Archive for August, 2017

I cannot stand hearing Joe Buck call a game. It doesn’t matter if he’s calling a football game or a baseball game, he’s just terrible. I think the worst is when he calls a Dallas Cowboys game with Troy Aikman. There have been times where I will just put the game on mute so I don’t have to hear his voice. Anyways, this beer is one that I picked up at a beer store on my way home one day. The label art is adorable.

roguebull

ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Take flight with this Imperial IPA profusely dry hopped with Falconer’s Flight! Tropical, citrus, and grapefruit notes.”

Random: I have never been a big fan of the “Star Wars” movies. I’ve watched some of the older ones, but never really got into the prequels.

This beer poured with a four finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and mahogany in color. There was a lot of carbonation visible as well. The nose was earthy with pine sap and wet leaves. It had some sweet malt right after it. The taste was incredibly piney, but had a lot of citrus zest as well. The malt balanced this beer out a bit. I wish there was more tropical notes on this one, but I didn’t pick them up. A can was $3.75, which came to $.23 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot. If you see it on the shelves, bring a four-pack home.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Val and I are watching “Mariah’s World.” If I was that talented or rich, I don’t think I could be that difficult. It’s almost annoying to me. Scratch that, it’s beyond annoying. Anyways, this was a mead that Val and I picked up at least two years ago from Maine. I remember liking it in the tasting room, but being annoyed at the price of tasting. Let’s see how the bottle was.

strawberryhoneymaker

ABV: 12.5%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “True to our dry style, this mead is infused with approximately one pound of sun-ripened Maine to every gallon of mead.”

Random: This is a summer seasonal.

The mead poured a dark reddish color that was clear. This was a still mead, with no carbonation visible. The nose was filled with strawberry syrup, booze and lots of wildflower honey. There was also a lot of flower petals that were bordering on perfume-like. The taste was filled with artificial strawberry syrup. I remember trying this at the meadery and it being so much better. The other flavors had white grape jam along with thick and syrupy honey. The flavors were intense and this was a bear to get down. The body was thick and syrupy and still. The finish was lengthy and bordering on sickeningly sweet. I don’t remember how much we paid for this mead, but I don’t think it was cheap. I thought this mead was way too artificial tasting. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

I really want to go back to Maine. Every time I have an Allagash beer, I miss going to Slab, which is the best pizza place in all of Maine. While I dream of Slab, let’s see how this beer was.

farmtoface

ABV: 5.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Drinking this medium-bodied beer is like biting into a juicy, yet tart, peach. Farm to Face is brewed as a pale ale and then fermented for ten months in stainless tanks with house yeast. After primary fermentation, we add Pediococcus, Lactobacillus, and a whole lot of peaches. In fact, for every gallon of beer we add three pounds of peaches from our friends at Applecrest Farm in New Hampshire. Aromas of green apple and graham cracker accompany a lingering peachy finish.”

Random: I still haven’t tried the drone I got for Christmas.

The brew poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright orange with lots of carbonation. The nose had a lot of funk and yeast along with peaches. There was also lightly toasted oak with white wine grapes. The taste had marked tartness with peach and white grapes. It didn’t have as much yeast as the nose, but there was a lot of white vinegar. It also had a lot of fresh apricots. The body was on the lighter side with intense carbonation, but it didn’t go overboard. The finish was lengthy with tartness and peach. A bottle of this was ridiculously expensive at $18.99, which came to $1.12 per ounce. Despite the shocking pricetag, I thought this beer was wonderful. This wasn’t an everyday beer, but I’m so glad that I got to try it.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Evil Twin brews at Two Roads quite often and put out a collaboration last year that was a gose (Geyser Gose). This was the second beer that they collaborated on.

pachamamaporter

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our second collaboration with Danish/Brooklyn brewery Evil Twin, Two Roads and Evil Twin have paid homage to Incan heritage by using three Peruvian staple foods in this porter: sweet potatoes, purple mais and aji panca chili peppers. Pachamama is a goddess revered by the indigenous people of the Andes; she is known as the earth mother in Inca mythology. Given that the main ingredients of the 6.5% ABV porter come from the rich Peruvian soil, the two breweries thought the name Pachamama fit this product beautifully.”

Random: This is a collaboration beer with Two Roads in Stratford, Connecticut.

