Archive for the ‘Fruit/Vegetable Beer’ Category

Tonight’s beer is a rather new offering in the Harpoon UFO line. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 4.8%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Harpoon was started in 1986 by Dan Kenary, Rich Doyle, and George Ligeti. They were three friends who loved beer and loved drinking beer together but found the beer choices at the time to be limited. Traveling through Europe and experiencing the rich traditions of European brewing and beer drinking enhanced their love of beer and opened their eyes to the rich beer culture they wanted back home. They decided to build a brewery so that they could brew the beers that they wanted to drink, and invite their friends to the brewery to drink it with them. In June of 1987, a warehouse space on the Boston waterfront was transformed into a brewery and the first Harpoon Ale was brewed. Fresh, local craft beer began making its way out to Boston beer drinkers. It was hard to imagine that craft brewing would become what it has today. Though many things have changed since the early days of Harpoon, much has stayed the same. We still love brewing beer and enjoying it with friends. One thing that has changed: in August 2014 Harpoon became an employee owned company! We invite all of you to visit our Boston brewery, where it all began, and our beautiful brewery in Windsor, Vermont. Come have a beer with us soon!”

Random: “Turn” is back. It’s one of my favorite historical dramas.

The beer poured with a relatively thick white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was incredibly hazy and bright orange. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of citrus zest, wheat and yeast. There wasn’t much spice to the nose. The taste was light and refreshing with a lot of citrus, although I don’t think I could characterize it as blood orange. The wheat was present as well with very small amounts of coriander. It also had some sweetness to it. The body was light with a lot of carbonation to it, making it an easy drinker. The finish was quick and had some light citrus. A bottle as $1.67, which came to $.14 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot and I would be happy to see it in a cooler at a barbecue.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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The leaves are starting to change, which means that I will have to start cleaning them soon. It’s one of my least favorite outdoor tasks. This beer is reminding me of the summer…

calmradler

ABV: 3%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Situated at the corner of Fulton & Wood streets in Chicago, Goose Island’s original brewery has been a hub of innovation since its doors opened. To this day, the spirit of experimentation remains strong with the Fulton & Wood series. Each release gives Goose Island employees from throughout the company the chance to work with our brewers to concept new, exciting beers from scratch. Celebrate summer with Goose Island’s C.A.L.M. Radler. Our Cucumber And Lime Mint Radler starts out as a balanced wheat ale with a light and crisp flavor and a creamy smooth body that is then blended with a sparkling cucumber, mint, and lime soda to create a perfectly refreshing summer radler.”

Random: Any drink with cucumber in it reminds me of summer.

The beer poured with a half finger of white head that dissipated instantly. The body was murky and yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filed with cucumber and lemon lime soda. I wish it had some mint to it. The taste was also filled with cucumber and lemon juice. It quickly went into lemon lime soda and then had a touch of mint. It needed some more mint. There was some wheat as well. The body was light and watery with low carbonation that needed to be increased dramatically. It had an instant finish with lemon lime soda. A bottle of this was $1.58, which came to $.13 per ounce. I thought this beer was okay, but just a bit too watery and needed some more flavor.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Mangoes are one of my favorite fruits. I work by a Wawa and they sell a package of ready to eat mango that I purchase quite often.

whango

ABV: 4.8%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “American-Style Wheat Beers are similar in malt bill to their German Weizen cousins, but exhibit much less yeast characteristic. These may be filtered or unfiltered and exhibit low to medium hop bitterness and aroma. Inspired behind artwork: This character represents the stereotypical surfer guy relaxing on the beach, with shaggy hair and no shirt. Instead of a surfboard in the background we actually put a paddleboard because it has become a very popular sport by the Bell Isle Detroit River area. The background also includes Detroit’s skyline. We included colors like salmon, pink, orange and yellow to represent the fresh mango puree that is added to the boil in the brewing process.”

Random: I love all of the Real Housewives series. It’s complete fluff, but it’s the best to watch after work.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, lemon yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a combination of mango and lemon juice along with mango flesh. The taste had notes of mango juice and mango flesh and wheat with a weird twang at the end. The body was heavier than expected with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with mango juice. The bottle was $1.83 and came to $.15 per ounce. This beer wasn’t complicated, but satisfied me. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This was the last beer that I had at The Pour House. Funky Buddha has recently expanded their offerings to bottles, so I see more of them in the Philly area now. Let’s see how this one was.

sweetpotato

ABV: 7.9%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Strong Ale with Sweet Potatoes, Vanilla, and Spices.
Drop the dressing and ditch the pumpkin, Sweet Potato Casserole is fresh out of the oven and ready to party. This fall treat is just like moms used to make – only if moms had penchant for gooey marshmallow, fall spices, and gobs of sweet potato cavorting in one sinful glass. Bottoms up.”

