New Beer Sunday (week 586)

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  1. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,108) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Goood morning all you beer can retrievers, beer shop believers, and bar top receivers, Happy New Beer Sunday, extra early love the smell of recycling in the morning smells like victory edition.

    Sunny and cool here, just the way I love it, just the way mid May ought to be. The hops already are a couple feet tall, and the weather is perfect for some New York hops. I know there are complaints that the term "hops" is now slang to describe IPA and other hoppy styles. Me? I don't care how you say it, but I do love those hoppy styles.

    I'm an IPA craver with a hoppy beer lust.
    I savor the flavor of the lupulin dust.
    Don't care what you call 'em, give me hoppy supply,
    I'll be happy to drink 'em 'til the day that I die.

    How about you? Got a new beer to try? Maybe some local hops? Well, now is the time and this is the place. Why not pull up a chair to the virtual table and crack a new brew open with us, and tell us about it.

    How do you like it? Would you recommend it? What does it taste like? Remind you of any other beers? How's it smell, how's the mouthfeel, is it refreshing? What are the features you like? Or don't like?

    Have fun with diggin' what your beer's all about, and checkin' out the beers and thoughts of the rest of us. And have fun with leaving pics too, we all really love that beer porn.

    As always, thanks for keeping NBS fresh, fun, and informative for 11+ years.
     
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  2. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

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    I woke up extra early this morning and started watching Point Break (the remake) and half-way through it I need a beer break (see what I did there?). This is the first of two new beers I'll review today, the other coming later as I watch the last day of English Premier League action for this season. It will be a good reflective day.

    Boulevard Frequent Flier Session IPA -- 4.2% ABV

    The beer pours a very light golden color with a constant flow of tiny bubbles up to a very impressive foam head that basically never recedes. Huge bands of thick foamy lacing remain on the glass. Looks wonderful.

    The aroma is probably equally impressive with a clean, piney beginning that smells like a fresh evergreen forrest. Some sweet tropical notes of pineapple and mango work their way into the nose as well before a final touch of spicy aromatic hops.

    The taste is where I downgrade this beer. It starts out just as piney as the aroma and seems to get stuck in a beer hamster wheel. Tropical fruit sweetness or any malt bill does not emerge and all my palate is left with is a thin citrus rind body all the way through to the finish.

    The mouthfeel is thin and dry.

    Overall: 3.65 rating for +1.1 rDev. Certainly a light, easy drinker full of bright hop flavors but very little tropical presence in the taste. I prefer Boulevard's Pop-Up session IPA to this one.
     
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  3. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (4,248) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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  4. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Mornin' @cavedave, with special greetings to all you NBSers who have new beers to tell us about.

    Thanks for the early start off and for the reports to come.

    Today promises to be a great day here in SEPA so I'll mostly be doing chores, yardwork and running errands throughout the day. But I have a can of the Pabst Old Tankard Ale chilling in the fridge and scheduled to serve it's intended purpose this evening. By then I'll be ready to try it and so I expect that's the new beer I'll be reporting on today.

    Till later, Cheers, all!
     
  5. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poo-Bah (6,843) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire
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    [​IMG] I love that Stone brought back some exellent old recipes and gave many of us the opportunity to taste something we missed, because we weren't complete beer dorks yet, brilliant of them. Poured into my 16 oz snifter at near room temperature bottled on 4/12/16. Pours a very dark brown with a 3 finger light brown head that leaves gobs of lace behind. 4.50[​IMG]
    Smell is huge smoke, leather, tobacco, burnt coffee grounds, vanilla, biscuity grains, and some dark chocolate. 4.25[​IMG]
    Taste follows big smoke up front, in the middle, and in the finish, but roasty expresso, vanilla, leather, tobacco, toffee, oaky biscuit, and smoked dark chocolate. If you don't like smoked beers this might be a bit much and I don't love them, but I am really enjoying this. 4.5[​IMG]

    Mouthfeel is almost large, creamyness probably do to the lack of chill, moderate carbonation, definitely a little dry, and for 8%ABV it drinks easy, if you can handle the smoke. 4.5

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  6. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Thank you @cavedave for starting us off this morning. I was up early I admit it. =) I have @JackHorzempa to thank for my beer this fine Sunday. He sent me the Weihenstephaner Kellerbier. When I asked for it at the store the young man said; "We don't always get everything." Thank you Jack! And Happy New Beer Sunday!

