Beer 316/365 – Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale

Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale

Style: American Brown Ale

ABV: 7.2%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: The hoppiest brown ale I have ever had.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes this was good stuff.

Grade: A-

9/20/2010: I remember trying this beer years ago and not liking it. Probably because I did not like beer with any type of hop presence until about halfway through my journey here on 365. Its been awhile and this is one of Dogfish’s most popular beers, so lets give it a go.

Indian Brown pours out real heavy almost like a porter. The smell surprisingly is a bunch of chocolate, and hops in the mix. The flavor to me is really split 50/50 between bittersweet chocolate, and sharp biting hops. Both flavors keep each other in check in a delicious way. Very full bodied for the style with average carbonation. If I didn’t know any better I would have assumed this was a hoppy porter. Never-the-less this was a very good beer.

Picture of the day: Not exactly a funny picture, but a wow picture. If money were not an object.

Published in: on September 20, 2010 at 12:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 315/365 – Amstel Light

Amstel Light

Style: Light Lager

ABV: 3.5%

Purchased at: Open bar at my buddie’s wedding.

What makes this beer different: Amstel is Dutch for Urine.

Will I be drinking this again: No…

Grade: D+

9/19/2010: All I had to pick from at my friend Donnie’s reception was Miller Lite, Yuengling, and Amstel Light. I love me some yuengling, but I already had one for my 365 journey, so Amstel Light it is. Keep in mind I am drinking this after having about 4 shots of Grand Marnier. I had to do something to calm my nerves over the speech, which didn’t go to bad by the way.

Can’t get much from the nose as I am drinking this from a can, but I am getting some grain. There seems to be two ends of the scale when it comes to Big Market light lagers, ones with not enough flavor (Coors light), and ones with too much crappy flavor (this beer). Its like biting in a super stale piece of bread… just old tasting. Not really sure how to describe it to be honest. A bit full and bubbly for a light lager. Just not a pleasant experience.

Picture of the day: Molestation via sexting?

Published in: on September 19, 2010 at 11:23 am  Comments (1)  
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Beer 314/365 – Evolution Jacques Au Lantern

Evolution Jacques Au Lantern

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 6.1%

Purchased at: Johnny’s Pizza – Ocean City MD

What makes this beer different: Light bodied but lots of flavor.

Will I be drinking this again: No, but thats only because its seasonal and not distributed very far.

Grade: B+

9/18/2010: Back down to Ocean City for my buddy Donnie’s wedding. I am the best man, and I am a TERRIBLE public speaker. So at this point I am stressing out like crazy. Maybe two of these will help me calm my nerves a little bit for the time being. Oh, by the way this is the first picture with my new Android phone; Samsung Fascinate.

Jacques Au Lantern has one of the better noses out of the pumpkin ales I have tried so far this year. Smells a lot like pumpkin pie filling after you add all the spices. Caramel malts are laid out for the pumpkin, all spice and cinnamon to rest on. No sign of any nutmeg in this pumpkin ale. You actually get a little heat from the spice in the beer, but the spice flavor itself is not overdone. Very light bodied but well carbonated and finishes a little cry. I took two of these down without a problem. Easily the best beer I have tried from Evolution so far.

Picture of the day: What is wrong with people?

Published in: on September 18, 2010 at 10:34 am  Comments (1)  
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Beer 313/365 – Brooklyn Oktoberfest

Brooklyn Oktoberfest

Style: Oktoberfest

ABV: 5.5%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: On the sweeter end of the Oktoberfest scale, which is okay by me.

Will I be drinking this again: Maybe! It was pretty solid.

Grade: B+

9/17/2010: I was lucky enough to attend a beer dinner a few months back that as hosted by Garrett Oliver (brewmaster of Brooklyn). Extremely charismatic guy, and very approachable after the dinner. I had him sign my copy of The Brewmasters Table, which he obviously is the author of. Ever since this night Brooklyn found a customer for life as a result of the dinner. I love when business owners/heads are approachable and don’t act as it they are on another level.

Now that I am about a half dozen beers deep into the Oktoberfest style, I am starting to realize there are really not many nuances to the style… Its pretty straight forward. The nose is mostly toasted malt, and some earthy hops. Not very strong in the smell department though. The flavor is nice toasted, caramel malts, and a little bit of earthy hops. Again this is more on the sweet end which right up my alley. Mouthfeel is average as well as the carbonation. Not much sets this apart, but it is a solid easy drinker.

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Published in: on September 17, 2010 at 9:03 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 312/365 – Southern Tier Harvest Ale

Southern Tier Harvest

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter

ABV: 6.4%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Hoppy for an ESB

Will I be drinking this again: Probably! Very unique for the style.

Grade: A-

9/16/2010: Thus far all the Southern Tier beer’s I have had have either been excellent, or fall way short. I love their whole Sweetwater Stout series, but a lot of their beer than comes in 12oz bottles are just ‘meh.’ Taking a shot on this one since the price point was right ($1.49).

Harvest Ale is probably the strongest hop scented nose I have ever come across for an ESB. Mostly citrusy hop notes. Great transition in the flavor from sweet caramely malt, into a good punch of bitter from the hops. Most ESBs have that weird “falloff” wants it hits the back of your tongue, but not Harvest Ale, very well done. Mouthfeel is a bit full for the style, but the over average amount of carbonation makes up for this.

Picture of the day: Parents should not have a facebook account.

Beer 311/365 – Spaten Oktoberfest

Spaten Oktoberfest

Style: Oktoberfest / Marzen

ABV: 5.9%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Severely under-malted

Will I be drinking this again: No I will avoid this one.

