New Beer Sunday (Week 721)

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  1. cjgiant

    cjgiant Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,248) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    So much darkness. It's enveloping. I thought the theme was only supposed to last a day, @LeperJim?

    Or is this... it? Have I and/or this world come to an end?

    Wait! What light through yonder horizon crests?

    Seriously, what is it? I can't tell through the shroud of drab gray linens that drip a cold, clear liquid onto the ground, swelling the earth and overflowing our waterways.

    I will for now assume it is the sun, and therefore I will call this new day "Sunday" and in light of the end of the dark, I believe I will celebrate with a new beer.

    I can only hope that others are noticing the same wondrous illumination cleansing us of the long black era of yesterday - sharing in the radiance.

    Sharing! Remember sharing? I do and I think as a tribute to the shared re-illumination of our world, we should all have a new beer and share our thoughts about it. Let it be a new and glorious morn!!


    Ok, all you dabblers of drinking dramatically on days of darkness, it is time to become innovators of imbibing imaginatively with ales anew. It may be a new dawn, but hopefully most of you know the guidelines by now: get a new beer from the fridge; sit down with it and some recording device; translate your brain's interpretation (via senses of sight, smell, touch, and taste) of the beer to said media; if said media is not this thread, transpose it here (and possibly consider a tip about being a little more efficient :wink:); hit "post reply" and let the world know what you have experienced.

    As always, please take a second to give one extra copy of your thoughts to the archives (the beer's official page), especially if the archives currently have little documentation on your beer. Also, feel free to add a little flair to your post here with some extra info about your week or the beer or brewery. Lastly don't be shy about reading others' posts - it's not considered eavesdropping to do so and not rude at all to chime in with your thoughts on a beer someone else is getting a first crack at. Well, it's not unless your thoughts themselves are actually rude.

    Anyhow, I see we are coming out of the tunnel now, and it is time for all of you to bathe in the light of another New Beer Sunday. Cheers!
  2. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    New Beer Sunday: American IBA

    Mornin NBSers with an alert for IPA fans and thanks to @cjgiant for the start up. Today will be an IPA kinda day.

    The weather here is much like that described by our host. Gray skies dripping moisture in various amounts at different times. The temps are expected to be in the mid 40s and that dripping will sometimes get heavier, harder and a bit wind blown, but will mostly be that slow drip, drip, drip....

    This morning’s new beer is the Not Today Satan IPA from Mispillion River. The beer seems appropriately titled for this morning given both the weather and my having had to avoid beer for a while due to a course of medication that does not play well with alcohol. This is my second beer from Mispillion so I’ll be interested in what it is like given that the brewer is within a day trip drive from here and might warrant a visit sometime.

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

    The aroma/flavor profiles on this beer are noticeable but not overpowering. There’s some citrus, tropical fruits and a bit of carmel from the malt. The light bitterness is mostly about some resin and citric zest that is balanced nicely by the sweetness from the malt. Not the best IPA ever, but one I’ve enjoyed drinking and might like to try again at the tap room. My only complaint is that I did find the bitterness at the end of the finish just a touch unpleasant.

    Cheers, all!
  3. woodychandler

    woodychandler Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,936) Apr 9, 2004 Pennsylvania

    Happy Uinta Abita New Beer This Sunday, Bro./GEN Woody (Week 721)?

    It is another rainy day here in SE/SC PA, but I have big plans for the day. An old Navy buddy & his wife are in town for a few days so we met for supper last night. Today, I am working on a couple of projects, one delineated (sort of) in my post's title, the other for a Facebook group's giveaway. The latter requires a visit to the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop (FGBS) so I will be away from the computer for a little while. Now is the Winter of our discontent made glorious Summer by yon son (sun) of York (although I live in Lancaster)!

