Archive for the ‘Fruit/Vegetable Beer’ Category

Today’s beer is one that Val picked out. She loves the beers from this brewery and we’ve also gotten a few drink mixes from them, although it took us months to realize that it was the same company for a good few months. I’m not as big of a fan of them, but I do like the idea of mixing beer and tea. Let’s crack this open.

ABV: 3.8%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Amber Ale paired with Organic Darjeeling Hibiscus, Strawberry and Lemon Juice.”

Random: The brewery currently has 4 offerings. I believe Val has tried them all. I’ll get through reviewing them all soon.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger head. It was tan in color and went away slowly. It didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was a murky brown color with a reddish tint. There was no carbonation visible because of the cloudiness. The nose was filled with old black tea and berries. There wasn’t much beer to it. The taste was filled with lemon juice and the same black tea up front. The taste had more of a floral note than the nose, along with some berry potpourri. The body was uncomfortably thick with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tea. A can of this was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. This beer just wasn’t it for me. The tea didn’t balance with the other flavors and there was no real beer flavor. This was a hard pass for me.

Untappd Rating: 1.5/5.0

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Val picked up this garlic dip from Trader Joe’s that is absolutely amazing, especially with carrots. I’ve liked carrots since I was a kid, so a carrot beer sounded like it would be right up my alley.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to feastmagazine.com, “Our newest beer, Himmel & Erde carrot-apple ale, is German for ‘heaven and earth,’ and is based off a German dish with potatoes and applesauce. They call it heaven and earth because potatoes come from the ground and apples come from trees reaching up to heaven. We ferment the carrot juice and add sweetener that’s part apple juice. It’s extremely refreshing. Himmel & Erde is available on draft in select restaurants and bars across Missouri.”

Random: I didn’t realize the photo was so blurry. It is a bit annoying.

The beer poured with no head on top of a cloudy, bright orange body. It looked like straight carrot juice. There was no carbonation due to the haziness. The nose was carrot juice and apple cider. It had a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste was also, not surprisingly, a lot of carrot juice. It had apple cider and apple skins. It had a creamy note as well. The body was thick and almost reminded me of a smoothy. It needed a lot more carbonation. The finish was lengthy with carrot juice. A pounder can of this was $2.50, which came to $.16 per ounce. This was definitely a different beer, drinkable, but different. I’m glad I tried it, but I won’t be rushing back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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

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