New Beer Sunday (week 630)

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  1. JBowenGeorgia

    JBowenGeorgia Defender (614) Sep 1, 2016 Georgia
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    Morning all! Thanks @cavedave for the start, wish you could send some of that snow south. I'd love to see my boys and puppies get to play in it, the only snow we had this year was too wet to enjoy and melted before the sun came up. I'm not sure I would want to see it for months at a time but a couple days would be lovely.
    I have some running around to do today but when things settle down I'll definitely be cracking into some of my WGNaBP haul from @ovaltine. He destroyed my porch and wants list with some heavy hitters.
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    March 19th is a day etched in my memory bank for a few reasons, one of which was in 1982 with the plane crash that took Randy Rhodes so I'll leave a small clip of one of my favorite recordings from him.
     
  2. foundersasap

    foundersasap Aspirant (247) Feb 2, 2015 Michigan
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    Not only was Friday, St. Pattys day, but @tasterschoice62 blew up my porch with 450 oz of beer goodness. And I also picked up this beautiful rescue pooch, an English Setter. She's going to have a wonderful life a can assure you! I'll be back later to crack a beer with you, but it's going to be a hard choice, Procolamation, Trillium, ....?
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  3. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,064) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    Not what I meant. "Amber Kellerbier" doesn't have to be (and more often than not, isn't) amber either.
     
  4. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poo-Bah (2,532) Jun 11, 2013 New York


    I will try to include the guidelines or some kind of reference to the new categories because I accept your scolding for being a tad lazy. I also think the word amber is misleading but not after you read the guidelines. Same with it being used to describe the vienna lager. For instacne th old guidelines use the word amber to describe th eoktoebrfest and the vienna but the american amber/red that is on the shelves is not like either of those .
     
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  5. ovaltine

    ovaltine Poo-Bah (2,229) Apr 6, 2010 Indiana
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    Greetings from Palm Desert, CA, NBS and BIF brethren, and thanks to @cavedave for that rousing opening salvo in BIF #5. Normally, I'd present two beers for your perusal, but I am taking Mrs O to Indian Wells in a bit to watch some tennis, so I sadly only have a single beer from that exceptional BIF partner @beertunes to review today. I'll have 2 or 3 next week in iteration #2 of the BIF share.

    First a pic of me and Mrs O from yesterday .....

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    As you can see, I outkicked my coverage by 40 yards. Now onto the beer, this superb NW IPA from @beertunes .....

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    #YouTakeWhatYouCanGetForGlasswareInAHotel

    4.27/5 rDev +5.2%
    look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

    My first beer from these guys, this is everything I love about IPA's. Golden copper color, slightly off-white head, some hop haze. Just a beautiful beer.

    The malt is really forward on the nose, but the citrus/orange hop notes dance to the front of the line on the taste, with some pine - and then that substantial malt backbone glides in to smooth out the landing. Drinking this is like watching a perfectly executed waltz - everything is in balance, and you know you're witnessing something beautiful.

    Just a magnificent representation of the style, IMHO.
     
  6. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,640) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    The BJCP style guidelines provides the detail for Amber Kellerbier: “Gold to deep reddish-amber color.”

    I underlined the word “guidelines” since it is appropriate to view this as a guideline (vs. a ‘rule’).

    Cheers!
     
  7. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (4,127) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    New Old Ale Sunday

    Smuttynose Brewing in New Hampshire has barrel aged their Really Old Brown Dog old ale in whiskey barrels. I had the original back in 2012 and was not overly impressed. It was good, but I never returned to it. Never had the other barrel-aged versions from 2015 either - there was a bourbon barrel edition and a bourbon barrel edition with cinnamon and vanilla added.

    This beer, and their brown ale, Old Brown Dog, are named after their dog, Olive...
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    The bottle indicates that the ale is aged in whisk(e)y barrels hand-picked by the Loch and K(e)y Society, a whisk(e)y club (hence the use of "(e)" when they reference the "whisk(e)y" barrels :rolling_eyes:)... Fans of the spirit may know that "whiskey" usually refers to Irish and American spirits, while "whisky" usually denotes a Scottish version (although apparently both Canada and Japan favor spelling it "whisky" as well).

