Thirsty Dog Raspberry Ale

Long time, no update. There’s a good reason for that. Primarily because we’ve finally moved into the new house. I’ve been doing a decent amount of work on it in my spare time and we have all of this space. We still have a lot of work and unpacking to do, but it’s nice to be in our own space. You’ll most likely see lots of updates regarding the house and lots of backlogged posts since I was trying to drink through as much of the beer as possible since I didn’t want to move it. Anyways, this is the third beer that I’ve had from the brewery. The other half decided to get it last time we were at Half Time. Let’s see how this one was.


ABV: 3.9%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: This is available all year from the brewery.

Random: Moving is possibly the worst thing ever. Just saying.

This beer poured with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with high carbonation. The nose was filled with artificial raspberry extract with a touch of wheat. The taste was flat-out awful. It was like sugar-free raspberry jello. There wasn’t much wheat and the raspberry jello flavor detracted from anything else that was in there. The body was thin with lots of carbonation. It had a long finish with the same odd raspberry flavor. The bottle was $2.39. This broke down to $.20 per ounce, which wasn’t expensive, but this beer wasn’t good. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Thirsty Dog Old Leghumper

I’ve only had one beer from this brewery. As usual, it’s a beer that isn’t distributed into Jersey, but has a few beers that are consistently written up. This one seems to be the most lauded in their lineup. So, even though it’s not really porter weather, I broke this one out to see what all the fuss is about. It’s a year-round offering in their portfolio.


ABV: 6.7%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This robust porter is dark brown in color and full bodied with malty sweet taste. Deep roasted, yet silky smooth! Two types of roasted malts, including roasted chocolate malt give this beer its award winning flavor. World Beer Cup GOLD medalist 2002 and Bronze Medalist 2000.”

Random: The name is definitely eye-catching and goes along with their canine theme.

This brew poured with less than a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with light carbonation. The nose had roasted malts, light black licorice and coffee. The taste was a bit more diverse with smoke, roasted malts, dark chocolate and a hint of stale coffee, which was bordering on unpleasant. My biggest complaint was that the body was a little too thin and the carbonation was too light. If either had been dialed up, I definitely would have liked this beer better. The finish was long with roasted malts and the stale coffee that was unpleasant in the taste. This was a decent porter, but there are many others out there that blow this one out of the water.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Thirsty Dog Hoppus Maximus

I love football Sundays. My sister walked in on the middle of the Eagles game with a bunch of food from the local Italian stores. We feasted on chicken parm stromboli for lunch. It was divine. It didn’t make the Eagles play any better. This was the brew I tasted during the game.

ABV: 5%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This beer’s name will not disappoint! The complex character of American hops and amber colored caramel malts make this beer very crisp and refreshing. Silver Medal winner at the 2001 Great American Beer Festival.”

Random: I’m looking forward to watching the Ravens/Steelers game tonight.

First of all, the label on this brew is just not to my liking. I’m not a fan of throwing a picture of a GABF medal as one of the central images on the label. Anyways, the head was two fingers thick and dissipated slowly, yet left no lacing. It was slightly off white in color. The body was a clear, burnt orange color with heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose was incredibly hoppy with lots of grapefruit shining through and grapefruit zest along for the ride. The taste was exactly the same as the nose: hoppy and citrusy. It had some grass as well. At the end of the sip, some malt came through, but make no mistake, this brew is hop dominant. The finish was lengthy with the same hops that were in the nose and taste. The body was on the heavier side with heavier carbonation. This is a great brew for the hop head: easy drinking and low booze, but big on flavor. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0