    Without further ado about nothing, I bring you my review of:
    And so it begins, in earnest! I'll be back periodically over the course of the day to keep yinz apprised of my doings & goings-on. Until then, may your glass be full & your heart be light!
  4. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,514) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire

    [​IMG] Poured into a16 oz Breakaway glass canned on 11/28/18 and 5.1% ABV. Pours a near pitch black with a 4 finger mocha head that leaves thin wisps of lace behind with excellent retention. 4.75

    Smell is cocoa nibs, coffee grounds, vanilla bean, and just a little biscuity grain that plays very well with everything going on. 4.5

    Taste follows biscuit grain, cocoa, vanilla, and just a little kiss of coffee, really tasty! 4.75

    Mouthfeel is a creamy medium, soft gentle carbonation, not dry at all, and goes down very easy, but the flavor is more like 6.5 or 7. 4.75

    Overall this is an absolute gem, 5.1% with a ton of flavor and a nice creamy feel. This is a stout I could drink all day during a cold winter night. Exceptional and I am giving it more props because of the reasonable ABV and all the flavor. 4.5
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  5. VABA

    VABA Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,409) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia

    A-Pours a very dark color with a nice head and lacing
    A-Aroma has intense chocolate hints, but also some coffee, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg hints
    T-The taste follows the nose with a very generous chocolate flavor mixed in with a nice balanced flavors of coffee, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg and as the beer warms all of the flavors become more pronounced
    M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
    O-A very well done and nicely balanced Imperial Stout
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  6. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Grand Pooh-Bah (5,713) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Good morning New BSers! Thanks, @cjgiant, for today's opening. My New Breakfast Beer is:

    Received from @Bum4ever in NBS BIF #8. Reviewed 12/16/18. Thanks Josh!
    Undated capped 750 mL bottle. Cork pulls with a faint “POP” and no overflow. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried long-stemmed Sante Adairius snifter.
    Appearance – 4.
    Body – Light yellow, clear, initially effervescent but rapidly diminishes.
    Head – Average (Maximum 3.8 cm, aggressive center pour), white, high density with a few rocks, short duration, diminishing to a five mm ring and thin complete layer. Second and third pours yield smaller but otherwise identical heads.
    Lacing – Excellent - wide bands of tiny bubbles, connected by short columns.
    First pour – Light yellow (Nearly colorless), clear.
    Aroma – 4.25 – Begins with a general fruitiness followed by some Brettanomyces-like odors of leather.
    Flavor – 4.25 – Begins with a short-lived burst of acetic acid followed by a bit of fruitiness. No added spices initially detected. When I can force myself not to swallow immediately, after the carbonation is gone, a bit of cumin flavor appears. The aftertaste is slightly acrid. No alcohol (5.7% ABV), no hops, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
    Palate –4 - Light, watery, lively carbonation.
    Impression and interpretation – 4.25 – An excellent take on a Belgian saison. Acidic and fruity, it practically leaps down my throat, leaving little time for analysis. One of the best I’ve ever had.
    Rating 4.21, rDev -0.2%.
  7. VABA

    VABA Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,409) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia


    A-Pours a very dark color with a nice head and lacing
    A-Aroma has intense maple syrup hints, but also some vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg hints
    T-The taste follows the nose with a very generous maple syrup flavor mixed in with a nice balanced flavors of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg
    M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
    O-A very well done and nicely balanced Brown Ale that feels like drinking liquid French toast
  8. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,069) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I’m dreaming of a White Christmas!

    Well, a White beer in this instance: Celis White – Belgian-style Witbier.

    It just so happens that the very first Witbier I ever had was Celis White circa 1998. That beer was brewed by Pierre Celis in the brewery he established in Austin, TX. The beer I will be drinking today I purchased while visiting family in Texas last month and this beer was also brewed in Austin but by Pierre’s daughter Christine Celis.

    The story of the Witbier style and the Celis family (Pierre and Christine) is a long but interesting story. There is a short version of the story on the back of the Celis White beer can:

    “Brewed in Belgium – Brewed in Austin

    In the tradition of Belgian Brew Master Pierre Celis, this Wheat Beer is like the man – legendary. It’s his original recipe, first brewed by Pierre back in 1965. Hi signature witbier sparkles with remnants of Coriander and Orange Peel that will take you back to the true taste, the first taste made famous by the one and only “Father of Witbier”

    Pierre Celis 1925 – 2011”

    Will this beer take me back to my first experience drinking a Witbier in 1998?

    Served in my Witbier Tumbler Glass:


    A hazy straw color with a 1 finger white head.


    The aroma is combination of bready malt and some herbal aspects.


