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Tempter: Telluride Brewing Co.

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Hoppy New Year, beer geeks! By now, hangovers from New Year’s Eve celebrations ought to have subsided so it’s time to jump back on that sudsy horse and ring in 2014 with Colorado craft beer. For the hop-heads who’ve made the resolution to drink more beer, there’s no better way to begin the next 12 months than with a Tempter IPA (6.4% ABV) from Telluride Brewing Co.

Color: Mostly clear but with slight hop haze, Tempter is reddish copper and sports off-white foam.

Aroma: Tempter smells fresh and dank, earthy, with pine needles underneath. It’s not unlike the aroma of a post-rain coniferous forest.

Taste: At first, Tempter tastes a bit too much like grain husks but that flavor does abate with time. Tempter starts out strong with a powerful, orange peel zest which only strengthens with each sip and it ends with a hard bite of intense bitterness. It would be hard to call Tempter a “balanced” beer—the malts are nearly non-present and certainly do nothing to temper the hops. If, however, like so many a craft beer drinker, one is looking for a face-slap of hops, Tempter hits the spot.

Mouthfeel: Tempter finishes dry with a medium-thick body.

The holidays are over, the extended family has gone back from whence they came, and it’s finally time to relax, sit back, sip a beer, and enjoy this young year. 2013 was a great year for beer in Colorado (as all years are) and, surely, with so many great breweries both existing and in production, 2014 won’t disappoint, either.

Tempter is available in many Denver-area liquor stores.

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