Sunday, July 23, 2017

Torikumi Wasabi Infused Blonde Ale

Today I grabbed a pounder can of Torikumi Wasabi Infused Blonde Ale. This appears to be a collaboration beer that SweetWater did with Telluride Brewing. There is crude Japanese art depicting a sumo wrestler on the can.

And then there's the story... it looks like SweetWater set up some theoretical Sumo match with Telluride where the sumo wrestlers are actually the ingredients. Read it below if you want, kind of dumb. Dank Tank Series. 7.5% alcohol. Drink By 10/13/17

Aroma is pretty faint, just a hint of undefined spice. Flavors are weird, wasabi meets hoppy citrus bitterness in a Sumo match. I'll leave it at that, but I really didn't like this experiment in the slightest! The End! Ask if you want another beer recommendation.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2017 Ayinger Dunkle Weisse

Today I'm checking out Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2017 Ayinger Dunkle Weisse. I love this collaboration brewery and this style is money when executed with skill. I expect nothing less from these two breweries! Obviously this is one of the "OverSeas" versions of Beer Camp Across the World.

The story on the label sets you up for this "dark twist on a Bavarian-style wheat beer." 5.7% alcohol. 10 IBU. PkGD 4/25/17.

Darker color than I was expecting. Lots of floaties, which is awesome! Nicely sweet aroma, full of ripe bananas and hints of bubble gum. Really yum! Tangy at the start with some dark brown bread flavors dominating at the beginning.

Big Banana. Big Bubblegum. Some spicy cloves and a rich body anchors the whole beer. Nicely sweet but plenty of balance. Definitely a winner from the series!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

First Bite Pale Ale

My Miami friends brought me a few Long Island beers from a recent trip up north. Spider
Bite Beer Company's First Bite Pale Ale is the one I'm checking out today. Simple label with an angry spider crawling on a hop cone.

The beer is named "First Bite" because it was the first beer the Spider Bite team brewed together. 5.5% alcohol. 30 IBU.

Caramel and lightly hoppy aroma. Caramel forward on the flavors too. Crackers are also prevalent, but a medicinal hoppy takeover comes next. Sourdough, spicy, leafy, pithy bitterness. Balance was OK, same as the beer, tough in a world of awesome pale ales.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2017 Boneyard Beer West Coast-Style DIPA

I was really looking forward to this 2017 Beer Camp beer! For real, Sierra Nevada and Oregon's Boneyard Beer should be able to figure out a fucking awesome West Coast-Style DIPA! Am I right?

And a pounder can too! 8.3% alcohol. The story on the back lets you know to expect an "intensely hop-heavy" beer. OK, I'm in!!!

Beautiful aroma full of tropical peaches, pineapples and tangerines. Whoa! Big pine and citrus WOMP of bitterness hits your palate first! But a beautiful tropical fruity streak comes next. Peaches pineapples, orange come then fade.

That fade leads to more spicy, dank, lingering bitter flavors. Bold bitter, enough nice balance, finish to let you know this is a bitter MoFo. Excellent beer! Loved everything about it! Those fruity flavors stood out so much my wife ignored her normal bitter hate and asked if this was brewed with a lot of oranges!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Samuel Adams Hefeweizen

Today I'm checking out Samuel Adams Hefeweizen. The label shows a raft with a cooler and a few paddles. 5.4% alcohol. 14 IBU.

Banana and a faint spicy aroma. Wheaty twang comes first. Definitely can taste banana flavors, too. Soft spiciness with cloves. On the sweet side but not overly so. Spices build as you drink more. Not bad.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2017 The Bruery Raspberry Sundae Ale

Next up on the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2017 tour: The Bruery Raspberry Sundae Ale, a beer brewed with lactose, cocoa, vanilla and raspberries. 8.0% alcohol. PKGD 04/21/17. Let's see if this hits their ice cream sundae inspiration.

Aroma is tough to find but has some light raspberry and cocoa there, very tame. WOW! Flavors all up in your face, super interesting! Raspberries shine from the start, bright, tart, excellent. Then layers of flavor wash over that, cocoa and vanilla in one super nuanced wave.