    Wow! A tasty combination of light bready malt flavor, then some citrus and there are herbal notes – the flavors come in waves! The citrus really ‘pops’ on the backend. This beer has a low bitterness.


    A pleasant soft body with an off-dry finish.


    In one word: EXCELLENT. A very refreshing beer!!

    So, is this the ‘same’ beer I drank two decades ago? Well, my beer memory is not that precise over that long of a duration but I am willing to venture that this beer is even better than that ‘old’ beer.

    For the interested reader I would strongly encourage you to read more about Pierre Celis and the new brewery that his daughter recently opened in Austin:

    Cheers to Christine Celis for resurrecting such a wonderful beer!

    @KOP_Beer_OUtlet @rotsaruch @RobH @zid

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  9. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Cheers and happy holidays to you Jack. For me, this beer reminded me of an orange hard candy.
  10. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,069) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania


    Yes there was citrus (orange) flavor in this beer but it did not keep me from picking up the myriad of other flavors (e.g., light bready malt flavors, herbal flavors,...) embedded within this beer.

  11. VABA

    VABA Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,409) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia


    A-Pours a dark hazy purplish color with a slight head and lacing
    A-Aroma has subtle tartness and blackberry hints
    T-The tastefollows the nose with a subtle blackberry and a decent tartness
    M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
    O-A decent blackberry sour beer
  12. AyatollahGold

    AyatollahGold Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2016 Indiana

    Thanks to @cjgiant for the start. For my first beer of today, I am going to go with something dark.

    It will be another busy day for me (as every weekend of this month is) with going somewhere to decorate Christmas cookies with the kids.

    Anyway, my first beer of today will be "Grind Core" and it is a Surly BC Small Batch brew.
    And before even getting into the brew, I must say I find the artwork eeringly similar to FFF Wigsplitter. (And then let alone that they are both espresso milk Stouts) Hmm...

    But I'll let you decide with these pictures for reference

    Moving on, I'm pouring this beer from a 16 oz. can into a snifter glass.


    This beer pours out dark brown with highlights running throughout. It forms in the glass much darker but with light still penetrating the edges of its dark soul when held up to light. It formed a pinky width of creamy, light tan colored crown that dissipated into only leaving a ring attached to the glass and some small islands. (3.75)
    I smelled the coffee as soon as I opened the can. Putting my nose to the glass provided a multi dimensional coffee explosion. Creamer, espresso, smelling into a bag of fresh beans. Astringent, fresh, strong brewed black coffee. (4)
    The taste comes in with black, fresh roasted coffee taking my taste buds for hostage before showing me to what little it has to offer of sweetness. This is a real coffee bomb. And one that I enjoy because of the black nature of the coffee. (4.25)
    It has a nice, full body for a milk stout and I wouldn't say it's lacking any depth. It's got a warmness to it, that is remiscent of fresh coffee beans instead of say, alcohol. Dry on the finish. (4)
    Overall, I would be happy to drink another one. It's a solid milk stout that really follows suit to the style while being an absolute coffee bomb. If you drink this, I hope you like you're coffee black. If not, beware, you were warned. (4)

    Cheers NBSers! Can't wait to see what you're drinking today and hopefully I'll be back with one more before it ends!
  13. HoppingMadMonk

    HoppingMadMonk Grand Pooh-Bah (4,387) Mar 3, 2017 New Jersey
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    Firestone velvet merkin
    ..pours a solid black
    ..medium body bodies with a very slight oily creamy feel. Carbonation is medium light and doesn't impact the feel very much
    ..aroma is an oak earth forward followed by espresso , roasted malt and some bourbon
    ..taste follows aroma in that there is a lot if wood upfront to get around to appreciate what else this offers. The bourbon itself didn't make a huge showing[​IMG]
  14. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Barrage - Lager of Sin

    Today, I think I'm going to focus on local Long Island NY breweries... and this "metal" beer is a perfect continuation from my LI metal beer from last week. This one is from Barrage. I really do not like the beers from Barrage. I still gave this one a shot because I like to challenge my opinions and I enjoy having them rearranged. This beer did not accomplish that though. I wonder if this beer was brewed and canned at the same facility as last week's beer, or if Barrage went with a mobile canner.

