New Beer Sunday (week 474)

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  1. mattcrill

    mattcrill Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2004 Ohio

    Good morning Belgian bracket busters and CAP cagers! I hope this message finds you ready for another Sunday of all things good, fermented, malty or hoppy in your flutes, yard glasses and nonics!

    Weather in Central OH continues it's schizophrenic dance with us. If you don't like it, wait five minutes. Much like my NCAA brackets, you can't really count on any of the predictions.

    Me and "the fam" are heading out on spring break later today so I'm not sure I'll be able to partake in all the festivities. I trust y'all to carry the flag, keep it focused on beer, and adhere to our time-tested guidelines that have been in place for 474 weeks. Today is the day and this is the place for you to TRY a new beer and TELL us about it here. Please find a beer that's new to you, drink it, and give us a GOOD description of what you had. Please lead with a good description. Feel free to embellish with a linked review, pics, videos, and other trappings you might find while surfing the interwebs. Thanks for keeping NBS fresh, informative, and fun.

    Good day and good drinkin'.

    Peace, love, and malty-ness,

    2beerdogs, cavedave, CHADMC3 and 16 others like this.
  2. kemoarps

    kemoarps Grand Pooh-Bah (3,072) Apr 30, 2008 New York
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    Never been this early on the totem pole, even when I've been up all night! First off, of course, thanks to our gracious host, Sr. Crill. Cheers to all your disgusting brackets, because I know mine's already busted like it was caught red handed.
    My Sunday (morning for you normals, night shift makes this my nightcap) new beverage is a solid if unspectacular Belgian from such luminaries as Adam Avery and Vinnie Cilurzo, who remind us to make love not war. Or something along those lines. I found the smelling it to be the highlight of this one, though it was not bad tasting by any means, just didn't stand out as much on my tongue as it did to my olfactory bulb. Love the sentiment, though, and wish more within the craft community embraced it!
    Honestly, I love working the overnight shift: it works better with my natural circadian rhythms. What I'm NOT a fan of, is when they want me to be in class monday morning/afternoon, work/clinical monday night, then do some stupid skills review thing all tuesday morning/afternoon. BOOO!!

    Hope all is well with you lovely folks, and that this freezing Sunday finds you healthy (and your families: I'm looking your way in particular Mrs. DIM), happy, and with something tasty in your glass! Slainte and that...
  3. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Grand Pooh-Bah (5,731) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    Great new brew to report today...
    Allagash's Merveilleux, "ale aged in oak barrels"
    A serious 12.7 oz. bottle, as indicated by the cage and cork
    Categorized as an American Wild Ale, this little beauty will appeal to fans of wild ales, saisons, and sours - at the very least. Barrel-aging action and some fungal infusions including everyone's favorite yeast, brettanomyces.
    I really dug it, and would go so far as to say it's my favorite American wild ale so far
    Fruits, grains, and funk are all appropriately represented in a prominently tart ale
    My review can be found here :wink:.

    May your new brews be good to you!

  4. garymuchow

    garymuchow Pooh-Bah (2,854) Aug 31, 2001 Minnesota
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    New IPA Sunday

    Greetings NBSer's,

    Cold but sunny here today. No melting going on for the next few days, but the song birds are out and the sun improves the mood so I'll take it on this week off from work. After a house party last night (Sally Barris) and a schedule concert to see the recently no longer on strike MN Orchestra, a weekend full of music (La Mer Debussy today).
    So an early entry for new beer and a relatively new MN brewery and their popular seasonal IPA. Great aroma, but I think the bitterness is a little of out balance (seems to cover some of the other nice flavors), but that's me. Looking forward to see what others think of their new beers today.

    Best to all this week.
  5. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Hi there all you NBS'ers. I have had the best weekend. I did practically nothing. There are a few Cary Grant movie on later .

    I like Cary Grant. He's sarcastic and flatters at the same time. He is genuinely funny but also subtle so you know he has brains and it's not just acting. In some of his roles you can actually see the disdain for his lines that he is deftly concealing. His is also quite capable of physical comedy. He does a terrific bit of it in Arsenic and Old Lace. It's like you can almost hear what he is thinking and that is why you find yourself laughing out loud.

    In my house we used to eat out loud and that's why I love to cook. =) I made some really easy stuffed mini pepprs and sweet BBQ wings to go with Dogfish heads Aprihop. What a nice beer. It well with my dishes and is a good IPA in it's own right.