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    Scoring this beer was difficult. It was rich. Almost 6 percent . What I liked about this beer was that it was on the stronger side. I think that when the lager is a bit stronger it shows a bit of sweetness in the finish . You can't help it. This brewer made sure you did not see hop fruitiness but did show you spice and earthy floral. The stuff that makes the initial palate soft. Then all kinds of richer malt. Breaddiness but with a sweeter backing. It's not caramel and it's not too strong. It's crackery and has a depth. If you read the new BJCP guidelines they say for one version of the kellerbier style it all depends on the base style. So that's true of the kellerbier in general. This had a higher score than I thought and my only critique betrays me and my personal preference error in the tasting notes as it was in aroma. I wanted more herbal. So I thought was getting a certain style of hop and I got a different style. Good for the brewer because his is not the pilsner. Anyway here is my review . Cheers you all!

    Pours a honey gold color with a soft haze. Thick off white foam cap that lasts well. Nose is a rich little malt and a vibrance from hop floral. Hops show some spice int eh background and as much as I think these also have some herbal behind them too. Malt is like crackers with a bit of richness. No diacetyl, no dms. No fruity esters. Taste follows the nose with a hearty grain and a bit of depth. The hops never exceed their earthy place on the palate. They remain a softness only and don't show me much herbal either but they do show their spice. Bitterness is firm for the finish and offers a good crispness. The bubble in this beer is soft and the mouthfeel is medium . This beer is heading to a stronger abv as it's 5.6% The bitterness lingers to show you a crackery malt with that hop spice and earthy softness one last time.

    Truckfighters Desert Cruiser
     
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  7. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (5,108) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Good morning New BSers! @cavedave, thanks for today's start! Always enjoy a little poetry in the morning - it, too, smells like victory! Used to say in the lab in the morning "I love the smell of anaerobes in the morning, ... ". Today's morning forecast here in NW PA is for a mixture of snow and rain - WTF! If this crap keeps up I'll have to move the hibiscus from the garage back into its winter quarters in the house. At least my Xmas lights are still up - I'm unintentionally ready for the next blizzard - the only one in the 'hood!

    Today's New Beer Sunday is another Michigan treat, one I picked up on an earlier jaunt:

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    I'm a sucker for any liquid with the word "Kreik" in the name, although experience has taught me that many of them suck - hope springs eternal! (Although around here it's " ... springs a turtle!). I must say (insert favorite Ed Grimley memory here) that while this doesn't rank with the best Belgian kreiks, it's still head and shoulders above most US attempts. The cherry is definitely present and assertive but not overwhelming. The oak is present but not overwhelming. The term "balanced" comes to mind.

    $ 12.59/750 mL bottle ($ 0.456/oz) at Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale, Saginaw, MI (4/8/16)
    Bottle dated 2/2/16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
    Aroma – cherries
    Head – average (Maximum three cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to three mm ring and thin partial layer
    Lacing fair – partial rings of tiny bubbles
    Body – light brown, opaque
    Flavor – woody, hint of cherry; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
    Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

    An easy drinking, enjoyable beer – can either be quaffed and savored or slammed down, an excellent use of Michigan (I hope) cherries. I would definitely purchase this again!

    Appearance – 4.25, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25, Rating 4.41. Avg 4.12, rDev +7.0%
     
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  8. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,825) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Let’s Collaborate!!

    This will be a first for me: a discussion of new draft beer(s).

    Back in March Sly Fox and Stone collaborated on brewing a Pilsner which they branded as Fuchstein Pilsner. The ‘word’ Fuchstein is a combination of German words of Fuch (which translates to Fox) and Stein (which translates to Stone); so in English it would be Foxstone Pilsner. There is a great video (see below) where Brian O’Reilly (head brewer of Sly Fox Brewing), Mitch Steele (head brewer of Stone Brewing), and Pat Tierman (COO of Stone Brewing) discuss the brewing of this beer.

    Served in a 20 ounce Willi Becher glass:

    Appearance:

    A vibrant golden color with a fluffy white head.

    Aroma:

    Wow! A complex combination of herbal, citrus, a bit of spice and even a very tiny bit of dank/resin.

    Taste:

    The flavor follows the nose with flavors of herbal/citrus/spice plus it is complemented with a pleasant Pilsner malt backbone.

    Mouthfeel:

    Medium bodied with a dry finish.

    Overall:

    This beer is very, very good! The herbal component of this beer is rather unique which I suspect is due to Sterling hops used for aroma addition(s).

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    In addition to the Fuchstein Pilsner I had a side-by-side-by-side tasting of three bocks beers.

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    From left to right: Rye Bock, Maibock and Helles Bock. All three beers were quite tasty!!

    Cheers to the brewers of Sly Fox and Stone for creating a masterful collaborative Pilsner!!

    @KOP_Beer_OUtlet @StoneGreg @StoneBrewingCo

     
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  9. DoctorZombies

    DoctorZombies Poo-Bah (4,458) Feb 1, 2015 Florida
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    Good Sunday morning. Today brings forth a new to me Texas beer - 'Sunday Morning Coming Down' by Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling, San Antonio, TX:

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    Described as a British Strong Ale with Coffee. Another highly recommended beer by the fellows at the local bottle shop. Gotta give the Brewer credit, this is one descriptive label:

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    The pour is a medium to deep Amber and it has a huge fizzy loose white foam that disappeared quickly leaving lots of streaming bubbles and little to no lace; very good clarity.

