Saturday, August 19, 2017

Fugli Fruit IPA

Oskar Blues Fugli Fruit IPA. OK, I'm in. This beer was brewed with Japanese Yuzu and Jamaican Ugli fruits. 5.8% alcohol. Canned On 05/09/17.

Very bright, tangy, lemony citrus, fragrant, floral aroma!

Similar flavors. Start with a nice base IPA, full of pine, floral and a hint of caramel sweetness. Citrus balance then a very distinct sour bitter citrus piling on. Guess that's these two fruits.

Not bad but I found the two fruits, the sour addition, and those flavors building with each sip to be a turnoff. Guess I'll drink this Dale's instead!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Kiko Santiago IPA

Who is Kiko Santiago? I usually ask questions like that then get a lot of  "duh" type replies. So let's see this time. Coppertail Brewing recently released Kiko Santiago IPA, their first beer in the Alpha Hunt Series.

The label art is fantastic as usual, looks like Kiko might have met his match this time! The featured hop in this beer is Mandarina Bavaria. 6.2% alcohol. Enjoy By 10/06/17

Fruity, peachy, tropical tangerines, beautiful aroma. Similar flavors, full of tropical peaches and nectarines. There is a great bitter balance that follows with some nice tanginess. Flavors are all pretty subtle and soft, working in harmony and none in your face. Perfectly matched sweet and bitter intensities, a subtle IPA.

I liked it. Different. Kiko must be a man of few words.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Boris The Spider Russian Imperial Stout

 A few bottles of Boris The Spider Russian Imperial Stout came home to Miami from Long Island with one of my friends who likes to share! Boris is guarding a few glasses of his stout on the label. 10% alcohol. Bottled On 01/13/2017

Cocoa and coffee aroma, very nice. Rich and creamy to start, full of cocoa powder, coffee then followed by prunes and a hint of cherries. Just a touch of char and roast and smoke round this out, along with a little heat in the chest.

Initially sweet, but a bitter answer does come. The pruney flavors though do build and detract from the other flavors. Not bad but that one element for me was unwelcome. Check it out.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sierra Nevada 2017 Oktoberfest Festbier

Today I'm checking out the 2017 version of  Sierra Nevada's Oktoberfest. Every year they brew a new beer in collaboration with a different German brewer, this year Brauhaus Miltenberger. A story on the back label gives you a little insight and sets your expectations. 6.1% alcohol.

Grainy sweet aroma, plenty of dark bread and a hint of nuttiness. Flavors are similar, full of grain and honey and dark bread. While there is a background sweetness, there is a bitter hoppy answer. Some spiciness, toast, light herbalness, again can't stop thinking there is some nutty character. Not bad.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2017 Edition Hoptimum Triple IPA

I saw a few bottles of Sierra Nevada's 2017 Hoptimum Triple IPA at my local liquor store a few days ago. They were in a  6-pack holder that was stuck to the shelf, kind of ratty. Now I go to this store every week (at least) and didn't see these, so either they sold out fast or I'm missing a display somewhere in the store.

2017 Edition Hoptimum is a reformulation of a super-hoppy version distributed in previous years. PKGD 06/07/17. 9.6% alcohol. "Distinguished Yet Devilishy Hoppy"

Hoppy aroma, plenty of pine and citrus, especially orange. WOW! Great flavors! A caramel and orange marmalade sweetness opens things up, nice touch of fruitiness. But then... a bitter hoppy burst full of pine resin, citrus orange and some dankness takes over.

While this leans way bitter, there was not really an aggressive bitterness, more of developed and refined all the way around. No alcohol bite despite its strength, fine with me. Really a nice beer all around, but definitely for hop LOVERS. Awesome!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Gulfstream Cream Ale

You probably remember my visit to LauderAle Brewery last summer. Let me double down and restate that if you fly in or out of FLL and don't make a stop (if they are open), you're an idiot!

LauderAle's Gulfstream Cream Ale is recently canned and distributed locally. I grabbed a can a few weeks ago and promptly put it in my freezer. Next morning, you know my sorrow. So I got another can a few days ago and today am going to check it out.

The can art is very nice, with the beer name actually creating a gulfstream effect around the state of Florida. A story on the side sets your expectations while a third panel gives some beer stats. 5.1% alcohol. 10 IBU.

OMG, where'd the head go? No biggie but the head on this beer lasted less than 5 seconds. Nice cracker lemony aroma. Cracker and lemon flavors show first as well. A little spicy throughout. Grainy sweetness lingers into the finish. Nice flavors. I liked it! Check out the brewery too!