Abita Bourbon Street Baltic Porter

By the time you read this, I’ll be in Maine. The other half and I are on vacation and have plenty of beer-related excursions planned. I’m sure I’ll have lots of reviews, but until then, here’s another beer review.

bourbonstreetbalticporter

ABV: 9.25%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This Baltic Porter is brewed with pale, caramel and roasted malts. It is fermented at cooler temperatures to accentuate the malt flavors, which gives the beer its dark color and smooth, sweet roasted flavor. After fermentation the beer is cold aged for months before bourbon barrel aging begins.”

Random: The cat is loving the new bird feeder that we got. He’s spent a lot of time staring at it.

When I popped this beer open, the bomber exploded all over. When I finally got it in the glass (after losing about a quarter of the bomber), it had a two finger, tan head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass and a crown. The body was clear and a dark brown, but not nearly as dark as I’m used to. There was moderate carbonation visible as well. The nose had vanilla, oak, bourbon and butterscotch. There wasn’t much in terms of roasted malts. The taste had all of the typical bourbon notes with oak and vanilla and some light smoke. What it didn’t have was roasted malts, cocoa or coffee. The body was way too thin and the carbonation was mild at best. It did have significant booze warming. The finish was quick with bourbon and oak. The bomber was $9.99, which broke down to $.45 per ounce. This beer was reasonably priced for a bomber, but it was missing roasted malts and the body was way too thin. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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Citizen Cider Wit’s Up

Last week, there was a family reunion at my parents’ house. I cooked for everyone and I’m still exhausted from it. I relaxed for a bit this weekend, but I’m still feeling it. It was really nice to see everyone and Val finally got to meet my entire family. Anyways, let’s get to this cider that I opened for Val.

witsup

ABV: 5.9%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Starts like an ale and finishes like a cider: that, my friend, is Wit’s Up. This cider is fermented with a Belgian Wit yeast and malolactic cultures. No sugar is added, no sulfites are used, and it’s made with fresh sweet cider pressed at Happy Valley Orchard in Middlebury, Vermont. Wit’s Up is clean and easy-drinking. Welcome to the future of cider.”

Random: The suggested pairings for this cider are bratwurst, brioche, roasted chicken, and root vegetables.

This cider poured with less than half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light yellow color with high carbonation. The nose had some yeast and lemon and apples. The taste was much of the same. It had yeast and sweet apple with some coriander and Belgian yeast. It was an interesting amalgam of cider and beer. The body was on the thinner side with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with yeast, apple and light spice. This was $3.79 for the can, which broke down to $.24 per ounce. I definitely enjoyed this one and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Champion Missile IPA

A few years back, I was down in Charlottesville, Virginia. I found a spice store down there and they were discussing all of the new breweries that were popping up in the area and the increased availability of craft beer. This brewery had just opened right before I got down there. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to check them out, but I was excited to see this can on a shelf to review.

champion

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “AN AMERICAN INDIA PALE ALE WITH FIRM BITTERNESS AND INTENSE CITRUSY HOP AROMAS. MADE WITH TWO-ROW PALE ALE MALT AND DRY HOPPED WITH SIMCOE, CASCADE, SUMMIT, AND MORE FOR THE FULL EXPERIENCE OF AN AMERICAN IPA.”

Random: I am not a fan of when breweries list their descriptions in all caps. I’m not sure why, but a detailed description in normal text works for me.

This beer poured with a two finger, white head that was slow to dissipate. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy orange with moderate carbonation. The nose had notes of lemon, pine and quite floral as well. The taste started with significant hop bitterness manifesting with pine and lemon. It quickly went into some sweet, caramel malt. Then, back to bitterness with pine resin and grapefruit pith. It had a thick body that was almost syrupy with moderate carbonation. The 7% ABV was very hidden with no booze warming. It had a long, sticky finish with pine resin. This was $2.00 for the single can ($.17 per ounce). This was a really nice IPA that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Woodchuck Summer Cider

When I first started trying adult beverages, I really liked sweet things. I wasn’t into beer, but I loved Woodchuck ciders. At that point, there weren’t many choices, but Woodchuck had a 4 style variety pack. I later discovered my love for beer, but I always had a soft spot for Woodchuck. This was sitting on the shelf at Half Time and Val wanted to give it a shot.

woodchuck

ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Summer Time is the exact right time for sipping cider. Woodchuck Summer Time delivers a crisp apple cider topped off with a touch of blueberry juice. A cider crafted to be as refreshing as a summer day is long.”

