New Beer Sunday (week 623)

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  1. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (4,245) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    While this is a beer I've seen around here plenty, it's one I didn't think I'd get to try. Fortunately for me, one of my trade partners vacationed in Vermont. Even more fortunately, he was kind enough to share some of the beers he picked up. It's time to dive into a new IPA.

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    Sip of Sunshine.

    Pours a fiery shade of orange with just enough frosty haze to it to keep anything on the other side of the glass muddled from view. Head forms two fingers in height and stark white in color. Head retention is great, with a strong ring of white foam staying around the top of the beer for a long while. Lacing is scattered about randomly, but modestly. Aroma is dripping full of hops, with notes of citrus, pine, and resin. Additional notes of strawberries, and biscuit malts. Hop notes really open up in the flavor profile, with notes of citrus, orange zest, pine, and a little sticky resin in the back. Biscuit malts support the otherwise hop-strong flavor profile. Despite a large presence of hops, the beer remains grounded and modest, with an approachable aurora. Mouth feel is smooth, with just enough graininess to give this beer a wonderfully filling, and medium-thick consistency. Overall, it's a sublime IPA with plenty of wonderful qualities going for it. The hops are solid in the aroma, but really shine through in the flavor profile. It's hoppy, and yet smooth. Considering it hits at 8%, but drinks like it's 4%, this is an incredible IPA.

    Score: 4.5 | 4.5 | 4.75 | 4.5 | 4.5 | BA Score: 4.6 | rDev: +0.7%

    I think the cat plays with the dog's toy more than the dog.

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    Personal reflection: Woah. This beer is delicious. While it doesn't feature all the complexity I would imagine from a world-class IPA, perhaps that's just because this beer is easy to drink. Each note is struck damn-near perfectly, and given the patience of a good percussionist to let ring. So glad I got to try this.
     
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  2. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (5,450) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    Ok, my first beer post today is from a Tennessee brewery that I have enjoyed quite a few saisons from - Blackberry Farm. We have seen more and more of their product up here, and while the saisons were a little on the high end, their smaller format bottles stick out as such. I have not grabbed but one of the four or five I have seen until this past week.

    I have been surprisingly (to me) drawn to a couple Brett IPAs recently, so I figured I'd take the plunge and splurge on this beer, Brett Belgo IPA, from the brewer's "Barrel Series"

    The beer pours quite cloudy once the body gains control back from the massive head. BBF saisons do tend to have a high level of carbonation, so the ratio wasn't too much of a surprise. The cloudiness is a bit, and might be caused by a less-than-ideal decanting (though when you can only get 1/4 of the bottle in a glass due to head buildup...)
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    The nose has a saison like quality to it, but with a nice little funk. But what it has more than funk is an orange citrus note to it - fairly bright. The funk almost seems as if a few discarded orange rinds are in the mix as well. Grassy meadow, dry wood barn, orange, and a light must.

    The beer isn't as carbonated as I expected, but there is a prickliness to it that is nice. There is a little bit of a mimosa nature to this beer, but a way more dry/bitter version of one. That is not to say this beer is that bitter, mimosas are just pretty sweet. There's a little peach note as well. I'm not getting much funk or tang that I can easily attribute to the Brett - I think it gets integrated into the citrus and other yeast flavors (which if intentional is sort of nicely done).

    Overall, I think calling this an IPA is a bit of a misnomer. It seems to me this is a little more saison, maybe a slightly hoppy one. Or maybe a fruity Belgian Pale Ale. Not a bad beer, but not quite what I was expecting, and a little too costly for what I got.
     
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  3. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,016) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    That beer is one I am quite familiar with. It is made by two friends of mine, Jamie Bishop and Larry Stock, who were founding members back in the day, with me and 8 other people, of Mohonk Home Brewers Association. Not only that, but Kold One, which we all knew as Jamie and Larry's Kolsch, was the beer that got the folks who opened Mill House interested in having them on as the brewmasters. They just opened a satellite facility with big capacity so I get a great thrill in seeing their beer in cans, and now to be featured in the opening of NBS. I mean, how cool is that?
     
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  4. larryi86

    larryi86 Poo-Bah (4,632) Apr 4, 2010 Delaware
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    Good afternoon NBS! First up for me today in a clear IPA that @CanConPhilly got for me when he was on the west coast. This is a great reminder that IPAs that are clear are just as good as all the hazy stuff out there, it's more about when and what hops are added.

