DC Brau El Hefe Speaks

We’ve now moved on in my Netflix watching to “The Real L Word.” I never watched the show when it was on, but read some of the recaps, so I’m figuring that it should be interesting. I had this beer earlier in the week, so let’s see how I liked it.

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ABV: 5.3%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We crafted EL HEFE SPEAKS!, our fond farewell to summer, as a collaboration with John Solomon and Chris Frashier. The pair are well known for their fine (and tasty!) work at Old Dominion in Ashburn, VA, during the mid 90’s. EL HEFE SPEAKS! is a traditionally brewed German-style Hefe. It is fermented around 65°F and hopped with German Tettnang hops. 11 IBUs and 5.3% ABV make this one extremely drinkable. If you think it speaks to you as well, definitely try a glass… because it will be gone before you can say ‘sweater weather.’ ‘We’re tremendously excited to bring this specialty brew to the District,’ said DC Brau Co-Founder and CEO, Brandon Skall, ‘Working with other local brewers on this project has made presenting the final product even better.’ The beer was brewed at DC Brau in early August. ‘El Hefe Speaks’ uses the Weihenstephaner yeast strain, a classic, popular German wheat beer strain used worldwide.”

Random: Next week baseball starts. Despite the fact that I think my team will be awful, I’m seriously looking forward to it.

This beer poured with a two-finger white head that was pretty thin and dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass at all, although there was a slight crown left on top of the body. The body itself was a hazy golden-yellow color with high carbonation. It had a light nose with some lemon zest and wheat to. The taste was really lemony with some tartness to it and a wheat presence as well. After a few sips, I got some spice to it as well, maybe clove? Although it was bursting with flavors, it was relatively light and nice. It would make a great summer beer. The body was light without being thin with high carbonation. It had a long tart finish with lemon zest. This beer was awesome. I look forward to having it again in the summer!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2014

I’m onto another documentary on my day off. This one is about the Amityville Horror. I have to be honest in that I know relatively little about this case, but this show is definitely interesting and a little bit creepy. I don’t think I could ever live in a so-called “haunted” house. Anyways, let’s see how it went.

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ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Strong Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Mission Street is a north-south arterial thoroughfare in San Francisco, California that runs from the city’s southern border to its northeast waterfront. The street and the Mission District through which it runs were named for the Spanish Mission Dolores, several blocks away from the modern route. Only the southern half is historically part of El Camino Real, which connected the missions. At 7.2 mi (11.6 km), it is the city’s longest, and one of its oldest streets.”

Random: The meow is knocked out on a side table. He seriously has the life.

The brew poured with a huge, tan head that was three fingers high. It dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark, clear sienna color with medium carbonation. The nose was nutty, which was to be expected, given it was billed on the label as an “imperial brown ale” but has a heavy medicinal note that I couldn’t place. It almost struck me as minty. Anyways, the taste was much better. It was nutty and rich and really warm with lots of hazelnuts and some nutty malt as well. There was also a touch of roasted, light coffee. The booze was definitely apparent and provided a lot of warming at the end. The body was medium thickness with lower than expected carbonation. I wish it had a bit more. It had a long, nutty finish with booze. This wasn’t a bad beer, but wasn’t exceptional. Give it a try if you like brown ales.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Weyerbacher Tango

It’s one of my last Mondays off before End of Quarter starts. I am definitely not looking forward to that at all. So far, I’ve mounted a knife rack today, done a bunch of laundry and taken some of the garbage out. All in a days work for me. Anyways, the lawyer picked this one up for me a few weeks back. Let’s see how it went.

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ABV: 10.6%

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tango is a big, bold, Belgian-style dark ale brewed with 1,200 pounds of cherries! Tango pours a beautiful ruby color with a nice fluffy head offering a very complex aroma of cherries and other dark fruits. The strong 750ml glass bottle finished with a cork and cage allows the very robust bottle-conditioning responsible for Tango’s effervescence. Dark fruit flavors join the cherries to match up with the strong malt bill with the Belgian yeast adding its 2 cents along the way. Tango weighs in at 10.6% ABV and was brewed using a base of Pilsener Malt with Honey Malt, Special B, Aromatic Malt and a touch of Chocolate Malt. Apollo hops balance all that sweetness to 35 IBU. Tango is available throughout our distribution area for a limited time only!”

Random: I’ve finished season 4 of Dexter and it was really, really good.

This brew poured with a barely there white head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a deep mahogany color that was slightly cloudy with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was really sweet with lots of cherries and some plum notes. Figs were also there with a touch of wood and some booze. The taste was even better than the nose. I got lots of cherries with prunes and candi sugar. Molasses and peppercorns came through as the brew warmed. The beer was on the thicker side with low carbonation. The finish was long with lots of sweetness from the cherries and some residual candi sugar. This was probably one of the best Weyerbacher beers that I’ve had. It was a great sipper with lots of depth to it. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

BrewDog 5 A.M. Saint

So, the brewers of this beer have been recently featured on television. I was shocked to say that I found it incredibly enjoyable and was very excited to hear that their show was going to be renewed for a second season. Anyways, here’s one of their beers that I hadn’t try yet.

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ABV: 5%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “5am Saint is The Holy Grail of red ales. We live in a world of disposable deities. Someone, somehow has managed to press that big, flashing moronic override button and we are hard wired straight into the pockets of false idols trying to make a quick buck. Sadly, for a lot of people the same mentality applies to beer. But who is to know what is worth worshiping when monolithic advertising budgets have you sucked down the rabbit hole in the blink of an eye? At BrewDog we are on a mission to open as many peoples eyes as possible. Cast away any aspersions and let the crook of BrewDog be your guide in a whirlwind of conformity and mediocrity. Once this ruby liquid forms a foamy halo around your glass, you will never want to look back.”

