Friday, February 27, 2009

Deschutes: Hop Henge IPA

The first sip gave me goosebumps. This is a great IPA, not very sweet but has a good maltiness to it that isn't present in a lot of beers and shows in its amber colored body. The high alcohol gives it a bite (8.75%) and lingers after the typical aftertaste drops out. The hops (95 IBU) tend to coat the back of my mouth and gets better when it warms up a little bit. I'd recommend you get a bottle. They did a great job last year and they haven't dissappointed.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Hair of the Dog - Fred #1 and #72

I had been saving this one for a special occasion.
#1 - Brewed on 10.6.97
#72 - Exact brew date unknown, beer has been in my basement for about a year.

I hate using textlish, but it's appropriate here. Holy son of wow, the bottle opens with a faint "pshsst" My first thought was, "ok, this stuff is going on 12 years old, hope it hasn't spoiled..." Defiantly not, the carbonation was weak but the flavor made up for it. Juicy thick and such an aroma, Beer heaven definatly has this on tap.

More to follow.

Fat tire - IN A CAN!

I didn't believe it until I saw it, Fat Tire does come in a can.

It tasted like fat tire, only betterer (yes betterer). It's weird how some beers taste better in a can than a bottle.

Deschutes Hop Henge

Deschutes, Hop Henge experimental IPA

North Fork - Son of Frog Barleywine

North Fork - Son of Frog.

Mmmmmm Barleywine. Smells malty and sweet, little bit of hops. Taste is just about right, nice full body, smooth and kind of sweet. Still an american barleywine, but I'm liking how the hops are only there to remind you that you like hops.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Molson Canadian

This was a gift. Not gonna lie. It is clear as water with a typical lager golden hue. It was suprisingly lighter than an american lager such as pabst or icehouse but lacks the nice noble hop aroma typical of my more favorable lagers. The bubbly is similar to what is in Miller High Life. Way better than Bud though as far as body and mouthfeel. That stuff is the yuck to me. So to canada, this one is okay, you have my approval. Next time though I'll have a pint of dihydrogen oxide.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Pyramid Breweries: Thunderhead IPA

I consider Pyramid to be a macro brew. Being as such this isn't bad. I won't take a pic but I'll tell you about it. If you compare this to Redhook Longhammer this isn't as dry hopped but has a decent body. White head, brown golden body, medium mouthfeel, and a crisp hopiness. Not bad for a cheap IPA though Pyramid has a bunch of decent beers that are accepted by a wide variety of people.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Rogue: Yellow Snow IPA

Yellowish body, white head, and a decent mouthfeel. It has good drinkalotability and a very simple grain bill and hop list. Two row, cara foam (?) Melanoiden, with Amarillo hops. tastes pretty good to me. The amarillo hops tend to stick around and their flavor lingers for a nice aftertaste. I approve.