River Brew Review: New Belgium 1554 Black Lager

1554 on tailgateSome friends left a couple bottles of New Belgium 1554 in the fridge last week, and man I had forgotten how much I like that beer! For some reason I never buy it, but it’s right up my alley, dark, not bitter and drinkable.

This past weekend Aimee and I headed down to the Gunnison west of Gunnison for some serious trout fishing. We figured it would be a good place to take George since there is plenty of shade and not too many people. I also brought some 1554. It was supposed to be warm and kicking back with a cold beer while George relaxed, ate or played sounded like the ticket!

1554 with reels

The day turned out to be incredible, the fish were biting, the beer was tasty and George had a great day.

Gunnison BrownGeorge eating lunch

Later that night Aimee was stuck in a meeting so George and I put together dinner. Nothing fits father son bonding like burgers and corn on the grill!

1554 making dinner

Overall 1554 is smooth, drinkable and a darn good dark summer beer. Next time I’ll try to remember how much I like it.

1554 Pour

Appearance: A very dark amber, clear but dark enough that you can’t see through it. Small cream/tan colored head that dissipated quickly to about 1/8 inch and then remained. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Slightly sweet and toasty. Not a strong smelling beer.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts slightly bitter, has a nice toasty malt middle with a very slightly bitter aftertaste. Not super complicated.

Overall: An easy drinking sessionable black lager. If your looking for something besides the typical lager in the heat of summer grab a 1554, it’s tasty and refreshing.

4 out of a Six Pack Scale©

4 out of a Six Pack Scale©

ABV: 5.6%
IBU: 21
Calories: 198
Yeast: Lager Yeast
Hops: Target
Malts: Pale, Carapils, Black, Munich, Chocolate

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