Urbock 23°

All my cat has done tonight is meow at the screen door to go out. If you didn’t know better, you would think that he’s a dog that meows. Since I started taking him outside, he has started to wedge himself in between the glass door and the screen door to try to entice me to take him out on the leash. It’s quite adorable when he’s not constantly meowing. So, here’s another review that I did last week.

ABV: 9.6%

Style: Doppelbock

Trivia: According to austrianbeer.com, “Eggenberg Urbock beer tastes strong and full-flavoured. No wonder this beer creation is one of the most unique beer delicacies in Austria”

Random: I wonder how many people take their cats out on a leash.

This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly hazy, dark orange color with lots of active carbonation. The nose had a mineral quality to it with a floral sweetness which was a little unpleasant. The taste was even more unpleasant. It started with some malt, but then went into this sickly, artificial sweetness. It did improve slightly as it warmed. My thought was that this may have been old. The finish was long and sweet. The body was thick with lots of carbonation. The booze didn’t make a huge appearance, which was a little shocking to me. After a couple of sips, I just wasn’t into this beer at all. I was surprised because I thought that it would have been better.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Goose Island India Pale Ale

Long time, no update. Apparently wedding planning and a four year old take over your life. I’ve finally gotten to the point that I’ve accepted I won’t be doing daily beer reviews. I mean, it’s really not that much to sacrifice when I consider the whole wife and kid thing. So, I have a few reviews that I haven’t posted, so I’m going to try to get them all done tonight. Plus, I think Katie misses reading them at work. So, here’s the first one.

ABV: 5.9%

Style: English India Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our India Pale Ale recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result is a hop lover’s dream with a fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle, and long hop finish.”

Random: God, I love “It’s Always Sunny…” It’s absolutely ridiculous. It almost makes me miss Philly Beer Week like crazy.

This brew poured with a huge, two finger fluffy white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with lots of visible carbonation throughout the body. The nose had some pine and caramel malt. It was really nice and definitely smelled like an English IPA. The taste was all English IPA with mild pine and malt without many other flavors. The body was thick with decent carbonation. Booze was obviously not a factor on this brew. The finish was really long with pine. This wasn’t the best English IPA that I’ve had, but not the worst. I would have this again, but I’m not in a rush to have it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Great Divide 18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

I had one of my EMT recert classes today. Since I have a year until I have to officially recert, I’ve been breaking them up. I did have all my elective credits done within a year of getting my new cert though. So, after being stuck in class all day, I’m home to enjoy a brew or two. This is one that I’ve really been looking forward to.

ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “18TH ANNIVERSARY WOOD AGED DOUBLE IPA is a copper-hued treat in celebration of everything Great Divide does best. Plenty of malty sweetness provides a backdrop for earthy, floral English and American hops, while French and American oak round off the edges and provide a touch of vanilla. Thanks to everyone who’s supported us for the last 18 years—here’s to 18 more!”

Random: I love watching Jeff Dunham on tv. I crack up every time that I see him.

This bad boy poured with a huge, three finger tan fluffy head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the tulip glass. The body was a clear mahogany with moderate carbonation. The nose definitely had an oak presence with some hops and a little bit of malt. The taste wasn’t exactly what I expected. The oak presence while not being obnoxious was the most dominant flavor up front. The hops were there, but were not intense and mostly manifested as mild grapefruit. The malt came up next with some nuttiness. The oak aging was apparent throughout with some wood and smoke really adding to the beer. The body was medium with moderate carbonation. The booze presented with a bit of burn on the end, but nothing intense. The finish was long with some smoke. When I got this beer, I expected it to have some aggressive hops, but they were definitely subdued by the oak. Although this beer wasn’t mindblowing, it was an enjoyable sipper that I’d have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Lakefront Bock Beer

After all the typing that I did today, I’m back for one more review. I really should be in bed, saying that I have to be up around 0600 to go to an EMT refresher class, but I can’t sleep. I’m hoping a review will wear me out a little bit and make me feel like going to bed. I didn’t get much sleep last night because at 0700, I had a four-year old decide that she wanted to jump on me while I was in a dead sleep. So, tonight’s brew is another one from the bock six-pack.

