New Beer Sunday (Week 717)

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  1. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (5,427) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    Good morning, BAs and in particular NBS regulars. I hope you have a beer squirreled away for today - one which will be opened both physically and figuratively. We want you to open the beer and also to open your thoughts about it to us. While what we do here is all about the new, the thread itself isn't all that new. We have been at it for nearly 14 years (note that by we, I mean the collective BA "we", as I certainly have not been around for it all).

    In the 700+ weeks, what we maybe haven't done is a collective new beer share. I am guessing that back at the beginning of this thread there were fewer options and the contributors maybe overlapped on a few beers on any given Sunday. Even now, we occasionally see a popular new beer get a couple reviews on the same day - especially when the generosity of the BA community shows up via shared beers. But has there been a planned beer share in this thread?

    I posed that question a few weeks back, and I got at least a general interest from quite a few of you. We also acknowledged that it would be hard to find a suitable offering to make it work. In a recent thread, it was reported that Sierra Nevada (a brewery we felt might have to be involved in the bold effort of an NBS virtual share) will be brewing a Resilience Butte County Proud IPA to raise money for those affected by the fires in California. As the links indicate, they are trying to get other breweries involved - it appears that will all follow a recipe in a virtual collaboration, but my understanding on that detail is shaky. Either way, this brew caught my eye as potentially fitting for a virtual tasting NBS tasting if enough is made and distributed. I think it might count on the partnering breweries making their own versions that aren't draft-only (note that one article I read has the SN version likely out in January).

    Regardless of whether this IPA from Sierra Nevada and friends ends up fitting the bill, I'm still up for trying a NBS virtual share some time. Once we find a beer that is new to enough of us, we'd all agree on a particular date to open this beer, like we do any new beer, and check out its appearance. While we're not entirely superficial, we do like a fetching glass of beer. Then we take a sniff; I'd like to say we do so in a dignified manner, but situation will dictate how deeply into it we get. Next we try a taste, and hope our palate responds to the beer in a positive nature. We hope the tasting continues to feel right, and as we drink the last sip that the overall experience has us wanting the beer in a non-new setting.

    Hopefully we can find common ground with an NBS share in the near future, but for today we will have to stick to our individual offerings. Sharing will still be involved, in the form of your descriptive posts, which is what makes this thread so enjoyable to many. So who wants to start our weekly show and tell session? Raise your hands and wait to be called upon... or just chime in and we'll sort out any conflicts later.
     
  2. joe1510

    joe1510 Initiate (0) Aug 21, 2006 Illinois

    This thread was began with a focus, of sorts. It wasn't a focus on the same beer but on the same style. At the beginning, and for several weeks after, this thread was focused on new saisons. It was called "Saison Sunday" and the goal was to get searching for, purchase, trade, acquire, and drink a new saison each Sunday with a review/thoughts/discussion. It was a dedicated group with lively banter, the majority of which are no longer active on this site.

    Fun fact: LNBA, which eventually morphed into WBAYDN, spawned Saison Sunday thanks to shared interest and camaraderie.

    Although a good number of the regulars on here have likely already reviewed a majority of the nationally distributed saisons I think it would be a respectful throwback to encourage a Saison Sunday in the future. New saisons for whoever can round them up.
     
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  3. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,011) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Plus even after it was New Beer Sunday the old forum made it so replies were posted right beneath the quoted post, and if someone had already posted a style, the next people to post that style did it as a reply to that style posting. At the end of Sunday you could easily see how many styles were posted, and an easy to view comparison of them all as replies just beneath the first one posted. So the idea of style was completely built in to this thread from the beginning.

    That said, WBAYDN already has a style get together tasting, so if we have a vote on this my vote is for the suggestion of our esteemed leader, especially as it will be part of a nationwide effort to raise money for fire relief. I don't live in the area but many friends and family are in NorCal, so that enters into my opinion too.

    Anyway, however we do it sounds like a lot of fun. Hope to be back with a new beer later, I'm sure I will be ready for one after putting the finishing touches on my 300 ft. long driveway. The foot of white near-slush, now white near-concrete, has been a nightmare. See ya inna bit. Cheers!
     
  4. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,940) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Reviving a historical beer style

    I just got back from a long road trip visiting family and friends in Texas. We also attended (once again) Wurstfest in New Braunfels, TX were many pitchers of Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier were consumed.

