Sunday, February 11, 2018

Hanalei Island IPA

Kona Brewing sent me a bottle of their Hanalei Island IPA, so duh I'm gonna drink it! This is a new beer to the continental USA for roughly a year, an IPA brewed with passionfruit, orange and guava. Bottled Nov15'17. Drink in Jan2018. 4.5% alcohol.

Very pleasant, fruity, citrus aroma. Super fruity flavors too, with orange sticking out and passionfruit taking a little spin. On the sweet side to start but there is a great bitter balance. A little thin but super refreshing. Simple easy drinker. In a world of awesome IPAs, even with the Hawaiian fruity twist, well, you know...

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Shock Top Ruby Fresh Grapefruit

Shock Top Ruby Fresh Grapefruit? Yeah, what the hell!?!?! After twisting off the cap, I poured this into my "Bud Drinking Glass." So this is a Belgian-style wheat ale brewed with citrus peels and coriander and other natural grapefruit and orange flavors. 5.2% alcohol.

Citrus rind, grapefruit aroma on top of a wheaty base. Tangy orange flavors come first, plenty of citrus rind. Coriander is noticeable. Not really sure about any grapefruit, shock topping considering the name of the beer!

The texture is kind of dirty, thick, grainy. And an underlying unpleasant flavor persists. PASS!!!!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Flora Obscura Dry-Hopped Porter

Boulevard Brewing recently debuted a new seasonal: Flora Obscura Dry-Hopped Porter. This is a robust porter dry hopped with a variety of hops to give it a bright, tropical aroma and flavor. Sounds like an awesome experiment! 5.8% alcohol. 50 IBU. Enjoy By 11JUL2018. Drink 27JAN2018.

Beautiful tropical fruity aroma, so much like an awesome IPA I could hardly believe it. Didn't really smell anything "Porter."

Fruity sweet tropical flavors come first too. But as you take a few sips, a roasty-choco, burnt caramel flavor profile eases into the picture. Some coffee and light smokiness into the finish too.

It really is amazing how the two different parts of this beer are so far apart yet complement each other so well! An awesome creamy texture, night and day flavor contrasts feeding off the other. I liked this beer a lot!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Jersey Juice IPA

Flying Fish Jersey Juice IPA recently hit my local Miami liquor stores. The story on the back of the can talks of using cryogenic hop lupulin concentrate to create a hoppy character twice as intense. The story further sets your expectations for huge citrus, mango and tropical fruity flavors... um, why is this "Jersey Juice" then? Perhaps just because of where it's brewed?

I'm pretty sure Jersey is known for apples, blueberries, cranberries and peaches. Using or having hops that mimicked those flavors would really make this Jersey Juice. Anyway, the can does invite you to the tasting room, so maybe I'll discuss my suggestions in person! 6% alcohol. 33 IBU.

Bright tangerines, light piney aroma. Super rich hoppy flavors, intense. Lots of citrus, hints of tropical mango and tangerine. A little spicy, resinous pine builds with each sip. Dank but different. I liked it! Check it out!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Approachable Bastard Session IPA

Evans Brewing has beer crafting beers in Orange County (CA) since 1994. Today I'm checking out their Approachable Bastard Session IPA. The label on the bomber has a hop-head (literally has a hop for a head) about to enter a beer festival, but perhaps all the German Fest celebrations are keeping him out?

Anyway, the label art on this and a few others from the brewery are spectacular, and I'll try to arrange a contest to giveaway some signed labels. 4.8% alcohol. 52 IBU.

Bright orange, lightly spicy aroma. Orange citrus and hints of tropical flavors come first. Tangy and lightly sweet to start with a distinct spicy and piney balance.

Good flavors, approachable. NOT so much any kind of bastard but for sure check it out!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Kold Schauer

Today I'm checking out Kold Schauer, a Kolsch-style beer brewed by Sixpoint Brewery. The tall can doesn't tell the full story about the special Huell Melon Hops they brew the beer with, so be sure to click that link. But the can does tell me to expect "an icy cold torrent of pure suds." 4.9% alcohol. 23 IBU. "ALWAYS SCHAUER WITH A FRIEND."

Grainy aroma, some honey and nondescript fruitiness. Fruity flavors come first, with honeydew melon flavors leading the way, very noticeable. Grainy, a little spicy, sourdough bread and crackers.

There is a sharp little prickly thing going on too, hitting the palate over and over. Background sweet balance. Was a decent beer, not sure about the "icy cold torrent."

Monday, February 5, 2018

Hop Bullet Double IPA

Does Sierra Nevada ever stop creating new IPAs or methods to innovate on a style in which they dominate? I guess not! Hop Bullet Double IPA was on the local liquor store shelves today, so I grabbed a bottle.

Hop Bullet was brewed with a double-barreled blast of Magnum hops and lupulin dust! That's pure hoppy concentration! Let's see! 8.0% alcohol. A spring seasonal, for now.

Fruity orange aroma, pretty tame and not so big. Whoa! Flavors are super intense. Super juicy and fruity to start. Tropical, orange, mango, pineapple. But those sweeter flavors have a grassy, spicy, bitter answer with some citrus and pine showing too.

Excellent flavors, well balanced leaning bitter. Terrific!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

C Porter


LauderAle started canning and locally distributing their C Porter (coconut porter) recently. Why wouldn't they, considering C Porter's GOLD Medal win at GABF 2017 in the Field Beer category (David Minsky is my favorite, too). Oh, and that win came over their neighbor Funky Buddha's No Crusts, surely an additional super-satisfying caveat! Two Ft. Lauderdale breweries take gold and silver in one category at GABF? Damn straight!

So I tasted the beer over at my local liquor store a few weeks ago. The brewery rep told me they were canning more that day, so to look for it in-store soon. And sure enough, it was.

She also told me the GABF story. Gold medal winners are given a heads-up on wins though not told what category. Head Brewer Mike White caught a last-second flight to Denver to accept, as the brewery was not pouring for the event. Huge win and accomplishment. Congratulations!

I grabbed a can today. There's a story to set your expectations. My particular favorite part is hoping for "a Mounds bar in a glass." 6.5% alcohol. 23 IBU.

Milk chocolate sweet aroma, hint of coconut, not huge but nice and very inviting. Chocolate and caramel flavors show first with plenty of coconut coming next. Sweet to start, creamy and milky texture.

A little roast and faint char add some sweet relief, add balance. Excellent flavors and texture. Candy bar for the win! Medium body, leans sweet but for sure balanced. Check it out! (Don't forget this brewery is so close to FLL that any person on a layover can grab a few beers rather than deal with airport BS!)

Saturday, February 3, 2018


Blue Point Brewing created a Golden Ale using their dry hop Gold Medalist: Olympic Hops. OH LIMB PICK BEER comes in a pounder can with a gold label, and the brewery suggests you follow the lead of their brewers, taking home the gold while skipping the gym. Supposedly the beer was brewed with gold flakes but I didn't see any (I'll let you know if I see any later.) 5.3% alcohol. Canned On 01 12 2018.

Grainy, lightly fruity aroma with some hops, very pleasant. Fruity apple, light mango flavors to start, just barely on the sweet side. But a nice, hoppy bitterness follows, more fruitiness, super flavorful.

The flavors are accompanied by some prickly, sharp hits to the palate. Clean, refreshing, nice flavors! I gave you a few days to pick up some GOLD and root on the American Olympians!