Monday, June 19, 2017

Beer Camp 2017: Garage Project CampOut Porter

Sierra Nevada teamed up with New Zealand's Garage Project brewery to create Beer Camp 2017 Garage Project CampOut Porter. This is a beer brewed with a special honey and vanilla and a specialty malt smoked with manuka wood. This was the first beer I checked out from this year's Beer Camp mixed 12 pack, seemed the most interesting! 7.7% alcohol.

Aroma full of roast, a hint of smoke, and just a touch of honey. Nice roasty flavor comes first, caramel, toffee and for sure an interesting marshmallow flavor. Lightly smokey, not harsh, not ashy, not even near any burnt flavors.

Vanilla is nice. Leans bitter with the roast but definitely has a nice sweet streak. I suggest letting this beer warm a bit as marshmallow, caramel, brown sugar, toffee and honey add a terrific set of flavors. Great Tasty Treat!

Sunday, June 18, 2017


Happy Father's Day! You're probably eating bacon and eggs in bed right now! Remember back in the 90's when you weren't a father? Was so awesome, right?!?! My roommates and I (and even my wife before we skipped birth control) used to regularly go bowling. Some of those bowling Friday and Saturday nights included Disco and Strobe lights, weird competitions and ZIMA! Don't act like you weren't there!

So ZIMA Beverages is giving ZIMA another go in the market. I have zero clue if this is the same company that put this malt beverage out in the first place. They are calling this a "Refreshing Citrus Beverage" with "Limited Release," the latter probably to see if this shit will catch on again.

My local Total Wine pal said he wasn't touching this stuff, but I decided nostalgia forced me to grab a bottle to see what's up 25 years later. 5.0% alcohol; 181 calories (per 12 oz) (Yeah, WTF, I'd rather eat a steak); 21.1g Carbs; Fat 0g; Protein <1g.

Sweet, malty aroma with a hint of lemon. OMFG, so sugary sweet to start, this grabbed the sides of my neck hard! Ridiculous!

A citrus streak does run through very hard though. Lemon and lime last a long time, linger, it's clearly the story they want to tell.

Tangy, biting carbonation (not a bad thing). NOT Refreshing. Super Obnoxiously Sweet! Ask me for a good beer recommendation instead. This mess doesn't even cater to the alcoholic bullshit which is Budweiser's Wild Blue. ZIMA should go back to the graveyard!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Samuel Adams Berliner Weisse

Samuel Adams now brews a Berliner Weisse! Yeah, I know, wow! It's a new seasonal for them. The label depicts a Wright Brothers type plane and sets you up for a "Refreshing & Effervescent" beer. 4.8% alcohol. 15 IBU.

Lemony, salty aroma, pretty nice. Super tame flavors, barely tart at all. There is a whisper of lemon that fades before you can even taste it. Lightly salty, very bland. Not really refreshing of effervescent. Seriously just blah, tastes like nothing. But of course my wife liked that blandness (and she HATES tart beers with a passion, so you know where we stand here.) Ask me for other recommendations on this style. Don't waste your time or stomach capacity.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Steal This Can IPA

Lord Hobo's Steal This Can IPA is on loan to Florida through Total Wine's Brewery Direct program. Once gone, they probably don't come back for a long time if ever. You may need to visit Boston to get another taste.

So I'm checking out my pounder can, nice design that promotes theft. I purchased my can. 6.5% alcohol.

Fruity, orange, tropical aroma. Fruity orange and big mango flavors come first. Those meet a solid dose of pine with some light resin. Nicely bitter.

There is a bit of a minty quality to this beer that persists throughout and lingers. I didn't lover that. Light alcohol and astringency. Not bad.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout

Elysian Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout sounds like a winner so I'm giving it a "split shot" today! This beer is brewed with Stumptown Coffee. PKG 12/21/16. 6% alcohol. 28 IBU.

Coffee and cocoa aroma. Super creamy, nicely sweet to start. Big coffee flavors, super tasty. Rich cocoa. Strong roast takes some of the sweet edge off. Nice flavors, great beer!

Friday, June 9, 2017

VooDoo Ranger Juicy Mandarina IPA

I'm still trying to figure out the New Belgium VooDoo Ranger series. It has nothing to do with all of their other beers, their Belgian-inspired names and brews. It would NEVER occur to me that this brand has anything to do with New Belgium. Weird marketing decision, I think.

Anyway, they are a lot smarter than I am and are super successful, so today I'm checking out their VooDoo Ranger Juicy Mandarina IPA, a special release packaged in a bomber. 6.5% alcohol. A story sets your expectations, suggesting filters for lots of things except this unfiltered beer.

Super hazy! Citrus, tangerine, super juicy aroma. Juicy, oranges and mandarina flavors. Sweet to start, very pleasant. There is, however, a citrus bitter answer. Lightly spicy. Very enjoyable.