Sunday, October 4, 2015

Wasatch Black O'Lantern Pumpkin Stout

I was looking for Red Hook's Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter, but sadly they were out, but the helpful beer store guy suggested this pumpkin stout from the Utah Beer Collective: Black O'Lantern. It poured a deep mahogany, with scarlet highlights and a brief tan head. The mouthfeel was very thick and creamy, there was pumpkin and spices, but not overmuch, mostly nutmeg. It had an almost eggnogy taste to it, if that makes sense. Pretty decent stout, but if you're looking for a great pumpkin ale, this isn't it.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Boulevard "Funky Pumpkin" Spiced Sour Ale

I'm a big fan of sour ales and I'm a big fan of sour ales, but I believe that this is the first combination that I have sampled. The color isn't much different than your standard amber, perhaps with a tad more orange than usual. The pumpkin pie spice comes through in the aroma right off, and is nicely balanced by the tartness of the ale itself. Cinnamon and nutmeg predominate in the spice mix, with a little ginger as well. There's apple and pear as it warms up, adding a nice crisp touch. IGB recommends for the Autumn Beer Season.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Kona Brewing Company Big Wave Golden Ale

I tried some Kona Brewing beers a few years back when I was visiting Thomas & Shana in Hawaii, I believe that I had Big Wave wehnwe went out to eat, but did not do a review. Big Wave is classified as an American Blonde ale, pouring a golden hue with a medium white head. Lots of lemon  and other citrus; fairly hoppy with both pine and grapefruit, but mostly pine. Decent summer ale, but nothing to get excited about.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Weyerbacher 20th Anniversary

This is the seventh Weyerbacher anniversary ale that I have reviewed, there have definitely been some fine beers in the collection. (Use the search function and type in 'Weyerbacher') and XX is no exception. as usual, the ABV is pretty high at 11%, which imparts some whiskey-like heat to the brew. It poured a maple-ey brown, topped by a thin tan head with an aroma of dark fruit as soon as the bottle was opened. The flavor of figs, raisins and especially figs dominates, with some brown sugar and maple sneaking up on you. Plums are standing up in the back waving for attention, elbowing aside the black cherries. The promised coriander is there, but shy and retiring. It could easily be classified as a Belgian Quadruppel, but maybe they wanted to retain the uniquness of their year-round Quad. Not a beer for quaffing...sip away my people, sip away.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Brickway Brewery's Hef

Nebraska beer! Nebraska beer! Nebraska beer! Hef is part of Brickway's 'Session Series', beers that won't knock you out with excessive ABV. This is a good example of the hefeweizen style, beer that is made with at least 50% wheat malt. It pours an apricot yellow with a two-finger white head. There's the characteristic bubble-gummy/banana/clove flavor, with a little bit of lemon peel on the back end. I've long been a fan of hefeweizens in general and this one gets my vote.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Shipyard Pumpkinhead

Just when I think that I've tried all the beers that there are to try (yeah, right!) another untried wonder comes along. I haven't reviewed too many from Shipyard (just one, I think). Pumpkinhead tastes like someone threw a heavily spiced pumpkin pie in the blender and pureed until it liquefied. Not bad if you're not too concerned about the underlying "beeriness", which is hard to discern. Think of a pumpkin-flavored Angry Orchard or Woodchuck and that's what this sort of tastes like (without the apple). If you're merely looking for something pumpkiny with alcohol in it, then you'll be okay; otherwise, you might be disappointed.

Brooklyn Brewery East IPA

I don't often get a chance to sample anything from Brooklyn Brewery, but I had a couple of these after the wedding reception in Poughkeepsie Friday night. East India Pale Ale poured a deep apricot gold with a scanty white head that disappeared fast. It had a bit of an oily consistency to it and seemed to have a fairly high IBU count, but it's only a 47, which is probably about where you want it to be - according to their website, Brooklyn Brewery is not "trying to peel the enamel off your teeth". The hops impart a piney aroma and as the beer reaches room temperature, other flaors, such as peach and maybe some lemongrass and caramel. Overall a very solid IPA