New Beer Sunday (Week 694)

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  1. superspak

    superspak Poo-Bah (24,524) May 5, 2010 Ohio
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    Outstanding radler! Great head retention and dense foamy lacing for the style. Aromas and flavors of big juicy/lightly tart ruby red grapefruit, lemon, orange, melon, and citrus peel/zest; with moderate wheat, cracker, white bready malts; light herbal/grassy hop and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/grassy/citrus peel bitterness, and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Medium-high carbonation, light-medium body, and moderately crisp/clean finishing. Balanced bready/grainy malt, fruit tang/acidity, and light hop stickiness on the mouthfeel. Light-moderate increasing tart/tangy/carbonated dryness. Very flavorful/refreshing, 4.2%. Never watery. This is one of the best radlers I've ever had. Perfectly balanced grapefruit juice vibrancy and wheat beer flavors. Will buy the rest of the 6 pack next week. I had my buddy break it up today. 4.15

    Outstanding sour. Amazing head retention and dense soapy lacing for the style. Aromas and flavors of big juicy/lightly tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, mango, melon, red/green apple, white wine, hay, straw, and grass; with moderate wheat, cracker, white bready malt; light musty/lacto funk, white vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness and fruit tang on the finish. Medium-high carbonation, light-medium body, and moderately crisp finishing. Balanced grainy malts, lactic acid, and fruit tang/tannins in the mouthfeel. Light-moderate increasing acidic/tangy fruit dryness. No puckering sourness. Very flavorful/refreshing, 5%, not overly lactic. This brewery can not make a bad sour. Awesome balance of jammy cherries, Brett/lacto complexity, citrus/tropical hops, and a solid pale/wheat malt backbone. I still got 3 other beers from them yesterday, including the Double Negative. 4.18

    Cheers, be back yet again later.

    #81 superspak, Jun 11, 2018
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  2. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    New Beer Sunday: New IPA

    Evenin’ NBSers, back with a special heads up for SE PA and Jersey fans of IPAs.

    Well, after a couple of lightly flavored beers, this evening’s new beer is an IPA called Follow the Gull from Cape May Brewing. CMB is a NJ brewery that has recently been distributing their cans into the Philly area and I’ve enjoyed each of the 4 that I’ve tried so far. So let’s see what happens with this new one.

    As usual, my review, subject to revision until the beer is finished, can be found here:

    The appearance is what you’d expect of a NEIPA and the aromas/flavors are full of tropical fruits along with a bit of stone fruits and some light grassy bitterness that keeps the sweetness in check. I enjoyed this beer. It’s nicely complex and I expect to do a repeat. If you see it you might want to give it a try.

    Tonight's music on the Player is a recording of some Mozart symphonies. While the recording of the symphony currently playing doesn’t have any video associated with it, I once found on YouTube an audio-visual performance of the final movement of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony.

    Mozart’s Symphony No. 41

    Cheers, all!
  3. Buck89

    Buck89 Poo-Bah (3,190) Feb 7, 2015 Tennessee
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    I'm back for one more new one tonight. Bearded Iris has been focusing on imperial milk stouts lately, and this one was a collab with Weldwerks, designed to taste like this MoonPie.


    This one had the expected opaque dark brown color with a thick and long-lasting tan head. Aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, and marshmallow. The chocolate dominated, keeping the nose from being too sweet. Sweeter marshmallow and vanilla notes were there on the taste, but they were balanced with a nice bitter chocolate aspect. I didn't get much graham cracker, but I did find this to be fairly well-balanced with the bitter chocolate taste. No floral hoppy RIS notes which kept this one very dessert-like. This is very sweet and somewhat heavy as expected in a big milk stout, with a marshmallow finish that was not too over-the-top. Overall I found this one to be well-crafted and enjoyable.
  4. beergoot

    beergoot Poo-Bah (6,622) Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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    Picked up this offering from a new brewery at a new (to me) bottle shop on the way back from a service rifle competition this morning...

    The beer looks fine and has a respectable taste and feel. The nose and initial taste are very malty. After each sip, it develops a pronounced alcohol warmth and old, ripened fruit character. Not bad but probably not something I'd readily return to.

