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.

Saturday, May 20, 2017


Total Wine is now offering Woburn, Massachusetts' Lord Hobo beers as their newest Brewery Direct offering in Florida. I decided to start with BOOM SAUCE, one of their New England Style IPAs to start. I've seen this beer bragged on over at that Twitter site, too, so looking forward to this!

BOOM SAUCE comes packaged in a pounder can with big bold lettering and not a lot of other information or storytelling otherwise. Pretty cool. 7.8% alcohol. Canned 04/21/17.

Excellent aroma full of tropical fruity orange and pineapple. Similar flavors to start as well: orange, tropical pineapple, nice sweetness. But that is definitely followed by some piney bitter balance.

Tangy, a little spicy, some alcohol and light astringency show at the finish. Pretty tasty beer!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Miami New Times Brew At The Zoo 2017

I didn't post anything for a week? I've been busy! And reflecting on last weekend's beers and mass attendance at the Miami New Times Brew At The Zoo is no easy task.

But I know you're waiting so here are some notes and photos!!! Waiting to enter, Zoo Miami brought out some animals to hang with the lines of people. There was a Parrot (or some Parrot-like talking bird) that did tons of impressions, very cool. The Colombian Anaconda was my favorite. And the owl was like "why the fuck you wake me up in the daytime!!!"

We entered as VIP. I'm not sure that there was any beer in VIP though. There was definitely Jameson Whiskey, however. And some wine and cinnamon shots and some vodka. I did Jameson but skipped the rest. However, there were some tasty bites in VIP, including fried pickles! YUM!

There was a secondary VIP area we hit next. Goose Island BCBS and BCBS with Coffee, Green Flash and Alpine, Copperpoint from WPB, very nice beers!

VIP was an hour before the masses, so we checked out as many breweries as possible. Hatuey, Founders, Coppertail, MIA (not to be mistaken by anyone for Miami Brewing, total duh), Bangin' Banjo and a lot of others.

The time our side trip to NON-BEER VIP cost us a few opportunities though. By the time the VIP hour ended, Cigar City, Funky Buddha, and a bunch of other breweries were mobbed with lines, especially the local ones.

There were other vendors there too. Like Macy's and some guy trying to sell motorcycles, pretty sweet bikes too!

I heard this was a "drunk fest" but I saw none of that. The lines were so long that nobody could have possibly had too much to drink (unless they were the ones tail-gating in the parking lot or things changed after I left.

Music was good. Company was great. Crowd was way too big! I'd cut that in half next year! Favorite Beers: Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout, Alpine Windows Up IPA, Some Green Flash Triple from Cellar 3, and a handful of other local favorites. My heart-transplant friend found Founders' Rubeus to be the gem of the night.

What did you think?

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Sour Monkey

I love Victory's Golden Monkey. Today I'm checking out Victory Sour Monkey. I bought it several months ago, as I've been procrastinating that sour alteration. This beer is a "Tastefully Tart Twist" on Golden Monkey based on being brewed with Brettanomyces. Bottled on 16FEB2017. 9.5% alcohol.

Fruity, lemon, sweet and sour aroma. Rich fruity sweet jam flavors come first, full of orange. Then a wave of Brett sourness washes those flavors away, quickly fading. Lemon, citrus, tangy, wine, acidic. Repeat.

Golden Monkey with a definite twist, one I'm not really a fan of. I guess if you love Brett sours, you'd love this. Alcohol also stands out, I think more that in the original because of the acidic and sour enhancement. Anyway, not my thing. Do what ya like!

Friday, May 5, 2017

T-Time Berliner Weisse

HUSH Y'ALL! I have a can of Terrapin T-Time Berliner Weisse in my glass right now. DON'T BE AFRAID TO SLICE THIS ONE! Can art includes a slice of lemon on the golf tee and a pitcher of MAYA Tea off to the side. Brewed with lemon and tea. 4.0% alcohol. 5 IBU.

Salty lemony aroma. Definitely tart to start with plenty of lemon. Prickly carbonation. Pretty tough to isolate the tea against the aggressive lemony, zesty bite. If forced, I'll say I can taste the light herbal tang of the tea. Not bad.

Thursday, May 4, 2017


Anderson Valley EETAH! IPA is up to bat! The can features the Bear-Deer sipping water from a river. 7.5% alcohol.

