Archive for June, 2017

During my first trip out to Ohio, they had recently changed the ABV law and bars could now carry higher ABV beers. This resulted in even chain restaurants throwing on high ABV beers. Since I live in Jersey, this wasn’t a big deal for me, but everyone was going crazy for beers that we can get easily here. This beer is one that was created specifically for Ohio and due to the changes in laws in Ohio, they could finally put it on tap.

ohiounidragon

ABV: 12.5%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, this is only available in bombers, but I definitely had this one on tap.

Random: Watching people down full pints of beers over 10% was definitely interesting, although not recommended at all.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was strong with espresso and roasted malts. It had black licorice and smoke. Alcohol came through too. The taste started with bitter, black espresso. It went into black licorice and bourbon. Alcohol came through next with some wood ash and smoke. It had a thick and chewy body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with espresso and dark chocolate. I enjoyed this beer a lot, but if you get a glass of it, let it warm up for about five minutes before you start drinking it. It really helps to open up the aromas of the beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

One of the other things that I didn’t expect to see in Ohio was free parking. Basically everywhere except for the city proper had free parking. In the city itself, I only paid $3 for about 6 hours of parking in a garage. Out here, free parking in a city or even a municipal area is almost completely unheard of. This was a beer that I tried while my car was parked in a free lot.

hoptopus

ABV: 5.8%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Upon this expert diver’s casual stroll through deep space, she finally discovered where all the missing socks have gone. Into Hoptopus’ hideout. Available May through July.”

Random: I can see why they chose this beer as a seasonal.

The beer poured with a half a finger of wheat head. It dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was incredibly hazy and bright orange in color. I couldn’t see much carbonation in the body. The nose was filled with citrus with some tropical hops, along with wheat. The taste was all citrus up from with tangerines and oranges. It quickly went into mango and pineapple and wheat. There was a small amount of pine resin at the end of the sip. It had a light body with generous carbonation. The finish was quick with wheat and tangerine juice. I was surprised at how light the beer was and the depth of flavor that was imparted. It needed a touch more sweetness, but this was a decent beer that I enjoyed.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

While I was in Ohio, I ate a lot at Texas Roadhouse since it was right across from my hotel. They had very few options, other than steak, that weren’t covered in cheese or fried. I ended up getting grilled shrimp a lot with a plain salad and grilled vegetables. The service there was surprisingly good too. Their beer selection was a bit sad, so I never reviewed anything there. This beer was one that I had at Hop Yard 62.

captainstardust

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Light-bodied Saison made with American Comet hops creating a rustic, juicy citrus profile and a spicy yeast character, this Saison is eminently drinkable.”

Random: For a small bar, they turned over kegs very quickly.

The brew poured with a quarter of a finger of white head. it dissipated quickly and left minimal lacing on the glass. The body was very cloudy and yellow. There was no visible carbonation because of the haziness. The nose was very bright and citrusy. It reminded me of a witbier. There wasn’t any spice that I could pick up. There wasn’t a marked yeast presence either. The taste had more balance with yeast and coriander. It also had a lot of orange segments and lemon juice. There was a hay characteristic too. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. It had a quick and bright finish with citrus. This beer was really drinkable and went down easily after a long day of work. If you see this on tap if you’re in Ohio, grab a pint of it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

In two days, I start a new job. By the time you read this, I’ll have been there for over six months (hopefully). It’s always nerve-wracking starting a new job, especially when you’ve been at your last job for over four years. But, it’s a Monday through Friday job, which means that I’ll get to spend more time with Val. That’s something that we haven’t had since we got together. I’ll also be able to get more home projects done. Anyways, let’s get to this cider.

williamtellstrawberry

ABV: 6%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “Resembles a crisp Rose wine in color and taste. Fruity aromas of fresh strawberries, vanilla cream and honey lead to sweet citrus, melon and mineral flavors. Medium bodied and very well balanced. Starts slightly sweet but finishes dry, soft and lingering.”

Random: Whenever we’ve tried to grow strawberries, the bunnies eat them.

