Bonus Beer – Arcadia Sky High Rye

Style: Rye Beer

Purchased at: Arcadia Tavern

What makes this beer different: Grapefruit hop flavor

Will I be drinking this again: Hard to find in PA so probably no

Grade: B+

1/02/2010: Had this on tap at the Arcadia Tavern in Battle Creek. This is actually my first beer from Arcadia so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. They had a lot of other stuff on tap, but most of them actually didn’t rate very high on beer advocate. So I decided to go with this one because it rated a B+, and I am trying to be more open to hoppy beers.

Very nice golden color as you can see, and it smells like a barnyard to be honest, very raw. Citrus and Grapefruit hop flavors are the first thing to hit you, but they fade a bit after drinking about half of the beer. Then the rye malt kicks in and ends up being very smooth, a bit dry, and well balanced. Mouthfeel was a bit heavier than I expected, but still about medium. I am starting to crave hoppy beers every once in awhile, and this one hit the spot. Would have ranked it higher if it would have been more balanced from the start.

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Beer 55 – Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock

Style: Dopplebock

Purchased at: Dark Horse Brewery/Bar

What makes this beer different: Most clean tasting coffee beer I have ever tasted.

Will I be drinking this again: Bought a 4 pack to go

Grade: A

1/02/2010: If you haven’t read my Michigan Brewery Road Trip yet, check it out here. But bottom line is this place had the coolest atmosphere ever. The bar is off the beaten path, and I mean that literally and figuratively (but that’s a good thing).

I know I have said this once in the past, but this is my new favorite coffee beer hands down. This stuff has such a clean coffee taste. The smell is coffee, the taste is coffee, hell it even looks like a light roast coffee. The beer has a medium to light mouthfeel with some nice carbonation. I think I enjoyed this beer so much because the coffee taste isn’t mixed in with other flavors like most “coffee beers.” You don’t have to search through all the malt and sweetness to find the coffee as it is all over the place. If you are a coffee lover like I am this is a MUST try.

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Bonus Beer – Bell’s Apple Ale

Style: Fruit/Vegetable beer

Purchased at: Bells Eccentric Cafe

What makes this beer different: Tastes Like Apple Cider mixed with beer

Will I be drinking this again: No because you can only get it at Bell’s

Grade: B+

1/02/2010: Don’t mind the lipstick on the lip of the glass, its not mine haha (girlfriend snagged a taste before I could snap a picture). Had this one on tap at Eccentric Cafe; Bell’s tap-room. I like to try stuff you otherwise could not get unless you are at the brewpub. Apple Ale sounded pretty different so I figured why not give it a shot. If you go here just be sure to avoid the female bartender with the lip ring, she sucks at life.

The smell right off the bat is fresh apple juice with a mild vinegar smell. At first taste the vinegar comes through, it almost tastes like apple vinegar to me. Apparently Apple Vinegar is supposed to be really good for you so hey what the heck. Little to no carbonation, and mouthfeel was light to medium. The more you drink it the more it comes through like a sour cider, which might be what knocked this down a couple notches for me. I have never been a huge cider fan, so my grade might be a bit slanted. Halfway through the beer I was kind of over it. I guess for the style though it was probably more in the A- range.

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Bonus Beer – HopCat Bumble’s Bounce

Style: American Porter

Purchased at: HopCat Taphouse

What makes this beer different: All spice and Cinnamon

Will I be drinking this again: If I ever end up back at hopcat yes for sure.

Grade: A-

1/02/2010: Had this on tap at HopCat in Grand Rapids. They recently started brewing their own beer, and I am always up for trying a new porter or stout. If you live in the area and haven’t been to HopCat, you need to stop by as they have one of the largest tap menus I have ever seen.

Smells a lot like Cinnamon Oatmeal. You can without a doubt taste the All-Spice right off the bat, with a little bit of cinnamon in the background. This beer was unbelievably smooth, and I sense they used some kind of oatmeal in the brew (even though thats not usual for porters). The spice taste fades away about halfway down and ends up drinking much more like a stout than a porter. Medium to Heavy mouthfeel. I was getting sick of your run of the mill porters, and this one was a nice change.

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