Random: This came in at 30 IBUs.

The beer poured with half a finger of off-white head. It went away quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and copper-colored with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with cinnamon, nutmeg and burnt marshmallows. There was also a touch of sweet potato and butter. The taste had the same spices as the nose, imparting, nutmeg, cinnamon and butter. Allspice came through too. The alcohol was present, but was quickly covered up by the burnt marshmallow note. Sweet potato came through next. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation to it. It had a lengthy finish with marshmallow. I enjoyed this beer, especially since it was a unique take on a pumpkin beer and I loved the marshmallow flavor. If you see this bottle in the Fall, grab one. You won’t be disappointed.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s selection was also a special at the gas station. I hadn’t tried terrible macro beers for awhile, so what better time than when I was stuck in Ohio in a hotel room? I thought that I would have some free time when I was in Ohio, but I basically left the site and then worked again from my hotel room. Anyways, let’s get to this.

oculto

ABV: 6%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: There isn’t any information for the beer on the brewery website. That’s my favorite.

Random: When I was in high school, everyone went crazy over Tequiza. I never tried it, but in my head, this would be what it tasted like.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the plastic cup. The body was clear and golden-yellow in color. There was a lot of carbonation visible too. On the nose, it had honey sweetness and tequila staves. There was a lot of grain as well. The taste wasn’t as bad as I thought. It had significant grain sweetness with a slight tequila bite that was artificial. It had a thin body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with tequila. A can of this was $3.75, which came to $.15 per ounce. I’m not going to be having this beer again, but it wasn’t as terrible as I thought it would be. It was still pretty bad and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, but I guess there is a silver lining on this one.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Short’s is being distributed to Philadelphia, so I get to try some of their beers now. I’ve had a few so far and they have some nice offerings. This one used strawberries, so I got it for Val and she let me have a taste of it.

strawberryshortscake

ABV: 5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Strawberry Short’s Cake is a Golden Ale brewed with the addition of strawberries and milk sugar. The flavors of shortcake and fresh strawberries transform this beer into rose-colored party nectar that is pleasingly sweet with hints of cream. Biscuit flavors and aromas arise from the use of large amounts of Victory malt.”

Random: We bought a heating pad and I have been using it on my back all day. It is glorious.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and amber-colored. It had generous carbonation that was visible. The nose had notes of strawberry jam along with a lactic acid note that reminded me of strawberry shortcake good humor bars. The taste started with something that reminded of a brown ale base, filled with nuttiness and roasted malts. Then, the strawberry flavor came out. In the taste, it was more like a strawberry cheesecake. It had a milk note as well, which made it creamy. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy, jammy finish with strawberry. I paid $1.67 for this bottle, which came to $.14 per ounce. This was an interesting beer and I liked the utilization of the strawberry, but I don’t think I could have more than one of these.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

We’re getting closer and closer to Spring, which means that a review of a bright table beer is in order. As mentioned in a bunch of blog posts before, I post about six months in advance in case work gets busy and I can’t get to posting. This beer was part of the Beer Camp mixed six-pack last year.

sweetsunnysouth

ABV: 4.9%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The south holds strong to its traditional flavors—tea, honey-sweet peaches and corn grits—so we looked at those culinary cues for this southern-inspired table beer. With a golden grainy malt body and complex tangy finish from the fruit, tea and herbs, Sweet Sunny South is perfect for sultry summer sipping”

Random: It’s also getting closer to barbecue season.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and yellow with moderate carbonation. On the nose, I picked up notes a lot of fruit. Specifically there was guava, pineapple and papaya. There was also a floral characteristic along with honey that went into lemon. The taste was just as bright with a lot of fruit and lemon pith. It went into wildflowers and floral tea. The body was thin with moderate carbonation. It had a quick floral and wildflower honey finish. I don’t remember how much I paid for this beer, but it had some good flavor and was easy to throw back. It was one of the high points of the mixed pack.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0