The beer pours black, with a quarter inch of tan head, foamy and creamy. The aroma is cinnamon, vanilla, sweet, with dark roasted malt, light chocolate, and coffee. The taste is a well balanced blend of all of the aromas, with a moderately bitter finish, more dry than sweet. The beer drinks very smooth and creamy, amazing that it is 10%.
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017
This 11.5% ABV barley wine ale is from the Boone Valley Brewing Company of Boone, Iowa. It is an annual release, and this 2016 bottle is 375 out of 519.
The beer pours a cloudy medium dark brown. There is a short head of tan foam, not particularly long lasting. The aroma is caramel, dark caramel, toffee, a touch of vanilla, along with some dark berry notes. The taste follows the aromas, rich, lots of caramel, toasted, with an oaky astringency. There is much sweetness, but the finish is mostly dry. There is a fair amount of bitterness in the finish. The beer drinks quite smooth, with almost no carbonation. I would like to try this aged, and also barrel-aged. I would guess that this will develop nicely in the bottle over time.
This 9.0% ABV Imperial India Pale Ale is from New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins, Colorado. It uses Mosaic, Delta, Bravo, Centennial, Cascade, and Calypso hops. It is one of several new year round beers they are offering.
The beer pours light copper in color. There is a billowing tall head of off-white foam. The aroma is passion fruit, melons, floral and citrus. The taste follows the aromas, adding in some deeper, rich tropical tones, like guava. The beer drinks very smooth and soft, with light carbonation. The finish is dry and moderately bitter, just tamping down what is some ample sweetness from the malt. This is pretty good, especially considering the price (it was just under $9 for a six pack) for decently tasty 9% Imperial IPA.
Clown Shoes Beer comes from the Mercury Brewing Company of Ipswich, Massachusetts. This is a 9.0% ABV red ale aged in Irish whiskey barrels.
The beer pours red and dark copper. There is a short head of tan foam. The aroma is malty, caramel, whiskey, sweet, tangy, oak. I am a bit worried about the tang; is it congruous to the named style? The taste follows the aromas, hitting the same notes, but with a distinct sourness, something is not right here. A quick internet search shows that these bottles were contaminated and went sour. The beer drinks smooth. This actually made a decent malty red sour, in almost a Flanders red style, but I was in the mood for what the bottle said it would be, and unfortunately, it is no longer that.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
This is a 9.5% ABV imperial stout from the Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado.
The beer pours black like used motor oil. There is a tall half-inch head of dark brown foam. The aroma is big, sweet, a bit boozy, chocolate and char, with dark fruits. The taste takes the aromas, kicks them up a notch, and adds in a big kicker of very dark roast and char. There is much sweetness, but enough hops to bring it to a mostly dry, and fairly bitter finish. The beer drinks smooth and round, with tingles of carbonation.
This is a 4.3% ABV Irish stout. It is from the Carlow Brewing Company of Carlow, Ireland.
The beer pours black, with dark brown on the edges. There is a short head of tan foam. The aroma is dark roasted malts, lots of chocolate, a bit of coffee and some char. The taste follows the aromas note for note. The beer drinks easy, with some fizz of carbonation. The end is dry with a moderate bitterness. This is very nice tasting, and easy to drink.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
This 2.5% ABV grapefruit radler is from the Warsteiner brewery in Warstein, Germany.
The beer pours a lightly hazed golden and grapefruit skin in color. There is a fizzy inch of white head. The aroma is a blast of grapefruit juice, mouthwatering. The taste is grapefruit juice over toasted grain, both sweet and tart. The beer drinks smooth with moderate carbonation. This is very refreshing and a well done radler.
This is a 5.0% ABV English-style brown ale. It is from the Mistress Brewing Company of Ankeny, Iowa.
