New Beer Sunday (week 623)

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  1. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (5,448) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia

    I figured I'd join our friend @BIGPOPPAS with a brew. We'll see in a second whether we agree on the beer, but I can tell you already that we don't agree on who should win the UVa/Villanova game :wink:.


    Founder's Frootwood sounds interesting, but I'm not sure how I'll like it.
    Definitely agree it's a pretty rose color, and very clear. Lovely to see a little stream of bubbles rise from the middle of the glass. A cross of frothy and soapy head, thick at the edges. I'm getting a little lacing, not quite as much as @BIGPOPPAS seemed to indicate.

    My initial whiffs did make me think of Backwoods Bastard. Since that's not made with maple, I wonder if the maple is replacing the malty notes from that wonderful beer. The cherry is barely noticeable to me initially, but if I look for it, I can see it in there - maybe a little nod to a cherry soda - maybe a little like Cheerwine.

    Funny thing, I actually get a lot more cherry than my fellow Frootwood imbiber. I do get a little bit of a weak tart kriek note, without any complexity. The maple acts more of a brief transition to the bourbon notes, which again brings a little recollection of BB. The cherry never quite leaves, nor does the ever so slight tartness it brings. The bourbon flavor also brings a little heat with it.

    Agree here - light and crisp with just a little heat in the end. Not quite as sweet as one might think, I think because of that light tartness.


    An emjoyable mix, but not a beer I will probably get more of. Reminds me a little of Rubaeus in its makeup - the fruit is decently represented, with the other notes (hops in the comparison beer) adding interest. I didn't get Rubaeus initially, but it has grown on me a tad. We'll se if this one does as well.

    As I typed this up, 'Nova has made the run I feared it might. A battle for sure. Hope we pull it out!!
  2. woodchipper

    woodchipper Meyvn (1,333) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut

    Saw this on draft last night, but had to leave before I got to try it. Picked it up at a grocery stop on the way home. Bottle is stamped enjoy by 04JUN17.
    As you can see, this is a light ale, blonde it is. Head is nice, lacing continues to the bottom of the glass.
    Aroma is tangerine rind. Front of taste follows the aromatics all the way to the finish, but the malt comes in midway. This is a pretty enjoyable beer, especially at 5.7%. Nice substitute for a big IPA when you can't afford the alcohol.
    For all the hop character I can't believe the bottle date. Seems like a pretty volatile taste profile for that longevity to me.
  3. gopens44

    gopens44 Poo-Bah (2,350) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
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    I couldn't move on to a bomber of high ABV stout after those last two, so I've pulled out this fun looking IPA from @warrendietrich2001 that also marks my first Nevada beer, so that's pretty cool too.

    Bad Beat Brewing Hoppy Times IPA


    Good sized head that leaves behind a full curtain of lacing. Beer itself is dark yellow, orange, hazy thing. Nose deals in pepper, green onion and a twist of lemony orange. Taste punches through with a nondescript tartness that almost immediately gives way to a very abrasive, earthy, pungent bitterness that transfers more dandelion than anything else. Mouth feel is monster bitter in a medium bodied dry finish beer. If I were bellying up to a bar in Vegas, I'd be pretty good with some draws of this.
  4. Lingenbrau

    Lingenbrau Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2011 Oregon

    Happy New Brewery (to me) Sunday! Crazy week. I was on call, and of course this morning at 1:45 am, I respond to an alarm in which our treatment plant was basically crippled for three and a half hours! Yuck. The kid has no concept of time and tiredness yet, so up at 8:00 and we're off again. Alright, enough complaints! Let's talk about something great. How about a beer from a well renowned brewery in Wisconsin, given to me by a fellow advocate who has my utmost respect, @FBarber . My first from this unexpected porch bomb. Thanks again Frank!

    New Glarus Brewing Co.
    Two Women Lager



    Pours a brilliantly clear deep gold, almost amber color into my favorite Weihenstephaner stange. Big, fluffy, frothy bone whit head that persists and laces well. Simply beautiful.

