Friday, April 28, 2017

The Waldos' Special Ale

Yesterday I picked up Lagunitas Brewing's The Waldos' Special Ale. Today I'm drinking it! According to the label, "the dankest and hoppiest beer ever brewed at Lagunitas was made with help of the Waldos for all treasure hunters." The website part of the story, seen below, says 4:20 though that label says 4:19 and doesn't mention Louis Pasteur. Probably space and "drug reference" choices!

So I guess this beer is a Triple IPA? I don't know, but it's 11.9% alcohol. Part of the 2017 OneHitter Series. And I guess the purple cap is a warning and/or a liquor store anti-theft identifying piece.

Fruity orange and peach jam, lightly tropical aroma. Sweet, fruity orange and peach marmalade flavors with a very rich texture. Spicy, hoppy balance as well. Pine, dank, green, resinous, yet never overly bitter considering the rich sweet start.

Alcohol is dangerously hidden though you will taste and feel it in your chest on the way down. Great beer! Where's Waldo? In my belly! Check it out!

Here is the description and a Google-search challenge from their website...

"In 1971, the Waldos met one afternoon at 4:20 in the front courtyard of their school near the statue of Louis Pasteur. They set out in a '66 Impala armed with a "treasure map" on a journey to find a secret garden near Point Reyes. They met there at the same time every day and continued their quest. They never found the secret garden....But they keep lookin'. The dankest and hoppiest beer ever brewed at Lagunitas was made with help of the Waldos for all treasure hunters."

"Good with Beer-battered Twinkies Con Queso…you can find out why if you google 'Waldo 420'"

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pachanga Mexican-Style Lager

Sun King Brewery recently sent me a Pachanga Mexican-Style Lager "kit". I was surprised when I opened the box to find some swag which included fake fireworks and a mini piñata. Oh, and the cans, considering their website says this is Draft Only beer.

My teenager took the poppers and I will definitely be taking the koozies to my pool this summer! The mini piñata will be around as long as the wife allows. The Pachanga cans feature that piñata as well. 4.2% alcohol 24 IBU.

Light grainy aroma, very clean. Flavors the same, clean and crisp. A touch of honey and grain with a perfect hoppy balance. Super simple, super refreshing. Not sure what the Mexican part is... seemed like any HOT-AS-SHIT-Style Lager! Like Miami.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lucky Lucy Strawberry Blonde

Pair O' Dice's Lucky Lucy Strawberry Blonde recently hit the shelves of my Miami liquor store. The brewery is OK with you calling this a "girly" beer but then clarifies why that is the case on the can's label. This is an award-winning beer! 5.5% alcohol.

Kind of cloudy with a faint red hue. Nice pleasant aroma, soft strawberry. Terrific strawberry flavors show immediately, a little tangy and tart, not overdone. Some malty sweet balance comes next. Some light bitterness and more strawberry take you into the finish and beyond. Super flavorful, loved it!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New Times 2017 Brew At The Zoo: Zoo Miami

Lions and Tigers and Beers! Oh My! Lions and Tigers and Beers! Oh My! Lions and Tigers and Beers! Oh My! Lions and Tigers and Beers! Oh My! Yeah, I know I'm not the first person to think of that, so don't bother mentioning.

But for real, New Times is hosting their 8th Annual Brew At The Zoo on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Zoo Miami. And besides beers, I'm hoping to ride giraffes and pet baby lions (this is just a joke)! There will be live music and food and a lot of fun too!

Right now through 4/30/2017 at 11 PM you can get 2-FOR-1 General Admission Tickets using Promo Code BATZPROMO. Check out the site for tickets and for sure check out the beers that Laine Doss says you're going to be tasting! (She's my favorite!)

Sneak Attack Saison

21st Amendment brewed a saison as a winter seasonal. That's the "sneak attack" in Sneak Attack Saison, a farmhouse ale brewed with cardamom. The artwork on the can is supposed to remind you of the famous Washington surprise attack, crossing the icy Delaware River. The group of under-dressed yahoos drinking beer aboard the Endless Soma, however, I don't believe have a chance! 6.2% alcohol. 38 IBU.

Lightly fruity, yeasty and spicy aroma. Light fruity flavors too, soft peaches and oranges. There is an interesting and very distinct spiciness that persists, which suppose is the cardamom.

Yeasty, farmhouse hay. Some light bitterness at the finish. Very dry at the finish as well. All in balance, not bad. Wanted a little more bite from some aspect.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Hotbox Coffee IPA

Today I'm trying Oskar Blues Hotbox Coffee IPA, named for and brewed with coffee from Hotbox Roasters. Sounds like an interesting idea! The can gives you a few things to think about... WAKE 'N ROAST. TURN YOUR HEAD & COFFEE. 7.2% alcohol. 70 IBU.

Not sure why, but I was expecting a darker-colored beer. Don't get me wrong, the rich orange beer looked terrific. Super-fruity tropical orange and tangerine aroma with some underlying coffee playing second fiddle.

Flavors are similar. Super juicy, tropical orange. Nice sweet and bitter back and forth.  Nice tanginess. The coffee flavors show middle and into the finish with a little roast and hint of cocoa.

The coffee aspect is more of an interesting nuance or twist. I was scared based on the name it would be overdone but in fact just the opposite is what I found. Using "Coffee" as part of the name is a bit of a lie. And yet, despite being only a nuance, I found myself wanting just the base IPA. Check it out!