Archive for September, 2017

The leaves are starting to change, which means that I will have to start cleaning them soon. It’s one of my least favorite outdoor tasks. This beer is reminding me of the summer…

calmradler

ABV: 3%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Situated at the corner of Fulton & Wood streets in Chicago, Goose Island’s original brewery has been a hub of innovation since its doors opened. To this day, the spirit of experimentation remains strong with the Fulton & Wood series. Each release gives Goose Island employees from throughout the company the chance to work with our brewers to concept new, exciting beers from scratch. Celebrate summer with Goose Island’s C.A.L.M. Radler. Our Cucumber And Lime Mint Radler starts out as a balanced wheat ale with a light and crisp flavor and a creamy smooth body that is then blended with a sparkling cucumber, mint, and lime soda to create a perfectly refreshing summer radler.”

Random: Any drink with cucumber in it reminds me of summer.

The beer poured with a half finger of white head that dissipated instantly. The body was murky and yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filed with cucumber and lemon lime soda. I wish it had some mint to it. The taste was also filled with cucumber and lemon juice. It quickly went into lemon lime soda and then had a touch of mint. It needed some more mint. There was some wheat as well. The body was light and watery with low carbonation that needed to be increased dramatically. It had an instant finish with lemon lime soda. A bottle of this was $1.58, which came to $.13 per ounce. I thought this beer was okay, but just a bit too watery and needed some more flavor.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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I’m watching the remake of “Beaches” and it’s pretty terrible. I don’t think it helped that I watched an interview with Idina Menzel and she came off like a total diva (not in the good way). Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

hardywoodhibiscustripel

ABV: 8.2%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The story of how Hardywood Park Craft Brewery came to be is quite literally as old as it’s co-founders, Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh. Their parents met first, setting the stage for a childhood friendship that would develop over decades into a shared passion for craft beer. While honing their craft as home brewers, Eric and Pat built the foundation for Hardywood Park by experiencing craft beer culture and learning every facet of the industry. Eric McKay, while working as the marketing director for one of America’s leading craft beer wholesalers, built an innovative mobile beer marketing platform, served as a speaker on beer marketing strategy innovation at several beer industry conferences around the country, earned his MBA with honors from Fordham University and was selected to serve as a Great American Beer Festival judge. He also became Richmond’s first Certified Cicerone™.”

Random: We put up a new light outside and it makes it so much easier to take the recycling out.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass, but instead left a small crown. The body was clear and bright orange with a lot of carbonation. The nose was floral and had a lot of golden fruit with sweetness and honey. The taste was even more floral than the nose with booze and bread. It had honey too. The body was surprisingly light for the style with a lot of carbonation. Val picked this one up from Trader Joe’s, so I had no idea the price on this one. I thought this beer was decent, but it needed more balance. It wouldn’t be one that I’d revisit.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s beer is a super hyped beer that I picked up directly from the brewery.

caffecorretto

ABV: 12%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Caffé Corretto is a continuation of the Regular Coffee game. Our golden imperial coffee cream ale has been finished with fennel, licorice, and anise. Much like how Regular Coffee looks to evoke Jersey’s version of an acidic, bitter coffee curbed by milk and sugar, Caffé Corretto takes a lesson from our Italian friends by running a touch of anise’s bitter-to-sweet path alongside coffee’s. Drink Caffé Corretto and Roma if you want to.”

Random: This comes in at 20 IBUs.

This beer poured with a finger and a half of ecru colored head. It was really fluffy and took awhile to dissipate. The body was a dusky orange, almost brown with a lot of carbonation. The nose was filled with anise and black licorice along with some sweet cream and light coffee. Anise dominated the nose for sure. The taste had some light and sweet coffee which was quickly overwhelmed with licorice and anise. It had a significant sweet cream component as well. The alcohol was completely hidden. It had a light body with high carbonation. The finish was quick with licorice. I bought a case of the irregular coffee when it came out, but I have no recollection of how much I paid for it. I thought this beer was exceptional even though I’m not the biggest fan of licorice. If you have a chance to try this, do so.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is another Almanac beer. Let’s see how it was.

saisondolores

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Saison Dolores is a bright, aromatic brew for all seasons inspired by San Francisco’s Mission District. We combine barley, rye and Sonoran Wheat grown in Mendocino County and ferment the beer with our house Saison yeast. Finally we dry hop it to create a California Saison with flavors of spicy white pepper, fruity melon and a clean food friendly finish. Enjoy this lively aromatic farmhouse ale with fresh seafood, funky washed rind cheeses and classic French-style charcuterie. 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: I have done 5 loads of laundry today. I thick I ran out of dryer sheets.

This beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. It also left a significant crown on top of the cloudy, yellow body. It had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with lemon and lemon zest with clove. It also had a lot of bready yeast. The taste was also very bright with lemon flesh and zest. It also had a lot of yeast and wheat with a touch of hay. Grass came through as well. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. It had a quick and bright finish with lemon. The can was $2.50, which came to $.21 per ounce. I thought this was a decent beer, just not as amazing as I have come to expect from the brewery.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s beer is one that I have been aging for over a year in a waxed growler. Hopefully it stood up to the aging.

shipwreckporter

ABV: 10%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “When our friends and neighbors at Brinley shipped us ten of the barrels used to make their Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum from their distillery on St. Kitts, we were given the opportunity to create a beer that would take advantage of wood rather than the other way around. We looked to coax complexity out of the marriage of a barrel’s soul and a brew’s potential, not just to bomb a huge beer with huge flavor. The rum that lives in these barrels for four years integrates its spice to the wood so well that it ends up reminiscent of a Bananas Foster. A sturdy brown honey porter seemed the best host to receive the ghosts from Shipwreck’s old home. We started with a base of deep malts looking for notes of coffee and chocolate, then enhanced them with the floral bouquet of local wildflower honey and the preservative strength of 10% ABV while keeping the body sensible. This was put in the casks to meld with the vanilla, wood, and spice notes, toned down by the oxidative effect of a year in the cellar. Drink Shipwreck Porter because a barrel should be so much more than a depth charge.”

Random: I’m not a big fan of rum.

This beer poured with a thick, one finger, light brown head. It dissipated slowly, but left limited lacing on the glass. It did leave a significant crown. The body was a dark brown, but some light was still getting through it. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with oak and rum, along with caramel that complemented the dark malt and smoke. The taste was soft for the ABV. The rum came through as the primary flavor, but it wasn’t abrasive. It had a certain sweetness that complemented the wood. The roasted malts and ash. It didn’t have a huge amount of bitterness. Vanilla came through at the end. The mouthfeel on this was silky and smooth. I’m not sure if a year on this helped or if it was this smooth initially, but it definitely worked for the beer. The carbonation was moderate, which was perfect for the beer. Since Val got the waxed growler for me last year, I have no idea what she paid for it, but this was a solid beer. It’s probably the best example I’ve seen of a rum barrel beer. I highly recommend this beer. It was perfection in a glass.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

I didn’t know that Almanac was canning beers. When I saw this on the shelves, I had to grab it.

mandarina

ABV: 4.3%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mandarina’s tart and citrusy profile makes it the perfect beer for warm, sunny days. The combination of crisp tartness, tangerines and the citrus aromas of Mandarina Bavaria and Citra hops puts this farmhouse ale’s fruity aroma over the top. Pair this summer sipper with a day at the beach, fresh seafood and citrus-infused desserts. 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: This is the first beer that I’ve had from their Fresh Beer series.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was very hazy and bright yellow in color. There wasn’t much carbonation visible. The nose was fragrant and had a lot of floral and citrus notes.I picked up a star fruit note as well. The taste was also very floral. It had some tartness along with oranges and tangerines. The star fruit was in the taste as well, along with wheat. It had a light body with moderate carbonation, that needed to be increased. The finish was quick and filled with citrus. I picked up this can for $2.50, which came to $.21 per ounce. This was an easy drinking beer with lots of bright citrus flavor, it just needed to have a little more carbonation. This is a great session beer for any time of year. Pick up a can next time you see one on the shelf.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Happy Sunday! I’m so happy that football is back. I missed it. To celebrate that, let’s review a really hyped beer.

anighttoendalldawns2015

ABV: 12.4%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A Night To End All Dawns is a massive imperial stout aged over a year in bourbon barrels. The extended aging allowed seasonal temperature fluctuations in the barrels to draw bold flavors from the oak that can only develop with time. The heat of the bourbon gave way to a subtle caramel sweetness, and the bold, sharp edges of the roasted malt mellowed and married with notes of vanilla and oak. ABV: 12.4%”

Random: Val is watching “Project Runway: Junior.” It’s even worse than the regular one.

The beer poured with a full finger of light brown head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. It did however, leave a small crown. The body was an inky black with no visible carbonation due to the dark color. The nose was huge on this beer. It was filled with oak, bourbon and lots of dark chocolate. Coffee came through next with a bitter smell. The taste was a bit softer than the nose. It still had a lot of bitterness and dark chocolate. Bourbon and oak came through next. It was more bitter than all of the other variants. It had a thick and syrupy body with light carbonation. The finish lasted while with chocolate and coffee. Since I’ve been aging this for a long time, I don’t know how much I paid for this one. This was an excellent beer, just not as good as the variants to me.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0