Saturday, May 22, 2010
Another beer I ordered while at Fat Head's in Pittsburgh was Weyerbacher Juliet. The beer pours a dark amber color with a thin bubbly white head. The aroma consists of cinnamon and raisins and a faint hop accent. The taste is very malty with apricot, dark fruit, caramel, and toffee. The alcohol content is 8.5% ABV. I thought that the Juliet was delicious and satisfying with many levels of flavor. The apricot and toffee played with each other nicely. This beer was fantastic and I hope to be able to have another glass of it.
Friday, May 21, 2010
While in Pittsburgh, I went to Fat Head's and they had Green Flash Le Freak on draft. The beer pours an orange amber color with a thin bubbly white head. The aroma has orange and lemon with some pepper. The taste has banana with orange and lemon, and some clove and green apple is mixed in there as well. The beer has a nice hop bite, as it finishes with pepper on the back of the mouth. The alcohol content is 9.3% ABV. I thought that the Le Freak was delicious and exactly what I needed on a warm spring day. The temperature was 81 degrees, and the beer paired really well with the weather.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I had my friend Jeff in New Jersey pick me up a bottle of Cricket Hill Reserve Ale- No. 2 Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter. The beer pours a dark brown color with a foamy tan head that is about a finger thick. The aroma has bits of chocolate and an underlying bourbon alcohol bite. The taste is full of chocolate and toasted malts with some cream rounding out in a sweetening manner. The beer finishes with a bit of a bite from the bourbon aging. There is also some oak accents and a hint of black licorice. The alcohol content was not available online, but I would guess it to be around 5% or 6% ABV. This was a delicious porter that goes above and beyond the call of duty. The bourbon barrel aging really brings a new dimension to this beer with a nice alcohol bite and bits of oak laced in with the chocolate and toasted malts.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I stopped by the Troegs tasting room during American Craft Beer Week and picked up a case of Scratch 30- Bock. This beer was created by one of the brewers on Troegs' staff. The beer pours an orange-amber color with a bubbly off-white colored head. There were bubbles noticeable on the bottom of the glass. The aroma has an orange and citrus hint with a light hop background. The taste is malty with some biscuit-like flavor and sweet with a sour hop bite on the back of the mouth. The beer has a bit of an orange and lemon citrus bite as well. There is also a bit of dryness on the finish. The alcohol content is 7.0% ABV. Troegs variation on the bock beer with the addition of extra hops really made the beer more dynamic and much more enjoyable. It was just the malty sweetness, but a rounded out citrus dryness that completed the experience.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
While in New Jersey on my last visits, I picked up a bottle of Captain Lawrence Captain's Reserve Imperial India Pale Ale. The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a foamy white head. The aroma consists of lemon and wheat grass with a slight hint of orange peel and pepper. The taste is full of lemon and caramel and has a nice bitter hop finish, mostly of the pine descent. The back of the mouth with receive some punishment from the hops in this beer. After the beer has dissipated, the mouth is left with a the aftertaste of eating mustard. The alcohol content is 9.0% ABV. I thought this was a better than moderate Imperial India Pale Ale. There was plenty of helpings of hops in this beer, but they were balanced out nicely with the caramel and citrus flavors.
Monday, May 17, 2010
I picked up a bottle Defiant Belgian Style Tripel Ale on my last visit to New Jersey. The beer pours a pale, straw yellow color with a bubbly and overly lofty head. The aroma consists of banana with some candisugar and apricot in the background. The taste is very hefty on banana and has a strong pepper kick. The beer finishes with a dryness and the alcohol really punches the back of the throat. The alcohol content is 9.0% ABV. I was surprised as to how light colored the beer was, but it was not short on flavor. The alcohol really kicked into high gear, not being masked at all by the banana or pepper flavors.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
I picked up a bottle of Brew Dog Chaos Theory Predictably Random Ale when I was in New Jersey. The beer pours an orange brown color with a foamy tan head that sticks to the edge of the glass. The smell is sweet and consists of caramel and heavy on toffee. The taste is very hoppy on the front with flowers and pine. It finishes with caramel and toffee and a a little bit of orange peel in there as well. The alcohol content is 7.1% ABV. The taste didn't exactly follow what the aroma was, so I was a bit surprised at the taste. I enjoyed the beer and it was pretty random.