    While visiting I picked up a few beers ‘native’ to Texas (i.e., not available for purchase in PA) and today I will be discussing one: Live Oak Grodziskie.

    The Grodziskie beer style is not a well-known beer style. It is a Smoked Polish wheat beer that became ‘extinct’ circa 1993. Thanks to the efforts of Polish homebrewers (and others) this beer became resurrected although not too many US craft breweries make this beer so it was a joy to find a commercially brewed Grodziskie during my visit to Texas.

    I homebrewed a Grodziskie beer once (in 2014) and I enjoyed drinking those beers. I vowed I would not brew this beer style again until one of the yeast vendors (e.g., Wyeast, White Labs,…) productizes a Grodziskie yeast strain. I have been waiting 4 years and so far no luck.

    Below are some extracts from the BJCP style guidelines for the Grodziskie beer style:

    “Overall Impression: A low-gravity, highly-carbonated, lightbodied ale combining an oak-smoked flavor with a clean hop bitterness. Highly sessionable.

    History: Developed as a unique style centuries ago in the Polish city of Grodzisk (known as Grätz when ruled by Prussia and Germany). Its fame and popularity rapidly extended to other parts of the world in the late 19th and early 20th century.

    Regular commercial production declined after WWII and ceased altogether in the early-mid 1990s. This style description describes the traditional version during its period of greatest popularity.”

    The good news is that a commercial brewery opened in Poland in 2015 to once again make Grodziskie available to beer consumers. The brewery’s name is Browar w Grodzisku. I would encourage the interested reader to visit this breweries website and view the wonderful video interview there to learn more:

    http://browargrodzisk.com/en/

    Now, let’s discuss a bit about the Live Oak brewed Grodziskie. From the Live Oak website:

    “Say: Grodz is key!

    Grodziskie resurrects the last indigenous Polish beer style to go extinct in the twentieth century. Production ceased in Grodzisk in 1991. It is brewed using only oak-smoked wheat malt and assertively hopped like a pilsner. Even with a low ABV, the wheat malt delivers a full-bodied beer. The original Polish ale yeast strain ferments cold, alongside our lager yeast throughout lagering. Please enjoy this truly rare beer.

    OG: 8ºP ABV: 3.0% IBU: 36

    Availability: Year-round on draft and in cans”

    On the 6-pack box there is:

    “About the beer: Piwo Grodziskie is a centuries old Polish beer style that ceased commercial production in the late 20th century. A decoction mash, 100% smoked wheat malt, and noble Saaz hops join the traditional yeasts to bring this beer back to life in Texas.”

    Boy, all of this typing has built up a powerful thirst. Let’s drink! Or as the Poles would say: Napijmy się.

    Served in my Polish Pilsner glass:

    Appearance:

    A hazy straw yellow with a BIG fluffy white head. A beautiful Belgian lacs forms as the beer is consumed.

    Aroma:

    There is soft smoke accompanied with citrus (lemon) and herbal from the hops.

    Taste:

    The flavor is exactly like the nose with a combination of soft smoke and citrus/herbal flavors.

    Mouthfeel:

    Medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation. It has a dry finish.

    Overall:

    I think this beer is very good! I think my wife summarized this beer perfectly via her exclamation of “It’s delightful!”

    If this beer was distributed in my area this would be a regular purchase for me.

    Na Zdrowie!

    @KOP_Beer_OUtlet @rotsaruch @chipawayboy @RobH

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  5. woodychandler

    woodychandler Poo-Bah (11,818) Apr 9, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    Happy New @jkblr Sunday, MKII, or CANtinued (Week 717)!

    Just like Jules lamenting that he didn't know anyone in "The 818" in "Pulp Fiction", we here in South Central PA call it "The 717". Greetings from The 717 on Week 717!

    I CANpleted a CANTrade with someone who had never done a trade before & he really came through for me! It was all CANs on both ends, precipitated by my solicitation of Daredevil's Rauchbier, which he had recently reviewed. He simply wanted (my) local Oktoberfests in return. Easy, peasy, Japanese-y, lemon squeezy! I shipped first to model how it CAN be done & he did his part admiably, sending a nice assortment for me to review, rate & share in this weekly forum.