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    Spice and lite caramel candy nose...is there some coffee here?

    Caramel malt and I'm searching for the coffee; some spice and floral hop; dry lite floral hop/caramel malt finish.

    Super fizzy high carbonation; dry, lite body.

    So much carbonation I feel like I'm drinking a soda pop. Not what I was expecting at all.

    Another highly recommended beer which turned out to be highly disappointing. My scores show me that this beer will end up slightly north of 3.5, if I enter my review.

    Oh well, I am drinking a beer on this gloriously gloomy day - how bad is that? Enjoy your Beer - Cheers!
     
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  10. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,803) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Yeah, I knew better. Putting aside some of the stronger criticisms I've read about this brew it was sitting on the shelf at eye level and, well, it was there. Being of a singular nature (the word obstinate has been used) I decided to see what the fuss was about.

    Southern Tier Creme Brulee Imperial Milk Stout

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    Appearance is dark, dark, dark brown. Minimal cap that settled so fast I almost missed it. This smells fantastic. It does have the scent of desert but the flavorings overwhelm anything I might identify as hops or malt.

    Taste is hard to describe. It tastes like it's flavorings which are on the heavy side. Definite sweet vanilla with a sort of roasted nut flavor that reminds me of pecans. Harsh roasted malt then dominates the flavor creating a disconnect with the scent that mars the drinking experience. Don't taste alcohol though it's certainly in there, as well as hops I suppose. Not for someone seeking a traditional Imperial Stout, or any other sort of beer I know, a thing on it's own that some find off putting but I find rather interesting.

    Texture is heavy. Any other word for it would be a synonym for heavy.

    Named Imperial for the alcohol (10%) I suppose as well as the style though they could call it anything they want. It's so over the top style guidelines really don't apply. I handed this to my son (the Guiness Guy) saying just smell it don't taste it. He took a whif and instinctively took a sip. Didn't quite catch his words because I was laughing too loud at his expression to hear what he said. I have never, ever, tasted any brew that had such a disconnect between the aroma and flavor.

    So, for those of you who bought a six pack before reading the reviews, what to do with the other five? I have a solution . . . mix one 12 oz bottle of Creme Brulee with two 16 oz cans of Miller High Life. I kid you not, makes for a tasty, roasty, vanilla chocolate Stout that even your Bud Light drinking neighbor will finish. This blend retains the flavored Stout elements without the burnt firewood left out in the rain bitterness.
     
  11. RonaldTheriot

    RonaldTheriot Poo-Bah (4,144) Aug 11, 2008 Louisiana
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    4.5% alcohol. 5 IBU. Introduced in 2016.

    2.77/5 rDev -26.3%
    look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

    Otra Vez has a thick, fizzy, white head, a clear, fiercely-bubbly, gold-yellow appearance, which clouds up, after the "swish & pour". Lacing is practically nonexistent. Aroma is of vegetable matter, white bread, and original Gatorade brand drink. Taste is of squash broth, salt, sweet & sour bread, and original Gatorade brand drink. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Otra Vez finishes wet and odd.

    RJT

     
  12. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (3,001) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Sounds incredible! I never heard of this, but now need to have some :slight_smile:.
     
  13. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (10,026) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Morning NBSers! Worked late last night, and we have our annual all-staff meeting this morning, after which, I've got a couple hours of work. After that, however, there will be new brew. A new brewery in my county recently released their first bottles, and I grabbed a bottle of each of the 4 beers they're making at the farmers market yesterday. So, Atwood Ales of Blaine WA will be making their NBS debut later today. Cheers all!
     
  14. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (3,241) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Great start Dave!!! I think I shall follow your inspiration and dive into some hops today.
     
  15. SABERG

    SABERG Poo-Bah (3,263) Sep 16, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Good morning NBS, thanks @cavedave for the warm welcome. This day starts out grey and cool here inn WMASS,
    that will slow down the asparagus for a bit, it has been wonderful so far. Today we wander down to southern CT for
    our youngest sons graduation from college, we are excited for him, look out world here he comes!
    Today's offering is from a veteran of the craft beer world. Anchor Brewing and its Anchor Barrel Ale. A really nice blended aged ale, the rye whiskey touch is pleasantly light and does not dominate.
    Cheers all

    Anchor Argonaut Collection: Anchor Barrel Ale

    Anchor Brewing Company
    American Brown Ale / 7.50% ABV

    3.96/5 rDev +1% | Avg: 3.92
    look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

    Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 5SO into the modified tulip glass. Served cold and allowed to warm.
    A - Dark walnut in color, a very light tan cap quickly dissipates, The carbonation lurches through the liquid medium body. Small froth colonies cling to the glass throughout the experience.
    S - Starts with a malty, rye whiskey nose, then with time opens, beautifully displaying light brown sugar, toffee, some pine sap, and caramel. Light roasted malts follows, all underpinned by toasted oak and sublime fusel alcohol in the best way.
    T - Pumpernickel toast, warm honey and sweet malts. Slightly smokey, has the elements of a barleywine, the toffee and vanilla imparted by the barrel aging, yet the base blend is much lighter in the flavors. The warming brings forward a herbal quality mashed up with earl grey tea and shade tobacco.
    M - Starts off a bit slick on the palate, the coating is right down the middle of the tongue, the sweet elements linger. A second pull coats the roof and sides completely, Mid experience, is dryer with a welcome bitterness that keeps things interesting. The body is medium is texture but very light in its footprint. The finish is a lengthy conversation with a friend. Quite delightful.
    O - A wonderful creation, enough structure to be bold, aromatics are complex, and the delicate mouth feel could be considered light and airy. This is simply fine craft on display.
     
  16. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

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    It's Halftime of the Chelsea v Leicester match, so it's on to new beer numero dos of the day. I'm already into my 4th Beerito at this point, afterall it's a sessionable brew at 4% ABV.

    Oskar Blues Beerito

    Look: Clear glistening vibrant copper colored body with a lovely tan sea sudsy head that retains well. Good patchy lacing.

    Aroma: Metallic up front, bready with subtle caramel notes. Nutty in the middle and subtle hop spiciness on the back end.

    Taste: Again, a little bit metallic up front, but the more I drink it the more I wonder if that metallic taste is not the hop bill. More toasted grains and also very faint nutty/caramel notes throughout. The finish is more tea leaf tang than anything.

    Mouthfeel: Light, carbonated.

    Overall: I compared this to my Dos Equis Ambar review, and Beerito gets a better score ( 3.89 over 3.04) and there is slightly more organic craft ingredients in this, but in a weird way it still tastes a lot like an actual macro Mexican-inspired Vienna style lager. It's one of those beers that gets better the more you drink it, at least to me. But then again who wants to buy a craft beer that's tastes like a non-craft beer? It's either brilliant or pointless. I can't decide.
     
  17. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (3,197) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    New Stout off the Top Ropes Sunday
    This is a beer that I starred at a couple of times at the store, but wasn't sure and hadn't pulled the trigger on. Then @SawDog505 dropped one in my lap to solve the dilema for me.
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    4.34/5 rDev +5.9%
    look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

    3/2/16 botted bomber poured into a snifter.
    It is a fairly viscous looking dirty black. Slightly cola like fizzyness to the finger think khaki head. It dissipated pretty quickly, but retains a solid ring that is easily agitated.

    Smells excellent. Lots of bourbon barrel charcter. Vanilla, wood, sweet corn grains, leather, and some chocolate and charred malt. More sweet than roasty. Just a hint of spice. Maybe cayenne or chili powder.

    The flavors are pretty consistent with the aroma. It is slightly more sweet overall than not. Vanilla is front and center follwed by some peppers. No heat. Not even warm. Just flavor. Like chipotle with a bit of green pepper even. There is cocoa, to fudge like chocolate, expresso, some tobacco, lightly charred ashyness, and a subtle bitterness. As it warms there is a not previously noticebale heat as it warms. Just a little tingle on the back end.

    The body is excellent. A solid medium bordering on full, which for a barrel aged beer doesn't always happen. Very nice creamy texture.

    I was not a big fan of Chocolate Sombrero, so I was skeptical with this one. I feel like it didn't have any pepper character. This one does. You really have to let it warm though. As I type this sentence the heat from the peppers is becoming even more noticeable. I am amazed at how supressed it is at a colder temp. I have never had a BB Bomb!, but this is what I would expect for the most part. There is some good with the bad though. While the spice aspect improves, the heat/alcohol becomes more noticeable too. I can't say that I ever noticed any cinnamon, but I still think the balance and taste of this beer is world class. One of the better barrel aged beers Clown Shoes has done.
     
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  18. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (3,241) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Yeah, I need to get back to that one. I remember loving that one a dozen or so years ago. Sometimes people don't give Stone enough credit for all that they have done, especially when they were a young company.
     
  19. yuenglingfan101

    yuenglingfan101 Crusader (731) Jul 7, 2010 Ohio

    sumatra mountain. one of the best brown ales i have ever had. I wrote a good review of it. Founders a wonderful brewery
     
  20. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (4,248) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Epic Brainless on Peaches

    Happy Sunday, BAs. I've been enjoying the weekend. Got a bunch of yard work, work work and chores done, and convinced my daughter to go with me to a last-minute Phillies game last night. She was a champ and insisted on staying until the end, which I was very glad for because we got to see this amazing play to close it.

