Paradox – Skully Barrel No. 26
Purchased at Capitol Beer and Tap Room (16.9 oz. bottle) and poured into tulip glasses.
This “sour golden ale brewed with mango, chili, sea salt, and natural flavors and aged in oak barrels” from Colorado-based Paradox pours a dark burnt orange with a big-bubbled, hazy sliver of foam that all but disappears upon impact with the glass. The nose offers a sour-y aroma of tart fruits, melons, Pixie Stix, and just a whiff of heat from the chili. I got a lot more than a whiff of chili on the first swallow, although the lingering burn is balanced well by a salty finish. More tequila-like lime and cantaloupe and green apple come through than the promised mango flavors, but it’s all nicely rounded out by mouth-coating wine tannins, with the salt continually beckoning you back for another sip. As is the case with most “hot” beers, a little bit of Skully Barrel No. 26 goes a long way, so splitting a 16.9 oz. bottle between two people is just about perfect.