    I began a couple of weeks ago with the Lagers, but between my barback gig at CKW2G & some of the Ales needing an add, I bogged down. 8=( Last week was interrupted by my annual Veterans' Day celebration with Chef Monty, but today, I am back on track! 8=)

    This one is a twofer, crediting both collaborating/CANlaborating breweries:
    https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/20672/379286/?ba=woodychandler#review
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    https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1199/379287/?ba=woodychandler#review
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    Well, that may do it for me until post-shift, unless I am called off or cut early. Inna meantime, I'll see yinz inna funny papers! Oh, wait, that was last week's theme ...
     
  6. traction

    traction Devotee (466) Dec 4, 2010 Georgia
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    CB Stout

    Smell: Caramel with vanilla, coffee

    Taste: Follows the nose with vanilla and coffee leading. A nice richness to this year. ABV is 12% I think and but the alcohol isn't especially present this doesn't feel boozy at all. Very little bitterness.

    Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied, perfect carbonation, almost sticky feeling

    Appearance: Black as black gets, caramel colored head great retention. Even when the head dissipates a quick swirl of the glass brings it right back in full. Heavy lacing up and down the glass throughout the drink.

    Overall: By any standard this is a high quality stout. I had seen a couple people sing its praises and I was wondering if it was just hype or the real thing. Well, it turns out the beer really is delicious; no BS around this one. Even in 2018 when a good stout is easy to find this one stands out. Personally I think it is on par with stouts put out by companies like Angry Chair. I hope this sees wider production one day.

    Score: 4.5/5
     
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  7. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (5,427) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    @joe1510 and @cavedave - thanks for the historical tidbits. I always enjoy new information about this thread and community’s history. Also glad that quite a few of yous that joined in the aughts still take an interest and participate in the thread. Cheers!
     
  8. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    New Beer Sunday: An American Wild Ale

    Mornin’ NBSers with an alert for fans of Wild Ales that are tart, crisp and refreshing on a summer’s day or a great aperitif to wake up and tune up the tastebuds for breakfast. Also a thanks to @cjgiant for his start up today.

    Today’s high temperature is expect to be in the mid 40s and the skies a mix of sunny and cloudy. This should take care of melting the few remaining patches from the 3-4 inches of snow that fell here on Thursday.

    This morning’s new beer is the Allagash Two Lights. While listed here as an American Wild Ale this is a hybrid beer that includes both malt and the juice of freshly pressed white grapes. There are also two varieties of yeast involved in the fermentation, one of which is a Champagne yeast.

    As usual, my review, in progress until the beer is finished or I start breakfast, can be found here:

    https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/4/292654/?ba=drtth#review


    The aromas and flavors include some green orchard fruits, the white wine and some malt and wheat. In the background there are also some light tropical fruits and a touch of crisp tartness The light bitterness is herbal. A refreshing beer that is clean, light slightly tart, crisp and one I’ll be looking to have again.

    Cheers, all!
     
  9. jkblr

    jkblr Poo-Bah (2,678) Nov 22, 2014 Indiana
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    Good morning NBS
    My nightshift stretched to 14 hours last night so I'm electing to drink with the monks as opposed to attending church this morning...
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    The review:
    11.2oz bottle bb 10/5/19 poured into a Spencer signature chalice at fridge temp 8.7% ABV. The beer pours dense black with mocha brown head. The head recedes to a thin island & ring leaving some lacing behind. The aroma is mild with roasted malt, chocolate and coffee in that order. The taste is dark roasted malt, licorice and baker's chocolate. The finish is dry with a roast driven medium bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with less than medium carbonation. No alcohol presence in the aroma or taste. Overall, unique and good. I suppose this is attempting to mimic historical or traditional versions of the style. Not sure I've ever had another RIS with quite the same profile.

    I've been trying to group my new beers in a narrower focus recently in hopes that the scores and descriptions will be more cohesive. I just finished an Oktoberfest binge compliments of @woodychandler and now I have a fridge full of RIS & AIS to review before November ends.

    Cheers all and enjoy the new beer in your glass today!
     
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  10. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,420) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    It's a chilly November morning, so . . .

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    Deep amber gold color with lasting cap and lacing.

    Aroma of toasty, roasty caramel malt with herbal spicy hops.

