Tonight’s beer is one that Val picked out for me. It was a shelf turd in the mixed six-pack area. DuClaw puts out a lot interesting beers and this one sounded like it would be hit or miss, but nowhere in between.

quickstartmyheart

ABV: 6.8%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Strawberry Milk Stout is medium/full-bodied and black in color with a silky mouthfeel, a moderately strong 6.8% ABV, and sweet flavors and aromas of strawberry and chocolate, accented by notes of coffee and caramel, that will ‘quickly’ make it one of your favorites, too.”

Random: Strawberry jam is my favorite, with raspberry being a close second. I just don’t like when the seeds get caught in my teeth.

The brew poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown in color with no visible carbonation. The nose had a lot of bitter chocolate with strawberry syrup. The strawberry syrup was incredibly artificial. The taste was also filled with bitter chocolate and lactose. There was also smoke along with the same strawberry extract note. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a quick and bitter finish with chocolate. A bottle of this was $1.67, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. I could see where this beer was trying to go, but the artificial fruit notes took away from the beer. I wouldn’t have this beer again unless they changed the recipe.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Funky Buddha is now getting distribution to Philadelphia. I have tried a bunch of their beers, but didn’t know they made a blood orange beer. I haven’t found a blood orange beer that I’ve truly enjoyed, so I hope this one changes my mind.

moromoro

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “More Moro Blood Orange IPA is back! We ceremoniously slaughtered heaps of crimson-fleshed ‘Moro’ fruit to retrieve its delicious ichor, and then blended it with caramel malts and grapefruity hops to produce the sticky, citrus blast that we crave. Oranges: you’re on notice.”

Random: This is a March to May seasonal beer.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange color with light carbonation visible. The nose was everything that I’ve ever wanted from a blood orange beer. It was filled with fresh squeezed blood orange juice and grass. I couldn’t pick up more from the nose. The taste even better. It was the same fresh blood orange juice. It also had a Campari note with grass. There was pine sap as well, but it still let the citrus shine. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with blood orange rind. I got a bottle for $2.77, which came to $.23 per ounce. This beer was easily the best blood orange beer that I ever tried. I will be getting a few more six-packs of this without a doubt.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Val is stuck on the couch since she has a really bad cold. It’s been awhile since she’s been this sick. We’ve decided that we’re not leaving the house today so she can relax and rest up and get better. The cats are asleep on the couch and we’re binging on Netflix. It sounds like a successful day to me. Let’s get to the beer. This was one of the highlights of our Maryland trip a few years ago.

birdhousepale

ABV: 5%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The boys of summer are back home in Baltimore, and we thought we’d get you ready with this nice pale ale. 5% abv.”

Random: They make a mean cheeseplate at The Brewer’s Art and the quince paste was exceptional.

The beer poured with a finger of thick, white head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, amber color with moderate carbonation. The nose had a decent amount of sweetness and Belgian yeast. It had peach and some grassy hops as well. The taste started with grass and Pilsner malt. There wasn’t a lot of sweetness and there was only a slight lemon presence and yeast as well. The body was medium thickness with just enough carbonation. The finish took awhile and was earthy. A can of this was $1.67, which came to $.14 per ounce. This wasn’t bad and I enjoyed drinking it. If you find a can, give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

We’re getting closer and closer to Spring, which means that a review of a bright table beer is in order. As mentioned in a bunch of blog posts before, I post about six months in advance in case work gets busy and I can’t get to posting. This beer was part of the Beer Camp mixed six-pack last year.

sweetsunnysouth

ABV: 4.9%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The south holds strong to its traditional flavors—tea, honey-sweet peaches and corn grits—so we looked at those culinary cues for this southern-inspired table beer. With a golden grainy malt body and complex tangy finish from the fruit, tea and herbs, Sweet Sunny South is perfect for sultry summer sipping”

