Monday, March 31, 2014

I like Dogfish Head's Piercing Pils. It's heavily carbonated and pours a sparkling yellow-orange, with an average head. I picked up on some fruit in the aroma, but mostly hops and yeast. I think the flavor is really good. I’m not typically a pilsner fan, but I like this one. The pears are more of an aftertaste, what is up front is a very mellow, buttery malt. Sweetness from the yeast hits in the finish. My problem with pilsner is that I can't always really taste it. I can taste this. I like this more than I thought I would and I would probably buy it again.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Du Claw's Old Flame is an old style English ale. It pours deep mahogany brown with little head. The aroma is like apple butter; fruity and spicy, with some caramel malt. Sweet, rich flavor. Strong in the finish. A lot carbonation present in the body. This was pretty good.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I went through a billion Fosters Lager blue oilcans when I was in my early twenties. Fosters Premium Ale never caught my eye until I'd already moved on to better craft beer ... it might not have even been in my area until fairly recently, as far as I know. But I've always been curious about what was in that green oilcan, and tonight my curiosity got the better of me. This beer pours amber with a lot of foamy head. The aroma is a little better than your average corn based beer. So is the flavor. There is a slightly bready quality. Fosters Premium Ale is generally better than I expected it to be. My curiosity is satisfied. I won't have it again.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I bought this Kennebunkport Brewing Company IPA at Trader Joe's. RateBeer.com tells me that it's marketed under more than one name. The color is a medium amber, it's slightly cloudy and has a little foam. The smell isn't very good. Reminds me strongly of boiled cabbage. That sums up the flavor, too, although there is also a mild caramel in the finish. I won't buy this again.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

I love this beer. Great Divide's Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout pours dark black with a cherry cream colored head that leaves a lot of lace. Chocolate and rich malt hit the nose before you even raise the glass; it's like there's something awesome in a nearby oven. The flavor is even better. Rich, bitter baker's chocolate and coffee up front, then a smooth caramel at the swallow, followed by a slightly bitter blast to finish the sip. 9.5 ABV, but it isn't there in the flavor, it's hidden by all that smooth richness. Sweet beers often wear out their welcome before I finish a 22, but this one didn't. Either my taste is changing or this is just one of the best sweet beers I've ever had.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The other day on G+ I declared jihad on the very concept of "session IPA." Who needs something conspicuously light, and with a nominal ABV percentage, for "session" drinking? Not me, no thank you. But I am still a devout Stone Brewing fanboy, and I'm happy to try everything they release, even if the particulars don't appeal to me initially. That's how I ended up with a bottle of Stone's Go To IPA, which is intended for session drinking. Go To is very bright, clear, and yellow, with a ton of carbonation and a little bit of suds. The aroma has lemon zest notes, a little bit of pine. The flavor hits up front with a lot of hop character, grapefruit and pine notes, and initially it isn’t bad. But that fades very quickly to a bright but watery and insubstantial finish. It is hard for me to settle for less from the brewery that makes Enjoy By and Ruination. I don't much like Levitation, their lighter IPA, and I like this even less. The jihad stands.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Boulevard's Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale is billed at a saison, but that is a style I've often found too delicate for my taste. This beer is strong and rich and dry, the 8.5% ABV is a big presence in the flavor and the nose. It pours a hazy orange/grapefruit color with a lot of head, and the smell is spicy and Belgian. Lots of fruit. Bananas and grapefruit in the flavor, more of that spice, and then a strong, dry, very bright finish. Strong vapor after the sip. I liked this.