Malts: Premium Pale 2-Row, Crystal, Munich, Brown & Chocolate
Hops: U.S. Goldings
This is another Left Hand B.C. brew that's been in continuous pour since their opening—gotta admire the staying power (a few sips and it's obvious why this brew is still around). "Deep Cover" may just refer to the massive light tan head that conceals this deep amber colored malty brew. On the nose, expect inviting notes of caramel nuttiness with slightly roasted scents, as well as flourishes of toffee and molasses. The flavor profile is similar, adding a light spritzing of peppery hops that linger in the background, offsetting the sweet, maple-syrup like notes. A distinct, dry nuttiness also tames the sweet malty profile. Look for a mild-bitterness in the finish of this excellent medium-bodied brown ale. The caramel notes will pair nicely with steak. Also great with almond or maple-walnut cake.
It all started with a small homebrewers kit in 1990…
Christmas of 1990 Dick Doore, co-founder of Left Hand Brewing Company, received the kit as a gift from his brother. Little did either realize the full impact that single Christmas gift would have. After homebrewing for over two years, Dick moved to Colorado, where he met up with a former college buddy and soon-to-be Left Hand B.C. cofounder, Eric Wallace. The two quickly got to brewing together, and their batches impressed their friends and neighbors. After many batches of homebrew, the epiphany hit that they should start their own brewery.
Within weeks of making the decision, they incorporated as Indian Peaks Brewing Company, honoring the Indian Peaks wilderness in their area. However, it was soon discovered that another brewery was using this name for one of their beers, so, indirectly keeping the Indian theme, they changed their name to Left Hand in honor of Chief Niwot, whose tribe wintered in the local area (Niwot is Arapahoe for left hand). Months after setting up shop in a former meat packing plant near downtown Longmont, they opened their doors to the public on January 22, 1994, releasing their first batch of beer, Sawtooth Ale. That year, the homebrewers-turned-pro took home the Gold Medal in the Traditional Bitter Category at the Great American Beer Festival. Way to kick things off big!
For more information, check out their web site at www.lefthandbrewing.com or give them a ring at 303-772-0258.
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