Friday, January 13, 2017
With the amount of Sierra Nevada beer I drink, I should either be an investor or have some rewards program named after me! Seriously!
Today I''m checking out 2016 Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA. Yeah, the hops are harvested and in the kettle within a day! There's a little story on the label that also sets your expectations. 6.7% alcohol. 67 IBU. PKGD 09/28/16 which was approximately 3 months before it hit the local mega retailer's shelf. For a beer that is aiming for maximum hoppy character, that seems a bit um...
Citrus aroma with some rind quality, a little fruity. Pine and grapefruit flavors come first, nicely bitter. Citrus rind adds to that bitterness but is followed by some malty caramel sweetness.
Green though not really that green or bitter, just some character. Bright and sharp. Dry finish with long lingering flavors. Nice beer!
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard, "Quite Refined, Unlike You." Yeah I still bought it despite the massive Stone marketing department put-downs and them aging a great beer in a barrel I almost always hate ruining my beer (and I drink more Bourbon than you too!) But Stone is the master, so of course I'm going to try it.
Drink Fresh. I drank 3.5 months after the 08/27/16 bottling date but only one month of that was due to procrastination. The rest falls on not being available. Best part about the bottle's story, which is written from the beer's point of view... "Go tweet your precious insights about me," which I definitely intend to do.
Oops, Stone put a twitter and facebook @liquidarrogance on the label too. At least on Twitter, that account has one tweet and basically zero followers and tells you to go go follow the @ArrogantBastard account. Guess they got too Arrogant and needed to consolidate social media accounts!
Aroma is full of bourbon, though quite muted unlike the diatribe on the label. The flavors, however, are massive and in your face. Start with lots of the bourbon barrel character. Sweet brown sugar, vanilla, oak and woody dryness.
Follow that introduction with an enormous dose of pine bitterness, spicy and sharp. Palate is definitely attacked! There's a helluva lot going on here. But as usual, without a doubt, I prefer the original more than this Bourbon-barrel aged imposter! Let me know why I'm not worthy!
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Lovely, Dark and Deep Oatmeal Stout is Brewery Ommegang's new winter seasonal. If you click that link, you'll see that they haven't lost the recipe to the replaced beer, Adoration, though.
Now, I went to college in Ithaca, NY (Winter Hell) but have NEVER been inspired by Robert Frost or even made it through one of his entire poems. Apparently Frost's Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening was the inspiration for this beer's name and recipe. Must not have been that cold though since the horse on the label was able to drink from the stream. 5.3% alcohol.
Cocoa and coffee aroma with just a hint of smoke, very pleasant. Choco-caramel flavors to start with some light roast and again a hint of smoke. There is a definite raisiny, pruney thread to this beer as well that persists throughout. Medium body at best, too thin, wanted richer. Not bad overall.
Monday, January 9, 2017
Let's make a beer no one can pronounce! Unless from Hawaii, Maui Brewing did just that with their Haleakala Sunryes IPA. And I didn't even put the accents!
My can says "Limited Release" though how limited could it be for me to buy in my Miami liquor store? Interesting Hawaiian art on the can as well. 5.7% alcohol. 78 IBU. Canned On 092716.
Aroma full of caramel with some citrus and a little spiciness. Sweet caramel flavors also dominate from the first sip though a big dose of spicy rye isn't far behind. Citrus, lightly fruity and juicy though that shows more with some warmth. Just a touch of pine.
Good body. Lingering spiciness. Not bad.
Friday, January 6, 2017
Cooperstown, NY. Future home to Pete Rose's many records and jerseys and the longest-ass speech that came decades too late! But I digress...
Cooperstown is also the home of the Brewery Ommegang and their newest beer, Great Beyond Double IPA. This is the first Double IPA the brewery has ever made as they are known for creating Belgian-style masterpieces. I'm surprised they even found the key to the American yeast refrigerator!
There's a little story titled Where Heaven Met Earth and Stayed Awhile on the back label to set the tone (you can read it below). Best By 4/2017. 8.8% alcohol. 83 IBU.
Great aroma full of pine and citrus and resin with hints of tropical fruit and spiciness. Big fruity and juicy to start. CRUSH! That was what your palate felt when a huge dose of pine and resin came along and created a more bitter environment!
But then more fruitiness to the rescue. Orange, tangerine, citrus and tropical. Marmalade. Hoppy and spicy and bitter into the finish. Nice flavors. Dangerous ABV.
Sweet, spicy, hoppy, piney contrast and complement at the same time. Check it out!
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Lagunitas finished off 2016 with a bang! High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout is their latest OneHitter Series beer, brewed with coffee from Chicago's Metropolis Coffee and then aged for up to 17 months in Park City's High West Rye and Bourbon barrels.
The resulting beer clocks in at 12.2% alcohol and O.G. "HIGH". LOL. "There's no shame in being a One-Hit Wonder. It's hard to be right even once. This series of rare beers, brewed in our smallest fermentors all are experiments, liquid ideas, salubrious ruminations built on our 23 years of edgy brewing at the edge of brewing."
Beautiful chocolate and fresh coffee aroma with hints of vanilla and a nice sweetness. Flavors start similarly full of rich coffee and sweet chocolate. The spicy rye and sharp whiskey flavors that come next really take that sweet edge off.
Brown sugar, toffee, vanilla. Light booziness, heat in the throat. Nicely balanced between sweet and spicy and boozy. No way seems like 12.2% alcohol. Really a delicious treat!