Morning beers at San Tan Brewery
Morning beers at San Tan Brewery
Duvel-Moortgat, Puurs, BE
A pale gold color with a bubbly head and a flowery aroma. A light pale maltiness makes for a very light body followed by a fruity Belgian yeast flavor that complements the light malt flavor. A nice burst of citrus hoppiness fills the palate with a light bitterness to finish a bit dry.
Stone Brewing Escondido, CA.
Dark golden with an amber hue a frothy crown and a whiff of citrus. Big toasty, biscuity malt melds softly into a citrusy sweet deliciousness. A nice hoppy pop lifts you up and slaps you in the mouth. Leaving you with a dry finish and a citrusy fruity air. This is an astonishingly delicious IPA.
Fat Wild Ale
New Belgium Brewing Co. / Avery Brewing Co.
Copper colored with a nice bubbly head and a big fruity aroma. A nice almost caramel malt hits the palate but is quickly overrun by a fruity, kinda cherry sourness that leaves you with just a bit of a pucker and a very bitter finish. A bit like a Flemish Red but not quite there.
Fat Funk Ale
New Belgium Brewing / Allagash Brewing Co.
Brilliant Gold with a foamy crown and a fruity aroma you can detect at the first crack hiss of opening the bottle. Oh my…Sweet smooth bready malts drizzle over the palate while a nice funky yeast flavor begins to fill the air with banana and clove flavors. Creamy and sweet this begs for another and another. Seriously this needs to be a regular thing. Oh so good!
Fat Sour Apple Ale
New Belgium Brewing / Hopworks Urban Brewery
Golden colored with a light bubbly crown and a powerful whiff of green apples. Smooth with a nice sweet toasted malt base, with a sour apple tartness that springs out at you grabbing your taste buds and giving them a squeeze until your mouth waters. A nice hoppy pop gives you a hint of the bitter before that sweet bready malt flavor fills the air to finish. A very nicely balanced brew that will hit you in the sweet and sour spot.
Fat Hoppy Ale
New Belgium Brewing / Firestone Walker Brewing
Bright Golden with a nice foamy crown and a deep citrusy aroma. Oh so smooth with a nice toasty malt flavor that delights with a sweet creaminess. A big fruity hoppy air rises from the sweet bread delight giving it a nice juicy twist. Absolutely delightful.
Greene King / Moreland Brewery Bury St Edmunds
Picked up a four pack on clearance. $3.99. Marked down from $12.99. Well how could I refuse that offer. I am skeptical for I have begun to believe the price of beer has become artificially inflated due to beer fanatics such as my self who are at times willing to shell out more for a bottle of the good stuff. Here I think is the classic “If it’s expensive it MUST be good.” concept. Overpriced yet still good. This really doesn’t need to cost $13 bucks, as it is not something groundbreaking but it does because someone is distributing this at an inflated cost to you. At times I have found myself sipping on a $20 dollar bottle of beer thinking “My word! This is wonderful just wonderful.” other times I have lamented “My God! What have they done?!” Is that $13 four pack really worth it? 13 bucks for a four pack is a bit much so it better be real fucking good. For $4 bucks I can afford to lose. Copper colored with a fine crown and a slight caramelly aroma. Extra smooth and creamy with a sweet yet light caramel malt flavor that glides its way across the palate ending with just the mildest of hoppy pop that is just enough to give you a happy ending. Is this 4 pack worth $13 bucks ? Hell no! but I still think at $3.99 I got a fantastic deal on some really good English brew.
Ommegang Brewery Cooperstown, NY
Yeah, I’m a little behind the times, but I finally caught up on some GOT action. Light and golden With a big frothy crown and a wheaty aroma. Smooth wheat flows across the palate with a creamy feel, but is interrupted suddenly by a burst of citrusy hops that leads to a big bitter slap in the mouth leaving an almost bitter grapefruit flavor behind in the dry finish. Just like the show. Just when you get to like something it gets bitter, but you wouldn’t have it any other way.
Dogfish Head Brewing Co.
Pale straw colored with a tint of peach color an ephemeral bubbly crown and a wonderful peach aroma. Light and crisp with a hint of wheat that is vanquished by the tartness of Berliner Weiss. A light peach flavor then hangs in the air making for a refreshing easy drinking summer quenching brew.
