COLONIE, NEW YORK
FIDENS BREWING COMPANY was established in 2014 and moved to its current digs September ’20. An IPA-centric microbrewery taking up a large 20,000 square-foot cement-floored warehouse in the suburban Albany town of Colonie, Fidens stainless steel brewtanks stretch to the 20-foot aluminum ceiling (with exposed pipes).
Though plans to put in a new tasting room are ruminating, the brewery as of January ’23 only sold beers for off-site consumption. In the Beer Index, there are a few wonderful Bidens brews reviewed.
On tap at Ambulance, admirable NEIPA collab with Albany’s Fidens bursts forth with plentiful fruited luster. Creamy vanilla sweetness absorbs ambrosial orange-peeled yellow grapefruit zesting, sour gooseberry-guava tartness, peach marmalade tang, salted pineapple-mango zing, lemon meringue piquancy and swift nectarine nip above dextrose wheated oats. Desirable fruit salad alternative hides dank pine resin below surface. Highly recommended.
Juicy hazy orange-yellowed IPA loads pineapple-candied yellow grapefruit tanginess, lemony orange-tangerine zesting, salty guava-mango souring, winy green grape esters and peachy honeydew sugaring alongside sharp coniferous pine tones as floral-dried white peppering zaps the creamy oated wheat base.
Thick hazy beige-yellowed IPA furnishes vibrant yellow grapefruit-candied pineapple, mango and guava tang as well as peachy orange peel sweetness to creamy vanilla froth. Dry Simcoe hop herbage picks up grassy astringency and sappy pine wisp buttressing sunshiny Citra-Mosaic hop tropicalia.
Sunshiny floral citrus zesting peaks thru creamy vanilla froth in glorious fashion. Sharply spiced lemony grapefruit tang, salty pineapple-guava souring and peachy cantaloupe-melon respite reach sugary oated wheat spine. Lemon meringue, orange parfait, lemon marmalade, fruit pastry cake and peach cobbler illusions nip at subtle lilac florality hidden within bold tropical dessert.
Heady NEIPA with heavily hazed golden glow plies zesty Citra-hopped citrus tang and salty Nelson Sauvin-hopped gooseberry-guava souring to wildflower honeyed oated wheat creaming. Assertive vodka-clean 10% alcohol flow lacquers lemony orange-peeled grapefruit bittering and candied mango-peach-pineapple comeuppance as resinous piney hop dankness stays distant.