    A: Smells gloriously of the timeless and noble Hallertau. Spicy, earthy, grassy... Then the sweet floor malted barley comes through. Fresh baked bread, sweet and grainy.

    T: Sweet at first, showcasing the cracker goodness with a touch of caramel. The spice of the hops finishes is out with a nice peppery flavor. Simple. Just as it should be.

    F: Smooth and so easy to drink. Good carbonation, almost foams up in the mouth, and finishes very dry. Balanced, but maybe a tad more bitter than its German inspirations.

    O: This is a wonderful American interpretation of a classic German lager, in the sense that it lacks a little sweetness in the flavor. Not a bad thing by any means, just a truly American touch. I could drink this all the time and never get bored of it.

    Cheers everyone, and I will see you all soon!
  5. Reef

    Reef Savant (928) Dec 2, 2016 South Carolina

    Rare Sunday when I'm home and can enjoy some beers. I pulled out a Wicked Weed French Toast Stout to enjoy with lunch. Hi

    I like the 500 ml. size for this style and ABV. Dark mahogany with a thin head which dissipates to a persistent ring.
    Strong toast and cinnamon aromas perfectly consonant with French Toast. Taste is dominated by cinnamon and vanilla, with maple showing up later. Drinks smoothly, flavors deepening as it warms. Perfect for brunch on a cold weekend.
  6. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (3,862) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    Greetings, fellow NBSers, and thanks to @utopiajane for getting us going once again.
    31° and cloudy outside. I'm taking things easy today as I recover from a hangover achieved by celebrating my birthday.

    Last night I had several new beers. A restrained Coconut Porter at Iron Goat and two versions of River City's Mad Latvian Baltic Porter - the standard version and one brewed with cocoa nibs. Both were delicious and quite drinkable despite packing a 9.9% abv punch.

    Not sure if I'll have any beer at all today due to the aforementioned hangover, so in case that doesn't happen, have a great week!
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  7. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,721) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Good Morning Maria and NBS Crew.
    Wow, I gotta tell y'all that in the midst of all the chaos in our lives, we took a day off so to speak. Went to some deer friends' home to enjoy a house concert. Yes, a house concert.

    Our deer friends live in Camarillo, CA. When traffic is good, a hour and a half away. When it's bad, 2+. But, it was sooooo worth it. Y'all gotta check out these great artists:
    Cindy Scott is an amazing vocalist. In fact, she's very well known in New Orleans jazz circles, and teaches at the University of New Orleans.

    She is partnered with guitarist extraordinaire, Brian Seeger, who is also a faculty member at NOLA. I highly recommend checking them out. Here'a few clips of them:

    Oh, and of course, beer was served in spite of the very New Orleans cocktails focus of the evening. Local Camarillo brewery Institution Ale Company

    Batch #081

    3.54/5 rDev 0%
    look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

    Fresh growler poured within 30 minutes of filling at an awesome house concert in Camarillo. Thanks Michelle and Ben.

    Golden to copper hued. White foamy head rises and falls to a thin layer.
    Smells is lite, biscuity malt. Hops come through as more of a drying out of the sweetness. Just the faintest whisper of grassy notes.
    Flavor is very consistent with the nose. Definitely an approachable APA for those who are scared off by prominent hop notes. This one is smooth. The hops provide mostly an earthy drying out component.
    Mouthfeel is full for style. Carbonated well.

    BIGPOPPAS Disciple (386) Aug 5, 2016 New Jersey


    SORRY about the loss . It was an amazing game though . Truthfully I was breaking stuff in my house during the first half . I wasn't even going to watch the game to the end as my blood pressure was soaring and then Nova went on that 13 point run . Sick game . I definitely feel the pain for Virginia fans :slight_frown:
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  9. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,887) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Hello everybody. Time for me to stop grumping all over the thread and just have a beer :slight_smile:. It's actually a beautiful, sunny January afternoon here, nice enough to get the garage doors open and clean out our guinea pigs' cage. Many of the herbs are still in good shape, too, to the delight of our little buddies, and that brings me in the mood to open this new one from Grimm:
    Color Field, a sour ale with hibiscus, rose hips and chamomile.