    Anyway... Added the beer to the database, submitted a photo, and here we go...
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    Clear and deep gold on the pour, expressing ruby hues in the glass. Center-pour into the snifter produced a thin layer of crystalline foam across the top which quickly slimmed into a fine collar around the edge.

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    Aromas were mild, suggestive of wet wood and sweet malts - carried some suggestions of vanilla and brown sugar, maybe a bit of warm brown bread...

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    Reminded me a bit of Fuller's Vintage Ale in it's look and feel. Thin-bodied, laying a sweet shellac across the tongue. Flavors in line with aromas, bitterness mild, sugars moderate, carbonation flat. As it warmed it took on a whiskey-like character which I rather liked. Some lacquer across the tongue lingers well past the finish, with hints of smokiness, pine, and peat.

    Not bad - I certainly enjoyed it more barrel-aged than not. My retailer hadn't yet put it into his POS system when I was there, but he let me take one (to be paid for later), so I have no idea of the price. Been capping it off while I'm posting, and I'm leaning toward some favorable scores.

    Dropping a birthday nod here, too - to Bruce Willis, 62 today. Notable faves include the Die Hard franchise, Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, his role on Friends and in Pulp Fiction... He's had some highs and lows career-wise, but I always thought he was a cool guy... He's gonna reprise Bronson's role in Eli Roth's remake of Death Wish, due for release this year...
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    Cheers, NBS - here's to new beer in your glass... :wink:
     
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  8. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poo-Bah (2,532) Jun 11, 2013 New York


    In my mind I was thinking of blue point toasted lager. That is one of the only actual amber lagers I think I have had. I just do not like that catch all wword amber to describe the style. How about describing the pale ale which can be somewhat orange and amber as an amber IPA?
     
  9. PeteKuncis

    PeteKuncis Initiate (48) Dec 6, 2014 Massachusetts

    Haven't dug in yet, but looking forward to it!
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  10. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (4,449) Sep 17, 2005 New Mexico
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    Nothing better than a great love story.
    Thanks for sharing!
     
  11. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (5,739) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    Some pics from NBS BIF#5, awesome box from @thebeers. Already opened up the Alien Church and Brain Teaser from Tired Hands brewery last weeks NBS, my first taste of the newer style of IPAs, and I'm impressed, definitely want to check others out. I already have something picked out for today.

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  12. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (4,449) Sep 17, 2005 New Mexico
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    Beautiful dog!
    And kudos to you for rescuing her.
     
  13. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,640) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Maria,

    At the 2014 National Homebrewers Conference I attended a presentation by Gordon Strong (President of the BJCP) where he provided a ‘preview’ of the update (2015) of the BJCP Style Guidelines. It was an interesting presentation in that there were hundreds of people in attendance and they were ‘enthusiastic’ in providing comments and suggestions. Gordon would listen to what the people had to say and would periodically ask a fellow BJCP person in the room to take down notes on some of the suggestions. Getting thousands upon thousands of folks to 100% agree to everything in an impossible task.

    As I left the room after the presentation I ran into Ron Pattinson. I quickly chatted with him and I provided a comment/opinion to him of “Ron, they could use your help.” There is an old saying of if you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem.

    On a related note, during the 2015 update the BJCP solicited the help of Evan Rail (he is a resident of the Czech Republic and very, very knowledgeable about Czech beer). In my opinion the BJCP greatly benefited by Evan’s contributions; the definition of Czech beer styles in the 2015 BJCP style guideline is much improved.

    Cheers!

    Jack
     
  14. Shanex

    Shanex Champion (833) Dec 10, 2015 France
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    @Greywulfken Nothing wrong with the movies mentioned, but you forgot about this:

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    If I didn't choose 'Jakescully', I could have called myself 'James Cole' instead here. His most moving performance IMO. Happy birthday Bruce.
     
