Friday, June 30, 2017
It's "Crunch Time" on this beer! The 4th of July is half a week away! Stone Enjoy By 07.04.17 Unfiltered IPA is still available and cans are on the shelves. Brewed to be enjoyed within 37 days, you can read that story below! Honestly, I'm gonna look for a discount on 7/5 too! 9.4% alcohol. Canned 05/30/17
Beautiful aroma, full of peaches and mangos and fruity tropical deliciousness! Super tangy flavors to start. Tangerines, peaches, with the alcohol sharply enhancing those fruity flavors.
Prickly carbonation, very bright, super flavorful, dry at the finish. Long lingering flavors make everything last longer, taste better. A little heat from the alcohol hits the throat. Great Beer!
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Tampa's Coppertail Brewing recently released the next beer in their Florida Weisse series. Pinky Swear is brewed with Lemon and Raspberries to enhance the already tart flavors of their Berliner Weisse. Le and Ra are boxed on the periodic table of ingredients on the label too. 3.5% alcohol. Best By 09/06/17. Pairs Perfectly With... a wooden rocking chair on a porch!
Fruity aroma, raspberries, but not in your face (which I wanted). Totally get the tart raspberry flavors from the first sip. And an excellent lemon bite follows. Those flavors work perfectly together and with the Berliner base!
Not overly tart. The combination of salinity and prickly carbonation really enhances the excellent fruity additions. Love this series from Coppertail. The style takes a little getting used to but I love how refreshing it is. The tartness is sharp enough yet tame enough. Check it out!
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
I know I only told you about one of the others so far, but this year's Sierra Nevada 2017 Beer Camp Beers Across the World is AWESOME. Definitely worth the $25!
Fullers Atlantic-Style Vintage Ale is next up on my list. Honestly, I didn't know what to expect except that this is a collaboration with an iconic brewery. "English-Style" usually is a turn off for me because I don't like that style IPA, but I managed to set my brain aside and started drinking, knowing this was NO IPA! Brewed with plums to enhance the natural fruity flavors that come from Fullers yeast strains. 8.5% alcohol. PKGD 04/13/17
Plums show in the aroma. When you take your first sip, you know that the beer is strong while super deceptive at the same time. Plums come first, playing with other fruity nuances, maybe some strawberries. Base beer is rich with some toasty, fruity, herbal flavors. More fruitiness beyond the plum addition, maybe some raisins too.
Nuances of sugar, toffee, candy, syrup, all sweet but controlled. A LOT going on in this EXCELLENT BEER! I loved it!
Monday, June 19, 2017
Sierra Nevada teamed up with New Zealand's Garage Project brewery to create Beer Camp 2017 Garage Project CampOut Porter. This is a beer brewed with a special honey and vanilla and a specialty malt smoked with manuka wood. This was the first beer I checked out from this year's Beer Camp mixed 12 pack, seemed the most interesting! 7.7% alcohol.
Aroma full of roast, a hint of smoke, and just a touch of honey. Nice roasty flavor comes first, caramel, toffee and for sure an interesting marshmallow flavor. Lightly smokey, not harsh, not ashy, not even near any burnt flavors.
Vanilla is nice. Leans bitter with the roast but definitely has a nice sweet streak. I suggest letting this beer warm a bit as marshmallow, caramel, brown sugar, toffee and honey add a terrific set of flavors. Great Tasty Treat!
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Happy Father's Day! You're probably eating bacon and eggs in bed right now! Remember back in the 90's when you weren't a father? Was so awesome, right?!?! My roommates and I (and even my wife before we skipped birth control) used to regularly go bowling. Some of those bowling Friday and Saturday nights included Disco and Strobe lights, weird competitions and ZIMA! Don't act like you weren't there!
So ZIMA Beverages is giving ZIMA another go in the market. I have zero clue if this is the same company that put this malt beverage out in the first place. They are calling this a "Refreshing Citrus Beverage" with "Limited Release," the latter probably to see if this shit will catch on again.
My local Total Wine pal said he wasn't touching this stuff, but I decided nostalgia forced me to grab a bottle to see what's up 25 years later. 5.0% alcohol; 181 calories (per 12 oz) (Yeah, WTF, I'd rather eat a steak); 21.1g Carbs; Fat 0g; Protein <1g.
Sweet, malty aroma with a hint of lemon. OMFG, so sugary sweet to start, this grabbed the sides of my neck hard! Ridiculous!
