30 June 2019

Snoopy Treat

Picked up a treat for Snoopy over the weekend.  
His own Mug of Lager Treat. 

28 June 2019

1271. Big Woods Java the Red

Nice aroma to this beer and it drinks pretty smooth.
The coffee flavor is present, but it’s not too bad. 

1270. Big Woods Mango Mombasa

This is NOT my kind of beer. 
This is the first beer I have ever regretted ordering.  
I’ve ordered beers I didn’t like, but I really don’t enjoy anything about this beer. 
Not fruity at all, and the spicy chilis linger in the back of my throat after I drink it.  

25 June 2019

1269. Short’s Exterior Illumination

Really delicious and enjoyable sour.
Very tart, upfront and in the aftertaste.  
This tastes exactly how I want a sour to taste. 

Although, based on the label art, I’m pretty sure this is a winter seasonal beer?  Nonetheless, I’m glad I found the bottle!

1268. Great Lakes Holy Moses

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. 

24 June 2019

1267. Left Hand Raspberry Milk Stout

The raspberry aroma is very strong and enjoyable.  
I often assume that a beer with raspberry and lactose would give me a smoothie type of effect - but it never happens, and didn’t happen with this beer either.  

The raspberries are very powerful upfront, and then mellow out as the chocolate malts and lactose smooth out the back half of this beer.  

The can claims to have notes of coffee, but I don’t taste any of them - at least not powerful, it’s possible that they are subtle in transition between flavors.  

Overall, it was good - but I don’t need to ever drink one again. 

1266. Anderson Valley The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose

This is probably my favorite of today’s trifecta. 
Big punch of sour up front.  
Very tart, tastes like some good lemon and/or citrus flavors to it.  Light, fruity, and the aftertaste is like having just eaten a Sour Patch Kid.  Really enjoying this beer. 

1265. Anderson Valley Framboise Rose Gose

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.  

1264. Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose

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. 

21 June 2019

1263. Pipeworks Smore Money Smore Problems

This beer is interesting.
It’s not as good as #622 DinoS’mores.
But it’s not bad.  
It’s different.  
It’s SO sweet with vanilla that it almost tastes like a sour, that flavor quickly settles into a sweetness that finished with some subtle graham cracker taste.  

I am sure the marshmallow is somewhere in here, but I’m having trouble pinning it down. 

So, just like #1252 Samoa This, I paired this with the Girl Scouts’ S’mores cookies.  The cookies didn’t change the taste of the beer too much, but they did go together nicely.  

17 June 2019

1262. Sierra Nevada No Middle Ground

This was a very Coffee-flavored beer.
The bitterness wasn’t too bad, but since I don’t like coffee, that’s all I could taste. 

Caitlin felt like the coffee was overshadowed by hops. So, we have different opinions on this beer. 

12 June 2019

1261. Upland Modern Tart

I wasn’t to kind about the last “Tart” Sour I tried from Upland. Beer #1115 Upland's Two of Tarts was really blah.

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. 

1260. Odd Side Beer Me

Plain.  Simple. 
“Glorified Miller Lite”.
It’s easy to drink.  It’s tasty-ish.

08 June 2019

1259. Hoppin’ Frog Grapefruit Turbo Shandy Citrus Ale

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.

1258. Shmaltz She’Brew

It's a Double IPA.
It's a Hop Head Beer.
I'm not a hop head.  Some of the flavors are good, but it's just too dry and bitter for my preference. 

1257. Burn ‘Em Gluttony

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.

1256. Untitled Art Coconut Milk Stout

My BIRTHDAY BEER from Jae!!!
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! đŸ„„đŸșđŸ„„

07 June 2019

1255. Pipeworks Super Pina Collider

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...

05 June 2019

1254. Sun King/Rhinegeist Hoppiness Jones

Remember when I REALLY enjoyed BEER #874 Sun King/Rhinegeist’s Emergency Malt Kit?

Yeah.  This is the polar opposite.  
I was hoping this would be a mellow and flavorful IPA - I was wrong.  It’s a mouthful of hops. If you’re a Hop-Head, it’s your jam.  It’s just not mine. 

03 June 2019

1253. Sun King/3 Floyd’s Maximum Overdrive

10-4 Good Buddy Beer #3.
Decent Porter, but nothing that really stands out.  Full bodied flavors up front, but a really dry and bitter finish. 

1252. Southern Tier Samoa This

This beer is absolutely amazing. 
Full flavored and full bodied with an amazing aroma. 
The coconut smell comes through strong, but the flavor is overtaken by liquid chocolate and caramel flavors that flows so smoothly.  

Since I horde Samoas, I made sure to break out some to pair this beer with - and it is an amazingly wonderful pair.  The beer and cookie flavors linger in tandem and make my mouth very happy.  

Also...  I don’t know if it’s the cookie or the beer warming up - but the coconut flavors are more discernible as time goes on.   Basically, it’s getting more delictible with each drink I take. 

02 June 2019

1251. Sun King/Austin Beerworks Collabergé

Very dry, but smooth.  
Bitter, but not too bad. 
Beer is okay, but not my jam. 
However, I don’t hate it.