Archive for November, 2011

Beer #4

It’s a sweet label

Beer:  Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin

Brewery: Uinita Brewing

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 10.31%

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Appearance: Reddish brown, no head, and no lacing

Aroma: Nutmeg, clove, oak, five spice, and all the other components you would expect out of tasty pumpkin pie.

Taste: Sweet malts and pumpkin up front, with all the spices and oak afterwards. Definitely the most complex pumpkin ale I’ve had so far. There’s a lot going on here.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth and silky, and a nice non-stout beer to have on a cold evening.

Drinkability: At 10.31%, it could be tough to finish the 750ml bottle on your own. I might have to test it out to make sure though!

Beer Advocate Grade: B+

My Grade: B+

I am alive!!! Just barely

I have emerged from behind the great firewall of china in one piece! Only complication is a mild case of  food poisoning. Turns out I ate a bunch of vegetables that weren’t completely rinsed of pesticides. It turns out that ingesting large amounts of pesticides results in lots of stomach pain, alternating periods of being boiling magma hot and really really cold, turning very pale (enough so that my fingers turned a beautiful shade of purple), and the world’s worst shit. It’s been almost a week and I still don’t feel 100% yet. I look forward to the day when I can take a solid shit again. Hell, I might even have to take a picture of it.

I wrote up all the reviews I was planning to post while I was away, so now I just have a huge number of brews to post.

Back to the Orient

Looks like I’m going back to China. This time it will be for work. I still have some reviews that I have yet to post, and will try and get that done while I’m abroad. See you guys in 2 weeks!

Hair of the Dog Release

I showed up to Hair of the Dog at 7:15, and the line was already down the block. I was probably 60th to 70th in line. I met some great people while waiting, and had a good time just hanging out outside and getting to meet a few people.

I was a little jealous of the guy in the lawn chair by the time the doors opened

Unfortunately, the actual release of the beer was not handled particularly well. Once people entered the brewery, people were split up into two lines: cash and credit. No one was really told which line was which, and that caused some confusion. Furthermore, no numbers or wristbands were issued, so whoever was in a faster line got their beer first. The faster line was the credit line, and people were paying long before they actually received their beer. So when the beer was running out, the brewery had to fill the credit orders first because those customers had already paid.

In the meantime those who were in the cash line were a little neglected. People in the cash line were forced to watch people in the credit line receive their beer despite the fact that those people were further back in line. I saw people get Adam from the wood where were behind me in line, and that makes me sad, especially because I didn’t receive any until a friend of mine that was further in line helped me out with a bottle. I made myself feel better by getting a case of Bourbon Fred from the Wood.

It’s not all their fault though, people were doing a bit of line cutting as well, so we just need to self-police the lines better next time. Nonetheless, beer should be sold on a first come first serve basis. I don’t mind walking away from a release without the beer I wanted, but I do care if people who waited less time than me got the beer I wanted because of the way that sales were executed.

Better luck next year.

Hair of the Dog

Bourbon Fred from the Wood and Adam from the Wood are being released tomorrow at 9AM. People are going to start showing up around 5AM and will be coming from all over the country. A few beer geeks have literally traveled thousands of miles for this one. Me? I’ll be moving myself about 4 miles, and I plan to show up around 7:30 with a box of donuts.


Beer #3

I reviewed this one already, but it’s absolutely delicious!

Beer #2

Beer:  Fresh Hop

Brewery: Great Divide Brewing

Style: Pale Ale

ABV: 6.1%

Location: Denver, CO

Appearance: Pretty pale straw, but maybe that’s because I didn’t have a full glass to gauge color.

Aroma: Lots of pine, some citrus, and some floral notes. Didn’t smell any malts here

Taste: Pine bomb.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing, with a light body and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Great session beer, perfect for watching tv or movies.

Beer Advocate Grade: A-

My Grade: B+

Wheaty Passionfruit?!

Beer: Wailua Wheat

Brewery: KonaBrewing

Location: Kona, HI

Style: Wheat Beer

ABV: 10%

Appearance: Light amber, with very little head that quickly fades to a small ring around the glass.

Smell: It smells funky, like it’s been skunked. Probably due to the passionfruit in the beer

Taste: Whoa, is this even a beer?! It tastes like wheaty passionfruit, I was told to expect this, but I was still not ready for it. It might be pretty good on a warm day at the beach after some surfing, but on a cold wet night in Portland, this is not my cup of tea.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with heavy carbonation. Kind of prickly

Drinkablility: I personally struggled to finish a 12 oz. bottle.

BA Grade: B-

My Grade: C-

So Weird….

Beer: Saison Dupont

Brewery: Brasserie Dupont

Location: Belgium

Style: Saison

ABV: 6.5%

Appearance: Straw colored, with 3 full fingers of white head that leave tons of lace. TONS.

Smell: Really funky. Grass, earthy, barn smells.

Taste: Just like the smell, but with less funk and more earthy, barn flavors. Kind of reminds me of the smell of bacon for some really. But only very faintly. I can’t decide if I like this beer or not….I’m more more into the flavor profile that Upright saisons provide.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with heavy carbonation. Extremely crisp

Drinkablility: Easy to drink, but I still can’t decide if I like it or not.

BA Grade: A-

My Grade: B-

Epic Beer Tasting

To break in my apartment, now fully furnished and with internet and tv, I decided to host a beer tasting with a bunch of my friends. It was extremely ambitious, and we actually didn’t finish the whole lineup of beers. To be honest though, 23 bombers of beer to split between 7 people is a little on the rough side :). I didn’t take pictures of everything because I was too excited by drinking beer, but I’ll post some pictures and reviews from that tasting over the next couple of days.

I’ve already reviewed this one, but here is beer #1!