Archive for October, 2011

Upright…Again?!

I took my friends to Upright Brewing earlier this week, curious to see what they would make of saisons/farmhouse ales, which most people do not have very much exposure to. They thought I was being super nerdy when I took them to the place, partially because you have to be looking for it to find it, and that it was located in the basement of a bank building. They also enjoyed the fact that while Upright could have been a super hipster and unenjoyable place to be, it wasn’t. It was just a place for beer lovers to gather and sample some eccentric beers.

Two glasses of blended Stout of Monte Fisto and one glass of Seven

I’m really not in the mood to do a review right now, but I’ve already reviewed Seven, so if you want to look back a couple/many posts, you can find it. As for Stout of Monte Fisto, it’s good. Really good. I’m wonder what the barrel aged unblended version will taste like. Just gotta wait until my next tasting to find out I guess.

Grade for Blended Stout of Monte Fisto: A-

MIA

Hey guys, I just moved into a new apartment, so that means no internet until next week. Don’t worry, I’ll will return with a vengeance once I have access to the interwebs!!!

Feeling a Little Hoppy

I felt like a hoppy beer today, and I picked up a great IPA that I was eager to try again and actually do a serious review for. So here goes!

Description: Titan IPA is a big, aggressively hopped IPA brewed for hop disciples. It starts out with piney hop aromas and citrus hop flavors and finishes with a nice rich, malty sweetness that is balanced with crisp hop bitterness.

Beer: Titan IPA

Brewery: Great Divide Brewing

Style: IPA

ABV: 7%

Location: Denver, CO

Appearance: Deep amber with a little bit of head, but it doesn’t stick around for long.

Aroma: Hops and malt, with some citrus somewhere in the mix.

Taste: Floral hops with some malt and bitterness on the follow through. Pretty one-dimensional, but very tasty. I remember this beer being better though.

Mouthfeel: Light with moderate carbonation. Feels crisp and dry as well.

Drinkability: This is a great beer to have split a  6-pack with someone, even better if football is involved

Beer Advocate Grade: A-

My Grade: B+ (the beer was 3 months old since bottling, so the hops have faded a bit. If this beer was fresh, I can totally see an A- coming out of this beer.)

Ferme de la Demons Release

I went to the Block 15 release at Belmont Station. I expected to see a few beer geeks that I knew when I got there, but to my surprise, I knew no one! Turns out that some people recognized me but didn’t want to introduce themselves because they only knew me as “that asian beer nerd”. I was the only asian at the release, so I guess their fear of being called a racist was legitimate. Whatever, I was there to drink beer, and here are the beers that I tasted!

Strawberry fields is a golden ale I think…..whatever starter beer it was it was then soured, barrel aged, and had 200lbs of fresh strawberries shoved down its throat. It’s not that sweet, but very refreshing with a healthy dose of funk and sourness. This beer smells like strawberries though….really, really strongly of strawberries.

So this is the beer that all the beer geeks were getting excited about. Ferme de la Demons. It started as a saison, but was barrel aged with two different strains of Brettomyces. It was much darker than I anticipated, but was still delicious. Unfortunately for me, Strawberry fields destroyed the vast majority of my tastebuds, so I missed out on a lot of the subtleties of this beer, but I still liked the funk and barrel flavors that came with this beer. I’ll make sure to do a proper review when I open one of my two bottles.

I Forgot to Review a Beer. Crap.

I drink this beer literally all the time. It’s my favorite for the style, and I just always thought that I had already reviewed it. Turns out that I’m flat out wrong.

This beer is also known as The Darkness. It will devour your soul…and your liver.

Beer: Black Butte XXIII

Brewery: Deschutes

Style: Porter

ABV: 11%

Location: Bend, OR

Appearance: Deep mocha, with half a finger of white head.

Aroma: Smells like dark chocolate, coffee, some wood

Taste: Dark chocolate, oak, some burnt notes, coffee, and some heat from the peppers in the beer on the finish. Really complex. This is a beer you think about while drinking it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation for the style. Very smooth and slippery though.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but I would still move on after abomber

Beer Advocate Grade: A-

My Grade: A (A+ if you just compare among other porters. This is the best porter. Period.)

The King of Pumpkin Beers

I’ve been craving this beer for months now. It was released on the east coast some time ago and all my friends over there were rubbing it into my face while I was making them feel bad with delicious fresh hop beers. Well, my friends back east no longer have ammo to make fun of me with. Southern Tier Pumking has arrived in Portland!!!!!! If I don’t post any review for the next few days it’s because I’ve been pounding Pumking after Pumking.

Sorry the photo’s a little fuzzy, I was too excited

Description: I don’t care what the description is, something about pagan spirits and being told to drink this beer responsibly I bet. Whatever.

Beer: Pumking

Brewery: Southern Tier

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 8.6%

Location: Lakewood, NY

Appearance: Really, really orange. This beer actually glows orange, if you turned out the lights, I wouldn’t be surprised if it lit the room with an nice orange glow. Bubbles form from the sides of the glass, but there is no head or lacing.

Aroma: Pumpkin pie bomb! Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and some breadiness. No malts to speak of, but I don’t miss it. I literally shoved my face into this beer to get a better whiff of the smell. One of the best smelling beers out there.

Taste: Read above. Note: Fucking delicious, drink more in future.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, light carbonation, very smooth. I would definitely have this beer with a heavy dinner sometime. I’ll get back to stouts some other time.

Drinkability: I got six bottles from Belmont Station. Their life expectancy can be measured in single digit days. You tell me how drinkable this beer is.

Beer Advocate Grade: A-

My Grade: A+ (It gets an A on a normal scale, but I’m giving it an A+ here because it the the beer to beat for this style. It is also fucking delicious.)

Next Beer

Here’s the next beer from my time at Belmont Station….

Description: This is Ninkasi’s famous Tricerahops DIPA hopped using fresh amarillo hops. Amarillo hops are incredibly difficult to get fresh, and the only other fresh amarillo hop beer I’ve had is Fresh Hop Twilight, which is basically a hop revolution in a glass. This beer has some serious shoes to fill.

Beer: Fresh Hop Tricerahops

Brewery: Ninkasi

Style: DIPA

ABV: No idea, not listed on Beer Advocate

Location: Eugene, OR

Appearance: Dark orange, with a finger and a half of head that lingers for a while.

Aroma: Amarillo hops, and that’s it.

Taste: This beer is delicious. Really pronounced floral, citrus, and pine notes that only amarillo hops can provide. The hops are nicely balanced out by the malt backbone of the beer. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Very smooth but leaves a little bit of a film in the mouth, which I’m perfectly okay with.

Drinkability: If only Belmont Station filled growlers…..I would have filled two.

Beer Advocate Grade: N/A

My Grade: A