    Unusual for me in an Oktoberfest the first thing I taste are the hops. Malt is rich and layered with elements of both sweet malt and toasted/roasted malt yet there is no hint of roasted malt bitterness. Nor sweetness for that matter which may be due to the abundant hop presence. Fairly complex and consistent to the end.

    Medium full texture with balancing carbonation.

    A surprising Oktoberfest for me (wasn't expecting the amount of hopping) yet one I rather enjoy. Over the years I've had a number of fairly simple malt rich Oktoberfest versions and frankly I'm glad I came across this one where hops shine without becoming too bright to cast the malt into shadow. Well played.
     
  11. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (6,995) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    Thanks to the great start @cjgiant for this weeks NBS. Will be back later on with a new brew.

    Cheers!
     
  12. CanConPhilly

    CanConPhilly Poo-Bah (2,869) May 17, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Happy Sunday, NBS crew! @cjgiant I like the Sierra Nevada idea, since presumably we will all have access. Just give us PA folks a few extra weeks to acquire a bottle...SN is notoriously slow to reach our shelves. :angry:

    Starting today with this one from @vabeerguy . Triple Crossing is my favorite Virginia brewery, and this might be their best ipa yet.

    Interstellar Burst - Triple Crossing
    DIPA - 8% abv
    Canned 11/1/18 (17 days ago)
    Score: 4.44 (+1.6% rDev)

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    Review:
    https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/34442/296213/?ba=CanConPhilly#review

    Synopsis:
    My new favorite from Triple Crossing. So well balanced, without even a hint of booze in an 8% dipa. It’s so clean, it reminds me of a Brut but without the loss in hop flavor that a lot of the Bruts I’ve tried suffer from. Looks, smells, and feels incredible. The taste is all citrus, without any dank, floral, or vegetal tastes getting in the way. Thanks again Mike!
     
  13. VABA

    VABA Poo-Bah (4,760) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia
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    A-Pours a light amber color with a generous head and lacing
    A-Aroma has generous lime and aguave hints with some subtle tequila notes
    T-The taste follows the nose with a nicely balanced lime and aguave flavor with a tequila aftertaste
    M-A light bodied very well carbonated beer
    O-A very well done and balanced tequila barrel aged ale
     
  14. HoppingMadMonk

    HoppingMadMonk Poo-Bah (2,176) Mar 3, 2017 New Jersey
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    Lagunitas sparkling swan
    ..clear ruby color
    ..medium body with light carbonation
    ..aroma is vinegar, sour and wine funk, sweet and sour grapes
    ..taste us grape balsamic vinegar which is softened by some sweet grapes. There is a sour, funk taste but not overpowering
    ..overall it's very good but the most vinegar taste I've ever had in a beer which might turn some people off. Having early morning brunch and it did go well with baked applea[​IMG]
     
  15. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,280) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Sierra Nevada Single Hop Citra IPL

    I had pretty much given up on running into Sierra Nevada's latest "single hop" 12 pack. The thing seemed to be oddly rare around these parts. Then I unexpectedly found it. These beers were packaged 2.5 months ago. If I can squeeze them in, I'd like to try all 4 today. We'll see.

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    I was almost regretting picking this up on the drive back from the store. Fortunately, this first beer made me feel "so far, so great." This is a great beer. I wasn't expecting such a light yellow and such clarity. I should have been thinking more "Pilsner" instead of IPA. It's a gorgeous beer with really great head stability. I really enjoy the look of beers like this. The sea-change that has happened with regard to clarity and head has only reinforced how beautiful beers like this shouldn't be taken for granted.

    The feel is wonderfully creamy and soft. The taste is snappy malt, some herbal/spicy hops and a clear orange note. This beer hits with laser precision. On first impressions alone, I'd say this is perhaps the nicest Citra focused beer I've had. That's a sacrilegious comment to most. Maybe I'm just in a fabulous mood this morning.
     
  16. joe1510

    joe1510 Initiate (0) Aug 21, 2006 Illinois

    New Gruit Sunday

    I woke up this morning to a snow covered yard with some continuing flurries. Nothing much, probably 1- 1 1/2" total, but it's looking pretty nice out there. I've got some shopping to do later, beer shopping included, so figured I'd get into something a little earlier than usual that, in hindsight, is rather fitting on a morning like this.