Alcohol is noticeable, continuously bringing out the raspberries in full force. Prickly carbonation. Super creative, really liked it. Definitely delivered on promise from its name!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Two Brothers Hop Centric DIPA

Two Brothers Artisan Brewing recently sent me a can of their Hop Centric DIPA. We get some of their beers here in Miami, but I haven't seen this one on the liquor store shelves. Maybe soon, as it's a seasonal.

A story on the back of the can sets your expectations. The beer is released just in time for Two Brothers Summer Festival. 9.9% alcohol. 100.1 IBU.

Lots of pine, a little citrus and a hint of spiciness in the aroma. Spicy, citrus flavors to start. Bright, sharp, hoppy flavors shine as well. Interesting and unique. There is a very distinct caramel richness adding some sweet balance.

A little alcohol heat in the chest at the finish lets you know who's boss. Terrific and different. Loved it!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Brunetta Oud Bruin Ale

Yeah, Brunetta is definitely winking at me! Ommegang recently released their collaboration with Belgium's Liefmans--Brunetta Oud Bruin Ale. The label definitely sets your expectations, "Tart with a touch of sweetness, refreshing and perfectly balanced maltiness and acidity."

The story on the back titled "Where Heaven Met Earth and Stayed Awhile" also gives some history and finishes describing this beer as a "fine ale all about elegant refreshment." 11.2 oz bottle. 5% alcohol. Best By 02/2019

Generic malty aroma, brown bread. Lightly tart to start, also plenty acidic with some apple cider flavors. A malty caramel answer does come. Nutty as well. Dark fruits, maybe prunes and bread round out the profile. Interesting but definitely not a style I adore. No Heaven for me. Let me know what you think.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Bermuda Style Pilsner

Narragansett Bermuda Style Pilsner is the OFFICIAL beer of America's Cup 2017, taking place in Bermuda. The beer was brewed to celebrate the history of America's Cup and "yacht building excellence of Bristol, Rhode Island." I'm pretty sure this was brewed in Rochester, NY though. Pounder can with some nice artwork. 5% alcohol. Pairs nicely with spicy island dishes.

Grainy, lemon aroma. Nice honey sweetness to start. Grainy, bready sweet continues. There is definitely a tangy component as well. A touch of lemon and citrus bitterness add some balance. A little prickly carbonation is also a welcome component. A little sweet but tasty enough. Check it out before it's gone!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Brand New Normal Berliner Style Weisse Ale

Denmark's Mikkeller Brewing has a San Diego Brewery too. Brand New Normal Berliner Style Weisse Ale was brewed there. The can features the Mikkeller cartoon guy with nine different hair styles. I gave the can to my 15 year old (after it was empty) for some ideas! Canned on 2/2/2017. 3.2% alcohol.

Lemony tart aroma, salty, briney. Nicely tart flavors come first as well but definitely on the tame side. Lemony, nice twang, citric, more tartness.

Really like this style. Brand New Normal is refreshing with nice lingering flavors.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale

I recently saw cans of Cigar City's Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale on my local liquor store shelf over on the SE Florida coast. Duh, of course I grabbed one! The story on the back of the can suggests one of the brewers was thinking out loud one day about a beer tasting like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Brainstorming began and here's the beer.

They start with the decadent Maduro Brown Ale as a base then add raisins, vanilla and cinnamon. How could this possibly go wrong? The can story ends with "a beer that tastes like it was baked in Grandma's oven." So get ready! Canned 06/02/17 Drunk (I did that for you) 06/18/17. 5.5% alcohol. 25 IBU.

Smells awesome, full of cinnamon and raisins and chocolate, just beautiful. Smell and taste totally hit the beer name! Chocolate base is so luscious and creamy, showcasing the perfect amount of cinnamon and great sweet raisins. Brown sugar comes too.

