New Beer Sunday (week 590)

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  1. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,011) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Gooood Morning NBS. There is no better way to start a day of New Beer consumpification than to ponder this observation written by Amanda B. Reckonedwith, in her book, Any Porter In A Storm --

    "Laggardly lager lovers lead largely less luminous lives, as ale aficionados ably achieve an admirably assertive acumen."

    Don't you agree?

    Welcome to New Beer Sunday, extra early the days are long and the nights are longer and this is not week 600 it is week 590 edition. Those of you expecting this to be #600, sorry, but I am going to get the numerical sequence back in order :slight_smile: Wooo hoo, bear with me through a couple thoughts.

    Today I will do some foul, dangerous, heavy work, like every day on my job, before I return to join y'all. I am the last chance for a lot of recyclables that make it into the waste stream. Half a million pounds rescued over the years is but a drop, maybe two drops, in an ocean sized problem. More sobering to realize it is impossible to do more than barely counterbalance what my family have used. To all those who try to counterbalance, thank you! Man, does make ya thirsty, though, know it? I know how I spell relief. B-E-E-R

    We love... make that LOVE beer here, of course that's true. But do we love beer enough? Beer takes nothing and adds back, destroys nothing and creates greatness. It is our homage to collaboration and sustainable living on earth. Do we realize how it is part of how our race survived and culture thrived? Do we see it as restorative of mind and body? Do we understand its place in history? And even more to the point, do we see our place in history, living in perhaps the most vibrant and amazingly delicious and wonderful point in the long, enjoyable existence of beer?

    Folks, this is the golden age of fine fermentation, right here in 2016, right here on BA this Sunday in America and the world. Today I am excited to report we are part of a delicious revolution that takes history and culture and multiplies it with science and ingenuity, and I raise this glass of New Beer today, NBS #590, to our newest generation of Fine Beer Brewers. Cheers!

    How about you, have a new beer to try? 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. Thanks for keeping NBS fresh, fun, and informative for 11+ years.
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  2. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    DOG you found a quote with a beer alliteration! LOL The mob goes wild! Thank you @cavedave for getting us started today. I gotta go to the store but I'll be back. Today for choices I have an oatmeal stout, a Jesus, or a IPA. =) Morning y'all!
  3. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,011) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Haha never know what you can find in the more dusty recesses of imagination 'til you look:slight_smile:
  4. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Mornin' NBSers.

    Good start to the day @cavedave and today's new beer fits part of your quotation and a lot of the spirit of this thread, although I'd perhaps shorten the quote and rephrase it a wee bit to, "Lager lovers largely lead luminous lives ( :slight_smile: ) "

    If all goes as planned I'll be back this evening with a new Vienna Lager from a new brewery. Both are so new that I may be doing the first review of a beer that is in a style of lager I've largely learned to love.

    Meanwhile, at a more personal level, during your foul, dangerous work day, remember to attend to your own personal safety.

    Cheers, all!
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  5. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,011) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    I promise to neither freak out the customers, nor hurt myself today :slight_smile:
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  6. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (4,344) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Good morning New BSers! @cavedave, thank you for throwing down the gauntlet (Hope you wear a pair or two at work today, you need those fingers to grip a brew or two) with an alliterative literature quote. And those of us who recycle appreciate the vital work you do - be safe!

    Well, it's another sunny day here in NW PA. Last week we had three spruce trees removed from the yard in anticipation of the next project, the construction of an 12 x 18 foot shed to store my fossil fueled household equipment that occupies too much space in my garage. This building bonanza should begin in July, after my anticipated return from another beer run to Texas. Hopefully I'll be able to rehome my girls, three lovely red-eared sliders who have grown too large to winter house inside. I'm looking for one to three locations where they can be relatively safe from human predators since they think all humans exist only to feed them. I'm willing to deliver them (also gives me a chance to check out their future accommodations!), particularly if a brew pub is in the vicinity.