    Mrs. Goot has headed to the movies with an old education cohort (who lives on Oahu but frequently returns to Colorado Springs, much to my wife's delight). Me, well, listening to a recent vinyl acquisition. I heard a cut on SiriusXM the other week (and can't remember what it was), and never heard of this movie, but the tunes are decent. I especially appreciate the Maria Muldaur cuts...

    Rocket the Wonder Dog and I are looking forward to Mrs. Goot's return when she brings home a take-n-bake pie from a fine local independent shop -- Louie's Pizza. Rocket and I are partial to Louie's Special (with Rock requesting ham added to this everything pizza)...
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  5. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,659) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Great start. At least your finding some ways to adjust your game. In basketball, it seems to me the rebounds bounce a little higher than they used to. It can't be that I lost my hops.:thinking_face: My shot is still decent, but damn the game seems faster and higher than it used to be.
  6. foundersasap

    foundersasap Disciple (303) Feb 2, 2015 Michigan

    Bells 30th Aniversary, Cherry Stout Reserve
    I'm a big fan of the 30th anniversary. Stout, not big on Bells Cherry stout, so I picked up a single of this one. Pleasantly surprised, nice tart cherry with some chocolate, smooth medium feel, some alcohol here that warms, might pick up a 4 pack. Enjoy your new beer!

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  7. bobv

    bobv Poo-Bah (3,879) Feb 3, 2009 Vermont
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    Over the course of the next few weeks I'll be opening all of my remaining JKs. rec'd over three years ago from very near the source.


    Blend #1

    Moderate pour yields a 5/8th inch off white head over a dark purple body with some nice, sticky lacing. Nose of roasted malts and blueberries. Very interesting, with the taste twinning the nose in not the worst way. Very nice, kinda like a tart blue berry pie as it warms! Also very nice feel and overall, I guess I was lucky to have waited so long to open this as I received a box from Austin in January of 2015 which included this gem. What a wonderful surprise and cheers to John R. for this (and many others!)

    4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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  8. LeRose

    LeRose Poo-Bah (1,530) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    Good evening, NBS. Well, a nice lead post from @lordofthewiens . Now I have tried golfing a few times in my life and have concluded it just ain't my thing. Drowned a lot of golf balls since there is a magnetic type attraction between the two. I could hit the ball a mile...I just had absolutely no idea where it was going. Nope...

    Well, I said goodbye to an old friend on Friday:


    That is my 1954 Farmall Cub under the bucket of the little Deere. My Dad had a Cub and I bought this one I guess about 30 years ago with sentiment just absolutely beating the hell out of sensibility. It is a nice little tractor and I used it heavily for quite a while, but implement changes take time and usually involve pain. It isn't quite the tractor for what needs doing on my property. Always thought it would be a good restoration project but I just don't have the place to do the work. So I gave it to somebody who does rather than waiting any longer for it to become a total rust pile. Sorta sad, sorta happy. Haven't written a check to John Deere....yet...

    So...we are alone for dinner for a change. I saw the spectacular food porn as I skipped thru the thread and I am guessing Maria's work until I go back and read. We spent a bit extra on dinner for two... Grilled ribeyes that I nailed the temp, but did not quite get the sear I wanted...very tasty nonetheless. Fiddleheads with onion, garlic and bacon. The bacon was quite maplelly (?)...but it worked well with the earthy ferns. Lettuce for the salad fresh picked from the garden and I mean 30 seconds from field to plate. Strawberry shortcake will be the dessert, leftover from the church strawberry fest.

    The beer:


    Lowland Villager, a saison from Shaidzon in Ri. This iteration is brewed with orange zest and grains of paradise. It is a bit more clear than the picture suggests and is quite a good looking beer. The head lasts a while, and clings to the glass with tenacity. The aroma is...again from the same brewer...lacking. It is pleasant enough, but the orange is barely detectable and the spice you would expect is equally tame. The flavor is, however, tight, well-defined, and restrained. Maybe too restrained. Typical saison overlaid mildly with orange and in the aftertaste there is a slight spiciness and a bit of pepper. It is lively on the tongue and not as drying as expected. Decent bitterness.