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    Cheers! =) Spring is here. Don;'t let that snow fool you.
  6. Ri0

    Ri0 Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin

    GOOD SUNDAY MORNING NBS FRIENDS! I am doing great because of a fun night watching one of the most thrilling games I have seen the Badgers play in 25+ years. I have been waiting to open this beer for this celebration. CW 16 anniversary beer to celebrate the Badgers reaching the Sweet 16, how fitting! It is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, marshmallow, with mild hops with a terrific base stout. So delicious. I hope everyone else has a great beer to share today. Cheers!
  7. CassinoNorth

    CassinoNorth Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2013 New Jersey

    One from yesterday, Pliny the Younger (elder is on the left)


    One of my customers gave me a heads up about a tapping a couple weeks ago that took payment over the phone for pours. Bought 2 and I had a 4 hour window to get there. Hearing some of the nightmares of waiting in line for this beer, having a pleasant easy going dinner with no stress was pretty awesome. This completes all top 5 beers for me in the current top 250 in under 365 days since I've been really hunting beer and thanks to some awesome BAs I've met and now friends, it wasn't even a struggle.

  8. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,772) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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  9. Roguer

    Roguer Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,757) Mar 25, 2013 Connecticut
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    I was thinking about something light, but then I realized that if I'm going to move on from coffee, a stout is more appropriate. Let's give Hill Farmstead Daybreak a whirl on this New Stout Sunday.

    Simple and calming bottle design. Pretty maids all in a row. Beer.

    This was the peak of the short-lived head, but that seems to be a style issue (liqueur BA stout) than an indicator of quality. Looks great. Red-tinged brown highlights on the edges of an otherwise solid black brew.

    4.13 / -0.7%

    Complex and dancing aroma leaves behind a mystery: just how will the flavor come across? Dark cacao or milk chocolate? Thick grains or super-roasted barley? Strong citrus, weak citrus, or no citrus? Funky, woody, vanilla, oak, liqueur?

    All of the above?

    It's a very interesting and creative take on a BA stout. Ultimately, I'm not a huge fan of liqueur, so it's not exactly right up my alley.

    Cheers, NBS friends!

    *As a collab, I suppose this could easily have gone under the Grassroots label, but it was very recently brewed up at HF. Just an interesting aside.
  10. Roguer

    Roguer Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,757) Mar 25, 2013 Connecticut
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    Looks like it's up to me to keep the thread going today. Fortunately, I'm up to the task! Here's to New Biker Metal Sunday, and Iron Maiden's the Trooper ESB!

    Yeeeeaaaaaarrrrggggghhhhh!!!!! #ProperEddieWare :astonished: ?

    Firestone Walker fighting pint seemed appropriate. (Plus, I have four lions rampant in various tattoos, so I love this glass for personal reasons.)

    Nice bottle cap.

    Review below.

    Highlights: huge malt profile, heavy on caramel malt. Surprising amount of bitterness, but not as much in the hop flavoring department, mostly earthy and some floral. I'd be OK drinking this on tap, but I wouldn't shell out another $5 to buy a bottle stateside.

    Certainly worth drinking for the novelty factor, though, if you're a Maiden fan. :sunglasses:

    Actually listening to Porcupine Tree, but this is 100% appropriate:

  11. mattcrill

    mattcrill Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2004 Ohio

    New Witbier Sunday

    I love how Jim Koch rails against all the brewers who make multiple IPA's yet Sam Adams has 8 different Witbiers in their portfolio.

    This one is the most unimpressive to date.

    Hope everyone else is having better luck than me today.

    Happy NBS!!!
  12. NiceTaps

    NiceTaps Pooh-Bah (2,034) Nov 21, 2011 New Jersey
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    New Farmhouse Ale Sunday, American Style.

    Good afternoon from the Jersey Shore. Cool and cloudy today, looking like there's more winter-like weather to come. Spring is here, we're gaining on it!

    So my wife and I just returned from lunch out at one of our local haunts where I was surprised to find this Ithica offering on tap:

    It wasn't bad, but the feel and finish were shaky, making it a 'one and done' for me. Come to think of it, lunch could've been better, too. Oh, well. Maybe I'll move on to a stout on this cool day.

