Sunday, May 14, 2017

New Belgium Whizbang Hoppy Blonde Ale

This 5.7% ABV beer from New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins, Colorado features Mosaic hops.  

The beer pours deep honey golden. There is a half-inch of white head. The aroma is musky, citrus, mango skin. The taste follows the aromas, bursting with big, earthy, tropical flavors. The finish is dry with a moderate bitterness. The beer drinks with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Man, this really tastes good.  

Guinness Irish Wheat

From the famous Guinness Brewery, established in 1759 at St. Jame's Gate, Dublin, Ireland, comes this beer from their Brewer's Project, which has more varied recipes. It is 5.3% ABV and made with 100% Irish wheat.

The beer pours a hazed golden in color. There is an inch of pure white head, which dwindles down to a short soft layer of white. The aroma is citrus and light toasted wheat, with a light floral/banana yeast ester note. The taste follows the aromas, floral/banana, toasted wheat, and citrus all again. The beer drinks soft, smooth, with a mild to moderate floral bitterness on the finish. If you like wheat beers this is quite nice.  

Summit Pilsener

This 4.5% ABV pilsener style beer is from the Summit Brewing Company of St. Paul, Minnesota. 

The beer pours a dark golden with nearly an inch of white head that is not particularly long-lasting. The aroma is grains, French bread, bread dough, with a touch of hay and honey. The taste follows the aromas, hitting the same notes, great flavor here. The beer drinks easy, smooth, with a perfect level of carbonation, neither too strong nor too weak. This beer, along with their Keller pils and their summer ale, are like a perfect summer beer drinking trifecta.

Central Waters Y2K Barleywine

This barleywine is from the Central Waters Brewing Company of Amherst, Wisconsin. They age it for two years before release.

The beer pours a very deep amber and brown/orange, gem-like dark citrine. There is half an inch of tan head. The aroma is rich, buttery, caramel and toffee, along with dark fruits and candied orange peel. The taste follows the aromas, there is a deep roasted note holding down the end, it is sweet, but ending very dry and bitter, with an oak like astringency. The beer drinks smooth with a soft background carbonation.  

Rockdale Classic

This 5.0% ABV lager is Walmart's store brand beer. It is brewed in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, I am assuming by City Brewing under contract. There is also a light version. Is it just me, or is the can trying to be Coors?

The beer pours a deep golden in color. There is about an inch of white had that quickly fizzes down. The beer is well carbonated. The aroma is cooked cereal grains, with light cooked vegetable and wet cardboard. The taste follows the aromas, is mostly cooked cereal grains, with just a bit of the off-note vegetable and cardboard. It is about a draw between sweet and dry, the winner alternates back and forth. There is no bitterness, not much hops in this beer. It drinks with a pleasantly stinging carbonation. For its price point, this is fairly benign, meaning, not terrible.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Breckenridge Stranahan's Well Built

This 8.8% ABV Burton style ale aged in Stranahan's whiskey barrels is from the Breckenridge Brewery of Denver, Colorado. Burton ale is an English style, a rich, dark, strong amber ale. 

The beer pours a hazy medium-dark brown. There is a short head of tan foam. The aroma is toffee, dark caramel, roasted, oak, vanilla, whiskey, cherry. The taste follows the aromas note for note. There is sweetness, but it comes to a distinctly dry finish, but with light to moderate bitterness. The beer drinks smooth, with medium carbonation. This is nicely done, flavorful and enjoyable.