Tommyknocker

TOMMYKNOCKER

Located in Idaho Springs, Colorado, Tommyknocker operates a brewery and a brewpub. They brew year-round and seasonal brews as well as different soda pops.

www.tommyknocker.com

Year-Rounds/Seasonals:

ALPINE GLACIER: 82 Points

Well. Better than Coors Light

This Pilsner has an IBU of 31 and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A clean, crisp, refreshing German style lager.”

My Description: If you are looking for a nicely priced, everyday lager that doesn’t taste like your usual domestic crap then this will suffice. It has a good sized, white colored head that retains the whole way through and produces some pretty good lacing. The aroma is pleasant enough with notes of pale malts and hops that smell almost grassy and somewhat earthy. It is roughly medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry, crisp finish. The beer is fairly balanced with some malt notes upfront that transition into an aftertaste that is slightly bitter with hops that taste almost grassy. The quality was not anywhere near what Germany makes and the hops just weren’t to the level that they could be, however the beer still tastes nice and refreshing. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with pizza, grilled chicken sandwiches, or mozzarella sticks.

ABV: 5.1% Color: Hazy Gold Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10

HOP STRIKE BLACK IPA: 90 Points

Nicely Done

This American Black Ale has an IBU of 78 and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “HOP STRIKE is a dry hopped black rye IPA. The beer is characterized by an intermingling of spicy citrus hops and chocolate malt. HOP STRIKES substantial 78 IBUS are balanced by roasted rye resulting in a nice depth of malt character and deep color.”

My Description: Considering the amount of hops used, the beer is not overly bitter due to the noticeable amount of malts. It is well balanced with a tasty flavor profile and a smooth body. It has an enormous and fluffy, light beige colored head that lasts forever and produces a wall of lacing; the head is really nice. The aroma is mild with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, citrus and piney hops. It is roughly medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. A nice addition to this beer is the rye spice which is present throughout accompanied by flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of alcohol. The aftertaste offers some pine hops notes and a noticeable bitterness that isn’t too strong. The flavors work nicely together making this a beer I would drink again. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with burgers, steaks, or beef stew.

ABV: 6.5% Color: Black Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10

MAPLE NUT BROWN ALE: 87 Points

Maple is a nice touch

This American Style Brown Ale has an IBU of 20 and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A delicate amount of Maple Syrup is added to each barrel of our award winning Maple Nut Brown Ale to impart a roasted sweetness. This addition balances the nut flavor produced by Munich, caramel and chocolate malts used in the brewhouse, producing a drinkable brown ale with a relatively low alcohol content.”

My Description: The maple in this beer is noticeable and welcomed because it adds a unique flavor and it tastes more like Vermont maple than Aunt Jemima, which is a good thing. The head was rather disappointing; I poured the ale aggressively and only received a small, tan colored head that dissipated rather quickly leaving minimal lacing. The aroma is strong with caramel and chocolate malts accompanied by a nuttiness and a sweetness, maybe its maple or brown sugar. It is medium bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a smooth finish. Upfront, there are roasted malt notes with a maple syrup flavor that sweetens up the taste but not overly so. There is also a touch of nuttiness and a chocolate aftertaste that is only slightly bitter. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with lamb chops, steak sandwich, or baked squash.

ABV: 4.5% Color: Dark Brown Sweetness: 4.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10

PICK AXE IPA: 84 Points

More of a mild IPA

Using 5 different hops, this IPA has an IBU of 55 and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A classic American India Pale Ale dominated by pleasant hop bitterness and aroma. Dry hops impart unique aromas and flavors that add to the complexity of this ale.”

My Description: This was a good IPA that didn’t do anything to stand out from the rest. The flavors were good but the body felt too watery. It has a good sized, off-white colored head with really nice lacing and a great retention level.  The aroma was pleasant and expected with citrus hops dominating accompanied by minor notes of pine, grapefruit, and tropical hops. There is also a touch of breadiness in the aroma too that adds to the overall enjoyment. It is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a wet/dry finish. The flavors are similar to the aroma, citrus hops are the main player accompanied by some caramel malt and a touch of pine. The beer gets better as it warms up and the alcohol is nicely hidden. The IPA was good but nothing amazing. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with blue cheese burgers, potato skins, or fried catfish.

ABV: 6.2%  Color: Copper  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 3.5/10

SMALL BATCH PUMPKIN ALE: 72 Points

Good thing this beer is only seasonal

This Pumpkin Ale has an IBU of 15 and is released in the Autumn season.

Brewer’s Description: “A hearty brown ale brewed to celebrate the fall harvest season. Brewed with a hint of spice and a touch of molasses, Small Patch has a malty backbone rounded out by an addition of real pumpkin to the mash and brew kettle.”

My Description: If I had to sum up in one word that comes to mind after experiencing this beer it would be… cheap! It tastes cheap and it feels like they did not take any time or care in creating this beer. It has a weak, tan colored head that dissipates almost immediately leaving minimal lacing. The aroma is just decent with notes of pumpkin, roasted malts, some spices like nutmeg, and a touch of sweetness. The nose is slightly complex but not in a good way. It is roughly medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. Initially, the beer feels right but it quickly fades into a watery mess that was rather disappointing. The beer has only a hint of pumpkin present and the aftertaste is slightly bitter with a hint of pumpkin pie spice. Perhaps this beer forgot to go through quality control. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with baked butternut squash, grilled turkey, or a pumpkin pie.

ABV: 5.0%  Color: Dark Brown  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10