Friday, January 26, 2018
New Belgium Fat Tire Belgian White Special Release. Yeah, I said it, New Belgium did a variation on their classic Fat Tire beer, brewing it with Seville orange peel and coriander. The bike on this label has a basket full of tomatoes, wonder where it's heading? 5.2% alcohol.
Tangy and spicy aroma, plenty of orange. Chewy texture. Tangy and herbal flavors, that distinct New Belgium yeast right at the beginning. Spicy coriander builds within a few sips. Orange citrus it bright and a nice balance for the texture. Was OK.
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Lots of cinnamon and ginger and cocoa for an aroma, I suppose "greeting the season with joy and merriment." Subtle start to the flavors, soft cocoa, touch of caramel. Spicy ginger arrives next in full force, gives a little of that ginger burn.
Not bad but wanted more porter-like flavors, chocolate, caramel, roast, versus this spice-driven, ginger-dominated interpretation. Not bad.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
I saw a boxed six pack of Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing IPA a few weeks ago at my local liquor store. Instead of breaking out one beer, which I usually do, I took the whole box home. Duh, this is Sierra Nevada!
As the story goes, the brewery decided after tasting this beer directly from the tanks, that it needed nothing more. So they canned it straight from the tanks on 12/05/17. Drink 01/06/18. 6.7% alcohol.
Fruity orange aroma, lightly tropical. Orange and lemon citrus flavors come first. While candied sweetness starts, it is met with some spicy, grassy citrus rind and bite. Juicy, nicely balanced.
Honestly, while the flavor was very nice, it seemed a little "Plain Jane," especially for this brewery. "Unfiltered Hop Bomb"??? --->>> NO WAY!!! Let me know what you think.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Stone Brewing has a Rotating Single-Hop Series called Hop Revolver. I found their Simcoe Hop version in a mixed 12 pack a few months ago. Bottled 10/??/17. Drink 11/19/17. 7.7% alcohol.
Fruity aroma, bright, tropical orange and pineapple. Beautiful flavors full of juicy tangerines and pineapples. Spicy, good bitterness, just enough, perfect. Nicely carbonated, super fresh. Excellent beer!
Monday, January 22, 2018
Brooklyn Brewery recently sent their Naranjito Orange Pale Ale to Miami. 4.5% alcohol. Best By May 13, 2018. "Black Ops" bottle cap!
Big sweet juicy orange citrus aroma, tangy too. Juicy orange flavors. Tang for astronauts. An initial sweetness is tamed with some spiciness and bitter answer.
Orange! Orange! Orange! Orange! Orange! Orange! Orange! Orange! Orange! Orange! Orange!
I liked it! If you love oranges, check it out!
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Remember back in December, 2009 when I first checked out Santa Fe Brewing's Nut Brown Ale? Of course you do! And the story that went with the review is a classic!
Anyway, a friend of mine from Santa Fe sent me a can of the beer recently, so I figured 8 years between reviews is an OK repeat! 5.2% alcohol.
Malty aroma, with a light nuttiness. Very smooth texture. Sweet caramel, touch of nutty flavor. This beer has a lot of herbal quality. Simple but good flavors.
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Today I'm checking out Blue Moon's Pacific Apricot Wheat. Brewer's Select, Crafted With Ripened Washington Apricots. I love that they stick it to the hard-core craft beer community, using their words! 5.6% alcohol. 178 calories. 16.4g carbs. 0g fat. 1.2g protein.
Wow! Huge apricot aroma, super ripe and sweet. Super sweet apricot flavors come first. Some wheaty tanginess follows. Syrupy texture.
While the apricots taste delicious, this beer gets a "Capital B" Blech for its overly sweet flavors and terrible syrupy texture. There was just no answer for either. I bet this beer would work in some recipes for someone with cooking ambitions!
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Two Florida lifeguards recently won Season 2 of TV's Beerland with their Man-Go-War Wheat Ale. You can watch the season finale and winner announcement by clicking that link. That win secured a deal with Golden Road Brewery to brew and distribute the beer.
Man-Go-War is a blueberry-flavored wheat ale with mango and some heat. 5.0% alcohol.
There is a wheaty twang in the aroma and just a faint hint of blueberries. The flavors, however, show a huge dose of blueberry from the first sip! Nice texture, wheaty twang here as well.
Some peppery spiciness builds with a few sips with some mango coming at the finish of each sip. By the end of the glass, I felt like the mango stood out, replacing the initial blueberry rush, an interesting reversal. And there is definitely a spicy, peppery heat that lingers into the finish.
Good concept, flavorful. I liked it!