    It is a nice, pleasant beer. It is nowhere near the level of the beer on the glass. I am thinking 3.8 or so when all said and done. It has one "tick" and that tick is a 5.0. Ummm, no. Good, but the "would I drive the hour-plus to get this again" question's answer is no.

    Cheers, friends.
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  9. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (13,053) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    JL Beers Rebel Monk Tropical Tripel, 8% ABV. Pours golden with a two finger white foamy head that left plenty of lacing. Nose is yeasty, taste is malty with a moderate bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall very good. Not picking up the tropical.

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  10. GRPunk

    GRPunk Meyvn (1,230) Apr 5, 2007 Michigan

    It's been way too long. Summer's here, and I'm ready for some NBS.

    It's overcast and windy in West MI. Today was full of youth soccer, flag football, and errands. Let's get to the new beer.

    No pics, or formal review (forthcoming from my notes).

    Today's beer was Salted Caramel Porter from Pigeon Hill out of Muskegon Michigan. It was a decent drinker, definitely get a hit of caramel sweetness. Could be more robust in the flavor and mouthfeel departments. Aroma was great. Overall-3.5.
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  11. larryi86

    larryi86 Poo-Bah (4,491) Apr 4, 2010 Delaware
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    Trying Cucumber Crush for the first time thanks to @y2kawakami, really good stuff!

    4.18/5 rDev +5.6%
    look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

    Thank you y2kawakami for this
    12 oz can, dated 11/29/17, poured into a pint glass

    A- A slightly hazy golden straw color with small white head.

    S- Sour, lemons, cucumbers, touch of wheat.

    T- Sour, lemons, some lime, cucumber, some wheat, mild sweetness.

    M- Smooth, crisp, light body.

    O- A really good sour, cucumber adds a nice touch. Almost reminds me of Warheads candy.
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  12. ovaltine

    ovaltine Poo-Bah (3,438) Apr 6, 2010 Indiana
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    I had preplanned my beers for today’s NBS since last week’s NBS ..... and then my buddy I’ve known for 50 years texted me and let me know he was in town, let’s have dinner ..... so off to Scotty’s Brewhouse we went.

    Get there, they give us the beer list, two I’ve not had: Blue Moon Mango Wheat and Thr3e Wise Men Tres Amigos Vienna Lager.

    When life gives you lemons, make mango wheat lemonade.

    First up, the Mango Wheat from Blue Moon. I don’t even know what to say about the orange.


    3.46/5 rDev -4.4%
    look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

    Pour is a slightly hazy orange-ish color with a frothy white head. Nice looking beer. The nose is dominated by mango, and it’s a really syrupy sweet mango.

    The mango also dominates the taste, to the point that it is cloying, and there are no notes to indicate this has anything to do with a wheat beer. It’s a little refreshing, so it can work in the summer, but this isn’t worth seeking, IMHO.

    Next up, Tres Amigos, a Vienna lager from Thr3e Wise Men. No citrus fruits were harmed in the serving of this beer.


    3.67/5 rDev 0%
    look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

    Appearance is a nice, clear light copper color and a light tan head. The caramalt and toffee notes dominate the nose.

    The taste is likewise dominated by the caramalt and toffee flavors. This isn’t bad, but some (any) hop notes would’ve significantly improved this, IMHO. It’s more like an Oktoberfest than a Vienna lager.
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  13. superspak

    superspak Poo-Bah (24,524) May 5, 2010 Ohio
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    Paw Paw 100% Chinook IPA. Very nice stuff. Amazing lasting head retention and thick soapy lacing on the glass. Flavors of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, apricot, melon, citrus peel/rind, mint, peppercorn, and pine hops; with moderate toasted biscuit, light caramel malts; and herbal, floral, grassy hop earthiness. Similar/muted aromas. Light-moderate pine, citrus rind, herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; balanced creamy/bready malts and sticky hops in the mouthfeel. Light resins/rinds, increasing bitter dryness, no hop astringency. Very drinkable, not overly aggressive, 6.2%. Pretty textbook Midwest IPA as I expected. Juicy, dank, and earthy hop complexity; balanced bready malts, and mild lingering sweetness. Chinook hop profile is as expected. Minimal complaints other than the aromas. 3.91