Sweet, and that's the risk here I think, but for sure there's enough balance. Can't drink a sixer back-to-back, but the first two were super enjoyable. Great flavors and textures. Maduro, I love you. And Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, I love you too!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Beer Camp 2017 Duvel Moortgat Hoppy Belgian-Style Golden Ale

Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across the World 2017 collaboration with Duvel Moortgat was actually the first of the mixed 12 pack I tasted, even though not the first one I published about here. Don't read into that, means nothing on the back end. On the front side of things, though, it means Duvel is one of my favorite breweries and I can't want to try their beers!

Hoppy Belgian-Style Golden Ale is brewed with lemon peel, and the story on the back of the bottle gets you pretty psyched to try this new beer! PKGD 04/19/17. 8.0% alcohol.

Lemony with some malty bready sweet aroma, not strong but very pleasant. Sweet, malty, bready flavors also open things up but are quickly pitted against some candied lemon rind. There is plenty of Belgian yeasty character throughout.

Nicely hoppy, lightly bitter and a little bit of spice. Repeat. Soft enjoyable flavors: apples, bread and a sharp streak of lemon. Bright and flavorful. Nice beer!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Stone Ghost Hammer IPA

Another Stone Brewing IPA? No Way! Stone recently released Ghost Hammer IPA in honor of their overnight crew. You can read the story on the back of the can, but the silver and white contrast with a lot of reflections will probably drive you batshit crazy--just click that link and read it on their website. I'm pretty sure that's what the Stone marketing department had in mind anyway.

But I digress... Basically, The Ghost Hammer is the name of the mysterious and "mischievous poltergeist companion" that roams the nighttime brewery making "weird ghostly sounds" and keeping the staff on their toes. Canned 05/24/17. Released 06/05/17. Consumed 06/17/17. 6.7% alcohol. 56 IBU.

Orange and Tang (yeah, like the astronauts drank) aroma, tangerine citrus, bright. Very juicy flavors: tangerines, orange, tangy.

Sweet to start but enough underlying hoppy bitter answer. And while leaning bitter overall, this isn't really very bitter or hoppy at all for this brewery! Tasty though I prefer Stone IPA and many other of their hoppier offerings. One of the most tame and balanced beers I've ever had from this brewery! Good beer. Good story.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Two Brothers Pahoehoe Coconut Ale

Two Brothers Artisan Brewing sent me two beers recently to check out. Pahoehoe Coconut Ale sounds like a nice place to start! This is the brewery's newest seasonal. The story on the back of the can sets your expectations, for a beer to drink with "your feet up in the air, some music in the air." 5.2% alcohol. 16.1 IBU. Best By 10/31/17. Go nuts for coconuts!

Aroma full of coconut with hints of vanilla and tangerine. Sweet coconut flavor also shines, super smooth and creamy texture. A light, tangy citrus flavor follows. Hints of vanilla and toast round out a nicely balanced, very enjoyable beer. Flavors linger long after each sip. Check it out.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Nitro Series Orange Cream Ale

A Pounder Can of Breckenridge Nitro Series Orange Cream Ale? Yes please! Actually the can is 15.2 oz, probably because the nitro thingy needed some of the volume. 5.5% alcohol. Best By 09/29/17.

Nice cascade on the pour. Orange and vanilla aroma. Super creamy. Orange, citrus, tang. Nice sweetness but not too much. After the orange fades after each sip, there's a little off flavor that lingers, metallic or cardboard. Didn't love that. Was OK.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Samuel Adams Session IPA

Today I'm checking out Samuel Adams Seasonal Session IPA. You know these guys are canning beers now right? There's a story about Samuel Adams, mastermind of the Boston Tea Party and brewer, on the side of the can. 4.5% alcohol. 40 IBU. Best By Sep 2017.

Fruity, hoppy aroma with some lemon. Flavors are softly hoppy, lemony with some bitterness. Light apple fruitiness and a little herbal action like Sam Adams always has.

Not sharp or bright and more than a little boring. This is the Sam Adams tame version of a great session IPA. Not bad but NO ALL DAY IPA or GO TO IPA!

All that being said, my wife thought it was great, and my guess is she's more the target of this beer. I guess restraint is key to winning! So nice job with that Sammy! Check it out!