Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Never had a cask beer until today. Rode 12 miles in to get it and I'd say it's worth it. Boundary Bay started serving casks every day and it certaintly worked to my advantage today.
Holy great creamy head! I guess it's a typical side effect of casking and pumping but I was not expecting this. This porter is a bit sweet and not to my liking but my first cask I'm definetly in favor of it.
Cask Oatmeal Stout
Surprisingly less sweet than the porter. ??? Always the beer I go for and it just happenened to not be on tap today. AFter I finished my Porter, it was casked! Happy day. The head on this one wasn't nearly as creamy but had a much better mouthfeel and oatmealy goodness. I don't think I can compare it to the carbonated Oatmeal Stout as I didn't have them side by side, but this one just has a smoothness to it that I like.
I've never been to Bellevue before so I had to come out to see this brewery. They made their presence at April Brews Day and I wasn't impressed overall but I wasn't discouraged.
Nothing there. It's a pils. Very light flavor and body. Not sweet, which I like, but just nothing to interest me. I'd rather drink pbr.
Humpback Pale Ale
Much better than the Pils. Little sweeter, still light body. Lacks substance. hops were decently done, but again, no body, nothing there to keep in my mouth. If you like hops though, the body does not get in the way of you enjoying at least that part.
Old School Session Ale
Nothing there. It's like a Red but less.
Lumberjack Red Ale
Munich, that's what I taste. I like munich. Very sweet overall, you get a... well... roasty... meh.
Wow, more nothing. You only get the porter flavor after you swallow. Clearly this is a brewery for top executives that drink Coors and need to mix it up.
They had a few beers on tap here so I made an event out of it. Left to Right:
Levenworth - Whistling Pig Hef
It's a hef.
Boundary Bay - Dry hopped Amber
Actually pretty good! It had a mellower sweet/peaty body that I thought was prominent with their regular amber. The dry hoppiness wasn't supper appearant but just enough that an informed beer drinker would be taken aback with a, "whats this???" Recommended if you get a chance, is Boundary making improvements?
Scuttlebutt - Pale Ale
Been a while since I've seen a scuttlebutt beverage on tap so I grabbed this one up. It had an off white thickish head that was on par with a pale or ipa. The body is light to light brown color. Very clear with a very slight haze. The hops were a smidge spicy cleary not overdone. I wouldn't say this is an outstanding pale but it's good enough to drink more than a few of and not get tired of. It had a great finish that clung just enough that you could enjoy it even after you set it down. Very good and I'll get it again for sure.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Smokey, malty, peaty, with a decent alcohol twang
White. Yup, it's white.
Medium, not super
Bourbon, Alcohol. Needs more body to cary the rest of it
Not terrible overall. have it again? Meh. Not the best but alright. I'd recommmend you try it just to do so. But to be labeled a Pale kinda threw me off, this is far enough from the style that I'm used to that i just can't believe it. Might be fun to try a few of their beers together so I can see to what style the brewery taylors to.
Lazy Boy - Chili Porter
Chili me no likey. Would liek to try it withough.
Rock Bottom - IPA
Not terrible. Very flowery and dry hopped. Very cloudy body.
Snipes - Blonde
Decent? Very light.
Georgetown - 9lb Porter
Dicks - Danger Ale
Talked to the co-owner. Started life as a cream stout. Not what I expected to hear. It's a pale with black malt, I like.
Oskar Blues - Old Chub Scotch
Ninkasi - Spring Reign
Pale, good body, little too hopped but a good ale. Go Ninkasi!
Snipes - IPA
Blah, Yuck, Not a good IPA. Ever suck on a hop? Not good.
Maritime - Imperial IPA
Imperial. IPA. I like. Thick body, good bitter. Try it.
Fish Tale - Organic IPA
Eh. Alright. Too commercial?
North Fork - Son of Frog
Not my favorite. Lots of people like it but it's just not my thing. Not very thick.
Northern Light - Solar
Dunno. Hands are sticky. Ran a 5k in the morning, it's the end of the night. Very IPA. Not sure if I could drink more than one but it's decent. I'll have to try it again.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Holy cow this stuff pours nicely! The head is a super dark foam that had a dense top. The pour is viscous and uneventful as it filled my glass. No bubbles or gurgles like I just poured some 5w30 out of it's container. Very impressive for a lager, even impressive if it was a porter! The smell is great and reminds me of every great porter I've had in the past, even mine. The body is just as good! Thick on the tongue and coats my mouth with a thick burnt slighty chocolately deliciousness. Great bitterness too, kinda filled my senses and and stayed there reminding me that there was more in the glass to indulge in. No way this is a porter.