    Today's new brew:


    25.4 oz bottle BB 09/10/16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
    Aroma – slightly sweet and fruity
    Head large (Maximum seven cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy with rocks, diminishing to a one cm creamy ring and layer
    Lacing - none
    Body – dark amber, cloudy, clears up some as it warms
    Flavor – begins slightly sweet with a plum flavor, some weak yeast phenolics also come through; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
    Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

    A very enjoyable dubbel with the alcohol well hidden. The plums contribute a pleasant flavor which reduces the yeasty phenolics, smoothing the flavor into something which, considering the well-hidden alcohol, makes this deceptively quaffable. The only other plum-based brew I’ve ever had was also quite flavorful, as I recall. If I could only remember the name…

    Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4. Rating 4.07, average 3.69, rDev +10.3%

    Guess I need to start eating plums. When I was a young-tard, one of my neighbors had a small grove of plum trees along their property line. We kids never eat them, just threw them at each other. Another misspent youth.

    Prosit, ya all!
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  7. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,999) Apr 16, 2015 New York
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    Well, my wife and I just got back from overnight shifts, the dogs survived and didn't do much damage. Figure we'll crack a tasty brew and unwind a bit before turning in for a greatly needed nap!

    This brew was provided by the generous @beertunes and as a past GABF gold medal winner, it did not disappoint!

    Brewed by:
    Wander Brewing
    Washington, United States | website
    Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
    Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%
    Availability: Limited (brewed once)
    Reviews: 5
    Ratings: 10
    Avg: 4.06
    pDev: 6.65%


    And my review!
    4.32/5 rDev +6.4%
    look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

    750ml. bottle, chilled and poured into two flutes.

    Look: Appearance I would describe as a rusty color, pretty much opaque with haze, a thin large bubbled foamy head, the bubbles pop readily and settle into a thin ring around the glass with a few floating bubble islands.

    Smell: First thing noticeable in the aroma is the earthiness. Grape must, bit of spiciness, light funk, followed by yeast and a hint of cider.

    Taste: Slight sweetness that quickly gives way to a deep earthy round of flavors. Bit of oak, hint of leather and white wine. A noticeable spiciness brings everything together and the background bit of tartness and funk keeps things both balanced and complex.

    Feel: Moderate level of carbonation, feels pretty full on the tongue, but dry, and not syrupy.

    Overall: A very nice brew. I see why it has one some big awards in the past. Complex and layered flavors. Nothing pushes another aspect out of the way.
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  8. foundersasap

    foundersasap Disciple (306) Feb 2, 2015 Michigan

    Thanks Dave for the kickoff, looks to be a beautiful Sunday in SE Mich. Put some hours in on the Suzuki VStrom yesterday and will ride mountain bike today with the better half.

    Arcadia Ales, HopMouth, Double IPA, 8% ABV

    Been wanting to try this beer as its a local, year round available and have had some solid beers from Arcadia. Nice brewpub that I visited on vacation last summer but never had HopMouth. Saw a single and picked it up, unfortunately not bottle dated. The pour is nice dark Amber with a one finger head, very solid appearance. Aroma is earthy, floral, pretty subtle. Taste is piney, resin with a nice Carmel sweetness backup finishing quite bitter. Medium carb, overall a solid DIPA that I'll probably have again. Cheers BAs!

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  9. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    I am just back from my daily walk to the store and I feel so good I think I should have a beer. Good morning NBS! Today I decided to make some crab dip and go with the IPA for my beer choice. I bought two beers from a new brewer this week. Woodcock Brothers Brewing. I found this brewer on my way home from my recent beer excursion and I grabbed a sixer of their helles lager Niagra and this one XPA an India Pale Ale.