    Fieldwork Orchard Street
    4.24/5 rDev +0.2%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

    Thank you CanConPhilly for this
    16 oz can poured into a teku

    A- A clear golden color with a two finger white head.

    S- Citrus, grapefruit, some sweet tropical fruits, pine/resin, touch of pale malts.

    T- Citrus, tropical fruits, touch of malt sweetness, some grapefruit, some light stone fruits, great bitter piney finish.

    M- Smooth, medium body.

    O- A solid, more traditional IPA. Flavors are bright and vibrant, and the bitter finish brings the beer together nicely.
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  5. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York


    Welcome to New Beer Sunday! =)
     
  6. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York


    Yes ! I think you should come over here more often Hunter! Larrrrrrge! =)
     
  7. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York


    That is very cool! =) I had never seen this beer until @butters_mcgee told me about it over in WBAYDN.
     
  8. Prager62

    Prager62 Poo-Bah (2,289) May 7, 2010 Colorado
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    Greetings NBS fans! A partly sunny seasonably cold day with intermittent snow showers along the southern shore. I had a stout lined up, but forgot to chill it so I had to resort to plan B. It's great to have plenty of options! On to the beer.....

    A stop at Three Floyd's for the Behemoth release yielded this bomber collaboration with Fat Heads called Confidentiality and Disclosure IPA that was released last week as well. There's no abv. listed on the interesting and overtly political label, but there's a 'bottled on' stamped 1-23-17. Let's give it a pour in the newest Three Floyd's Teku and see what awaits?

    The aroma of hops leap out of the bottle like a genie upon popping the cap. It pours a slightly cloudy dark gold that borders amber, leaving a generous two fingers of creamy off white lingering foam. Heavy lacing is left as it slowly settles, and I mean slowly. Just a beautiful beer to behold! The smell is a citrus/floral mix of grapefruit, passionfruit, orange zest and fresh cut flowers. Taste is succulent passionfruit, grapefruit, mango and orange zest with a touch of pine. There's a kiss of malt to offset the bitter finish. The feel is creamy smooth to start, then finishes bitter and dry.

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    A wonderful collaboration between two breweries that know what to do with hops. The feel is amazing and the citrus/floral juicy profile just bathes the palate in resiny goodness. It drinks like a double and proves that every solid IPA doesn't have to be ultra cloudy. My score is 4.44 and I had the honor of being the first to review it. I'm instantly regretting buying only one because I bought too much Behemoth and crossing my fingers some are still around.

    Enjoy your football free Sunday by taking time to enjoy and review some new beer! Here's the official scorecard......

    https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/26/265626/?ba=Prager62#review
     
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  9. Bluecrow

    Bluecrow Poo-Bah (1,822) Jul 16, 2012 New York
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    Equilibrium Brewing's Mmm-Osa IPA (from Middletown, NY)
    This is recently available in a few places locally.
    -cloudy yellow-orange tap pour with 2 cm of fluff. Clementine in the nose and a bright, fresh citrus hop flavor. Orange zest is detectable and welcome. This is a very tasty and easy to enjoy.
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  10. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Poo-Bah (2,515) Mar 7, 2013 Canada (QC)
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    Hi everybody!

    I am fairly busy this fine Sunday but am happy to be able to share a new porter with you all. This one comes from the far-off whimsical land of Ontario. I rarely get to try non-American/Québécois beers, so I am always eager to see what other provinces have going on. Also, porters are among my favorite styles and so that just sweetens the deal.

    So, this is a robust porter brewed in Etobicoke. A place of whose name I am fond!:grinning::sunglasses::slight_smile::grinning: It apparently won a gold medal at last year's Canadian Brewing awards and is in a dated (albeit tough-to-decipher) can. Let's see how it is...

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    It has a ruby-coke color coming out of the can but is opaque black in the glass. It immediately smells like a roastier porter and sports a lovely dirty-tan head that eventually dissipates to a little cap. Both the aroma and the flavor are classic porter but definitely on the roastier side, which makes sense. It is a Robust Porter after all. But I wouldn't complain if it had slightly less of a roasty bite. Honestly I like this about it, but I could see it making it less drinkable on the whole for me. Luckily I only have this one can hahaha! It's a really good beer otherwise, though.

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    Cheers everybody, happy Sunday, and if you want to see my actual review it is here.

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    Until next week!
     
