Saturday, November 13, 2010

Deschutes Hop Trip Fresh Hop Pale Ale

Beer: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Deschutes Brewing Company
Location: Bend, OR
Serving Type: 24 oz.
ABV: 5.5 ABV

Pour: Adequate head, which dissipates some but then a nice quarter inch layer remains.

Smell: Nice sweat malty smell with a hint of pine

Taste: Smooth beer with just the right amount of hops. I have grown a little tired of super hoppy beers that are just trying to be high in the IBU department. This beer is nice and sweat with some great hoppy taste to it. I do taste the so called "fresh" hop taste, its a little bit crisper and not as acidic as i am us to from a pale ale or IPA.

Drinkability: This is a good beer to site back and enjoy. I dont think it is some kind of super complex beer but its complex enough to enjoy a six pack instead of just a bomber.

Grade: B+

Friday, September 10, 2010

Avery Out of Bounds Stout

Beer: American Stout
Brewery: Avery Brewing Company
Location: Boulder, CO
Serving Type: 12 oz.
ABV: 5.1 ABV

Pour: Smooth pour with an adequate head, which slightly dissipates in a few minutes.

Smell: I have some problems really getting a true reading on the smell of a stout. I did get the malty sweet smell.

Taste: I think this is a smooth well balanced stout. Sometimes I feel brewies want to make every beer an imperial or in your face taste. I felt this beer had the complex taste of a stout but not the over powering taste of many of the stouts i have drank.

Drinkability: This beer was smooth from start to finish. However it wasnt boring, instead it had multiple complex taste such as the well balanced hop bitterness. The evenly roasted somewhat sweet malt flavors were very enjoyable with every sip.

By the way this brewery is a fun place to visit with a great selection of fresh tasty beer.

Grade: A

Friday, June 11, 2010

Stone Imperial Russian Stout

Beer: Imperial Russian Stout
Brewery: Stone Brewing Company
Location: Escondido, CA
Serving Type: 22 oz.
ABV: 10.5 ABV ah yeah!

Pour: Smooth pour with a nice thick head, which dissipates in about 2 minutes.

Smell: This beer has smells like a traditional that make you a little scared, like when you drink a aged bourbon. beer. This stout has a rich earthy, malty smell.

Taste: From the first taste you can tell this is indeed an "imperial" beer. The beer is smooth to drink. The tastes of caramel, smoky malt, coffee, and slight alcohol bite linger for a little while after you take a sip.

Drinkability: This is a smooth beer that is great for hangin out and listening to quality music, or maybe reading a good book. It is perfectly drinkable but there is no need to rush it, you could miss something. As usual I was very satisfied with this amazing beer from my all time favorite brewery, Stone Brewery.

Grade: A

Friday, May 14, 2010

Bam Biere Farmhouse Ale

Beer: Bam Biere Farmhouse Ale
Brewery: Jolly Pumkin Artisan Ales
Location: Dexter MI
Serving Type: 750 mL
ABV: 4.5 ABV

Pour: Smooth pour with a medium amount of head that disipates in about 2 minutes.

Smell: This beer has smells like a traditional beligum beer. The yeast smell jumps out.

Taste: The first taste that pops is the grapefruit,then comes a sweet candy like flavor but very well balanced. The malt is

crisp and clean.

Drinkability: This is a smooth beer with a low ABV, therefore I was able to drink the bottle. I normally dont enjoy

drinking 750 mL of something this sweet and bitter.

Grade: B+

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Goose Island Beer Co.

Style: Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Brewery: Goose Island Beer Co.
Location: Chicago, IL
Serving Type: 650 mL

Pour: Smooth pour with a thick head that swirls and twist like a cappuccino.

Smell: This beer has smells such as vanilla, oak, and a smooth malty smell like your mom.

Taste: This is not the first bourbon barreled beer I have had but this beer has married the strong tastes of bourbon and stout with exceptional accuracy.

Drinkability: This guy is a sippin' beer, in fact this beer is being shared right now with Joe, "Luvsdahops".

Grade: A

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Russian River Damnation Belguim Golden Ale

Style: Belguim Strong Pale Ale
Brewery: Russian River Brewery Company
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Serving Type: 750 mL
ABV: 7.74 ABV

Pour: Smooth pour with a thick head that shows even legs.

Smell: This beer has a great Belgium yeast smell to it, with a hint of clean crisp malt.

Taste: This an exceptional example of an American attempt at a Belgium golden ale. The taste is well balanced, most Belgium's are a little too sweet for my liking, but not this one. The taste was so well balance and dynamic that I feel they have out done themselves.

Drinkability: I usually can not drink this type of beer for more than one 750 mL bottle, however for this brew I could drink about two bombers.

Grade: A

Friday, April 30, 2010

Coors Banquet Lager w/ Charles Mingus

Style: Pilsner
Brewery: Coors Brewing Company
Location: Golden CO FOOL!
Serving Type: 12 Fl.Oz.
ABV: 5.0 ABV

Pour: Smooth pour with a even pilsner head, the head dies off within one minute of pour.

Smell: The beer has a buttery yeast smell to it with a hint of hops and malt.

Taste: This is the true American pilsner, its smooth and crisp. However it has some nice yeasty taste to it and the light hint of maltiness. I do not taste the same beer when i drink it on the east coast.

Drinkability: I drink this beer regularly, it has a nice buttery taste to the yeast. Two things need to be noted about this beer, 1) It doesn't taste good from a bottle 2) It doesnt taste good outside of Colorado, seriously.

Note: On the 1936 can it says, "export lager" it was so good we exported it...but not to the east coast? Where the hell did they export it? HA!

Grade: B, B+ with Mingus