  15. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,429) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    New Amer. Milk Stout Sunday (week 630)
    Greetings fellow NBSers from on the ridge in Mid Hud Val, NY. Beauty day, brought out the crowds to the recycle center, I am bushed after this week. Need a beer. Luckily I have this one, courtesy of the most excellent @Buck89 . Thank you! Love me a milk stout. And this one smells mighty good, picked up sweet chocolate aroma immediately upon opening.

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    This one done in memory of a beloved local figure so I am thinking of this person fondly as I take my first sniffs. Mocha. The word springs to mind. Chocolate and coffee goodness, with hints of deeper roast notes as well make a superb bouquet

    It is black as night with a thin skim of tan head that quickly falls back to a thin ring and mostly bare cap.

    Taste is full flavored to say the least. It is sweet chocolatey coffee goodness that is thick and rich and delicious.

    Mouthfeel is full bodied, highly viscous, very low carb., with a finish that is a touch sweeter than desired. Other than this microscopic ding mouthfeel; is perfect for the style.

    Clean, sweet, delicious, and satisfying describe this beer. It is just short of dessert beer thick, but close. Highly enjoyable, highly recommended. What a treat!

    Thanks again @Buck89 for all these delicious brews. Hope all of you also have a Great American Beer in your glass. Cheers!
     
  16. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,429) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Thanks for joining us. Do you have a new beer to post here today? Cheers!
     
  17. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (826) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    A new beer, from a new NJ brewery but still another IPA. Rake Breaker brewed by Jersey Girl brewing in Hackettstown. This beer is called a tropical New England style IPA and is 6.5% ABV. There are some oats in the grain bill. The beer is pretty fresh canned on 2/17/17. Rake Breaker pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head that does not last long. Mosaic and Amarillo hops are used and both the aroma and the taste are the same tropical fruit . The mouth feel is soft thanks to the oats. The finish is somewhat sweet. This beer is ok but Twin Elephant, Conclave, Brotherton and Magnify all brew better NEIPAs.
     
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  18. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (4,449) Sep 17, 2005 New Mexico
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    Well, we didn't get 30" like @cavedave did. What we did get was 18" with a changeover to sleet/freezing rain, widespread power outages, and an arduous cleanup. Isn't spring coming soon?
    Looking forward to next weekend when we fly to California to visit our daughter and grandsons. We haven't seen them for a while, and I know we'll have warmer weather than we'll have in southern Maine.

    My new beer for today is Barrel Aged Knave from Hidden Cove Brewing Company. It is described as a "rich intense smoky porter aged in bourbon barrels", with a 6.8% ABV.
    Hidden Cove has the hardest to remove corks I've ever encountered, but I managed to overcome this one.
    In a snifter the beer was a very dark brown color with a moderate cocoa head. There was good retention.
    Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, and vanilla.
    Taste followed the nose. Chocolate, a little coffee. Sweet vanilla and oak.
    Medium-bodied. I liked it.

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  19. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (4,127) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    Good call - you know, I really liked that movie, but for some reason I have never saw it a second time... might be my cue for a revisit, eh? :stuck_out_tongue: Cheers...
     
  20. rgordon

    rgordon Champion (845) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Congrats on the pretty Setter! How long did it take you to train her to get on the sofa?
     
  21. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (2,554) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Dipping into the box @larryi86 sent me in BIF NBS #5. I've got a bunch of east coast style hops, and I'm excited to see what I think about a few breweries everyone seems to be talking about. First up is something a little lower in ABV.

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    Trillium's Pipsqueak Penguin.

    Pipsqueak Penguin pours an opaque peach color with a two finger head of white foam. The head was reluctant to form, and disappeared in a modest amount of time. A few dashes of lacing left behind. Aroma is tangerine, grape, and clementines, giving this beer a sugary, citrus aroma. Malts are well hidden allowing the hops to shine. Flavor profile brings notes of tangerine, clementines, grapes, and a subtle biscuity malt and grain backbone. Mouth feel helps this beer carry a presence with a medium thickness and a little bit of a fizzy and grainy feel. While those last two notes are modest, it keeps this beer a tick or two away from being crisp. Overall, a flavorful low ABV hoppy beer, which is quite pleasant considering most beers with this ABV seem to lack hop notes or hop quality. This beer starts and finishes non-bitter, and provides a multitude of delightful qualities along the way.