    Grimm's sours are fairly easy to get a hold of because unlike the canned IPAs, they tend to stick around for a bit. And that's surprisingly, to me, because for the quality these beers are a bargain and seem to be priced to move. This bomber was only $9.99, for example.

    It's got that gorgeous hot pink color that suggests a heavy hand with the hibiscus, and you wouldn't be wrong if you guessed that. Actually, 'floral' in general is a very apt descriptor here, and it's pretty seamless where the flowers, herbs and hops meet one another. And it's surprisingly bright for what is essentially a dried flower quality, rather than fresh. Deep into the nose there's also a touch of spiciness and stone fruit (a delicate plum comes out upon lots of swirling). The initial sip is a full on sour attack- it stays palatable, but just barely (imagine putting a sprinkle of sugar on a lemon wedge before biting into it.) This beer is helped, too, by just enough sweetness to help you get past the first wave.

    But after a few ounces it becomes more complex and bracing; quenching, even. The plum comes more to the fore the more I have, but that slightly tannic hibiscus dominates the finish throughout, bookending the floral nose quite nicely. By the time of the second pour I'm fully aboard and really enjoying all that this beer had to offer. It's deftly assembled, and shows the entirely of its elements, including some natural astringency, while somehow keeping it all in check. I'll gladly buy this one again if it manages to stick around. A- (4.25).
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  10. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Happy Birthday! =)
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  11. MacMalt

    MacMalt Poo-Bah (4,662) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    I don't think I've ever read a review comparing a beer to Cheerwine! I love Founders offerings but sometimes their fruity beers are overly sweet. I've got to try this.
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  12. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (7,754) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    On to more stuff.. better get something big as I will have to slave myself in the kitchen after this.

    let's try this one.

    Biggie S'mores | Three Notch'd Brewing Company

    Three Notch'd Brewing Company - Biggie S'Mores Imperial Stout
    by imbibehour, on Flickr


    Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

    Pretty straightforward looking stout, dark walnut brown near to black, actually slightly red almost dark copper hued. Very nice tan creamy one finger head that dissolves to leave a nice creamy collar as well. Very nice looking brew.

    Interesting aroma. Whoppers malted candy quality and lost of graham crackers come off on the nose. Milky sensing and mushy crackers in the mix, but a somewhat closed malts presence. Not much hints of chocolate or even roast, but a one note that is actually quite impressive and inviting at least.

    Palate provides a bit more diversity. Light bodied hints of char and roast on first sip, with more carbon and char roast like flavors and action in the aftertaste. Quite an interesting sweetness too this, tastes like honey quite a bit as opposed to lactose and milky cream character. Honey and graham cracker with a noticeable roast mix in the mid palate mostly.

    Is this a milker? Somewhere in between? I like the graham cracker on this quite a bit, but many of the other flavors suggeseted just don't show up (chocolate, marshmallow, cream/vanilla). Fun beer, but I think this has the potential to be considerably better.

    look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 | BA Generated Score: 3.84

  13. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    What are you slaving over in that kitchen of yours smaka! btw thank you in advance for subbing for me for my sons birthday weekend next month!
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  14. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (5,448) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia

    Thanks. Yeah - I felt like we needed to knock down one of those shots during that run, and we kept rimming out. Obviously I wanted to see OT, but I really wanted to see overtime - another five minutes of that game would've been fun.