    Courtesy of @SomethingClever

    Rock Art - A River Runs Gruit

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    Thanks for this one Dave! Love trying oddballs. A River Runs Gruit is a murky beverage. It looks like a dense, unfiltered apple cider. A fingers worth of sudsy, soapy bubbles form on the pour and crackle down to a thin ring around the glass. Large bubbles pop to the surface here and there. It's not the prettiest of libations. (4)

    I could smell this stuff the second the can was cracked. It's savory and comforting. Rose hips and lavender bring about floral qualities, naturally, while chamomile and elderberry bring soothing comfort. There's a flash of cinnamon and even nutmeg. A little pencil lead pops here and there. Green apple and a drizzle of caramel round out the malt profile. This stuff smells as if there was a pot of apple cider mulling on the stovetop which is perfect for a snow covered morning like this one. (4.25)

    The flavor isn't quite as vivid as the nose but it's still comforting. It's very tea like off the bat with chamomile taking center stage. The lavender and rose hips bring their floral quality to the finish. The baking spices are present from front to back, complementary. Again, this beer brings to mind green apples and a touch of caramel sweetness. There's a nice play between tart & sweet, both of which are mild, and savory & bright. This is a complex beer if a little muddled in flavor. The lines aren't quite as clean as the nose led on. (3.75)

    The body is on the lighter side of moderate with a carbonation that's a little flaccid. This guy could probably use a touch more body and a little tighter bubbles. The finish leaves behind a nice numbing effect like you get from cinnamon at times, almost tannic. This beer is fun to drink and that boosts the drinkability quite a bit. (3.75)

    A River Runs Gruit is an interesting beer. Every gruit I have ever had has been miles apart from the last. This one leans heavily toward a mulled cider and like I mentioned, that's perfect on a snowy morning like today. There's a lot of character in this beer and none of it is usually related to what we think of as beer characteristics. If this was available in my area I would pick it up from time to time, when the season is right. Thanks again, Dave! (3.75)

    3.84/5 rDev +5.5%
    look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
     
  17. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,743) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Been fighting the grunge for almost a month now, feel like shit so an early beer to hydrate.

    My first Brut IPA is Galaxy from Westbrook Brewing. It pours and sets up beautifully, terriffic nose that overpowers with pineapple and sweet fruit. Taste follows its fruity and nicely bitter, it's certinly not an OJ bomb. Abv at 7% is a nice point for IPAs. Have to say with a blind taste and a look I'd just guess it to be a NEIPA that's a touch more bitter than most. Ive had beers from Resident Culture that follows this profile pretty closely, which IMO makes this a very good beer. I can't find any specifics on this beer so not really a clue there, but I'd suspect perhaps a Citra/ Moasic combo. So in calling this a Brut IPA I don't get it, it's all in a name I suppose and at this price point I'm not so sure I'd buy it again. To prorate this out would equal to $20 / 4'pks, there's other beers in this class that are simply much cheaper and just as good. I can drink one or two of these type of beers, but after that I'd really like fresh as hell Headhunter IPA. So not damning it with faint praise this is IMO a 4.25 kinda beer, but that's my point too, all these beers in these styles are 4.25 beers and a dulling SAMENESS. You cannot complain about quality, these beers are really good, but for the most part you have one you had them all and you might as well buy the cheapest.
     
  18. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (5,113) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    Starting off my NFL New Beer Sunday with Self Decapitation DIPA from Alewife...
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    Collaboration with Torch & Crown Brewing...

    I'm getting pine resin over tropical fruits, with a vague herbal, dank, earthy character... Bit of that 8.5% abv alcohol seems to slip through... Lightly tacky shellac to an otherwise smooth-feeling beer... 86 IBUs comes across as moderately bitter, sugars are subdued... Something about the beer tastes a little "off" to me - but it could just be my personal tastes these days... I'll assume its something on my end and err on the side of the brewer with my scoring, but I wasn't impressed...
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    10/18/18 canning...