A citrus streak does run through very hard though. Lemon and lime last a long time, linger, it's clearly the story they want to tell.
Tangy, biting carbonation (not a bad thing). NOT Refreshing. Super Obnoxiously Sweet! Ask me for a good beer recommendation instead. This mess doesn't even cater to the alcoholic bullshit which is Budweiser's Wild Blue. ZIMA should go back to the graveyard!
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Samuel Adams now brews a Berliner Weisse! Yeah, I know, wow! It's a new seasonal for them. The label depicts a Wright Brothers type plane and sets you up for a "Refreshing & Effervescent" beer. 4.8% alcohol. 15 IBU.
Lemony, salty aroma, pretty nice. Super tame flavors, barely tart at all. There is a whisper of lemon that fades before you can even taste it. Lightly salty, very bland. Not really refreshing of effervescent. Seriously just blah, tastes like nothing. But of course my wife liked that blandness (and she HATES tart beers with a passion, so you know where we stand here.) Ask me for other recommendations on this style. Don't waste your time or stomach capacity.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Lord Hobo's Steal This Can IPA is on loan to Florida through Total Wine's Brewery Direct program. Once gone, they probably don't come back for a long time if ever. You may need to visit Boston to get another taste.
So I'm checking out my pounder can, nice design that promotes theft. I purchased my can. 6.5% alcohol.
Fruity, orange, tropical aroma. Fruity orange and big mango flavors come first. Those meet a solid dose of pine with some light resin. Nicely bitter.
There is a bit of a minty quality to this beer that persists throughout and lingers. I didn't lover that. Light alcohol and astringency. Not bad.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Elysian Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout sounds like a winner so I'm giving it a "split shot" today! This beer is brewed with Stumptown Coffee. PKG 12/21/16. 6% alcohol. 28 IBU.
Coffee and cocoa aroma. Super creamy, nicely sweet to start. Big coffee flavors, super tasty. Rich cocoa. Strong roast takes some of the sweet edge off. Nice flavors, great beer!
Friday, June 9, 2017
I'm still trying to figure out the New Belgium VooDoo Ranger series. It has nothing to do with all of their other beers, their Belgian-inspired names and brews. It would NEVER occur to me that this brand has anything to do with New Belgium. Weird marketing decision, I think.
Anyway, they are a lot smarter than I am and are super successful, so today I'm checking out their VooDoo Ranger Juicy Mandarina IPA, a special release packaged in a bomber. 6.5% alcohol. A story sets your expectations, suggesting filters for lots of things except this unfiltered beer.
Super hazy! Citrus, tangerine, super juicy aroma. Juicy, oranges and mandarina flavors. Sweet to start, very pleasant. There is, however, a citrus bitter answer. Lightly spicy. Very enjoyable.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Genesee's Brew House Helles Bock on deck today. There's a short description on the bottle neck label. 7.0% alcohol.
Grainy aroma with a touch of honey. Grain and honey flavors come first with a little nutty touch. Good body. The alcohol shows with a kick at the finish, bringing out an herbal flavor. Didn't really like that alcohol punch. Not a fan.
Monday, June 5, 2017
Today I'm checking out Coppertail's Hyperbolic IPA, their new seasonal Extra IPA. As usual, awesome label art, this time focused on space, including a flying space turtle!
Mangoes, tangerines, orange marmalade aroma. YUM! Beautiful tropical fruity flavors come first, mango and orange stand out. Those are followed by a spicy, hoppy kick. Pine and light citrus rind add more flavor and bitterness.
There is some dryness and a hit of alcohol at the finish. The alcohol makes some pithy flavors stand out. I didn't love that, but it did go away with a little warmth. Nice beer. Let it warm up a touch before drinking.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
I can't remember who recommended this beer, but I was told to check out Golden Road's Wolf Among Weeds IPA not too long ago. Guess I should have paid attention to the PKGD 12.06.2016 date when I grabbed a can and looked for something fresher. Pounder can. 8.0% alcohol. 80 IBU.
Sweet, fruity pineapple and tropical aroma with some pine. Similar flavors, lightly sweet with tropical peaches and pineapples. Those flavors and sweetness were mostly fleeting, however.
A big crush of pine and resin and citrus zest change the game. Spicy bitterness takes over, though you do never lose the underlying pineapple flavor. Tangy, interesting. BOLD! A bit astringent at the finish with some noticeable alcohol, which I didn't love. Flavorful, but beer was only OK as that finish was a turn off.