Sunday, January 21, 2018

Santa Fe Nut Brown Ale

Remember back in December, 2009 when I first checked out Santa Fe Brewing's Nut Brown Ale? Of course you do! And the story that went with the review is a classic!

Anyway, a friend of mine from Santa Fe sent me a can of the beer recently, so I figured 8 years between reviews is an OK repeat! 5.2% alcohol.

Malty aroma, with a light nuttiness. Very smooth texture. Sweet caramel, touch of nutty flavor. This beer has a lot of herbal quality. Simple but good flavors.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Blue Moon Pacific Apricot Wheat

Today I'm checking out Blue Moon's Pacific Apricot Wheat. Brewer's Select, Crafted With Ripened Washington Apricots. I love that they stick it to the hard-core craft beer community, using their words! 5.6% alcohol. 178 calories. 16.4g carbs. 0g fat. 1.2g protein.

Wow! Huge apricot aroma, super ripe and sweet. Super sweet apricot flavors come first. Some wheaty tanginess follows. Syrupy texture.

While the apricots taste delicious, this beer gets a "Capital B" Blech for its overly sweet flavors and terrible syrupy texture. There was just no answer for either. I bet this beer would work in some recipes for someone with cooking ambitions!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Two Florida lifeguards recently won Season 2 of TV's Beerland with their Man-Go-War Wheat Ale. You can watch the season finale and winner announcement by clicking that link. That win secured a deal with Golden Road Brewery to brew and distribute the beer.

Man-Go-War is a blueberry-flavored wheat ale with mango and some heat. 5.0% alcohol.

There is a wheaty twang in the aroma and just a faint hint of blueberries. The flavors, however, show a huge dose of blueberry from the first sip! Nice texture, wheaty twang here as well.

Some peppery spiciness builds with a few sips with some mango coming at the finish of each sip. By the end of the glass, I felt like the mango stood out, replacing the initial blueberry rush, an interesting reversal. And there is definitely a spicy, peppery heat that lingers into the finish.

Good concept, flavorful. I liked it!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Berry Monks Tripel

Weyerbacher's Berry Monks Tripel is a play on their Merry Monks Tripel, brewed with cranberries, orange peel and ginger. I'm gonna drink it right now! 9.3% alcohol. Several cranberry hot air balloons are leaving a castle on the label, probably just a typical beer run! PACKAGED 10/31/17.

Fruity, berry aroma. Taste shows a lot of honey and apples and cranberries with a little zesty orange. Those cranberries add a nice tart sharpness against that underlying sweetness.

Ginger builds, pretty spicy, sharp and aggressive! For me, way too much going on in this beer, and not in a complementary way. NOT a fan.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Sierra Nevada Fresh Hop IPA

I saw last month that Sierra Nevada has a Fresh Hop mixed 12-pack and had to check it out! Fresh Hop IPA was the first one I grabbed (Fresh Hop Session, Fresh Hop Double and Celebration Ale were the others in the pack). PKGD 10/13/17. Drink 12/3/17. 6.4% alcohol.

Aroma jumps out of the glass, bright lemony citrus, candied lemon. Memorable! Bright, sharp citrus flavors come first, quite a dose of lemon and grapefruit. Some pine and floral character but that citrus is a bomb!

Astringent, very fresh, nasal cleanser. I liked but it certainly could have used a little more balance! Check it out!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Roadhead Session IPA

Hollywood (FL) Brewing recently started distributing some beers locally. Roadhead Session IPA was my choice for today, "session" despite its 6.3% alcohol. 65 IBU. The can depicts a skeleton biker. #HollywoodBrewing

Fruity orange and citrus aroma meets a touch of pine. Similar flavors, fruity orange and citrus to start. Spicy, peppery, some dank hoppy goodness, nicely bitter.

Pine builds with each sip adding some resinous character. Nice prickly carbonation. Has a little bit of everything working in harmony. Nice beer!