Thursday, October 27, 2011

Georgetown: Lucile IPA

Great flowery hoppy smell, light head, light body, golden color, but a great hoppy IPA. Not very sweet and a good balance between hop and body. This is almost a standard IPA that you definetly should try at the first available opportunity.
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Saturday, October 22, 2011

yoho brewing: tokyo black

The can had me, i must admit. I was expecting something of interest like the Sheaf Stout from Australia and i think my hunch was right. This porter is fairly malty with a slight undertone of the regular black malt. Not exactly what i go for in a porter. Under the government warning sticker was a website, , the only english on the can besides Tokyo and Porter.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Shock Top: Pumpkin Wheat

Not my favorite brewery. Not my favorite pumpkin pumpkin beer. I think what i want in a beer is a thick ale that resembles a pureed pumpkin pie in a glass. As typical, this is a wheat beer. Clean finish, not very spiced, and over all not a winner.
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Friday, September 2, 2011

Bison: Chocolate Stout

It said chocolate. And stout. I had to try it. Nice brownish head, pours very nice, and has a good stout smell about it. Passes the stout hole test easily with a thin glass. It is brewed with cocoa but it isnt altogether present. I would like to try this beer without it as i feel it might taste the same. Overall its not terrible but not my favorite.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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Laurelwood: Red

Good full bodied red ale. The hops are a little off and the "red" might be a little up a little much. Maybe i dont like reds? For a red it's probably my favorite one though. The thing that gets me is the aftertaste. It has an odd twinge, might be the body, might be the hops. Please comment.
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Walkabout Brewing: Workers pale ale

For a pale ale, this is great. Very good smell, full body and balanced well with hops and body. Head was thick, white, and did not dissapate quickly. Very good beer.
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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Deschutes: Hop in the Dark

Cascadian dark ales are a great idea. This beer is a mouthful but very well balanced. This isn't quite an imperial but a little thicker and it could be. Very good beer.
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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Oakshire: Amber

Delicious. Oakshire does great stuff. This amber is full bodied with a sweet malty flavor and a hint of black or chocolate malts. 24 ibu, 12.8* Plato, 5.4% abv. You need to try it.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

BJ's PM Porter

Apparently I miss posted my last beer from this place. If I remember correctly, the imperial stout was little to be desired for, served on nitro, and I was going to try the porter next time.
Porter isn't that great either. Don't recommend either of them.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

McMenamins: Terminator Stout

I've had this a few times bit never commented on it. It passed a stout hole test, sickly sweet smell and a sweet taste. The mouth feel is good but its just not as good as I would like. The lingering opinion is that is just too sweet and the flavor didn't punch through. Next time I'll have the porter.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hop Valley: Hopocalypse Blackout Stout

Delicious. I tried to take a picture but I just didn't make it. Body could be a little thicker but its a very drinkable beer. Passed the stout hole test against the bright sky and had a great smokey sweet flavor. I don't like every beer from hop valley but this one is a winner. Next time I'll write a better article as I scarfed it down before I could really comment.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

oakshire: o'dark 30

Oh delicious. Very close to iparter. Great smell, imperial porter style, and a dark body of a black hole. It's black but not super black, looks great at the table. As all Oakshire beers, this one is great as well. Good body, great blend of hops and bitters, and a good not so sweet but paired great with black malt. Excellent.
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Monday, May 30, 2011

Hub: IPA

Hub IPA. Sweet floral hoppy scent. Very light body with little flavor or mouth feel. Aside from the smell, there isn't anything to this beer. The lingering hopiness fades slowly away and leaves a bitter twinge that I thought paired very well with the spicy Thai food it accompanied. It was hopped well and seemingly more to style than I would like. Because of this, I would say this is a great ipa.
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Friday, May 20, 2011

McMenamins Roggen Wolf Rye Ale

This is a delicious beer. It has a rye tang to it with a great esb type flavor. Very good, great smell, good clean summer beer mouth feel. Color is per the picture, white head that dissipated quickly and didn't cling to the the glass. Overall, good beer.
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Saturday, May 7, 2011

sasquach brew festival

Rogue hair of beard
Red barley wine. Good color, white head, nice thick body. Classic rogue.
Oregon trail ales
Smoke signal ale. Fire roasted barley. Good finish, smokey aftertaste with nothing present in the mouth. Good for a smoked.
Fort George
Coffee girl stout. Awesome. Passes stout hole in a 1.5" glass. Kung pow in my face. Usually used to coffee porters so this is good but different.
Walking man brewery
Northwest imperial oatmeal porter. Is take a picture, but imagine a black hole. There ya go. Not what I was expecting. Smooth like an oatmeal, bite like a imperial, no porter tastes. Fail.

Anderson valley
Nettied madge black ipa. Dry hop sweet smell, black body, not a good ipa, not a good porter.
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Friday, May 6, 2011

laurelwood tree hugger porter

Not even 10 minutes back in Oregon and I found laurelwood brewery by my gate. Their beers are labeled pale, ipa, stout, porter, unlike the Chicago restaurants. This beer has a light body but a more pleasant pallet probably appreciated my a more diverse palette (I don't think its great but most people will). Very little head that dissipated quickly and a good after taste with a lingering porter flavor I love. It's not the sweet kind of porter that coats your mouth and I appreciate that. Overall I think the beer could only use a smidge more black malt and it would be perfect for me. For everyone else, this beer is a great porter.
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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Billy Goat, Dark

While in Chicago I stumbled upon a local favorite called Billy Goat Tavern and Grill. Cheezborgers, cheeps, "lager", and "dark". Don't really knows who brew it yet but I'll find out. Served flat, syrup flavor, more of a weak stout than a porter. Nothing wrong with it, nothing right. Paul was my server, nice guy. Hails from Greece actually. Oddly enough, this has been my favorite watering hole in my travels of Chicago. Navy Pier was the location and the day was slow. I was glad of that. If you ever make it to this place try it out. Don't expect anything and you won't be disappointed.
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Friday, April 8, 2011

Oakshire Squirrel and Toad Stout

Released in March, limited edition, last keg, and I have a glass, served on nitro. Typical nitro thick head that has a nice bitter flavor. The body is a little lack luster and it finishes clean with a peat flavor. It's close to guiness but better. Very interesting style for a micro to do. Not my favorite.
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Monday, February 21, 2011