Saturday, February 20, 2010
The February beer of the month at Appalachian Brewing Company is Abbey Roade. The beer has a brown amber color with a light white frothy head. The smell is filled with malts and really hints at alcohol. The taste is sweet with banana and pepper and finishes with an alcohol bite. The alcohol content is 6.4% ABV. I am a huge fan of the Abbey Road and usually order it whenever I am at Appalachian Brewing Company, as long as it is on draft. The last batch lasted until February, and I hope this one does as well. The Abbey Roade has a great finish that is sweet with a nice alcohol kick.
Friday, February 19, 2010
I stopped into Appalachian Brewing Company of the Valentine's Day Weekend because they had released two kegs of Chocolate Cherry Stout at each location. The beer has a black color with red hues and a light tan head. The smell is toasted malts with chocolate accents. The taste starts with sweet cherry on the front and milk chocolate and toasted malts follow. The alcohol content is not posted on the website, but I would guess it to be around 6% ABV. I thought that this was an amazing beer and the cherry makes the ensemble work. The sweet accent to the bitter chocolate made a very enjoyable experience.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I picked up a case of Flying Dog Raging Bitch from Westy's in Camp Hill. The beer has a yellow golden color with a lofty foamy head that sticks to the edges of the glass. The aroma is full of lemon, orange, and grapefruit citrus and fresh hops. The taste is sweet and lemony citrus on the front. It then turns more to grapefruit on the middle tongue and finishes a little dry and tastes of earthy and piney hops. The alcohol content is 8.3% ABV. This is a fantastic beer with many sweet citrus flavors balanced nicely with earthy dry hops. I absolutely recommend trying this beer and will buy this again.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I grabbed a six pack of Yuengling Bock at Wegman's to give it a try. The beer has a dark amber color that is almost brown with a light bubbly head. The smell is sweet and malty. The taste is sweet at first with a light hop bite underneath. There is a slight roasted malty flavor in the middle and the beer finishes a little sweet with caramel. The alcohol content is 5.1% ABV. I thought this was a pretty good bock despite coming from a larger brewer. It is a definite improvement to the lager, even though I like that beer as well.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I picked up a bottle of Victory Helios Ale from Wegman's. The beer has a pale yellow color with a lofty foamy and bubbly head. The aroma is fulled with lemon smells with faint hops and a little malt in there as well. The taste is filled with lemon and peppery hop accents. There is a little butter undertone on the finish. The alcohol content is 7.5% ABV. I thought the Helios Ale was a very good beer and somewhat complex. The mic of lemon, pepper, and butter really made an interesting brew and it was great tasting.
Monday, February 15, 2010
I grabbed a bottle of New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale the last time I was at D's Six Pax and Dogz. The beer has a deep brown color with a light foamy white head. The smell is malty with heavy hints of alcohol. The taste is very powerful with the alcohol accents on the front and has a light malty finish with a toffee undertone. There is a faint oak accent on the back of the tongue. The alcohol content is 6.25% ABV. I thought that the beer tastes much more like alcohol than I expected, especially for 6.25%ABV. I did like the flavor and overall experience, but the oak and alcohol taste is a bit powerful.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
The sixth and final beer I had out of the Dundee sampler pack was the Porter. The beer has a dark brown color with a light tan head. The smell consists of chocolate and toasted malts. The taste is filled with toasted malts and chocolate. The alcohol content is 6.1% ABV. I thought that this was a very tasty porter and would definitely get this beer again. It isn't a heavy porter, so drinking several of these in one sitting is not a problem.