    Happy New Regional IPA Sunday

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    Color is hazy and yellow with a stream of bubbles. In my tasting glass the head was thinner and white and fell fast. Nose is scrumptious with peach fuzz and a little bit of dank spice. Some prickly herbal accents the background and then the fruit starts to smell tropical. Pineapple. Malt is a but a hint on the nose . The taste is outstanding a fuller mouthfeel than you are used to with this type of hop but this is the stuff juicy is made of. The succulence of the peach fruit takes the middle with a a lightness that's all about the flavors. There is not much bitterness at first and then you notice there was just enough to whet it as it goes down with a little bit of residual sweetness in the finish but lots of good flavor. Good round malt that is soft and lends just enough weight to the mouthfeel to show you lots of ripe peach and those prickly herbs. The spice that was so dank on the nose gives texture to the flavor as it makes the palate tingle and a little citrusy hint of lemon finishes this one with a bitterness that lingers. It's not forward and it's not so strong that you would say it's strong. It just stays a little. I like this very much. No diacetyl, no dms, no caramel, no alcohol on the nose or on the palate. Crisp and refreshing.

    The Atomic Bitchwax
  10. Premo88

    Premo88 Poo-Bah (2,010) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    Howdy, NBSers!

    Summer is in full swing down here in the Brazos Valley, where the temperatures are hitting the 90s and the heat indicies have reached “stay the hell inside”. My bougainvilleas are loving it, which is nice. But all I can think about is canoeing or tubing or doing something in the Comal or Guadalupe, jumping into that cold water and chilling … literally.

    I picked up this one at Whichcraft in Austin a week ago. One of the shopworkers saw me eyeing the sours and recommended it, so I figured why not:
    Ranger Creek Dry Hopped Berliner Weisse

    It lives up to the label, offering a lot of sour flavor as well as an influx of citrusy, tropical fruit flavor -- not quite what I think of as a Belgian IPA (like Prairie Artisan’s Prairie Hop) but roaming around in that ballpark. Much of the look, smell and taste makes me think of a mango-grapefruit juice thing with 90% of the sugar sucked out of it. The sweetness is minimal, but it’s enough to tame a lot of the sourness of this beer … the lemon flavor here is more like lemonade than raw lemon.

    The review:
    4.14 (+1.7%)

    Next time I’m at Whichcraft I’ll definitely thank that guy for the recommendation.

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  11. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,938) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    A Special Ale!!

    A friend gave me a bottle of Lagunitas The Waldos' Special Ale. Who doesn’t like a “special ale”!?! Well this is a new beer for me so I am going to find out.

    There is an interesting ‘story’ on the Lagunitas website for this beer:

    “In 1971, the Waldos met one afteroon at 4:20 in the front courtyard of their school near the statue of Louis Pasteur. They set out in a '66 Impala armed with a "treasure map" on a journey to find a secret garden near Point Reyes. They met there at the same time every day and continued their quest. They never found the secret garden....But they keep lookin'. The dankest and hoppiest beer ever brewed at Lagunitas was made with help of the Waldos for all treasure hunters.”

    Sort of like the movie The Goonies!?!

    Lagunitas also provides the statistics for the “special ale”:

    ABV 11.5

    O.G. 1.105

    IBU 100+

    Whoa! That is one BIG “special ale”!!

    Well I am feeling “special” today so let’s drink!!

    Served in my Gulden Draak tulip glass:


    Pours a hazy golden color with a two finger white head which dissipates quickly.


    A juicy aroma of citrus and tropical fruits. A tiny bit of dank/resin in the background.


    The flavor follows the nose with citrus and tropical fruit flavors dominating. The malt profile comes off with a fair bit of sweetness.


    Full bodied and sticky!!


    This is most definitely a BIG and sticky DIPA. I enjoyed drinking this beer.


    @KOP_Beer_OUtlet @smakawhat

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  12. RonaldTheriot

    RonaldTheriot Poo-Bah (3,766) Aug 11, 2008 Louisiana

    Good morning, all!

    5% alcohol. Brewed by MolsonCoors in Canada and America.

    3.75/5 rDev +37.9%
    look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

    This 12-pack was brewed in Golden, Colorado.

    Old Vienna is listed as a pale lager with the ingredients being only water, barley malt, hops, and yeast. It has a thin, white head, a clear, bubbly, golden straw appearance, with some bits of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet malt, white bread, and clean water. Taste is the same, with a mild, rounding hop bite at the end. Mouthfeel is high-light, and Old Vienna finishes crisp, refreshing, and it seems to be a bit higher quality than others of its ilk.