The beer pours a medium dark brown, yet clear, with very dark amber. There is a half-inch of tan foam, not long lasting. The aroma is toasted malt, followed by yeast esters, floral, cloves. The taste follows the aromas. There is a note of English-Style brown ale in there, but the rest of the Belgian/contamination notes are not right at all. It finishes oddly spicy, with a touch of soapiness. This is not good. I have tried three Mistress beers, and they better get better fast, or they won't last long. They are not currently good enough to survive in this very competitive, nearly saturated market.
This 5.2% ABV brown ale is from Big Sky Brewing of Missoula, Montana.
The beer pours a very dark brown with some dark ruby tints. There is a half-inch of tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, nutty, dark caramel. The taste follows the same notes as the aromas. There is just a bit of bitterness on the end, balancing out the sweetness of the malt. The beer drinks very easy; this is one quaffable brown ale. A solid standard bearer.
This 5.5% ABV Irish red ale is from the Boone Valley Brewing Company of Boone, Iowa.
The beer pours medium brown, red tinged, dark copper tinged. There is a thin, short-lived head of tan. The aroma is malty, caramel and toffee, with some dark fruits. The taste follows the aromas, richly malty, much caramel, with some taste and tang of dark fruit, blackberry and raspberry. The finish is neither bitter nor sweet, in equilibrium. The beer drinks smooth, with intensely fine carbonation. This is very good, but could use just a wee bit more body for its wonderful flavor (but not too much, I like its drinkability; yes, nitpicking now).
This kolsch-style ale with peach is from the Millstream Brewing Company of Amana, Iowa.
The beer pours a cloudy pale and light yellow. There is a very short head of white. The aroma is a blast of peach nectar with a bit of toasted grain. The taste follows the aromas, blast of peach nectar, blast of toasted grain, followed by an alternating fade out of peach. There is a light to moderate bitterness on the finish. The beer drinks with a light smoothness. Many beers mixing fruit with another style of beer sound good, but don't quite meld together well. This is another.
This 5.0% ABV watermelon lime ale is a new summer beer from New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins, Colorado.
The beer pours an orange tinged honey golden. There is a very short and short-lived head of white. The aroma is mild watermelon and lime, over toasted grain with a touch of honey. The taste follows the aromas, mild, pleasant, watermelon, touch of sweet, and touch of citrus tang. There is no bitterness. The beer drinks soft and easy.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
This is a 5.0% ABV witbier, ale brewed with coriander and orange peel. It is from the Mistress Brewing Company of Ankeny, Iowa.
The beer pours a lightly hazed yellow golden. There is a short head of white foam. The beer pours with high carbonation, coating all the sides of the glass. The aroma is yeast esters, banana, cloves, along with coriander, toasted wheat and light lemon. The taste follows the aromas. The beer drinks with a good body and full flavor, yet light and easy drinking.The finish is a bit dry, with light floral bitterness.
This 5.0% ABV pale lager is from the Peace Tree Brewing Company in Knoxville, Iowa (and now Des Moines). It was made in collaboration with the annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, which has its 10th anniversary this year. It was made to complement bacon.
The beer pours golden in color. There is a short-lived head of white foam. The aroma is hay, honey, a touch floral, with cooked, malted grain. The taste follows the aromas, a sweet, malty lager. There is a light grassy bitterness on the finish, which is as sweet as it is dry. The beer drinks easy, smooth, but with intensely tingling fine carbonation.
This 3.9% ABV session copper ale is from the Lagunitas Brewing Company of Petaluma, California (and now with a brewery in Chicago, Illinois).
The beer pours an apricot and burnt orange in color. There is a very tall, foaming, billowing head of off-white. The aroma is of oranges, citrus, a bit of guava or passion fruit. The taste follows the aromas, much orange, some overripe tropical, and an earthy, spicy, almost tobacco leaf like note. The beer drinks very light, with a light to moderate bitterness, and a dry finish.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Third Street Brewhouse is the craft beer offshoot of the Cold Spring Brewery of Cold Spring, Minnesota. They are doing lots of cans now, and this is their 4.9% ABV lager.
