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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Franziskaner Dunkel

24 Jul

Brewer : Spaten-Brau

Location : Munich, Germany

Alcohol % : 5.0

IBU : 12

Interesting Fact : In Bavaria, Dunkel is a traditional dark style beer, brewed in Munich. Munich malts give Dunkels their dark color. Dunkels are weaker than German Dopplebocks.

Survey Says : This brew is a dark unfiltered wheat beer. It had little aroma but did have a slight yeasty smell. Being unfiltered it had a cloudy, medium brown appearance and poured to a large tan head. This German ale had a sweet, very smooth and refreshing taste. With a low IBU, there was little to no hoppiness. It was lightly carbonated and medium bodied. It was very drinkable, with no bitter aftertaste. I would definitely try this German dark beer again.

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel

12 Jul

Brewer : Ayinger Brewery

Location : Ayinger Germany

Alcohol % = 5.0

IBU = 21

Interesting Fact : The Ayinger Brewery has been producing beer for over 130 years in the world renown Bavarian beer region of Germany. Only 10% of its beer is exported with the majority being sold in Germany.

Survey Says : This German beer labels itself as an authentic Bavarian dark beer. It has a deep dark brown color and a large foamy tan head.The aroma was sweet and malty. The flavor was full bodied with a slight sweetness. There was just a hint of bitterness which blended quite well with the overall malty flavor. It was fairly smooth and quite drinkable and since I had the pint sized bottle this was great!! This brew would go well with many foods but I think any type of beef would be especially good with it. I really enjoyed this English brew and would definitely try it again as well as recommend it to anyone who is a little tired of today’s hoppy craft beers.

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Fuller’s ESB

4 Jul

Brewer : Griffin Brewery

Location : Chiswick Lane South London England

Alcohol % :  5.9

IBU : 35

Interesting Fact : This popular English beer has won the World Champion Beer Award twice giving it the nickname “The Champion Ale”

Survey Says : This strong ale was introduced in 1971. It had a nice medium amber color with virtually no head when poured. There was little detectable aroma and it was only lightly carbonated. The taste of this medium bodied English brew was quite smooth with just a hint of bitterness. It exhibited some malty notes with some slight fruity sweetness. This was a very drinkable, well balanced ale or as the Brits would say its tastes were “spot on”. I would definitely try this beer again given the opportunity.

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Tetley’s Smooth Flow English Ale

2 May

Brewer : Carlsberg Group

Location : Leeds, UK

Alcohol : 3.6%

Interesting Fact : In a 1911 advertising gimmick,  Tetley’s challenged Houdini to escape from a padlocked metal cask of ale. He couldn’t get out and had to be rescued

Survey Says : This brew came in a widget can, so it was highly nitrogenated. Obviously the widget makes for a very foamy, large head that is initially quite impressive. There was very little aroma. It exhibited a medium amber color. The flavor was just slightly bitter with a light malty taste. It had a fairly light and smooth taste that had just a hint of sweetness with little hoppiness. It was OK overall but I’m not ready to rush out and find a six pack of this english ale.

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