Smog City Appreciation

Discussion in 'US - West' started by Ben1001, May 10, 2015.

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  1. UnknownKoger

    UnknownKoger Defender (625) Jul 9, 2010 California

    one can only hope
     
  2. Frosty11161

    Frosty11161 Aspirant (233) May 2, 2016 California
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    Isn't Monkish Saturday releases at 10am? That'll just mean a longer line for limited Smog bottles that they'll just trade for the 4 pack they just bought.
     
  3. asong_net

    asong_net Initiate (98) Jan 26, 2016 California
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    I believe doors open at noon on Sat...
     
  4. jnance88

    jnance88 Initiate (101) Jun 10, 2014 California
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    Some one asked for a line update?
    I'm about 15th in line. It's 8:10.
     
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  5. BeersandBread

    BeersandBread Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2016 California

    That was me. Thank you!
     
  6. AyeDogg

    AyeDogg Aspirant (216) Oct 29, 2015 California
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    Woah lol
    For sure by 10am it's over.
     
  7. BeersandBread

    BeersandBread Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2016 California

    Totally. Any worker there handing out tickets to avoid line cutters?
     
  8. jnance88

    jnance88 Initiate (101) Jun 10, 2014 California
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    Nope.
    As I was typing, Laurie popped out and handed out a ticket. I lied. I'm 14th in line.
     
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  9. WestCoastBeerDude

    WestCoastBeerDude Initiate (143) Aug 19, 2014 California
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    Still only 20 or so?
     
  10. jnance88

    jnance88 Initiate (101) Jun 10, 2014 California
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    Probably closer to 25. The line has snaked around onto Del Amo a bit.
     
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  11. jnance88

    jnance88 Initiate (101) Jun 10, 2014 California
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    Looks like the line is about to the main parking lot. They have been coming out periodically and giving out numbered tickets.
     
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  12. jnance88

    jnance88 Initiate (101) Jun 10, 2014 California
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    Kudos to Smog. That was painless (other than having to wake up early on a Saturday).
    Once we got our numbers, the line dispersed. People went back to their cars, hung out, etc.
    On another Smog note, bottling line is right around the corner. We'll hopefully have Smog six packs by summer. Pretty exciting.
     
  13. AyeDogg

    AyeDogg Aspirant (216) Oct 29, 2015 California
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    Vanilla/Cinnamon: Cinnamon over powers the vanilla. Tastes more like a BA Horchata stout. Not much vanilla.

    Hazel Nut/ Cocoa Nibs: Really good. If you remember how non-infected Byzantine Vision tasted, you're in a for a treat.
     
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  14. dcgunman

    dcgunman Meyvn (1,370) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Would be nice to see see cans.
     
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  15. CrazeMallise

    CrazeMallise Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2016 California

    I'll never understand how this beer gets slept on. The variants are good but og is insane.
     
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  16. Original_Fake

    Original_Fake Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2013 North Carolina

    I hope they still have some left after today. I don't care about the variants.
     
  17. CrazeMallise

    CrazeMallise Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2016 California

    Should have a ton not many people bought them during variants sale and I haven't seen a ton move while I been in TR either
     
  18. asong_net

    asong_net Initiate (98) Jan 26, 2016 California
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    Variants were just ok... 17 IW was so good, excited to see how 18 IW mellows out over time
     
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  19. BeersandBread

    BeersandBread Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2016 California

    Variants were a mess. honestly I didn't wait in line and happy I could try them on tap so I didn't have to trade anything good for them. The vanilla and cinnamon was especially bad. I'm pretty sure it was extract and the cinnamon tasted so funky... like Dollar Store quality. Hazelnut Cocoa was all hazelnut.
    On a positive note the Red Wine Barrel Aged was really interesting. Very cool to see how IW was in that barrel.
    With the OG's they only had 17 and 18 on tap and 17 was kill with 18 not far behind. The stars of the night were the original. I may have to go buy more!
     
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  20. Black_Rider

    Black_Rider Zealot (574) Mar 26, 2013 California

    I’m picking up what you’re putting down
     
  21. Izzy_Izumi

    Izzy_Izumi Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2017 California

    Their loss. I usually put a bottle in on a trade. Usually just as a toss-in extra. No one has yet said it was anything less than delicious and a major surprise.
     
  22. sponger

    sponger Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2011 California

    Smog city beers are just ok. Even bourbon oe is aight.
     
