You know what’s great about a hurricane? I finally get a chance to update the blog. Although I haven’t been tasting as many as I would have liked, I have a few that are backlogged. I’m really enjoying my new job. It’s much less stress and I’m learning a lot of new things. Plus, I have more responsibility than my old job, which is nice too. So, Katie bought this for a recipe and had a can left over. I’m really not sure why I’m reviewing it, but why not?

ABV: 5%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Budweiser is an American-style lager produced by Anheuser–Busch InBev. Introduced in 1876 by Adolphus Busch and one of the highest selling beers in the United States, it is made with up to 30% rice in addition to hops and barley malt. Budweiser is produced in various breweries located around the world. It is a filtered beer available in draught and packaged forms.”

Random: I love that they brought Merle back in The Walking Dead. I think he’s going to be holding a serious grudge.

Oh, the king of beers. How you got this name exactly, I’ll never know. But, since I’ve never reviewed it before, I guess I’ll go for it. This one poured with a half a finger of white head that had semi-decent retention to it, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a golden-yellow color with heavy carbonation and a clear body. The nose was grain and corn. I didn’t get all that much to it. The taste was sweet corn and a tinge of metal. It was really not that satisfying. I was trying to find more flavor to it, but it was a struggle. The body was on the thicker side of macro with high carbonation. The finish was quick and unremarkable. This was better than some of its lighter counterparts, but that isn’t saying much. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Liefmans Goudenband

This was the second beer that I had at Brickwall. It was funny because when I ordered it, they asked if I wanted a taste of it. I told him I didn’t, but when I thought about it, it was pretty nice of him. Most people, even if they like craft beer, might find this style a bit intimidating and not like it and then be pissed about paying the $8 for a glass. But, he doesn’t know who he’s messing with…

ABV: 8%

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Trivia: This beer pairs well with goat cheese, according to the brewer. I wish I had some to go with it.

Random: The Giants look totally solid tonight. At least my sister will be happy.

This one poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color. I couldn’t see any carbonation due to the darkness of the bar. The nose had some wood to it with some red wine, vinegar and grapes…really nice. The taste had a bit of cherries, grapes and oak. It wasn’t as tart as I expected, but the sweetness of the cherries played well off of it. The wood also was a nice added touch. The body was on the thinner side with light carbonation. The finish was long and fruity. But, I couldn’t find any of the 8% ABV on this one. Although this was pretty good, I expected a little more from this beer overall. It’s worth a shot, but it’s not going to floor you.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Troegs Scratch #73 (Fest Lager)

So, last night my sister went to Asbury Park for dinner. I got an email that Trinity and Pope was closing and my sister hadn’t been there yet, so we decided to head down. After dinner, we ended up at Brickwall Tavern for a few beers and to watch the game. The bar was incredibly crowded and dark, so using the flash on my phone wasn’t an option, so I apologize for the crappy pictures.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to beeradvocate.com, “To commemorate the annual German tradition of Oktoberfest, Tröegs unveils Scratch #73 – 2012, an OkTröegerFest, if you will. This rich, pumpkin-colored lager goes against the grain by boasting a fairly hefty hop presence for the style, giving the flavor a moderate bitter twist while still maintaining the classic malt character that you’ve come to expect from a traditional Fest Bier.”

Random: I was shocked to see that they had a Scratch beer on tap. I’ve only seen them at the brewery, so I was pretty excited.

This one poured with half a finger of pure white head that took awhile to dissipate. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a pumpkin color and clear with mild carbonation. The nose was really malty with some nuttiness and not much else. The taste was  malty as well. I got caramel, bready malt, a hint of citrus hop presence and then a touch of roasted malt on the end of the sip. The mouthfeel was towards the thicker side with mild carbonation. The finish was pretty quick with roasted malts. The addition of a bit of bitter hops in this beer really did it for me. It’s sad that this is a scratch beer. I wouldn’t mind if it made it to “seasonal” status.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Sly Fox Royal Weisse

I only have a few more reviews left and then I’m completely updated, which means that I can have some new review beer during the second half of the Giants game. It’s weird being in a house by myself. Usually, I’m in a house where there is constant noise. But, I’m at my sister’s today and she just left for a concert, so it’s actually odd being in such a quiet house. Plus, I haven’t really talked to Katie a lot since she’s at work, which sucks. But, I’ll get to see her tonight. So, here’s another brew that she got for me.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An unforgettable Bavarian style Wheat Beer brewed with German Pils and Wheat malts and hopped with German Northern Brewer hops. This beer is unfiltered and served in a traditional wheat beer glass at our pubs. Medium bodied, tan in color, fruity”

Random: I hate when teams ice the kicker. It rarely ever works and just makes the game drag.

