Saturday, May 27, 2017

Davey Murray's Best Scotch Ale

I recently checked out Lagunitas' Davey Murray's Best Scotch Ale. This beer is a member of their 2017 One-Hitter Series. 9.5% alcohol. 52 IBU. The story on the rim goes something like this...
O gude ale comes and gude ale goes; Gude ale gars me sell my hose, Sell my hose, and pawn my shoon- Gude ale keeps my heart aboon!" Cheers to the great Bard of Ayrshire for this ale’s epitaph: There is a beer, whose clarity’s clear, can teach the mash paddle to steer, and fuels the brewer's mad career. This ale within is fine to brew and quick to know, and keenly felt by the friendly glow, and softer flame, of the heartful jolly soul that wears this name. Beer-lover, attend! Whether thy soul soars in fancy’s flight, or on this earthly whole in low pursuit, know water, barley, hops, and yeast are Davey Murray’s root. What’s it all got to do with beer? Give us a call! 707.769.4495
Lots of floaties. Caramel and sweet toffee aroma. Similar flavors including caramel, toffee and rum. Sweet. The alcohol does show and tames some sweetness. Herbal, a little medicinal. Was OK but not my gig!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Lowball IPA

Today I'm checking out Pair O' Dice Lowball IPA, a session IPA the brewery says has "an ABV low enough to keep your wits about you and calling bluffs when you see 'em." 5.0% alcohol. 55 IBU #GETAPAIR

Piney, floral aroma. Lightly fruity and tangy flavors to start. Tons of pine, super resinous flavors come next. Nicely bitter, a little spicy, lots of flavor, especially for a session beer. Leans quite bitter, while still holding on to enough balance. I like it!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Wizard Wit

Barrel of Monks recently sent The Wizard Wit into local South Florida distribution. I got a taste of this a few months ago in their tasting room but decided to grab a botttle. Creepy wizard on the label. Check! A little story to set your expectations. Bottled On 04 26 2017. 5.5% alcohol.

Very cloudy. Coriander and light spicy aroma, not big. Nice wheaty tang and twang come first. Plenty of coriander, subtle orange, citrus and fruity. Good flavors. Check it out!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Genesee Brew House Orange Honey Cream Ale

Today I'm checking out Genesee's Brew House Pilot Batch Orange Honey Cream Ale. This is a beer brewed with orange, honey and spices. 6% alcohol. 11 IBU.

Pleasant orange and honey aroma, with the spices coming the more you sniff. Tasty. Pronounced sweet honey with some orange citrus. Nice creamy texture. Spicy with ginger and nutmeg and a kiss of cinnamon, felt like that "pie" character, but bordering on the "way too much" side.

Definitely a little sweet, but big nice flavors. Not bad. Check it out!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Bell's Brewery released a series of beers between 2014-2015 inspired by Gustav Holst's seven-movement orchestral suite, "The Planets." MARS Double IPA was the first beer in that series and was recently relaunched, including a shipment to Miami. The label and bottle cap both have a nice photo of Mars. PKG 04/07/2017. 10.1% alcohol.

Nice reddish-orange color. "The Bringer of War" started with a dainty fruity orange aroma, had to look for it. Flavors shined much more though. Big tropical fruity orange and pineapple flavors come first. Spicy, peppery, tons of pine resin, aggressive!

Nice body, some sweetness, balanced with plenty of bitterness. Alcohol and a little heat come at the finish though those were mostly dangerously concealed. Spicy and bitter linger. Nice Beer!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Purple Drink Florida Weisse

A few weeks ago, I ran into Jio at Miami's Brew At The Zoo. Wasn't too coincidental since he was helping man the Coppertail Brewing tent. Gio was serving the brewery's latest in their Florida Weisse Series, Purple Drink, brewed with Boysenberry, Cherry, and Blackberry. Each was identified with their periodic table abbreviations: By, Ch and Bk.

Anyway, Purple Drink is really purple! And it was one of my favorites at the festival! So I grabbed a bottle at my local liquor store a few days later to check out here. I had previously enjoyed their Slam Piece Florida Weisse, brewed with cucumbers as well. 3.5% alcohol. Enjoy By 08/05/17.

Deep pinkish-purple color, rich and not transparent. Blackberry fruity aroma, very nice but not jumping out of the glass, a little salty too. Great tartness to start! Super fruity blackberry and cherry flavors stand out from sip one. Those fruity flavor are the PERFECT complement to the tartness of this beer.

Tart, very refreshing, perfect for a 93°F 90% humidity Florida afternoon! Great flavors, terrific. I liked it over the cucumber version though that was a close decision.