Random: I am really not enjoying how cold it is today.

First of all, this beer poured with an insanely large head, and I didn’t pour all that aggressively. It was about four fingers high and almost tan in color. It dissipated really slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy chestnut color with some hop residue at the bottom of the glass and had high carbonation visible. The nose was very hoppy with lots of citrus and then some bready malt came through with some toffee. The taste started hoppy with grapefruit, but quickly went into toffee malt and some marked nuttiness. At first, it seemed like it was going to be overly hoppy, but mellowed after each sip. The body was on the thick side with very strong carbonation present. The finish was long and had the nuttiness and toffee aspects lingering on the tongue. I have to say, I definitely enjoyed this beer. It went down easy and had a lot of character to it. If you see it, definitely grab one and give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Stillwater Debauched (Import Series Vol. 5)

Have I mentioned how seriously bad ass Stillwater’s labels are? I liked this one so much that I kept the bottle. I really like the retro feel to them too. Anyways, this is the last Stillwater beer that I picked up on vacation. Let’s see if it was as good as the other ones I’ve had so far.

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ABV: 6.7%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed with whole juniper bushes, farmhouse ale yeast (brettanomyces) and a touch of smoke. Like a Viking Saison, yeah.”

Random: I think I’m going to have to try more Stillwater beers when I’m in Philly. I’m really enjoying them.

The brew poured with a two finger, pure white head that was relatively thin. It dissipated slowly and left very little lacing on the glass, but left a quarter of an inch of crown. The body was a dark, very cloudy yellow color with very low carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of “farmhouse ale yeast” which is also known as brett with lemon rind, a hint of smoke and an herbal characteristic that is probably as result of the juniper bushes. The taste was a bit more intense. It was definitely funky with lots of brett and then some oak and smoke came through. The juniper wasn’t abrasive and was a more subtle note, but given the strength of the brett note, it definitely worked. The body was on the thin to medium side with moderate carbonation. The finish was long with funk and smoke. This was an amazing beer and really well done. I would go back to this one again and again. If you see it on the shelf, it’s definitely worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Epic Brainless IPA Belgian-Style India Pale Ale

I got home before the other half tonight, which is relatively rare. What am I doing with my “alone time” right now? Watching a documentary that I got from Netflix yesterday. I haven’t been watching a lot of documentaries lately, instead I’ve been getting through “Third Watch” and season 4 of “Dexter,” both of which I really enjoy, much like beers from the brewery this beer came from. Let’s see if I liked it.

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ABV: 6.3%

Style: Belgian IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Brainless® IPA pays tribute to the collaborative efforts of innovative brewers. The fruity Belgian yeast and powerful American hops relentlessly tease your pallet.”

Random: The meow seems to be intently watching said documentary. It’s pretty amusing.

This brew poured with a four finger, cream-colored head that was very slow to dissipate. It left lots of lacing on my IPA glass. The body was a very cloudy yellow color with mild carbonation, which was surprising for the style. The nose was not all that Belgian-y. There was the typical hop notes of grass and grapefruit and a touch of pine resin, but no golden fruit and no spice. I was hoping that there would be more Belgian notes in the taste. Unfortunately, there weren’t much more there. I definitely got the IPA aspect with grapefruit and pine resin again. There was some Belgian yeast, but very little spice to it. I was really shocked at the lack of golden fruit as well. The body was medium thickness with very high carbonation. The finish was long with a lot of grapefruit pith. I wanted to love this beer, especially because I haven’t had a Belgian IPA in awhile. If you just billed it as an IPA, I would have thought it was pretty good, and indeed I didn’t have a problem drinking it. It just wasn’t as amazing as I would have wanted, especially because I tend to enjoy beer from this brewery. Still, it’s worth a shot if you find it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA

Another day, another day. At work, we had to do some sort of IT migration of all our computers since we’re transitioning to another company. This meant that a) my computer was slower than dial up and b) the IT guys left all their stuff on my desk. I’m a Virgo and a type-A personality, so neither of these things worked for me. Add to this, that I was getting interrupted a bunch of times and you have the recipe for a work day to drive me up a wall. It took about five hours to finish, and by then, I had given up and just moved to another computer. Anyways, here’s a beer I was pretty excited to try, and I think it’s relatively new to my area of Jersey.

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ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Big Daddy IPA is a hop-head’s delight, a generously dry-hopped yet surprisingly drinkable American-style India Pale Ale. Poured into a standard American pint glass, the beer is a golden straw color, with tight carbonation and a slightly off-white head that leaves a lovely lacing. The aroma is floral, fresh grass, pine needles, grapefruit and subtle notes of fresh bread.”

Random: I completely forgot to fill out a March Madness bracket this year.

This beer poured with a four finger, slightly off white head that dissipated slowly. It left lots of lacing on my IPA glass. The body was a clear, dark yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose had some grass and grapefruit. It definitely smelled like a West Coast IPA and was quite pleasant. The taste, just like the nose, was West Coast IPA all the way. It had a touch of malt and some pine resin, but the flavors that I got were primarily grapefruit and grassy ones. There was also a touch of astringency present as well. Its body had a medium thickness with high carbonation. It took awhile to finish and did so with a lot of citrusy hops. This was an easy drinking IPA that was filled with flavor and very enjoyable. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0