Sunday, July 31, 2011

Verhaeghe Duchesse De Bourgogne

A deliscious wild ale. It is both sweet and sour, but probably more sweet. Lots of different fruit flavors

Verhaeghe Duchesse De Bourgogne - Verhaeghe - Vichte, Belgium

Jailhouse Conjugal Visit

Maybe a little more hop bitterness than your would expect in an Amber Ale, but it is still a nice easy drinking summer beer. I paired it with a little goat cheese and some Italian Herb crackers for an afternoon smack.

Jailhouse Conjugal Visit - Jailhouse Brewing Company - Hampton, GA

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Victory Summer Love

More Taco Mac lunch action. Not a bad little pale/blond ale. Reminded me a lot of a Dale's. Lot's of hoppy goodness.

Victory Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company - Downington, PA

Widmere Brothers Pitch Black IPA

A little lunch time Taco Mac action. Nice hoppy action with an excellent roasted malt flavor. I am usually not much of a fan of "Black" IPAs, but I quite enjoyed this one. Went well with my chicken wings.

Widmere Brothers Pitch Black IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company - Portland, OR

Friday, July 29, 2011

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

Yowza! Tons of citrus and pine hops balanced with a ton if sweet malt wrapped up in an ass load of alcohol. (18% ABV) Oh... And about 400 calories!

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Milton, DE

WYLD Organic Extra Pale Ale

Grain, straw, a little hoppiness and a little sweet caramel malt. Not too bad.

WYLD Organic Extra Pale Ale - Four + Brewing Company - Salt Lake City, UT

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Meteor Wendelinus

Nose is sweet ripe fruit, yeast, grain. Flavor is sweet with a bit of spice. Quite enjoyable actually.

Meteor Wendelinus - Meteor - France

Lomza Pelne

Sweet malt, honey, & hay with a slight hop finish. Not bad, but not awesome either.

Lomza Pelne - Bowar Lomza - Lomza, Poland

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Belhaven Wee Heavy

This beer is wee heavy! For some reason I love saying Wee Heavy! Very rich and sweet. Toffee, Carmel, roasted Malts, ripe dark fruit and wee heavy.

Belhaven Wee Heavy - Belhaven Brewery - Dunbar, Scotland

JailHouse Midnight Special India-style Black Ale

This is really more like an imperial stout than a black IPA in my opinion. Either way, it is delicious. Nose is deep chocolate and roasted grains. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malts, and bitter hops. 10% ABV is very well hidden. I should have bought more bottles.

JailHouse Midnight Special India-style Black Ale - Jailhouse Brewing Company - Hampton, GA

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Shiner Blonde

Pretty boring and definitely not one of Shiner's best beers. Easy enough to drink, but that's about all I can say.

Shiner Blonde - Spoetzl Brewery - Shiner, TX

Mission St. Brown Ale

Not a bad little brown ale, and considering it was $1.99 for a 22oz at Trader Joes, you can't beat it for the price. It won't make you slap your momma or anything, but it has a nice roasted barley flavor with little sweet brown sugar and a hint of hop bitterness.

Mission St. Brown Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Company - Paso Robles, CA

Monday, July 25, 2011

Spaten Optimator

Pretty nice. Roasted nuts and an almost molasses like flavor. Went well with my grilled pork chops.

Spaten Optimator - InBev - Germany

Southern Tier Hoppe

This has a sort of sweet hop aroma like a grapefruit dipped in honey. Flavor is similar and comes in three waves citrus hops, honey, and a long piney hops finish. Pretty good in my opinion.

Southern Tier Hoppe - Southern Tier Brewing - Lakewood, NY

Sunday, July 24, 2011

New Belgium 'Lips of Faith' Grand Cru Abby Ale

A pretty solid Belgian Strong ale. Lots of ripe fruit flavors; banana, raisin, plum, almost like a fruit cake.

New Belgium 'Lips of Faith' Grand Cru Abby Ale - New Belgium Brewing - Fort Collins, CO

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Lindeman's Pomme Lambic

If you like sour/sweet apples you will like this. Pretty nice on a hot day.

Lindeman's Pomme Lambic - Brouwerij Lindeman's - Belgium

Sierra Nevada The Best of Beer Camp #37 Weizenbock

Nose is sweet banana, wheat & yeast. Flavor is similar with cloves and a light spiciness. Maybe a little too sweet for my general liking, but certainly not bad.

