Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Today I'm checking out Swamp Head Wild Night Honey Cream Ale: "Inherently Floridian." The scene on the can depicts some swamp fishing, and the story on the back tells the story of proud bees, happy to have their honey featured in this beer! 5.0% alcohol.
Soft apple and sweet honey aroma. Nice honey flavors also start things off. Fruity apple nuances also very pleasant. Simple but tasty. Excellent prickly carbonation also enhances the flavors and a nice bitter balance. "12 pack in one beach day" beer (even if you don't like the beach)!
Monday, November 20, 2017
Victory Brewing recently introduced their Blackboard Series Release No. 07: Black Forest Cake Stout with Cherry. This is a 2017 release. 7.5% alcohol.
Aroma full of sweet chocolate, mocha, coffee and Christmas, but just a faint hint of cherries. Cherries, however, steal the flavor show! Super juicy and nicely tart cherries. Sweet chocolate does add some balance but remains a secondary flavor. A little coffee and roast.
Beer has a dessert quality, rich, good flavors, but the cherries got to be a little much by the end of the bottle. Wanted a lot more Chocolate CAKE!
Sunday, November 19, 2017
I hadn't seen Boulevard's Noble Prize Imperial Pilsner locally in Miami... except in a mixed 8 pack featuring pairs of four different Smokestack Series beers. So I grabbed that, not just for the new pair but because the other three Smokestack options in the pack are great! 7.5% alcohol. 32 IBU. Best By Smudge, 2018 so I'm good since I drank last month.
Sweet grain, apple aroma. Similar flavors, bready to start. Sweet apples and honey, a nice fruity touch. Flavors are enhanced by a noticeable alcohol kick. Prickly carbonation and a good hoppy bitter balance lead into a dry finish. I liked it!
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Just finished checking out Coppertail Brewing's Sorcha O'Sullivan India Pale Ale. Now someone please enlighten me on who Sorcha O'Sullivan is. I thought Evan B Harris' label art depicting a bunch of drunken animals capturing a woman in a net might give me a clue, but that just confused the hell out of Google!
This beer is part of Coppertail's Alpha Hunt Series and features Medusa and Idaho 7 hop varieties. 6.3% alcohol. Best By 01/17/18
Very interesting aroma full of bright, sharp lemons, tangy and maybe leafy. Similar flavors follow. Sharp lemon and candied citrus rind. Dry, some astringency. A little peppery and spicy. Makes the taste buds water for sure. Bitter but 'different' bitter and not overly so. I liked it! Check it out!
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
I ran into the Gravity Brewlab guys at Grovetoberfest last month. These guys are still looking for a place to call their own, but have an arrangement and currently are brewing their own beer at Hollywood Brewing.
Biscayne Gold is a beer they are also canning and distributing locally. The art depicts a woman picking hop cones and placing them in her basket. 6.2% alcohol. I saw online this is listed as an IPA.
Sweet honey, apple aroma, didn't strike me as an IPA. Sweet and juicy, again with apples and honey, Tangy and a little spicy with some bitter kick takes this to the finish. Decent bitterness. Not sure I call this an IPA but the flavors were pretty good.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Gainesville's Swamp Head Brewery recently started distributing a few of their beer to South Florida. Big Nose India Pale Ale was the first one I grabbed. The can depicts a swamp scene with a local Okefenokee Swamp resident emerging from the water and showing off his big nose.
"Inherently Floridian" and the story on the back of the can suggests this is a "mystical nectar," ending with "BEER ME!" 7.3% alcohol.
Orange and citrus aroma is there, but not a BIG NOSE, not even close. Flavors are a little more explosive and very nice. Juicy tangerines and citrus jump on your taste buds right from the start. Nicely bitter, a little spicy, hints of pine. Very good flavors, highly enjoyable!