    Score: 4 | 4.75 | 4.5 | 4 | 4.5 | BA Score: 4.48 | rDev: +7.2%

    Personal notes:
    First Trillium beer, whew! I am a little perplexed by this beer though. It carries such a hoppy presence, I'm hesitant to believe it's a pale ale at all. That said, the beer packs an absolutely delightful aroma, with a good flavor profile to back it up. With the ABV under 5%, I consider this a pretty darn strong statement that hops can still be flavorful and full even at lower alcohol levels.
     
  22. Lingenbrau

    Lingenbrau Poo-Bah (2,788) Apr 9, 2011 Oregon

    Beautiful dog, and congrats! And getting a porch bomb from @tasterschoice62 ... go with the Proclamation. Don't think you can honor Larry in a better way :wink:. I'll be back with my NBS soon enough my friends. Cheers!
     
  23. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,451) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    Greetings fellow NBSers!! NBS BIF #5: We're Gonna Need a Bigger Porch is truly well under way at this point. My first offering today is sorta from the BIF, from a nice little side box from @ovaltine https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/33519/123062/ . Pleasant enough beer, but these AOAs still haven't captured my fancy as they have so many other folks.

    On a side note, one of my coworkers has a couple nephews that have been diagnosed with Batten disease, for which there is no treatment or cure, it's fatal. Here's the family's story, but get a hanky ready before reading: https://mybrothersbattle.com/ . Next Saturday we're hosting a fundraiser, and several NBSers have donated beers to put into a big bucket that I'm assembling as a silent auction item, and I just wanted to say Thank You again to those who have come through. NBS folks are the best!!!

    Be back soon with another!
     
  24. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,597) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Ok a new beer for me this week , and from one of my favorite in state Brewers.

    Buriel Gang of Blades DIPA. Abv 8.3, canned 3/7. They use Simcoe/Amarillo and Mandarino Bavarian hops. They mention a funky house yeast, and both malted barley and malted wheat. And as always unfiltered.

    Pours a beautiful gold color obviously hazy as hell, can't see my fingers ever in good back light. Nice thick creamy head, dissappates more quickly than I'd prefer, nice lacing .

    The hardest for me is the nose because of my screwed up allergies. Out of the can is amazing fruit , tropical fruit, pineapples, mango, sweet fruit. In the glass the oxygen kills it, I don't get much, but what I get is pineapple.

    Taste- fruit, a bit funky but not anywhere near enough to suggest Brett or the like. I take it the yeast and wheat tilt this a bit, but it's subtle. Moderate bitterness, but superbly balanced with the malt. The strength of this beer is the finish, it just pops on the back side more so than at the front end. Definately not sweet for a big beer! I might even suggest it's a touch dry at the finish without being overly so. Just goes back to Buriels strength at balancing all their beers. I find session beers to be dry because they lack balance and malt and IMO making them painful to drink. Not the case here , dangerously drinkable.

    Well worth a taste IMO, but every beer they do is worthy. IMO the best hoppy beers brewed in Nc

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  25. richj1970

    richj1970 Poo-Bah (2,089) Oct 26, 2012 Alabama
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    I will be back later today with another new beer from @cavedave's BIF box, but here were two that I enjoyed earlier in the week. I know I'm weak, but with new hoppy beers in the house, they were never going to make it to this weekend.

    Big thanks to @cavedave for these selections. All 3 Rushing Duck beers that I've tried so far have been outstanding with War Elephant being my favorite.

    Rushing Duck - BRUX IPA

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    Poured from 16 oz can dated 1/31/2017. Thanks to @cavedave for giving me a chance to try this one.