    Right now I'm drinking Epic's Brainless on Peaches. I was psyched to see Epic in Pennsylvania recently, since Big Bad Baptist has been one of my top wants for a while. (Yep, despite the "trader" tag with my username, I don't really trade). I started with SOB, and frankly, was very disappointed. I hesitate to through out the "I" word, but it tasted strongly of roasted peanuts and soy sauce. Definitely not my thing. My second bottle was BBB, and that definitely lived up to the hype, though.

    I'm now sipping on BOP served fairly warm, straight from the cellar. It is highly-effervescent, with the bubbles rising at a medium pace to give the suggestion of a thickness in the liquid gold colored ale. It started with a fat finger of sudsy white head that was quick to dissipate.

    It has a subtle aroma of grass, peach skins and Belgian yeast. As the appearance suggested, it is fairly thick-bodied with a syrupy, prickly mouthfeel.

    The subtle peach notes mix with the Belgian yeast up front in the taste, followed by strong white pepper that lingers into the aftertaste and leaves a bit of heat behind. There's a certain tartness to it, too, the leaves my mouth puckering a bit; certainly not as much as a sour, but it's there.

    On the plus side, the peach flavors here are just about right, but, overall, this is a touch too thick for my taste, and the pepper seems heavy handed. It reminds me quite a bit of a tripel, but without the artistry of the Belgian masters. Glad to have tried it anyhow. I've got a Brainless on Raspberries in reserve, too, but after that, may stick with the BBB from these guys.
     
  21. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (8,422) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    Hey what's going on?!

    Is that finally the sun again? Weird weather as the wind has REALLY picked up and it's COLD out... very odd..

    What else is new for our hero.. well I am almost done drinking @JackHorzempa s brews, and thinking of a beer run later on today. Garden is growing, if not with some items being casualties unfortunately. Harvested a ton of cilantro and I just stink like crazy right now. Fish tacos will be the cure.

    As of now it's time to crack a brew. what's new for our hero today?

    Allagash Sixteen Counties

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    Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

    A slightly opaque body appearance, but with an excellent perfect looking apricot orange to yellow glow and bulb to it. Classic middle column of carbonation in the centre just clear enough to see, matching an reaching to a very creamy and classic rocking white head. Easy two fingers just a tad more in height, and a frothy top, not quite creamy, but fine bubbles and good staying power as it gets repopulated along the edges. Great solid looker.

    Solid basic nose. Hints of lavender and floral like tones, and there's some nice dry grain going on with a bit of a toasty note. A creamy sucrose like action gives some Belgian character but with a different angle that's a bit unexpected. Decent and nice aroma.

    Real nice pleasantries, and a very different reaction. First sip shows off American classics, hop earth and almost peppery saison, but not quite particularly in the finish. Mid palate has a nice creamy texture, goes almost into a vanilla sweetness and stays away from honey tones. Chewy slightly body as well, with a big tolerable hop blast that gives to pine and a floral sense. Once again hop really accents a black pepper heat, pulling out just some nice green herb like aromatics and a mouthwash sting too.

    Bottle remarks some grapefruit and citrus angles, but I am not sensing it really, perhaps after some time they might peak. Either way this is a very well done take on a Belgian Pale Ale with nicely done American touches. Gets a little big though, and definitely goes for strong pale ale.

    look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 | BA Generated score: 4.19

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  22. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poo-Bah (6,843) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire
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    Glad you liked it, great review. I always try to pour stouts, Barleywine, quads, strong ales, and old ales just above room temperature. I see way to often pictures of these styles with way to cool of a temperature. Makes a huge difference in my opinion. Cheers brother.
     
  23. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (3,241) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Alright Corey. I'm sorry you'll neither see a finder's fee nor a commission, but based on your review I'm gonna get this one.
     
  24. microbrewlover

    microbrewlover Initiate (0) Oct 5, 2006 Pennsylvania

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    This brew pours a hazy orange color with a small white head and light lacing. Lots of carbonation.

    The smell is lemony, buttery and full of floral notes. Slightly bready and cracker like as well.

    The taste follows the nose with an initial hit of lemon zest and bready, slightly caramel malts. There is lots of sweetness followed by a buttery taste with light, piney hop oil left on the tongue after swallowing. Overall this is an extremely well balanced and nuanced lager. Weihenstephaner stated that it conforms to the old German Beer Purity Law; try it.
     
  25. HectorB

    HectorB Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2013 New York

    Hello NBS! My new (to me) beer today is Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Organic Lager Beer. This is a Euro Pale lager at 5.0 ABV.

    Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a plastic hotel cup, this beer's a nice mostly clear yellow/gold with two inches of white head. Nose is clean, a little malt and a snap of citrus.

