Archive for September, 2011

Leftovers

I was going through some of my pictures and notes today, and it looks like I forgot to write reviews for some of the beers I’ve had within the last week or two. There they are!

Beer: Snow Cap

Brewery:Pyramid Breweries

Style: Winter Warmer

ABV: 7%

Location: Seattle, WA

Appearance: Very brown/red with a small ring of foam around the glass

Aroma: Sweet, bready, with some citrus

Taste: Sweetness with some orange zest, followed by some coffee notes. Kind of boring actually, my description made it sound significantly more tasty than it really is.

Mouthfeel: Much lighter than I would expect from a winter warmer.

Drinkability: I was bored by the time I got to the bottom of my glass

Beer Advocate Grade: B

My Grade: B-

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People Put Coconut in Beer?!

I just had a Maui Coconut Porter.I forgot to take a picture, so I’m not going to bother giving it a full review. All I have to say is that it’s worth trying just to see what toasted coconut tastes like in a porter.

 

My Grade: B

Moar Iron Man!

Since I watched Iron Man recently, I decided to go the whole 9 yards and watch the sequel as I enjoyed my next beer. It’s been a long time since I’ve had any reds, so I’m going to make an effort to drink some more reds and pass my opinions onto you.

Beer: Lucky 13

Brewery: Lagunitas

Style: Red Ale

ABV: 8.56%

Location: Petaluma, CA

Appearance: Very reddish amber with no head to speak of. This beer looks like it’s pretty viscous and not that carbonated.

Aroma: Grapefruit, pine, floral hops, and malt. I’m looking forward to this!

Taste: This is a stunning red ale. I can’t think of a red ale that I’ve had within the last few months that can hold a candle to this beer. Not as balanced as other good reds like cinder cone red, but I actually like this beer a little more.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, but very smooth. The beer does leave a smooth feeling as it coats your mouth while you drink it.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable, and bold enough to be able to drink a lot without getting bored of it

Beer Advocate Grade: A-

My Grade: A-

Beer + Iron Man = Good Times

Tonight I felt like watching Iron Man, so what better way to enjoy Iron Man than to throw back a few brews at the same time?

Beer: Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

Brewery: Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Style: Hefeweizen

ABV: 5.4%

Location: Freising, Germany

Appearance: Straw colored with 3.5 fingers of fluffy white head. This head doesn’t leave lacing as much as gigantic globs of foam along the side of the glass.

Aroma: Bananas, clove, wheat, yeast, and maybe some pepper.

Taste: Spot on with the smell, pretty much perfect for the style. I wouldn’t change anything about it, except maybe put it into a bigger bottle.

Mouthfeel: Extremely light and refreshing with some creaminess. Girls, if you don’t like beer, try this beer and then get back to me.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but it’s so mild that you might want to switch to something bolder after 2 bottles or so

Beer Advocate Grade: A

My Grade: A

Now this is what you call head:

After Work: Lazy Edition

So I’m taking it really easy tonight because I’m pretty much a huge sack of shit that’s too lazy/stinky/ugly to get my ass off of my chair to do anything else. A lazy night for me basically means that I’m watching TV shows while drinking beer. Here is the first beer of the night!

Beer: Pure Wit

Brewery: Upright Brewing

Style: Witbier

ABV: 4.5%

Location: Portland, OR

Appearance: Pours an opaque gold with very little head, looks to be pretty carbonated but I’m having a hard time seeing the carbonation through all the haziness.

Aroma: Kind of a skunky aroma that really isn’t that appealing. Doesn’t smell like a normal wheat beer besides the fact that I smell yeast.

Taste: Wow…..this beer is sour. Not like a sour beer type of sour, but more like someone squeezed an entire lemon into my glass. Other than that I some pepper, yeast, and grassiness. Other than that, nothing.

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy, kind of like champagne

Drinkability: Really easy to drink this one, and since it’s low in alcohol, a person could easily finish two 750ml bottles on a nice night like this.

Beer Advocate Grade: B+

My Grade: B+

Brewfest at Beermongers!

This weekend was the 2nd anniversary of Beermongers, so they fenced off their parking lot and brought in a bunch of different beers from various american microbrews as well as a few breweries from abroad for people to try. Entry was $15 per person, and each entry ticket came with a tasting glass and 7 tasting tickets. These are the beers that a few friends and myself tried.

But of course we went across the street to Apex to have a beer.

Bear Republic Cafe Racer 15: Really tasty, like a concentrated version of their Racer 5 IPA. The best beer I have had from them so far.

My Grade: A

 

Here’s a sample picture of what the brewfest looked like. There were also a bunch of taps inside for tasting as well.

 

From left to right.

Deschutes Trojan Horse IPA: Really tasty, but there really wasn’t anything special about it. Plain but tasty.

My Grade: B+

Flat Tail Raspberry Beret: A raspberry sour that just wasn’t very good at all. I had a hard time finishing my taster glass because it was just so funky and bad.

My Grade: C-

 

From left to right:

Widmer Rose City Hipster: This beer is too obscure for you to truly understand it.

My Grade: B

Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza: A extremely tasty dark belgian beer turned sour. Reminds be a bit of New Belgium Clutch, but more tasty. I did hear that the bottles were a little on the inconsistent side though, so I’m not sure if I’m going to pick up bottles of it.

My Grade: A-

 

Mikkeller Bourbon Barrel Black Hole: Absolutely delicious. Everyone should try this beer if they get the chance. It’s part of a set of 4, with the only difference being the type of barrel that the beer was aged in. I will definitely get all of those bottles to do a horizontal at some point. I’ll pass on the tequila barrel though….that just sounds awful.

My Grade: A+

 

 

Hopfenstrark Berlin Alexander Platz: One of the best wheat beers I’ve ever tasted. Might even be my favorite wheat beer. Low alcohol, with some tartness in it, with an extremely light body. Perhaps it was the 90+ degree weather, but I could crush large quantities of this beer without even thinking about the damage that it would do to my liver.

My Grade: A

 

De Dolle Dulle Teve: A really good tripel. Nothing weird done to it, but it was executed extremely well. I wouldn’t change anything about it if I were given the chance.

My Grade: A

 

Sierra Nevada Foam: It’s a pretty good pilsner, but definitely the most boring beer out of the ones I tasted. Worth drinking if you tend to drink the lighter stuff

My Grade: B

 

Good name, but is it a good beer?

Beer: Hell or High Watermelon

Brewery: 21st Amendment

Style: Fruit Beer

ABV: 4.9%

Location: San Francisco, CA

Appearance: Amber with hints of pink in it, 2 fingers of fluffy head that doesn’t stick around for long

Aroma: Smells like malt, yeast, and wheat. No watermelon to speak of

Taste: Very summery, only a tiny bit of watermelon, but the rest is your generic wheat beer. Much more boring than I expected

Mouthfeel: Light, bubbly, crisp, and a little bready.

Drinkability: Meh.

Beer Advocate Grade: C+

My Grade: C

So, despite the awesome name, not an awesome beer.