    Now, it's been a long time since I've had Cheerwine, but it jumped to mind. We discussed minds and memories earlier, so consider that. However I think the maple and bourbon-barrel vanilla might've worked with the cherry flavor to give me the impression. It's definitely not as sweet as a soda. I'd say it's fairly similar to Lizard of Koz in having sweet and tart fruit notes, but more light and crisp than the stout (note I didn't find LoK to be as sweet as most seem to).
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  15. LeRose

    LeRose Poo-Bah (1,542) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    Infinite likes...
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  16. MacMalt

    MacMalt Poo-Bah (4,662) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    Hey NBS Gang. My contribution today is Bible Belt, a collaboration between Prairie Artisan Ales and Evil Twin. The best way to describe it is BOMB! with less pepper and more dark fruit. It's really tasty and the 13% ABV is well-hidden. About my only constructive criticism is that it's rather thin in body. Here's my review:

    4.35/5 rDev +1.4%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

    Poured from 12 oz. bottle into stout glass. It pours an opaque black walnut color with a thin, mocha-colored head and lacing. I expected a foamier head and more extensive lacing but it's still an attractive pour. It smells of roasted, almost burnt, malt, dark coffee, cocoa, wood smoke, and pepper. The taste is not as peppery as the regular BOMB! but there is a really nice dose of dark fruit, including cherry and raisin, which gives it a chocolate covered cherry quality. The coffee is also evident - not quite burnt but not quite fresh either. The peppers are evident but subdued and there is a hint of vanilla, as well. This stout has minimal carbonation and a creamy mouth feel, although not very viscous. The alcohol is deceptive; it doesn't drink like 13% ABV. Overall, I really enjoyed this collaboration between two great brewers. It doesn't feature the pepper heat of the standard BOMB! but the dark fruit is a welcome substitute.

    I'm enjoying your reviews this afternoon. Cheers everyone!
  17. ichorNet

    ichorNet Poo-Bah (1,985) Mar 16, 2010 Massachusetts

    Howdy NBS! Got a couple entries for you guys today! This past week was busy as hell at work and took a lot out of me, so I was glad to get out last night to go to a barleywine festival at Cambridge Brewing Company with some of my best friends. Had some very awesome vintages of both Arquebus (their blonde honey barleywine) and Blunderbuss (their darker, English style barleywine) along with a pour of 2015 Pretty Things Our Finest Regards! On to today's beer though...


    This idea is kind of silly, but I was morbidly curious to see how it came out. I've actually long been a fan of both of the constituent beers for this, but what really sold me on grabbing a bottle of this was the ingredients list on the back... it just says "brewed using 2 ingredients: Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar & Rogue Chocolate Stout"... :rolling_eyes::stuck_out_tongue:

    Pours a very dark brown, almost entirely opaque and black once it all tumbles into my glass. Has a nice cap of khaki head that laces pretty damn well overall. This seems very biased towards the "stout" side of things, but Hazelnut Brown has always been a fairly dark beer in the first place, so I guess I'm not really surprised it's so dark, even with the 60/40 blend of HBN to CS in place here.

    Nose is pure Nutella; hazelnut-cocoa with notes of velvety smooth chocolate pudding and roasted nuts. There isn't much subtlety here, but it seems kind of heavier on the nutty note than the chocolate note overall. Perhaps that will change as it gets warmer. Very sweet and decadent. Reminds me of Ferrero Rocher candy as well, of course... y'know, with the whole hazelnut right in the middle? Great stuff. If that kind of thing is up your alley, you'll like the smell of this one!

    On the tongue, this is surprisingly bitter upfront, with some baker's chocolate melding quickly into a smoother, milkier chocolate note with the hazelnut and darker malts coming out in the middle. The finish is tempered overall by an additional roasty note that plays off the nutty elements well. This is actually a little less sweet than I figured it would be from the nose and the concept in general. The mouthfeel is medium but finishes watery overall. Has some solid carbonation but it isn't pushy or over the top. Nice balance of the flavors from its constituent beers. One thing I found interesting is that the listed ABV on here seems bizarrely low at 5.7%... I mean, HBN is over 6% and CS is almost 6% itself, so how did this come out lower? And the IBU rating on this seems a bit wacky too; the bottle lists 75 IBUs? I taste very little of that other than some very neutral bitterness upfront that nevertheless seems within the realm of 50 IBUs, as expected for a sub-6% malty, dessert-y beer. Not sure how much I believe these numbers. Regardless, it's a pretty good drink, and a fun one-off that is almost exactly as I expected, in the end. Cheers, and I'll be back again soon with a new sour!