    A: Hazy golden yellow with huge 3-4 finger soapy white head that lasts forever and leaves chunks of lace.

    S: Juicy citrus mixed with white pepper. Ripe stone fruits with bready yeast notes.

    T: Lightly tart citrus. Pepper coming through but not overpowering. Seems to add to the depth of the flavors. Subtle earthy funk, grapefruit rind, and orange zest. There is a lot going on here, but the results are quite tasty.

    M: Medium body with average carbonation. Soft and creamy texture with just a touch of bitterness.

    O: Excellent IPA with some unique twists.

    Rushing Duck - War Elephant

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    Poured from 16 oz can dated 3/1/2017. Many thanks to @cavedave for the chance to try this one.

    A: Mostly clear straw yellow with one finger white head. Moderate retention and nice sticky lacing.

    S: Punch of citrus with mango and pineapple. Fresh pine and a touch of caramel.

    T: Juicy tropical citrus and big hop assault. Mango, passion fruit, and pineapple. Dank resinous hops and a nice malt backbone. I with knew this was going be a treat from the first sip.

    M: Medium body with average carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter.

    O: Outstanding DIPA. So far everything I've tried from Rushing Duck has been a winner.
     
  26. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,451) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    And, here"s my first NBS pic, of said beer
     
  27. strohme2

    strohme2 Champion (822) Nov 3, 2007 Michigan
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    Glad NBS WGNABP is here! Digging in the the awesome box from @Wasatch, looking forward to some Colorado beers today.

    It's a lazy day with the kiddos and watching some NCAA basketball. Into the beer!

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    Pours a deep orange with pink highlights. Thick, fluffy, 1 finger head. Big sticky lacing that tells a story as I drink the beer.
    Smell is yeasty, banana and clove, spice. Soft tropical fruits too. Taste is guava, pineapple, orange, spicy yeast, doughy. Slight juicy bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied, big for a Saison, realize its an "imperial" saison. Drying finish.
     
  28. smanson56

    smanson56 Savant (967) Feb 15, 2014 New Hampshire
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    Good afternoon from atop this hill I call home here in central NH. We got no where near the snow that Dave got but a good solid 20" here from the storm. Thank god for the large orange snow blower that lives in my garage. With about 1/4 mile of drive way up hill from the road there is no way I'm shoveling myself out of here. The dogs had a great time out romping in the snow and are so much fun to watch.
    We hosted our annual St Patrick's Day bash last night and enjoyed the company of a great group of friends and managed to have almost nothing left from the 2 briskets of corned beef I cooked. I think is was worth the trouble getting a couple of large locally grown briskets this year for the corning process as they were much leaner than the ones I have bought the last few years.
    I too was one of the participants in this round of the NBS BIF and my sender @Bum4ever did an outstanding job of crushing my porch with a huge box of California goodies and a couple of non CA beers thrown in. These were just a few of the items I found in the box.
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    And this brings me to my beer for this NBS a Crowler from Fieldworks Brewing of Sawhorse Rye IPA which was included in the box from @Bum4ever and even with the proper glasswear.
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    And now for the review.
    Poured from a 32oz Crowler into a Fieldworks Tulip glass . It poured a nice dark golden orange color with a nice white head on top. I think between the hops and the rye it gives this beer a slightly spicy nose with some bready aroma. The taste has a lot going on with some tropical fruit from the hops and also that spicy bite from the rye. Nice to see the combination working so well together. The mouthfeel is good with great carbonation. In all this is a better than average beer compared to some of the other rye ipa's I've had. I'm not usually a fan of rye ipa's but I could convert if I had this one to drink all the time
    4.24/5 rDev -0.2%
    look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
    And since there are so many great beers left in my box I know I'll be back later with at least one more.
     