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  11. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Poo-Bah (2,515) Mar 7, 2013 Canada (QC)
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    I wish I had never had Sip of Sunshine so that I could have it for the first time again.:wink: To me it is about as close to what I think of as a perfect IPA as it gets! It feels like drinking velvet.
     
  12. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Poo-Bah (2,515) Mar 7, 2013 Canada (QC)
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    Great pictures. The glass and the label are both really cool! As for football-free Sunday, I don't know what to do with myself, but enjoying new beers is fairly occupying. Cheers!
     
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  13. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (4,245) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    When I think of Vermont IPAs, I think of Alchemist. To be honest, I didn't really know what this beer was when it showed up in a box on my porch. I figured it would be good, but not that good. Holy schnikies. It's absolutely delightful. I'd gladly sip on another can.

    Cheers!
     
  14. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,426) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Following up on my theme set this morning . . .

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    Score 3.9
    look: 3.75 | aroma: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

    Appearance is like dark amber honey with whitish cap and good lacing.

    Aroma is toffee malt, some spice (hops I believe) and something vinous. Not a table wine sort of thing, more sherry like and reminiscent of homemade muscadine wine.

    Taste is rich toffee malt with spicy hints. Again the vinous quality is there but not intrusive. Rather like a buttress holding up the malt wall. Hops are lightly present and noticed more in the finish and lingering aftertaste. Not a complex flavor but a good one that seems to keep things neatly in balance. A Winter Warmer deriving it's spice from hops as it were. There is also a bit of nuttiness in the aftertaste which I presume is malt driven.

    Texture is silky rich in a medium way, not heavy but certainly not a light weight.

    Similar to Bell's Brown but this Christmas Ale is more balanced and nuanced. I like what I can only describe as the vinous touch because it adds a dimension which isn't a competing or overriding flavor. This is a well thought out brew without the gobsmacking wallop of heavy flavors or head whacking of high ABV. I must say my first impression was not a Scottish Ale, at least as I understand them, but a more refined version of something like Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale.
     
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  15. Prager62

    Prager62 Poo-Bah (2,289) May 7, 2010 Colorado
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    Thank you kindly! I try to do my small part contributing to the quality content that this thread consistently delivers.
     
  16. woodychandler

    woodychandler Poo-Bah (11,846) Apr 9, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    It's New Beer Sunday (Week 623)?!? I'll Be Back Short's-ly!

    Good morning, campers! Don't forget your booties because it's cold out there today! Thursday will mark Groundhog Day here in PA and we have Punxatawny Phil, Octoraro Orphie & Gus the Groundhog (our lottery spokesrodent) standing by to remind you that six more weeks of winter remain.

    In the interim, I am staying warm with some Short's B. C.'s beers, including one of my favorites of theirs:

    https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/9629/51313/?ba=woodychandler#review

    and since I seem to be in a dessert mood, I followed it up with:

    https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/9629/56275/?ba=woodychandler#review

    which seemed to satiate my dessert beer desire for the moment.

    I am off to a screening of "Beer Runners" & then I will return. Today is the NHL All-Star Game in L.A. & since it is the NHL's 100th anniversary, loads of HOFers have been making appearances. I will undoubtedly be accompanying my viewing with more new beers,
     
  17. woodychandler

    woodychandler Poo-Bah (11,846) Apr 9, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    "Following up on my theme set this morning . . ."

    Beer SHOULD be drank according to a theme whenever possible! Today, mine is "Dessert as Beer".
     
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  18. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (7,763) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    Hey What's going on?!

    Been quite a doozy weekend. Where does the time go? It's nearly February already.

    Had a good time with my book club crew last night, and now I am taking it easy. Really not much going on just looking to take in some new brews, as they seem to be creeping up on me. Fridge and new beers suddenly feel empty, then a stroll to the usual haunts brings some nice goodies too. What surprises there are as new beers and things still keep falling in. It's like good karma or something :wink:

    Starting off pretty fun and lighthearted first. What's new for our hero today?

    Leinenkugel's Cocoa Shandy | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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    Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

    What an interesting if odd color. Hazelnut brown body with hints of orange amber colors too. Quite clear but not so much to see through entirely. Head is quite light, off white almost khaki colored and grows a styrofoam three fingers. Settles to a bowled crown collar with little lacing.