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  19. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,280) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    It's a tiny bit amusing how people (and particularly this site) think of IPA, NEIPA, and Brut IPA to be different styles of beer, and yet some Brut IPAs resemble NEIPAs while others resemble older American IPAs. If some Brut IPAs can resemble a NEIPA while others resemble an "American IPA," then it doesn't make total sense to think of NEIPAs and "American IPAs" as distinct things if one also recognizes Brut IPAs as such. :slight_smile:
     
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  20. CanConPhilly

    CanConPhilly Poo-Bah (2,869) May 17, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    New beer #2. Thanks @FlintB ! @Blackop555 sent me a 6-year vertical of the base beer for our recent NBS BIF share, and the 2017 was my clear favorite. So looking forward to the BBA version of that vintage!

    BBA Expedition Stout - Bells
    RIS - 12.8% abv
    2017 bottle
    Score: 4.65 (+3.6% rDev)

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    Review:
    https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/287/130990/?ba=CanConPhilly#review

    Synopsis:
    I’m just spoiled today. This is a god damn near perfect BBA stout. So much chocolate flavor, and tons of barrel notes, but with only a hint of boozy heat. I can’t believe this is 13%! I’d take this over BCBS any day of the week. Damn. I would be in great peril if this was available near me. I’m going to edit my profile to say that my preferred style of stout is year-old Expy. Thank you so much Brian!
     
  21. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,699) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Excellent choice! I will keep my eyes open whenever this rolls out.
     
  22. Dragginballs76

    Dragginballs76 Poo-Bah (2,573) Nov 13, 2015 South Carolina
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    Henry sent me one of these and I felt the same way about it, near perfect.
     
  23. VABA

    VABA Poo-Bah (4,760) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia
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    A-Pours a dark amber color with a slight head and lacing
    A-Aroma has roasted malt and molasses hints
    T-The taste follows the nose with a roasted malt and molasses flavor
    M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
    O-A decent winter lager
     
  24. CanConPhilly

    CanConPhilly Poo-Bah (2,869) May 17, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    I could session this, which is a scary thought for a 13% beer!
     
  25. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (2,238) Sep 15, 2014 New York
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    Happy New Beer Sunday, everyone! After sleeping all day yesterday--16 hours yesterday, and 5 more this morning--I'm taking it easy today. I had breakfast, did some grocery shopping, and then did some cleaning/housework. Now I'm settling down and relaxing with a nice stout. Swiftwater Brewing's Rosebud Stout. Now onto the review.

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    It comes in a pitch black color, although the photo shows some ruby red highlights. The head is tan, but small despite a semi-aggressive pour. Decent retention. A thin film remains. Not too much head for an imperial stout but oh well.
    The aroma is very chocolatey--semi-sweet dark chocolate for days. Heavy on the pure roasted grains, toasted bread, some black coffee in the background, with a hint of raisin or other dark fruits.
    The taste follows the nose pretty closely. Lots of dark chocolate and bitter cacoa, leans more toward baking chocolate and cocoa powder than a dark chocolate bar. Burnt toast and roasted grains overtake the palate, along with the malted milk balls note I usually get in lower-abv stouts and porters. Lots of fresh roasted black coffee in the flavor. There is not much sweetness to this one. Mostly a bitter and very roasted stout, although there is a hint of burn raisin in the back.
    The mouthfeel is smooth and medium, although a little less creamy and carbonated than I would like at 8%.
    All in all, this is a pretty solid stout. I would recommend trying it at least once.
     
  26. gopens44

    gopens44 Poo-Bah (2,350) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
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    First up today is Nice Nice Relationship Relationship from The Veil

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    4.41/5 rDev +0.2%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

    As soon as I popped the can open I was hit by massive sweet tangerine, mango and maybe a bit of honey. Taste confirms the smell quite identically up until the grapefruit bitter finish. The tangerine thing is sweet and rolls out to the honey. Bitter finish feels a touch chalky but it’s anything but dry as this medium bodied beer stays pretty quenching throughout. Really nice beer overall.
     
  27. FFFjunkie

    FFFjunkie Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2014 Illinois

    Hello fellow NBSrs!

    My apologies for last weeks absence but it was a rough weekend.

    I have some very nice beers from some incredible BAs on deck for thanksgiving weekend. Today’s first new beer to me is from @TheGent . Anthony crushed my porch twice and since I didn’t have much in the fridge yet his latest box was perfect to throw in it immediately.