  29. Samlover55

    Samlover55 Defender (615) Oct 8, 2015 New York
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    As posted in WBAYDN I made the mistake of buying beer w/o looking at date and I bought a out of code beer, being that it isn't a Hoppy beer i decided to go ahead and post the review with the caveat of that I will try to drink when fresh and rereview
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    L- cloudy straw with big rocky white head
    S- plenty of coriander on the nose
    T- coriander going down with some yeast
    F- light bodied creamy
    Overall solid witbier nothing to write home about, would like to try fresh and rereview


    Cheers! and Happy NBS
     
  30. tasterschoice62

    tasterschoice62 Meyvn (1,315) May 14, 2014 Rhode Island
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    That is a very beautiful dog- you and she are lucky to have found one another. I know you had SOS and Congress St in your wants..... and the The Congress St is DDH-----just sayin
     
  31. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (4,164) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    Ok, errands and lunch are finished, time to sit down and enjoy a lovely gift from @Buck89. I was glad my jaw didn't knock our beers off the table when we met last week and he unveiled some beers he brought for us. He had a nice story behind it, but I'll let him tell it if he wishes. Needless to say, huge thanks for the opportunity at one of the iconoclastic beers I hadn't (until now) had the chance to try:
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    The girl cat tried to lick this cap, and then gave me an evil glance over her shoulder as there wasn't anything left after I licked it :wink:.

    Initially my rating and review was going to be a fairly significant negative rDev. I had let the beer warm slightly before starting my review, but it needed a little more. Temperature did not affect the look, however, which to me is absolutely beautiful.

    The nose eluded me a tad at first, and never really shone. At one month, I wouldn't expect a fall off in strength, necessarily; or maybe I expected a bigger punch. What I did get was a nice malt and pine note, but one I had to search for a little too much for an IPA.

    The flavor started with a somewhat honey maltiness with a light woody pine back. Warmth helped her the most as nuances came to the fore. As I stated in my review, the pine flavor seemed to follow the trail water takes as a tree feeds... from a woody trunk to a green twig to the more piney needles. A little citrus rind accented this as I sipped further. The opening notes returned in the end to bring the taste full circle, though a light woody pine bitterness lingered.

    I still ended up below the average review but did truly enjoy this beer. What it might lack in powerful and in-your-face it easily makes up for with how well put together it seemed to me. I do wonder about the nose, though.
     
  32. ovaltine

    ovaltine Poo-Bah (2,229) Apr 6, 2010 Indiana
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    I was remiss in not posting a haul pic from the magnificent haul @beertunes sent my way .....

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    That's 14 beers I've never had (nor heard of, in full disclosure). I've had 3 of these thus far (I have no patience with hoppy beers) and they've all exceeded my already high expectations.

    I'd also like to say that these BIF events are a hootenanny - especially the "Hints & Hauls" thread. I have literally laughed until I had tears in my eyes reading that thread.

    I've been in two of these, and they're all about what beer should be, IMHO - fun. If you like to send and receive great beer, I'd highly recommend participating in one. It's a great group of people (that will FLAT OUT LIE TO YOU IN LEAVING HINTS ..... or maybe not).

    You all may now return to your regularly scheduled NBS programming.
     
  33. Hoppy_Time

    Hoppy_Time Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2016 Maine

    Good afternoon BA, lunch break from working on the addition. Picked up Coolship La Mûre at Allagash yesterday. Tried my first Coolship a while back and decided to grab this one. Spontaneously fermented ale with blackberry and aged in oak.

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    Pours a vibrant orange crimson. Very little head as standard on a sour beer, nice stream of bubbles constantly rising.

    Aromas of hay and oak, sour apple, hint of blackberry. Notes of vanilla from the barrel, slightly funky.

    Taste has an initial pucker, like sour unripe berries. Hayfield, green Apple, berry, oak, lemony tartness. Little vanilla in the finish across a light wheat bready sweetness. Berry builds as it warms.

    Light bodied, bright and sharp carbonation, tart, finish is right between dry and sweet.

    Overall this is a tasty sour, refrains from being to tart and the barrel and funky characteristics add a good depth of flavor. The blackberry is pretty light, comes across more as unripe berries than any particular fruit, but it does brighten some as it warms.

