Name: Huss Scottsdale Blonde
Brewery: Huss Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Tempe, Arizona
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.75%
First Brewed: 2013
Price: $5.00 (pint served in a mason jar at the brewery)
[NOTE: The beer pictured in the image for this post is NOT the Scottsdale Blonde, but the Rice Pudding Porter, another beer brewed by Huss Brewing.]
Do you like Scottsdale blondes? I do! Not really, but I love the name. I like the style, too. Huss Brewing is new, and until this week I didn’t know if they were even brewing their own beers. Then I saw on Facebook they released a rice pudding porter and I just had to try it. It’s a LONG drive for us, but on Friday I decided to come check it out. They actually have 4 beers on tap, and I tried them all.
They aren’t offering flights yet, but she was kind enough to pour me a sample of their 4 beers. Right now they have the Scottsdale Blonde, That’ll Do IPA, Das Alt Folks and the Rice Pudding Porter. I started with the blonde, which is actually a kölsch, and was immediately impressed. Then I tried the alt. It is loaded with malty goodness, but wasn’t what I was looking for. Their IPA is great and has an amazing aromas and wonderful hoppy finish. Then I tried the Rice Pudding Porter, and while I wasn’t as impressed as I wanted to be, I enjoyed the beer.
I played golf on Saturday and decided to take Sheryl down here to see the brewery. I also wanted to write a review, so I ordered another Scottsdale Blonde and decided to write an “off the wall” review if it. Here goes nothing!
In the glass: their glasses are awesome. They serve their beer in mason jars with the Huss Brewing logo on the side. Speaking of the logo, they also have shirts and growlers with their logo on the side. They have small growlers (bullets as they are known in Midwest), regular growlers and 1 gallon growlers. They call them moaners. I love it! They are expensive, and we have never found value in growlers, but they are a good deal if you plan to drink a lot in a short period of time. Oh… The beer.
It looks like a domestic beer in the glass. Actually, it almost looks flat. There isn’t much lace, either. No head to speak of. But that isn’t what I am focused on. I’m here for flavor!
Aroma: it smells good, and has an almost funky aroma to it. It smells dry, if that makes sense. Smell it and you will know what I mean. Let’s drink.
Flavor: I like this style, but it is hard to prefect. A lot of European brewing companies make a good kölsch, but few Americans brewing conspire have figured out the secret. Not saying Huss has, but they are close. Too bad it’s freezing cold outside. A stout would make more sense. But I still enjoy this and am glad I got the chance to try it again.
Mouthfeel: I don’t have much to say here. It’s fine. I just wanted to talk about the brewery since its new and I was here 2 days in a row!
Aftertaste: it lingers. It has an almost sour beer finish. That’s not the word for it… Not sour like a sour beer, but think Stella Artois. I guess skunky is a good word for it.
Huss has a lot of potential, and I’m excited to see what beers they come up with next. I also plan to reach out to Jeff Huss, the brewmaster. Guess where they got the name… Would I call my brewery Potts Brewing? Huss is fun and I can’t wait to be back. Cheers!