This beer poured with a huge, four finger, light brown head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color with no visible carbonation. The nos ehad roasted malts, smoke and a touch of hot peppers. The taste had some black pepper along with roasted malts and milk chocolate. The hot peppers were lost in the taste. There was also a lot of ash and smoke. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. The finish was quick with a lot of ash. A pounder can was $3.12, which came to $.20 per ounce. This beer was a miss for me. If you’re going to say that the beer has hot peppers, it needs to translate into the taste.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

I didn’t know that Almanac had a pilsner, but when I saw it on the shelf, I had to have it.

almanaccraftpilsner

ABV: 4.8%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Almanac’s Craft Pilsner is a crisp, dry-hopped lager that provides a West Coast twist on the traditional German style. Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Mandarina Bavaria hops provide a melon and citrus nose backed by 100% Pilsner malt. This beer is crushable, always begging for another sip and pairs well with sushi, outdoor grilling and tames spicy Thai and Mexican dishes. Our Fresh Beer Series delivers the best in farm fresh beer. Big flavors, bold yeast characters and huge hop aromas reflect our rich California agricultural bounty. Every beer is brewed, packaged and shipped with an eye towards maximum freshness. All of our Fresh Beers are designed to pair with a wide variety of cuisine—so enjoy a pour of The Golden State’s most flavorful beer…”

Random: The beer is available in cans and on draft.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was quite cloudy for a pilsner with high carbonation. The nose was grassy with mineral water and a slightly sweetness from pilsner malt. The taste was very crisp and clean with mineral water with stones and grass. It had a touch of honey sweetness. The body was thin with high carbonation, but wasn’t to the point of being watery. It had a quick finish with mineral water. The beer was $2.50 for a can ($.21 per ounce). This was a really enjoyable beer from one of my favorite breweries. I would highly recommend this.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Val and I started watching this celebrity dinner party show. I don’t know what the name of it is, but the show is awful. I can barely get through this. I need a cider to tolerate it…

pineapplecider

ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Just like many pre-prohibition ciders, we’ve selected apples from Europe and Washington State. To preserve freshness, the fruits are harvested and pressed at the orchard, then delivered to our cidery in Austin, Texas. These apple varieties have the bittersharp and bittersweet components that bring character to our drink. Only the finest apples can create the best cider. With this base of un-compromised fruit, we also use a white wine yeast which has been selected for aromatic retention and slow, cold fermentation tolerance. This helps preserve the natural, fruity nose and complex flavor you experience when enjoying this drink. This ferment is fed nutrients at key stages to allow the perfect transition of fruit sugar to alcohol, like that of a wonderful Riesling or Gewürztraminer wine. Once fermentation is complete, we use state of the art filtration for gorgeous clarity, without stripping components that add to mouthfeel. This is extremely important because it ensures that we don’t remove any of the exciting attributes that our apples can present to you. Austin Eastciders is all about authenticity and commitment to quality. These ideals, along with our service to employees and community, set the stage for an environment of enjoying a tasty beverage with the company of good people.”

Random: I bet this show gets cancelled after one season.

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 hazy light yellow with lots of carbonation. The nose had some sour apples along with pineapple. There was some white sugar as well. The taste started with sweeter apples along with pineapple. There was some honey as well. The body was very light with a lot of carbonation along with it. A can of this cider was $1.83 ($.15 per ounce). I enjoyed this cider. I think the pineapple was utilized well and the apples gave it some depth. This was quite pleasant.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I never thought that Ommegang would really embrace IPAs, so when I saw this one, it needed to be reviewed.

nirvanaipa

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Nirvana was an American rock band formed by singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting being Dave Grohl, who joined the band in 1990. Despite releasing only three full-length studio albums in their seven-year career, Nirvana has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and important alternative bands in history. Though the band dissolved in 1994 after the suicide of frontman Kurt Cobain, their music continues to maintain a popular following and to inspire and influence modern rock and roll culture. In the late 1980s, Nirvana established itself as part of the Seattle grunge scene, releasing its first album, Bleach, for the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989. The band eventually came to develop a sound that relied on dynamic contrasts, often between quiet verses and loud, heavy choruses. After signing to major label DGC Records, Nirvana found unexpected success with ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, the first single from the band’s second album Nevermind (1991). Nirvana’s sudden success widely popularized alternative rock as a whole, and the band’s frontman Cobain found himself referred to in the media as the ‘spokesman of a generation’, with Nirvana being considered the ‘flagship band’ of Generation X. In response, Nirvana’s third studio album, In Utero (1993), released to critical acclaim, featured an abrasive, less mainstream sound and challenged the group’s audience. Nirvana’s active career ended following the death of Cobain in 1994, but various posthumous releases have been issued since, overseen by Novoselic, Grohl, and Cobain’s widow Courtney Love. Since its debut, the band has sold over 25 million records in the United States alone, and over 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, in its first year of eligibility.”

Random: “Nevermind” was my favorite Nirvana album.

The beer poured with a three finger, beige head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a bright, yet hazy orange with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of pine with grapefruit flesh and a touch of sweetness from malt at the end. The taste was quite dank with pine sap and pine needles and an earthy dirt flavor. It went into lots of citrus notes with grapefruit pith and flesh along with orange pith. The malt came through at the end with a touch of caramel sweetness. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with pine and a touch of malt sweetness. A bottle of the beer was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. I really enjoyed this beer. It drank like a flavorful American IPA, which was executed well by a brewery I know for Belgian styles.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0