Below you'll find the good, the bad and the ugly of Arizona beers.
12 West #Allocated - 9.5%
If you guys checked out the Brewery Visit for 12 west then you would know this one was coming. A milkshake IPA that has strawberry and pineapple?! Oh yeah. Those are my two favorite fruits so no way I could pass this up. This one is overflowing with fruit puree flavor. The lactose is more noticeable than any of the hops here. Just a big 'ol fruity juicy IPA.
"CHOCOLATE OAK AGED YETI IMPERIAL STOUT is another revered incarnation of our legendary imperial stout. We toned down the hops a bit to allow cocoa nibs to contribute some pleasing bitterness, while vanilla notes from the oak combine with the cocoa to create an aroma and flavor akin to a gourmet chocolate bar. A dash of cayenne keeps things lively, adding just a bit of heat to the finish. Another great Yeti? Hell yes."
Regular Yeti is an okay chocolate stout in my opinion but aging on barrels tends to lend a really deep flavor to stout so I was hoping that would be the case here unfortunately the flavor is not all that great. The chocolate feels like imitation chocolate and the aging did not help a single thing. I would not recommend this.
Four Peaks Peach Ale (Tempe, AZ) - 4.5%
"Little-known fact: Arizona grows some prime peaches. This delicious golden ale is infused with the refreshing fruit to give you all of the peach with none of the sweet."
When I first moved here there seemed to be two breweries that were featured everywhere. San Tan and Four Peaks so naturally I grabbed some of each to see what the fuss was about. Sadly, for Four Peaks I am still trying to figure out what the fuss is about. I featured them in my pumpkin video recently and this peach ale is just okay. Peach flavor is there but otherwise there is not a lot to like about it.
Four Peaks Kilt Lifter Scotish Style Ale (Tempe, AZ) - 6%
"Kilt Lifter is our award-winning flagship brew, crafted in the tradition and honor of the great strong ales of Scotland. Take one sip and you’ll swear it had been brewed by men in kilts—and maybe it was. It’s a full-bodied ale with pronounced flavors of caramel and roasted barley. Notice its amber color, malty sweetness and a hint of smokiness with a clean, dry finish? That’s a true Scottish-style ale."
Again, this one is just okay. It's an amber ale that has a clean finish. Flavor does not have much caramel to it like their description implies. The smokiness is never welcome in a beer as far as I am concerned.
San Tan Brewing Mr. Pineapple (Phoenix, AZ) - 5.0%
"A stylish wheat with a tropical personality, infused with fresh pineapple juice from Fair Trade Costa Rican farms, takes traditional wheat beer and adds some seriously cool character."
San Tan was ultimately the brewery that is worth the money here in Arizona. I feel like everyone of their beers is exactly what you imagine when you read and look at the label. This pineapple wheat is overflowing with pineapple flavor. I don't know if I have ever seen wheat beer featuring pineapple before this one and really there isn't any reason to try another one. This one is a winner.