30 October 2015

724. Redemption Boom Baby! Brown

Very standard brown ale. Good flavors, maybe a tiny bit watered down, but not bad. The flavors are still there and enjoyable. I could drink a good number of these in a night. Very enjoyable.

26 October 2015

723. Lagunitas New Dog Town Pale

I really want to like Lagunitas. I really do. I want to support their brewery and their vision. But I just can't find many of their beers I like. Obviously they are very into the West Coast Hoppy formula - and they do it well. I can tell the quality. This is supposed to a fruit forward beer, but I don't taste it long enough to mellow out the super dry and bitter backend. Very standard Pale Ale.

25 October 2015

722. Taxman Qualified

Very similar to the previous Taxman I drank tonight. Many similar flavors, although I suppose this one was a bit smoother. Also good quality, a little bit drier than their Dubbel, but still really enjoyable. Not something I will seek out, but something I could enjoy drinking.

721. Taxman Deduction

Pretty good Dubbel, but not something I would drink a lot.  Still decent enough.  Dry with some rye-like flavors. Almost no bitters.

24 October 2015

720. Brouwerij Rodenbach Grand Cru

A gift and high recommendation from my buddy Steve. He has just gotten into sours, so he's trying a lot of them and the we compare how many I have tried. This one came highly recommended from him, so much so that he bought me a bottle to make sure I tried it. 

It is really, really good. Amazing sour flavors up front, goes down super smooth and then leaves a nice sour puckering flavor in the back of your mouth. In Steve's own words: "Like I just ate a handful of Sour Patch Kids".

18 October 2015

719. Big Woods Brewing Martin's Pumpkin

Quaff On!
Big Woods. 
Whatever. Same company - legal garbage. Whatever. 

Standard Pumpkin Ale. Pretty light and easy to drink, with solid pumpkin flavors. Luckily it's not heavy like most of its competition. One of the better pumpkins I've had. But still nothing out of the ordinary. 

718. Chilly Water Peter Paul Porter

It's a really good beer, that I just wish was better. It's good. I like it and I enjoy it. Not too bitter, very chocolate flavors. I just can't taste any coconut. I like it, and I'm going to enjoy a few of them...  Maybe I built up too much hope in my mind???

17 October 2015

717. BIER Belgian Blonde

I live one mile away from BIER Brewery, and this is only the second beer I have ever tried from them. It's good, but much like the previous Belgian I tried - it's much drier than I expect it to be. This one is enjoyable. Drinkable. Goes down smooth and easy and has good flavors. Still dry and bitter on the backend, which is my only complaint. 

16 October 2015

716. Blind Owl Milk Stout

Pretty standard milk stout - but the chocolate notes really stand out in the back half. Sadly, it's got a pretty bitter aftertaste. The lactose doesn't seem to smooth it out as much as some other milk stouts I've had. Still very drinkable. 

10 October 2015

715. Evil Twin Ryan and the Beaster Bunny

I love to see a beer with live and active yeast floating in it!!!  Lovely citrusy aromas come off and his beer goes down so quick and smooth. It has a sleightly heavier body than I would expect, but nothing that hurts the flavors. Very delicious and enjoyable.

Yet another gift from my buddy Jae - who deserves special recognition for the beers he has donated to me for this website!  Cheers, Jae-Lao!

714. Goose Island Oktoberfest

This was a gift from my buddy Jae, and sadly didn't get drank during the official Oktoberfest 2015.  Sadly, life was pretty busy and hectic for those two weeks and not much new beer was drank - but I did still enjoy some quality Oktoberfest beers, just none of them were anything new.

So, finally cleaning out my refrigerator and got to this one. It's decent. Nothing spectacular. A good offering from Goose that has some really nice notes to it, but they aren't enough to make it stand out. Also a little drier than I tend to enjoy. I'd still drink it, especially if I was celebrating the season in Chicago. 

713. Ommegang Iron Throne Blonde Ale

This was the first and original "Game of Thrones" beer that Ommegang did - the one that sold out everywhere super fast. I was very happy when I heard they were re-releasing all of their "GoT" beers this year.

Delicious Blonde, wonderfully amazing aromas and flavors. So happy I got to drink this - as Ommegang never fails to produce quality beers. 

712. Books & Brews Dubbledore's Magic Ale

I'm really glad I was convinced to give Books & Brews another chance. Last year when I tried them I was not impressed with their watery offerings.

I actually really enjoyed this beer and look forward to buying it in the future to drink more. Really good and flavorful offering, a very quality Dubbel. 

711. Indiana City Murder by Pumpkin

Very standard pumpkin ale.
Taste good, but nothing fantastic. 
Smooth, light, refreshing. 
Perfect for this time of the year, if you enjoy pumpkin - and I've gone on record saying I don't. Except at this time of the year.