Archive for the ‘American Wild Ale’ Category

Sometimes, you buy a beer because of the label or the name. This was one of these cases.

deliciousambiguity

ABV: 5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are a small craft brewery located in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. We brew small batch beers that are yeast driven and inspired by French & Belgian farmhouses. Everything we do is done by hand the old fashioned way, utilizing local Pacific Northwest ingredients. Our beer can be found at our tasting room as well as finer beer bars and bottle shops across Washington State. For more information follow us on FB and Twitter.”

Random: The beer label has a part of this quote on it (which I love): “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.”

The beer poured with a pure white head that was half a finger high. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dusky pink color with no carbonation visible due to the cloudiness. The nose had a sourness with unripe raspberries and mint syrup. It had some yeast as well. The taste was a bit more medicinal with some mint, but quickly went into raspberry and strawberry and wasn’t very tart. The yeast was more muted in the taste than the nose. It had a light body with high carbonation. The finish was quick with berries. A bottle of this was $9.50 ($.56 per ounce). The beer was only alright to me. I wish that it had more tartness in the taste and the medicinal note was distracting.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

We’re now to the point that we’re watching the actual award show. Sarah Paulson just won for American Crime Story, which I loved. I thought the entire cast was great. It’s one of those series that I could binge on. I’m curious to see which crime the next mini series chooses. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

honeygenmailgunpowder

ABV: 8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Paradox Beer Company produces original and rare beers which honor the uncertainty of nature bound with rigorous quality testing, providing one-of-a-kind flavors that could only be produced by Paradox.”

Random: We drink a lot of iced green tea at home. We go through about a case per week.

The beer poured with a three finger, slightly off white head. It went away very slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw-yellow color with a lot of carbonation. The nose was bright with floral notes and honey. It also had a touch of sourness. What I didn’t get was any green tea. The taste was more interesting. It had some citric tartness that quickly went into wildflower honey. Finally, the green tea came through and was relatively strong. It also had oak and vanilla. The body was quite light and the ABV was imperceptible. High carbonation was there too. The finish was lengthy and bright with flowers and oak. The bottle was $15, which came to $.89, which is certainly on the more expensive side. But, I thought this beer was outstanding and the green tea really added something to the flavor.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This beer was one that I found on the counter at Trenton Road Take Out. I heard about the brewery on the podcast called “Good Beer Hunting.” If you haven’t listened to it, it’s a quality podcast and incredibly informative. They did a whole podcast about this brewery and I’m shocked that it saw Pennsylvania distribution.

framboise

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “I started working on Une Année while working as an Architect in Fall of 2010, but started my homebrewing passion back in 1995 while in the Marines stationed in California. In preparation for starting the brewery I attended the Siebel Institute. I am a Chicago native and live in Chicago with my wonderful supportive wife Tonia, and adorable daughter / assistant brewer Maya.”

Random: I need to go back to Chicago. The food there is amazing.

The beer poured with a one finger, slightly pink tinged head. It dissipated by the time I took a picture. The body was a cloudy, pinkish-orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a significant funky note with raspberries and white sugar. The taste had significant tartness with white vinegar. The raspberry note was present, although not as prevalent as the tartness. It had some dry alcohol as well with funk. The body was crisp and on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy, tart finish with raspberry and white vinegar. I enjoyed this beer a lot. The tartness and funk were complemented by the raspberry note. I’d buy another bottle of this one in a minute.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

We’ve been binging on “Empire” all day and all of the storylines are getting a bit confusing. Val has been looking at cooking websites all day and it seems like she has zoned out. Occasionally she asks me what’s going on and I give her a recap and then she goes back to the computer.

flamingfury

ABV: 8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Created by blending our Sour Golden Ale with ripe and juicy Hudson Valley peaches. Aged in French oak foundres until the tart flavors of the beer and the sweet flavors of the peaches meld into one. Enjoy on a hot Summer day with a peach in hand.”

Random: Peach pie is one of my favorite pies.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass and a slight crown on top of the cloudy, bright yellow body. There was moderate carbonation visible as well. The nose was fragrant with peaches, vanilla and oak. There was some lemon juice as well. The taste started with lacto sourness with lemon juice. Peaches came through next with lemon and orange zest. There was oak along with some vanilla as well. The alcohol was present, although not overwhelming. The body was light with just enough carbonation. It had a lengthy and tart finish. This was a really good sour and I wish there was a touch more peach, but other than that, it was solid.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This morning’s beer is one from Allagash, a brewery that I tend to love.

hive56

ABV: 7.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hive 56 is a dark sour ale aged with honey in an oak foudre for eighteen months. The beer is deep mahogany in color with aromas of strawberries, lemon, and tropical fruit; notes of dark chocolate, raspberries, and figs present themselves upon the first sip, followed by a lingering tartness. We brew this beer with a blend of dark Munich malt, chocolate wheat, midnight wheat, and roasted barley, and hop with Cascade and Northern Brewer. Hive 56 undergoes initial fermentation with our house yeast; we then transfer the beer to a foudre with Brettanomyces bruxellensis and fresh honey from our Allagash beehives. Over the course of the next 18 months, the Brettanomyces transforms the honey, resulting in a beer with bold, roasty flavors, and a hint of tropical fruit.”