Again, I’m using the wrong glass. Oh well, I’ll deal with it. The beer poured with a one finger head that was pure white and dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, golden orange color with heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose was pretty pungent. I got orange, lemon, wheat and pronounced banana. The taste was almost exactly the same as the nose (lemon, banana, wheat) and some spice thrown in as well. The banana was dominant in the taste, but it reminded me a lot of banana laffy taffy, which I’m not a huge fan of. The spice was a little bit too mute. The body was heavier than I’m used to for the style and the carbonation was intense. The finish was relatively quick with banana. This wasn’t the best hefe that I’ve ever had, but it was definitely drinkable.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Port Brewing Shark Attack Double Red Ale

Katie bought this for me after my first day at the new job. She’s so cute. She lies my clothes out every morning while I’m in the shower and packs me lunch too. It’s very cute. We had to go shopping the week before for work clothes, which wasn’t a lot of fun. I pretty much hate shopping, but she’s very good at picking out clothes and stuff. Anyways, it was nice to come home from work and have this bad boy in the fridge.

ABV: 9%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This is a classic West Coast-style imperial red ale brewed with medium crystal malts, centennial and cascade hops. The color is a burnt amber with red highlights and the aroma has a spicy hop presence with moderate caramel malt accents. The taste is a smooth, malty one with a balanced hoppy finish that includes hints of sweet caramel.”

Random: I’m not a fan of the Giants uniforms. They’re so boring. I think they need an update. Just saying.

I poured this beer into a pint glass and…holy head Batman! It was three fingers high and quite fluffy. It was also cream-colored and took awhile to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy chestnut color. The nose was grapefruit up front and then a touch of caramel malt in the background. Yep, this is definitely a West Coast red. The taste wasn’t as hoppy as the nose. It started with some caramel malt and then the hops came out to play. Hello grapefruit. Hello pine. Hello grapefruit zest and pepper. The body was thick with moderate to high carbonation. The finish was long, sticky and hoppy. Wow, that sounded wrong.  The 9% ABV didn’t make an appearance which could be dangerous. I really liked this beer. It was big and bold, which is exactly what I expect from a West Coast Red. Go grab this!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Slumbrew Happy Sol

I love when I get to try beer that I can’t get in New Jersey. Slumbrew happens to be one of those breweries. And yes, this is from the stash that my parents brought home. I was exceptionally excited to try this beer because it has one of my favorite things in it: blood oranges. I absolutely love blood oranges. I was actually contemplating brewing an IPA with blood oranges. So, I find this beer is a hefe with blood oranges? Yes, please…

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A refreshingly tart and crisp hefeweizen brewed with local MA wildflower honey, orange peel and coriander, and fermented with the juice from over 1,000 blood oranges. It’s a cloudy, yet effervescent beer, with lingering banana and citrus notes balanced against a healthy wheat backbone and hoppy finish from Mt. Hood and Crystal hops.”

Random: Why do the Eagles just have to throw the game away? It’s really annoying. Vick needs to stop throwing the ball to the other team and stop fumbling. Argh.

When I opened this bomber, the pop on it was really loud. I guess we have a lot of active carbonation on this one. When I poured it the first time, it was all head and about five fingers high. This was probably the biggest head that I’ve seen. It was meringue like and just a touch off white. It took an eternity to dissipate. I could have read the entire dictionary while I was waiting for this one. Once it did and I could finally pour some more, the body was a cloudy yellow color with low carbonation visible. Hmm…thought that I would get more carbonation on this one. Anyways, the nose was really fragrant with honey, orange peel and coriander. I didn’t get anything that screamed “blood orange” yet. The taste started with sweet honey, then I got orange zest and a hint of blood oranges. But, I really wanted more blood orange. It was a little subtle. The coriander was present as well, but not as intense as the nose. The body was lighter than expected for the style as was the carbonation. The finish was quick. Even though I wanted more blood orange flavor, this was a really enjoyable beer that would have been great this summer. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Maine Beer Company Peeper Ale

This is one of the beers that my parents brought back for me when they went antiquing out-of-state. When I was reviewing another one of their beers, I was reading a press release that came out that day that they are now distributing in New Jersey. This news makes me very happy. The three beers that I’ve had from them are solid and standouts in their styles. To be able to get them whenever I want? Score!

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our original hoppy American ale. Dry, clean, well-balanced with generous dose of American hops.”

Random: This is the beer that is first going to be distributed in New Jersey.

Oh Maine Beer Company, how you can do no wrong in my eyes. I was seriously excited to pour this one. When I did, I got a huge pure white head that was fluffy and three fingers high. The head dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with heavy carbonation. The nose was really clean and had notes of lemon and grapefruit. The taste had a few more notes than the nose. I got lemon, grapefruit, citrus zest and pepper. After a few sips, some malt sweetness came through at the end. The flavors were pretty strong, but worked very well together. The body was a medium thickness with heavy carbonation. The finish was long with some caramel malt. This was just an easy drinking, seriously flavorful pale ale. I would definitely have this beer again!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0