    Taste and mouthfeel are great. Clean refreshing lager, crackery malt, a bit of citrus, and a clean and slightly hop/bitter finish. Nice carbonation. Great hot weather beer.

    For some reason I'd thought the word ORGANIC on the label meant to prepare me for disappointment (and this from someone who tries to buy organic when possible). Wrong. This is a tasty, refreshing brew.

    Cheers!
     
  26. JamesStreet

    JamesStreet Meyvn (1,026) May 9, 2013 Louisiana

    Good morning BAs. While stopping by Parish Brewery yesterday to pick up my bottles of Opus Vert, I couldn't pass up the chance to grab a crowler of the Reve Coffee Stout; the second in a line of three special release brews. It is not yet listed on this site under Parish's line of beers.

    Partnering with local Lafayette coffee roasters Reve, a Columbian blend was combined with a dose of Madagascar Vanilla beans to make this 6.6% abv coffee stout.

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    A- 4.0 Pours a pretty straightahead black color with a small-ish mocha head that dissipates rather quickly. Not a whole bunch of lace either.
    S- 4.25 Right away, you get a blast of cold-brew coffee roastiness, freshly ground coffee beans and overall just fresh coffee smell. Don't pick up any of the vanilla though.
    T- 4.25 The taste is almost like a fresh cup of joe. Roasty, slightly bitter, and now some of the vanilla bean comes into play. Also picking up notes of bitter chocolate, although faint.
    M- 4.5 Parish has really dialed in their skill on super creamy mouthfeels. This brew is medium-bodied and finishes semi-bitter.
    O- 4.25 This is a really nice coffee beer for those that enjoy this style. Unfortunately, this is taproom only and no plans of being bottled as of now.
     
  27. NiceTaps

    NiceTaps Poo-Bah (1,983) Nov 21, 2011 New Jersey
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    New American Wheat IPA Sunday!

    Ok, it's May 15th and there's been but 1 day of 70 degree weather so far this month, here at the Jersey Shore. Today's temp is about 60, the sun's in and out, and the breeze is blowing. It's not raining today but it's been dreary, too. So much so that I went all the way to Philly on Friday to drink some Pliny at Monks...and to take my wife to a show. Win -Win.

    There's more good beer, freshly tapped and picked up this morning at a local growler station, Kane's Hop Lap Wheat IPA (BA classifies this beer as "retired" and "brewed once", I'm going with "brewed twice, at least"): http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/26676/147392/?ba=NiceTaps#review

    Flavorful and good looking...
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    Here's an offbeat 90s tune that really is all about the bass.

    All the best!
     
  28. IceAce

    IceAce Savant (931) Jan 8, 2004 California

    Thanks for the awesome intro to the day @cavedave !

    Based on the dated tape on the bottom of this bottle, I've been sitting on this Coronado Brewing Co. Old Scallywag for just over two years. Since the painted label refers to it as "2013 Release #2 ~ Old Scallywag Barley Wine Ale aged in oak bourbon barrels."

    Pours with a feisty collar of burnt sienna foam...especially grandiose for a bbl-aged barleywine. The foam dissipates rapidly...not unusual for an 11.6% ABV barrel aged product.

    Aroma is of toffee and coffee, bourbon and oak.

    Entry is softer than the initial carbonation promised with a huge molasses presence on the tip of the tongue. Midtaste is dominated by brown-sugar & bourbon with hints of vanilla and oak.

    Finish is a wee bit hot...but not in an overwhelming way; just in a manner that I wish I could've had the willpower to sit on this for another year. I cannot fathom what this barleywine tasted like when first bottled.

    All in all...fun, warming and the perfect bracer for dealing with the train ride down to La Jolla today.

    Kampai!



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  29. do_ob

    do_ob Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2015 Kentucky

    Good afternoon NBSers! It's turning out to be a productive day here. Got up early and mowed the lawn, then made and hung a new address plate for the house. Now we're getting into some fun stuff: tearing up the CARPET in our KITCHEN. Yeah, I know. The kicker is, there's linoleum underneath. The linoleum is glued to the subfloor, the padding is glued to the linoleum, and the carpet is glued to the padding. A bit ridiculous, but that's an old house for ya. We're replacing it all with a nice floating tile, so hopefully the end result will be worth all the cussing and fussing. Anyhow, on with the beer. This one's from a brewery that I've been itching to try. Found this guy on my last trip to Lexington. Cheers, all, and enjoy your Sunday!

    Da Beer
    Stillwater Artisan Ales: Te Nasede
    Wild Farmhouse India Pale Ale, 6.0% ABV
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    Bottle into a snifter. Lemon-yellow in color and topped off with a 1 finger head of pillowy white foam, which quickly bubbled down to a spotty lacing. Great clarity. Light basement funk on the nose along with funky citrus, tangerine, light pine, and wheat. The taste is similar, with the most profound flavor being that basement-type'a barnyard funkiness. That in itself isn't entirely impressive, but it's not bad. There are also notes of lemon and orange peel, citrus, tangerine, and light hops. Definitely an IPA, but with an interesting twist. The mouthfeel is light and carbonated, and very refreshing. The finish is dry. Good for a hot day.