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  13. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (8,288) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Way back in the olden times (mid-to-late70's) we used to buy 8 packs of this, in clear, long-neck, 7oz bottles. We would ride around the back roads, blasting tunes and trying to hit road signs with the empties. haven't seen this brew ina long time, might have to grab one for nostalgia's sake.
  14. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poo-Bah (5,670) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire

    [​IMG] So today was supposed to be a 2013 Holiday Barleywine from Berkshire that when I popped it turned into gusher, so I had to change to something that I am still trying warm up to. It pours a very attractive ruby red with a 4 inch white head with a reddish hue that leaves behind plenty of lace. When I poured the last half in the glass all kinds of chunky white floaties settled to the bottom. 4.5

    Smell is must, raspberries, oak, and very sour apples and other funk. 3.5

    Taste is exactly what you would expect musty funk, sour apples, raspberry, and cherries with some oak. 3.5

    Mouthfeel is less than medium with, loads of prickly carbonation, a touch dry, and for its size 11% ABV it drinks pretty easy, if you can handle all of the sour and musty flavors. 4

    Overall I want to thank @jzeilinger for this enormous wild sour ale, still not a huge fan, but it is expanding my palate beyond IPA'S and Stouts. 3.5[​IMG]
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  15. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (3,418) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    New Stout Sunday


    Pizza Boy's BBA Sunny Side Up

    Happy Sunday, BAs. It's a hot and sunny day here in southeastern Pennsylvania. Too hot for a BBA coffee stout? Nah, although I may be back with a gose later today. Assuming this crowler doesn't kick my ass first.

    This one pours straight black with two fat fingers of dense mocha-colored head. The head lasts a while before leaving behind heavy sheets of lacing. It's a beautiful-looking beer.

    There's a strong aroma of sweet bourbon, with vanilla, almond and slight anise notes. Dark chocolate and a little dark-roasted coffee lurk in the background.

    The coffee plays a stronger role in the taste, where it tastes more like a smooth, medium-bodied breakfast blend, with its own vanilla notes. Then the bourbon comes in strong, with the same notes as the aroma, and leaves an alcohol burn on the backend. There's not much chocolate presence or any other malt notes detectable with this much bourbon, which is a shame for a stout, if you ask me.

    It's medium bodied and slightly creamy, but the bourbon obscures a lot of pondering over the mouthfeel.

    Honestly, I like the regular Sunny Side much better. That's one of the best coffee stouts available, IMO. This introduces way more almond profile than I like, and covers up the depth of the coffee. It's not bad, but not entirely my thing.

    Enjoy your day, everyone.
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  16. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (5,263) Sep 17, 2005 New Mexico

    Well said!
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  17. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (5,263) Sep 17, 2005 New Mexico

    Thanks to @cavedave for today's eloquent start.
    We've had a busy few weeks here, so today is just going to be one of those slow, do-nothing days.
    Our youngest left today for a six week course at College of the Atlantic. He needs to take an extra course for his third year of school, and his decision was to do it in the summer rather than potentially overburden himself in the fall. We supported that decision, even though he's not going to make much money this summer. Fortunately, he doesn't spend a lot. We are looking forward to visiting him in Bar Harbor.
    Today's beer is Araunja from Deciduous Brewing in Newmarket, NH. It is a lambic aged on Sicilian oranges.
    It pours a somewhat hazy orange/gold color. What little head there is quickly dissipates.
    There is a sour orange aroma up front, followed by some earthy hops.
    A strong sour orange taste with a little funk.
    Tart and crisp.
    I absolutely loved this beer. That being said, if you don't like sours, you won't like this.

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  18. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,420) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Well I'll be a . . .

    Monkey's Uncle Imperial IPA


    Appearance: Burnished gold leading toward red, bright cap with very good lacing.

    Aroma: Surprisingly bright, the hops jump out in an earthy, spicy way and malt quickly follows. Very good first impression. Some floral, hint of conifer, solid without being heavy.