    Aroma is well.. Straight up Counct Choclua breakfast cereal chocolate. It's a nice whaffery aroma that has the crispness to it, and also isn't horrifically sweet. As far as other qualities though, there's nothing else to detect shandy or beer/malt character otherwise. Doesn't seem to hint at watery yoohoo at least on first whiff but we shall see.

    Palate brings a little more to the table than the nose would indicate. Sweet and slightly fruity flavors on first sip, with light powdered breakfast cereal and cocoa filling nicely. There's a bit of red apple like flavor mixing in that is supported by a pretty neutral malt body, that is at least not wet, supportive, and just barely hints a bit of chewy texture. Is there maybe a tinge of grapefruit hiding here too?

    It is what it is, and actually has a bit of nostalgic flavor of Saturday morning cartoons with a bowl of cereal in front of me. Other parts are mostly just supportive, but certainly gives a drinkable experience.

    look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75 | BA Generated Score: 3.78

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    Well don't know how much checking in I am going to do online today. Always stuck on nice beer pics and stories, so keep them coming.

    Right now I've been slaving over dinner prep tonight which is going swimmingly..

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    Cheers!!!
     
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  19. BIGPOPPAS

    BIGPOPPAS Disciple (387) Aug 5, 2016 New Jersey

    Round #2 for NBS !!

    Watching the start of Villanova vs Virginia, so this will be a quick review :wink:

    Purchased two 22 oz bombers of Frootwood and put one in the fridge for NBS and the other in the cellar .
    I happened too love Cherry Belgians, bourbon, maple and Founders . This combo sounds a bit strange, but I was excited to get it and give it a try .

    I had to slow my pour in this small goblet, but it has a foaming head and great lacing .
    The color is absolutely wonderful and it reminds me so much of many Belgian sours I've enjoyed in the past. It really reminds me of Liefmans Cuvée Brut in appearance.

    The smell isn't as strong as I expected and I detect an equal combo of the cherry, maple and bourbon.

    It tastes very light and crisp with great carbonation . The bourbon kind of overwhelms the cherry and the maple is hardly noticeable. It's not as sweet to me as many have described, however I like sweet brews so that may be a major factor.

    Mouthfeel again is very light and crisp and the cherry is on the tongue more so on the back end .

    Overall I'm enjoying it , but honestly it is an unusual combination of flavors and I can imagine many people wouldn't like it all that much . Three of my favorite flavors, so it's hard to not like it , however I would choose a Belgian cherry every day of the week over this . Once I get a second pour I will see if I can add to the review. :wink:




    Gratuitous dog pic ❤


    in case you were wondering who I was rooting for in the game .
    GO CATS !!!
     
  20. gopens44

    gopens44 Poo-Bah (2,351) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
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    Next in my Evil Twin day is this Michigan Maple Jesus

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    This one had a less explosive head than it's base (I'd assume) had, as a thin foam ring is really all I have for head. Lacing is slippery and gone quickly. Nose is similar to the base, as molasses takes center stage but there is an additional twist to the base with a bourbon element. Taste is big molasses up front with a definite vanilla gone bourbon seeking maple element that finishes off mighty sweet. I hesitate to go all in on the maple thing to finish, but it's pushing hard to be "the finishing" taste. Mouth feel is far more thick than most any other BA'd beer I've had, as it's fairly syrupy. Aftertaste is sort of there with mainly sweetness. Not overly dry on exit, and a little sticky. This thing was fairly cheap at Total Wine, and I'm thinking I should have bought more, but there were only 3 left- I feel better thinking 3 more Richmonders will get to try this.
     
  21. SteveB24

    SteveB24 Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2013 New York

    This is incredible. I can't believe they brewed a beer with 10% abv that's still dominated by Tropical, fruity, hop goodness. Mind blown.
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  22. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York


    Did I get the week wrong? :confused:
     
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  23. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,776) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Happy NBS. Trying to keep my spirits up in the dead of winter, We have had almost no sunlight for the entire month of January, and it looks like it will remain that way until Groundhog's day. At least the ground is covered in snow again, so I don't have to look and brown grass and dirt.

    As is a tradition on mine, I am enjoying Central Waters previous Anniversary beer. I always drink the Anniversary beers with one year of age. On with the review!

    Color is like coal with a thin 1 finger tan hear. Quick retention and a few spots of lacing. Typical for for these. The aroma is ripe with bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, cocoa, marshmallow and thick caramel. The taste is more like 16 than 17. A splash of bourbon, vanilla with some dark fruit filled dark chocolates. A decent amount of oak, caramel, and light earthiness. Medium body with creamy, smooth feel. Carbonation is spot on. I don't remember if this was as good as 16, but it I did enjoy it more than 17.

