A Visit to Bottle Logic Brewing
Last night, I visited Bottle Logic Brewing for the first time last night. While I had enjoyed one of their beers in November, I really was not familiar with the brewery nor their beers. It seemed to be a very appropriate time to visit, since their tasting room had opened a year ago this week. Located in Anaheim, Bottle Logic Brewing seems to be mixing it up with their brews. In their tasting room, they keep five beers always on-tap (“The Constants”) along with a rotating additional seven or more beers.
While one can try a flight of The Constants for only $8, I figured I was not in the mood to try them (Heliosphere (Helles lager), Calf Life (milk stout), She Shot First (pale wheat ale), Lagerithm (dark lager), Recursion 3.1 (west coast IPA), and wanted to just go straight to the IPAs. So, I did and, fortunately, they had plenty!
I got a flight of 6 IPAs! I started off with their house IPA, the Recursion 3.1, which is the newest iteration of their west coast IPA, which they experiment with and offer different versions, switching up the hops they use. I greatly enjoyed this IPA, which I found to have a nice piney nose on it and a light, almost sessionable beer, with somewhat of a little sweet finish. This is definitely quite the enjoyable IPA! Next up, I had their L-Theory beer, which was my first time drinking a lemon drop single hop session IPA, and I found it utterly meh. It was an entirely non-noteworthy beer – it was boring, no nose, very little taste besides a faint lemonyness. Fortunately, I then moved on to the M-Theory, which is as similar in name (and ABV, at 4.8%) with the L-Theory as dissimilar as it is in taste. I thought the M-Theory was quite enjoyable, which was a mosaic single hop session IPA, as it had a very noticeable hop presence, albeit of mosaic hops, which, while it is not one of my favorite hops, was still good.
I then moved on to the Double Actuator, which is their double IPA, which I greatly enjoyed as I found it to be a lovely, pleasant, and somewhat smooth beer. Also, for having 9% ABV, it was quite a light brew. I then moved on to a couple of reds, starting with their imperial red ale IPA, Imperial RedioActive, which I found to be a very pleasant red beer with a nice ABV of 8.6%. Finally, I had a recently-released variation of the aforementioned, Redioactive Peaches, which is an imperial red ale infused with peaches and brown sugar. I thought this was slightly more mellow than the Imperial Redioactive with slight peach notes, but not overpowering peachiness, as I had expected.
After I was finished with my flight of IPAs, I grabbed my growler from my car to fill up on the Recursion 3.1, which I knew would be a fairly sessionable IPA at 6.5% ABV. They happily fill any unlabeled growler, which is great (and not ubiquitous). While leaving, we heard there may be a week of celebration in honor of their first anniversary coming up in the end of March, with bourbon barrel-aged beers. If so, I will definitely be back for that!