It's good, but nothing great. It hits the pallet with a strong flavorful hit, but it disappears just as quickly as the beer goes down. Very smooth and drinkable with no bitters, it has a nice taste - it's too bad it doesn't longer longer.
31 December 2013
30 December 2013
My good buddy Snow hooked me up with a few beers from New Glarus, and I felt like I should start with "Two Women".
Really enjoyable lager. Fairly smooth with low bitters, the flavors kick in right away while it's going down my tongue. It's very flavorful, minor hints of fruity sours.
28 December 2013
25 December 2013
My goal for 2014 is to brew at least one batch of beer each month. It's a personal goal to help me learn more about malts and hops. Because my goal one day is to be a Master Cicerone. So, it's starting by learning the science behind it all. So, my brother and I teamed up to brew a beer together and we call it Weiß Brüder Sudhaus HefeEINS. It's a Hefeweizen, I wanted to make sure I began my brewing life by paying tribute to my German heritage and love of all things German.
23 December 2013
Very delicious. Lots of wonderful flavors that take their time to develop in your mouth. Very glad I got my hands on this.
22 December 2013
So, I've been drinking a good amount of Triton Gingerbread Brown, while I've been searching high and low for Sam Adams Merry Maker (their gingerbread beer). So, I settled for this tonight.
It's right on par with the Triton Gingerbread Brown. I like the flavor and enjoy drinking it. It's about that simple.
21 December 2013
So.... This is the first questionable entry, that I'm forcing myself to justify.
Rounder is billed as a "Belgian Style Pale Ale". When I pulled out my glassware, I noticed that the Blue Moon Pale Moon is described as a "Belgian Style Pale Ale" - which is a beer that is listed on the Original 152.
So, it's my fear that they are a very similar (if not the same) recipe. However, I hold to the notion, that since they changed they name, they did also make changes to the recipe.
I drank the Pale Moon before I ever started paying attention to my beer, and I don't remember it. So, Rounders is an enjoyable beer, but I don't love it. It does have some nice Belgian flavor, goes down very smooth, and has no bitter aftertaste. Really, there's no aftertaste whatsoever. It's ok, I like it, I don't love it.
So, for whatever reason, the entire time I've kept this blog, I haven't done any Blue Moon Beers since the first few I did in the initial 152 post. So, I got their holiday variety pack to try.
First up, I tried the Short Straw, and I'm not really fan. The flavor is just odd and off. It's easy to drink, with no bitterness, but there's just something in the finish that lingers, leaving a bad taste. Not a fan.
14 December 2013
Very subtle berry flavor adds a great finish to this delicious brown beer. Goes down thick and smooth without any bitters, and delivers a flavor I really enjoy.
07 December 2013
This is like the "pimped out" Ranger IPA. Smells the same, similar taste, but a little bit more bitter and a little more flavor, with some fuller flavor. Close to Ranger, though....
I had this a few years ago at Fox, but it never made the website. Glad that New Belgium brought it back (it was their 2005 Winter brew), I enjoy it. Very interesting and enjoyable toffee flavor imvved. No bitters, goes down smooth with a great aftertaste.
Nice and fruity, good flavors, and overall enjoyable - but it's not the best I've had of this style. It's not bad, and worth a try, I'm just not blown away by it.
05 December 2013
Lots of fruity flavors upfront that start smooth, but quickly goes bitter. Then it has a lingering bitter aftertaste that I'm not a fan of. It's not a bad IPA, but hoppier than I prefer.
Also, for the first time, I used a new IPA glass. It was co-created by Sam Caligone of Dogfish Head.
"I took Snoopy for a walk tonight, and then decided some Yellow Snow sounded good..."
29 November 2013
Oatmeal and Maple Syrup.
Really, really good! Very enjoyable. The oatmeal taste is very prominent. The syrup creeps up on you. Glad I got here when I did, they are on their last keg!
28 November 2013
Great flavors all the way!!! This was a gift from my buddy Dave Richmond. It was one of the Ommegang's I had yet to try. I really enjoy it. Smooth, with a great blend of fruity flavors that go down easy.
Really a fan of everything I try from Ommegang.
26 November 2013
Generally, I'm a big fan of brown ales. This one is just a little odd.... Reading about it, I assume it's the raisins. It just adds an odd flavor that I'm not really a fan off. No bitter, so it does go down easy, only complaint is that little flavor.
25 November 2013
It's interesting. Not really great, but not terrible. Spicy flavors that are really smooth and almost no bitters. An odd lingering aftertaste... I'll enjoy it, but won't be drinking it religiously, like Benjamin Grinchby will be.
This one that a lot of people have been raving about, and I'm just now getting around to trying it. This one was a gift from my buddy Ryan Miller.
It's pretty darn good. I really enjoy the flavors up front - there's quite a few of them - it goes downs fairly easily, with a medium bodied feel. My only complaint might be that the flavors don't longer too long. In the time I've typed this, I've lost all flavor and I'm ready for another drink.
24 November 2013
It's SO CLOSE to a sour - in my opinion. It's just got that small, tiny, minor sour aftertaste, that I enjoy. I won't say the flavor is outstanding, but it's smooth and fruity, and a great finish.
It's an interesting blend. Nice and fruity flavor of a Belgian, but a thick and heavy finish of a quality Pale Ale. Good flavor overall, I'm enjoying it.
23 November 2013
Goes down quick and smooth, but then hit hard with massive bitterness, before finishing with a serious chocolate aftertaste. If I liked bitter and chocolate more - this would be more enjoyable for me.
18 November 2013
It's a good, standard brown ale.
Nice flavor, but the gingerbread is pretty subtle compared to the aroma.
I enjoy this, and will probably enjoy many more during the holidays.
16 November 2013
I really like the aroma, but the beer is just ok. It's a very standard IPA, not too bitter, but very dry. Leaves me thirsty as soon as I'm done drinking. Nothing really extremely good or bad about this beer. It's drinkable, but nothing I'll seek out ever again.
It's goes down super smooth, like any regular ale - then as soon as you stop drinking, that cinnamon/nutmeg flavor kicks in, and it's kind of weird at first, but it grew on my quickly. Once I knew what to expect, later drinks were very enjoyable!
12 November 2013
Felt like today was the only day that 11.12.13 could be and should be drank.
Lots of full flavor up front, with very bold citrus notes. Typical of Stone, there is a lot of bitter on the backside. Therefore, I really enjoy half of this beer!
09 November 2013
I'm like some stouts - I LIKE this stout.
It's smooth and easy to drink. Good flavors! Goes down easy, leaves a nice chocolate-like after taste. It's a power punch, that you never see coming! This. Could. Get. Dangerous!
Imperial RED IPA???
Obviously dry-hopped, which is my only complaint. The flavor is good and bold, but leaves my palate very dry and needing an instant drink.
I really enjoy this, and I can't figure out why. It's smooth and easy to drink, very low bitters and an almost chocolate after taste. But still, it just hits me the right way. I dig it. I probably couldn't do a lot of them, but I'm enjoying it!