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  24. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (3,113) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    New Pinky Out Sunday
    From Platform Beer Co. in Cleveland
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    4.05/5 rDev +0.7%
    look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

    Poured from a 12oz can. No date, but it came directly from the taproom

    It is a dark gold color. A little foggy, but predominantly clear. There was a thin, wispy, soapy white head that dissipated very quickly into a very thin ring.

    The aroma is coffee beans, rye, and pilsner like grains.

    The coffee is the dominant flavor that comes through, but not completely overpowering. After an initial dark roast taste up front, there is a substantial amount of spicy rye. There is also a noticeable hop profile that is somewhere between a Pilsner and a Marzen. Very floral and biting, only with more bitterness that I don't believe to be from the coffee. Probably the Columbus hops noted. It finishes with a lingering rye flavor and some bitterness.

    The body is not what I would consider crisp like the can says. It has a bit of a dry finish, but it is fairly heavy bodied for having pale and pilsner malts. It has a nice combination of fullness and carbonation. There is just a ton of rye in there that seems to give it some heft.

    This beer is very reminiscent of Hoss from Great Divide with the addition of some coffee. The coffee adition is a little stronger in comparison to the base than with Wolf's Ridge Clear Sky Daybreak for my Ohio friends, but still a nice complimenting flavor. Highly recommended.
     
  25. smanson56

    smanson56 Champion (809) Feb 15, 2014 New Hampshire
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    Good afternoon to all the NBS followers and once again thanks to Maria for the great send off as usual. I am sorry to say I missed last Sunday just way to much going on here at home in central NH. We received a call from the breeder we got our Mastiff from asking if we could take in one of Diesel's litter mates due to some health problems suffered by her owner. Needless to say it has been a couple of weeks with lots of adjustments due to both dogs being raised alone since they were puppies. With the help of a great animal behaviorist I think this may finally be close to working out and the squabbles have stopped. As if our 230# male wasn't enough adding a 170# female to the mix was a huge adjustment for us all. I think we are finally getting to the point where we can leave them alone and still have a house left when we get home.

    No on the easy part for this week which is my new beer for this Sunday. It comes to me from PA and the Draai Laag Brewery in Millvale. It is La Pienture.
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    This beers pours a muddy brownish orange color into my tulip glass. Light foamy head that disappears quickly.
    Lots of stuff in the nose with the tartness coming through strong. Has that flanders red type of nose. Sour but lots of funk going on here.
    The taste is sour but the black cherry comes through nicely. Lots of earthy overtones and some good flavor from the barrel aging. This is supposed to 8% ABV but that is totally hidden in the blend of flavors.
    There is a good amount of carbonation in this beer and last through the glass.
    In all this is a good solid beer and I think perhaps a little more age will improve the flavors even more.
    3.99/5 rDev 0%
    look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
    Well time to take the dogs out for a little play time and perhaps if all goes well I may make it back with another beer later today.
     
  26. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Another 2 new beers Sunday, this week both are from Brotherton Brewing in Shamong NJ down in the Pine Barrens. Both beers were on tap.
    Beer #1 Brotherton IPA is 6.6 ABV 46 IPU. and unfiltered. The beer is a hazy golden color with a nice white head that laces well. The aroma is strong of citrus The taste is cirta hops with a small amount of malt. There is a nice dry finish. An excellent IPA one of the best being brewed in NJ.
    Beer # 2 Brotherton ESB is 4.2% ABV and 18 IBU. Brotherton calls this an ESP but could call it a mild if they wanted to. This is a very drinkable brew. It's redish brown in color with a off white head. The taste is bready malts and is a tiny bit sweet. Mouth feel is full. There is a small hop kick also. The hops used are called Brambling Cross. The Finish is off dry. This is about as close to a session beer as I've drank. Excellent brew.
    I've had 3 Brotherton beers now the first one was Drip Down IPA.. All 3 of them are top notch. They are on their way to becoming one of the best breweries in NJ if they aren't one already.
     
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  27. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,770) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    New beer for me a Citra PA from Bombshell Beer Co in Holly Springs NC.

    This is really quite the prototypical Citra Ale, fairly low Abv, could use a bit more malt to make it a bit richer to drink. I bought it in a small growler primarily off the smell, like most things Citra I get hooked. It's a decent enough beer the earth won't move, but it's easy drinking.
     
