Saturday, October 21, 2017

Nitro Series Pumpkin Spice Latte

Breckenridge Brewery recently sent me their Pumpkin Spice Latte pounder cans. The 4-pack actually came with a candle that falsely lured me into the kitchen for pumpkin pies! This beer is nitrogen charged, so the beer volume is actually 15.2 oz to make way for that gidget. 5.5% alcohol. 11 IBU.

This beer is a cross, pumpkin ale and sweet coffee stout, so let's see what's up! Nice chocolaty coffee aroma, lightly earthy, roasty. Super creamy. Spices very noticeable: cinnamon, allspice, hints of vanilla.

Pumpkin tough to find, but like the aroma, there's a definite earthy component. Was a so-so beer over all. Gave away the other three in the 4-pack. Will report back alternate findings.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Boulevard Berliner Weisse

Today was the day to write this review! It was so fucking awesome to see the Kansas City Chiefs lose their first game this past Sunday and again last night! That said, it looks like the players and fans of the city have a beer to drown their sorrows... Boulevard Berliner Weisse.

This is a recent addition to the brewery's seasonal lineup. Boulevard Berliner Weisse is a German-Style Sour Ale, 4.5% alcohol, 6 IBU (that's what my bottle says though website says 8 IBU), Best By 07DEC2017 (I drank mine in September sometime).

Boulevard Berliner Weisse has a briney, lemony aroma. Softly tart flavors with lemon and citrus start. Background fruity apple sweetness adds balance.

Tangy. Briney. Flavorful. Tasty. Very tame. I definitely wanted more bite, acidity, citrus, sharpness.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Jack's Abby House Lager

Jack's Abby House Lager hit the shelves of Florida in the past few months, one of a handful of beers Total Wine brought here on their Brewery Direct program. Honestly, I wasn't that happy with the styles in the four options, an IPL, an Imperial IPL, an Octoberfest and this House Lager. But I love the program so wanted to support it by checking it out.

House Lager came in a pounder can, 5.2% alcohol, 18 IBU. Canned 08292017, and I drank it within a month of that.

Grainy sweet aroma, not too powerful. Rich, grainy sweet flavors to start, with some additional honey sweetness. Toasty background is nice. Perhaps a hint of floral flavor.

But there is a serious lack of bitter balance. Probably was negative 18 IBU. Good flavor, but needs to have some bitterness and I would have loved some prickly carbonation to enhance that! Pass.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Melon Cart Watermelon Wheat Ale

Golden Road has a new beer in their series inspired by Los Angeles' fruit cart vendors: Melon Cart Watermelon Wheat Ale. This is a wheat ale brewed with watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe. PKG 9/22/2017.

Sweet cantaloupe and banana aroma with hints lemon. Tart flavor backdrop but pretty tame for sure. Melon flavors are VERY distinguishable, but I wouldn't say watermelon is even a player, especially calling it a watermelon wheat ale.

That said, super ripe honeydew and cantaloupe are easily identified, and again, I can't help to say bananas out loud. Three ripe, sweet fruits are dominant.

Good flavor, super interesting, definitely delivered on the fruit part. Melons were the superheros here but not convinced this works in a beer. The other beer I had in this series was supposed to be tart, and though I felt a little of that in the beginning, I started questioning myself if the "tart" part is even part of the series. Anyway, pretty sweet all around. VERY FRUITY though, promise delivered.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout

Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout was brewed in Ireland to commemorate the first time they exported the beer to the USA. 11.2 oz. 6.0% alcohol.

Toffee with a light roast and cocoa powder in the aroma. Sweet chocolate flavors come first. There is definitely a little pruney character to this beer. Hints of smoke, light roast and coffee come through as well.

Super smooth while kind of flat at the same time. Has a dry and chalky character too. Along with that, was a little too sweet. Not bad.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Our Special Ale 2017

Anchor's Our Special Ale (I guess they will eventually update that link to 2017), which the label says is ONLY sold early November to mid-January, was on my liquor store shelves early October (Purchased 10/7/2017)! Not sure if someone screwed up or if that's just a target release. Anyway, I couldn't find anything about this beer online, no Beer Advocate or Ratebeer or updates on the Anchor website, NADA!, so naturally I will publish immediately in case I'm breaking some news.

2017 is year 43 for Our Special Ale, Anchor's Christmas Ale. Each year, the brewery puts together a new recipe and puts a new tree on the label to represent the joy and celebration of the newness of life. This year's tree is Abies bracteata, the Santa Lucian Fir, one of the rarest firs in the world and limited to the slopes and canyon floors of California's Santa Lucia range. Beautiful tree!

The beer recipe for this year, well that's also another mystery, since the label is less forthcoming about that (even style) than it is about the trees. I guess I'll compare notes after they really release the beer! 6% alcohol.

Chocolaty aroma. Malty, chocolate flavors as well, with a good dose of bitterness to follow. My style guesses are either a dry stout or a very tame Black IPA. I went with the Black IPA choice. Creamy, smooth, not harsh. Very nice beer. Check it out.