Hello, Indianapolis! If you aren't currently reading this from a seat at Flat12 Bierwerks, then I highly recommend skedaddling over there as soon as possible. And if you are, then I am jealous. My sampling of these few beers from this three-year-old Indianapolis brewpub has left me wanting only one thing: more.
Flat 12 Bierwerks is so named for the powerful 12-cylinder engine that first brought high-speed, endurance racing both to automobiles and to Indianapolis. Rob Caputo is the brewery's mastermind and head brewer, and true to the brewery's name, his beers are big, powerful, and a heck of a lot of fun.
Flat 12 started bottling their beers and distributing locally about a year ago, but you'll still need to get yourself in the vicinity of Indianapolis to try some. If the three beers I sampled are anything to go by, I recommend the trip.
Hello My Name Is Amber (Amber Ale, 5.3% ABV, 40 IBU)
This is one of Flat 12's core line-up, and it's easy to see why. It pours a lovely clear, russet brown with a thick, sturdy cap of foam. It tastes like fall — roasty and earthy with a hint of something spicy. The aroma is sweeter than the flavor, which makes a nice contrast. A solid, easy-sippin' ale that would go fantastically with pub food.
Walk About Pale Ale (American Pale Ale, 5.3% ABV, 40 IBU)
I was especially curious to try this one — another from Flat 12's stable of house beers — primarily for the hops. Or rather, the hop. Singular. This is a single-hop pale ale using Australian Galaxy hops for bittering, flavoring, aroma, and I suspect, dry-hopping. The aromas of fresh lemon zest and juicy citrus are so powerful that you can practically see them hovering above the glass. These aromas carry through to the flavor — it's a citrus party up in here! Galaxy hops are said to have more of a passion fruit flavor, but I mostly tasted fresh citrus and a fair amount of pine. I'll chalk at least some of that up to my lack of experience with passion fruit. Personally, I felt that this tipped over into IPA territory with the big hop flavors and underlying bitterness, but hey, this California hop lover isn't complaining too loudly.
Cucumber Kolsh (Pictured above, Kolsh, 5.2% ABV, 27.7 IBU)
This is not going to be a beer for everyone, I think. It took me a few sips to get into it myself: It smells like slicing up a fresh garden cucumber and tastes like biting into one. No joke. There's a really nice bitterness that comes through just enough to give the beer a crisp, clean finish. Very refreshing, very crisp, very light. This is an intriguing beer and I have to give Flat 12 kudos for going out on a limb with it. I think it's a great sipper for a hot afternoon — think cucumber water....plus alcohol!
Have you had any of Flat 12's beers? Which are your favorites?
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