Archive for the ‘American Wild Ale’ Category

This beer is one that I tried at Bainbridge Street Ale House. Val and I ended up there a lot because the place that we had our engagement rings and wedding bands made was across the street. We had a lot of issues getting them made, especially because the first try at the wedding bands resulted in my band not fitting around my engagement ring right, so we had to pick up my band on the Thursday before the wedding. But, it all worked out in the end.

ABV: 7.2%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Crazy Navel is a blend of sour wheat and blond ales aged in oak wine barrels for 14 months with fresh orange zest. Using both Cara Cara and Heirloom varietals, Crazy Navel captures the essence of the navel orange balanced with a refreshingly tart and dry base beer.”

Random: This was on my list of beers to try for awhile.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head that dissipated almost instantly. The body was a hazy orange with no carbonation visible. The nose had a certain tartness to it, along with fresh orange segments and orange zest. The taste started with white vinegar along with orange zest. It had a certain sweetness at the end from the oranges. The alcohol did not make an appearance on the beer. The body was on the lighter side with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with orange. This beer was pretty good, but was on the super expensive side, as seems to be with all Cascade beers. This was worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Tonight’s beer is one that I picked up on a whim, mostly because I love Allagash beers.

ABV: 7.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This beer was inspired by the common American crow’s love for blackberries. Uncommon Crow’s aromas of dark chocolate and cherries bloom into big blackberry flavor and a slightly tart finish. We brew this beer with 2-row barley, Midnight wheat, raw wheat, and rye malt, before adding a blend of Perle, Glacier, and Simcoe hops. The beer is fermented exclusively with our house strain of local Brettanomyces yeast. After six months in a stainless tank we add local blackberries. Like its namesake, Uncommon Crow carries a dusky hue. Over the following five months, Uncommon Crow continues to ferment and develops its luscious, uncommon flavors.”

Random: This beer is available in bottles and on draft.

This beer poured with a one finger, light tan head. It dissipated quickly, but left some lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with crushed blackberries and blueberries along with lots of funk. The taste also had a lot of blackberry and blueberry along with some white vinegar and funk. There were some notes of green apple as well. The booze was apparent on this beer, but overall the body was on the medium thickness side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and tart. I picked this bottle up for $12.99, which was definitely expensive at $1.01 per ounce. I’m glad that I got to try this one, but it’s not worth the price tag.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

It took forever, but we finally visited Captain Lawrence. Val is from Westchester County, NY, so we’re up there with some frequency, but never had a chance to visit before. The brewery itself is pretty large and has an indoor and outdoor space. The outdoor space has cornhole, which I love, and has a decent selection of food. If you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth a visit.

ABV: 7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “American Sour Ale aged in French Oak Fourdres with New York grown apples sourced locally from Harvest Moon Orchard in North Salem. Bright and acidic, with notes of apple and funk. Enjoy now or lay it down for years to come.”

Random: This season of “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” has a lot of crying it. It’s bordering on annoying.

The beer poured with a thick, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was very cloudy and yellow. I couldn’t see a lot of carbonation. The nose was filled with funk and oak along with some fruit. The taste was even brighter. It started with a lot of tartness and apples. It quickly went into some oak along with vanilla. It had earthiness as well. The body was medium thickness with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with lots of funk. I bought this beer directly from the brewery during my last visit and I forget how much I paid for it. Either way, this was an outstanding, funky beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

When Val and I were out in Colorado, we visited Avery, which was awesome. They had a bunch of different bars in the brewery, each serving different things. One of the series of beers they do is Botanicals and Barrels, which this belongs to. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Verdant fresh ginger is artfully rooted in radiant tartness, peaking in the unmistakable burst and bite of this bright barrel-aged sour ale.”

Random: This beer is available on tap and in bombers.

