Archive for the ‘American Wild Ale’ Category

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

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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

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