Thursday, June 9, 2016

Wibby Brewing for Lagers

Another brewery I visited during my stay in Longmont, CO was Wibby Brewing. Wibby specializes in lagers, so I was going to be enjoying some different beers than my usual preferred Pale Ales and IPAs. The Wibby taproom features a large, open-air seating area. Even sitting at the indoor bar I was treated to the fresh and cool Colorado weather.

The first beer I tried was the Wibby IPL. The "India Pale Lager" is a bridge between a hoppy IPA and a lager. The beer is an attractive reddish color with a think beige head. The aroma is mildly toasted malt with resinous pine. The bitter citrus flavor and finish was reminiscent of a classic IPA.

I enjoyed my pint of Wibby IPL quite a bit, but I wanted to experience some of the other offerings. I opted next for a glass of Moondoor Dunkel. The Dunkel pours a rich deep brown color with a beige head. The aroma is cocoa and roasted grain. Lightly roasted grain, chocolate, toffee and touch of vanilla come through in the taste. The beer has a very creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

Finally I ordered a Lightshine Helles. This seemed to be the most popular beer being served in the time I sat at the bar. The Helles is a clear, bright yellow color with pure white head. The aroma is that of bready yeast and a slight sweetness. Sipping brings a refreshingly light sweetness and spicy hop notes, with perhaps a hint of lemongrass and a crisp, dry finish.

Wibby Brewing makes it easy to enjoy a number of their beers by offering four different serving sizes; 4, 8, 12 and 16 ounces. The larger three glass sizes are all the same classic style, just in varying in capacity, while the smaller is a more standard sampler glass. I appreciate very much the glassware options to enhance the tasting experience. I consider it notable if a pub offers a half-pint option, and Wibby goes a couple steps further.

I was impressed with the beers I tried at Wibby Brewing. Unfortunately there is never time to try them all. Perhaps next time.

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