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Tag Archives: Ohio
The autumn seasonals continue with Thirsty Dog Barktoberfest (side note, why do so many craft breweries use dog references?)
The interesting thing about the look is that it’s a cloudy orange. Many other marzens are perfectly clear. Roasted malt and a hint of orange in the aroma. Very tasty! Full body, a lot of butterscotch followed by a touch of citrus sweetness. Hops provide a dry and slightly bitter finish.
Really yummy. Immediately one of my favorite Oktoberfests!
Yes, that name is correct. Oktofest, not Oktoberfest. But that is the style. Crisp and clear, perhaps a shade darker orange than most marzens. Aroma is malty and grassy. Quite nice body to this. One drawback some marzens can have is a watery body, but this doesn’t have that problem at all. Chewy and full of flavor. Tasty blend of malts with just enough hops to make you notice at the end. 6% ABV. Very nice marzen!
High expectations for Fat Head’s Spooky Tooth. A style I really enjoy and a brewery I am eagerly trying more from.
Pours darker than a lot of pumpkin beers. More brown than orange. Amazing aroma. Loads of warm spices and some pumpkin, too. The complexity is evident from the first sip. Using 8 malts and 7 spices and other flavorings, the balance is phenomenal. All the familiar pumpkin pie spices plus, guess what, pumpkin (which is lacking in many other pumpkin beers). Completely hidden 9% ABV.
Top tier pumpkin beer. No doubt about it!
Here’s a look at how Ohio will be represented at the Great American Beer Fest.
I’ve been thinking, you could put nearly any porter or stout in a glass and they’d be indistinguishable, except maybe for the head. But if you can tell a beer just by its head, then you are quite a bigger beer nerd than I!
Anyway, I digress. Here is Rivertown Brewery’s Roebling Porter. Pours like every other porter. Roasted malt, smoke, coffee, and chocolate in the aroma. Carbonation gives a bit of bite, Flavor isn’t quite as big as the aroma sets up, but it’s well balanced and has a wonderful finish. Charred oak lasts forever.
Nice, but not amazing
I’ve decided to go big for my first beer from Maumee Bay Brewing Company with their Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout.
Black as night with a creamy beige head. As it should, coffee dominates the aroma. Quite a bit of chocolate, as well. Whoa…one sip in and I am hooked. Texture as smooth as silk with just the right amount of coffee. It’s there, but the chocolate, oats, and even vanilla come through. Hops add a pungent, welcome bitterness at the end. The 9.1% ABV is both surprising and sneaky. Only noticable as a pleasing warmth.
Wow is this good!
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.
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 suppose it’s time to get into the summer seasonals. Today, The Brew Kettle’s Summer Soulstice.
Pours lighter in color and less cloudy than expected. Aroma is enticing with sweet orange and coriander. Flavor is spot on. The wheat malt is there, but the orange and coriander come through just fine.
Light, crisp, refreshing, good balance. Very nice Wit.