– Hold My Beer – A Disjointed Selection of Beer Reviews: Mid July 2014 Edition

roundup

memoratus in aeternum –

(With Parting Words of Those who Loved them in their Last Hours)

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“A newish local brewery that I haven’t yet tried, should be good. Composite cork. Pours cloudy pale orange with a huge lasting bubbly foamy head, several slow streams.”

Wildflower Saison:Four Winds Brewing

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“If this isn’t the world’s finest beer then I’d like to taste the one that is. Proof that God exists, at least in the Abbaye St-Remy, Rochefort, Belgium.”

Trappistes Rochefort: 10-year-old 

 

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“Really delicious, I could drink this down all day. Maybe I’ve become desensitized (all signs point to yes) but this does not taste like 85 IBU at all.”

Propeller: Double IPA

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“After my last personal Dead Frog disaster, I decided to give them another chance right away with this 22 oz bottle release that was recommended. They are getting a bit funny with their names, but at the same time it beats just plastering the words “India Style” on there so I’ll take it in stride.”

Dead Frog Brewery: Rocket Man Interstellar ESB 

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“I took the first sip reluctantly not knowing what to expect and was pleasantly surprised by the flavor. It was full but not heavy, with sweetness from the malt and touch of bitterness.”

Left Hand Brewing: Good Juju

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“A nice blend of flavours that are a lot closer to something grape based than grain based. I quite like it, but definitely not something I’d want more than one of in a sitting. “

Duchesse De Bourgogne 

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“As you might expect, this ale was super hoppy. I mean, at 149 IBUs, it was mouth puckeringly bitter. Interestingly enough, though, there was a really strong malt and a rich citrus nose.”

Green Flash: Palate Wrecker

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“As shown in the photo, the colour is golden yellow with 2 fingers of foam on the pour that roused lots of bubbles in the center. The aroma is fruity hops with a tangerine citrus, some mango and a peach note.”

Laguintas: Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale 

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 I was perplexed by this one, for all the aroma there was very little flavour. When I drink barleywine I pour, wait a good 5-10 mins until it hits the right drinking temperature and this one needed to sit for like 20 minutes before any real flavour revealed itself.”

Phillips Brewing: Trainwreck Barleywine

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“Wow, ok, this is nothing like what I expected. I had been somewhat primed to expect a similar beer to their normal Saison but with a spring twist.”

Fantome: Printemps Saison 

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“Okay, so this beer’s name is a bit of a mouthful, and the same could be said of its taste.”

Bambergs Spezialitat: Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier

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“I have been under the weather for the past week but am on a full upswing back to normal health.  So as I began feeling better, what better to do than open another beer?”

Boulevard Brewing Co:Single-Wide I.P.A.

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“Some of you may be familiar with the tradition of layering stout on top of ale to create a drink known as a black and tan. For many years I’d say Irish drinkers were limited to Guinness on top of Smithwicks. Mikkeller’s Yin and Yang puts a whole new spin on the idea.”

Yin and Yang Black and Tan – Beer Mash Up

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“This has been in the fridge a while, and whilst I’m not avoiding it, I’ve been waiting for the right moment. Which is now. “

Garage Project: Umami Monster 

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“A refreshing, white unfiltered IPA with a bold, citrus aroma and crisp, light body. Brewed with a mix of white wheat and 2-row barley, this beer gains it’s aroma from the addition of lemongrass and Centennial and Amarillo hops.”

Howe Sound Brewing: Cloudburst Lemongrass White IPA 

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“Grimm is a nomadic brewery I have talked about before. They’re comprised solely of a husband and wife team who live in Gowanus and have a very strong love of all things yeast.”

Grimm: Bees in the Trappe 

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“This is a smooth malt forward beer that opens up into some great caramels, a general meaty flavour and very little to hops flavour and a slightly bitter finish.”

Firehall Brewery: Stoked Ember Ale

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“The colour is mahogany and it pours with one finger of foam that disappears quickly with some observable bubbles in the glass. The aroma was spicy toffee, dark fruits like plums and cherries and some molasses.”

Speakeasy: Old Godfather Barleywine 

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 “Wow this has a lot going for it, dark fruits and a deep toffee and rye malt flavour with molasses, banana and fruity mango in the middle with some tangerine citrus on the finish.”

Four Winds: Phaedra Belgian Rye IPA

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“It’s easy to pass over beers from breweries that have been on the shelf for a while. This is the way it is with me and Goose Island.”

Goose Island: 312 Urban Pale Ale 

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“This is a heavy toffee flavoured barleywine with deep notes of toffee, caramel, molasses, with hints of nuts and plums and a dry brown sugar finish.”

Moylan’s Brewery: Old Blarney Barleywine

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“This was probably the one I haven’t had that I was looking forward to the most. I wasn’t disappointed. This was made with a variety of hop I’ve never had before: Mosaic, and made to raise funds for charity. How can you resist?”

Mosaic: Double IPA 

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“100% totally watermelon candies, those sourish ones. There was something else there that after a lot of sniffing I decided was unbuttered popcorn.”

Picaroons: Melon head

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“First blast is entirely white pepper, not surprising, once you get past that there’s some cinnamon hearts, lemongrass and cookie dough (?!),”

Beaus Siduri:White Pepper Saison 

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” Brewed in Juneau, Alaska at a monster strength of 10.7%, this barleywine has 50 IBUs and was poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter glass at home.”

Alaskan Brewing: Barleywine (2013 Vintage)

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“The 77 pours from the growler a dark golden almost copper colour, a large white head forms perfectly in the IPA glass. You get a strong aroma of hops indicative of the style – tropical & citrusy you just want to jam your nose further into the glass.”

Riverside Brewing Company: 77 Inda Pale Pale 

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“It starts really nice with toffee, dark fruit however quickly tastes watery in the middle and finishes with a good resinous earthy bitterness.”

Bomber Brewing: ESB

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 “Hints of doughy malty are almost overpowered by a blast of citrus and orange juicy middle, some caramel sneaks in as it warms to cask temperature and there is a heavy pine finish with a grapefruit aftertaste.”

Speakeasy: Double Daddy Imperial IPA 

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“Thin, and creamy without a lot of carbonationStarts off tasting very dark with chocolate and roasty notes, finishes with some hoppy bitterness”

Hell Bay: Dark Cream Ale

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Bitter and wheaty. Tangerine juice. Mild gingerbread. Prickly and peppery. Robust up front, thinner at the end. Mild malt toffee middle.”

Clown Shoes: Clementine White Ale 

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– BEER not WAR –

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