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...