Saturday, January 23, 2010

Breckenridge Christmas Ale

I picked up a bottle of Breckenridge Christmas Ale at D's Six Pax and Dogz in Pittsburgh. The beer has an amber color with a foamy white head. The smell is malty and full of spices. The taste is sweet and is comprised of cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice and a dash of cinnamon. The alcohol content is 7.4% ABV. The taste is very good and smooth with the right amount of spices. Nothing here is overdone and is a very quality Christmas beer.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Dogfish Head Burton Baton

Following a recommendation, I grabbed a bottle of Dogfish Head Burton Baton. The beer has an amber color with a very light white head. It has a lemon citrus and pepper hop aroma. The taste is lemony and extremely smooth. There is a great pepper and floral hop accent. I also picked up some oak accents in the taste and the aroma. The alcohol content is 10% ABV. Overall, I thought this is an excellent drinking beer. I was thoroughly impressed with this beer and I totally recommend it. The hops are very complimentary and mellow due to the oak accents.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

New Holland Dragon's Milk

Another bottle I picked up from D's Six Pax and Dogz was New Holland Dragon's Milk. I had heard great things about this beer and was anticipating it greatly. The beer pours a deep black color with a lofty tan head. It smells of sweet milk chocolate. The taste is sweet with chocolate flavor and a bitter alcohol bite. There is an underlying vanilla flavor and there are oak hints in the alcohol bite. The alcohol content is 8.5% ABV. I thought that Dragon's Milk was an amazing beer, as it is very sweet and tasty with great alcohol bite. If you get the chance to pick up a bottle or get this on draft, I would not pass it up.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Avery Old Jubilation

I picked up a bottle of Avery Old Jubilation at D's Six Pax and Dogz in Pittsburgh. The beer has an amber color and a light bubbly head. The smell is sweet and malty with cherry hints. The taste is full of malts with a strong alcohol bite. There is also an underlying raisin flavor and the beer finishes a little spicy, warming the throat on the way down. The alcohol content is 8.0% ABV. I thoroughly enjoyed the Old Jubilation with the cherry and raisin hints included in the beer. It is perfect for one of those windy and cold nights.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Lagunitas IPA

I ordered a draft of Lagunitas IPA at McGrath's in downtown Harrisburg. The beer has an amber color with a foamy white head. The aroma is sweet and floral with hints of pepper. The taste is light citrus with pepper hops with a light undertone of caramel. The alcohol content is 5.7% ABV. I thought that the beer had a perfect balance of hops and was very good. I would recommend this IPA for anyone who does not like an overpowering hop beer, and I will definitely be ordering this again in the future.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Theakston Old Peculiar

McGrath's in Harrisburg had some bottles of Theakston Old Peculiar, and I decided to order one. The beer has a dark amber with no head. From the pour, I could tell that the beer was very bubbly and carbonated. The beer smells sweet and malty. The taste follows up the smell and is sweet and full of roasted malt flavors and fig. The alcohol content is 5.7% ABV. I thought that the beer had a good flavor but was a little too carbonated. The carbonation got in the way of me totally enjoying the beer, which has a great flavor. I though that the the carbonation ruined the finish of an otherwise sweet dark fruit beer.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Blue Point Imperial Stout

McGrath's in Harrisburg recently picked up Blue Point Imperial Stout and added it to their draft lineup. I'll apologize about the photo, as it is not very good. The beer has a black color and a thin tan head. The aroma is filled with sweet malts and chocolate flavors. The taste consists of chocolate and sweet malts, just like the smell. I was unable to located the alcohol content of the beer online but would guess that it is around 8.0% ABV. I thought that the beer was very smooth drinking and excellent tasting. The alcohol content isn't overpowering, which makes it more drinkable for some. The chocolate flavors are my favorite part of the beer, as they are sweet milk chocolate.