    Taste: Good malt here with hop support. This is bigger, bolder and stronger, a true Imperial brew. The website says 8%, no mention I can find of IBUs, hops are there but not intrusive, certainly not the focal point, malt is main and hops play a supporting role. Mid palate hops arrive and sing the way to the finish. Lots of hops but bitterness is noticeable only in the aftertaste where it lingers just slightly.

    Texture: Pretty full.

    Overall: Now, I can take hops as well as the next guy, I mean when you open the can this one hits you with a hop aroma discernable three feet away, yet that's just part of the picture. As you glass then lift to sip you're thinking hops but no, what presents is rich malt with hops following. Bit of a surprise but a nice one. Full on malt, good hop counterpoint, this one's a winner.
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  19. ONovoMexicano

    ONovoMexicano Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2012 New Mexico

    Stopped in at Pizza Boy on my way to NYC and had Sunny Side Up. A nice stop. Wanted to visit Troeg's while in the vicinity but didn't have time. Where are you relative to Pizza Boy?

    It is a lambic aged on Sicilian oranges.

    This sounds phenomenal.
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  20. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,776) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin

    Happy NBS. Time for me to enjoy a new sour(ish) beer.

    Mutha Pucka from Next Door brewing has a hazy straw color with a nice 2 finger white head. Decent retention and some spotty lacing in my glass. Aroma is similar to a Berliner with pineapple juice. Flavor is nice and tart, but not too sour. A bit of vinegar and white grape along with the pineapple notes. Very light and spritzy feel that is good for a hot day. I found this to be enjoyable and it seems to be an improvement over the first batch.

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  21. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (5,424) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia

    Good morning (barely still) NBS! It's been warm here, so I may just stay inside today and enjoy a few beer with y'all and yous, if you don't mind. Today's beer is actually one from that Richmond trip about a month back. It's another from Ardent Craft Ales "Black Paper Series" - called Sweet Potato & Sage Saison.

    First, I had to geek out a second with creating a GIF since seeing it on this site earlier this week. Probably not something I'll do too often - and I botched this one slightly by not getting the beer bottle in the pic long enough. Luckily I have more pics below.

    The GIF is a fair representation of the color of this beer. Fair haziness makes items quite fuzzy behind it. You can see the head of my previous pour was sitting watching my second pour. Eventually a thin film is all that's left, but it takes a while for the head to get bored and slowly file out.

    Having had a couple of this brewery's saisons, I was not surprised to get a nice fruity/floral note from this beer. The namesake additions are noticeable as well, the sage a little more than the sweet potato - and neither over the top. A light brown sugar sweet potato sweetness, light accent of sage, and a pear-like fruitiness with a hint of banana.


    The taste is a little sweet - but in an indistinct way. It's probably closest to honey-like, like a really good orange blossom honey. Yes, there is a tang of citrus in there - not sure if it's intentional (the date on the bottle you see puts this at 6 months old). The beer is a little flatter than I'd expect - I hope I didn't force all the bubbles out with the pour :wink:. The sage hits about mid taste, but is muted until the lingering taste, where it seems to hang on longer than the other flavors. I'm not sure what I was expecting to get from the sweet potato, but I am not finding anything that points specifically to that ingredient. Maybe out of sheer wanting to find something, I might get a touch of it in the end with the sage before it starts its loitering on my tongue.

    This is one I will likely skip doing an official review on. I'd like to give a fresher bottle a shot just to see if it is any different. The additions are new enough to me (ok, I've had a few sage beers from DFH) that I can't say definitively this is how it "should" taste or not. That said, I'd probably be in the 3.6 range - with feel and overall being a little lower, smell and taste straddling that line, and looks being the high watermark.
    #21 cjgiant, Jun 12, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2016
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  22. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (3,838) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    Speak for yourself. Before this NBS is out I plan to languidly luxuriate with a luscious lager.
  23. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,878) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Beholders of the bounty of both breeds of beeriness are the best buffs to be.
  24. richj1970

    richj1970 Poo-Bah (2,210) Oct 26, 2012 Alabama
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    Monkey's Uncle is probably my favorite IPA from Straight to Ale. If you get a chance, their session IPA called 6 Alberts is also surprisingly good.