The beer poured with less than a full finger of white head. It went away quickly, but a small crown remained, although no lacing was left on the glass. The body was a cloudy, bright orange with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was very tart. It had some fresh ginger along with apple cider vinegar. There was also some toasted oak and light vanilla. The taste was intense. It started with the same apple cider vinegar, but quickly went into a combination of powdered ginger and fresh ginger. It transitioned into toasted oak and vanilla. Then, some white pepper came through along with an unexpected melon note. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with the sourness from the vinegar and the oak. A bomber of this set me back $13.49, which came to an expensive $.61 per ounce. I thought this beer brought a lot of interesting flavors to the table, I just wish it wasn’t as pricey.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s beer was one I was stoked to try. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “AN EXPERIMENTALLY HOPPED SOUR ALE FERMENTED WITH DARK RED WINE GRAPES. Observers of yestercentury once denied the existence of the Dark Swan as obstinately as flat-earthers once denied the shape of our spherical home. They insisted the species was confined to a singular snowy hue. But there is a fragile futility to such narrowness of thought. The broader of mind understood that light and dark must forever compliment each other as eternal counterpoints. And just as Aristotle convinced us of our circularity, so adventuring ornithologists eventually contradicted the misconception of the monochrome swan, astonishing the world and casting light upon the Dark. This beer may well do the same…”

Random: Trader Joe’s had a really nice cherry juice that reminds me of this beer.

The beer poured with a two finger, pink head. It took forever to go away and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a deep red color, clear and had moderate carbonation. The nose was filled with hops, which was actually surprising. I expected it to have a lot of fruit and oak, but it was very hoppy. There was a note of tart cherries along with vanilla and oak at the end. The taste was exactly what I expected. It had a lot of tart cherries, red grapes, vanilla and oak. It had some funk from the yeast as well. The body was lighter than I expected with plenty of carbonation. It had a lengthy fruity finish. A bottle of this was $2.17, which came to $.18 per ounce. This was a really nice beer and one that I would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

One of the beers that I had when I started the blog was 21st Amendment’s Hell Or High Watermelon. This was a Summer go-to beer for me for years, so when I saw that they came out with a sour take on the beer, I had to try it.

ABV: 6.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We have transformed our summertime watermelon wheat beer into Watermelon Funk, a mind blowing, shake your booty, interlocking sour bass lines with syncopated sweet fruit notes and downbeat aromas and we give you all that in a signature groove with the hip and sway of Lady Liberty.”

Random: Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits. I love when restaurants use it in salads, especially with blueberries and a light citrus vinaigrette.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, bright yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had notes of watermelon rind, yeast and lemon juice. It also had a white vinegar note. The taste had a decent amount of tartness and reminded me of watermelon Berliner weisse. It had watermelon flesh and rind up front. There was also notes of white vinegar and yeast. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with watermelon rind. A can of this was $2.17, which came to $.18 per ounce. This was a solid beer and one I would search out again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s selection is a funky beer that I picked up directly from the brewery.

ABV: 7.45%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “3 Stars Brewing Company is a brewery delivering on the promise of bringing locally hand crafted artisanal ales to the DC beer community. The company was founded by Dave Coleman and Mike McGarvey, two longtime friends who decided to seize the opportunity to build a brewery and produce high quality beer in the District of Columbia – hoping to make this world-class city a world-class craft beer destination. Mike and Dave started out as homebrewers, developing recipes on a homebrew lab system in Mike’s basement. What began as a hobby, soon became the main focal point of their attention. The duo then realized that building a brewery in D.C. was just the type of project they had been looking for. They began writing business plans, searching for a suitable property to house the brewery, and discussing the project with local friends and business associates as a potential investment opportunity. With an unwavering dedication to crafting and brewing unique, complex, forward thinking beers the guys set out a path for the brewery with the purpose of creating highly innovative drinking experiences. To date, the brewing team at 3 Stars has released over 40 different distinctive beers and cultivated a reputation for pushing the envelope when it comes to creativity. They have been recognized for their commitment to their craft, and have received multiple awards for their achievements. They have been named DC’s Best Local Brewery two years running by Washington City Paper, and were named Rising Stars in 2014 by Star Chefs Magazine. Be on the lookout as they continue to innovate and create outstanding beers that offer unparalleled drinking experiences.”

Random: 3 Stars’s tap room was really open and inviting. It’s one of my favorites.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It went away slowly, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a golden orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with funk, white wine grapes and oak. Some warm vanilla notes came out as well. The taste followed suit. I picked up funky yeast with peach and bubble gum up front. The bubble gum reminded me of Juicy Fruit. There was also white wine grapes and then a generous amount of oak and vanilla. The booze didn’t make an appearance at all. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick, but tart with some leftover warm vanilla. A bottle of this was $15.99, which broke down to $.95 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot, despite the hefty price tag.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0