Monday, February 18, 2019

American Beauty Pale Ale

Dogfish Head and the Grateful Dead collaborated back in 2013 to create American Beauty Pale Ale. At the time, they asked on social media for suggestions for one quintessential ingredient that would represent the Dead (within reason, of course).

I submitted at least half a dozen what I thought were great choices. In the end, granola was chosen. If I had known that something like granola was an "ingredient," I'd have probably submitted ice cream or other already prepared food "ingredients."

When I saw the beer on the liquor store shelves, I didn't remember if I had tried it or not. Apparently not. I was wondering why, but have two theories and both could be correct. First, granola isn't an ingredient, and I was probably pissed about that choice. Second, the beer was released in wine bottles in 2013 and a few other times since then. And large format is a rip off. #BomberBoycott

So here we are, 12 oz bottles, 6 year later. 6.5% alcohol. Bottled on 01/02/19 Drink 10 days later.

Not much of an aroma. Nice bitter base, some citrus flavors to start. Honey and granola definitely show to create a balance. Simple, soft but nice flavors, and my wife loved it!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Juice Boost Dry-Hopped Sour

Tart, Tang and Tropical Fruit? Yes please! That's how Victory Brewing describes their Juice Boost Dry-Hopped Sour. The pounder can has a bunch of phrases that are supposed to set your expectations. Contains lactose, 7.2% alcohol. Enjoy By 14 May 2019.

Nice bright orange, tangy aroma. Similar flavors to start, full of citrus, oranges and tangerines, tangy, hoppy. Then the sourness kicks in, adding a stark contrast. Repeat each sip. Interesting twist.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Resilience Butte County Proud IPA

Sierra Nevada Resilience Butte County Proud IPA was brewed to support those impacted by THE CAMP FIRE. Sierra Nevada also asked all the other breweries in the country to also brew Resilience, and the amount that actually did was nothing short of amazing! Great cause, read the story at the link above. I love this brewery! 6.7% alcohol.

Citrus and caramel aroma, not that big. Pretty malty to start, lots of caramel and herbal sweetness. There is definitely a bitter answer though. Orange citrus, zest, pine. Couldn't shake a minty flavor too. Check it out.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Emergency Drinking Beer

Wild Heaven's Emergency Drinking Beer recently started being distributed to South Florida. I've had the opportunity to visit the brewery while hanging with my sister in Atlanta last August. So I've tried this beer before, even a watermelon variation.

Emergency Drinking Beer is German Pilsner meets Gose. The can says "Contents: Beer. The Drink of Necessity." 4.4% alcohol.

Lemony, salty aroma. Similar flavors, grainy with plenty of lemon and a salty backdrop. Tart, lightly sour but not overly aggressive. Super refreshing, totally grows on you. Even my wife and her hairdresser that was over liked it, unexpectedly. Check it out!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Blushing Monk Belgian Style Ale

Today I'm drinking Founders Blushing Monk, a Belgian-Style Ale fermented with pure raspberries. The brewery has another great raspberry beer called Rubaeus, but says to consider "Blushing Monk as Rubaeus' older sibling - more intense, slightly larger and just a little bit more mature." 9.2% alcohol. 20 IBU. And one 12 oz bottle cost me $6 retail.

Great red color. Beautiful jammy raspberry aroma. WOW! Raspberry explosion in my mouth! Intense flavors, rich texture, jammy raspberry coats the palate. Lightly tart, lightly sweet, nicely play off each other. Definite yeasty character adds a lot. Love it!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

North Coast Beachmaster Imperial IPA

Today I'm checking out North Coast Brewing's Beachmaster Imperial IPA. The beer and label are a tribute to the Northern Elephant Seals that can be found on the coast near the brewery, with the label illustration done by Mike Patrick. 9.0% alcohol.

Nice color! Beautiful fruity orange, jammy, tropical aroma! Lots of flavor too. Sweet and bitter. Citrus orange, juicy, spicy, piney. Rich with an excellent bitter bite. Delicious!