    Overall, this is unlike any farmhouse/wild beer I've had, and kinda in a good way, kinda not. It's a good effort in terms of the approach, but the taste is a little off to me. Solid, but not as good as I was hoping.

    Da Scores
    look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
    3.91/5 rDev -3.5%
     
  30. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (6,112) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    Congrats @SABERG on your son's graduation!

    If you don't mind fruity funky beers, I'd say kep an eye out for Elder Brett by them. I find that beer wonderfully refreshing.

    As for me, I started off this Sunday not wanting to get up. However, the gym beckoned - or really more commanded - me to come, so I went. Had a better workout than expected, though 10 years ago I would've considered it an absolutely horrendous workout and probably thought I was hungover or even drunk (and I was neither, for the record :slight_smile:).

    So, while waiting for the GF to get ready to grab some sustenance, I figured I'd crack open a new beer. This one comes from Richmond, VA, but I had bought it a week before our trip down there last week where we actually hit the tasting room. I got a few others from them for a later time, but this beer from Strangeways is a Berliner Weiss called Uberlin (umlait over the U that I am not going through the trouble of adding on from my laptop).
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    For appearances, I have to balance out the darker than expected color against the lovely cloud-like head that never leaves the top of the beer. There is a nice wheat beer haziness, but it isn't causing the darker color. This brewery tends to do some off-the-wall things, but nothing indicates what, if any, strangeness they employed in this beer to cause the unexpected color.

    The nose more than makes up for my quandary over the looks. Tart peaches, dressed with a sour citrus splash. hint of crusty bread underneath the tart notes. A little bit of grass and some sour apple notes come with a swirl.

    The combination of flavors actually reminds me more of a sour watermelon, but I can still get some of the notes the nose indicated. Sour peaches and bland crab apple like notes come through. The tartness atop all of it is citrusy - but more lime-like than lemon. No grassiness, but a clean bitterness underlies the more obvious notes along with a whole grain cracker like base - both quite subtle against the bolder flavors.

    This is an enjoyabe beer. The carbonation is nice, but I almost missed it. That is not to say the beer is flat, but the carbonation is very understated, almost like the tiniest ball bearings helping the flavors roll over the palate - and I think helping to accentuate ever so slightly the sour ones.

    Save for that color, I think this beer is fairly in line with the other aspects of the style. It might be a little bolder than others I've had (say Cayuga Cruiser by Ithaca) but definitely not into Tartare (Bear Republic) territory.
     
  31. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (5,780) Sep 17, 2005 New Mexico
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    What a difference a day makes! Yesterday sunny and in the 70s. Today cloudy, very windy, and temps in the low 50s. I did some yard work yesterday in the nice weather and golfed today in the crappy weather.
    I got the picnic table out yesterday and my NBS beer is pictured on the table. I decided to drink Great Divide's Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale, because I thought a winter beer would go well with the weather.
    It is a pretty beer, a dark red/brown color. There is a small tan head and a bit of lace.
    The aroma is very boozy, with some notes of fruit and chocolate.
    Whiskey taste up front, mellowed out by vanilla. Some chocolate and some plums.
    A very smooth-drinking beer.
    Now if we could just get winter out of the way and move into spring, that would be great!

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  32. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (5,780) Sep 17, 2005 New Mexico
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    Congratulations on your son's graduation!
    Now you'll be empty nesters?
     
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  33. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Can I Kick IT? an American Red Ale from the week old Twin Elephant Brewing. This is just about what I look for in a Red Ale. A nice red color with a thin head that leaves a nice lacing. The aroma is malt with a hint of coffee. The taste is just about the same but a little sweet with a bit of hops. The mouth feel is creamy but not too thick. The finish is clean with a small aftertaste. This brew is 7.1 ABV and very drinkable. Another very enjoyable beer from a new brewery. Things are getting better in NJ.
     
  34. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (3,070) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Happy NBS. Today is looking so much nicer with a high in the 50's (not a typo) and sunny in WI. Yesterday, was cloudy, windy, and in the 40's :grimacing: and got down to 30 degrees at night... I hate it when Canadian cold fronts invade WI.

    Today I am enjoying another one of @jhavs hoppy brews from VT (thank you!). Skeleton Crew pours a golden sunshine with some haze and a 1.5 finger white head. Good retention and lacing on my glass. Pleasant aroma of sweet tropical hops and some honeysuckle malts. Flavor is sweet pineapple, kiwi, and passion fruit with a lower bitterness and honey like malt. Feel is medium and sticky with some dryness. Overall a very tasty IIPA.