    It was made in collaboration with the band Metal Allegiance, which is a "heavy metal supergroup, formed on Long Island." This beer is a marketing tie-in with the band's single.

    The beer name, can art, can size, and 8.4 ABV plastered on it really make me think of those canned high strength euro lagers. I wish they were going for that! That would be interesting. It's clear however, that this was not in the brewer's mind, and that they were going for a NEIPA type beer. This is coming from a brewery that named their initial attempt at a NEIPA "Try and Try." Really? What were they thinking??

    The beer is a lifeless opaque grapefruit yellow. Carbonation is light. Smell is immediate American modern IPA. The beer tastes like grapefruit, a little overripe fruit, some kind of lemon zinger tea, a hint of boiled string beans, and an intense leafy bitterness. The blend of these elements are unappealing to me. Perhaps my last beer from Barrage. For the sake of balance, it's worth noting that the scores on BeerAdvocate are very high.
  15. CanConPhilly

    CanConPhilly Initiate (0) May 17, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Happy Sunday, NBS crew! It appears that Sloop has entered distro here (perhaps for you too @cjgiant ?), so picked up a couple to try. I’ve only ever had Sloop on draft, so this is my initial can experience with a brewery I tend to dig a lot.

    Lupulin Mutant - Sloop
    NE IPA - 6.5% abv
    Canned 11/14/18 (32 days ago)
    Score: 4.31 (+3.4% rDev)



    This is a juice beer right here, and right in my wheelhouse. Barely any bitterness or booze, with tons of citrus and pineapple. Sweetness is restrained, thankfully. And the body! So creamy. I suspect if you handed this to someone who had been AWOL for 20 years, they would not identify it as an alcoholic beverage. And certainly not a beer.
  16. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Yeah, for me it was dominated by a citrus sweetness, but not in a bad way. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on it.
  17. Wasatch

    Wasatch Grand Pooh-Bah (5,334) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    Thanks @cjgiant for the great start to this weeks NBS. Will be back with a new beer later on today.

  18. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,069) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Yeah, there was most definitely a citrus aspect as I made mention in my post: “…the flavors come in waves! The citrus really ‘pops’ on the back end.”

    I personally would not agree with the term “sweetness” since this beer did not come off as being sweet for my palate.

    I really enjoyed the complex nature of this beer’s flavor profile (for my palate): I picked up differing flavors on the front end, mid-palate, and back end for this beer. And as I stated the citrus really ‘popped’ at the back end.

    I suppose I should bring up once again my saying: we all have our own unique palate and our unique preferences in what we enjoy in a beer.

  19. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    I wish that would always go without saying on BA. Cheers.
  20. CanConPhilly

    CanConPhilly Initiate (0) May 17, 2012 Pennsylvania

    New beer #2. Thanks @thebeers ! Between this and the regular, you’ve spoiled me on stouts recently. “Only 600 bottles were produced.”

    Coffee Ralphius - Free Will
    BBA Stout - 16.6% abv
    Vintage 2018
    Score: 4.38 (-1.4% rDev)



    I still can’t believe this is almost 17% abv. I mean, the booze is there, but not DFH 120 there. I could guzzle this if the mood was to strike, so this one falls in the dangerous category. I do wish the coffee was slightly more forward, but as-is this is a supremely well balanced monster of a BBA stout. Thanks again Arthur! I owe you!
  21. Squire

    Squire Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi

    This one comes as a bit of a surprise. Being my first Belgian IPA I didn't know quite what to expect and find I'm pleased with what I've got . . .

    Hazy yellow gold color with white cap and lacing.

    Aroma like the herb section of a home garden after a light rain with a bit of citrus blossoms and pine trees just over the fence.

    Taste is a complex melange of hops that closely match the scent with herbal aspects dominating. Still comes across as a pleasant mixture though. Malt is there in the body but I don't notice it very much in the taste. Hops are strong in this one but with a light handed touch, no firmness or any real bitterness for that matter which is a bit surprising considering it's 65 IBU. I get some of the usual Belgian yeast touches in the aftertaste but not a clove/banana thingy, rather like a bit of fruit in the background.

    Medium full texture with balancing carbonation.