    Keeping up the tradition of reviewing JP beers on NBS! This is the Boysenberry/Guava version. Outstanding as usual. Awesome head retention and soapy lacing for a sour. Aromas and flavors of big juicy/lightly tart/tangy raspberry, blackberry, cherry, cranberry, guava, fruit skin, currant, raisin, plum, fig, peach, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, and oak; with moderate caramel, brown sugar, and toasted bread malts; and lighter notes of roast, oaken vanilla, pepper, leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Medium carbonation and body. Creamy/bready malts, some lactic acid, fruit tang, and light oak tannins in the mouthfeel. Lightly increasing acidic/tangy/tannic dryness, no puckering sourness. Very drinkable, not overly lactic, 6.7%. Spot on Flanders red as usual, but not as sour as I recall the base beer. May need some aging. Perfectly balanced Brett/Lacto complexity, fruit, oak, and dark/bready malts. Need to revisit the base beer some time, believe they are in 375ml now. This was nearly just as impressive, despite the less intense sourness. 4.15

    Cheers, have a good night NBS.

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  14. bobv

    bobv Poo-Bah (3,879) Feb 3, 2009 Vermont
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    Best by 15th of April, 2018 and it's way more than fine.


    Moderate pour yields an over one inch white head with a slightly hazy, light golden body. Nose of spice, bread, and some yeast. Taste mirrors nose and then some. Beautiful example of the style and can't believe I'm reviewing this for the first time. Definite breadiness on the finish in a delicious way with some hop bitterness back there as well. Well done, bald guy!

    4.19/5 rDev +6.3%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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  15. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (6,955) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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  16. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,092) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Looking at those Maine winters in the rear-view mirror is a lovely prospect. You'll miss Maine, but learning a new place is a different charming time. I always found that any putting woes- especially "the yips"- was a direct result of either tension in the hands and arms, or "brain" and neck. I've always been a good putter and my mantra was forever; "the worst thing that can happen is, I'll miss". Somehow this always freed me up to make a reasonably good stroke.
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  17. HoppingMadMonk

    HoppingMadMonk Poo-Bah (2,120) Mar 3, 2017 New Jersey
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    Allagash Map 40
    ..pours a solid black
    ..above average body, a bit of a thick heavy feel. Carbonation is just below average
    ..Aroma is roasted malt and roasted coffee beans.
    ... there is some alcohol in the front but the roasted coffee beans is the obvious focus of this brew. It gets more complex as it warms but again the roasted malts and coffee masks any other flavor
    .Overall it is an excellent beer,alcohol isn't very well hidden but doesn't ruin the taste[​IMG]
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  18. kinggimp

    kinggimp Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2015 Wisconsin

    Not sure if I enjoy your beer reviews or your music selections more. Keep up the good work. I love the horns in today's music selection of yours
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  19. bobv

    bobv Poo-Bah (3,879) Feb 3, 2009 Vermont
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    These guys from up north are doing some amazing things with their beers, artwork, and music. Check 'em out!


    Moderate pour yields a one inch tan head over a dark, dark brown body with some sticky lacing. Nose of roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of vanilla, caramel, and plenty of oak from the bourbon barrel. Taste mirrors nose very nicely, not very boozy, and a real nice mouthfeel. Overall, a great late night liquid dessert. Cheers!

    4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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  20. woodychandler

    woodychandler Poo-Bah (11,653) Apr 9, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    Happy New G7, I mean, D9, New Beer Summit, I mean, Sunday (Weak, I mean, Week 694)!

    I have some bottles & CANadians, I mean, CANs to ignore, I mean, pay attention to, before I enjoy a nice Hite Lager with my good pal, Kim Jong-un, beginning with:
    Wow! That was unexpected. Let's move along to:
    & then:
    I wept following that one! Time for something else:
    I just lost power, so this is going to be the wrap-up!
    No promises as to next week as I have an out-of-town monthly bottle share to attend on Saturday. I love yinz, but none of yinz sends me beer, 'n' 'at. Have fun!
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  21. Vidblain

    Vidblain Savant (958) Feb 17, 2017 Minnesota

    Cheers to you, @lordofthewiens , for the implied open-mindedness in this post. I really appreciate and respect that!