Sierra Nevada The Best of Beer Camp #37 Weizenbock - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. - Chico, CA

Friday, July 22, 2011

Svyturys Ekstra

Nose is yeast and a little hop. Flavor is pretty mild with the slightest hint of hop bitterness. I wasn't expecting much and nothing much is what in got.

Svyturys Ekstra - Svyturys - Lithuania

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bell's Oberon

Smooth and crisp with nice citrus an orange peel flavors.

Bell's Oberon - Bell's Brewing Company - Kalamazoo, MI

Lagunitas Lucky 13

Pretty nice and hoppy. If you like a hop blast, this one has it.

Lagunitas Lucky 13 - Lagunitas Brewing company - Petaluma, CA

Bell's Cherry Stout

Like chocolate dipped sour cherries bathed in coffee. Pretty good, but I don't think I could drink more than one.

Bell's Cherry Stout - Bell's Brewery - Comstock, MI

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Great Divide Fresh Hop

7/20 #2: As you can tell, it pours with a huge foamy head that stays for a while. However, one of my pet peeves is a beer with a bunch of sediment and shit floating it in. I just don't like it and this has a TON of shit floating in it. Base on that it is a fail for me personally. I can handle some sediment, but the first pour shouldn't have crap all in it after it's been sitting for several weeks.

Great Divide Fresh Hop - Great Divide Brewing Company - Denver, CO

Lakefront Rendezvous

The bottle promised a intense fleeting episode on my palate (a rendezvous). I didn't quite get that, but I did enjoy the experience. This probably won't win any style awards and is more malty sweet than you might expect in a farmhouse ale, but it was still quite nice and refreshing.

Lakefront Rendezvous - Lakefront Brewery - Milwaukee, WI

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Wells Banana Bread Beer

7/19 #2: Earlier I said to myself, "self, I sure would like some banana bread", but I didn't feel like baking. What's the next best thing? Why banana bread beer of course. This smells like fresh banana bread and flavor is banana bread and an artificial banana flavor like banana laffy taffy. I still enjoyed it however.

Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's - Bedford, UK

Southern Tier Pale Ale

A nice easy drinking pale ale with a pleasant pine & citrus hop character. I quite enjoyed drinking it.

Southern Tier Pale Ale - Souther Tier Brewing Company - Lakewood, NY

Monday, July 18, 2011

21st Amendment Back in Black

Lots of rich roasted malt flavor backed up with bitter citrus and piney hops. Not bad, but I would rather have an old traditional IPA personally. So far my personal tastes have not wanted to come back for more black IPA's. That's just personal preference though.

21st Amendment Back in Black - 21st Amendment Brewery - Cold Springs, MO

Sierra Nevada The Best of Beer Camp #8 California Common

Nose is fresh grass and grain and a little sweet fruit. Taste us sweet fruit (peachy maybe) with a dry finish.

Sierra Nevada The Best of Beer Camp #8 California Common - Sierra Nevada Brewing Company - Chico, CA

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Tyskie Gronie

7/17 #3: since the US lost I figure I would morn the defeat with a Polish beer. This is just another rather boring lager. Easy to drink, nothing else to report.

Tyskie Gronie - Tyskie Browary - Poland

Widmer Hefeweizen

7/17 #2: not much of a Hefeweizen. Pretty watered down and flavor is mainly just wheat. OK for a poolside beer I suppose.

Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company - Portland, OR

Steinlager Pure

Not much to it, but an easy drinking lager for quaffing by the pool. Flavor is grain, yeast and a little hoppiness.

Steinlager Pure - Lion Breweries - Aukland, New Zealand

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Bell's Two Hearted Ale

7/16 #2: Very nice, crisp IPA. Can smell and taste floral, pine, and citrus flavors. Good stuff my friends.

Bell's Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery - Comstock, MI

Founders Blushing Monk 2011

Nose is pure Raspberry preserves. Taste is tart raspberry & raspberry preserves. A little too sweet for my liking.

Founders Blushing Monk 2011- Founders Brewing Company - Grand Rapids, MI

Friday, July 15, 2011

Victory Helios Ale

7/15 #2: So many bubbles streaming up from the middle of my tulip I thought it might create a maelstrom In my glass. Pretty nice Saison. Sweet with lemon, pepper and spices. Maybe a little heavy on the ABV side for a Saison.

