Denizens Big Red Norm

It seems like every year, I fall behind in blog posts right around this season. Work tends to get crazy (we’re working 7 days a week) and I don’t have time to queue up enough posts to get through it. So, I guess it’s time to work through the backlog. Last time we were in DC, we stopped by this brewery to check it out and took some beers home.

ABV: 7.6%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Higher ABV and American hops make this red ale American in style. Medium-light in body, the subtle notes of blackberry and pine from the hops complement malt flavors of caramel and sourdough, making for a wonderfully rounded beer.”

Random: This beer was first brewed in 2014.

The beer poured with a two finger, off-white head. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and a reddish-brown color with moderate carbonation. The nose was strong for an amber. There was a lot of pine and grass upfront. There was a pine cleaner note as well with some bready malt, but the hops took over the aroma. The taste was also very hop forward for an amber. It had a lot of pine and a touch of mint as well. It then went into notes of biscuit and toffee. The beer was thicker than I expected for the style with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with malt and pine. I thought this was a good beer and was definitely not was I was expecting from an amber. I would have this one 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