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Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger

Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger

Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger

I like that Rye malt is a growing trend in craft beer. Here is the very cleverly named Rye of the Tiger from Great Lakes.

I expected the color to be more red, but this is a faint orange. Viscous head won’t let go of the glass. Spicy hops present in the aroma. Don’t be mislead by the Rye in the name, this is a full on IPA. And wow does this tiger attack. Clocking in at 92 IBUs, this is hugely bitter. That’s a full 12 IBUs more than Great Lakes’ new DIPA (which I will be getting to soon). The rye is there if you search for it, but this is all about the hops. It’s very interesting coming from Great Lakes. Don’t get me wrong, I love Great Lakes, but most of their beers are not this aggressively hopped.

Hop heads will delight

Grade: A

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Lagunitas Sucks

Lagunitas Sucks

Lagunitas Sucks

Their words, not mine. Also their words

Originally brewed in 2011 as a Brown Shugga’ substitute, due to construction-induced capacity issues. But we liked it so much it had to make a return trip.

So here we have Lagunitas Sucks, a brew boasting a complex malt backbone and a whopping dose of hops to make it a double IPA.

Pours a bit lighter and crisper than expected. The frothy white head doesn’t stick around for long. Hops completely dominate the aroma. Yeah, a double IPA for sure. Hop oils assault the palate. Grapefruit and pine, mostly. Hint of heat from the 7.8% ABV. Rye comes through a bit in the finish. But this is all about the hops. Surprisingly, it’s only 65 IBUs. Thought this would push closer to 100.

Hop heads, get it!

Grade: A

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Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

wp71785f0e_05Quick, name an Oatmeal Stout. Chances are you thought of Samuel Smith. Is there another example of beer where you can name a style and immediately just one brewery comes to mind quite like this?

Hints of burgundy adorn the edges, other than that, it’s an all black stout. The oatmeal really is the star here. Along with flavor, it adds heft to the velvety texture.

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

The mineral flavors from the English hard water are there, too, but it just adds to the character. Quick hit of hops at the end, but the roasted and smokey flavors take over in the finish.

There’s a very good reason this is a classic.

Grade: A

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Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout

Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout

Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout

This is the first beer I have tried from Old Dominion in Delaware, the Oak Barrel Stout.

The barrel aging is evident in the aroma with strong smells of oak, vanilla, and char. The oak comes through some in the flavor, as well, but it’s different than bourbon barrel aged beers. Initially, there is an interesting sweetness, but the charred wood and smoke cut through. A dry, boozey finish provided by the 6% ABV.

It’s good, but not quite great. I think for something boasting oak aging, I want more of that flavor.

Grade: C

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Schlafly Parody Commercial

Brilliant parody commercial here from Schlafly. Watch and enjoy! Plus, now you know the correct way to pronounce Schlafly!

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