Sunday, December 31, 2017

Deep Ellum IPA

A co-worker told me Dallas' Deep Ellum Brewing has made significant strides since she was in college. Simultaneously, like they were sharing one brain, another co-worker sent me some Deep Ellum beers including Deep Ellum IPA. This is their "year 'round ode to the Pacific Northwest Hop." The can design is either genius or that of a 3rd grade art class. This particular can has a bunch of birds on it. 7% alcohol. 70 IBU.

Sweet orange and tangerine aroma, juicy and delicious. Fruity orange flavors, tropical, nicely sweet at the start. Citrus and pine bitterness balance the beer and take it to its expected bitter profile. Very good flavors and totally yum!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Salty Lady

A friend in Texas recently sent me a box of local beers. Martin House The Salty Lady, a tart and refreshing Gose, was one of the first cans I grabbed. Made in Texas by Texans (in Fort Worth). There is a lady made of salt on the can. She probably looked back at Sodom and Gomorrah or something like that! 5.2% alcohol.

Super cloudy appearance, like a thick morning juice with pulp. Salty and tart grapefruit aroma. And this has a huge grapefruit flavor. Salty, nicely tart and lemony flavors, a tiny bit spicy. Has some body and texture which most gose don't. I liked it though maybe a little too thick texture-wise which subtracted from refreshment.

But seriously, this is the flavor profile that Corona tries to have you create with salt and citrus to kill the flavor of Corona. Nicely done!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Rome City IPA

Brew Hub in Lakeland, FL brews some of their own beers besides contract brewing for some pretty awesome breweries. A few months ago, the store manager of my local haunt suggested their Rome City IPA, a new edition to their shelves. I checked it out then but was also in the same store when a guy had the staff grab a ladder so he could take an extra case of the stuff home with him!

Anyway, the can tells a story how Lakeland was almost named Rome City but nobody really knows why. Sounds like a wiki story, but it's how this beer was named. 5.8% alcohol.

Citrus aroma, candied orange rind, nice and juicy. Bright citrus flavors come first, sharp tangerine rinds, nicely bitter with just enough juicy sweet balance. Lightly tangy.

Dry throughout with a light astringency. Long lingering orange flavors left behind. Was good though I wanted a little more sweet balance. Check it out.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Arabicadabra Coffee Milk Stout

Arabicadabra? That is a WIN name, very clever! This is Bell's new Coffee Milk Stout which of course I decided to check out. A little story explains brewers' magic, coffee, and what the magician is doing on the label. 5.5% alcohol. PKG 10/17/2017

Excellent coffee and roasty aroma with chocolate. Super creamy. Plenty of roast and char, hint of smoke. Chalky texture.

Coffee is rich and delicious. Caramel and touch of cocoa are welcome additions. Good body. Nice beer! Check it out!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Star Trek The Next Generation Captain's Holiday

There's a Star Trek Beer? Yep! Shmaltz Star Trek The Next Generation Captain's Holiday hit shelves recently. They are celebrating 30 years of the series. 4.8% alcohol, says my bottle (their website says 5.5%). My guess after tasting is that this is a pale ale.

Fruity aroma with ripe mango, juicy, sweet, tangerine citrus. Similar flavors, very fruity and juicy, especially the loads of tangerine citrus.

A little spicy, hoppy bitterness does show through nicely. Dry at the finish. Very good beer with lots of flavor. Check it out!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Ommegang Smoked Porter

Ommegang Smoked Porter is the brewery's newest limited edition beer. The bottle tells a little story-feel free to read it below in a font size bigger than the bottle offered. The label features a pipe and bottle merging in representation of what they hope to accomplish with this beer. 7.6% alcohol.

Nice chocolate and caramel aroma with hints of butterscotch, sweet and rich. Chocolate flavors come first with the smoke really shining through. Some burnt sugars flavors show through too. Sweet caramel, a little pruney flavor in the background.

Well balanced. Smokey flavors linger on the palate after each sip. Tasty beer!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Mighty Things Imperial IPA

Inspired by a Teddy Roosevelt speech, Victory Brewing's Mighty Things Imperial IPA is what I'm checking out today. Enjoy By 15APR2018. 8.3% alcohol.

Very nice aroma full of orange citrus, very juicy, super fresh hops. Juicy orange sweet flavors are met immediately by an excellent citrus and bitterness. Spicy! Some pine creeps in but it's a citrus-forward beer, tangy, tangerines and oranges.

Good body, glad it wasn't too sweet like some DIPA. YUM, very tasty! One tip is to let it warm up a little out of the fridge when the flavors will pop more!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

White Marlin Wit

Sailfish Brewing's White Marlin Wit recently appeared in a can on my local liquor store shelves. Sailfish is a Ft. Pierce, FL brewery that I visited two summers ago, got to meet the head brewer and a local city official day drinking with us! Nice label art on the can. 5.0% alcohol. 13 IBU

Lots of wheat with orange citrus on the nose. Wheaty, chewy texture. Orange citrus does break up the texture somewhat. Coriander and pepper show in the finish of each sip. Not bad, but the texture took away some refreshment. I'm pretty sure the beer was better at the brewery! Go visit!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Liquid Truth Serum IPA

"You Can Handle the Truth!" Well at least Dogfish Head thinks you guys can with their Liquid Truth Serum IPA. The label was done by artist Marq Spusta as part of the brewery's Off-Centered Art Series. And yeah, I have asked Dogfish for some unused labels to have Marq sign for another cool contest!