Grade: C+

9/15/2010: Spaten is the brewery that I had my first German beer’s from, okay not FROM the brewery but you know what I mean. They make one of my favorite Hefe’s off all time; Franziskaner. They also make Optimator which is a really good dopplebock. I know nothing about the quality of their Oktoberfest but here goes!

The nose isn’t very powerful, a little bit of grain and almost musty to a point. The flavor does not really fit the style; slightly grainy, floral hops, almost pilsnerish in a way. Overall the flavor is just bland as can be. Mouthfeel is like, carbonation is okay. Spaten claims that they created the Oktoberfest style, and if thats the case its a bit of a shame because this beer was completely underwhelming.

Picture of the day: Anyone need a cocktail waitress?

Published in: on September 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 310/365 – Flying Dog Dogtoberfest Marzen

Flying Dog Dogtoberfest Marzen

Style: Marzen / Oktoberfest

ABV: 5.3%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Not much, its just pretty average.

Will I be drinking this again: Probably not.

Grade: B

9/14/2010: Before doing my 365 I never trid any flying dog beer, but now that I have had a few I would probably have to put them in my top 10 favorite. Raging Bitch and Gonzo Imperial Porter are two of my favorite beers in their respective styles. I also love their artwork on their labels. So why not give Dogtoberfest a shot even though I know nothing about the beer.

The nose is grainy, and quite earthy. The flavor isn’t intrusive, but there just isn’t enough of it. Toasted malt, grainy, and a little hint of spice? Maybe from the hops? Hard to tell. Mouthfeel is actually very good, smooth and semi-full with nice carbonation. Not bad, but needs more flavor.

Picture of the day: Now excepting studants.

Published in: on September 14, 2010 at 8:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 309/365 – Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 8.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: My first “Imperial” style pumpkin ale. Lots of spice but not overdone

Will I be drinking this again: Hell yeah, can’t believe it took me so long to try it.

Grade: A

9/13/2010: Lately I have been grabbing every and any pumpkin ale I could find. Its one of my favorite styles so its a bit surprising that I haven’t tried Weyerbacher’s version yet. I have heard good things from a few of my beer drinking friends so hoping its a good one.

The nose of Imperial Pumpkin Ale is very pungent. I immediately smelled a ton of spice as soon as I opened the bottle. The flavor wasn’t quite as intense as the nose, but still very good. A perfect menage trois of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. The spice flavor is slightly greater than the pumpkin flavor, but its a welcome change. Some caramel malt in the mix here as well. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier as this is an imperial style beer. The ABV is hidden very well for 8.0%. I might just have to pick up a sixer of this and see what one of these tastes like with some age on it. This might have just jumped up into the #3 spot on my top pumpkin ales list. #1 being O’fallon’s Pumpkin, #2 Michigan Screaming Pumpkin, and Weyerbacher just ousted Southern Tier Pumking from the #3 spot.

Picture of the day: Texting while driving into the sun; not advised.

Published in: on September 13, 2010 at 3:33 pm  Comments (3)  
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Beer 308/386 – Victory Moonglow

Victory Moonglow

Style: Weizenbock

ABV: 8.7%

Purchased at: Had this at Ryan’s house after the Steeler game.

What makes this beer different: Its like Aventinus’ little brother.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes as I just mentioned, it is similar enough to Aventinus, and less expensive.

Grade: A-

9/12/2010: Had this beer at Ryan’s dads house after the Steeler game. We also drank some of his homebrews, which are pretty damn good. He has equipment for all grain, so my next homebrew will probably be made at his house. I plan on trying to make a gingerbread porter for the Christmas months.

Tons and tons of yeast floating around in this beer. Instantly the smell reminds me of Aventinus; fruity, dark malts, even some chocolate. The flavor again, very similar to Aventinus, but a little bit sweeter. Lots of dark fruit, toffee, banana, wheat, a little bit of vanilla as well. I never thought I would say this when I started drinking craft beer, but moonglow is almost a little too sweet. Mouthfeel is a bit full, with average carbonation. Overall as I have mentioned already, I would consider this Aventinus’ little less refined brother.

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Published in: on September 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm  Comments (1)  
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Beer 307/365 – Founders Nemesis (2009)

Founders Nemesis 2009

Style: Wheatwine

ABV: 12.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Very unique, and very strong (but delicious)

Will I be drinking this again: Yes! I still have 3 more sitting in my basement.

Grade: A

9/11/2010: I sampled Founder’s Nemesis way back in March, and LOVED it then. Basically any beer that has maple in it I’m am sure to at least like a little bit. It seems like any of the small run beers that Founder’s produces, always end up being top notch (Nemesis, KBS, CSB, Black Biscuit etc). They even had this honey wheat that I tried when I visited back in January, and it was phenomenal.

Wheatwine is a completely new style for me, so I’m not quite sure what to expect. The smell is boozy as all hell, with some maple/caramel notes. I don’t know how to explain it, but the first sip almost had no flavor. I probably needed to let it warm a bit so I set it aside for about 15 minutes. Yup that was the problem, now there is a ton of flavor. Its pretty crazy how a few degrees in temperature can make a world of difference as far as flavors go. Lots of toffee and maple, a little woody, with a little afterkick of vanilla. The alcohol lets you know its there, without totally stabbing you in the throat. Mouthfeel was very unique and what I would call fluffy/creamy. If you were lucky enough to get your hands on some of this, crack one open now as it is drinking nicely already.

Picture of the day: Now this is what I call false advertising.

Published in: on September 11, 2010 at 8:43 am  Leave a Comment  
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