Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Michigan's Short's Brewing is now apparently distributing their beers in South Florida! I caught a glimpse of flagship beer Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale at the Sprung Beer Festival in Miami a few weeks ago and immediately grabbed a can when it showed up on retail a few days later. 7.7% alcohol. 70 IBU. "A complex hop and malt theme park in your mouth."
Dank weed and citrus hoppy aroma. Flavors the same, highlighted by a dank bitterness, weed, and some orange citrus. Aggressively hoppy, spicy. BUT, this beer is not all hops. There is enough malty base to provide some balance. Perfect name! Love it!
Monday, April 29, 2019
Pounder Plus (16.9 oz can) of Huyghe's Delirium Red? Absolutely! This is a Belgian Ale brewed with Cherry and Elderberry. 8% alcohol. Was like $6 for the can too, so not cheap but in line with other Belgian ales of similar style, alcohol content, quality.
Way darker color than I was expecting, and the beer appeared a bit thick in texture. Very nice cherry aroma, full of excellent Belgian cherries, both sweet and tart.
Money! Rich, sweet and tart. TONS of cherries, hints of Belgian yeast. A nice alcohol streak really makes the cherries pop! Spicy bite will bite you! Excellent VERY COLD as suggested! Drink that way as some overly sweet flavors show with more warmth. A+ beer!
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Today I'm checking out Ommegang's Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Smoked Porter, a 2019 Limited Release beer. You all know how I feel about bourbon, and you all know how I feel about bourbon-barrel aging beer! [Takes another sip of Bulleit].
The barrel on my beer wasn't the only factor to consider. This was a $6 single bottle at the best retail price available. But everything Ommegang brews is GOLD, so there was not chance I wasn't going to give it a try. 8.9% alcohol (I believe the bottle, not the 9.5% from their website).
Awesome aroma, full of chocolate, caramel, tons of vanilla and an unmistakable bourbon sweetness. Similar flavors. You start with chocolate and cocoa and a huge dose of vanilla. Light roast.
Flavors show the bourbon character much more than the aroma. Spicy bourbon edge, some heat, but not overdone and an excellent complement to the beer's flavors. I don't really find any smoke but whatever. Excellent change-up for IPA Man (me)! Check it out!
Sunday, April 7, 2019
North Coast Brewing has a special seasonal release with their Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse. Clear glass bottle, pretty sure doesn't matter since drinking fresh and 0 IBU in this beer. Simple cute cherry blossom label art. 4.1% alcohol.
Nice cherry aroma, tart and sweet, has a candy smell. Nicely tart but still tame. Soft cherry juice sweet flavors. Carbonation brings out the cherry. Simple but tasty and very refreshing in ridiculous Miami April temps!
Monday, April 1, 2019
Founders KBS 2019? OK, even at $7 for the single 12 oz. bottle. This is an imperial stout brewed with coffee and chocolate then aged in Bourbon barrels for a year. Bottled On 02.05.19 Drink 03.24.19 12.2% alcohol. Hoping my "taste buds squeal with delight!"
Aroma is so choice! "If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up!" Lots of coffee and sweet chocolate, hints of vanilla and some definite bourbon sweetness. And that's before taking a sip!
Very rich! Sweet chocolate meets excellent coffee with a light roast, some bourbon there to complement it all. Vanilla, toffee, some spiciness, and a little alcohol, nice barrel character all around.
Alcohol at 12.2% is well hidden, but enhances each aspect a lot! (12.2 is my birthday too, and my buddy Britney Spears too). Absolutely luscious texture. Chocolate lingers on the palate forever! Beautiful!