  25. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (3,418) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    I'm just north of Philly, so Pizza Boy is a couple hours each way. Got this crowler at a nearby bar. Let me know if you hit up Troegs on your way back, and maybe I can meet you. Tired Hands or even Stoudts are much closer to me if you wanted to try those. Would definitely buy you a couple rounds if the timing works out.
  26. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (3,838) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    That actually best describes my sentiments. It just so happens that today marks the final day of a particular lager sent me by @Ri0 that has been deliberately set aside as the last survivor of his box, largely because it sounds freaking awesome.

    However, it's possible an IPA and RIS might be attacked along the way. I don't discriminate.
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  27. kemoarps

    kemoarps Poo-Bah (2,049) Apr 30, 2008 Washington
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    To answer @cavedave 's questions in order: A lot. Without hesitation. Like the best dark chocolate coated coffee bean you've had. Probably, though in the early morning haze I can't bring any specifics to mind. (this next one was cheating. I'll try and offer the answer in a single sentence, but your sneakery will not go unnoticed) Like fudge dipped in black coffee, with a hint of vanilla and oak, with persistant carbonation piercing an otherwise silky sticky decadence, and while I'm not sure that that would be the first descriptor I would reach for, it has certainly refreshed this tired grumpy old soul. All of them. Haven't found one yet.

    Today I return to my favourite digital vestige of community bearing the gifts of moonlit moonshine found atop a sacred hill.
    Midnight Still (the coffee and vanilla edition) from Holy Mountain was part of an abrupt double release from those darlings of the Seattle wild scene, as a followup/spinoff from their... much talked about Midnight Still release. I wrote a whole long ode to the PNW spirit and why Midnight Still stirred such passions, but it is inconsequential. What matters is beer. And this beer is phenomenal.


    The pour presents not quite black, but molasses brown, with a dark brown head that is wetter and heavier than expected. Settles in, but the sides of the glass cannot escape it's sticky spell.
    Nose offers up an immediate homage to the initial adjuncted listed, with rich dark roast coffee drawn into a sensual dance with creamy dark chocolate. Flitting round the corners the vanilla and oak make more forceful incursions as the beverage warms, though make no mistakes: the coffee is front and centre on this particular leg of our journey.
    Upon sipping, I still get hardly a glimpse at the girding this rich and luxurious frame, as once again fudge and rich dark roasted coffee take the forefront. This leg belongs to the silky fudge-like chocolate, though the coffee still runs a close second. The rest of the flavours; the wisp of vanilla, sturdy oak, maybe a kiss of bourbon play supporting characters distant enough as to be mere suggestions.
    There is carbonation here to be sure, and forcefully, but between the bubbles runs a thick river of chewy sticky smoothe decadence.

    This is one of the best beers I can actively remember. I hate to admit it, because it's gotten so much hype, but it is deserved. This shit is delicious.

    Don't know why, but this setting felt appropriate. Glad to have that planter box hanging out the window to add some life to this apartment!

    I hope you all have something delicious on hand as well, and I look forward to poring through the descriptions and the day to day-itudes presented in this, my favourite social gathering which I look forward to each week.

    Cheers y'all!
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  28. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (3,838) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    Any chance of that being found South-Sound? I'm planning to be in Olympia in a couple weeks, and would love to get my hands on it.
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  29. Prager62

    Prager62 Poo-Bah (2,265) May 7, 2010 Colorado
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    Good day NBS afficianados. I woke up today in a good mood, went for a morning run followed by breakfast, only to come home, turn the on TV and learn of the tragic event in Orlando. Needless to say I'm feeling quite somber now as I retreat to the woods for my review.

    First up today is a pint can from regional brewery Evil Czech in Mishawaka IN labeled three-6-hoppia triple IPA. I picked this up a couple of weeks ago at my local store, it's dated 04/14/16 and has been refrigerated since purchase. Let's pour this 9.6% tall boy in my 13oz. tulip and see what awaits us?

