Small Town Not Your Mom’s Iced Tea

Happy New Year’s Eve. One of the changes that I’m making in the New Year is that all posts will go up at 5 PM EST. I used to have it that the weekend ones would post at 10 AM, but since I post so far in advance, it’s hard to keep track of. So, now that we’ve talked about that change, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “There are some days that are just made for iced tea. And then there are days when you need a little something harder. We’ve answered your prayers with Not Your Mom’s Iced Tea, a thirst- and stress-quenching twist on the classic drink people everywhere turn to for good ol’ fashioned refreshment. Don’t tell the Brits, but in America, we like our tea on ice. This classic flavor is made with real lemon juice, creating a perfectly balanced and refreshingly smooth brew.”

Random: I’m almost done with the first season of “Legion.” It’s really difficult to follow, but I like it.

This beer poured with no head on top of a dark brownish-red body. It was clear with a decent amount of carbonation visible. The nose had notes of a powdered iced tea mix. It had a bit of lemon as well. The taste was like a packaged iced tea with a lot of artificial notes. It also had some lemon flavor to it. It had a touch of bitterness as well, but this was more along the lines of a sweet tea. The body was heavy with light carbonation and could have used a bit more. The finish was lengthy with iced tea mix. A bottle of this was $1.90, which came to $.16 per ounce. I had no issues finishing the bottle, but this would get old really quickly. I wouldn’t buy this one again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Left Hand A Blessing And A Curse

Today’s beer is one that I have heard absolutely no hype about. Left Hand is putting out a lot of new beers, which is nice to see. I had a few beers at Savor from them that were bordering on outstanding. Let’s see how this one fared, hopefully it’s good.

ABV: 9.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Citrus, pine and tropical fruit characteristics with big ABV. This double IPA delivers a synthesis of hops from opposite hemispheres with an aggressive disposition of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit characteristics for a delightfully juxtaposed consequence. Count your blessings, accept the curse.”

Random: The label on this was super cute.

The beer poured with a large, three finger, pure white head. It took a long time to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and dark orange in color. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had old leaves and grain. Some grass and citrus peel came through next with overripe pineapple. The taste started with astringent alcohol that wasn’t pleasant. It quickly went into lots of malt with brown bread. The hops came through next with old citrus peel and the same overripe pineapple. It had aged pine needles next. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sweet finish. A bomber of this was $9.49, which came to $.43 per ounce. This beer just wasn’t my thing. I wouldn’t rush back to have it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Jack’s Abby Barrel-Aged Framinghammer – Cordon Rouge

Val and I are watching a marathon of “Say Yes To The Dress.” One couple wanted to get married in the water with dolphins. That would definitely be an interesting wedding. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 10%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Big, bold, black, and aged in bourbon barrels with orange peel. The lengthy conditioning period in the barrels creates a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar during the brew process. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness. Additional flavors include bourbon, oak, and spice.”

Random: This beer comes in at 45 IBUs.

This beer poured with half a finger of tan head. It went away quickly and left no lacing on the glass, but did leave a small crown on top. The body was black with no visible carbonation. The nose had notes of cigar ash and red wine. I didn’t pick up any of the orange peel. There was also some smoke and roasted malt. The taste had a lot of leather and tobacco. It quickly went into red grapes, licorice and smoke. There was a slight note of orange peel. It had a thick and syrupy body that was a bit overwhelming with apparent alcohol. There was no carbonation to cut it either. The finish was syrupy with orange and bourbon. This was yet another beer gift, so no word on price, but this was my least favorite of the Framinghammer series. I wouldn’t rush to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Prairie Pe-Kan

Since it’s Winter, it’s all about the stouts for me. Let’s see how this one was.