    Cheers!
     
  34. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,451) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    I've said it before, and I'm saying it again: IMHO, Field 41 is the best IPA made in WA. The family that owns Bale Breaker are hop ranchers. They literally carved room for their brewery out of a hop field, Field 41.
     
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  35. Prager62

    Prager62 Poo-Bah (1,755) May 7, 2010 Colorado
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    Greetings from the sunny and warming southern shore. It was a cold but calm morning which made for great running conditions. I stretched out 6.2 miles today in preparation for a 10k I'm running next month. I stick to 5k's these days but need to run two longer races as part of a series I signed up for. I guess two won't kill me even at my age?:astonished:

    Time to indulge with my favorite beverage on the couch after watching the conclusion of the Michigan win and upset in the tournament. Checking in with one that @WesMantooth sent my way as a hitchhiker in a box @jhavs sent. BA's are quite resourceful! Let's pour this 12.7oz. 2016 release bottle of Jackie O's Oro Negro with a 10% abv. in a 13oz. snifter.

    Pours a very dark brown leaving a finger of lingering tan foam. It slowly settles revealing some lacing and oily residue clinging to the glass. The smell is figs, raisins, toffee, ground walnuts, molasses and bakers chocolate. Taste is once again dark fruit including figs, raisins and dates followed by fresh chopped walnuts, molasses, dark chocolate and earthy peppers. There's a hint of cinnamon buried under all the bold flavors. The feel is medium as stouts go with a pronounced pepper heat in the finish.

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    A bold sipper of a beer that brings some serious dark fruit flavor along with perhaps too much pepper heat that overwhelms the cinnamon and vanilla. In fact I couldn't taste or smell any vanilla. I love hot/spicy food, but peppers in beer, especially habenero's can be overused in my opinion. Perhaps a milder pepper or more cinnamon and vanilla would take this to another level for me? It's interesting nonetheless and I can only imagine what the barrel aged version would bring? My score is 4.24 / rDev-5.1%.

    Time to take the ice packs off, hit the shower and figure out the rest of this lazy Sunday afternoon. Enjoy yours! Here's the official scorecard......

    https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1432/137747/?ba=Prager62#review
     
  36. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (3,048) Mar 25, 2013 Georgia
    Trader

    Helloooooo, New Beer Sunday! What an incredible weekend, with some fantastic highs and some shitty lows. Nonetheless, I've had the chance to enjoy some fantastic new beer. I'll catch up the last couple of days over on WBAYDN?, as well as on the latest haul and BIF threads. Right now, I'm getting to the second beer from @Dragginballs76 BIF box: Burial Beer Co.'s Skillet Donut Stout.

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    First off, you can't tell from the pic, but that big, fluffy head had incredible retention. The head and the lacing last for days (figuratively; I don't intend to test the boundaries of that statement).

    On the nose and the palate, this is a straight forward enough breakfast/dessert stout - but a damn good one, especially for 8%. It lacks the abrasive bitterness of FBS, although there's still char and roast and coffee galore. It lacks the sweet thickness of FIS, but it's still creamy and smooth.

    Really, it's an outstanding overall stout. The more I drink of this, the more I might have to revisit my rating. Right now, I'm sitting at:

    https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/31722/96579/?ba=Roguer#review
    4.04 / -3.8%

    Cheers!
     
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  37. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (2,554) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
    Premium Trader

    Continuing the IPA train from @larryi86 . Getting into some bigger ABV, and hopefully bigger flavors.

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    Trillium's Melcher Street.

