Sunday, June 28, 2015
Kölsch,to remind those who are not obsessive about beer styles as I am, is a hybrid style: brewed with ale yeast and warm fermented as ales are, but then lagered, i.e. set aside in cool temperatures as lagers are. Altbier is the other main hybrid style. Altbiers, however, tend to be a medium dark in hue, with a nutty, or sometimes chocolaty flavor, while a Kölsch tends to be golden in color and much lighter in body, closer to the lager side of the family. While I question whether this is a true Kölsch, Blue Blood has done a pretty good job of replicating the taste and feel of the style. It pours crisp and clear with a bright white head. There's flowery and fruity notes and an unobtrusive sweetness. Low IBU and ABV, making for a good beer for the hot days of summer.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Beer Advocate lists it as a Brown Ale, Renegade's website lists it as an oatmeal ale; what's clear is that the cold-brewed coffee which Hiatus is infused with is what is overwhelmingly present. I'm really having to dig for something other than coffee amid all the...coffee.
Hiatus pours the color of a milk chocolate candy bar, with a skanty brown head. The mouthfeel is about what you'd expect from a decent porter - must be the oatmeal. The ABV is midrange, about 6.5% with 40 IBUs, about what you'd expect from a weak IPA or a strong pale ale. Despite my nitpicking, this is a really solid beer, tasty too!
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Nah. Who would ever do that?
Now, let's pretend for a minute that they called this beer: Blue Moon Summer Ale. If that was what this was, I would have started this off differently, like so:
Blue Moon Summer Ale pours a pale, nay, even a lemonade hue, calling to mind (since it's Blue Moon) the oft-repeated musical trope, "pale moonlight". The head is magnificent, not one, not two, but four fingers of fluffy white cumulus. What other flavors lurk within? Thank you for asking; we have orange peel, we have coriander, what? we have even have some ripe melon!
Outstanding summer ale...just ignore the label.