Coldfoot PilsnerMarch 1, 2002 Fairbanks, AK
Silver Gulch Brewery
Uses special selection of imported malts and premium European hops, to produce a lager with a clean finish and bold hop character.
Pretty dam’d good beer, partner. Looks a little like gold. Nice white peaks. Smell that nose, like the new mown hay back home. Sweet on the tongue, yet dry in the throat. Smooth as silk with just a little hoppy bite. This ain’t no ordinary lager―it’s bigger, fuller, much more tasty with food. Dream about smoked Copper River salmon fettuccine, cheese mousse, home baked bread and a fresh garden salad. Damn, think I’ll have another ’fore I strike it rich.
- Charles Finkel
A very inviting, almost opalescent golden. I have high hopes, anticipating a perfect pilsner. A wonderful, biscuit-like sweet malt and floral hop aroma is the vanguard. This is a pils that delivers and is worthy of any honors it has won. There’s a quick delivery of hop flavor, but it is balanced by a richness of all things good with pilsners. Clean, well balanced, extraordinary, and a rarity among American-brewed beers. It’s as true a pilsner as what the original (now lost) delivered. I wish I could brew one as good as this.
- Charlie Papazian
A true pilsner appearance, with a dash of color in its cheeks, pale bronze with a light, fluffy head. Fine aroma, with a delicate toasted grain character that suggests decoction mashing, backed by the lilt of aromatic hops. Big surge of hop bitterness in the mouth, balanced by clean, sweet malt, but could do with more body. The finish is heavy on the hops and just gets more and more bitter. Needs a tad more malted grain character in the Czech pilsner fashion.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.