Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
See our additional review on this beer here: http://brewmunkey.blogspot.com/2008/01/dogfish-head-world-wide-stout.html
Monday, January 26, 2009
It has been 4 days past the one year date of my first Fred. Odd isn't it?
I consider myself a little more matured in my beer drinking since then (being my last Fred post isn't that informative other than WEEEEEE!). This is a real heavy beer, I would say an Imperial American Pale Ale. The key points this beer makes are heavy palet, thick pour, medium golden body, and watching the bubbles float through the beer is entertaining. This is one of the few heavy yet clear beers that slow the bubbles down to almost a slow motion. The first sniff gives the impression that you have a serious IPA on your hands. That first sip sent shivers down my spine and I knew I was in for a treat. 10%abv is a serious beer and they pull it off well. The lingering taste after you swallow is that of the alcohol and sweetness. Definetely not the beer you drink a few of but you should have this one with a good steak and potato dinner for sure.
Dogfish Head has yet to dissappoint me. This isn't as crazy as the 90 or 120 Minute IPA's but this is a great staple beer. It pours a golden yellow color almost lagerish in appearance and head. Tiny bubbles are super present with this one and it has the light mouthfeel to accompany it. I wouldn't say it was my favorite IPA but it's super drinkable. Champagne IPA?
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Bigfoot Ale. Hoppy Barlywine style Ale.
I like how they went back to the original label graphic.
I got a weird look from the cashier for buying 3 six packs and a doughnut. Trying to explain that it only comes out once a year didn’t help me. Oh well, I have beer!
Ok, I think this is more of an Imperial IPA than the dogfish head 90 Minute IPA. Bigfoot seems to have more hop presence. But to be fair I really like both and I think they’re in the same “class” of beer.
Thick hoppy, good head, smells… like hoppy sugar cane. Just the right amount of carbonation, smooth finish, ah good beer! And there’s 5 more!
Belzebub Extra Forte
It's an alcoholic salt lick. Starts really sweet and carbonated but then you get attacked by the alcohol. I think this beer has the worst alcohol aftertaste ever. And its a thin beer. And the uber carbonation made my tounge feel like it was being put to sleep, that sharp needly feeling like when you sit on your foot too long. Overpowering and bland, I'm not getting any more of this stuff.
The name got me... Turns out it was worth buying. Starts with a good hop smell, it had a really appealing smell. Good bittersweet hop bite up front that faded and smoothed to a sweet finish. Good body too, very imperial IPAish. Almost a lemony fruity taste that keeps poping up. I'd like to know what hops they used. No weird resiny taste like some IPA's have, overall I liked the beer a lot.
Old Stock Ale, It's out again!
I've liked all the North Coast Beers I've tried so far, and this is no exception. This is a big beer, packing 12.5%. It's kind of a barlywine and old ale hybrid, and a bit on the sweet side. Good beery candy kind of smell, smooth and full feel, sweet finish, no weird aftertastes. Excellent change of pace from some of the other beers I've been drinking. I'm going to grab a few more while they're still around.
Friday, January 16, 2009
This was hiding in the back of the fridge. I had issued a DRINK NOW order about 6 months after I brewed the beer because it was starting to taste just a little off.
At one year old: Way overcarbonated, still smells ok. Bitter! Ick! My mouth feels like i just licked a piece of chalk. Second sip just because I don't like throwing out beer -Did I mention bitter?! Like dark chocholate grapefruit bitter. Wow, did not age well... Note to self...
Friday, January 2, 2009
Lagunitas - Brown Shugga
Mmmmm I like winter seasonals. Very thick beer, excellent balance between way too sweet and way to hoppy. Not something I'd drink a lot of but a great beer. Kind of reminds me of a candied apple with the sweet and bitter balance thing.