Saturday, June 27, 2015

Third Street Brewhouse Angry Pirate Aye Aye PA

Third Street Brewhouse is the craft beer offshoot of the Cold Spring Brewery of Cold Spring, Minnesota. This their 9.1% ABV Imperial IPA, usually shortened to IIPA, but these are pirates, so it is an Aye Aye PA, you get me?

The beer pours orange golden and the color of dried apricots. There is a tall, thick, head of white foam. The aroma is oranges and citrus rinds, and also slightly sweet. The taste follows the aromas directly, loads of orange, pithy, citrus rinds, all over ample malt, with a light sweetness, but a dry finish and moderate bitterness. The beer drinks smooth and full, without being heavy. This is big and nice and round, it is a breast loving trucker from the late 1970’s stopping at a truck stop and finding the latest issue of Juggs magazine.

Great Lakes Holy Moses White Ale

This 5.4% ABV white ale is from the Great Lakes Brewing Company of Cleveland, Ohio. It was part of their spring sampler pack. It is brewed with coriander, orange peel and chamomile.

The beer pours a hazed golden yellow with nearly champagne like carbonation streaming up the glass. There is an inch of thick, white, whipped egg-white foamy head. The aroma is floral and spices, with a touch of honey sweetness. The taste follows the aromas, with the floral, spices and honey-touched grain in sweet harmony, with just a bit of citrus tang bouncing of the herbs and spice. The finish is dry with a light floral bitterness. The beer drinks smooth, yet nicely carbonated. This is a really fine white ale.