Just soaking it in.
Beer Camp Memoirs.
Deliciousness in every bottle.
Smuttynose Brewing Co. Hampton, NH
Light golden with a big foamy crown and a malt aroma. Smooth and toasty malty with a citrus hoppy twist that is very different in a traditional lager. A bit creamy with a mild lager yeast flavor that presents itself before a dry hoppy pop clears that out leaving a nice dry finish. Definitely a different lager.
“Well, you see, Norm, it’s like this. A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it’s the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members.
In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Now, as we know, excessive intake of alcohol kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine.
And that, Norm, is why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”
Enjoying a local brew. Bready malt backbone with a citrusy twist and a big hoppy bite.
Documentary and beer day…Discovery Science - Life’s Rocky Start - PBS NOVA Documentary 2016
Iron John’s Brewing Co. Tucson, Az.
A clear brown colored ale with amber highlights a lacy head and a sweet wine aroma that makes the mouth begin to water. Bubbly and smooth with big, sweet malty flavor. A tartness pops causing a fruity air to fill the space in your head. The sour tartness of this brew causes a bit of a pucker but is not overbearing and as you drink on it begins to taste more like a wine. Delightfully sweet, a bit tart and finishing a little dry. I’ve never heard of this brewery before but I am very impressed with this little bottle of delicious.<(:~>
Boston Beer Co. Boston, MA.
Light and golden with a bit of a dainty lacy crown and a soft malty aroma. Light and effervescent with a honey toasted malt flavor that is extra smooth and delightful. For real, are they injecting honey into this? A small hop bitterness cleans up the palate and leaves a dry yet sweet honey air in the finish. That’s Good!<(:~>
Magic Hat Brewing Co S. Burlington VT.
Ever since I tried the Grapefruit Sculpin I’ve compared all grapefruit IPA’s to that standard. So how does this match up? Not even close. Don’t get me wrong this is a solid IPA with a grapefruit enhanced citrus burst and a sweet malty backbone. This is not a bad brew to spend a hot sunny day on the patio with. But it ain’t no Sculpin.
An afternoon at Ska Brewing
An afternoon at ska brewing
Delicious Kolsche at Animas Brewing Co
Hangar 24 brewing Co. Redlands, CA.
Bright Golden colored with a bit of a funky aroma. Smooth toasty malts hits a bitter hoppiness and then disappears into the vastness of funkiness. There are faint notes of fruitiness that hint at something there but the truth is… you are “overpowered by funk!” Now it’s true I like funky brews but I just don’t think the funk goes well in an IPA. There is a rotten egg air about it. Maybe it’s just me. But I prefer a less yeasty approach to the IPA. Overall it’s not a terrible brew. It is drinkable and there is some mixture of citrus flavor, but certainly not my cup of tea, or in this case glass of beer.
Ironworks Kolsche… cold crisp and smooth.
Jackrabbit Pale Ale
Very tasty hop citrusy Toasty malt well balanced pale ale.
Pataskala Red XIPA
Stone Brewing Co Escondido, CA
Dark red like the blood of innocents. With a bubbly crown and a malty yet fruity aroma. Most Red IPA’s I’ve had are very malt forward with a nice hop bite but this takes it in another direction. Bold hoppiness greets you with a whistful fruitiness that fills the air joyously, while the bitterness punches you in the mouth. A strange yet tasty caramel candy maltiness follows and soothes the hurt. A typical Stone hop smack down but with a big malty body to back it up.
Bells Brewery, Comstock, MI
Light and golden with a hearty wheat flavor. This is supposed to be a Berliner Weiss yet I find it lacking. It drinks more like an American Hefeweizen than anything. A mild fruity tartness disappears in a second and leaves me wanting. Not a terrible beer, as a matter of fact it is very drinkable and light and refreshing but I came with a craving for a Berliner Weiss and left disappointed.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chino, CA
Brilliantly gold with a big bubbly crown and a sweet fruity aroma. Ah toasty malts melt in your mouth. Flowing over your innards with a nice viscosity and hints at tropical fruity goodness filling the air all around those decaying teeth of yours. A mild vanilla orange creamsicle thing happens but as soon as you taste it, it’s gone. Washed out by the bitter sweet hoppy bite that leaves you dry and thirsty for more.<(:~>
Ninkasi Brewing Co.Eugene, OR.