Fruity, orange aroma, not very strong. Good dose of pine flavors come first, a little resinous. Citrus, light spiciness.

Tangy orange, bitter yet fairly balanced, pretty tame all around.

A hint of alcohol, light medicinal flavor that I didn't like. Dry at the finish. Not bad but a lot "whatever." Wanted at least one element to be bold: bitter, fruity, pine, etc. Was boring yet OK.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Captain Ron Hefeweizen

DRINK BEER. GET BOOTY. OK, I'm in! I've been trying that strategy unsuccessfully for two decades around this place! 26° Brewing Captain Ron Hefeweizen out of Pompano Beach is now being canned and distributed around South Florida. Captain Ron makes a great appearance on the can, but a Wannabe Pirate theme story on the can ends with "Craft Beer Pirates." 5.6% alcohol.

Bananas and cloves aroma, very nice. Banana flavors, tangy, yeasty, cloves, with just a touch of lemon. Very pleasant flavors and for sure a "Fun Day-Drinking Beer With A Refreshing Flavor." Creamy texture. I liked it and so did my wife. Trying to get more booty!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Pitchfork Pale Ale

Today I checked out Four Peaks Pitchfork Pale Ale. The Pitchfork part of the beer is named for hop farmers. In addition, the brewery used the "Hop Bursting" technique where most of the hops are added in the last 10 minutes of the boil to enhance aroma and flavor. 6.2% alcohol. 30 IBU.

Very pleasant aroma full of citrus, pine and bright orange. Orange citrus flavors come first. Some pine, very juicy, nicely bitter. There is a bite and dry astringency at the finish. You get the impression that there may be some sweetness, but it never happens. Rather the opposite, a pretty good dose of hoppy goodness.

Pretty good. More IPA than Pale Ale considering body and alcohol and actual bitter flavors.

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Waldos' Special Ale

Yesterday I picked up Lagunitas Brewing's The Waldos' Special Ale. Today I'm drinking it! According to the label, "the dankest and hoppiest beer ever brewed at Lagunitas was made with help of the Waldos for all treasure hunters." The website part of the story, seen below, says 4:20 though that label says 4:19 and doesn't mention Louis Pasteur. Probably space and "drug reference" choices!

So I guess this beer is a Triple IPA? I don't know, but it's 11.9% alcohol. Part of the 2017 OneHitter Series. And I guess the purple cap is a warning and/or a liquor store anti-theft identifying piece.

Fruity orange and peach jam, lightly tropical aroma. Sweet, fruity orange and peach marmalade flavors with a very rich texture. Spicy, hoppy balance as well. Pine, dank, green, resinous, yet never overly bitter considering the rich sweet start.

Alcohol is dangerously hidden though you will taste and feel it in your chest on the way down. Great beer! Where's Waldo? In my belly! Check it out!

Here is the description and a Google-search challenge from their website...

"In 1971, the Waldos met one afternoon at 4:20 in the front courtyard of their school near the statue of Louis Pasteur. They set out in a '66 Impala armed with a "treasure map" on a journey to find a secret garden near Point Reyes. They met there at the same time every day and continued their quest. They never found the secret garden....But they keep lookin'. The dankest and hoppiest beer ever brewed at Lagunitas was made with help of the Waldos for all treasure hunters."

"Good with Beer-battered Twinkies Con Queso…you can find out why if you google 'Waldo 420'"

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pachanga Mexican-Style Lager

Sun King Brewery recently sent me a Pachanga Mexican-Style Lager "kit". I was surprised when I opened the box to find some swag which included fake fireworks and a mini piñata. Oh, and the cans, considering their website says this is Draft Only beer.

My teenager took the poppers and I will definitely be taking the koozies to my pool this summer! The mini piñata will be around as long as the wife allows. The Pachanga cans feature that piñata as well. 4.2% alcohol 24 IBU.

Light grainy aroma, very clean. Flavors the same, clean and crisp. A touch of honey and grain with a perfect hoppy balance. Super simple, super refreshing. Not sure what the Mexican part is... seemed like any HOT-AS-SHIT-Style Lager! Like Miami.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lucky Lucy Strawberry Blonde

Pair O' Dice's Lucky Lucy Strawberry Blonde recently hit the shelves of my Miami liquor store. The brewery is OK with you calling this a "girly" beer but then clarifies why that is the case on the can's label. This is an award-winning beer! 5.5% alcohol.