ABV: 6.7%

Style: Bock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A traditional bock beer, using 100% Munich malt and balanced with German Hallertau hops. Pours a fiery orange-garnet color with a thick, pale-orange head. The aroma is malty with a hint of the noble German hops. Maltiness dominates the flavor, but with a very complex background of hop bitterness, floral yeast character and a very intriguing nutty quality. Very drinkable!”

Random: I didn’t know that QVC had Apple products now. Interesting.

This brew poured with a two finger off white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on my pint glass. The body was a hazy mahogany color with lots of active carbonation visible throughout the body. The nose was a little different than I was used to for the style. It had this floral sweetness followed up by generous amounts of malt. The taste was the exact carbon copy of the nose. It was floral, then had a bit of nuttiness and sweetness and malt. The floral thing continues to throw me for a loop. I’m not exactly sure I like it or not. The booze doesn’t really play into this brew. The body is medium with higher than average carbonation. The finish was quick with that floral thing. For me, after a few sips, it was alright, but not something that I would seek out.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Lancaster Brewing Company Rumspringa Golden Bock

So, since I was stuck writing up all of my reviews today, I decided to pop a brew open tonight. This was another one of the bocks that have been hanging around my house. It also came in a can, so I was really interested in trying this.

ABV: 6.6%

Style: Maibock/Helles Bock

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Rumspringa (Pennsylvania Dutch: [rʊmˈʃprɪŋə]; a noun derived from to the Pennsylvania ‘Dutch’ German verb term rumspringen ‘to run around’) generally refers to a period of adolescence for some members of the Amish, a subsect of the Anabaptist Christian movement, that begins around the age of 16 and ends when a youth chooses baptism within the Amish church or instead leaves the community. The vast majority choose baptism and remain in the church. Not all Amish use this term (it does not occur in John Hostetler’s extended discussion of adolescence among the Amish), but in sects that do, Amish elders generally view it as a time for courtship and finding a spouse.”

Random: I’m so sick of watching Chopped. The ingredients they pick are just bordering on ridiculous now.

This brew poured with a one finger white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear orange color with lots of visible carbonation. The nose was sweet with some nutty malt backing it up. The taste had some notes of golden fruit, honey sweetness and malt. The body was a medium thickness with lots of carbonation. Any booze that was there was really well hidden. The finish was really long and sweet. It wasn’t bad. All in all, a decent beer. It’s not something that I would seek out, but I’d have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

The Funky Buddha Passionfruit Berliner Weisse

This was the last beer that I had at Monk’s for Philly Beer Week. This was another one that I was really excited to try. The last one was absolutely amazing, so I had high hopes for this one as well.

ABV: 5%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The passion fruit is round to oval, either yellow or dark purple at maturity, with a soft to firm, juicy interior filled with numerous seeds. The fruit is both eaten and juiced; passion fruit juice is often added to other fruit juices to enhance the aroma. The two types of passion fruit have clearly differing exterior appearances. The bright yellow variety of passion fruit, which is also known as the Golden Passion Fruit, can grow up to the size of a grapefruit, has a smooth, glossy, light and airy rind, and has been used as a rootstock for the Purple Passion Fruit in Australia. The dark purple passion fruit is smaller than a lemon, though it is less acidic than the yellow passion fruit, and has a richer aroma and flavour. It tastes like lemons, guava and pineapple combined.”

Random: Date Night is an absolutely hilarious movie. I love anything with Tina Fey in it.

This brew poured with a two finger white head that dissipated rather quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow color. There was no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was amazing. It was filled with fresh passionfruit. The taste was just as amazing. It was fruit and tart and really bright. It went down really easily. The body was thin with high carbonation. It had a long finish with a lot of tartness. This was insanely complex. I would have this one again in a second. Absolutely amazing.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

The Funky Buddha Ich Bin Lime Berliner

The last event that Katie and I headed to (after grabbing some ice cream) was one at Monk’s for Funky Buddha. I had heard a lot about their beers and I tend to really like Berliner Weissbiers, and as I found out, so does Katie. So, we managed to try a few of their offerings. This was the first one.