    The beer:



    My humble review:



    I hope to return a little later this afternoon. You fine folks enjoy your Sunday!
     
  28. AyatollahGold

    AyatollahGold Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2016 Indiana

    Back again! And even figured out how to add pictures this week thanks to the good BA @Vidblain !!! This week I am going to do a blind review. I have four variants of The Abyss from Deschutes. Tequila barrel, Brandy barrel, Rum barrel & Scotch barrel.
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    My wife is going to choose one, put it in a bag to where I can't see which I have, and I'm going to pour it, review it, make a guess on which variant it is, then reveal it.
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    So pouring this from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter this beer pours out black as night with no highlights whatsoever. It forms close to a pinky width of creamy caramel/mocha colored crown. (4.25)
    The smell has a tropical like alcohol accenting the chocolate layers that are prominently present. You can smell the booze all the way through, with the layers of chocolate and dark fruit underneath it. (Almost a fresh lime like spritz) almost wondering if it's the tequila one from the smell. (4.25)
    The taste comes in with a bitter chocolate element. Almost like bakers chocolate bouncing off of a dry barrel presence with a tropical kick. Dark fruit still present in the form of some raisins as it warms up. (4.5)
    The mouthfeel is roasty bitterness and dry barrel tangling together all the way through while providing a full body. (4.5)
    Overall, this is a very enjoyable drink. I love the complexity and the way the elements are all tangling together to make a wonderful and unique drinking experience. (4.5)

    From the tropical notes and light fruit kicks in this it's hard for me to decide from Tequila or Rum. But I'm gonna go with tequila based on some of the lighter fruit notes that resemble lime to me. Let's see!
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    Anddd... I was wrong! It's Rum!
    Oh well. Very fun and enjoyed the experience!
    It ends up being one of the best Rum barrel aged Stouts I've had to this point. Maybe that is because it works so much with the original complexity of The Abyss and doesn't overpower or thin it out, but adds to it. Cheers!
     
  29. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,743) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Damn forgot the pic, it's the codeine.
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  30. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (4,224) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Been making an effort to try more classics and styles lately, and this one ticks both of those boxes.

    Style: Belgian Faro.

    Beer Advocate's description:

    "Traditionally brewed in Belgium, Faro is a blended Lambic with the addition of candi sugar, resulting in a lighter, quite sweet, and more palatable beer. Widely available throughout the Senne Valley up until the early 20th century, Faro was often made from second and third runnings—which led to a beer with a lower alcohol content. It was commonly spiced with pepper, orange peel, and coriander, with spontaneous fermentation by the microbes found in the air. The end result was a light-bodied and gently flavored acidic beer that sometimes had hints of spice. Faro was usually sweetened before packaging or on-premise. Sometimes faro was a blend of aged lambic beer with freshly made low-alcohol Lambic or even a low-alcohol non-Lambic ale. Modern faro is usually stronger in alcohol compared with historical examples."

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    Lindeman's Faro Lambic.

    Pours a translucent brown with a finger of white foam that dissipates fairly quickly, and resides in a foamy ring for a long while. Aroma is sugary sweet, with notes of berries, cherry, dark fruits and plum. A bit of yeast concludes the aroma. Flavor profile is sugary with notes of dark fruits, cherry, plum and berries. Complexity is modest, with the beer finishing with lingering notes of cherry and sugar on the tongue. Mouth feel is still, with a very fine amount of graininess that bumps it up a touch from smooth. It has a medium-thin consistency. Overall, drinks splendidly, but is rather sugary (as per the style). Nice blend overall here. Very easy to drink, and would make a welcome addition to anyone seeking a flavorful, sweet, light beer.

    Score: 4 | 3.75 | 4.25 | 4 | 4.25 | BA Score: 4.09 | rDev: +11.4%

    Personal notes:
    Rating new styles of beer is tough, especially one as sparsely populated as Belgian Faro. Beer Advocate lists 16 beers in this style, with only 2 of those with an overall score over 4.0 (average rating across all 16 beer is 3.224). I'm thinking that's a little skewed. This beer is good per the style notes outlined by the site, and while I don't have anything to compare it with experience wise, matching up with the site defined descriptors is a promising start. I hope to revisit this style from another brewery at some point to add some depth to this review and my understanding of the style.
     
