zebra (1906) - Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
on tap @ The Return of Cleetus @ Fountainhead. 2nd/3 beers of 3rd/3 flights. thanks to my server, who let me make up my own flights. bready, but not bretty.
jstraw (1966) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Gold with big, flotsam, white head / Perfumey, bretty, sweet, nose of orchard, citrus & tropical fruit with oak / Medium to full body, fat with low carbonation, smooth with some sweetness, but a lot of hoppy dryness in the center and good bitterness on the finish / Flavors of lychee, pear, lemon, resin, oak, green tea, hay, and horse blanket / Really good complexity, with a minor criticism of the body needing a touch more zip, and possibly hopping, but really a terrific effort from 2B.
TheAlum (7051) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flight draft on tap at City Provisions (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich golden hue, deeper body, with some lively sunny glow edges, a dulled body. Firm haziness with a frothy whitish head atop. Dies to a decent ring, laces small overall. Aromas are distinct funky brett elements, green tea plays well and gives it a touch of distinct tartness on the nose. Touches of lemon, gentle crab apple, and some mellow sweeter tree fruit. Dry bready malts, kisses of dust and funk, green tea gives the wild elements some real character. Grass, dry earthy hops. Mellow sweeter malt elements fall back, dry and grainy instead. Woody earthy green tea comes firm as it warms, brett gives character, and base malt and fruity elements give good play. Fairly rich complex nose. Initial is lighter end of the spectrum in body, offering some distinct prickly and funky brett elements, green tea gives and earthy quality and some good fruity qualities. Pear, gentle lemon, a distinct tartness moves into the fold up front. Middle offers more brett, battling the mellow sweet fruits of pear, apple, doughy malts. Funky elements, cobwebs, and gentle cheesiness as we get towards the back. Earthy, woody tea elements give some life back there, with fleeting fruit elements that seem to let the brett dry out and funk into the back and finish, winning out the battle. Gentle lemongrass, gentle sweet malts give one last gasp of bread, gentle pear and apple, and dough, then taper out into a bretty dry and mellow funk finish with some real earthy tea elements. Quite a complex experience from Two Brothers, in my opinion. Pretty solid beer with some good play between the ingredients, sweeter malts, and bretty yeasty funk.