    Also: I'm tremendously bad at golf. My nickname was always "Hackety-splash". I figure that's probably self-explanatory, yeah? Cheers to your enjoyment of the sport, but I am with @Ozzylizard - it's a squandered walk.

    Good evening, NBS.

    I've had something of a curious week and have a few beers (today) that I owe, at the very least, a brief review.

    But, first, a quick run-down on the weekend (because the work week was tedious and loaded with actual work!). I attended a little whiskey raffle yesterday at the local Total Wine (Roseville, MN) in the hopes of procuring a bottle of bourbon - and possibly some beer. A bit of background: last year's whiskey release was combined with a special beer release - several bottles of Goose Island's Vanilla Rye were available, among other things. I missed that event, but was hopeful that this event might mimic it a bit.

    Unfortunately, not so. But, I did win the whiskey raffle and came home with a pretty nice bottle...


    This involved my getting up at 3am and arriving at the store at 4am, so Saturday was a bit loopy in some ways. I stood in line with quite a few friends, bought my bottle after the raffle was completed, and came home to do some running. I managed to break my record and run just a bit longer and faster (almost 2.5 miles of running), and my weight is looking good...

    So I'm drinking beer again. That's the main triumph and happy note of the week. My knees and ankles don't feel great, but I chalk that up to bad form and lack of stretching. I'll work on that.

    Today, I've cleaned a few beers from the fridge. I closed an in-person trade with a very friendly, cool local BA in @mplsbeerbud - and then I had a date cancel on me at the last minute. So I obviously began to crush some IPAs (that's proper form, correct?). Thankfully, @larryi86 had me covered with quite a few.

    First up was a Manor Hill beer - Volume 11:


    Like the Squirtle glassware? I do, too. The beer has quite a lot of pineapple to it - the nose and mouthfeel are clean, light, and express quite a bit of citrus and just a little bit of bitterness. Very good!

    Next up was an IPA by Shared (brewed and canned by Tired Hands):


    This fella was quite yeasty, though very smooth, sweet, and fresh. I liked it.

    Following this, my friend Barrett and I (no, I didn't drink these alone - beers are always best when shared! ...and this was my cathartic afternoon activity, after all) switched gears to stouts. I have @Jason1221 to thank for this little gem:


    Plenty of chocolate, vanilla, and a nicely creamy mouthfeel. It's a bit thinner than one might like, but it's not barrel-aged - it's still quite good. I suspect that throwing it in a bourbon or rum barrel would make this a world class beer. As it is, it's still delicious. Thank you, Jason!

    From there, Barrett and I closed with an Eviscerated Pathway of Beauty - another gift from @larryi86 :


    Being slightly forgetful, and not super bright in the first place, I neglected to take a picture of this beauty. Above is Barrett's picture. Is his beer photography better than mine? Probably. He is a millenial and has an iphone, after all. As for the beer - I'd ready plenty that psyched me for the experience. Eviscerated is quite chewy and thick, very sweet, with a great nose, taste, and mouthfeel. I think the oats significantly contribute to the thickness, in a very positive way, while it's obviously quite rich with citrus due to the single-hopping with citra. I am a fan.

    Thank you again to @larryi86 and @Jason1221 - and cheers, NBS. Wishing you an excellent week to come!
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  22. Samlover55

    Samlover55 Crusader (798) Oct 8, 2015 New York

    Good evening NBS,
    My busy schedule has kept me from posting on this great thread, but I managed to get a new beer in tonight so here goes. I was going in to Brooklyn for some family obligations on Friday and decided to pop into Other Half, and sure enough they had an IPA in cans available for purchase. Without sounding too much like a boy in love I was super excited as this is my first beer from this legendary brewery from my hometown. (I moved out just around the time they opened).
    Well onto the beer.
    DDH Oh Dream canned 6/5/18
    16oz can into Libbey Tulip
    Canned on 6/5/18
    L- hazy pale yellow with quickly receding head
    S- tropical aromas, pineapple, pine, slight cream
    T- sweet & creamy malt base, tropical fruit bowl, pine, cream shows up again on the finish
    F- medium-bodied, the obvious creamy feel, tingly carbonation
    Overall a solid beer all around with no obvious flaws. I can't say I'm the biggest fan of the Lactose but they incorporate it well.