    Frankly I have no idea what a Belgian IPA is or how it's supposed to taste but I like this brew. It's not the my hops are bigger than your hops approach some brewers take to differentiate their IPAs.
  22. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Greenport - Inner Glow

    I'm moving from a Long Island beer from a brewer I don't like to a Long Island beer that I probably won't like from a brewer I do like. Greenport is hit or miss in a big way for me, but I appreciate their hits. My first beer today was an "IPL" and this is a "golden stout." Don't you just love craft beer?

    Here we have another pale ale made with chocolate and coffee. I really do not understand the appeal of these beers. I wonder if there are any drinkers that hate the concept of pumpkin beers but love the concept of pale stouts. Pale stout lovers are like meat eaters buying Tofurky only because they like the taste of it.

    This beer is a pretty Vienna lager clear copper color with a decent head. Taste offers no surprises. It's like cocoa nib spiked coffee used to spike Boston Lager. It's good for what it is, but "what it is" isn't inherently good.
  23. eppCOS

    eppCOS Grand Pooh-Bah (3,844) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    Xpost from WBAYDN
    2015 GI BCBS: Unbelievable stuff that aged well after 3 years: marshmallow and caramel notes floating in a sea of dark deep booze, coffee, chocolate and the bourbon has mellowed out. Other phrasing in the Xpost. Cheers NBS'ers!
  24. cjgiant

    cjgiant Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,248) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    Why yes, I will be taking Solace in a new beer this wet and mostly dreary morning. And it appears the darkness has not totally left my thoughts although the day has brightened.

    Solace Brewing is located in Dulles, Virginia, fairly close to a brewery a post a lot from: Ocelot. The brewers and founders moved on from Beltway Brewing (which is a Sterling, VA-based contract-only brewery that has handled a variety of beers, one of the most notable being Grimm). Most of this I knew, but what I didn't know was that the head brewer's family founded Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, VA (which we have visited).

    Solace offers a fair variety of beers, but has a taplist usually weighted towards IPAs - mainly hazy. Their session IPA (Sun's out Hops Out) is quite decent and can be found in cans and grocery stores here and there. Similarly, their double IPA Lucy Juicy finds its ways to tap rooms for locals to enjoy. I happen to enjoy their witbier (2 Legit 2 Wit) among the non-IPAs they offer (a passable brown and a fair lager are other constant offerings).

    But today I will be trying a BBA imperial stout from them, called Ghost of Felix. I have had one other stout by them (a 7% regular stout) that I wasn't overly impressed with. This came with a thumbs up from the beer store guys, and while they don't bat 1000 in their recommendations, I have modest hopes for this one.

    Well, that look of oil from a well-used car falls from the can into the glass. A nice medium to dark brown froth grows and falls until the last bit of the can enters the glass, seeming to add a binder to the head, allowing a medium-thick creamy ring to last.

    The nose is on point, with nothing off and nothing interesting about it. The whiskey provides the excitement, but it's like seeing the key scene of a fun movie play out as basically you expected it. The roasted malt seems like it might have a little char to it, but there is a vanilla note that nudges the smell into the dark chocolate realm.

    The feel initially seemed is a little lighter than expected from the look; there is a little burn from the alcohol/whiskey, boosted a tad by a decent carbonation. There are times when it seems a bit more creamy as I sip it, edging towards chewy, but the carbonation/bite seem to snap me back.

    This is one of those beers where the taste of the beer seem to march in lock-step with the scents from the nose. Whiskey is obvious, even prominent, but not overpowering despite the nice bite it adds to the feel. The malt profile, perhaps influenced by the barrel aging, comes as a robust porter, with some cola notes added to a dark chocolate flavor profile, with an ever-so-light lingering note of char.

    I think the brewery described it in a way fairly congruous with my thoughts (I'd mostly reverse the whiskey and chocolate strengths). That said, I can't find anything about it to excite you that it has "so much this" or "really delivers that" but I also can't tell you "it's completely missing this." It's not mediocre, but it's not exceptional - focusing on the root of that word. I'd say this is a solidly made barrel-aged imperial stout, and is a beer I will be happy to have and appreciate again (so it's good I have 3 more cans).
  25. thebeers

    thebeers Grand Pooh-Bah (5,151) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Foreign Objects Sonnenaufgang

    Happy Sunday, BAs. Sure has been a fun weekend here on the site. 17 pages on WBAYDN yesterday. A big shout-out to @LeperJim and all Day of the Dark players.

