Sprung by Five Stones brewing

10690250_10102150673729570_1840408458128523482_nRating: 4.45/5

Sprung by Five Stones brewing of Cibolo Texas is a 6.2% ABV India Pale Ale Hancrafted with heather tips, dried Elderflowers and Wild Flower honey.

Label:
Spring has “Sprung” in South Central Texas many years before the official change on the calendar. Often times it is a very short season but welcomed nonetheless. Some of the most beautiful landscape in our great nation is during Spring in Texas when all the wild flowers are in bloom. In honor if this time of year, we brewed Sprung with heather tips, dried elderflowers and wildflower honey keeping a balance of natural floral flavors in mind. We hope you enjoy it while the season is here…Cheers!
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Another Five Stones has made it to the site thanks to the donation of Aaron at www.beermetaldude.com. This beer is an IPA brewed with Elderflowers and Wildflower honey so I really think it is a best representative for the season. Well, while we are no longer in Spring and IPAs usually tend to give more of a malty flavor with age, I think the bitterness of the flowers may help here. We will have to see for sure, but so far, everything I have tried from Five Stones of Cibolo Texas has been, Amazing!

Aromas:
Very floral, citrus, grapefruit, piney and grassy hops, pineapple, stone fruit apricot hints, caramel, biscuit bread, toffee hints, hibiscus, flowery spices, herbs, cantaloupe, honey dew melon, rye, hazelnut hints and dragon fruit.

Flavors:
Citrus, floral, piney and grassy hops, caramel, toffee, biscuit bread, coriander, pineapple, peppercorns, sage, basil, honey, hazelnut hints, mild rye, honeydew melon, mild guava, kiwi, dragon fruit hints, herbs, hibiscus flowers, lavender and cantaloupe.

Aftertaste:
Citrus, honey, flowers, biscuit bread and piney hops linger. No alcohol in the taste, medium honey body, easy to medium drinkability, creamy mouthfeel, crisp and refreshing.

Overall:
Very good IPA focusing more on the floral and mild stone fruit component than the super hoppy aspects of the beer. While the taste is more malty, it was just as I thought, some of the flowers, spices and tropical hints were more pronounced than hops of other beers. While I cannot say how this beer would have been while it was fresh, at this point in time, it still taste very good and has maintained itself. So if you had tried this one when it was fresh, you won’t be disappointed now. Unless you are a true hop only hop head then I cannot speak for you as I have not tried this fresher. Either way, awesome beer from Five Stones.

Anime Corner:
This original artwork of a bunny girl rocking out was something that seemed to stand out and pair with the label. While I had tried this beer later in the year, the night time rock is what comes to mind when trying a beer that is in the fall vs. the spring. I really think this is the darker side of the bunny and when Spring passes and is Sprung loose it Falls into the night.

Sources:
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Hops N’ Roses by Captain Lawrence

Rating: 4.5/5

Hops N’ Roses by Captain Lawrence is a 5.5%ABV American Wild Ale aged in oak barrels with Rose hips, Elder Flowers, and Hibiscus (Jamaica Flower). Now this is a floral beer. When poured into a glass it looks just like a red and pink grapefruit juice. Different beer here. Reminded me of when I opened Tart of Darkness with it’s dark purple look. This is something else. A Tangy, Jolly pumpkin sour like ale with fruity and flowery sweetness and piney like bitterness. The sourness of grape wine brettanomyces is there mainly around the aftertaste. What truly flows is everything else. There are flavors here of the Jamaica, Strawberry, grapefruit, orange peel, roses, apricot, oak wood, cherry, raspberry yogurt. I guess the way flowers and roses smell is what really flows with this beer. Mighty fine :). Not sure which category of people would enjoy this one but one thing is for sure, the more I try it, the more I would it leaves an impression of flavor in the aftertaste. Almost like your drinking the beer still but you are not. Like the delicious sweet flowers just linger. I would almost say like Ruination, except instead of supreme bitterness, its flower sweetness.