Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Today I'm checking out Coppertail's Septima Saison. Evan B. Harris' label art is excellent as usual, depicting the area around the brewery known as Ybor City, specifically 7th Avenue (Septima). Roosters really do run wild there while coffee aromas fill the air, super unique! In fact, part of the sales of this beer go to promote the area.
Aroma is a little spicy but mostly neutral. Lightly fruity flavors are followed by some yeasty funkiness. Spicy, peppery, some citrus. Solid though I liked the label art better than the beer. Probably just a style preference.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
A few weeks ago, I got a chance to try Spain's Estrella Galicia Special Lager at an event in Miami. This is not related to other "Estrella" beers. On the way out, I bribed the brewery rep and took home a bottle for review here. 11.2 ounce bottles, 5.5% alcohol.
Lightly sweet aroma, some grain and honey. Very nice flavors, again starting with grain and honey. But some lemony and floral components add balance. Light apple. Sweet to start but enough bitter balance along the way. Crisp and clean. Nice beer.
Monday, July 16, 2018
"The Tacos of Beer?" Sign me up! Pair O' Dice Hi-Lo-Peno Pale Ale cans recently showed up in my local Miami liquor store. This is a pale ale brewed with jalapenos and limes, but no meat (the story assures you)! 5.5% alcohol.
Not much of an aroma, had to work for hints of both lime and jalapeno. Starts like a simple pale ale, lightly bitter. Then some lime starts to show, zesty, citrus. Then some jalapeno in the finish.
Next sip, lime starts to jump to the forefront. A few sips later, the lime builds and becomes a dominant flavor, just overwhelms everything else. The jalapeno flavor remains a constant, lightly "peppery" and "gardenish" but never spicy or hot.
Lime, jalapeno, burp, repeat. Get it?
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Today I'm checking out Two Brothers Sidekick Pale Ale. "Everyone Needs a Sidekick." 5.1% alcohol. 36 IBU. Kick By 10/22/18.
Floral aroma with some caramel, not too strong but nice. Flavors the same. Sweet caramel comes first. There is a floral, bitter, hoppy answer, but overall this is kind of sweet with a big body. Rich for a pale ale which detracted some from the refreshment. Was OK.
Monday, July 9, 2018
Today I'm checking out Stone Idolatrous IPA, part of their Hop Worship Series. For this beer, Stone is worshiping El Dorado and Mosaic hops. 7% alcohol. I drank it less than a month after it was canned so was definitely fresh.
Citrus orange and pineapple are the aroma stars with some hoppy resin in the background. My wife actually asked if the beer was brewed with pineapples. Hops are some awesome bundles of joy!
Bright citrus flavors full of orange and tangerine come first, a little zesty and with hints of hop resin. Second wave is pure pineapple, not too sweet but tropical and a great contrast to the initial flavors.
Dry. A little spicy. Great bitterness with just enough sweet fruity nibbles in the background. Very good. I took to a 4th of July party and the Corona drinkers were stealing my beer! Was probably the marketing story that was irresistible! LOL
Saturday, July 7, 2018
This week I grabbed a pounder can of Bell's Sparkleberry Raspberry Belgian-Style Ale. This is a Tripel brewed with raspberries that clocks in 9.0% alcohol. Canned 051818 Drink 070718
Nice reddish-pink color. Full nose of raspberries, sweet and tart and prominent. Nicely tart flavors full of raspberries right from the start. Some Belgian yeast and spicy character does show but the raspberries are the main flavor, hard to really find the underlying tripel. But you will know it has some alcohol in it!
I thought it was OK. The raspberry flavor was good, genuine, but I have to agree with my wife when she took one sip and in her always honest opinion said "it tastes like medicine!" Maybe this style wasn't the one to pair with a fruit. The beer did win a GABF medal a few years ago so check it out and make up your own mind.