So pale it’s almost white. Bubbly and light with a lightly toasted malt flavor that pours effortlessly down the gullet and right into the lunch box. A whiff of cloves fills the air in the aftermath of a light breeze of a beer passing through your facehole. A super light but very tasty brew.<(:~>
What have we got? Magnificence!
Lonesome Valley Brewing Co. Prescott, Valley, Az.
I found this tiny out of the way brewery on a short work excursion to the tiny town of Prescott Valley, AZ. A quaint little brewery with tasty brews and tasty food. The grilled cheese and tomato soup was fabulous and to wash it down I had their Big Neib IPA. Even got one to go. A golden colored ale with a bubbly crown and a bit of a fruity aroma. A big toasty malt backbone whispers sweet maltiness to your flavor buds. Seducing them into a state of relaxation a before wrapping you up in a big bitter hoppy embrace. A caress of fruity citrus air fills the palate with pleasurable flavor. A mild funk creeps in and disappears quickly behind a dry finish.<(:~>
SmuttynoseBrewing Co. Hampton, NH
Ah the Northeast. Tucked up there next to Canada’s bosom. Smells like maple syrup and wet autumn leaves to me. Sometimes you miss that stuff. I live in four different shades of summertime. One’s cool with cold breezes. Another cool with warm breezes. Then there’s the hot with dry winds, which feels amazing on the skin. Then there’s the stormy sloppy wet, steamy crack sweating, ball chaffing, mother fuckers are losing their minds out here heat. It seems to go on for an eternity and just when you start thinking about just saying fuck it all I’m going North. A cool breeze blows and convinces me to stay. Anyways being named Smuttinator you can only guess what I’m going to naturally expect from this beer. Hey Smuttynose! If you did not want to be compared to the iconic OPTIMATOR THEN NAME IT SOMETHING ELSE! Dark like a thick amber hued with red highlights that border the thick dark center.A foamy crown rises from the glass filling the air with a sweet caramel malt aroma. Sticky sweet spills onto the meat flap in your face giving it a smile. Viscous malty liquid sticks to the insides of your mouth permeating it with that rich malty goodnees you just love to love. A nice bit of an alcohol backlash provides an adequately dry finish. Oh what a fabulous Doppelbock! I will in the future have to do a head to head taste test with this and the Optimator. I think this is in its league.<(:~>
Ballast Point Brewing Co. San Diego, CA.
Light golden with an effervescent head and a whiff of pineapple. A soft maltiness glides gently across your flavor factories. Drowning them in a deluge of wonderful, lovely flavors. A kaleidoscope of flavor dazzles you into taking another sip. Wow yeah that was really That Good! Smeagel thinks it’s my precious! I never want this to end! It’s such a gargantuan crash of malty goodness that you don’t realize what’s happening. This fruity air rises subtly then comes on strong and it only gets stronger as a sweet pineapple juiciness takes a little burn out of the marvelous bouquet of fruity hops. But a dry finish is all you are left with. Dusty winds blowin’ across the plains. The dry air feels good across your skin. You begin to feel free. Un-tethered from this corporeal world. Sweet as candy. Cotton candy on a Saturday night. With that girl you really liked that one time. Seriously how did you get her to out with you? What was that thing that won her over? Meh! Who cares when you have something this good in your hands. Holy Fuckin Christ on a Stick That’s Good!!<(:~>
Stone Brewing Co. 8.5% Alc\Vol
Brown with a hue of rich mahogany and a bit of a sweet aroma. A weighty brew cascades across your parched palate. A big malty mixture of sweet grains coalesces into a sticky mess in the mouth. A nice big punch of hops catches you off guard leaving you reeling from the 1-2 punch of big malty sweetness followed by the hoppy knock out blow. You come to feeling confused and embarrassed, Incredibly sweet and yet incredibly dry.<(:~>
Weihenstephaner Brewery, Freising, Germany
Should you find yourself in the middle of a sunny day craving big smooth wheaty flavor with a nice hint of banana and cloves in the finish. Don’t bother to look any further. No one does weissbier like the Germans and this is one of the best around.‘Nuff said! <(:~>