Archive for the ‘Herbed/Spiced Beer’ Category

While we in Hawaii, I had a few Moscow Mules since the beer selection was limited as most places. Hawaii is definitely all about the cocktails and not about the beer. Let’s see how this beer interpretation of a cocktail is.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Founders Phineas DeMink and Allen ‘Skip’ Yahn started the brewery with the vision of reviving the practice of small-batch brewing to a region rich in brewing tradition. In 2002, with equipment gained from the purchase of the Old Saddleback Brewing Co. in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the Southern Tier Brewing Company began production in the woods just outside of Lakewood, New York. By 2003, select varieties of small batch ales were locally distributed, and by 2005, sales to a rapidly growing base of fans covered the majority of New York State and Pennsylvania. The brewery produced Pilsner, Mild Ale, and India Pale Ale before adding a successful roster of seasonal beers to the portfolio. Southern Tier immediately garnered regional attention and demand quickly outgrew what our modest facility could handle. In 2009 a new 20,000-sq-ft building was added to the property. In this new facility, the small brewery was able to grow and offer the product both nationally and internationally, while still satisfying its loyal local fans.”

Random: There is nothing about this beer on the brewery’s website. I’m not sure if it’s discontinued?

The beer poured with a finger of pure white head. It went away quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright yellow with a lot of carbonation. The nose was filled with freshly sliced ginger and orange segments. The taste was intense. THe ginger was a punch in the mouth, and not in a good way. It was quickly followed up by lime, which did nothing to tame the ginger aspect. If there were any other flavors here, I couldn’t pick them up due to the strength of the ginger note. The body was heavy and the booze was overt. It had an unfortunate and lengthy finish. This beer was a miss for me. I could see that they were trying to make a beer version of a Moscow Mule, but this was just too unbalanced.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

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I started watching the new show on USA about the Tupac and Biggie murders. I thought that it would be more like the Menendez murder show, but it’s not nearly as good. I’ll give it another few episodes before I give up on it. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 6%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This distinctive beer gets a citrusy punch from yuzu, a Japanese fruit with juicy hints of Mandarin orange and grapefruit. The beer’s slightly tart character is balanced by the kick of Grains of Paradise, which add a peppery note the wheat and citrus for a subtle, spicy finish.”

Random: This beer comes in at 20 IBUs.

The beer poured with half a finger of white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of fruit, specifically mango, grapefruit and pineapple. There was some yuzu as well. The taste had a bit more depth with the same bright tropical fruit notes of mango and yuzu. It had a sweetness from the Mandarin oranges as well. There was a spice note with white peppercorns and Grains of Paradise. The fruit overtook the more nuanced flavors of the spice. The body was medium thickness and high carbonation. The finish was instant and fruity. I don’t remember how much I paid for the beer, but I can’t imagine that it was super expensive. I enjoyed the beer, I just think that it needs to be tweaked a touch.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I had this beer at my local bar while having a weekend lunch with Val. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Lemongrass Luau is a blonde ale brewed with wheat malt, ginger, and lemongrass. The earthiness of the hops complements the spicy flavor and aroma of the ginger and lemongrass, and what’s left is a crisp summer beer that makes you want to lie in a hammock and never leave. As the sun sets over the mighty Pacific Ocean, a beautiful Hawaiian luau celebration begins. In view of the bright blue waters of Kailua Bay, just steps from our Kona Brewery, tiki torches are lit and the mouthwatering scent of kalua pork rises from the imu pit oven as the ti leaves are removed. The swaying motion of hula dancers falls in perfect rhythm with the music, telling tales of the ancient gods. This is how Hawaiians celebrate life’s joyous events—a big beachside feast shared with friends and family, our ‘ohana.’ Even if you’re not at the beach, gather your ohana around a great meal, share this Kona brew, and have a luau of your own.”

Random: Some of the best meals I had as a child were in Hawaii.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It went away quickly, leaving no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright orange with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with wheat and lemongrass. After a few sniffs, I also picked up some ginger as well. The taste was very similar to the nose. It had a lot of grain and wheat and quickly transitioned into lemongrass with a touch of lemon. White tea and ginger came through next, but the overwhelming flavor was the lemongrass. The body was on the light side with high carbonation. The finish was quick with lemongrass. Conceptually, this beer had a lot of promise, it just needed the flavors in better balance.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Happy New Year’s Eve. One of the changes that I’m making in the New Year is that all posts will go up at 5 PM EST. I used to have it that the weekend ones would post at 10 AM, but since I post so far in advance, it’s hard to keep track of. So, now that we’ve talked about that change, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “There are some days that are just made for iced tea. And then there are days when you need a little something harder. We’ve answered your prayers with Not Your Mom’s Iced Tea, a thirst- and stress-quenching twist on the classic drink people everywhere turn to for good ol’ fashioned refreshment. Don’t tell the Brits, but in America, we like our tea on ice. This classic flavor is made with real lemon juice, creating a perfectly balanced and refreshingly smooth brew.”

