Archive for the ‘American Wild Ale’ Category

Val and I have moved on to binge watching “Designated Survivor.” I enjoy the show, but it has a bunch of different mini plots in the show, making it necessary to pay attention at all times. We’ll see if it gets better.

ABV: 5.8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We’re a small craft brewery located in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. We have an eclectic focus on creating beer and strive constantly for innovation. You may not see the same beer every time you visit but we try to utilize fresh ingredients, complex yeast strains, and interesting hop profiles. We were founded on the principles of creating something as a family. Working together to make beer that represents who we are, and what we love. We may not all be related, but family is what you make it.”

Random: I have this habit of having to watch shows until the end, even if I stop liking them.

The beer poured with a huge and fluffy, four finger, white head. It was whipped and looked like egg whites. It took forever to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with intense carbonation. The nose had a lot of hay and grass with barnyard funk. The taste also had hay and a lot of grass. It also had some funk, although not as much as the nose. Pink bubblegum and yeast came through as well. The body was very light, bordering on too light, but still had a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick and grassy. This beer wasn’t cheap at $16.99 ($1.80 per ounce). Despite that, I enjoyed the beer a lot and I was glad I tried it, although the price would prohibit me from trying it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Val and I visited SingleCut in Queens when we were visiting friends there. We made some time to try a beer and pick up some cans as well.

ABV: 8.6%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “THIS COMBINATION OF BRETT FERMENTED, lacto finished ale was further enhanced with a guava fruit infusion. Tart, sweet, funky, fruity and downright thirst quenching. It’s sure to reverberate on your palatte, if not your mind.”

Random: I had a guava creme brulee once and it was amazing.

The beer poured with a wispy, one finger, white head. It went away slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and bright yellow in color. There was limited carbonation visible, despite the cloudiness. The nose was filled with lots of funk and horse blanket, but also had a huge amount of guava and orange segments. The taste was even more complex than the nose. There was significant funk with tartness and horse blanket. There was a lot of yeast as well and as soon as that note went away, it was all about the fruit. Juicy orange and guava and even a hint of watermelon came through. There was no alcohol on the taste at all. The body was on the lighter side with plenty of carbonation to make this go down a bit too easily. The finish was lengthy and filled with funk. This beer was really unique and I loved the combination and balance of the funk and the fruit. If you ever find this beer around and you like funky beers, this is worth a glass.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I love Mystic’s beers, I just don’t like that their website doesn’t have all of their beers on it. I have to make a trip out to the brewery at some point.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: I couldn’t find anything about this beer online, but there is a hotel in Paris named “De Varenne” that looks beautiful.

Random: Their label art is really unique and stunning. It’s simple too.

The beer was in a corked and caged bottle, but there was no pop of the cork. This beer is showing as retired, so I’m not sure how old it was. But, either way, it poured with a quarter finger of white head. It went away quickly and left no lacing on the glass. There was a decent amount of carbonation and the body was apple juice colored. The nose was filled with some young oak, golden raisins, white apple juice and apple skins. The taste was also quite fruity. It had white grape juice and skins along with golden raisins. There was also apple juice, oak and lemon peel. I didn’t get much funk on this, but the fruity flavors made up for it. The body was thin with light carbonation. I wish there was bit more. The finish was quick with white grapes. This was a beer gift from my parents, so I have no idea how much it was. I enjoyed this beer a lot. I just wish there was more funk and carbonation to it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s selection is another Off Color beer with an exceptionally cute label. Let’s see how it was.

hellbroth

ABV: 6.3%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to tenemu.com, “This time hell is not coming on wheels, but in a beer.

Chicago, Ill.-based brewery Off Color Brewing and Denmark-based Amager Bryghus have collaborated on a new beer named Hell Broth, a 6.3 percent ‘Danish-style’ American wild ale. According to filings with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the beer is brewed with pils, flaked wheat and Vienna malts, herkules, sterling and hersbrucker hops as well as cranberries, juniper berries and lemon blossom honey. Hell Broth is packaged in 750ml bottles ($20) and will have a three bottle per person limit when it is released an event at the brewery on March 19.”

Random: Why is “This Old House” going to a meadery? This doesn’t even make sense.

The brew poured with a half a finger white head that dissipated by the time I took the picture. The body was a murky yellow with a generous amount of carbonation visible. The nose had notes of evergreen and spruce along with juniper. It also had some funk and apples with cranberries. The taste start with yeast and funk. It had a light sweetness initially from the honey, but quickly went into juniper, cranberry and spruce. It had some lemon juice as well, but it didn’t overwhelm the other flavors. The body was on the lighter side with a nice amount of carbonation. The finish was quick and herbal with juniper. Val picked this beer up for me as a gift, so no commentary on the price. I enjoyed this beer because of the unique flavors and how it paired with the funk. I would highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Every once in awhile, my insomnia comes back with a vengeance. Tonight is that night. Val has been knocked out for hours and I’m watching “This Old House” while updating the blog. Hopefully I feel like sleeping soon.

sanguinem

ABV: 3.25%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We Have All good intentions to disturb, disorder and enlighten you with unforgettable beer after beer. Because We are so much in love with good taste, all the beers from Evil Twin are prepared in 10 of the best breweries around the world. Exclusively hand picked to please you with delicate, funky, extreme and by all means rare flavors. Maybe not the easiest way, but certainly the most fun!!! One More Thing A clever man once said: ‘Stay thirsty… stay foolish.’ That sounds like our vision, just with a tad less attitude.”

Random: Maybe she will appreciate that I know how to clean sludge out of an HVAC system now that I watched this episode.

The brew poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left only a little lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, straw yellow with high carbonation visible. On the nose, I picked up a lot of blood orange syrup with white sugar and vinegar. The taste was blood orange juice with a lot of vinegar tartness that was a bit abrasive. It had white grapes and lemon zest as well. It had a thin and watery body with high carbonation. The finish was quick and sour with white vinegar. I picked up this bottle for $11, which came to $.50 per ounce. The beer needed more blood orange flavor for my liking.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Well, it’s a day before my birthday. I always find the time between my birthday and the holidays flies by. Every year, I think that I’ll get a big jump on my holiday shopping and start right after my birthday. Without fail, I start the second week of December and start my gift wrapping on Christmas Eve. Maybe this is the year that I will actually get a jump on it? Anyways, this is a beer that I picked up awhile back. I’ve had a few beers from Pizza Boy and been impressed by them. Let’s see how this one was.

eternalsunshine

ABV: 5.2%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: This beer is available in 22 ounce bottles and on draft.

Random: One of my favorite movies is “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind.”

This beer poured with a three finger, slightly off white head. It dissipated slowly and left a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and yellow in color with light carbonation. The nose had a lot of funk and lemon flesh. It also had some lemon head candy as well. After a few sniffs, I picked up white grapes. The taste started with yeast and went into lemon juice and funk. It had oak along with white grape juice. It had a medium thick body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with oak and funk. A bomber of this was expensive at $18.99, which came to $.86 per ounce. I liked this beer a lot, but it was a bit overpriced.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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