Random: I think their labels need some updating.

This cider poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had blueberry juice with some apple at the end. The taste was a bit more balanced between the two flavors. There was sweet, apple juice with blueberry juice. But, that was about it for the depth of flavor here. The body was on the thin side and had moderate carbonation. I wish it had a bit more. The finish was quick with a lot of apple and blueberry. This was $1.79 for the bottle ($.15 per ounce). I wasn’t a huge fan of this, although it was very drinkable. I wouldn’t rush back to have this again. The other half (who wanted this cider), didn’t really enjoy it either.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Evil Twin Lil’ B

It’s the season for pumpkin beers to come out. I’ve started seeing them flood my facebook feed and I just can’t get behind it yet. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited for the Fall since it’s my favorite season, but I’m going to enjoy the last few weeks of summer. Now, onto a beer that would probably be a good selection for the winter.

eviltwin

ABV: 11.5%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Shall one compare thee to a fair beer, not even this perfect porter before thou will do thee justice. Thou art more complex, brave and cunning. Thou have changed more than a brew will ever. Thou may be lil’, but thy mind is greater than words can speak and beer will ever taste.”

Random: This was brewed at Two Roads Brewing Co. in Stratford, CT.

This brew poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated incredibly slowly. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with roasted malts, cocoa and dark chocolate. The taste had some licorice along with the cocoa and roasted malts. There was some booze as well, but not as high as the ABV. The body was thick with light carbonation. It had a long and chocolatey finish with licorice. This was $4.75 for the single bottle, which broke down to $.40 per ounce, which is a bit pricey, but within the normal realm of Evil Twin beer prices. I really enjoyed this beer and would have it again, although the licorice was bordering on a bit too dominant. As usual, Evil Twin puts out another outstanding beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

B. Nektar There Will B. Blood Orange

When Val brought this bottle home for me, I was very excited. I love blood orange. I love eating them raw, cooking with them, everything you can imagine. So, when I saw that this was a mead with blood orange and spices, I had high hopes. I’ve had a bunch of stuff from these guys and they really put out quality stuff. I wish they were closer so I could make a visit to them. According to their website, they also adopted a no-tip policy at their taproom so they could pay their employees a regular hourly wage that wasn’t dependent on tips. I think that is even cooler.

B. Nektar

ABV: 12%

Style: Mead

Trivia: The only information that I could find out about this was that it is a limited mead.

Random: So many Geno Smith jokes, so little time.

This mead poured with absolutely no head and a clear, light pink body. There was no carbonation visible. The nose had notes of blood orange, Thai basil, nutmeg, cinnamon and anise. The taste was even better. Some sour, blood orange and then the flavor profile was dominated by spice. The same basil was there along with anise, cinnamon and nutmeg. The alcohol was relatively well-hidden, given the ABV. It had a medium body with almost no carbonation. The finish was lengthy with basil and anise and a touch of citrus. The bottle was $13.59 for 16 ounces, which broke down to $.85 per ounce. This was definitely a pricey mead, but the flavor was amazing. I will definitely have this again because I loved the flavors and I loved the spice. It was worth every penny.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Ciderboys Strawberry Magic

My Operations Manager is on vacation this week, which means that I will be working a lot of hours. I’m hoping that it will be a relatively slow week since a lot of people are taking vacations. After that, I go on vacation, which I’m very excited about, but I’ll go into that in another post. Anyways, Val wanted to try this cider and gave me a taste of it. Let’s see how it was.

strawberrymagic

ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Come alive to crisp apple hard cider blended with the fresh taste of strawberries, soft and deep red, backed by mouth watering sweetness and a delicate hint of tartness. This is Strawberry Magic Hard Cider kicked up with a hint of Saturday night. We blend it a little differently around here. If you’ve never tried it, get ready for the confetti.”

Random: Our strawberry plants did not yield any viable strawberries. I think the birds ate them.

This cider poured with a half a finger of thick, white head that dissipated quickly. It left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, pink color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was mild with notes of ripe strawberries. The taste was nice. It had the expected apple note with strawberry candy, light tartness and then sweet, strawberry jam as well. The tartness was a nice addition to the cider and a bit unexpected. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with apple and strawberry. This was $1.42 for the single bottle, which came to $.12 per ounce, which isn’t a bad price at all. I really enjoyed this one and the strawberry notes really added something to it. This would make for a really nice summer cider that I could easily kill a few of. If you like strawberry, definitely give this one a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0