ABV: 11.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The pecan tree is a large deciduous tree, growing to 20–40 m (66–131 ft) in height, rarely to 44 m (144 ft). It typically has a spread of 12–23 m (39–75 ft) with a trunk up to 2 m (6.6 ft) diameter. A 10-year-old sapling will stand about 5 m (16 ft) tall. The leaves are alternate, 30–45 cm (12–18 in) long, and pinnate with 9–17 leaflets, each leaflet 5–12 cm (2.0–4.7 in) long and 2–6 cm (0.79–2.36 in) broad. A pecan, like the fruit of all other members of the hickory genus, is not truly a nut, but is technically a drupe, a fruit with a single stone or pit, surrounded by a husk. The husks are produced from the exocarp tissue of the flower, while the part known as the nut develops from the endocarp and contains the seed. The husk itself is aeneous, that is, brassy greensh-gold in color, oval to oblong in shape, 2.6–6 cm (1.0–2.4 in) long and 1.5–3 cm (0.59–1.18 in) broad. The outer husk is 3–4 mm (0.12–0.16 in) thick, starts out green and turns brown at maturity, at which time it splits off in four sections to release the thin-shelled nut.”

Random: I’m not a huge fan of pecan pie. It’s too sweet for me.

The beer poured with a half a finger of light brown head. It dissipated slowly, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with roasted malts and roasted pecans with some caramel. There is also notes of coffee and dark chocolate. I didn’t pick up any smoke. The taste started with roasted malts and dark chocolate. It transitioned into roasted pecans, molasses, toffee and caramel. It also had a black coffee note. The booze was undetectable. It had a thick body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and nutty. This was another beer that I received as a gift, but given how good this was, I would happily pay for a few of these to age. This beer is highly recommended.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Left Hand Saison Aux Baies Ameres

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Left Hand that I originally tried at Savor. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6.8%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Seasonal, farmhouse-style ales that feature native Colorado ingredients. Dry and crisp farmhouse-style ale. Mild tartness with bitter Colorado chokecherries.”

Random: I had no idea of what a chokecherry was, so I looked it up on wikipedia: “Chokecherry is a suckering shrub or small tree growing to 4.9 m (16 ft 1 in) tall. The leaves are oval, 3.2–10.2 cm (1 1⁄4–4 1⁄32 in) long, with a coarsely serrated margin. The flowers are produced in racemes 38.1–76.2 cm (15–30 in) long in late spring (well after leaf emergence). The fruits are about 1 cm (3⁄8 in) in diameter, range in color from bright red to black, and possess a very astringent taste, being both somewhat sour and somewhat bitter. The very ripe ‘berries’ (actually drupes) are dark in color and less astringent and sweeter than when red and unripe.”

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head. It went away quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy amber color with light carbonation visible. The nose started with a lot of yeast and flower petals. I picked up hibiscus and rose hips. There was a slight cherry note as well, along with some wheat. The taste was also very yeasty with flower petals. It was more hibiscus and cherries. There was also a wildflower honey quality to it. The body was way too thick with light carbonation. The finish was quick and yeasty. A pounder can was $2.50 ($.16 per ounce). This beer just needed more balance for me and I wish it had more cherry notes. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Exhibit ‘A’ The Cat’s Meow

When I saw this beer in part of my beer gift from my parents, I absolutely loved the can. Val is a lawyer and we love cats, so immediately I loved the idea of the beer. Hopefully it lives up to my expectations.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Where are we today? A lush hop farm, the late summer’s warm moist air, and the full aroma of freshly picked hop cones on your hands. Take time to savor moments like this. Smell. Taste. Consider. Enjoy. Repeat. This beer features Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado hops.”

Random: When it’s cold, all of the cats sleep in a giant cat pile.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated at a moderate pace. It left some lacing on the glass, along with a crown. The body was incredibly cloudy and dark yellow in color. I couldn’t see much carbonation because of the haziness. The nose was filled with lemon peel and also had a touch of tropical fruit. The taste had pineapple and mango along with lemon zest. There wasn’t much malt to speak of. Grapefruit flesh came through next. The body was on the thicker side with just enough carbonation. The finish was lengthy and filled with grapefruit and lemon zest. I’m not sure how much this pounder can was since I received it as a gift. I still found this beer to be a bit unbalanced and wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Denizens Third Party Tripel

Merry Christmas! Hopefully everyone is having a nice holiday with family and friends. Here’s the beer review for tonight.

