Tasty New Brews at Falls City Tap Room

louisville beer - falls cityFalls City has dropped a couple of new brews at its tap room on Barret, and I managed to find time during a busy weekend to stop in and give them a try.

One is a nicely sessionable APA dubbed MCApa. Here’s how Fall City describes it: “This single hop Session APA is brewed with 100% Citra hops giving it a tropical fruit character.  Hints of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and melon are complemented by a soft malt profile.  4.5% abv, 50 IBUs.”

I had but a sample, but I found it to be quite crisp with some bite, but very drinkable (like a good session ale should be). I expected based on the description above more of a citrus flavor, but my buds only detected it at a mild level, giving way to the hop flavor. That’s a compliment, by the way. I’ll be having more of this.

The other recent addition is Idlewild Stout. Here’s the description on that one: “This American stout is brewed with flaked oats and chocolate rye giving it a smooth, creamy mouthfeel with hints of chocolate and caramel.  A slight hop presence helps to balance out the rich malt character.  5.9% abv, 34 IBUs.”

This is an interesting brew. Anytime I try a stout, I can’t help thinking, “How is this going to be different than Guinness?” This one has a thin head and even a detectable carbonated body feel (not too much, but I wasn’t expecting it). What I really enjoyed is that this beer, to my palate, tasted almost like a liquid version of Hershey’s Special Dark. I know there are better dark chocolates, but not being a big candy eater, that’s my reference point.

Idlewild is a dark beer, and the hops do add unexpected character, but it’s also a beer your mom could drink and be happy with.

For what it’s worth, I’m a fan of both. Of course, I’ve liked most of what Falls City has brewed so far, so I may be a little biased.

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