ABV: 4%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Key lime pie is an American dessert made of key lime juice, egg yolks, and sweetened condensed milk in a pie crust. The traditional Conch version uses the egg whites to make a meringue topping. The dish is named after the small key limes (Citrus aurantifolia ‘Swingle’) that are naturalized throughout the Florida Keys. While their thorns make them less tractable, and their thin yellow rind more perishable, key limes are more tart and aromatic than the common Persian limes seen year round in most U.S. grocery stores.”

Random: I’ve never had a lime flavored craft beer.

This brew poured with a two finger white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow color with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was amazing. It smelled just like key lime pie. I got lime and cinnamon. The taste was just as amazing. It had lots of bright lemon citrus with lime and cinnamon. There was also some clove as well with graham cracker. The body was light with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with citrus lime and cinnamon. I love this brew. This beer was amazeballs. I would have this again in a second. It was so unique. I’ve never had a brew like this. Find this, immediately.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Bell’s Batch 9000

After Jose Pistolas, Katie and I headed to this place that I had never been to so that we could try a sample (or rather, me) of Bell’s Batch 9000. It was called The Boilermaker and the menu looked really good, although we didn’t try any of the food. It was a really dark bar, almost too dark, but the tap list was absolutely amazing. So, onto another beer that I can’t get in New Jersey.

ABV: 12.5%

Style: American Strong Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The latest in Bell’s series of milestone releases, Batch 9000 Ale offers up aromas ranging from the sweet caramel & molasses of dark rum to fruits such as raisins and plums. Brewed with the idea of pushing boundaries in mind, Batch 9000 Ale is a unique, one-time-only recipe. Well suited for vintage aging, this limited release will continue to develop in flavor & complexity over the years.”

Random: I saw the HOG twice while I was in the city.

This brew poured a hugely dark brown color with a two finger thick and tan head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. There was no visible carbonation due to the darkness in the car. The nose was really pungent. There was lots of coffee and dark chocolate and some licorice. The taste was interesting. There was some chocolate, coffee, and licorice is really pronounced. The booze was really hidden. The finish was long with coffee. The body was thick with low carbonation and was really silky. After a few sips, I also got some black cherry and raisin. I really enjoyed this beer. I would definitely have this one again. It was crazy complex and lots of different flavors.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Cantillon Rose De Gambrinus

After we left Misconduct, we were headed to Jose Pistolas for some nachos, which I had heard were the best in the city. Katie and I definitely were impressed by the nachos. I’ve only ever headed to Pistolas for drinks and the guac especially was amazing there. So, I let Katie review this beer for me, so let’s see what she thought.

ABV: 5%

Style: Lambic – Fruit

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The process to make this beer is identical to the one to make Kriek. When young, the Rosé de Gambrinus will still present its full fruity taste. Later on, the lambic taste will become dominant at the expense of the fruit taste.”

Random: Almost everyone in the bar was having this beer.

This brew poured with no head and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a deep red, which was hazy and there was no visible carbonation due to the haziness. The nose was filled with raspberry, which was natural and not artificial. The taste was very tart with some raspberry and a bit of lemon. The body was thin with no carbonation and was almost syrupy. The finish was tart and Katie wouldn’t have it again. I, on the other hand, absolutely loved this beer. It was tart, complex with lots of fruit. This was probably one of the best lambics that I’ve ever had. It was incredibly drinkable and flavorful. Absolutely amazing brew.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

The Alchemist Heady Topper

On Sunday, Katie and I headed back to Misconduct. Although we were probably still a little tired from dancing at the club the night before, we found out Friday that they were getting the only keg of this in Philly on Sunday. So, I dragged her ass out of bed to head over. I’ve heard great things about this brew, so I had to try it.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Heady Topper is our double I.P.A.! Loaded with hops, this one will put hair on your chest.”

Random: Since there was only one seat available at the bar, I let Katie sit at the bar and she took my notes for me.

This brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark yellow color with moderate visible carbonation. The nose had some grapefruit notes with a bit of grass and malt on the back end. On the taste, I got lots of grapefruit hops and some nice malt on the end. On first sip, I thought this was absolutely amazing. This was insanely hoppy, yet well-balanced. It was a total hop heads dream. I was totally in love with this beer (and as Katie noted, with her too). The body was towards the thicker side with moderate carbonation. The finish was long with grapefruit and malt. This beer was definitely par with Pliny. I can totally see why this beer is so actively sought after. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0