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Monthly Archives: May 2013
When I see the word Imperial on a beer, I expect everything about it to be big. And since this is the first beer I have had from Knee Deep Brewing, McCarthy’s Bane has high standards to meet. Pours with a relentless, frothy head. Color is on the reddish side of brown. Pine, resin, and caramel in the aroma. Spicy rye comes through followed with a big hit from the piney hops. (Side note, pour carefully!) Hops really linger in this. The flavor and bitterness stick around almost longer than the head does!
Big with nice balance, but seeing as how it’s supposed to be 80 IBUs, I think I have an old bottle. Regardless, this is a very nice brew.
While a Samuel Adams product, Magnificent Seven is actually the winner of their homebrew competition. I love that Boston Beer has a contest like this.
Magnificent Seven is so named because of the seven hops varieties used. Darker than most IPAs, it’s a crisp, clear amber. Hops completely dominate the aroma, as they should. Very nice blend of flavor from the hops, too. Pine, grapefruit, some grassy notes. Roasted caramel comes through, too.
As far as some of the stats, 7.8% ABV, which is well hidden. Haven’t seen an IBU count, but I’d guess somewhere in the 50-60 range.
Great contest, great beer. Maybe some days my homebrews will be this good!
P.S. You should probably listen to this while drinking it
Just look at the malt bill for Full Pint Perc E Bust Coffee Porter: Marris Otter, Munich, Melanoidin, Crystal, Caramel Wheat, Chocolate, Black. To go along with Guatemalan Coffee and a blend of Fuggle and Columbus hops.
The aroma delivers on the promise of coffee, as does the flavor. Coffee dominates, but there is a caramel sweetness behind it. Very complex thanks to the blend of malts. Ends dry and bitter, but more of a coffee bitterness than one from hops. Light and smooth body, if a bit watery.
Very nice coffee porter.
I don’t know how I’ve never reviewed Anchor Porter before!
The San Francisco Brewery has been making this first modern American porter for 40 years. Color is black, as it should be, with a very fluffy beige head. The aroma is an inviting mix of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Sweet malt comes through first in the flavor, with plenty of coffee and chocolate. Dry, oak finish.
Smooth texture, phenomenal balance and flavor, and at only 5.6% ABV, it’s not heavy handed. It’s beautifully crafted brews like this that make me love porters so much! Probably between this and Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald for the best American porter I’ve had.
This is the first beer I’ve had from Mission out of San Diego, their Blonde Ale.
Pours remarkably clear and light. If not for the thicker white head, you might have trouble telling this from a macro lager just from the sight. The aroma is mostly grass and straw with some faint grape and peach in the background. Flavor isn’t particularly strong, but the grass and straw flavors and fruity notes come through. Finishes a little dry.
I don’t dislike this, but I don’t know if I’d have it again. The flavor isn’t bad, there just isn’t much there.
I’ve been trying to get my hands on this one for a while. With quite the cult following and many prestigious awards to back it up, here is Fat Head’s Head Hunter IPA.
Pours incredibly crisp and clear with a sticky white head that won’t go away. Citrus and pine dominate the aroma, as expected. Lots and lots of hops here. Attractive lacing, too. At 87 IBUs, you’ll definitely feel the bitterness. Not much in the way of malt for balance, it’s a just a big bruiser. So if that’s your thing, you’ll love it!
Great Lakes is not known for big, hoppy brews. But if they keep pumping out gems like Alchemy Hour, that could change.
The extra hops are evident early in the aroma with overflowing grapefruit and sweet citrus. The citrus hops hit first, but the pine comes in at the end. Sweet malt and citrus balance with bitter hops brilliantly. With a combination of Mosaic, Nugget, and Cascade hops, I’ve never had a beer quite like this. At 80 IBUs and 9.4% ABV, this is quite a hefty beer, but it should be.
Another outstanding offering from Great Lakes
Update: In year two of this seasonal, they have changed the name to Chillwave. It’s still outstanding