    Cheers and here is to more NBS posts.
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  23. bl00

    bl00 Devotee (433) May 13, 2013 Pennsylvania

    It's been a busy few weeks after buying a house. Hoping to get back into the NBS swing of things now.
    I'm starting off with a Tipa from Buley Oak- Three Hour Tour.

    Pours a hazy orange-gold, centemter head of large bubbles.
    Smell is tangerine, lemon, fresh cut grass .
    Taste is lemon, lime pith, grapefruit. bread and vanilla on the back. Very bitter but balanced nicely with sweet. Only slight heat.
    Mouthfeel is thick and juicy.
    Overall I'm really getting into the Tipa style, I love the density of flavors. This is a good example of the style, not my favorite but certainly solid.
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  24. Premo88

    Premo88 Poo-Bah (1,992) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    Howdy from early summer in the Brazos Valley, where it's 85 and won't cool down into the 70s until past midnight. Fortunately, I found something to help keep me insides cool:sunglasses::
    Twisted X's Gulf Kolsch

    Simple, subtle, tasty ... not a single off note anywhere and about the only thing I might dock it for is it's ABV (it's 5.1% -- I'm forever on the hunt for true session beers much closer to 4.0%). Its hop flavor is very light, but the little nip of earthiness does do enough to balance some of the light-malt sweetness and builds over time, almost tasting like raw lumber in the aftertaste.

    The review:
    4.0 (+7.8% rDev)

    Did somebody say golf? :slight_smile:

    All of this mess from today's practice at Texas A&M's campus course:
    (aerate much?)
    before above; after below
    clubs always congregate outside my bag during short-game practice

    Started playing golf a week before my 16th birthday; I'm still playing at 46 and plan on playing until I'm not able. With a handicap in the high 3s, I have the magical 1.4 handicap index still dangling in front of me, teasing me into chasing the dream of qualifying for the U.S. Open. I'll try to qualify for next year's Texas Amateur and might consider playing in two or three other stroke-play events, but the main goal forever remains to have fun no matter the score, and at 46, I'm a champion at doing that compared to my younger self.

    Blame @lordofthewiens for all that golf talk. He brought it up! :stuck_out_tongue:

  25. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,659) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    I love this!!!
  26. Victory_Sabre1973

    Victory_Sabre1973 Poo-Bah (2,448) Sep 15, 2015 Minnesota
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    Hello New Beer Sunday!!!

    A bit late tonight. I had my nephew's high school graduation party earlier today, so a good excuse to get out of work. After I went to visit some friends in St. Paul, and dropped off a card for their HS grad.

    Between the two things, there was a stop at Lonsdale Liquor, and this new beer I picked up there from Montgomery Brewing in Montgomery, MN


    Batch #23 Black Ale. 5.5% ABV and 34 IBU.

    I must admit that this beer seems to have a lot more than 34 IBU based on the feel on the backside that is quite full of hops. Overall, a good beer. The only downside is that there was no aroma at all, at least none I could detect.

    3.63/5 rDev 0%
    look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

    This beer pours pitch black. The head is crazy - 4 finger, and it wasn't an aggressive pour. The color is brown and the retention is good. There is some lacing on the glass.
    The nose is well, nothing. I get nothing in the aroma.
    Taste - The beer has a lot more flavor than the aroma for sure. I get a malty presence up front. Slightly sweet. On the backside I really get hops, and these hops do linger. It is a pine type hops.
    Feel, maybe a bit watery, but the hops do linger and I can feel it going down.
    The aroma is poor, but the flavor does make up for it a lot. A delicious beer.