  31. TheGent

    TheGent Poo-Bah (2,504) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    Cheers, Dan! Nice review. Had the same feelings about this one.
     
  32. CanConPhilly

    CanConPhilly Poo-Bah (2,869) May 17, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    New beer #3. Thanks @akatz821 !

    Galaxy + Vic Secret - Other Half
    IIPA - 8.5% abv
    Canned 10/30/18 (19 days ago)
    Score: 3.92 (-5.1% rDev)

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    Review:
    https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/33510/379147/?ba=CanConPhilly#review

    Synopsis:
    The Galaxy shines, but the Vic Secret detracts. The Vic seems to add vegetal, herbal, and white wine notes, but to me that clashes with the wonderful pineapple and citrus imparted from the Galaxy. Still fun to try. Thanks again Azi!
     
  33. ovaltine

    ovaltine Poo-Bah (3,551) Apr 6, 2010 Indiana
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    Saison Sunday?

    I'm in.

    Now I have to reconnoiter - my NBS plan today included a saison from @TongoRad from NBS BIF #8. Need to save it for Saison Sunday.

    This beer nerd avocation is indeed quite the scene, man.

     
  34. EMH73

    EMH73 Poo-Bah (2,318) Sep 16, 2015 New York
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    Raspberry Truffale from Avery, a BBA stout with chocolate and raspberries added. I would just like to start by saying that I LOVE raspberries. That being said, I have never met a raspberry flavored beer that I liked except for lambics. My family wants to know why I keep trying new ones. Pours black with a fluffy one inch mocha head that settled to a ring in about a minute and left beautiful blotchy lacing. Smells of chocolate, raspberries and a hint of bourbon. Tastes of semi-sweet chocolate, sweet raspberries, very mild tart raspberries, bourbon, vanilla, oak, sweet malts and caramel. Medium bodied for the style, lightly carbonated, creamy mouth feel. I wish it was a little more full bodied but it is by far the best raspberry flavored beer (non-lambic) I have tasted. At $13.99 a bottle it is not something I will seek out in the future.
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  35. HoppingMadMonk

    HoppingMadMonk Poo-Bah (2,176) Mar 3, 2017 New Jersey
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    Troegs wild elf
    ..around a medium body with medium carbonation
    ...a cranberry, orange appearance
    ...aroma is a cherry vinegriet, some sour and tartness as well as sweet and sour cherries
    ..taste us very similar to aroma,not much honey but plenty of cherries in every way imaginable. Sour, tart, sweet, and vinegar like cherries
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  36. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (4,224) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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  37. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,743) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Nice, I'd love to tag that Scotch Barrel. Enjoy I bet they're delicious.
     
  38. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,280) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Sierra Nevada Single Hop Amarillo IPA

    This one is a clear deep yellow/very light amber. Great head. It's sweeter than the previous IPL. Tastes of orange marmalade and then a big wave of bitter grapefruit pith hits you. I'm missing the crispness of the IPL, but also reminded about how amazing it is that bitter beverages became so embraced (and then unfortunate that "bitter" has started to become a dirty word again).
     
  39. gopens44

    gopens44 Poo-Bah (2,350) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
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    Up next is Astro Thunder from Aslin

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    4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
    look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

    I know that the word “dank” is overused and underdescribed at times but this one earns it. Smell wafts green onion, earthy clay and turnip. Yes, turnip. Taste doesn’t stray too far from the impression from the smell, as first up is big green onion, followed by turnip with a little bit of grass sprinkled in. Aftertaste is saccharine sweet with some earthy bitterness. Otherwise, finishes wet and medium bodied. Super complex beer with what seems like above average attention to detail throughout the whole experience.
     
  40. EMH73

    EMH73 Poo-Bah (2,318) Sep 16, 2015 New York
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    Sticking with BBA stouts it would seem. Java Stout from Victory Brewing. Pours black with a one inch mocha head that leaves blotch lacing all the way down the glass. Smells of bourbon, coffee and coffee. Taste is very much bourbon in the forefront, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, slightly sweet roasted malts, caramel and surprisingly coffee has a very mild presence. Medium bodied, slightly dry finish, light carbonation, very mild bitterness and a lightly creamy mouth feel. I really expected far more coffee flavor out of this beer but terrific none the less.
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