    Today’s (first?) new beer is marketed as a Trocken-Gehupft Pilsner. I tried googling that and came up with nothing. I did learn that Sonnenaufgang means sunrise, and that does seem appropriate.

    The beer pours a hazy pale straw color with two fingers of somewhat soupy, near-white head. It has strong effervescence and leaves solid lacing.

    Citrus (yuzu, clementine and lime), lemongrass and grain stand out in the nose.

    There’s a wonderful graininess and dull bitterness in the taste, but again with a strong citrus element that I find jarring.

    The mouthfeel works and seems fairly unique: medium bodied, lightly creamy and surprisingly still.

    This strayed too far from what I expect from a pilsner to work for me. It’s like a high quality pils blended with a heavily-fruited witbier.

    My wife, who likes world-class saisons and light sours, said it was one of the best beers she’s ever had. I suspect if I was approaching this blind rather than with “German Pilsner” in mind, I may have enjoyed it more. It would be refreshing sitting outdoors for some breakfast on a summer morning.

    I’m reminded a bit of Offshoot Brewing’s Today dry-hopped pilsner, which I enjoyed a lot more. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a lot more beers marketed as pilsners gussied up with new school dry hopping.
  26. cjgiant

    cjgiant Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,248) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    Sloop has not hit here that I have seen. I have recently seen more and more posts of their beers, though. However, I have only recently become aware of the brewery, which I hope has no worse penalty that a short suspension of my BA card :wink:

    I will look out for it, though - as I am sure the GF will want to try anything we get :slight_smile:
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  27. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Grand Pooh-Bah (3,150) Mar 7, 2013 Canada (QC)
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    Good NBS, all!
    It is my last Sunday here till after the holiday, as I am heading back home to visit friends and family over Christmas. Thanks to the generosity of a fellow BA, though, I have some awesome new beers to make the next few days really special and today is no exception. I'm especially excited to get to finally try a bigger variety of beers from Lawson's than I've ever had before.
    Sip of Sunshine is just about everything I want in an IPA, but I've never tried any of their other hoppy beers (or beers period, for that matter). That ends today. I'm going to start today off with Chinooker'd.
    Wow! This is a great beer. It is (like SoS) a beer that checks a lot of boxes for me as far as what I want an IPA to be. It is generally well-balanced with a great feel and drinkability. Lovely looking in the glass, crystal clear with a nice head and appetizing looking carbonation. The smell doesn't quite pop as much as the rest but is still very present with forest floor-citrus potpourri. The flavor follows but kicks it up a notch with big, bright bitterness balanced between a biting pine sap and a dessicating grapefruit oil aromatic quality. As with Sip this one has a delectable mouthfeel that is at once soft, fluffy and dry as a bone. Just an excellent all-around beer. Especially considering they are only relying on one hop for all that I just described.

    Here is my official review, for the curious.

  28. cjgiant

    cjgiant Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,248) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    Awesome!! Though I do think you might be inducing the darkness back on @CanConPhilly in his latest post.
  29. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Grand Pooh-Bah (3,150) Mar 7, 2013 Canada (QC)
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    Great write-up, you made me laugh out loud twice
  30. Roguer

    Roguer Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,245) Mar 25, 2013 Connecticut
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    Good morning NBS friends and family! As I mentioned on yesterday's WBAYDN?, I've got plans for tonight, so I won't be imbibing in as many new brews today as I normally would. I'll recap some of my new brews from the last couple days below for the interested, as knowing this was going to happen, I decided to engage in New Beer Friday/Saturday a little bit. :wink:

    ...that doesn't mean no new beers for today, though. Today's first is my second IPA from Fat Orange Cat, a CT brewery in the Hartford area (East Hampton, to be specific), that I never tried until I moved to Florida (ironically, to be accurate in the use of the word). They seem to specialize in NE-style IPAs - seeing as that's all I've ever seen from them down here, and all I've tried.