The beer pours a lightly hazed golden yellow. There is about an inch of white foam head, not long lasting. The aroma is bread dough, with a touch of floral and citrus. The taste follows the aromas, malty and bready, a touch of clover honey, with a mild floral and grassy bitterenss on the finish. The beer has good body, a bit smooth, but with surprisingly intense carbonation (it's not super bubbly, but still has strong carbonation feel in the mouth). This is a good summer day American lager.
This 4.5% ABV "Smooth-Ass Beer" is from The Lift Bridge Brewing Company of Stillwater, Minnesota. It was made in collaboration with a Minneapolis radio station, 93X, and their Half-Assed Morning Show.
The beer pours honey golden, lightly hazed. There is a relatively short head of white foam. The aroma is lightly malty, bread dough, a bit of honey. The taste follows the aromas, malty, bready, a touch sweet, with a mild grassy bitterness on the finish. The beer drinks smooth, with a soft carbonation. This is solidly inoffensive.
This is a 6.0% ABV red India Pale Ale from the Mistress Brewing Company of Ankeny, Iowa.
The beer pours a reddish medium brown in color. There is a short head of light tan foam. The aroma is floral and yeast esters over caramel malt, a bit spiced. The taste follows the aromas, spicy, floral, caramel, adding in dark fruits and berries. The finish is very bitter. The beer drinks a bit smooth, with tingling carbonation. I don't like the clashing flavors, overwhelming, floral and bitter, with a tang on the back of the throat. I can see where some may quite like this, but it isn't to my taste.
This 4.8% ABV session India Pale Ale is from the Exile Brewing Company of Des Moines, Iowa.
The beer pours a lightly hazy yellow golden. There is a short head of white foam. The aroma is light, with passion fruit, citrus, and just a touch of mango skin. The taste follows the aromas, with a bit of earthy dank on the back end. The finish is dry and lightly bitter. The beer drinks easy, crisp, refreshingly carbonated. This drinks great, but is a little light on flavor.
This 6.5% ABV golden India Pale Ale is a one-time spring seasonal release from the Beer Camp series from Sierra Nevada Brewing of Chico, California.
The beer pours a hazy golden yellow. There is a massive, foamy, bubbling white head that grows and comes out of the glass. The beer is wildly effervescent. The aroma is citrus, bread dough, with a bit of mango skin. The taste follows the aromas, and drinks very clean, with a moderate bitterness on the finish. The beer drinks crisp with bubbling carbonation. This is very enjoyable!
Saturday, April 1, 2017
This is a 8.5% ABV double India Pale Ale from Hoof Hearted Brewing of Marengo, Ohio. It is made with wildflower honey.
The beer pours a hazy honey golden. There is nearly an inch of white, foamy head. The aroma is passion fruit and citrus. The taste follows the aromas. The finish is moderately bitter. The beer drinks with a moderate carbonation, quenching, melding in refreshment with grapefruit citrus and guava. The honey comes through in the aftertaste. This is solid.
This is a 8.0% ABV double India Pale Ale from Hoof Hearted Brewing of Marengo, Ohio. It features Mosaic hops.
The beer pours a hazy light yellow golden in color. There is a very tall, foaming, bubbling head of white. The aroma is a big, juicy, ripe tropical blast, loads and loads of mango, with some guava and passion fruit. The taste follows the aromas, a hurricane of tropical flavors, very lush. You can practically bite into and chew the flavors of this beer. The beer drinks smooth, with soft carbonation. The finish is dry, but with fairly light bitterness. This is delicious!
This is a 10.5% ABV triple India Pale Ale from Hoof Hearted Brewing of Marengo, Ohio.
The beer pours a cloudy light yellow in color, like a cloudy lemon meringue. There is over an inch of thick, foamy, white head that leaves thick curtains of lace down the glass. The aroma is bright, tangy, citrus, with tropical fruit, mango, and a bit of dankness. The taste follows the aromas, blast of citrus and tropical. There is fairly light bitterness, particularly for the style. The finish is dry. The beer drinks very easy, it is smooth, light and airy without being watery. It is amazing that this is 10.5% ABV. This is top notch stuff.