  23. Foxyhops

    Foxyhops Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2016 California

    Just curious, what makes OE ok in your opinion? I think it's fantastic.
     
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  24. elemenohpee1

    elemenohpee1 Aspirant (200) Oct 29, 2014 California

    Speaking of Bourbon OE, can anyone tell me if there is any left at eather location? Or is it long gone by now.
     
  25. jnance88

    jnance88 Initiate (101) Jun 10, 2014 California
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    That last email that went out didn't have it listed on the bottles available section. Looks like it hasn't shown up on an email since October.
    It's usually released in April/May. You might have to wait until then for the new batch and hope they put older vintages up also (basically what they do for IW also). Or wait for a cellar sale.
     
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  26. 3SH33TS

    3SH33TS Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2010 California

    QFT. Cinnamon was straight DeKuyper Hot Damn schnapps.
     
  27. johnInLA

    johnInLA Savant (984) Jun 12, 2005 California
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    Long gone, but should be back in the spring time.
     
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  28. jnance88

    jnance88 Initiate (101) Jun 10, 2014 California
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    I cracked a Cinammon Vanilla tonight. Some of you should really think about getting your Cicerone certification. Cinammon schnapps? A mess? Your palates are much more refined than mine.
    Nose: A bit of vanilla and a bit of cinammon. Naturally as it warmed, it enhanced.
    Taste: Definetly cinammon on the back end and a touch of vanilla.
    This in no way took away from the original beer. Just what it was. A variant.
    Maybe draft and bottle differed that much.
    I met some cool people and got to talk to some Smog staff while waiting in line.
    Am I glad I got the variants? Yup.
     
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  29. wolf13

    wolf13 Initiate (150) Dec 11, 2014 California
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    My thoughts about it on tap were that initially it tasted like a cinnamon sugared donut, which VERY quickly dissolved into Big Red gum, and not in a good way. I still think the original IW was the best one of the four on tap.
     
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  30. sponger

    sponger Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2011 California

    I had it awhile ago, but i remember it not being anything crazy. Just another ba beer.
     
  31. Izzy_Izumi

    Izzy_Izumi Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2017 California

    The question wasn't asked to me, but I'm not a huge Bourbon O.E. fan either. Every time I've tasted it, I get...bourbon. I'd probably just like to drink bourbon instead. That being said, we recently had a batch 1. I thought it was tasty, so maybe I just haven't given it another chance since my first encounter.
     
  32. Black_Rider

    Black_Rider Zealot (574) Mar 26, 2013 California

    I can't envision a scenario when big red gum would be a good thing in a beer
     
  33. Lucnifter

    Lucnifter Poo-Bah (1,952) Jun 24, 2013 California
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    Got to try the 3 variants on tap last night. Thought the vanilla and cinnamon was good, but that the two flavors worked against each other. Would probably have preferred a straight vanilla version or a cinnamon and cacao version. The hazelnut and cacao was my favorite of the 3, though the hazelnut was quite strong and it tasted like they maybe used a hazelnut flavoring. Red wine BA was nice, but I still prefer regular IW. Grabbed 6 bottles. Love Smog City. Keep up the good work.
     
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  34. SovereignGood

    SovereignGood Aspirant (237) Jan 11, 2016 California

    Did it look like they still had plenty of regular IW? Going to stop by tomorrow.
     
  35. Lucnifter

    Lucnifter Poo-Bah (1,952) Jun 24, 2013 California
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    Yes
     
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  36. SovereignGood

    SovereignGood Aspirant (237) Jan 11, 2016 California

    Thanks, grabbed a few yesterday. Drinking one now and it’s great. Surprised people sleep on this beer.
     
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  37. SoCalBeerIdiot

    SoCalBeerIdiot Crusader (711) Mar 10, 2013 California
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  38. pro100

    pro100 Initiate (118) Oct 12, 2014 California

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  39. UnknownKoger

    UnknownKoger Defender (625) Jul 9, 2010 California

    Their taproom has a pretty consistent crowd and they make pretty solid beer. Seems like a recipe for success
     
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  40. jnance88

    jnance88 Initiate (101) Jun 10, 2014 California
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    I'm hearing, from a pretty good authority, that there is another tap room going up soon as well. In the similar vein of LB and Glendora. Tap room in a market/restaurant type place.

    Anybody doing the VIP ticket for the anniversary?
     
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