    This is my second beer from them: Someone in my Head, an 8.9% ABV DIPA "NE IPA" (per the brewery themselves).


    This beer is shockingly soft on the palate. When it comes to NE IPAs, I always felt what set HF and Alchemist apart from, say, Gandhi-Bot et al, was the incredibly soft mouthfeel. Treehouse and Trillium followed that template, as well, with not just juicy, low-IBU hop bombs, but soft IPAs.

    This is maybe the first NE-style IPA I've had outside of those big four that really presents as truly soft. It was a shock; I had to really adjust my expectations.

    The nose is quite nuanced and fruit-forward, with a surprising balance favoring citrus over tropical tones - not quite the norm for modern IPAs.

    On the palate, it's a little shallower, sadly, but it's very good. The malt really shows first, and there's a big base of bread, honey, and cracker. With the hop tones layered on top, it's almost like eating white bread with orange marmalade lathered on top.

    For me, this is two-for-two NE IPAs from Fat Orange Cat that are home runs.
    4.18 / +0.2%


    And now, a recap of some of the other new beers I've enjoyed over the past few days, for those who may have an interest (no pics, just quick hits):

    Decadent Ales Pacific Punch DIPA (with, just like, all the fruit added)

    Despite having a ton of added fruit, this was super enjoyable. I didn't really get any strawberry, which is good for me, because I hate strawberries. But this was smooth, thick, fruity, hoppy, and delicious.
    4.18 / +1.7% (holy crap, my last two reviews both clocked in at precisely 4.18???)

    Edmund's Oast Sour Cherry Pineapple American sour ale

    Another fruit-added brew, although this one is a sour. A surprising amount of funk and nice presentation of the malt base. The fruit isn't over the top, and while it's not going to scratch the itch for true sour heads, it's got enough of a pucker that I definitely enjoyed it.
    3.8 / +2.2%

    Evil Twin / Decadent Ales Decadent Delight 4 imperial "cola stout"

    OK, so I'm not a huge fan of cola flavors in stouts to begin with, so I wasn't super stoked about this one. Thankfully, I found the description a touch misleading - but the name was spot-on. This one had a wonderful balance between roasty, ashy char, and thickly sweet licorice and molasses. A big, sweet, dessert stout perfectly in line with what you'd expect from Evil Twin.
    4.23 / +5.0% (first full review; only one other rating)

    Foreign Objects Solarys NE IPA (the only beer I ticked on Friday night that I had a full pour off, and thus my only review, although my Untappd shows a little more activity than that .....)

    Bright, herbal, citrusy NE-style IPA - I would argue citrus favored over tropical in the balance, albeit slightly. About as opaque a beer I've had from a NE IPA brewed outside of New England. Absolutely enjoyable in every aspect.
    4.32 / +6.7%

    Cheers, NBS!
  31. Vidblain

    Vidblain Initiate (0) Feb 17, 2017 Minnesota

    Loving the glassware!
  32. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Grand Pooh-Bah (5,669) Aug 25, 2010 New York
    Pooh-Bah Trader

    Temps in the 40's, rainy and grey,
    Christmas lights and football queued up for the day
    Fridge full o' beers, virtual bar in effect,
    Fill your fuckin' glasses and get fuckin' wreck'd...

    :wink:... lol

    Don't listen to me, NBS, I'm halfway through a 17% abv imperial stout from newly started brewery, Nightmare Brewing - founded by Billy Powell, formerly of Sand City...
    Scaphism, brewed with milk sugar, honey, Tahitian vanilla, and cocoa... Pours obsidian black, absolutely opaque in the glass, with just a brief half-finger of dark foam that slipped into a collar within moments...
    Aromas of cocoa, charred malts, sweet vanilla, and cold espresso on the nose foreshadowed the same on the sip... Despite a rich ingredient profile and a 17% abv, this beer holds together extremely well; and after a wash of sweet molasses, chocolate, and vanilla up front, presents a nice drying bittersweetness on the finish...

    Big-bodied, smooth, and rich... A superior stout...
    I checked my ratings for American Imperial Stouts, and this is in my top 5 all-time...