The art depicts some magic show or circus featuring dancing hops. 6.8% alcohol. Bottled On 09/27/17. "Truthfully Hoppy Without Being Deceptively Bitter."

Fruity aroma, very tame yet pleasant, citrus with maybe a hint of peach. Fruity flavors too, a little orange and citrus to start. A touch of pine, a little spicy, floral too.

Not overly bitter, a very balanced IPA. Dry with some light astringency at the finish. A little boring, mostly muted flavors. I prefer a bold stand in one category at least with an IPA: fruity, hoppy, bitter, some platform that takes a stand!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Barrel of Monks Three Fates Tripel

Barrel of Monks recently started distributing their Three Fates Tripel here locally. I'm sure you remember my visit to the brewery, right? I tried the beer that day but wanted a "home alone" chance to check it out. 9% alcohol and a story on the label to set your expectations.

Very pleasant aroma, sweet, fruity, very bright orange and some yeast. Similar flavors to start. Fruity, candy, honey sweetness. There is definitely a hoppy balance though. Dry.

The alcohol shows and really carries the wave of orange flavors. Yeasty character. Totally delicious! Lingering fruity finish.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Bushka Stout

Today I'm checking out Hollywood Brewing's Bushka Stout. Yes, Hollywood, FLORIDA, duh! This comes in a pounder can, nicely decorated with one of those Russian dolls. I checked the internets and best I can do with Bushka is "cute face," which makes sense. Urban dictionary has a few more takes, LOL.

"Brewed locally near the ocean, sand and seashells of the Sunshine State." 9.4% alcohol #HollywoodBeer

Light chocolate aroma, not that big. Flavors are a little fuller, rich chocolate and cocoa, caramel, some Publix cola and hints of dark fruit. There is a little spicy character. I convinced myself it has a cinnamon quality though I don't think that's an ingredient.

A little roasty, tiny char, noticeable alcohol, some kick. Was an OK beer! Check it out on the Hollywood Broadwalk!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Yard House Sawgrass Mills Grand Opening

After a series of week-long special event parties, Yard House opened its Sawgrass Mills location to the public last Saturday 12/9 at 8pm! I was fortunate enough to be invited to check out the new place in the last party before that happened.

I was expecting a smallish gathering, and while my perfect record of on-time attendance showed that might be the case, it was clear later on this was a big gathering. I didn't know anyone but the staff made me feel like I was friends with everyone!

A few beers, passed hors d'oeuvres (the wings were the best of the night, juicy and spicy) to check out a lot of what Yard House offers, super friendly and knowledgeable staff, what more could I ask for? Except more beers?!?

Now... I've tried almost every beer on the menu, but there were some I was aiming for. And the Yard House staff had no problem offering little tastes to see if you wanted to go "all-in" on a particular beer. Funniest moment: bartender can't find Bud Light tap and manager can't either (for whatever poor sap was asking for that crap)!!!

The first thing I asked for was a taste of their Anniversary Tripel, brewed in Belgium with Brasserie de Silly, then aged in cognac barrels. Yeah, right? Duh! I took a sip then immediately ordered a full glass! Sweet but super awesome!

Besides that, I am in love with Civil Society's Fresh IPA. My wife was like "I've never tasted a beer that I think is more your style." We bonded after that perfection. I almost proposed all over again!

One Green Flash beer was kicked from the prior parties, a few beers on the menu still didn't arrive since Keg Day, but Yard House is a sweet addition to the brutality which is Sawgrass Mills shopping. Wives should drop their husbands off here, with gift card in hand, of course!

One last comment: this was the best service I have ever received at any bar ever! I've been to some really awesome events, private at The Biltmore, etc., and damn these guys and gals crushed that aspect. If they keep that up, everyone will always stop by! The end.

Crusted Salmon, might have been second favorite

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Budweiser 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager

All of you have seen Bud's TV push on their Budweiser 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager on commercials. It should be awesome, right? They rolled out their old label and bottle and some stuff about repealing prohibition, but this is just Bud right?

Nope. This is Bud 6.1% which I tasted out of my "Bud Product Pint Glass." Grainy, caramel, toasty aroma. The flavors are similar, full of sweet grain, caramel, some nuttiness. Herbal with a hint of alcohol.

Screams MACRO! Off-putting sweetness and generally corny flavors, metallic finish, bad aftertaste.

Sorry I was hoping for better but was screwed!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Enjoy By 12.25.17 Unfiltered IPA

Stone Brewing released another "Enjoy By" beer recently, this time an unfiltered IPA due by 12.25.17, an Enjoy By Christmas beer! This can is "Joyously Fresh," canned on 11/19/2017. 9.4% alcohol.

Stone Enjoy By 12.25.17 Unfiltered IPA has a beautiful color and a bright sweet tangerine aroma. Flavors start out juicy, tropical, fresh, with tangerines and a hint of mango.

Spicy and sharp next, prickly carbonation. Excellent bitterness counters the initial sweet fruitiness. Alcohol provides a noticeable kick. Fantastic, as usual.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple

Quad Day 2017 (#QuadDay) was FANTASTIC! It started with a bottle of this awesome Quad and progressed into a party at my house celebrating my birthday and our new backyard featuring a travertine patio with a beautiful pergola! How did you celebrate this event?

Gulden Draak 9000 has a sweet candi, caramel and raisin aroma, while not hiding the booziness of the beer! Flavors are similar and then some! Caramel, raisins, bread, boozy. And then you get a huge hit of toffee! 10.7% alcohol.

Big body, rich, spicy with a touch of citrus. Delicious, sweet, yum!