Archive for May, 2012

East Coast IPA Time

Heavy Seas Loose Cannon IPA: Not bad at all. It’s a pretty good IPA, but doesn’t hold up to the big guns that are the same style out here on the Best Coast. (thinking of Alpine Duet mostly)

A few brews with friends

I had a few friends over to hang out and help me drink some beer. We did a pretty decent job I think.

From left to right: Upright Seven, Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Garret’s Homebrew, Jolly Pumpkin Autumn Fire, Parabola, and Old Ringworm.

While all the beers were delicious, the winner of the night was Parabola, but that’s fairly predictable. The runner up was the Autumn Fire, really tasty. I should put some more effort towards trying all of Jolly Pumpkin’s offerings.

More lemonade than beer

Grapefruit Radler.

This beer comes in at a whopping 2.5%, so it’s basically water. However, it has tons of grapefruit flavors without being too sour, and the nice carbonation makes this beer feel like a sparkling lemonade. Perfect for the afternoon outside at Apex while I recover from the festivities from the night before!

More tastings!

The beer geeks assembled for another tasting earlier on Sunday. No theme was really going, so people just brought some stuff they wanted to try while we relaxed and watched the Timbers game at BeerMongers.

We weren’t in full force today, but still a pretty lineup!

Three Floyds Zombie Dust: Always a delicious beer. Low alcohol, nice hop presence, and super crisp and refreshing. Everything a person could want out of a session beer!

Weyerbacher Rapture: A sour beer that comes with absolutely no information on the bottle. All it says is “American Wild Ale”. Okay, but what the hell does that mean?! What style of beer was this before it was soured? What was it soured on or in? How long did it sit in said barrels? I’m just going to make it up. It was originally a hefeweizen that was back fermented on lacto in macaroni and cheese barrels for 2 months.

In all seriousness though, not a bad sour at all. I went to school in PA and really didn’t like anything the Pennsylvanian brewery had to offer. Now I come back to the west coast and I find something I like. Awesome.

Ithaca Brute: Really tasty sour, I understand where all the hype comes from now. Nice level of sourness, and you can tell that champagne yeast was used due to the mouthfeel and the fine level of carbonation.

Mystic Saison with Sauvignon Blanc: Really damn good. Nice and light like a saison, with huge white wine grape notes without being overly fruity. I don’t usually like white wine ingredients in beer, but this is the exception to the rule. One of the best beers of the day I think. A-

Mystic Saison (winter?): This beer wasn’t nearly as good, I don’t think we finished this bottle at the end of the day. Just paled in comparison to its brother. B-

New England Imperial Stout Trooper: Okay, this beer is really good, very similar to Cigar City’s Marshal Zhukov. A- beer. BUT. This label is amazing! I don’t buy beer according to label art, because that’s just asking to get screwed. However, this beer’s label is so amazing that I would probably buy 6 bombers purely based on how epic the label is. Oh yeah, it’s chocolatey and roasted with a bit of coffee on the finish. 🙂

Highwater Old & in the Way Buffalo Trace: This barleywine had some notes of caramel and malts typical of a barleywine, but the whole experience was dominated by the strength of the bourbon in this beer. Super boozy with tons of bourbon presence. This beer was an aspiring bourbon in high school, but dropped out and decided to try its hand at beer instead. B-

Bruery Black Tuesday: This beer is huge. 18.3% huge. It is a sweet, chocolatey, boozy mess, and it’s delicious. I think this is good for a 9% stout, but considering the strength of this beer, it’s absolutely ridiculous. A

Deschutes Dissident 2010: This beer was pretty good before, and now it’s really awesome. Tart and funky with a dry finish. Quite complex to boot with the little bits of cherry flavor that makes itself known towards the end. A-/A

Foothills Barrel-Aged Sexual Chocolate: Might be my favorite beer of the day, just the right amount of wood, smoke, and bourbon from the barrels to go along with the huge chocolate flavor in the beer. Not really complex, but the flavors here all hit the right note.

Once again, fantastic tasting. I love hanging out with the guys while simply enjoying a bunch of brews from across the country and just shooting the breeze. Can’t wait for the next tasting. Theme will be “maple beers”!.

Hmmm…

The light and dark side of the force. Which side will I tackle tonight?!

 

Can you guess which beers these are? I’ll give you a hint, they’re both from Upright!

Care Packages!

Shout out to my regular trading buddy, Nogidrew86 over on Beer Advocate! We don’t really organize trades as much as randomly send beer when we accumulate 6 beers that we think each other will like. His package arrived today, and he did awesome!

SOOO excited!

From left to right: Chocolate Rain, White Oak, Imperial Stout Trooper, Otoise, Beatification B5, and Blackberry Petite Sour. Can’t wait to try some of these out! Probably will bring a bottle to my tasting this weekend!

Bananas

The other day my friends and I grilled some snapper and teriyaki chicken at my new apartment. We mostly drank Gravity Mountain and gin and tonics, but we paired this beer to go specifically with the chicken that we had.

Logsdon Seizoen

The beer worked amazingly well with the teriyaki chicken. The beer itself had too much banana flavor to it, but that combine with the belgian yeast matched the sweetness of the chicken fantastically. I’d probably give it a B if it was by itself, but with the chicken it definitely earned itself a B+.