    Pours a dark gold/amber color leaving a small finger of rapidly disappearing white foam that forms a ring leaving some lacing behind. The smell is a rather tame mix of caramel malt, grapefruit, pine and some floral. Flavor is very floral to begin followed by grapefruit, some pine and a healthy dose of caramel malt in the finish. The feel is very thick, creamy and quite easy to drink for a 9.6 abv. beer.


    A decent beer, but a letdown for a triple IPA as it's too malty and lacking the big juicy hop punch that I crave. In all fairness, it may have been a little better closer to the canned on date, but these triples usually hold up well. All said my score was 3.72 / rDev +0.3%.

    While the beer was so-so, the artwork on the can is pretty cool.....


    Enjoy your new beer adventures, I hope to check back in later. Here's the official scorecard.......
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  30. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    At last! A lover of light, tales of ales and sunsets fair and far away.
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  31. tasterschoice62

    tasterschoice62 Poo-Bah (2,101) May 14, 2014 Rhode Island
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    Good Afternoon all. Not to be Debbie downer here but since we are all part of this wonderful beer family I just wanted to say to all in the horrible aftermath of this latest and worst of all these mass shootings - our thoughts are with your families - the 50 plus and more that just went to have a good time and were killed needlessly. I dedicate my new beer (later) to you. When will this ugly shit stop?. Anyhow enjoy your beers - we are lucky in a way. Ill be back later with a new one.
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  32. puboflyons

    puboflyons Poo-Bah (5,685) Jul 26, 2008 New Hampshire

    It is a partly sunny day in New Hampshire with temperatures around 70 degrees but the wind is whipping like a son-of-a-gun. I spent part of the morning picking up sticks and twigs that fell off the trees around my house.

    My New Beer Sunday contribution is a new beer but not really a new name. Trout River Vermont Single IPA from Springfield, Vermont. You read right - Springfield. The original Trout River brewpub was straight up I-91 about 120 miles North in Lyndon, Vermont but it closed after about 20 years of operation in 2014. Then a couple of young brewers bought the rights to the name, set up a canning line, and moved the operations to Springfield. This was first released in March 2016 and I submitted a photo for the picture-less BA database listing.

    So here is Trout River Vermont Single IPA. It is 5.6% ABV with 65 IBU's. It is a Session IPA and as far as I am concerned is a good interpretation of the style. Hazy golden yellow under a white head. The aroma is toasted bread with floral, herbal and fruity characters. Smooth, medium body. The taste is much like the aroma but it ends mildly dry. I wish the new owners all the success.

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  33. beerloserLI

    beerloserLI Savant (996) Apr 2, 2011 New York

    Happy Sunday NBS players. A pretty hot and sunny day here on the island with a nice cooling breeze. I'm about to get dragged to a 6 and 7 year olds combo bday party. My only saving grace is the 4pack of puff that I'm bringing and that there should be some decent food.

    My new beer today is a Porter, from Butte Creek brewing. It's certified organic, 6%abv, and has no apparent bottle date.

    A thin black color on the pour with lots of carbonation and a quick white head. The nose is mostly malty and not terribly floral. The drinking starts malty too right upfront with a slightly bitter chocolate finish. Subtle flavors of roasted barley/malt, chocolate, and bitter hops. The flavors seem to improve a bit as it warms. The mouth feel is a bit thin, and sometimes almost down right watery.

    Overall, I'm not really impressed with it at all. It drinks ok but it's just way to thin for me and that factor really seems to drown out the flavors that I really enjoy in a porter. I'm right around a 3 on it.
  34. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Goose Island Summer Time Kolsch, This brew is pretty much what I expect a beer called a Kolsch to be, light ,crisp and refreshing. Nice golden color with a long lasting white head. The aroma is slightly fruity as is the taste mouth feel is light /medium a clean crisp finish. A really nice summer beer. Summertime is a middle of the pack American Kolsch butnot as good as any German Kolsch that I have drank.
  35. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (3,838) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
    Society Trader

    Very well said. I'll be doing the same.
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  36. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (5,424) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia

    Ok, after my last sage beer, I thought it was wise to try out another herb/spice-based beer. It is likely not a shock that such a beer is made by Dogfish Head, and this is their newest such offering, Biere de Provence Saison:

    After trying to control the backlit photo, the condensation that is providing the haze above has become straight sweat on the glass. The clarity of the beer is high, like almost all DFH beers. The beer is not as yellow as the sun makes the above photo appear - it's more of a copper-golden. The head settles in thickly along the edge of the glass.