    All I have is new beer today, NBS, so I'm gonna go out on a limb and assume...
    ...Yeah, that's right... :sunglasses:

    Here's to new beer in your glass, cheers...
  33. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Grand Pooh-Bah (4,748) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
    Pooh-Bah Trader

    New Free Beer in My Cup Sunday

    Thanks to @Bum4ever for this new brew

    3.87/5 rDev -4.2%

    look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

    Canned on 10/23/18 in a 16oz size. “Shake and Pour Hard” instructions on the label.

    After the Nitro cascading show a thick tan milkshake like froth rises to the top of a glossy black beer.

    It smells like coffee beans and cocoa powder, roasted barley that comes across sweeter, like oats, because of the lactose likely. Also a bit of a stale metallic note that I seem to get from English style stouts a lot.

    The flavor is mostly coffee and chocolate, with the cocoa like milk chocolate taking over, and some sweetened condensed milk. Lingering roasted/char flavor. Like every nitro milk/cream stout that I can think of outside of Left Hand, the carbonation method squashes the flavor some and gives it a more watery taste than it should have. (One reason I am a fan of Sam Adams Cream Stout).

    The feel is actually a touch thin for a nitro beer, but still very smooth and creamy.
  34. gopens44

    gopens44 Initiate (0) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia

    I’ve been enjoying bourbon more than beer lately, so barrel aged beers have gained some additional attention. That’s why I grabbed this one, which honestly not too long ago I would have passed it over in favor of something more local or more craft alliance-y, for lack of better explain

    Guinness aged in Bulleit Barrels


    3.94/5 rDev -3.2%
    look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

    Forced a decent foamy beige head on this pitch black beer. Nose has a bit going on as it starts out oaky before the bourbon makes better sense of it. Beyond that I get some vanilla and finally a vinous quality. Both the tart and sweet receptors activate as soon as I take a swig, and for good reason once the taste becomes apparent. That vinous quality leads until alcohol and a buttery sweetness creep in. Finally, a toffee-ish sweetness develops and mingles in with the alcohol aftertaste as the thinner than you’d like beer finishes out. Not a bad swing at a barrel aged beer, just think it lacks just a little depth and could use more body.
  35. cjgiant

    cjgiant Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,248) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
    Pooh-Bah Society

    Ha! I have no idea why your photos remind me of those from @Greywulfken (especially the one quoted). I seriously thought for a second that he was following up his 17% beer one post later.
  36. yuenglingfan101

    yuenglingfan101 Initiate (0) Jul 7, 2010 Ohio

    Elysian Bi Frost. A great Christmas beer. Can't ask for a better beer right now
  37. Roguer

    Roguer Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,245) Mar 25, 2013 Connecticut
    Super Mod Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    Next up: Anderson Valley Cherry Gose.


    Anderson Valley makes decent but not amazing beers. I've enjoyed most of their goses, and this one is no exception.

    However, if one is looking for a solid cherry gose, I'd personally recommend Victory's Kirsch, by a mile. This is a very tasty beer, with just about everything you'd like from an easy, accessible gose: crushable, quaffable, with tartness and salt and incredible drinkability - but virtually no cherry! There just isn't much of it, honestly, and I get more lemon and lime notes.
    3.78 / -2.3%

    Cheers; probably won't be back until much later, if at all. :grinning:
  38. nc41

    nc41 Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Probably my favorite Lawsons brew, this is seriously overlooked in the myriad of great IPAs from the region. Even better now that its available in cans.
  39. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Grand Pooh-Bah (5,869) Sep 17, 2005 New Mexico
    Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    Sounds as if you liked it. Want to tell us about it?
  40. woodychandler

    woodychandler Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,936) Apr 9, 2004 Pennsylvania

    Happy CANtinuing Uinta Abita New Beer This Sunday, Bro./GEN Woody (Week 721)?

    Next up on the hit parade was:
    but this left me feeling unfulfilled, so I pressed on with:
    Impressive, but the job was not getting done as I was reaching the halfway point of the day, so I turned to the bottle:
    but the bottle turned to me & suggested that it was time to take a break. Hey, who am I to argue with talking bottles, pink elephants, blue monkeys, yellow giraffes, orange snakes & other manifestations on the parade of the DTs? I shall return for the second half of the day following these CANmercial messages ...
    #40 woodychandler, Dec 16, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2018
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