Random: This beer should be consumed within a year of bottling.

The beer poured with a half a finger of off white head that dissipated slowly. It didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown in color with no visible carbonation because of the color. The nose was filled with Brett, dark fruit which manifested specifically as cherries and red wine grapes with oak barrels. The taste also had significant Brett notes. I didn’t get tropical fruit, but cherries, dark chocolate and some smoke came through. There was a sweetness from the honey that paired well with the red wine grapes. The alcohol did not make an appearance in the taste. It had a light body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and tart and reminded me of a complex Balsamic vinegar. Despite how complicated this beer was, it wasn’t cheap. I paid $16.99 for the bottle, which came to $1.32 per ounce. This is a beer that is worth trying, but pop the bottle open on a special occasion.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Whenever Val and I watch any house shows, I’m absolutely shocked by home prices outside of the tri-state area. We’re both New York transplants to Jersey, albeit I came to the dark side much earlier than she did, but anywhere outside of this area is so much cheaper. I will say where we are is much cheaper than where Val grew up in Westchester, which is close to where this brewery is.

sourstrawberry

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We love local Hudson Valley, NY ingredients. And when we buy local, we help ensure a strong future for local products and our community. We’re proud to partner with local farmers and choose fruit crops that are harvested at their peak of freshness and flavor, then fermented in aged oak barrels for a unique and delicious SOUR Ale.”

Random: Val loves strawberries, although my favorite berry is the blackberry.

This beer was corked and caged. When I popped the cork out, it gushed all over my counter and sink. After I cleaned up and got it into the glass, it was nice and agitated. This resulted in a five-finger white head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on my Teku glass. The body was hazy orange color with no visible carbonation. The nose was pungent with apricots, strawberries and funk. I didn’t get any oak on the nose. The taste had the funk turned down slightly. It had some toasted oak, vanilla and light strawberry. There was some bready yeast as well, but the flavor was really mild, too much so, in my opinion. The body was watery with light carbonation. It had a quick finish with strawberry and lightly toasted oak. This was an expensive beer at $14.99 for the bottle ($1.18 per ounce). I wanted to love this beer, but the flavors were just too mild for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

This was the second beer that I had at the bar to pair with my spicy chicken sandwich. It’s also part of Brooklyn’s special draft only selections.

wildhorse

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Centuries ago when brewers were first learning to wrangle wild yeasts, many came to prize the staid and predictable Saccharomyces yeast that worked such wonders in bread, beer and wine. But Saccharomyces had a cousin that could not be saddled named Brettanomyces, or ‘the British yeast.’ Brett instead made beers that smelled like tropical fruits and horse blankets, imbued with a leathery, earthy funk. This yeast had no interest in being ‘normal.’
Brett gained praise for the extra complexity it brought to the dark porters that built the great breweries of Britain and powered the American Revolution. It lingered in the sour beers of Belgium. But after the 1800s, tastes became mild, and people shied away from Brett’s funky kick. Brewers and winemakers alike banished it back out into the pastures whence it came. Now, Brett comes thundering back home. Our Wild Horse Porter starts off with a full Brett fermentation, which is then finished with a late addition of our house ale yeast. The result is an intriguing, full-bodied beer with a hay-forward funk on the nose preceding flavors of chocolate, coffee, fruit and caramel. We’re riding on the wild side. Are you ready?”

Random: I’m binging on “Jeopardy” as I update the blog. The cats keep getting woken up by me yelling at the tv.

The brew poured with a quarter finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color, with no visible carbonation. On the nose, I picked up a lot of funk from the Brett and nothing else. This was serious funk and muted any porter notes. The taste was just as much funk as the nose. This was more like a funky foot smell rather than a horse blanket note. It had a red wine characteristic as well, which made this a bit more interesting. At the end of the sip, some smoke and chocolate came through. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy and funky finish. I wasn’t a fan of this beer. I appreciated that they wanted to highlight the funk, but it needed more flavors for me and not just yeast.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0