  28. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,888) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    OMG!!! Breweries are using the word 'adjunct' to describe flavorings now? I can't help feeling like all is lost...
     
  29. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,410) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey
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    Happy NBS to all! Pretty relaxing day, but I need to get my chicken chili started soon so I'll just get right down to the beer. Today's new beer is a new style for me: the Scottish Ale. Technically, this is a Scottish Export... Not to be confused with a Scotch Ale or Wee Heavy. Always fun to get to try a new style on this great beer journey.

    Belhaven Scottish Ale

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    14.9 oz can.

    Pours deep amber in color with a cascading effect - thanks to the nitro can - that eventually gives way to a brilliantly clean body. Small, creamy off-white head that shows great retention throughout the duration of the beer. Sparse lacing on the glass.

    Toasted malt aroma that is somewhat mild and subdued. Caramel, toffee, and cocoa round things out. No sign of hops to speak of. The flavor packs a ton of rich malt flavor and is heavier than the aroma would suggest. It's bready and toasty with the slightest hint of fruit, possibly from the hops, but the focus is completely on the malt.

    Medium bodied, it feels a little thin for the amount of malt flavor it has to support. Finishes a little dry with almost zero carbonation and a creamy texture.

    Cheers, BAs! Have a great Sunday.

    Score: 3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
     
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  30. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (7,763) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    AH time for more beer... (we're done with our mis en place.. that's enough onion chopping)

    Harry Doesn't Mind IIPA | SingleCut Beersmiths

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    Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Open Other End Jan 13th 2017.

    Pale orange and slightly turbid body appearance with a good amount of fine carbonation rising through the glass. Muted yellow grapefruit colors, that reach to a big bright white controlled bleach head. Sudsy and foamy, with a creamy top, standing three fingers tall. Very good staying power with some ring lacing, quite a bit of cling, and even a big of chunky soapy bits.

    Hop forward aroma pleasant and airy. Tropical hop notes of pineapple with some nice touches of icing sugar sweetness. Hints of spicy herbs as well, with a bit of oily bitterness hitting nicely. Slight hints of dill and pine as well make for a nice combination as well, but definitely fruit forward hop aromatics and nicely done.

    Palate is quite playful if a tad jarring. Tropical notes of mango and pineapple wash nicely, through a good dense malt bill. Lots of astringency and sharp dry pine character, but without the tannic qualities making for a very nice experience. Very nice bitter finish, thick, but stays away from syrupy or overly caramel sweetness tones. Tropical aromatics seem way more pronounced and delicious after first sip, there's even a bit of peppery flavor and kick in this which is a nice addition.

    Very nicely done Imperial here, I like the spicy pepper character which takes the beer into a different angle and away from the giant fruit bombs of late too.

    look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25 | BA Generated Score: 4.18
     
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  31. woodychandler

    woodychandler Poo-Bah (11,846) Apr 9, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    Dunno. I went with what you posted.
     
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  32. SABERG

    SABERG Poo-Bah (2,708) Sep 16, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Good afternoon NBS, Thanks Maria for the kickoff and the focus. I always enjoy the detail and fun you bring to the reviews. Home brew day today with an all grain Maibock chilling as I type.
    Todays offering is from Harpoon, a hoppier version of the Irish Red, I quite like the mash up of the two. The style is a bit confounding but the end result is a maltier red IPA if you ask me. That said I appreciate the offering and Harpoon's willingness to push boudaries.
    Time to pitch some yeast.
    Cheers all

    The Craic

    Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
    American Amber / Red Ale / 7.00% ABV

    3.84/5 rDev +2.1% | Avg: 3.76
    look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

    Poured from a recently purchased growler into a pilsner glass.
    A - Deep copper, iron oxide, mahogany color. Excellent clarity. Active carbonation culminates in a frothy off white cap.
    S - Lite touch of roast malts, sweet brown sugar, conifer like spruce match up with a touch of caramel.
    T - Surprisingly bitter, in a good way, reminiscent of a mash up Leviathan IPA and Irish Red. each bringing it's strength to the offering. Sweet malts can hold of the hop bitterness and sets a fine contrast to it.
    M - Medium in body, excellent carbonation keeps things hustling, a quick to exit bitterness is followed by a very balanced lingering of lightly roasted malt and light brown sugar, and spruce tip. I quite enjoy this element of the offering.
    O - A hopped up Irish Red, in some ways reminds me of Centennial hops? Well executed, Harpoon deserves some love for this one.
    Cheers
     
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  33. Dragginballs76

    Dragginballs76 Poo-Bah (2,573) Nov 13, 2015 South Carolina
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    Good afternoon NBSers missed last Sunday due to traveling out of town and now that the daily chores are done it is time to relax with a new beer.