ABV: 9.4%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We believe that the best products are made locally, and that everyone has a right to fresh, local craft beer. Drinking beer close to where it’s brewed gives us a better product and does right by the local economy and environment. From bag of grain to pint glass, making beer is our passion, and sharing our product with you is at the heart of what we do. Only two years ago, none of this would have been possible in Montgomery County, MD, so we worked with government and community leaders to remove unnecessary, prohibition-era barriers, enabling an expansion in local beer production and distribution.”

Random: The brewery is open 7 days a week.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a golden orange color and clear. There was only light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with honey sweetness and golden raisins. It also had a touch of Sauternes wine. The taste started incredibly sweet, to the point of cloying. It had a syrupy honey note with overripe peaches. It had a slight brandy note as well. The alcohol was very apparent and off-putting. The body was thick and syrupy with not enough carbonation. The finish was lengthy and had a lot of honey sweetness. A pounder can was $2.50, which came to $.16 per ounce. This beer was just a miss for me. It was way too boozy and sweet. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Denizens Born Bohemian Pils

Val and I went down to DC for a weekend and stopped at a beer store in Maryland on the way back up. This was one of the beers that I picked up. The brewery is in Maryland and I know nothing about them, so let’s get to it.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: Czech Pilsener

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “A Bohemian is a resident of Bohemia, a region of the Czech Republic or the former Kingdom of Bohemia, a region of the former Crown of Bohemia (lands of the Bohemian Crown). In English, the word ‘Bohemian’ was used to denote the Czech people as well as the Czech language before the word ‘Czech’ became prevalent in the early 20th century. In a separate meaning, ‘Bohemian’ may also denote ‘a socially unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts’ according to Oxford Dictionaries Online.”

Random: It’s really hard to make a good pils and they seem to be getting more popular.

The beer poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a greenish-yellow with a decent amount of carbonation. The nose was very floral with rose petals and also had some grass. The taste had grass, river stones and rose petals as well. The flavors were very clean. It had a light body with a lot of carbonation. The finish was long with river stones and grass. A pounder can of this was $2.50, which broke down to $.16 per ounce. I thought that the beer was a good price, but it was a little too floral for the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Jack’s Abby Bourbon Barrel Aged Framinghammer

Tonight’s beer is another selection from the Framinghammer family. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 10%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Big, bold, black, and aged in bourbon barrels. This unusual lager style has many similarities to Imperial Stouts. A lengthy conditioning period creates a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness. Additional flavors include bourbon, vanilla, and oak.”

Random: This beer came in at 45 IBUs and is an April release.

The brew poured with a huge, three and a half finger than head. It went away slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass along with a significant crown. The body was dark brown with no visible carbonation because of the color. The nose was more charred wood than anything else. It almost had a rye spice with a strong bourbon note and dark, roasted malts. After it warmed, I picked up some vanilla as well. The taste was equally strong bourbon notes with charred wood and dark malts. There was a dark chocolate note as well. Alcohol was overt on this beer. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with bourbon and vanilla. This is yet another beer gift, so no commentary on the cost. I think I did myself a disservice by having some of the variants of the beer first because I thought this was only alright, although it did make for a good Winter sipper.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

The Funky Buddha Last Snow

I love mini golf. I’m super competitive about it and there’s a course by my house that has 18 holes and is really challenging. I can’t wait until the weather is better and I can go back.

ABV: 6.4%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Last Snow Coconut & Coffee Porter is an ode to that special time in Florida where the needle dips just south of 75 – even for the briefest of moments. This rich, creamy porter is layered with coconut and freshly-roasted coffee for a taste that recalls a winter wonderland – even if, in our state, that’s just a state of mind.”

Random: This beer comes in at 35 IBUs and is available in bottles and on tap.

The beer poured with a four finger, light brown head. It took awhile to go away, but left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black with no visible carbonation due to color. The nose was filled with dark malts and coconut. The coconut reminded me of a candle or a shower gel, rather than actual coconut. The flavor started with an intense note of coconut. Much like the nose, it was artificial coconut. It also had some dark chocolate along with roasted malts and a touch of smoke. There was some coffee as well, but coconut was the dominant flavor. The body was on the lighter side of porter with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with coconut and coffee. Since this was a gift beer, I’m not sure what the price was. Either way, I liked the coconut flavor, I just wish that it was less of an artificial flavor.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0