Random: It’s also getting closer to barbecue season.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and yellow with moderate carbonation. On the nose, I picked up notes a lot of fruit. Specifically there was guava, pineapple and papaya. There was also a floral characteristic along with honey that went into lemon. The taste was just as bright with a lot of fruit and lemon pith. It went into wildflowers and floral tea. The body was thin with moderate carbonation. It had a quick floral and wildflower honey finish. I don’t remember how much I paid for this beer, but it had some good flavor and was easy to throw back. It was one of the high points of the mixed pack.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I managed to find this beer hanging out on the shelf. Off Color keeps putting out quality liquid, so any time I see a beer from them, it ends up coming home with me.

hyperpredator

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “When you are a Farmhouse Ale the top of the food chain, you ingest everything in sight. SOMETIMES coffee bean are in sight. WHEN YOU INGest those, it takes you to a whole ‘nother trophic level. THEN YOU ARE ON TOP OF THE TOP. WHEN YOU GET ON TOP OF THE TOP IT’S HARD TO COME BACK DOWN. BUT WHY COME DOWN? YOU ARE ALREADY AT A DIFFERENT LEVEL! MAN, THIS COFFEE FARMHOUSE ALE IS GOOD!!! WHY AM I FEELING MY HEART THIS MUCH!?”

Random: Val got me a hat from Off Color for my birthday that fits perfectly.

The brew poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with black coffee, Belgian yeast and golden raisins. I also picked up light spice. The taste was also a lot of coffee, but it was lighter on the taste than in the nose. Belgian yeast came through next with apricot. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with coffee. A bottle of this was $1.67, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. This was a really unique beer and the addition of coffee made it even more drinkable. If you see this on shelves, pick it up.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is a beer that Val brought me back last time she went to DC. I haven’t heard much about it, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect.

manorhillipa

ABV: 6.8%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This aroma forward IPA showcases the versatile Mosaic hop. Tropical fruit and pine aromas completely dominate the nose. El Dorado and Centennial hops combine to round out the hop bill and provide a firm hoppy flavor profile accompanied by American 2-Row and Belgian Special Aromatic malts for balance. A heavy dose of Mosaic in the dry hopping provides you with a juicy hop punch that finishes slightly dry.”

Random: “Fuller House” is slightly ridiculous, but I do enjoy watching it.

The beer poured with a huge, four finger, cream-colored head. It took awhile for it to go away and didn’t leave much in terms of lacing. The body was a clear, mahogany color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was pretty astringent and really grassy. I didn’t pick up any malt to counter the hop notes. The taste was more towards lemony. I got lemon juice and lemon zest. Freshly cut grass came through too. The malt came through at the end and was lightly toasted. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation, making it really drinkable. The finish was swift and grassy. A can of this set me back $2.00, which broke down to $.17 per ounce. This was a solid beer, but didn’t wow me. If you see it, I’d still give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Allagash that gets high marks. Everything from their barrel collection tends to be pretty solid.

evora

ABV: 9%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Evora is a golden hued ale with aromas of tropical fruit, honey, and spice. Citrus, oak, and earthiness dominate the flavor and give way to hints of bread crust. Malty and robust, this medium bodied beer finishes fruity, dry, and slightly tart. We brew this beer with Maris Otter Malt and flaked oats, and hop with Sorachi Ace, Hallertau and Northern Brewer. Evora begins fermenting on stainless steel with a classic Belgian yeast strain, then moves over to Portuguese Brandy Barrels, where it ages with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis for over a year.”

Random: I can’t remember if I’ve ever had apple brandy on its own.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a golden-yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was bright with apple juice, apricot and golden raisin and light spice. The Sorachi Ace hops came through with lemongrass too. The taste had some bright tropical hops. Again, the Sorachi Ace really stood out. There was also an apple brandy note which gave it more depth. The spice characteristic was lacking, but what did come out was clove. It had some tartness at the end. The body was lighter than expected with high carbonation. It had a lengthy lemongrass and tart finish. The bottle was $18.99 as you can see from the convenient price tag on the bottle. It came to $1.50 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer, but the price point is prohibitive of buying a second bottle. If you have the extra cash, this is worth picking up.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0