Saturday, May 8, 2010
I picked up a bottle of Sly Fox Route 113 India Pale Ale when I was last in New Jersey. The beer pours a brilliant amber color with a lofty and foamy white head. The aroma consists of caramel and toffee with a light hop hint. The taste is sweet and malty with a bit of caramel and toffee. The hops hit on the back of the tongue on the finish and a slight sourness to it. There is a faint lemon and grapefruit citrus, but not as prevalent as in some IPAs. Due to the hops, it has a slight dryness to it. The alcohol content is 7.0% ABV. While not as overly hoppy and and citrusy as a lot of IPA, Sly Fox's Route 113 IPA is was quite delicious and very well done. I highly recommend this beer, especially to a new enthusiast who may not like a ton of hops.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Another beer in my mixed case was Moosehead Lager. I was also inspired to drink this beer from the overwhelming product placement in “Book of Shadows: The Blair Witch 2.” (Seriously, having a few beers with friends and watching Syfy on a Saturday night can be fun because those movies are terrible). The beer pours a pale straw yellow color with a bubbly white head. The aroma is sour malts and a light skunkiness, most likely due to the green bottle that the beer comes in. The taste is light and malty and has somewhat of a bread aftertaste. There are some crisp sour hops that have a slight sourness to them. The alcohol content is 5.0% ABV. I thought that the Moosehead Lager was surprisingly tasty and I actually enjoyed this beer.
Yet another beer in the mixed case that I got was Murphy's Red Ale (Yes, they make more than the Stout). The beer pours a golden color with a lofty foamy white head. The aroma consists of sour hops and sweet malts. The taste is malty and sweet and heavy on the biscuit flavors. It also has a sour hop bite and finishes a little dry with hops. The is no alcohol content posted, but I would guess around 5.0% ABV. I thought this was a rather pedestrian beer, but it was not terrible.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Another beer in the mixed case that I got was Strangford Lough Legbiter Ale. The beer pours a dark amber color with a frothy white head. The aroma is faint but malty and sweet. The taste is malty with toffee with a light hop sourness. The alcohol content is 4.8% ABV. I though that this was not a bad beer and would be great for warm temperatures with a crisp breeze, but it wasn't not overly impressive.
Part of the mixed case that I got was Strangford Lough St. Patrick's Best Ale. The beer pours an amber color that appears very carbonated with a lofty foamy beige head. The aroma is very malty with light fresh hops. The taste is malty and sweet with light caramel undertone. The hops are slightly sour on the back of the mouth. The alcohol content is 4.2% ABV. This was a decent beer and was somewhat reminiscent of an oktoberfest in flavor and experience.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Another beer I acquired in my mixed cased was Murphy's Stout. The beer pours a black color with a creamy tan head about a finger-width high. The aroma is filled with coffee and cream. The taste is smooth and mostly tastes of coffee with a bit of cream accent. There is a good chocolate undertone. The alcohol content is 4.0% ABV. This was a decent stout with good chocolate and coffee flavors that put a great emphasis on the creaminess of the beer as well.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I participated in a mixed case trade, in which I get two of twelve different types of beers. The first beer I tried out of the case was Blue Moon Rising Moon. The beer pours a light golden color with a lofty foamy head and lots of carbonation bubbles. The aroma consists of wheat with light hints of lime. The taste is mostly wheat an d is very doughy and lots of biscuit flavors. There is somewhat of a dry finish that has a light fresh lime accent. The alcohol content is 5.6% ABV. I wasn't thoroughly impressed with the beer, and it was not very complex and I'd say the finish wasn't completely satisfying. I'd drink it again on a warm day if it was given to me, but I wouldn't go out and buy it again.
Monday, May 3, 2010
McGrath's in Harrisburg tapped a keg of Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale and I quickly ordered a glass, as my love for Stone Brewing Company has grown exponentially this year. The beer pours a dark brown color with a foamy tan head. The aroma consists of toasted malts, chocolate, and a good amount of citrus hops. The taste is toasted malts with grapefruit finish. There is also a healthy dose of chocolate and coffee, but the bitterness is eliminated by the citrus hops. The alcohol content is 8.7% ABV. The beer was surprisingly hoppy, but overall very delicious. The hops in the beer were excellent, and the chocolate and grapefruit really played nicely together.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
I rushed to the Troegs brewery to pick up a case of Scratch 29 Belgian Style India Pale Ale. The beer pours a golden color with a lofty foamy and bubbly white head. The aroma is filled with banana and pepper with a light hint of citrus. The taste is filled with banana and pepper, with a nice meringue finish. The hops are a perfect accent to this beer and there are lingerings of oak flavors. The alcohol content is 7.7% ABV. As much as Troegs tried to shy away from this being a "Belgian" beer, I think that they nailed the style perfectly. The banana and pepper flavors hit perfect notes as the hops rounded out the flavors. Also worth noting is that this is Troegs' first bottle conditioned beer, so I expect to see more of those in the future.
McGrath's in Harrisburg recently tapped a keg of Ballast Point Big Eye IPA, so I decided to order a glass. The beer pours an amber color with a lofty foamy white head. The aroma contains floral smells and pine. The taste is lemon and orange citrus with a pepper hop finish. There is also a hint of tangerine in there. The beer is really clean and fresh and also has a light caramel undertone. The alcohol content is 7.0% ABV. I thought that this was an excellent IPA without anything being overdone. The hops weren't overpowering, but were also plentiful.