In May of 2013, Twisted Pine Brewing Co. out of Boulder, Colo. released the second beer in its Farm to Foam series, Cucumber Cream Ale.

Twisted Pine began the Farm to Foam series last year as “a tribute to the sustainable spirit of Colorado.” With that in mind, each of the ingredients used for the beers in the series are sourced from inside the state of Colorado.

Twisted Pine Cucumber Cream Ale Bottle

The inaugural release in February 2013 was the 7 percent ABV Roots Revival, an American-style India pale ale that utilized carrots harvested just 12 miles from the brewery.1 The second release in the Farm to Foam series, Cucumber Cream Ale, was released in 750-ml bottles with waxed crowns in May 2013, listed at 6.5 percent ABV. It was brewed with over 300 pounds of Colorado cucumbers from 2 R’s Farm in Platteville, crystal hops from Misty Mountain Hop Farm in Olathe and malted barley and wheat from Colorado Malting Co. in Alamosa.

Visually, the Cucumber Cream Ale pours a clear light hay gold color with white head and lacing that sticks around for quite a while as a ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma from the glass is a combination of strong bitter cucumber, lemon, wheat, earth and slight malt.

Twisted Pine Cucumber Cream Ale

As the name suggests, the Cucumber Cream Ale leads with an extremely strong cucumber note on both the palate and the finish along with hay, grapefruit, lemon peel, salt and a slight oak flavor that comes and goes. The beer has a nice, light body to it with a great amount of carbonation, which makes the beer quite refreshing in the mouth, but there is a little bitterness on the finish as I continue to drink. The profile overall seems to be at odds during certain points, with bitter cucumber on one side and some creaminess on the other, and while it never got close to being sour, there is some tartness evident that does not mesh well with the rest of the flavors.

Twisted Pine Cucumber Cream Ale
BREWERY: Twisted Pine Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Boulder, Colo.
STYLE: Vegetable beer
ABV: 6.5 percent
IBU: n/a
PRICE: $12.99
RELEASE DATE: May 14, 2013
AVAILABLE IN: 750ml bottles
As a beer, the Cucumber Ale is crisp and refreshing, but profile-wise, it is extremely unbalanced, with the strong cucumber note overwhelming anything else the beer might have to offer. Interestingly, unlike an actual cucumber there is no sweetness to the profile at all, which I think would have enhanced the complexity considerably, just the cucumber flavor and bitterness that goes along with it. If you are looking for a beer that hits you over the head with cucumber flavor, you have found it, but if you are looking for a beer that includes a hint of cucumber as part of a balanced profile, keep looking.
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