Archive for May, 2017

I managed to find a craft beer bar that was between my work site and my hotel. They had 20 taps and rotated them pretty often. They also had this beer on tap my first day there, so I took it as a good omen, especially since I was on the hunt for Three Floyds beers.

yumyum

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Welcome to flavor country. This Pale Ale has just the right malt backbone to support an explosive juicy hop profile. Derived from a new blend of proprietary hops. We hope you’ll enjoy it. Cheers!”

Random: This beer came in at 63 IBUs.

The beer poured with a half a finger of thick white head that dissipated slowly. The head almost looked like wet, white bread. The body was very hazy and yellow in color. I couldn’t see anything through it. There was only slightly carbonation visible because of the haziness. The nose was really grassy with a lot of pine. It was more like an IPA than a pale ale. It also had a lot of tropical fruit. The taste was awesome. It was really juicy and grassy and hoppy. There was mango along with pineapple and a touch of malt at the end. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with tropical fruit. This beer was just outstanding. The only bad thing is that I can’t get it here. If you can get this beer, do so as quickly as possible.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection was also a special at the gas station. I hadn’t tried terrible macro beers for awhile, so what better time than when I was stuck in Ohio in a hotel room? I thought that I would have some free time when I was in Ohio, but I basically left the site and then worked again from my hotel room. Anyways, let’s get to this.

oculto

ABV: 6%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: There isn’t any information for the beer on the brewery website. That’s my favorite.

Random: When I was in high school, everyone went crazy over Tequiza. I never tried it, but in my head, this would be what it tasted like.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the plastic cup. The body was clear and golden-yellow in color. There was a lot of carbonation visible too. On the nose, it had honey sweetness and tequila staves. There was a lot of grain as well. The taste wasn’t as bad as I thought. It had significant grain sweetness with a slight tequila bite that was artificial. It had a thin body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with tequila. A can of this was $3.75, which came to $.15 per ounce. I’m not going to be having this beer again, but it wasn’t as terrible as I thought it would be. It was still pretty bad and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, but I guess there is a silver lining on this one.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Since I was in Ohio for so long, I tried a different hotel my second week. This was a mistake. I stayed in the Holiday Inn, which apparently had a lot of truckers who liked to play cornhole outside of my window until 2 AM, while drinking and smoking cigars. If I didn’t have to be at work at 4:45 AM, I may have been into this. I bought one of these hoping that it would help me sleep. Needless to say, it didn’t.

limearita

ABV: 8%

Style: American Malt Liquor

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Exciting margarita flavors mixed with a twist of
Bud Light Lime for a refreshing finish. Best served over ice.”

Random: Tomorrow’s beer is no better. Spoiler alert.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of white head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the plastic cup. The body was a cloudy, greenish-yellow and had light visible carbonation. The nose was filled with artificial lime juice and sour mix. To say that the scent was off-putting would be an understatement. The taste wasn’t any better. It was the same artificial lime note and syrupy with white sugar. It had a cheap tequila note with salt. Alcohol was very apparent on this one. The body was thin with light carbonation, which didn’t add to the drinkability. It had a lengthy and sticky lime finish. A can of this was $2.49, which came to $.10 per ounce. Despite the low price on this, it was terrible and I couldn’t finish this. Avoid this one.

Untappd Rating: 1.5/5.0

This morning’s beer is one from Allagash, a brewery that I tend to love.

hive56

ABV: 7.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hive 56 is a dark sour ale aged with honey in an oak foudre for eighteen months. The beer is deep mahogany in color with aromas of strawberries, lemon, and tropical fruit; notes of dark chocolate, raspberries, and figs present themselves upon the first sip, followed by a lingering tartness. We brew this beer with a blend of dark Munich malt, chocolate wheat, midnight wheat, and roasted barley, and hop with Cascade and Northern Brewer. Hive 56 undergoes initial fermentation with our house yeast; we then transfer the beer to a foudre with Brettanomyces bruxellensis and fresh honey from our Allagash beehives. Over the course of the next 18 months, the Brettanomyces transforms the honey, resulting in a beer with bold, roasty flavors, and a hint of tropical fruit.”

Random: This beer should be consumed within a year of bottling.

