft On-On Ale 3.1
Winning floral and caramel malt aroma, appearance of dark apple cider. Subdued NW hop profile and more malt on the tongue. Light carbonation but good bite, enough for me anyway. Not really my favorite style, but a good balance here.
Saturday, May 03, 2008

Arctic Craft Patientia Sour 3.7
Arctic is kinda my local hangout, if I have one. Before this, I was impressed by their Milk Stout which won a local 64 beer bracket NCAA-style between the 6 Colorado Springs breweries, and the Lager of theirs which is my personal favorite because Iím not a lager guy and this is GOOD (actually tastes like it has a brett backbone). The sour is still fresh. Itís on tap while the majority of it is aging in oak merlot casks. Not much funk or earthiness, but very sour, like candy sour, and refreshing as all get-out. Iíd actually rather drink this than the duchess truth-be-told. Bristol is making a sour now too (the Cuvee), so Iíll get up there tomorrow.
Friday, April 25, 2008

Arctic Craft Raspberry Wheat 3
Aroma is a light raspberry scent with faint malt tones. Color is a golden brown with low carbonation a a thin head. It has a light / medium body that goes down with a buttery feel letting a mild malt flavor come out and a fresh almost grassy raspberry taste, then a slight hop flavor and easy bitterness. In the after taste the bitterness lingers on a bit. Its a nice fruit brew that is a bit hoppier then others I have had.
Saturday, March 29, 2008

Arctic Craft Milk Stout 3.6
Had on draught at the brewery. Aroma is a nice roasted malt scent. Color is solid black with a thick little dark tan head. It has a medium body that goes down smooth with a smoky roasted flavor coming on then a little sweetness and a mellow burnt taste. After taste leaves you clean. Overall its a good stout.
Saturday, March 29, 2008

Arctic Craft Oak Aged Butterscotch Stout 3.5
Growler RBSG 07. Black pour with no head. Aroma of light booze and buttery malt. Flavors of light roasted malt, vinous notes and some hot booze. Medium body with no carbonation, roasty/boozey with a vinous/dry finish.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Arctic Craft Oak Aged Butterscotch Stout 3.5
Growler at the RBSG grand tasting on 6/23/07: Pours an oily opaque with dark brown edges and a thin ring of light tan head. Aroma of earthy sweet lightly roasted and smoky malts with a hint of butterscotch. Body starts a little thinner with some mild lightly sweet and earthy caramel malt toward a lightly smoky bittersweet finish with a touch of butterscotch complexity. An interesting stout.
Sunday, November 18, 2007

Arctic Craft Vanilla Porter 2.2
Had this beer at the All Colorado Beer Fest on 11/10/2007. Aroma is a light roasted scent. Color is a deep dark brown with very low carbonation and no head. Taste is a bit flat with a mild vanilla taste on a medium sweet malt body that has no roasted flavors to it. Overall its just a little bland.
Thursday, November 15, 2007

Arctic Craft On-On Ale 2.9
Had this beer at the All Colorado Beer Fest on 11/10/2007. Aroma is light with some roasted malt tones. Color is a light hazy brown with ok carbonation and a thin yet tight head. Taste is a wine like malt flavor on a thin body, this is backed by a mild hop flavor and fair bitterness. Its an ok beer.
Thursday, November 15, 2007

Arctic Craft On-On Ale 2.7
Draught at All Colorado Beer Festival. Pours clear amber with a small, rocky, off-white head, diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, toasted grain, roasted grain), average hops (perfume, pine), light yeast (dough) with notes of apple. Medium bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.
Sunday, November 11, 2007

Arctic Craft Peach Lager 1.8
on tap at gabf. smells like a peach jolly rancher, a sure sign of a cheap extract beer. The flavor isnít much better - I havenít tasted a jolly rancher off the sidewalk, but it might be a bit like this.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Arctic Craft Oak Aged Butterscotch Stout 3
RBSG 07 Minneapolis Grand Tasting: Murky dark brown, no head, light lacing. Nose of wood and barrel, light bourbon and soy sauce. The flavor is dry and woody, bourbon and light roast, some clean sweet chocolate. Itís ironic how so many beers to reek of diacetyl and this one actually advertises such and has none.
Friday, October 05, 2007

