Alpine Hoppy Birthday

When I heard that this brewery was purchased by Green Flash, I was excited about the possibility of trying this beer. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5.25%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hoppy Birthday Truth is, everyone has a birthday. And when you want to celebrate, this Session IPA is a gift to the senses. Made with 6 different hops, this bold brew is refreshing enough to enjoy again and again. Now, make a wish and blow out the candles. But don’t tell anyone, or your wish won’t come true. 69 IBU 5.25%ABV”

Random: It’s a month and a day until my birthday.

This beer poured with a thick, two finger, off-white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass, along with a crown. The body was clear, with high carbonation and light copper in color. The nose was dank. It had fresh pine needles and citrus. It also had a floral note. The taste, as expected, also had a lot of pine and grapefruit pith. The taste had a slight malt presence that the nose was lacking. It was really flavorful and drank much bigger than a session IPA. The body was medium thick with high carbonation. The finish was sticky with piney hops. A single bottle of this was expensive at $2.50 ($.21 per ounce), but worth every penny. I would have this again in a minute.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Trinity Wild Apple Saison

Today’s beer is from a brewery that I’ve never sampled any of their liquid from. Their labels looked a lot like Epic’s.


ABV: 8.1%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A ‘Co-Loveration’ by two brewers inspired by their mutual sincerity for: Saison, wild yeasts, and locally grown raw materials. This crude but delicate creation was crafted with apples grown in Palisade Colorado, wild Brettanomyces, and locally grown organic flat leaf parsley. No hops were used in this Saison.”

Random: I’m getting slightly better at opening waxed bottles.

This beer poured with a thin, two finger, pure white head. By the time I went to take the picture, it dissipated and left no lacing. The body was a clear, light yellow with lots of carbonation. The nose had green apple Jolly Ranchers, Chardonnay grapes and reminded me more of a white wine or a dry cider than a beer. The taste is where the brett came out, although it manifested as extreme dryness. It also had the same significant green apple note and white grapes as well. I know that this was brewed with herbs, but I didn’t pick any up. The body was light with lots of carbonation.The alcohol wasn’t noticeable. The finish was long and fruity and bone dry. This bottle was $11.99, which came to $1 an ounce. It was definitely a high pricetag, but worth it. I really enjoyed this beer and found it very unique, being that it wasn’t brewed with hops.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Czechvar Czech Dark Lager

Tonight’s selection is straight from the Czech Republic. My parents mentioned having it while overseas and enjoying it.


ABV: 4.7%

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Good beer has been brewed in Bohemia since time immemorial. Therefore, when founding the city České Budějovice in Bohemia (Czech Republic) in 1265, the Czech king Přemysl Otakar II did not fail to also grant to its burghers the brewing rights, i.e., the right for malting, brewing, storing and selling beer at their homes. In the following centuries, the local beer became so famous because of its quality that it gained loyal customers in imperial and royal courts. In the course of the centuries, small home breweries were disappearing and the beer was brewed in even larger facilities. on 15 April 1895, Český akciový pivovar was founded, whose current successor, B.B.N.P. brewery, carries on the local brewing tradition.”

Random: I put an empty cardboard box on the floor and one of the kittens thinks it’s the coolest thing ever.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a small, yet thick, crown on top of the body. The body was a dark brown color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with nutty malt. It had caramel sweetness, hazelnuts and a hint of smoke. The taste had less sweetness, but still had a lot of nutty malt. It also had light bitterness from the hops. Smoke was there as well. The body was thick with high carbonation. It had a long finish with hazelnuts and caramel sweetness. I picked this up for $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. This beer was fine, but I’m not a huge fan of the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Williams Brothers Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale

Tonight’s selection is a beer I picked up in New York and knew nothing about it. I haven’t read any reviews or anything. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: Scottish Gruit/Ancient Herbed Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Elderberry ale has formed part of Celtic tradition since it was introduced by Welsh druids in the 9th century, where the ale was passed around the people of the village during the Autumn festival. Our recipe was taken from a 16th century record of domestic drinking in the Scottish Highlands and is brewed with roasted barley & chocolate malt, then infused with elderberries to deliver a dark, rich, fruity beer with a strong single hop aroma and satisfying bitter conclusion.”

Random: “Quantico” is one of my favorite shows.