The beer poured with a half a finger of off white head that dissipated slowly. It didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown in color with no visible carbonation because of the color. The nose was filled with Brett, dark fruit which manifested specifically as cherries and red wine grapes with oak barrels. The taste also had significant Brett notes. I didn’t get tropical fruit, but cherries, dark chocolate and some smoke came through. There was a sweetness from the honey that paired well with the red wine grapes. The alcohol did not make an appearance in the taste. It had a light body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and tart and reminded me of a complex Balsamic vinegar. Despite how complicated this beer was, it wasn’t cheap. I paid $16.99 for the bottle, which came to $1.32 per ounce. This is a beer that is worth trying, but pop the bottle open on a special occasion.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

This is one of the Fall beers that I drank in October this year (now you can tell how big my backlog is). Let’s see how it was.

harpoonoctoberfest

ABV: 5.3%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The original German Oktoberfest was brewed with one celebratory festival in mind. Harpoon Octoberfest is brewed with TWO festivals in mind; our Octoberfests at our breweries in Boston, MA and Windsor, VT. We love the style and it’s a great beer for the fall season. In true Octoberfest tradition, we threw our first festival here at the brewery in 1990. There were a couple thousand people here celebrating amidst the brewing tanks. We can’t quite fit everyone in the actual brewery now – last year nearly 18,000 revelers attended our Boston Octoberfest and nearly 7,000 joined us at our brewery in Vermont the following weekend. Prost! Harpoon Octoberfest is a malty tribute to fall, balanced by a gentle hop bitterness. In keeping with tradition, it is a Marzen-style beer, brewed with abundant quantities of Munich, Chocolate, and Pale malts. Those malts provide a solid, full body and create the beer’s deep color. It is a rich, flavorful beer.”

Random: Whenever I blog for awhile, the cats want to sit on the computer.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. Despite that, it left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy sienna color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had maple leaves and wood, but not a lot of sweetness, which was odd for the style. The taste was also more woodsy than sweet. It had hazelnuts, wood and old leaves. There was some maple sweetness and caramel at the end of the sip. It had a thin body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick and nutty with some leaves, like if you stuck your face in a pile of them in Fall. A bottle of this was $1.67, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. I had no problem drinking this beer, but it wasn’t to style at all. I would have this one again if someone handed it to me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Sometimes I buy beers that I don’t have high hopes for, but if they execute, I think they’ll be amazing. This was one of those beers.

caramelapplecuvee

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Strong Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Cuvée (pronounced koo-vay´) is a distinctive beer, designed to mature in wood. Ours is a strong blonde ale brewed with caramel, tart green apple, citrus rind and mild vanilla. The character of each barrel blends with the beer’s complex flavors, creating a dry finish with a bold oak essence. From sip to swallow, an interesting and unique flavor experience.”

Random: This beer is available from August through October in bottles and on draft.

The brew poured with a slightly off white head that was half a finger high. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light orange with mild carbonation visible. The nose had caramel syrup and green apple peels with some sweetness from brown sugar. The alcohol was hidden in the nose. The taste mostly mirrored the nose. It had a lot of caramel and green apple skin and a touch of grassy hop, which didn’t work with the rest of the flavors. After the beer warmed, brand and vanilla came through with a touch of heat at the back of the throat. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with vanilla bean and caramel syrup. I picked this up for $1.83, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer and thought it was interesting, but I wouldn’t want more than one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Val has this habit of wanting beers because they have cute labels. Can you guess if this is one of those beers?

morewithhoney

ABV: 5.9%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are a small craft brewery located in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. We brew small batch beers that are yeast driven and inspired by French & Belgian farmhouses. Everything we do is done by hand the old fashioned way, utilizing local Pacific Northwest ingredients. Our beer can be found at our tasting room as well as finer beer bars and bottle shops across Washington State. For more information follow us on FB and Twitter.”

Random: One of my pet peeves are breweries that don’t list beer information on the actual website and list it on twitter and Facebook.

The beer poured with a full finger of pure white head. It dissipated quickly, but only left a modicum of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had lemon juice and funk. What was surprising was that I couldn’t pick up any honey at all. There was some yeast that came through. The taste started with lemon juice and sourness. Cinnamon was there, which was in opposition to the lemon juice. Yeast was next, but again, the honey was missing. It had a very light body with high carbonation, which made this beer no problem to drink. It had a quick finish with lemon tartness. A bottle of this was $9.99 ($.62 per ounce). This beer didn’t impress me and the balance was off. I wouldn’t have this one again, although I’m glad I tried it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0