    Edit: why not put up a couple photos of last night to make y'all jealous...?


    #97 ichorNet, Jan 29, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2017
  18. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,116) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    I don't really drink sodas much, but I do love Cheerwine from nearby Salisbury. Just in case you may need it some day, a 16 oz bottle of Cheerwine cures a hangover. Really.
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  19. SABERG

    SABERG Poo-Bah (2,703) Sep 16, 2007 Massachusetts

    That is one of our favorites here in WMass, similar to Convivial Saurez (another favorite) with its own angle for sure.
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  20. Hoppy_Time

    Hoppy_Time Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2016 Maine

    Good afternoon BA! Today's new brew travelled cross country in just 18 days and is now fresh hoppy goodness in my glass. Russian River Blind Pig.


    The pour is a clear golden amber with a two finger off white head. Great head retention and very nice lacing.

    The aroma is fairly light all things considered. Piney grassy hops, orange and sweet caramel malts.

    Taste is great, big resinous hops, sweet orange and floral hops midpallete, and a piney and grapefruit bitterness on the finish. The bitterness is firm and drying without being cloying.

    Mouthfeel is pretty thick and smooth, great carbonation, nice and tingly and crisp.

    Overall this is a great IPA. One of the best west coast IPA's I've had. The big west coast hops provide great floral and pine flavors, firm bitterness and a complementary balance of sweet malt. I think the only thing I can knock here is the aroma is all there but not overly impressive. I liked this a lot more than Pliny the Elder, I think the hops and malts are much better balanced here.

  21. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (2,127) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    Last week for NBS I reviewed a Wild Sour Series beer from Destihl Brewery, and it was a complete miss for me. This week I'm trying the series again with their Plum Sour Stout. This is a weird beer - it's equal parts sour and stout. They compliment each other more than battle each other. I'm not sure it's my style, but it's not bad.


    Poured from a 12 ounce can dated 11/09/16. It pours a deep brown with a three finger head that quickly dissipated leaving very minimal lacing. The smell is typical sour upfront but there is a definite malty, chocolate stout smell coming through also. I can get the plum character on the nose also. The taste follows the smell. It's sour plum and roasted malts combined in equal parts. The roasted flavor really comes through in the aftertaste. Overall it's a confusing beer - equal parts sour and stout. I'm not sure I'll buy it again, but it's not bad.
  22. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (2,127) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    I thought that beer was delicious and very unique. I'm not sure I've ever tasted peanuts in beer before, and it really worked.
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  23. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (2,127) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    I can't wait for that beer to hit Arkansas. I love the option for both 750 and 12 oz.
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    BIGPOPPAS Disciple (386) Aug 5, 2016 New Jersey

    Okay so I decided to join the everyday drinking crowd and possibly return to NBS later.
    Having a little meatier brew after that bomber of Frootwood . I would have chosen a Stout, but I'm out of my daily drinkers and need a reload . The wife just bailed on me, so I might have to run up the street for a little something. I guess her leaving early combined with an amazing Villanova comeback win , could lead to a many brew day and evening :wink:

    8.2 abv Dopplebock 16 oz

    Looks delicious, doesn't it ?? :stuck_out_tongue::grinning:

    CHEERS !!
  25. Lingenbrau

    Lingenbrau Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2011 Oregon

    Round 2! Again, courtesy of @FBarber (which I might just have to get another fridge because of), this one comes out of New Jersey from the folks at Magnify. Another new to me brewery, and am very excited to try! I'm trying to relax over here today, but the chores keep stacking up. I need a break. Oh!

