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Beer Review: Breckenridge Brewery – Palisade Peach Wheat

Breckenridge Brewery’s Palisade Peach Wheat is a refreshing and delicious wheat beer that uses peach in ALL the right ways.

Palisade Peach Wheat
Photo: Breckenridge Brewery

It’s rare that I grab a wheat beer off the shelf, and even rarer that I chose a fruit-infused beer of any kind. However, my brother-in-law, who lives in Colorado, brought home several different craft beers from The Centennial State during his last visit, and regardless of the style, I’ve never turned down a free beer.

Among his incredibly generous offering was a six-pack of Palisade Peach Wheat from Colorado’s Breckenridge Brewery (Vanilla Porter, Agave Wheat) .

Breckenridge Brewery describes this 5.3% ABV beer perfectly, right on the label.

“Hazy American wheat bursting with peach flavor”

– Breckenridge Brewery – Palisade Peach Wheat label art

Photo: Zach Drinovsky/On Tap Sports Net

Appearance and Aroma

Palisade Peach Wheat pours a deep gold color. It has the classic hazy appearance of a wheat beer, but when you hold it up to the light, the color shifts to an orange hue reminiscent of… you guessed it, a peach. Head on the pour was very limited, but there was pretty solid lacing throughout.

The aroma of this beer is ALL peach. It is delightful and I loved it. It did, however, make me a bit nervous for the taste as I’m not a big fan of sweet beers. Spoiler alert… I was pleasantly surprised!

Flavor and Mouthfeel

After the aroma, I expected Palisade Peach Wheat to be extremely sweet and fruity. That wasn’t the case at all. The peach is certainly upfront but is surprisingly subdued and not overwhelming at all. It’s also much more tart than sweet, something that I enjoyed very much.

The wheat aspect of the brew comes through nicely as well with that classic earthy/malty flavor.

This beer is super crisp and refreshing, making it perfect for a hot summer day. It leaves behind a refreshingly dry finish and the tartness of the peach hangs around in the back of the throat for a while. I honestly found this beer to be thirst-quenching to a degree. The flavor was very pleasant overall.

Summary

Once in a while, I’m reminded that I need to step out of my comfort zone a little more frequently, and Palisade Peach Wheat was the perfect reminder. Although this is not a beer I would normally pull off the shelf, I was pleasantly surprised.

I can easily see myself sitting poolside on a hot day, sipping on an ice-cold bottle of Palisade Peach Wheat and feeling refreshed doing it. Let’s just say I will be visiting my local beer store soon, as the six-pack I was gifted seemed to disappear a bit quicker than I expected.

I truly hope I don’t have to wait for my next Colorado visitor to enjoy this brew again.


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