    On the plus side, at the bar, I heard this ditty:

    Rory Gallagher (RIP), the guitarist whom Jimi Hendrix called the world's best. :slight_smile:

    All the best, everyone!
  13. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,282) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Greetings Fellow NBSers! A partly cloudy morning here in the Fourth Corner, with a hopeful outlook for some after a while. Spring is full-on here, even though the nights are still a bit chilly. I went and poured beer at the Washington Cask Fest yesterday for one of my local breweries. Many a new brew was sampled over the course of the 2 four hour sessions. A few notables were a barrel-aged sour from Naked City, a Porter with Black Cherries and Cocoa Nibs from Mac & Jacs, a Bretted Barleywine from Black Raven, an Old Ale from Big Al, and the Herberts Ale from American. One of favorite fests of the year for sure!

    My first entry here on NBS in a few weeks (although I keep an eye on y'all every week) is a very nice brew that has personality issues. Is it an ImpIPA, or is it a Sour, or is it both? Yes. . Looking forward to being back later with a couple more entries.

    This guy is coming to one of the local casinos in a couple of months. I have a friend who works in the "Artist Relations" department at the casino. Betcha can't guess who's going to the gig, for free?:wink:
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  14. tr9871

    tr9871 Crusader (407) Apr 14, 2013 Florida

    Brand new "India Style Session Ale" from the Red Brick brewers in Atlanta GA. Its a nice beer for the style, It delivers ample hoppiness with a toned down malt body and abv. This one was bottled 2/28/14.
  15. kgncfl

    kgncfl Pundit (793) Dec 24, 2013 Washington

    Hope everyone's brackets are better then mine this morning.
    I'm on the road here in MA and tasting some of the local brews.

    Today's new beer Sunday is Mass Rising.

    Pours nice an orange/yellow gave off a great pine/citrus smell.

    Hops hit hard and fade to a nice smooth finish. An outstanding 2xIPA.

    More hoops today then back to Ohio.

    Enjoy BAers!
  16. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Grand Pooh-Bah (3,586) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
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  17. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Yay Ithaca ! :sunglasses: ( I live in ithaca)
  18. huddyball

    huddyball Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2013 New Hampshire

    First ever Trillium brews. Got growlers of Fort Point Pale Ale and Mettle DIPA yesterday before the EBF.

    Right now I'm really enjoying Fort Point.


    A) Light golden with a nice head (second pour gave a better head). Some lacing left behind. Beautifully hazy!
    S) Hops, sweet hops. Slight piny notes and a bit of citrus/tropical fruits.
    T) Goes hand in hand with smell. Exactly what I was expecting. Delicious.
    M) Very nicely carbonated. Overall great mouthfeel.
    O) One of the best APA's I've had in a long time. Very balanced and refreshing. Will definitely be grabbing this again in the future.
  19. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,727) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    EVERY Sunday is new beer day for our hero!! (including almost all days that end in y)...

    What's first?

    Alewerks Brewing - Wheat Ale
    by imbibehour, on Flickr

    Spring is in the air, even though they are saying snow storm on Tuesday! So out come the wheats. I've always been impressed with this brewery, I've had many things from them and they really nail even a lot of the things many of the BAs here don't even go for a second look at. Brown Ale, Porter, Pale Ale, while every other person wants to just jump on Bitter Valentine, Cafe Royale, or their barrel aged porter.

    Interesting, and reviews go as forth.

    look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

    Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

    An absolutely unique and remarkable color for a wheat ale. Makes a classic foamy white German style Hefeweizen like head, thick and fluffy and even pin head bubbled. The body color is just like the label. Brass orange and deep crystal clarity with rocking long rising carbonation. As the head settles a perfect foamy ball appears with thick icing and lacing. This sucker wont quit. Throwing in the last of the sediment we return to a bit more of course opaque and classic looking wheat. Gorgeous looking beer.

    What an enjoyable nose on this beer. Soft apricot like fruit and juicy orange. Nice chewy malt sensing body and very clean. Feels ready to dive in.

    Palate hits with a bit of neutral, safe, and somewhat unexpected average ability. Matching senses on the nose come down quite subdued, and a little runny. Chalky orange taste, and some flat watery hop finish. Real dry aftertaste and strangely citrus parching. Mineraly tang like finish a bit, and some floral notes to go with it. Really missing some chewy wheat depth here unfortunately.

    With all this great senses before hand the beer feels like it's going to be something great. But in the end it all comes up to being a bit better than average. It is however, a gorgeous looking and smelling brew, and I am still blown away by how much this brewery does so many different styles so uniquely and real well.

    Final grade 3.71
  20. DIM

    DIM Grand Pooh-Bah (4,134) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    Hey nbsers, hope you all are well today. Great week this week, nice time with the family and small preview of spring weather.

    I have had strong wheat beer cravings of late. Sometimes nothing else will do.


    Cheers guys!
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