Arctic Craft Oak Aged Butterscotch Stout 3.2
Date: 06/23/2007
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting, RBSG 2007

opaque brown, wispy beige head, drops of lace, light sweet vanilla and chocolate aroma, dark chocolate flavor, lots of oakyness, hint of sweet vanilla, long bitter fnish from the oak

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Arctic Craft Oak Aged Butterscotch Stout 3.2
RBSG 07. Growler. A very candy nose that has some abv with it (now I know why). A coal black pour with no head or lace. A deep hard coffee flavor and a diacetyl flavor that could be called butterscotch. A bit thin with no carbonation. Iím surprised that it was 15%.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Arctic Craft Oak Aged Butterscotch Stout 3.4
Growler... RBSG 07... Pitch black ale with no head. Iím able to pull no butterscotch out of the nose, but Iím getting loads of vanilla, sourmash and strong notes of chocolate. Woodsy, chocolaty flavor with a mild whisky burn. Full-bodied with an ultra-creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Burnt, medium bitter finish with a touch of ethanol warmth. As I enter this rating, I see the ABV for this beer is around 15%. Wow, didnít taste like it. Nice job, guys, however, where was all that butterscotch I was looking forward to?
Sunday, July 08, 2007

Arctic Craft Oak Aged Butterscotch Stout 3.3
Sampled at the RBSG í07 from growler, compliments of brewfiend. Pours a clear dark brown brew with no head except a thin bubble ring on the glass edge. Aroma of distinct butterscotch, caramel & toffee, with a touch of light creamed coffee. Taste is light to medium body, slick and smooth finish. Slight caramel aftertaste. The 15% alcohol seems to be high on the potent scale but it does has a slight alcohol warmth.
Sunday, July 08, 2007

Arctic Craft Oak Aged Butterscotch Stout 3.1
(Growler) Pours a brown body with virtually no head. Aroma of butterscotch, nuts, and roastiness. Flavor of toffee, oak, and some chocolate. Flavors are too separated and do not blend that well. Abv well hidden.
Saturday, July 07, 2007

Arctic Craft Oak Aged Butterscotch Stout 2.9
RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting - Dark brownish black, zero head. Nose was faint with alcohol, butterscotch, and coffee. Light flavor of butterscotch and coffee that ended with some soft bitter alcohol warmth. Light bodied and oily, soft carbonation, lightly bittersweet finish. My hope was high for this one, but expectations were not nearly met. They canít all be gems...
Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Arctic Craft Oak Aged Butterscotch Stout 3
RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting

Thanks Brewfiend for bringing this unique brew to the tasting. Sweet initial flavor. Undercarbonated, yet not terribly. Something just slightly off here. Didnít taste like it was 15% ABV. Didnít get any of the JD whiskey flavor either. Interesting attempt. Not my favorite.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Arctic Craft Oak Aged Butterscotch Stout 4.1
Very dark brown with brown edges. Good bourbon-like quality with rich roasted notes, but the warming and soothing butterscotch. The last notes of the finish were really good. Nice!
Saturday, June 30, 2007

Arctic Craft Oak Aged Butterscotch Stout 3.3
RBSG 2007: Growler: Poured black with no head. Aroma, chocolate, roasty notes, fruits. Flavor, roasty, a hint of butterscotch, and kinda watery. Maybe it should have been an accident, would have had more of a butterscotch taste to it. Oh well.
Saturday, June 30, 2007

Arctic Craft Oak Aged Butterscotch Stout 3
RBSG07. From a clear growler. Pours black. Aroma is sweet, dried fruit. Flavour is malty dry, no real sense of the sweetness. Goes into a dry malty finish.
Saturday, June 30, 2007

Arctic Craft Oak Aged Butterscotch Stout 3.5
RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting. Still dark brown body. Sweet butter aroma. Caramel and chocolate flavor with a buttery ending.
Thursday, June 28, 2007