    I might have one more, but we'll see.
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  27. jdell15

    jdell15 Aspirant (230) Aug 27, 2010 Arkansas

    Squeaking it in at the wire. Polycephaly 3 Jackie O's - Winking Lizard collab from @WesMantooth I think it lost a good bit of carbonation, but the soul is still there and awesome. Complex as all get out. Cinnamon vanilla decadence. [​IMG]
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  28. JBowenGeorgia

    JBowenGeorgia Crusader (735) Sep 1, 2016 Georgia

    It's been a busy day for me today but finally getting around to posting a review for today. I spent the morning at my mother in law's installing some security lights for her, she lives alone and has had someone beating on the wall of her house outside of her bedroom window in the middle of the night. Hopefully the lights will scare them off, allow the trail cam to get a good picture, or atleast illuminate her target should it happen again.
    Had a few beers around the pool with my neighbor while the kids played but neither were new, we had a small release of Old Nation's M-43 in GA this week so I shared those and Creature Comforts released my favorite DIPA this week so had to enjoy those poolside as well.
    It started to thunder so we cleared the kids from the pool and headed inside to share this beauty courtesy of @2beerdogs in an overly generous LIF box from the BIF.

    My first Bruery offering.
    Pours a dark brown almost black with two fingers of tan head.
    Smells is dark roasted malts, cocoa, and vanilla.
    Taste follows, strong roasted flavors, cocoa nibs, slight bitterness. Not picking up much from the orange zest, maybe a hint on the backend. The vanilla is definitely there and I believe helps keep the bitter notes balanced out a bit.
    I like a nice full bodied stout, this one fits that bill for me. Smooth texture. Good carb levels.
    Overall an impressive beer.
    Thank you Derek for this one, looking forward to getting into the others.
  29. Premo88

    Premo88 Poo-Bah (1,992) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    New American-Made Kolsch Sunday continues on the late-night tip:
    Officially four wide now on Kolsch lane ... just trying to impress @TongoRad :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes::joy::stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

    OK, but seriously, I'd have lost the rent gambling on whether Southern Star or Twisted X made a better kolsch, because I was certain Southern Star would win. Wrong. Humidity is a tasty enough beer and might (*might* -- it'd take a good @JackHorzempa / @utopiajane jam session to figure this one out) be the more authentic-to-style kolsch, but it's so generic. There's almost no distinguishable note I can name in the flavor except "beer" ... maybe some cracker malt, maybe some rice or neutral grain, maybe a hint of earth or black pepper but all these are incredibly light flavors. The nose shines over the flavor, for it has a right-off-the-bat lemon peel/grassy note mixed with a lot of malt sweetness that's very nice.

    Good beer and maybe what I'm tasting is a much healthier but subtle earthy hop note junking up the malt sweetness my sweet tooth craves?

    The review:
    3.74 (+4.2% rDev)

    Midnight the Cat tried to help with the review but mostly begged for food:

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  30. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,659) Jan 31, 2005 California
    Society Trader

    Well Hello Late Night NBS.
    Coming in a little late, in more ways than one. School is out, and I should be partaking more than I am, but...
    Tonight is the night I finally pop New Glarus Cherry Stout from our very own @FlintB . Received in the NBS BIF #6. Sorry I did't experience this one earlier.

    4.32/5 rDev +14.9%
    look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

    Thanks to FlintB for this New Glares gem.
    Now I don't know how much of a "stout" this is, but she sure is a beauty.
    A deep brown tinged amber in the sunlight fills my glass. Beautiful in the sun. Some khaki head, and a most interesting, scattered and layered, lace of silver pearls crawls down the glass. Doesn't look dark enough or deep enough, or chewy enough to be a stout. But sure is pretty.
    Smell has a graceful sweet breath. But wow, a mature cherry comes through. Now usually I get a lot of medicinal notes on many a cherry infused beer. No hint of that here. It's deep cherry. Fruity, a bit dark, a little overripe and meaty, and oh so complex. I am intrigued.
    Wow, the taste follows gloriously. The rich depth of the fruit plays so well with the malt. Subtle hues of brown bread tussle with stone fruit, plum, fig, and brown sugar. But the fruit is the star. It pushes forward boldly, then retreats to a gentle floral kiss that gives a chance for the yeast and source water to whisper. Inspired.
    Feel is admittedly light for a stout. But its feels nearly full enough in the mouth, yet not chewy. Carbonated impeccably to stay active in the mouth.
    Overall, slightly out of style in a few ways for a stout, but I cannot mark it down. This hits on so many marks for me. (And for a style I had less than high expectations of). A great beer.
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