Random: I’m almost done with the first season of “Legion.” It’s really difficult to follow, but I like it.

This beer poured with no head on top of a dark brownish-red body. It was clear with a decent amount of carbonation visible. The nose had notes of a powdered iced tea mix. It had a bit of lemon as well. The taste was like a packaged iced tea with a lot of artificial notes. It also had some lemon flavor to it. It had a touch of bitterness as well, but this was more along the lines of a sweet tea. The body was heavy with light carbonation and could have used a bit more. The finish was lengthy with iced tea mix. A bottle of this was $1.90, which came to $.16 per ounce. I had no issues finishing the bottle, but this would get old really quickly. I wouldn’t buy this one again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

This was another beer that came home because Val really likes the Not Your Father’s selection. She let me have a couple of sips of one.

ABV: 5.9%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Driven by passion for American heritage and ingenuity, Small Town Brewery’s founder and brewmaster, Tim Kovac, is forever experimenting with cherished classics. Kovac’s fond memories of his family’s homemade ginger ale and hard lemon candy inspired him to spend several years painstakingly refining his recipe for a sessionable, alcoholic ginger ale with a nuanced, yet refreshingly familiar taste and aroma. Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale presents a masterfully-balanced ginger and citrus body, with hints of black currant lending complementary floral and fruity spice notes. The end result is a pioneering craft specialty ale that delivers what we believe is a truly worthy and unparalleled evolution of another beverage icon.”

Random: This is a year-round offering from the brewery.

The beer poured with less than a quarter of a finger of white head that went away instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw-yellow in color, filled with carbonation. The nose had notes of sugar and ginger. I kept sniffing, but I didn’t find anything else. The taste was a combination of fresh ginger and Sprite. It had a white sugar note as well. This was not complex, to say the least. The body was light and it had too much carbonation for me. The finish was quick with ginger and sugar. A bottle of this was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. I found this to be a bit gimmicky and not worth a second try.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

I really need a new computer. I think mine is at least 10 years old, but since it’s still working, I don’t want to get another one. Macs pretty much last forever, much like the flavor of this beer.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Root Sellers Pedal Hard Ginger Beer is an alcoholic ginger beer brewed with pure cane sugar, ginger root and molasses. Ginger Beer is a traditional beverage first brewed in Europe more than 400 years ago. Our ginger beer is a quaffable beverage with a crisp, clean, and refreshing flavor with a mellow ginger flavor. Pedal Hard Ginger Beer is brewed without grain and it is gluten free.”

Random: I used to drink a ginger tea that was really good by Tazo. I have to get some more to put in my desk.

The beer poured with absolutely no head on top of a yellow, almost green-tinged body. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with freshly cut ginger root. It was insanely strong and I couldn’t pick up anything else. The taste had even more strong notes of ginger, to the point that it cleared out my nasal passages. I kept sipping to try to find other flavors, but only found a touch of malt. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy ginger finish with nothing else. This beer came in pounder cans and was $2.50 a can. That broke down to $.16 per ounce. I wanted to like this beer, but it was so one note that I had little interest in it. It would make a decent beer cocktail though.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

This was the beer that Val got in NYC before we saw “Waitress.” Let’s see how it was.

forbiddenrootbeer

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In times long past, Root Beer was something far Nobler. It was more compelling than todays’ faint shadow, brewed like real beer, using roots and herbs wrested from the earth. Forbidden Root returns to that lost era. Malt and a pinch of hops are topped by a generous dollop of botanic ingredients which includes: wintergreen, vanilla, cassia cinnamon, fennel, nutmeg, cardamom, black pepper, ginger, clove, star anise, tarragon, basil, capsicum, patchouli, sandalwood, balsam of Peru, licorice root, yerba santa, cocoa, molasses and finally aged with oak to round off the flavor. As a result, the rich complexity and a long clean taste tells you this is not a soda, but traditional brew that is a delicious window into another age. Forbidden Root is splendid with full-flavored or spicy foods from Yankee pot roast to Kansas City-style ribs to California tri-tip on the grill.”

Random: I didn’t realize how blurry the picture was. Oops.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left light lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark brown with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was incredibly herbal. It had wintergreen, vanilla and sassafras with fennel seeds and licorice. The taste was also very herbal. It had vanilla, sassafras, pepper, ginger and wintergreen. Cinnamon was strong as well. Licorice was present and off-putting to me. It had a light body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and filled with the same herbs in the taste. I wanted to like this beer because it was very unique, especially given the prevalence of alco-pops, but the herbal notes were too much for me and I couldn’t even finish the beer.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0