    Pours a light and peachy sunburst, opaque color with the center of the glass gaining the color of a Dragon Ball. Head foams up to two fingers in height and is well mannered as the pour tappers off. Head retention is fair with a few patches of lacing left behind. Aroma is orange and lemon zest, grapefruit, and a solid grain background. Flavor profile is huge. Sweet and delicate citrusy notes open up with raw grains in the background. While it's a modest beginning, the onset lets the beer's turbo spool up as it sits on the tongue. As the turbo hits, the beer develops huge notes of grapefruit, and lemon and orange zest with hints of herbal, resin hops to add to the complexity. Malts are modest with a biscuity, grainy note that tethers the hop notes down. It finishes sweet and citrusy. Mouth feel is medium-thick in thickness with a hearty, IPA filling feel. That is to say a little bit of fizzy grain to it, but otherwise smooth. Overall, this beer is mighty powerful and may count as one serving of fruits (probably not). The citrus notes all hit the target dead center and yet deviate from the standard orange citrus that so many hoppy beers target, setting this beer pleasantly apart from the rest of the juicy, citrus hop cans available today.

    Score: 4.25 | 4.75 | 4.5 | 4.25 | 4.5 | BA Score: 4.52 | rDev: +3.9%

    Personal notes:
    I've tried to stand valiantly on the neutral side of NE IPAs, and against style bias, and emotional decisions, but now that I've finally drank the kool-aid (Treehouse and Trillium), I'm eating my own words. This beer is sublime. The hops finesse their way to a fantastic aroma, and despite a slow start to the mighty statement of hops in the flavor profile, the pause and crescendo offer a mighty impression and flavorful dynamic that turns this beer into an experience. Much like a well tuned single turbo car, each crisp shift provides just a moment of lag before the joyous, smile educing moment hits - the power of the turbo - or in this case, the prowess of the hops. Maybe I'm getting a little to spun up, but I'm excited to try my other Trillium cans now (I'll limit it to one more for palate reasons though). Cheers.
     
  38. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,291) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
    Premium

    Greeting, NBS. Great lead post from @cavedave and awesome pictures from the BIF.

    Mixed week here with the weather, more weirdness at work, and the wife with a massive chest cold. Something we have to be careful with due to a near fatal bout with bacterial pneumonia about 12 years ago. But she has been sleeping mostly, so it has been hoops overload for me. Babysitting my daughters adopted hound and he us dad to e world snoring with our ancient lab... Cant believe my Badgers upset the defending champs, but happy they did. Local URI hanging in as well, and Louisville just lost.

    Ok, what is in the glass?

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    I am pleasantly surprised by this beer. The color is a bit dark, in my opinion, but the taste is pretty much on point for the style. And I am mildly embarrased that the glass was apparentlynot as spotless as I thought...oh well.

    The smell is like a yeasty biscuit dough with just a bit of lemon and grassy green hops. Very clean and crisp, there is nothing muddling things up that dont belong there. The aroma promises a refreshing taste and it delivers. Crisp malts up front, with a bit of grassy hop character, some mild grape flavor and just a bit of lemony zing. There is a little mineral note that is pleasant. But no mistake about it...the malt is the star here and it could maybe use a bit more of a contribution from the hops to bring out the fruity flavors a little more. The finish is floral and lemony, medium bodied, mild on the bitterness. I am finding this a pleasant beer and am actually glad that I have a few more to enjoy. Decent representation of the style which inspired it, this is gonna ring in around the 3.8 range for me. Nice brew.

    Now...Bruce Willis...12 Monkeys is a top two lock for me, but the Die Hards and others mentioned are worthy. But I also in my favorites list are The 5th Element, the two RED flicks (maybe influenced by Helen Mirren with a rifle), and The Whole Nine Yards. The other top two fave is Lucky Number Slevin. My sleeper pick would be 16 Blocks.
     
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  39. tasterschoice62

    tasterschoice62 Meyvn (1,315) May 14, 2014 Rhode Island
    Premium Trader

    Congrats on obtaining that rare brew make sure to get back later with your take- I would like to know about that. Thanks
     
  40. Hoppy_Time

    Hoppy_Time Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2016 Maine

    How'd that stack up (rating) against the Tree House you tried? I thought for sure Melcher St was going to be my favorite Trillium IPA since I love mosaic, but I ended up preferring Congress St. Then ended up preferring almost all the Trillium over the Tree House beers (not that a couple points matters by then).
     
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