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Weyerbacher's Berry Monks Tripel is a play on their Merry Monks Tripel, brewed with cranberries, orange peel and ginger. I'm gonna drink it right now! 9.3% alcohol. Several cranberry hot air balloons are leaving a castle on the label, probably just a typical beer run! PACKAGED 10/31/17.
Fruity, berry aroma. Taste shows a lot of honey and apples and cranberries with a little zesty orange. Those cranberries add a nice tart sharpness against that underlying sweetness.
Ginger builds, pretty spicy, sharp and aggressive! For me, way too much going on in this beer, and not in a complementary way. NOT a fan.
Friday, January 5, 2018
I saw last month that Sierra Nevada has a Fresh Hop mixed 12-pack and had to check it out! Fresh Hop IPA was the first one I grabbed (Fresh Hop Session, Fresh Hop Double and Celebration Ale were the others in the pack). PKGD 10/13/17. Drink 12/3/17. 6.4% alcohol.
Aroma jumps out of the glass, bright lemony citrus, candied lemon. Memorable! Bright, sharp citrus flavors come first, quite a dose of lemon and grapefruit. Some pine and floral character but that citrus is a bomb!
Astringent, very fresh, nasal cleanser. I liked but it certainly could have used a little more balance! Check it out!
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Hollywood (FL) Brewing recently started distributing some beers locally. Roadhead Session IPA was my choice for today, "session" despite its 6.3% alcohol. 65 IBU. The can depicts a skeleton biker. #HollywoodBrewing
Fruity orange and citrus aroma meets a touch of pine. Similar flavors, fruity orange and citrus to start. Spicy, peppery, some dank hoppy goodness, nicely bitter.
Pine builds with each sip adding some resinous character. Nice prickly carbonation. Has a little bit of everything working in harmony. Nice beer!
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
NWA got nothing on Rogue's Straight Outta Newport... Oregon! This DIPA is packaged in a pounder can, can art seems to try to make the brewers seem Gangsta! There's a story called Dare. Risk. Dream. which sets your expectations on "a beer unlike any [they've] ever brewed." 8.7% alcohol. 73 IBU. Canned 11/30/17.
Awesome aroma! Super bright, tangerine and lemon citrus. Flavors start the same, excellent tropical tangerine and pineapple, tangy, bright, candied lemon rind!
The bitter answer is excellent, citrus, some pine, a little dankness, hints of spicy, and an alcohol kick. This beer has it all! Delicious!
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Cracked open a can of Karbach Brewing's Mother-in-Lager this afternoon. I asked my wife if she got the joke in the name. Eyes rolled. Coincidentally, mi suegra has been visiting during these holidays, so I asked her to check out the beer too. And she NEVER tries any of my beers when here.
Turns out this beer reminded her of some malt drink in Colombia and she LOVED it! She drank the whole can! The story on the can is hilarious, talking about "the woman who brings a big serving of judgment to every occasion." My mother-in-law isn't like that at all, but pretty funny still. I posted the story below. Crafted 10/17/17. 5.8% alcohol. 25 IBU
Dark bread, roasty aroma. Roast, bitter coffee to start but that's really greeted by a very malty base. Caramel, brown bread, malty, hints of smoke, tiny bit nutty. For me, was an OK beer but I guess "She's Back!" So the only beer my mother-in-law ever drank with me is named Mother-in-Lager and she loved it!?!?!
"What can you say about the woman who brings a big serving of judgment to every occasion? Sometimes it’s best to say nothing at all. Mother-in-Lager recognizes those who have shown glimpses of sweetness through their otherwise bitter exterior and feels for those who have to put up with it. Brewed with dark malts and German hops, this brew's depth of flavor will allow you to relax and bite your tongue while she reorganizes your entire kitchen. So grab a 6’er of Mother-in-Lager and be prepared for the next time she comes to visit!
Aww who are we kidding? No matter what she may say or do, we still love her!"
Monday, January 1, 2018
Happy New Year! Today I'm checking out Dogfish Head's Oak-Aged Siracusa Nera. Siracusa Nera is a Russian Imperial Stout with Syrah Grape must added then aged in American Oak. 10% alcohol. 60 IBU. Bottled On 10/11/17
Rich chocolate and caramel aroma with some roast. The same chocolate and caramel flavors come first, but there is a distinct streak of acidic grape flavor, adding some wine-like character.
Some prune and cherry flavors show in the background along with more roasted malt. A little boozy, didn't really find any oak. That grapey flavor really tames the richness of the beer, while also lingering into the finish.
Interesting. I liked it. Very complex though I was happy there wasn't so much going on to just be a mess of flavors. Check it out!