Kind of cloudy with a faint red hue. Nice pleasant aroma, soft strawberry. Terrific strawberry flavors show immediately, a little tangy and tart, not overdone. Some malty sweet balance comes next. Some light bitterness and more strawberry take you into the finish and beyond. Super flavorful, loved it!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New Times 2017 Brew At The Zoo: Zoo Miami

Lions and Tigers and Beers! Oh My! Lions and Tigers and Beers! Oh My! Lions and Tigers and Beers! Oh My! Lions and Tigers and Beers! Oh My! Yeah, I know I'm not the first person to think of that, so don't bother mentioning.

But for real, New Times is hosting their 8th Annual Brew At The Zoo on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Zoo Miami. And besides beers, I'm hoping to ride giraffes and pet baby lions (this is just a joke)! There will be live music and food and a lot of fun too!

Right now through 4/30/2017 at 11 PM you can get 2-FOR-1 General Admission Tickets using Promo Code BATZPROMO. Check out the site for tickets and for sure check out the beers that Laine Doss says you're going to be tasting! (She's my favorite!)

Sneak Attack Saison

21st Amendment brewed a saison as a winter seasonal. That's the "sneak attack" in Sneak Attack Saison, a farmhouse ale brewed with cardamom. The artwork on the can is supposed to remind you of the famous Washington surprise attack, crossing the icy Delaware River. The group of under-dressed yahoos drinking beer aboard the Endless Soma, however, I don't believe have a chance! 6.2% alcohol. 38 IBU.

Lightly fruity, yeasty and spicy aroma. Light fruity flavors too, soft peaches and oranges. There is an interesting and very distinct spiciness that persists, which suppose is the cardamom.

Yeasty, farmhouse hay. Some light bitterness at the finish. Very dry at the finish as well. All in balance, not bad. Wanted a little more bite from some aspect.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Hotbox Coffee IPA

Today I'm trying Oskar Blues Hotbox Coffee IPA, named for and brewed with coffee from Hotbox Roasters. Sounds like an interesting idea! The can gives you a few things to think about... WAKE 'N ROAST. TURN YOUR HEAD & COFFEE. 7.2% alcohol. 70 IBU.

Not sure why, but I was expecting a darker-colored beer. Don't get me wrong, the rich orange beer looked terrific. Super-fruity tropical orange and tangerine aroma with some underlying coffee playing second fiddle.

Flavors are similar. Super juicy, tropical orange. Nice sweet and bitter back and forth.  Nice tanginess. The coffee flavors show middle and into the finish with a little roast and hint of cocoa.

The coffee aspect is more of an interesting nuance or twist. I was scared based on the name it would be overdone but in fact just the opposite is what I found. Using "Coffee" as part of the name is a bit of a lie. And yet, despite being only a nuance, I found myself wanting just the base IPA. Check it out!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Avatar Jasmine IPA

Elysian Brewing's Avatar Jasmine IPA sounds pretty interesting. The bomber bottle has some nice illustrations of the Jasmine flowers and describes this beer as "East meets West Coast with a unique floral aroma and a smooth dose of hops." 6.3% alcohol. 43 IBU.

Fruity and floral aroma, though neither very big. Soft fruity peach and apple flavors come first. Next up, the Jasmine floral component. Floral and bitter pair up, each enhancing the other. Creamy texture.

The Jasmine is prominent yet not overdone. The base IPA is flavorful yet simple and a good showcase for the flowers. And yet, while interesting, adding Jasmine just wasn't my thing. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Cumulus Lupulus Imperial IPA

Terrapin Cumulus Lupulus Imperial IPA was recently put on the shelves of my local Miami liquor store. The label depicts a tropical island scene, with hop-cone-shaped clouds moving with the breeze. DRINK FRESH DO NOT AGE is the aerial message to beach goers, dragged behind a boat. A story on the side will set your expectations. 8.1% alcohol. 101 IBU.

Tropical fruity aroma full of mango and pineapple, a little spicy. Bursting with juicy tropical pineapple and mango fruit flavors, just WOW! Orange citrus, pine, resin, very fresh. Perfect fruity sweetness with some hoppy and spicy bitterness. Good body.

Delicious! Phillies Home Run!