Firestone DBA (Double Barrel Ale)

24 May

Brewer : Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Location : Paso Robles, California

Alcohol % :  5.0

IBU : 30

Interesting Fact : This is the flagship beer that started it all for Firestone in Paso Robles in 1996. It is partially fermented in an oak barrel brewing process.

Survey Says : This medium bodied brew had a pleasant sweet aroma and a medium tan head. It has a very pretty amber color. This California brew has an extremely smooth well-balanced flavor. It has a bit of hoppiness for some extra zest. It just has a great beer taste without too much harshness or bitterness from the hops as noted by its IBU of 30. It is a very drinkable, refreshing and and enjoyable brew. I liked this beer a lot and would definitely try it again. It earns the coveted and prestigious five star award for its overall rating!!!!!

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Zywiec 1881 Porter Beer

8 May

Brewer : Zyweic Brewery

Location : Zyweic, Poland

Alcohol  Content :  9.5%

IBU : 32

Interesting Marketing Gimmick : Zywiec claims that this excellent dark stout, brewed since 1881, has health-giving properties.

Survey Says : This Polish brew had a sweet, pleasant aroma and a very dark almost black color. The head was large and dark tan in color. There was just medium carbonation. This porter beer had a fairly strong malty flavor with some tart/bitterness, but not too much. This is not a beer you would guzzle due to the strong flavor and high alcohol content. Rather, this brew was meant to be enjoyed like a fine wine and sipped slowly. This heavy bodied beer had no bad aftertaste either. I would definitely try it again sometime.

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Hofbrau Munchen Dunkel

2 Apr

Brewer : Staatliches Hofbrauhaus

Location : Munchen, Germany

Alcohol  Content :  5.5%

IBU : 25

Interesting Item :  Although Hofbrahaus has been around since the 16th century in Germany, it wasn’t introduced into the United States until 1997.

Survey Says :  This brew is a bottom-fermented ale with a dark ruby brown color. It poured with a large tan head. It is only lightly carbonated. It has a very smooth, toasty malt flavor but with some bitterness from its hops. It was very drinkable and refreshing. It does exhibit a slight bitter aftertaste but is not in any way objectionable. I would definitely try this beer again. I think it would go well with about any food.

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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

23 Mar

Brewer : Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Location :  Chico, CA

Alcohol  Content :  5.5%

IBU : 37

Interesting Item : Due to low volume and declining sales, this fine beer has been discontinued. We can only hope they bring it back someday. R.I.P. Tumbler, until we meet again

Survey Says : This personal favorite was sold as part of a fall season variety pack. It has a nice dark color with a slightly toasty aroma. It is medium bodied with a very smooth mouth feel. The flavor exhibits a wonderful malty taste. It is extremely drinkable. Even with a relatively high IBU of 37, the hoppy bitterness does not overtake the sweet malty tones. This brew was originally designed to be enjoyed in the fall but actually could have been loved year round.

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Inedit Damm

20 Mar

Brewer : C.C. Damm

Location :  Barcelona, Spain

Alcohol  Content :  4.8%

IBU : 15

Interesting Item : This beer was created by a combination of several award winning chefs. The intent was to brew something that would compliment just about any food.

Survey Says : This Spanish brew is a Belgian style wheat beer (Witbier). It had very little aroma and a light yellow color which was cloudy due to being an unfiltered wheat beer. It was lightly carbonated, hence a small head when poured. It was quite light bodied. This brew was very smooth, slightly sweet and somewhat fruity tasting. There was absolutely no bitterness as attested by its low IBU of 15. This was a very refreshing and easy to drink/guzzle type beer. It almost reminded me of drinking lemonade on a warm summer day. It was almost too easy to drink. I liked this beer and would definitely try it again, but would prefer it as a cool refresher on a hot day.

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Monkshine Blonde Ale

28 Feb

Brewer : Uinta Brewing Company

Location : Salt Lake City, Utah

Alcohol Content : 6.8%

IBU : 26

Interesting Fact : This Utah beer is certified organic by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. It is brewed with organic barely and hops.

Aroma : Sweet, yeasty typical beer smell

Body : Medium

Appearance : Cloudy, golden yellow color, small head

Survey Says :  This brew had a very nice, smooth flavor with just a bit of hoppiness. It was lightly carbonated . Although it has a 6.8% alcohol content it was not evident in the taste. It was very drinkable. The bitterness from the hops was just enough to enhance the flavor without being too hoppy. There was no bad aftertaste. I would try this brew again.

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Insanely Bad Elf

16 Feb

Beer : Insanely Bad Elf Imperial Red Ale

Brewer : Ridgeway Brewing

Location : Oxfordshire UK

Alcohol Content : 11.2 %

Aroma : Very little

Appearance : Clear, light golden color with minimal head

Body : Medium

Marketing Gimmick : The label used for this ale depicts an elf in a straight jacket. It states that Santa concluded that after visiting this elf, “sanity is over-rated!”

Survey Says : This seasonal beer had a fairly strong flavor. It was just lightly carbonated. There were some toasty notes but also  some bitter hoppiness was evident. The bitterness was not at all overbearing and tended to blend well with the toasty maltiness. This is a high alcohol brew and it was quite evident rather quickly! You wouldn’t necessarily want to belt down this beer too quickly. This ale was not bad, but was nothing to write home about. I would probably not care to try it again.

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Anchor Steam

15 Nov

Brewer : Anchor Brewing Company

Location : San Francisco, California

Alcohol % :  4.9

IBU : 35

Interesting Fact : Anchor Steam derives its name from the 19th century when “steam” was a nickname for beer brewed on the West Coast under primitive conditions without ice.

Survey Says : Nice light orange amber color with little detectable aroma. It poured to a large tan foamy head. It had a fairly strong flavor for an ale. Some light hops were evident. Medium bodied. The flavor was fairly smooth and quite drinkable. This was a refreshing ale with just enough hop flavor to make it interesting, It is brewed with all barely malt and no fillers which contributes to a very good flavor profile. I would definitely try this one again.

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Ayinger Celebrator Double Bock

20 Aug

 Brewer : Ayinger BreweryImage result for ayinger celebrator doppelbock beer

Location : Aying, Germany

Alcohol % :  6.7

IBU : 24

Interesting Item :  The serving suggestions for this German brew include roast goose, cured ham, smoked duck, and wild turkey and then enjoy a fine cigar!

Survey Says : This beer had a nice, sweet and fruity aroma. It has a very dark brown color and poured with a huge tan head. The flavor was a full bodied strong malty one. The initial sip was quite bitter. It seemed a little hoppy which was unexpected. The flavor was definitely strong throughout but the bitterness continued as well. This brew might indeed taste better with some goose or duck but it was a little too bitter just to drink. I would not try it again.

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Belhaven Scottish Stout

7 Aug

Brewer : Belhaven Brewery

Location : Dunbar Scotland

Alcohol % : 7.0

IBU : 0

Marketing Gimmick Belhaven Bill is the famous trademark, created in the 1950’s. Bill is a large (fat) fisherman wearing sea boots. He represents the beer and its sea location.

Survey Says : This Scottish stout has a deep,dark almost black color, with very little aroma.  The dark color is almost intimidating but once you get that first sip you realize this is a very enjoyable experience. It is heavy bodied but has a nice malty flavor with just a hint of bitterness. The flavor is robust, creamy and full. It is very smooth and very drinkable. There was no bad aftertaste with this stout. The panel liked this one and would try it again.

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