    This afternoon I am getting started with Yellow Belly Sundae from Buxton Brewery. It isa BBA Imperial Stout clocking in at 12% ABV. I picked this one up around Christmas at a bottle shop I had not been to before. I noticed it as I was looking around and although the price was higher than I like to pay for a single ($15.50 for a 11.2 oz.) based on what other customers had told the guy at the shop I gave it a shot. I have to say I am not disappointed, if you like peanut butter and chocolate and bourbon this is really good.

    Appearance 4.25 - Pours thin black like used motor oil , thin mocha colored head that quickly dissipates spotty lacing around the glass.

    Aroma 4.5 - This thing smells like dessert, I could smell the peanut butter and chocolate cookie smell while I was pouring it. I am also picking up some toffee and caramel, it is like a liquid candy bar in a good way. I am just picking up a hint of the bourbon.

    Taste 4.5 - The taste is very similar to the aroma except the bourbon is more pronounced. There is plenty of chocolate chip cookie and toffee, there is also tons of peanut butter and bourbon they are both the stars of the flavor profile.

    Feel 4.25- It seemed to pour sort of thin but it really coats the mouth very well, there is some burn from the alcohol

    Overall 4.37 - I was a bit worried if I would like this especially at the cost but wow this thing is great. The flavors are very balanced and each one stands out very well and the aroma is heaven.

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  34. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (7,763) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    I am drooling just looking at that...
     
  35. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (5,281) Sep 17, 2005 New Mexico
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    Wow! You have 400 pounds of dog.
     
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  36. BIGPOPPAS

    BIGPOPPAS Disciple (387) Aug 5, 2016 New Jersey

    Okay so I'm on my second pour from the bomber of Frootwood .
    Not much has changed since my first post except that some of the flavors are a little more noticeable in the bottom half of the bomber .
    Definitely not a brew for everyone, but it is light and flavorful.
    I paid $11.49 a bomber and for basically the same price I could get Liefmans Cuvée Brut and many other delightful bombers .
    I'm not sure I would grab this again, but we will see how the cellared one tastes after some age on it .

    In case anyone is wondering how much I'm enjoying the Villanova game, well I've already broken a few things about the house and my blood pressure is up 20 points :angry::angry::angry:

    CHEERS !! :wink:
     
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    Last edited: Jan 29, 2017
  37. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (3,113) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    I'm glad I am not the only one who found that odd
     
  38. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York


    Well if no one said it's wrong then it must be right. lmao.
     
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  39. laketang

    laketang Meyvn (1,350) Mar 22, 2015 Arizona
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    [​IMG] this is my rather simple review of a BIG beer.

    lets start with the appearance
    black and thick with a dark tan head
    forms a nice rim with good lacing as I consume
    on to smell
    vanilla and dried fruit notes
    taste
    gingersnap candy,licorice and chocolate notes
    fudge and some tartness.
    feel
    thick, full chocolaty coating
    good density, oily coating
    some warming (spice)
    a pleasure to drink! cheers!
     
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  40. Samlover55

    Samlover55 Crusader (798) Oct 8, 2015 New York
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    Good afternoon NBS,
    Here today with a classic but new to me beer from those great folks out in Kansas City, MO.
    Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad
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    (picture from final pour)
    4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
    look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

    .750ml Bottle, with a BB Date of 9/2017, sitting in the cellar since last April
    Poured into a Libbey Tulip Glass
    L- deep red, almost brown with quickly dissipating head
    S- strong notes of the candi sugar, raisins amidst complex dark fruit, slight booziness and cherry notes
    T- sweet malty character enhanced by the dark fruit, followed by a mellow blend of the cherries and bourbon, with a slightly spicy finish, and vanilla on the aftertaste
    F- highly carbonated, medium-bodied, with a slight syrupy feel
    O- this is a special beer, where the natural sweetness of the Quad is really balanced out by the barrel and the cherries.
    Another great job by Boulevard.
    Cheers to the new week!!
     
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