    Magnify Brewing
    Vine Shine IPA

    6.5% abv

    And with some light to show its true colors.

    Slightly opaque, bright yellowy orange with a coarsely bubbled foamy white head that sticks well.

    Pine sap, citrus, papaya, honey and even a hint of white pepper shine through.

    T: I'm not a fan of the word dank, but it seems too appropriate not to use. Dank, resinous pine (and I'm talking spruce needles here!), a touch of citrus, and I'm getting that affomentioned white pepper and even a little black licorice.

    F: Medium bodied, good carbonation, bitter, and dry with a sticky coating finish. A touch of alcohol comes through as it warms.

    O: Overall, this is my kind of IPA! Sure I enjoy every style, and though this looks semi new school, it smells, feels, and tastes all old skool to me. A beer that punches you in olfactory, then kicks you in the teeth!

    Cheers again everyone, and I will see you all soon!
  26. larryi86

    larryi86 Poo-Bah (4,626) Apr 4, 2010 Delaware
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    New beer #2 Allagash Avancé.

    4.29/5 rDev +6.7%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

    375 ml bottle, July 14, 2016, poured into a flute

    A- A clear dirty ruby red with a small off-white head

    S- Tart, sweet strawberries, some vanilla/bourbon, oak, leather/tannis.

    T- Sour, tart underripe strawberries, some sweet strawberry jam, tannis, leather, oak, just enough bourbon.

    M- Smooth, medium body.

    O- Very fruity and sour, strawberries really linger on the palate. Very drinkable for 9.7%. Leaving to Allagash to brew an excellent strawberry sour; not quite as good as Farm To Face or Nancy, but still worth seeking out.
  27. Dragginballs76

    Dragginballs76 Poo-Bah (2,573) Nov 13, 2015 South Carolina
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    I completely agree, they also have a non BBA version I may pick that up if I see it.
  28. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (7,754) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    Not a problem. I am making a Murgha Massalla recipe (A curried seasoned whole chicken in spices) from a really good Indian cookbook I have. I've made this once before, it's a bit of a few steps but oh man, the last time I made it, it was do delicious.

    So I am making it tonight.
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  29. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (7,754) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    I had this recently too, dug it very much!
  30. GeorgiaBeerGuy

    GeorgiaBeerGuy Initiate (0) May 31, 2013 Georgia

    Enjoying this amazing new beer!


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  31. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poo-Bah (5,733) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire

    [​IMG] So been on the slopes watching the kids most of the day, finally time for a little brew sent to me by @Rcruz9230 not my thing normal, but I will grade it with that in mind. Pours a very light yellow with a fluffy 3 plus finger head, that leaves some nice thin lace behind, bottled in December 2015. 4

    Smell is must, sour grapes, rubarb, lemon, coriander, and a little grapefruit rind. 4

    Taste follows must, champagne, lemon, coriander, and grapefruit. 4

    Mouthfeel is on the light side, loads of bubbly carbonation, a little dry, and easy drinking, with loads of flavor for 5.5% ABV. 4

    Overall this is very good for a Saison, not something that I normally enjoy, but this was good, one of if not the best I have had. 4[​IMG]
  32. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (4,243) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Moving onto more East Coast hops after a little family gathering.This one comes by way of Fiddlehead Brewing Company. I can't wait to dig in. Cheers.


    Fiddlehead's Second Fiddle.

    Pours deep orange with a thick layer of fog to it. Head foams up to two fingers in height and white in color. Head retention is good. Lacing is fair. Aroma is orange zest, mango, and pine hops. There is a rich biscuity, bready malt quality as well. Flavor profile is orange zest, mango, payapya, with some pine and resin hop stick to it. Malts really cut throw the hops, and come in the form of biscuit and bread notes. It has a large presence to it, yet is still balanced. Mouth feel is filling, with a thick DIPA texture to it. It has a little bit of graininess, and fizziness as well. Overall, a sublime DIPA that features plenty of popping hop action. The malt notes are great, and really bolster this beer into a thick, experience of a DIPA.