Victory Helios Ale - Victory Brewing Company - Downington, PA

Bison Organic IPA

This is a really nice IPA in my opinion. So refreshing and easy drinking. Nice light floral and pine notes on the nose. Taste is light and refreshing piney hops with a nice long dry, bitter finish. Hops are not quite as "in your face" as many West Coast IPAs. Two thumbs up from me.

Bison Organic IPA - Bison Brewing - Ukiah, CA

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mad River Steelhead DIPA

7/14 #2: Lots of sweet malt and fruit aromas in the nose and the taste is also sweet fruit, apricot&peachy, and of course citrus&pine hops, but not a hop wallop you might expect. Pretty easy to drink and well balanced.

Mad River Steelhead DIPA - Mad River Brewing Company - Blue Lake, CA

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

Beer, it's not just for breakfast any more, nor is breakfast beer only for breakfast. It is perfectly acceptable at dinner, or pre-dinner in this case. This is a very tasty stout filled with coffee and rich chocolate goodness. Would go nicely with some Nutella crepes. Now where the hell is my crepe pan!

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller at Nogne - Grimstad, Norway

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Unibroue Ephemere Apple

7/13 #2: You can smell the green apple from a mile away as you are pouring. Taste is a nice mix of sour green apple and sweet malt. Pretty nice on a hot day.

Unibroue Ephemere Apple - Unibroue - Chambly, Canada

Green Flash West Coast IPA

Oh my that's good. Bursting with mix o pine, citrus, and floral hop aroma with a bit of sweet fruit. Taste is grapefruit and an almost preach like flavor. Nice long bitter finish.

Green Flash West Coast IPA - Green Flash Brewing Company - San Diego, CA

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Unibroue Raftman

7/12 #2: I taste caramel malts with just a wisp of smokiness in the finish. I was expecting more smoke, but for me that is not always a good thing in beer. I don't want my beer to taste like I have been eating coals from the campfire. Pretty nice beer

Unibroue Raftman - Unibroue - Chambly, Canada

Unibroue Chambly Noire

Taste is dark fruits and yeast. Very lively beer that tingles on your lips and tongue when you drink.

Unibroue Chambly Noire - Unibroue - Chambly, Canada

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown Ale

7/11 #2: Very nice hot day beer. I taste a lot of earthy hop and sweet malt flavors with a bit of ginger.

Estate Homegrown Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Company - Chico, CA

Russian River Blind Pig

Russian River sure knows how to brew an awesome IPA. Well balanced, smooth and easy to drink with wonderful hop flavors.

Bling Pig - Russian River Brewing Company - Santa Rosa, CA

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Peak Organic IPA

7/10 #2: lots of creamy malty sweetness upfront with a nice bitter hop finish on the back.

Peak Organic IPA - Peak Organic Brewery - Portland, OR

AleSmith Anvil ESB

Roasted Malt, dark ripe fruit, and a little booze. Pretty darn nice ale.

AleSmith Anvil ESB - AleSmith Brewing Company - San Diego, CA

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Saison de Lente

Huge white billowy head that lasts forever. Lots of peppery spice and coriander with a little citrus hop flavor and hints if Brett funkiness. Pretty refreshing.

Saison de Lente - The Bruery - Placentia, CA

Friday, July 8, 2011


7/8 #3: sweet, rich and creamy. That is all.

Leffe - Inbev(Belgium) - Belgium

New Belgium Somersault

7/8 #2: Nice summer sipper. Flavor is grain and bread and fresh hay with a little bit of fruitiness. Nice hop nose.

New Belgium Somersault - New Belgium Brewing Company - Ft. Collins, CO

Magic Hat #9

My favorite Magic Hat to date. Nice and refreshing and fruity with a fruit flavor I can't quite pin point, but definitely apricot and citrus.

Magic Hat #9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company - South Burlington, VT

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale

7/7 #4: hmm different. Coriander and spices and a little yeastiness.

Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale - Cricket Hill Brewery Fairfield, NJ

Lakefront Cream City Pale Ale

7/7 #3: Sweet and creamy with a little hoppiness. Not bad, but probably wouldn't buy again.

Lakefront Cream City Pale Ale - Lakefront Brewery - Milwaukee, WI