*runs to check label...*
GYO, label says Grow Your Own. They grew the hops and barley? Huh. Who does that? Doesn't seem that they grew ALL the grain but at least one or two of them. They did however grow the hops. What makes this a lager? Hmm. If you EVER see this on the shelf, get it.
-Good, not great but good. It has a little coffee flavor to it, not overly chalky if at all, needs more burny, but it's decent. The only one I think I'd recommend besided teh weizenbock.
-"Highly Drinkable", yup. Also can be confused with , "No Body". A red, sure, But to toss teh word Amber in there implies a certain body that isn't present. It has a clean finish making you forget what it tasted like.
Indianola Pale Ale
-Very claer for an IPA, good hops, decent body. It doesn't linger too long but it's pleasant.
Fat Scotch Ale
--Mmm, peaty. It has a good body, lingering flavor, but I can see through it. Maybe it's their conditioning tank. Very sweet but it's changed a lot through the years.
-This sh*t is banana's, b-a-n-a-n-a-s. Bavarian gets me every time. This beer is an odd favorite of mine and I'm not too familiar with them. Unlike any other beer you will typically have and that's why I like this style.
Shannon's Irish Stout (nitro)
-Kinda dissappointed in this one. It does not pass the stout hole test. Not sweet, not full bodied. I really like nitro stouts, I really do. but this was fail. My taste buds are now in longing of a good one.
-Fruit juice soda? EXTRA SPECIAL BITTER PEOPLE! Clean finish (not appropriate), weak body, and after drinking anything else before it, not memorable in the least.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Oskar Blues - Gordon ale
Oh this is good!
It's like an imperial IPA and little bit of an amber ale blended together. No, maybe think of a full bodied IPA with some malty roasty goodness. Either way... I like it. It complimented stuffed steak pinwheels really well.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Stouts. They should be thick, tasty, malty, roasty. Especially if they claim to be an oatmeal stout. This beer is labeled as a Blueberry Oatmeal Stout. Hmm. The blueberry is fairly weak flavor which is fine by me. I don't feel fruit beers should be overly fruity and this beer isn't overwhelming in it's blueberry-ness. The body is about a medium and isn't quite as thick as I was expecting. The head poured a nice tan and has a nice dark reddish hue to it. It wasn't as malty as I wanted. Roastyness just wasn't there either. And den.......
Stout hole test. Fail.
I know, but I already was leading up to that. Overall though, not a terrible beer. Buffalo Bill does a Pumpkin Ale which I get every chance I can. I figured that the Blueberry Stout should be similar. Which it is cause the flavor blend of the fruit was done well and is tasteful. But to claim that it is an Oatmeal Stout? Nah. It's not. Try a bottle for yourself, but don't get the 6 pack.
Brew Munkey - Circus Freak Amber
After one week in the bottle… I couldn’t help myself…
Ha, HA! I have beer again! After a too long hiatus, my brew rig is back up and running at full steam. It’s affectionally called (say this in a booming monster truck announcer kind of voice) Not just Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! But now every day that ends in “Y!”
Sorry, got excited… So. It turns out I didn’t calculate the efficiency of my new brew rig correctly, this version of Amber turned out much, much stronger than I expected. Turns out I’m ok with that “problem.”
I also have our Scottish ale, Brewkakii, bottled and I have a clone of Pliny the elder fermenting. Brew Munkey will be back with a vengeance this year! Prepare yourself now for the coming of Brewmageddon!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Sierra Nevada - Glissade
This one didn't do it for me. A little too sweet with an alcoholy taste? Not sure what I'm tasting. Drinkable for sure, but I prefer some of their other brews. Mmmmm Sierra Nevada Celebration ale... And shouldn't bigfoot ale be out about now?!
Dunno what else to say, try it for yourself and see what you think?!
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Mmmm. Oskar Blues can do no wrong. Thick, tasty, hoppy, and a great ale. I'd almost say it's an imperial ale as it's 8.7% and pretty thick. It's up with double bastard or dead guy in body and mouthfeel. Good beer for $3 a can, I'd recommend it for anyone who wants a good thick ale with good flavor and a decent bite.
Friday, January 15, 2010
OMfreakingG this is some good shhtufff! Seriously, I've found beer "crack" on tap.
It's thick like an oatmeal stout, hoppy like an IPA, roasty like a porter and all with the take no prisoners kind of assault on your taste buds you expect from a kick a$$ imperial. I will be getting more of this.