365 Iowa Beers 113-118: Beers of the Cedar Valley

My beer consumption has slowed a little bit, and these blogs have gotten more spaced out as a result. I feel like I’ve done some quality drinking recently to try to catch things up. Hopefully, these will be posted on a slightly more regular basis moving forward.

For this entry, I’m covering some breweries in the Cedar Falls area. I went up to drop the kids off with my dad for the weekend, but stopped in at SingleSpeed for a flight and Broad Street Brewing in Reinbeck for a growler.

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Beer 113: SingleSpeed Tricycle

ABV: 5.8%

Notes: This is a cream ale, though the brewery describes it as somewhere between a cream ale, wheat and IPA. That sounds about right to me. This seemed like a good beer to ease me into my flight.

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Beer 114: SingleSpeed Kolsch with a Sea

ABV: 4.9%

Notes: The name of this kolsch still perplexes me, but I enjoyed it. Kolsches just seem really refreshing on a hot day, which this was. Maybe I need to walk to the Iowa Tap Room and do a kolsch flight. Wait, focus, I need to write up the beers I’ve already tried.

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Beer 115: SingleSpeed KungFuji Fighting

ABV: 6.3%

Notes: Sometimes you pick a beer just for the name. This was light and citrusy, but still pretty strong. Apparently there’s tangerine and passion fruit, making this one of two tangeriny beers for the day.

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Beer 116: SingleSpeed The Bourne Altimatum

ABV: 5.5%

Notes: The bartender was wearing a Bourne Altimatum shirt, so I took that as a suggestion. It’s a mix of German malts and US hops, fermented with a German ale yeast. On a scale of the Bourne films, I would give this… I guess I’ve only seen the first one. Let’s just say it’s more Matt Damon than Jeremy Renner.

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Beer 117: SingleSpeed Equatorial

ABV: ?

Notes: A solid pale wheat ale. This one just struck me as kind of mellow, maybe not the beer to end on. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t blow me away. Maybe I should have switched the order with this and the Altimatum.

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Beer 118: Broad Street Brewing Tangerine Dream

ABV: 4.5%

Notes: I really enjoyed this beer. The tangerine gave it just a bit of tartness, but not an overboard amount. I wish I could have tried a few more of their beers, but I had a long drive ahead of me, so taking the growler to go seemed like the best move. I’ll definitely go back. I’m headed to a wedding in the area next week and I have a lot of empty growlers.

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