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  35. ichorNet

    ichorNet Poo-Bah (2,095) Mar 16, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Only have a couple beers left to try today from the SN Beer Camp 2016 pack I bought last night. Had a really nice fire with my buddy and enjoyed plenty of great beers and good conversation.

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    Today I'm enjoying Moxee-Moron, an "imperial session IPA" weighing in at 7.5% ABV.

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    Pours kind of a typical SN golden-orange with decent head that retains spectacularly despite middling initial build-up. Nose is mandarin oranges, bright berry, guava and slight pine. Very interesting but doesn't quite jump out of the glass, as I had to really concentrate to get those notes. There's a slight sniff of ethanol as well, which makes sense as this is pretty much toeing the line of being an imperial IPA in actuality. Flavor is very bright and punchy with tropical fruit and citrus coming forward mostly, with slight notes of strawberry and even some blueberry in the mix. Bitterness is fairly hefty, though, as well, meaning this isn't a "juice bomb" by any means. Fragile malt body breaks apart even sooner than typical SN-involved IPAs I've had, making this pretty dry when all's said and done. I wouldn't say this is anything special (and, in all honesty, the whole pack has been a bit underwhelming to me in general, especially for the ~$30 price tag) but it comes together well enough and I'll enjoy my other one some time this coming week, I'm sure.

    Listening to the new Inverloch album right now... crushing death/doom interspersed with deft moments of blistering speed, very much like the project they rose from the ashes of, diSEMBOWELMENT.

     
  36. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,108) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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  37. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,108) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Ugghhh, worst day of work in quite a while, major headaches and muscle strains, and I have to go back now for another couple hours of work.

    Great job on the beers today, fantastic lineup, getting me really thirsty, days like today are why God invented Beer. Will be back to join the fun.
     
  38. garymuchow

    garymuchow Poo-Bah (3,566) Aug 31, 2001 Minnesota
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    New Am. IPA Sunday
    Greetings NBSer's,
    As SCMN recovers from another cold streak (mild frost last night - might have lost our basil plant), the sun is out today and projected highs in the 60's. I'll take it. Finished brewing a batch of IPA this morning, and working towards the household/yard maintenance work that needs to be addressed.
    I too am following the instructions of @cavedave and will part-take in some hops today. Brewed with a bunch and will have a couple of IPA's today. First on deck is courtesy of @cjgiant (thanks BTW) after his reminder yesterday on WBAYDN that I need to drain this one. Canned on 2/23/16.
    http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/26753/103457/?ba=garymuchow#review
    A nice drinkable IPA, this is, with interesting complexity, esp in the taste. Goes well with the return of sunshine and a little warmth in the air.
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    I'll be back.
     
  39. oldn00b

    oldn00b Savant (904) Feb 23, 2015 Virginia

    Hey NBS crew! I have been trying to take it a bit easier lately but haven't had much luck in the whole weight-loss area. At least not what I'd hoped for


    Regardless I've cut back a bit but am still enjoying beer, which is something that makes me happy so BMI be damned.

    Checking in today with the new Tangerine Enjoy By. I try to get something a little more interesting when doing these but looking in the fridge I've had everything that's cold before save for a WW Serenity I'm giving until the 29th before cracking. So anyway, this it is. Cheers!
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    4.24/5 rDev +1.4%
    look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


    Mostly clear light orange in color - nice frothy white head forms but recedes pretty quickly. Some lacing but not overly sticky or lasting.

    Nose is piney, dank, juicy with tropical and citrus notes.

    Flavor is normal Stone Enjoy By with the extra citrus dose. Knowing it's tangerine I can pick that out but I would have said "citrus, orange" come through most otherwise. Big dank, bitter bomb otherwise. The extra sweetness from the tangerine helps. I like that it doesn't come through with anything close to an artificial note. It reminds me a lot of their Sorry Not Sorry which I think I liked better with the peach notes.

    Feel is about right for a west coast DIPA. Full body, big drying bitter, tight carb and a bit brash. It's basically exactly what I was expecting on this one.

    This is nice but glad I got a bomber and not a whole six pack.
     
  40. ovaltine

    ovaltine Poo-Bah (4,553) Apr 6, 2010 Indiana
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    Greetings from the Africa Lounge at SeaTac Airport, NBSers. After spending a week with Mrs. O on a fantastic cruise in Alaska with Mrs. O, we're headed home - and what better way to head home than with a new beer?!?

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    This is Mac & Jack's Ibis IPA. M&J is a Redmond, WA brewer that I've never tried, so this is a New Beer AND a New Brewer for me - double awesome!!! The beer is a "by the numbers " IPA - golden colors, mostly clear, citrus aromas and flavors, but after a week of "boat beers" (Bass was my "go to"), this is a welcome treat. Rated 3.77.
     
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