The brew poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color, yet clear. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose started with roasted malts with a red berry note. I assumed this was elderberry. There was also some ash at the end of the sniff. The taste had light roasted malts and ash. It quickly went into a marked red berry note that almost took a floral quality. The beer had an herbal quality as well, but the dominant flavor was the red berry. The body was thin with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with red berry and smoke. A single bottle was $2.99 ($.25 per ounce). This was an interesting beer, but not one that I feel the need to revisit.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Smuttynose Rocky Road Stout

We’re back to another beer that Val picked out, so I waited for a night where we could both sample it. She wasn’t a huge fan, and as for me? Well, read on…


ABV: 7.3%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Remember when you were first introduced to Rocky Road ice cream? Remember how you couldn’t believe some magical genius had mixed those amazing flavors into one ice cream? We sure do. That’s the feeling we’ve recreated with Rocky Road, Smutty’s first dessert stout. An indulgent blend of ooey-gooey Fluff™ amazingness and the rich goodness of cacao nibs are blended into a full bodied sweet, stout beer. Before bottling, we age this elixir on amaretto soaked oak chips to impart an amazing flavor harmony. Don’t worry if you spill a drop of Rocky Road – we know you’ll lick it right up. Cheers!”

Random: I want to get my hands on Off Color Dino Smores and compare this to it.

The beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It went away quickly, and left no lacing on the glass. The body was an inky black color with no carbonation visible. The nose had milk chocolate up front and quickly went into coffee and smoke. I didn’t get any marshmallow on the nose. The taste had a lot more roastiness and smoke than I expected. It was quite bitter and was lacking the sweetness that I wanted. There wasn’t any lactose in the taste to speak of. Espresso was there as well with vanilla. What was lacking here was the marshmallow and the milk chocolate sweetness from the nose. It had a medium thick body with just enough carbonation. A bomber was $7.99, which came to $.36 per ounce. The finish was quick with coffee and vanilla. To me, this was incorrectly advertised. I wanted a stout with a significant marshmallow note, and this just didn’t deliver.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Moody Tongue Sliced Nectarine IPA

Tonight’s beer is from a brewery I had never heard of. After some research, I found that these beers are meant to be paired with food, which I didn’t do. I’m curious to try some others from them…with food next time.


ABV: 5.9%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Jared Rouben leads the creative development of Moody Tongue’s portfolio of beers and is a graduate of the Washington University in St. Louis, the Culinary Institute of America in New York and the Siebel Diploma Course in Chicago. Currently, Rouben holds positions as faculty at the Siebel Institute and examiner for the Master Cicerone program. Rouben earned a spot as a cook on the kitchen brigade of the Michelin Star Martini House in Napa Valley and subsequently as expediter on Thomas Keller’s team at the three Michelin Star Per Se in New York City.”

Random: I haven’t had a nectarine in awhile. That needs to change.

This beer poured with a gigantic, four finger, cream-colored head. It took a full two minutes to dissipate. Once it did, it left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright orange. There was a lot of detritus floating. The nose was light for the style. There was some light citrus, nectarine and a fruity hard candy note. The taste was also light. Nectarine was prevalent, but quickly went into a malty sweetness with caramel and honey. The hops were muted and it drank as more of an English Pale Ale than an American IPA. The body was thick, given the ABV and had aggressive carbonation that took away from the flavor. It had a quick finish with tangerine. A bottle was $3.49 ($.29 per ounce). This beer was missing hop flavor for me. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

B. Nektar Apple Pi

Tonight’s selection is a mead that Val picked out. I’ve been getting more into meads and ciders lately, so even though I am not the biggest fan of apple pie, I was intrigued by this one.


ABV: 12%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “Rich, baked apple skin, creamy honey sweetness followed by strong rich pie spices, especially cinnamon. Truly like eating a piece of apple pie. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy and finishes sweet with a slight lingering warmth.”

Random: I put a Fresh Direct cardboard box on our bay window and our big cat loves jumping into it.

This mead poured a clear, light yellow color with some floaties in it. The nose has cooked apples and apple peel. The normal pie spices came through as well, manifesting in cinnamon and nutmeg. There was graham cracker thrown in there for good measure. The first thing that hit me about the taste was how intensely boozy it was. It took me a few sips to get over the heat. After that, cooked apples and ginger came through. There was also graham cracker and pie crust. Pie spice was strong with this mead with nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. After a few sips, I picked up vanilla too. The body was thick and bordering on cloying, which I expected. It had a long finish with apple and hot booze. A bottle of this was $11.99, which came to $1 per ounce. I liked this mead and thought it was an interesting interpretation of apple pie, but the alcohol was abrasive.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0