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.
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.
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.