With the first day of Spring upon us, I thought it would be nice to take a break and go to a stalwart of the sunny San Diego beer scene. Even though Saint Archer Brewing Co. has not been on the beer scene very long. founded in 2013, it was recently acquired by MillerCoors. Despite the backlash against this transaction, for my money, they make pretty good beer. I have never been one to drink (or avoid drinking) on principle, so perhaps that makes me less than credible to some, but I am still willing to give them my business until they or their beer gives me a reason not to.
This particular visit started with the Mosaic IIPA (9% abv): This beer poured clear, pale yellow with minimal white head. It smelled sour and fruity. The taste was hoppy right away, with some fruitiness and a little malt flavor. Light-medium body and lightly carbonated, it finished hoppy and somewhat sour. I love mosaic beers, but this one was nothing particularly special.
Next was the Scottish-Style Ale on nitro (7% abv): The Scottish Ale poured deep amber with super thick, creamy white head. It smelled somewhat sour and malty, with a touch of fruitiness. The beer tasted hoppy and fruity, with a somewhat malty backbone underneath. Medium in body and light carbonation, it finished fairly clean, with a nice smooth malt profile.
I finished up with another nitro selection in their Irish Stout (4.2% abv): This last one poured black, with thick creamy white head that settled down to a loose foamy layer on top. It smelled mostly of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts. The taste was light and mild, with lots of chocolate. Medium-bodied and lightly carbonated, it finished equally mild, with just the chocolate bitterness trailing.