    Nose is lavender sticking out amongst a potpourri bouquet of herbs - presumably the marjoram and bay leaves the label claims are in the beer. The saison notes that balance with these herbs is actually quite similar to the previous beer - lightly sweet, with a pear and banana fruitiness. The difference is what I think is a wonderful balance of this with the herbs.

    (told you it was a lazy day here :wink:)

    The taste hits briefly with that pear/banana yeast (I presume) note, but this flavor's lead is fleeting as the herbs immediately begin gaining on the fruity sweet saison base notes. In short order, they blow past the opening tastes. I get more of the green herbs than the floral lavendar early. They seem to provide bitterness similar to the classic hop. I doubt this beer has no hops, but the bittering from the classic ingredient is well integrated into the herb additions (looking at the website, they use Jarrylo hops, a hop I have had, but do not recall its profile). Looking at the site did bring an "aha!" moment for me as well - rye malt is used. I would've assumed the light spice bite I got was coming from the herbs, but I can see it as being from rye, instead (note they also use wheat, which I am not sure I get so much). The spice comes in closer to the end taste, and the light and playful opening feel ends a bit dry, like other rye beers I have had have treated my palate. The lingering taste is a hint of lingering spice and lavender, actually.

    Full disclosure, I had a bottle of this in the middle of a long session last week. I rather enjoyed it then. I now have time to analyze it more, and I really ended up enjoying this. DFH can be polarizing, and I can see this beer falling right into that classic debate as to its "worthiness" as a beer. The flavors are heavily reliant on the additions, and the base beer style does get a bit lost - but not completely. It reminds me of two of their other beers, in fact: Sah'tea (which I really liked, hope they bring it back) and Saison du Buff (with Stone and Victory, Stone brewed this past year's version).

    Interestingly enough, we have a couple Saison du Buffs in the fridge, so I can totally see a Thursday Throwdown like side by side at some point.
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  37. Mantooth

    Mantooth Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2011 North Carolina


    Creamy AF (and that's all I'm going to say). Happy Sunday, geeks.
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  38. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Meyvn (1,142) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey

  39. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,938) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    A few weeks ago I had Goose Island Kolsch on draft and I enjoyed drinking that beer! It is indeed a nice summer time beer. I agree it might not be in the same 'league' as the German brewed Kolsch beers (presuming you can find them fresh and non-abused by transport) but considering the price point and better assurance of freshness it is a very good choice.

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  40. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,878) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Greetings all! I had the pleasure of picking up a mixed 12-pack of the newly-arrived Von Trapp beers yesterday. Last night I had a bottle of the Dunkel, which was stellar. It's a style that's as tough to get right as it is easy to drink- they're usually either too sweet, too roasty, too washed-out, too saturated, etc. It needs to be in the 'Goldilox zone' or the drinkability suffers, and Von Trapp just nailed it. Their version is up there with Ayinger Altbairisch or the other greats, and a real pleasure to drink.

    So today, I continue to explore the 12-pack, but with even higher expectations. First up-

    The Bohemian Pilsner. And, once again, they nailed it spectacularly. Fresh cut straw, lime peel and pepperiness from the hops dominate, but not by much. The malt character is deep and bready, with just the slightest bit of crust thrown in at the finish. Barely perceptable, but still present enough, is the sulfury complexity from the lager yeast adding depth and personality. The real key is how is feels on the palate, rich and mellow and creamy for just a second before finishing dry and pleasingly bitter (but not too much of either). Very deft on its feet, this beer, and skillfully made. As impressive as it is delicious- solid A (4.5).
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