First, let me address this - YES, this is my third raspberry beer today. Not sure how that happened, but it did. This one ranks third, out of the three.
Second, somehow this is my first ever Great Lakes Beer? Which is odd, I know I see this brewery often at the liquor store, but... I know for a fact we had their Edmund Fitzgerald Porter in our beer fridge - but it looks like Caitlin May have drank that!
Sometimes I drink white ales with spices added - and those spices just don’t sit right with me. I have a feeling that’s how Great Lakes’ standard white is.
Because while I enjoy raspberry - this white Ale just has a funky/spicy taste to it, that I’m not a fan of. The raspberry aroma is very present, but doesn’t prepare my mouth for the awkward spicy sensations that accompany this beverage.
Beer is blah. I don’t hate it, but I won’t buy it again.
This Gose packs more of a punch up front, which should be expected from Framboise. I really like raspberries, and this has some good initial flavor, but the lingering flavor in the aftertaste isn’t my favorite. I can’t pin down why that is... This is still a very good and enjoyable beer.
A couple of years back I tried the Melon Gose from Anderson Valley and my review was positive, saying I really enjoyed the melon. So, when I saw three more Goses from them at the liquor store, I knew I needed to make a Trifecta Afternoon out of them.
First up is the Blood Orange Gose.
The Sour is at a good level, not mouth-puckering but enough punch that I know it’s a Sour. The orange flavor is very prominent and lingers in the after taste. Very light and easy to drink, and very refreshing.
However, Modern Tart is very tasty. It’s thick and cloud, and drinks almost like sour-watered-down-Orange Juice. And that’s a good thing. It’s not too thick, but it has weight to it and the Sour flavor is really enjoyable. I don’t really like apricots, but it looks like they make for good Sour flavors.
My first Pool Beer of 2019!!!
Jae left this beer with me last night, and I thought it sounded like something refreshing for the pool.
The grapefruit is very strong, and makes it a little difficult for me to want more.
It's a fine beer, it's refreshing, but it hits hard with grapefruit flavor up front, and that's pretty heavy before it goes down smooth. I don't dislike it, but I won't buy it for myself.
There is so much going on with this beer.
It's creamy and smooth with a nice sweetness from the honey and syrup.
The sweetness blends with the cocoa so well. It's an imperial that drinks too easy - it could be trouble.
This coconut deliciousness makes up for my precious coconut beer today. Silky, creamy, smooth stout. Very nice coconut flavor in the aroma, minor coconut flavor in the drink itself. I’m letting it warm up some more - but it’s still enjoyable at 43 degrees.
This was a great present, and a wonderful way to end my birthday! 🥥🍺🥥
It officially ticked past midnight, meaning I am yet another year old, and need to celebrate with a beer.
I’ve been saving this big boy for this moment.
...and I’m really disappointed.
White stouts tend to be really good...
Bourbon Barrel Beers tend to be really good...
I love coconut flavor, when I can taste it...
This beer isn’t bad. It’s just not good. The bourbon flavor is there. The aroma is fruity, but no coconut. The taste is... hard to describe. It’s literally bourbon up front, with a bourbon aftertaste. Not much in the middle. Clocking in at 12%, and my disdain for it... I don’t know if I’m going to finish it. Disappointing, this is the only beer from Pipeworks I have ever disliked...
Sun King’s 10th Anniversary brought the 10-4 Good Buddy Variety Pack. Four Collaborations they did with four other breweries.
I started with the one I assumed would be my favorite - and it was DELICIOUS!!! One of the best sours I have ever drank. All the fruit flavors mesh together really with with a perfectly constant sour flavor and aftertaste.
The reviews led me to believe I would enjoy this beer. They said it was fruity and had almost no bitterness. Well, they lied. However, despite my initial disdain towards this beer, it grew on me after the second one.
The aroma is very-bitter, and the initial taste followed through with that expectation. The lactose seemed to make it smoother, with some mild fruity flavors, but it still turned out to be a very dry beer in the end. As it warmed up - because I wasn’t drinking these quickly - it seemed to mellow out and become more approachable with its fruit flavors becoming more noticeable. Not my favorite, but I was glad I tried this hybrid.
So, I got bamboozled this year, thinking that People’s Battalion was a new Indy Eleven Beer - because of the new can. (I thought it was a third, after Flat 12’s Full 90, it’s still just the second)
I was wrong.
It’s the same dry and bitter beer that I complained about HERE.
Outdoor sports - or sports in general - need LIGHT, crisp, and refreshing beers to make the time enjoyable. I hate dry-mouth more than anything, and that’s all this beer does. Which doesn’t make me want to drink a lot of them while watching my team.
When I did my write up on Peddie’s Blog and compared our beers - I learned that I had never had Exemption. (True be told, I’m pretty sure I have - it was just never documented). Tonight at dinner, I made sure I could add it to the website.
I’ve been mad at Kona for a few years and haven’t really tried any of their new products. Ever since they sold out to a Macro and started mass producing their beers - I haven’t been happy with the quality. Specifically, how Kona Brown (Coconut Brown Ale) went from SO MUCH coconut flavor - to none.
Tonight, at the liquor store I found Koko Brown. And despite my declining opinion of it - I buy it anytime I find it. It’s only available from January to April, and each year I hope they fixed the Macro-recipe. I noticed they had a Kona Coffee Porter next to it, and decided, I would give it a try too - since that’s one of Caitlin’s favorite styles.
It’s a really decent Porter. The coffee is very subtle and the beer goes down really smooth - like ZERO IBUs smooth. Really tasty, and I don’t like coffee.
There are a lot of flavors going on here, and they all come together pretty well. It's not an amazing beer, but it's pretty enjoyable. I've had better, but I've had way worse. I would never turn one down, it is very smooth and sweet.
I've seen a lot from Platform in Ohio, and I am glad I tried this one. Looking forward to many more from them.
This beer is fine. I'm a little disappointed, just because I was hoping to find something closer to home that would be on par with Sonoran's White Chocolate. While this beer is tasty, it's not on the same level. It tastes more like an ale - and not like melted white chocolate. Still drinkable, just not what I was hoping for.
That Q1 went down so smooth, quick and easy - so I decided I was in the mood for the Q2.
Belgian and Brett yeasts - two of my favorites.
The beer starts off with an awesome upfront punch of sour, that finishes with the honey sweetness on the back end and it lingers for a bit. Personally, I enjoy the sour - the honey is just not my thing.
Back story for this beer...
In 2018, I collected Q1, Q2, and Q3 throughout the year. I spent all of December looking for Q4, because I had a gimmicky post in mind, called My 2018 Taxman Year End Audit. I was going to drink all four of them together, and try to write up a nice piece on all four of them.
I reached out on Twitter on January 11th...
After a month with no reply, I reached out again. I was hoping I would be told they had them for sale at one of their locations. Alas, they never answered my second attempt.
This brings us to 2018 Q1.
It's a really light and refreshing Farmhouse Ale, that goes down light and easy, and finishes with a small hint of sour. I assume the sour comes from the white wine barrels this beer was aged on.
The second beer of our "Star Trek" Double-Header!
An IPA dedicated to the Mirror Universe of "Star Trek".
While drinking these beers, I learned of the Federation of Beer which seems to round up all of the available "Star Trek" beer options. As of this posting, I have done three of the six beers they have listed on their page. I would love to try the Captain's Holiday Ale or the Klingon Imperial Porter. I will have to keep my eyes out for those...
Terrans Unite! was fine. It was an IPA, and I drank it. I didn't hate it, but I don't need to ever drink another one. Ben enjoyed this one better than the golden ale.