    Score: 4.25 | 4.25 | 4.5 | 4.5 | 4.5 | BA Score: 4.43 | rDev: -0.2%

    Personal reflection: This beer really does play second fiddle to Sip of Sunshine, but don't let that fool you. This is a delicious and huge beer. Drinking this for the first time evokes memories of my first Hopslam experience. Delicious.
  33. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,973) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Are you ready to make some Chicha!?!:slight_smile:

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  34. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (7,754) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    Nah. :wink: I'd go down to Ecuador/Peru and get the real thing, I'd probably screw it up. :slight_smile:
  35. StraightNoChaser

    StraightNoChaser Poo-Bah (2,315) Oct 21, 2007 Georgia
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  36. smbslt

    smbslt Savant (918) Dec 26, 2010 Illinois

    Well provisioned for NBS currently. For me it comes in waves.
    This one is courtesy of my Midwest trotting wife.
    Not having a lot of cream ales to base things on, I think it is true to the style as it is lageresque. The straw color is misrepresented by the ill-lit photo but the carbonation is great maintaining the fine, white, but thin head. Initially there was more bite in the finish than seems that there should have been but after becoming accustomed to it, it smooth out some and has a satisfying mouthfeel. Feels like a classy picnic beer.
  37. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,973) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Did you mean to say chew it up!?!:rolling_eyes:

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  38. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (7,754) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    both for sure :stuck_out_tongue:
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  39. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,116) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Greetings friends,
    Busy day here and I'll talk a little about my favorite local brew...Foothills Jade.
    Anyway, @lordofthewiens inspired me with his photos of Sparky, Sophia, and Willie. I miss my Teddy, Meg, and Lily. So here's a photo of Otis, who just happens to be being good on purpose. Otis is a complete hoot (literally) and is everyone's friend. I've had Pointers, but never a Treeing Walker...Otis is perfectly goofy and scary smart! He's looking at Dartmouth and Beloit.........
    This really fresh Foothills Jade is a classic bright yellow gold with a pretty white cap. The nose is a touch tropical, lemony, and the beer is nicely alive in the glass. This is a big mouthful of ale, somewhat soft and easy, smooth with orange and mango-like nose and flavor. Lovely fruit with a bite! I like this one always as it warms to really reveal the fine integration of malt and hop(s). I love Foothills Jade and recommend it highly.
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    1968 rock and roll Small Faces style. Steve Marriot is appreciated for sure, but this was special for its time.
  40. Hoppy_Time

    Hoppy_Time Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2016 Maine

    New brew number 2 tonight, Rising Tide Admiral. It's a blended sour ale with a cedar aged Belgian ale and an oak and apricot aged sour ale. I've never seen anything aged in cedar so let's see how it goes.


    Pours almost clear gold with a finger of white foamy head. Spectacular head retention for a sour. Minimal lacing. Great stream of bubbles constantly rising.

    The aroma is very delicate, earthy oak and bready malt. Lemon and maybe a smidge of the cedar.

    The standout performance of this brew is the flavor. Once you get over the first bump of weirdness and start delving into the depths of this brew it's pretty awesome. I'm getting clove, lemon, oak, white bread, apricot, a little earthy bitterness which I'm assuming is the cedar though it has no pine like flavor, lighter notes of oranges pineapples. Everything is played over a nice light tartness and bready grist. It's a little sweet but not over the top.

    Light bodied, smooth and a nice light carbonation.

    The cedar in the description threw me for a loop as for what to expect, so this was totally unexpected. It's fruity and sweet tart on the whole but wonderfully blended and put together. Rising Tide is always surprising me with excellent beer.

    #120 Hoppy_Time, Jan 29, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2017
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