The cider poured with a three finger, pink head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, pink color with high carbonation. The nose was filled with unripe strawberries and apple juice. The taste was on the simpler side. It had honey, strawberries and a touch of tartness. Apple juice came through next. The body was light with moderate carbonation. It had a quick and unremarkable finish. I don’t recall how much I paid for this one, but it was a very simple cider. I like strawberries, but this cider didn’t do them justice. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

One year, my sister and I tried to grow lavender in her garden. Unfortunately, the animals ate it before we could harvest any of it. I enjoy the use of lavender in beers and hopefully this one works out.

lavenderhoneydebrettaville

ABV: 7%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This golden brett beer captures the flavors of spring. We layered hand-picked lavender grown at Eatwell Farms in Dixon, California and aromatic wildflower honey together with our oak-fermented brettanomyces blonde base beer to create this this funky, floral delight. A hint of minerality provides a complex backdrop of floral spring flavors, and a nose of meyer lemons, aromatic botanicals and bosc pear. Serve with rosemary rack of lamb, ripe Taleggio cheese and roasted pear with vanilla ice cream and honey. Our Farm to Barrel beers focus on the eons-old tradition of aging beers in oak barrels, and our de Brettaville saisons expand upon this tradition by highlighting the magical properties of wild brettanomyces yeast. We start by brewing a bright and aromatic farmhouse ale with a blend of twelve “brett” yeast strains. After a vigorous primary fermentation, the beer is racked into wine barrels to mature. In cask, the beer takes on the complex flavors of the oak, and the brettanomyces yeast creates an exotic melange of earthy funk and tropical fruit flavors. This wild ale is alive in the bottle and will continue to mature for years.”

Random: Baby clothes are insanely cute, especially the pajamas with feet.

This beer poured with a quarter finger of white head. It dissipated slowly and left a crown on top of the cloudy, yellow body. It had moderate carbonation. The nose had lemon juice, sourness and lavender. I also picked up some peach too. The taste was moderate tart. It had lemon juice, honey, lemon curd and then floral notes and lavender. I wish the lavender was more pronounced. It had a moderate body with high carbonation. The finish was quick and tart with lemon. A bottle of this was $12.99, which broke down to $1.02. I had no problem drinking this beer, but I needed more of the lavender. This just wasn’t their best work.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

When I first started the blog, it was a rarity that I got to try Bell’s. Now that I live on the border of Pennsylvania, it’s as easy as Stone to get. This was a new beer of theirs that I found on the shelves.

roundhouse

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Substantial amounts of late-kettle hop additions and dry-hopping yields a heady blend of fruity aromas of pineapple, peach and citrus. Those aromas continue into a crisply bitter hop presence across the tongue, but the judicious use of toasted and caramel specialty malts prevents the hop intensity from overwhelming the palate. Locally sourced Michigan honey creates a smooth, dry finish that pulls everything together. The India Red Ale style is a variation on the IPA, but with more caramel and toasted malt character and a reddish hue. Roundhouse was first brewed at our original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo in 2009.”

Random: Val had to go to a baby shower today and I helped her shop for baby clothes. I found so many cute things, although if we were ever going to buy them, we would need to put a tail hole in them.

The beer poured with a full finger of slightly off white head that was thick and dense. It went away slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a deep, hazy chestnut color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of nutty notes with old pine needles. There was alcohol as well. The taste had less nutty characteristics than the nose, although there were some hazelnuts. More notes of pine sap and pine needless and rubbing alcohol came through. It had a thick body with high carbonation. The finish was sticky and took forever with pine. A can of this was $2.33, which broke down to $.19 per ounce. I tend not to be the biggest fan of the style and this beer didn’t change my mind. If you love the style, I would say to pick it up, but otherwise, it’s not worth it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This was the last beer that I had at The Pour House. Funky Buddha has recently expanded their offerings to bottles, so I see more of them in the Philly area now. Let’s see how this one was.

sweetpotato

ABV: 7.9%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Strong Ale with Sweet Potatoes, Vanilla, and Spices.
Drop the dressing and ditch the pumpkin, Sweet Potato Casserole is fresh out of the oven and ready to party. This fall treat is just like moms used to make – only if moms had penchant for gooey marshmallow, fall spices, and gobs of sweet potato cavorting in one sinful glass. Bottoms up.”

Random: This came in at 30 IBUs.

The beer poured with half a finger of off-white head. It went away quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and copper-colored with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with cinnamon, nutmeg and burnt marshmallows. There was also a touch of sweet potato and butter. The taste had the same spices as the nose, imparting, nutmeg, cinnamon and butter. Allspice came through too. The alcohol was present, but was quickly covered up by the burnt marshmallow note. Sweet potato came through next. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation to it. It had a lengthy finish with marshmallow. I enjoyed this beer, especially since it was a unique take on a pumpkin beer and I loved the marshmallow flavor. If you see this bottle in the Fall, grab one. You won’t be disappointed.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0