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Monthly Archives: July 2013
Ommegang Hennepin is one of those beers that I’ve been meaning to try for years, but for some reason, I never pick it up. That is changing.
Pale, hazy yellow color with a fluffy white head that nearly overran my glass. Aroma is both fruity and earthy. Very crisp on the tongue. Almost to the point of being sharp. Honey, ginger, orange, coriander, with earthy malt and hops. Finishes on the dry side. Just a little bit of funk from yeast at the end. That last sip was almost like an apple wine.
Amazing flavor, complexity, and balance. Wonderful
Check out the very cool beer labels in motion over at http://beerlabelsinmotion.tumblr.com/
Just to be clear:
A: World-class. Must have again
B: Will likely have again
C: Fine, probably wouldn’t pay for it again
D: Did not like it
F: Poured it down the drain
There are times I feel bad about judging someone else’s hard work, but I guess I think it’s a good way to give feedback to you, my lovely readers.
Indigo Imp Jester was my payment for helping some friends move house. Gosh, was it worth it! Also my first beer from Indigo Imp.
Jester is a Belgian Pale Ale. Rocky, frothy head atop a beautiful creamy orange body. Aroma of sweet citrus and clove. Starts a touch sweet, then the malt backbone, and of course all the complexity of a Belgian yeast including banana, clove, and orange. Finishes just a touch dry. Unyielding effervescence.
I like this one quite a bit. Really lets the yeast and its complexity shine. Not great reviews elsewhere, but I have no idea why. Looks good, smells good, feels good, tastes better.
Here is a nice little write up from the Hancock County Convention and Visitors Bureau about the new Findlay Brewing Company.
I haven’t yet taken the opportunity to try their beer, but I am hoping to soon. Findlay is a very nice community that I think will really get behind Findlay Brewing.
From their delightful High Gravity Series, here is New Holland’s Tripel, Black Tulip.
Color is cloudy orange. Very little head. Tantalizing aroma of orange, yeast, and butterscotch. Bit of an early kick from the yeast that mellows out into complex, sweet malt, a bit of fruitiness, and a dry finish. Some sharpness to it, but enough subtlety underneath to even things out. Apparently, this is brewed with both beet sugar and tulip leaves, but I don’t think I would’ve known that had I not read it.
Very nice, indeed.
I was going through my previous reviews and was shocked, shocked I tell you, that I had not written about Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster.
This is a late spring seasonal Double IPA. Pours lighter than you would expect a DIPA to be, but don’t let that fool you, this monster packs quite the bite. One whiff and you’ll know. Sweet honey and malt and first, then a huge hit from the hops. Sweet citrus, some pine, and lingering grapefruit. Bit of heat at the end with 9.1% ABV. Considering there are only two malts: Harrington 2-Row and Caramel 30, and two hops: Simcoe and Willamette, Monster has amazing complexity.
One of my favorite IPAs. It’s a shame it’s a seasonal
I’m very excited to try T.W. Pitchers’ Snake Bite. A mix of cider and lager, this is currently only available in the San Francisco area. So how did I get it in Ohio? They actually found my blog and asked if they could add me to their mailing list. I think some free beer is definitely worth that! They also sent a very cool press kit and coaster. Now, onto the beer!
Pours a dark, crisp yellow. Apple Cider dominates the aroma. Very interesting flavor. Even though it’s a blend, it really tastes like two different drinks. The initial flavor is all apple cider, but the finish is all amber lager. There is none of the harsh after taste that some ciders can have.
Really tasty stuff. I’m glad they sent it to me! Now they just need to add it on Beer Advocate, Rate Beer, and the like.
Killer label, too.