Beer 373/365 – Deschute’s Hop Trip

Deschutes Hop Trip

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: One of the pinier (sp?) APA’s I’ve had

Will I be drinking this again: Won’t go out of my way for it, but it was decent.

Grade: B+

12/27/2010: Weird but I think I am actually now drinking more beer now that the 365 is over. This is probably because I can drink whatever I want, whenever I want. No need to worry about if I will have enough new beer for every day, or if the beer itself is a duplicate. Plus I have a ton of bottles in the basement, might as well drink em!

The nose is very sharp pine hops, and some caramel in the mix as well. The flavor is one of the most hop forward APA’s I have ever tried. Lots of pine, some grapefruit as well. Thankfully there is a good bit of caramel malt for the hops to stand on. Mouthfeel is a bit light. Overall this was a decent beer, but I typically I like my American Pale Ales a bit more malt heavy.

Picture of the day: Did your boyfriend tell you this?

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Published in: on December 27, 2010 at 2:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 323/365 – Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion

Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.2%

Purchased at: Roommate Dave brought it back from Canada on a road-trip.

What makes this beer different: Lots of flavor for an APA

Will I be drinking this again: I would if it were available in the states!

Grade: B+

9/27/2010: Canada… forever America’s top hat. I keed I keed. My roommate recently went on a business trip through the great white north, and of course I had him stop and grab me some brew that I can’t get in the states. Apparently Canada doesn’t have a big selection at thier 6 pack shops like do in the US, but he still got me a nice variety.

The nose of Hoptical Illusion (awesome name by the way) is mostly bready, with some fruity hops. The flavor has a great balance of malt/hops; Pale and bready malts, with some citrus (almost apricot like) and floral hops. Very crisp for the style. Average carbonation and mouthfeel, with a lot of carbonation. Also a bit creamy for the style. Good job on this one Canadia!

Picture of the day: Very witty and appropro (sp?) baseball illustration.

Published in: on September 27, 2010 at 8:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 258/365 – Troeg’s Pale Ale

Troegs Pale Ale

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.4%

Purchased at: Vecenie Beer – Millvale, PA

What makes this beer different: Very very bitter for a Pale Ale

Will I be drinking this again: Probably not, too bitter.

Grade: B-

7/24/2010: I drank this beer at a Pirates tailgate. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a die hard Pittsburgh sports fan, but I have all but given up on the Pirates. Actually I have been trying to avoid going to games completely as if me not going is really going to put a hurting on ownership’s pockets. The only reason I went to this game was because Steve Miller was playing a free concert afterward. But onto the tailgate, it was 97 degrees, and we were sitting on a black asphalt parking lot. I’m not exaggerating when I say this was by far the hottest I have ever ever been in my life. I just sat in my chair and didn’t move.

Usually I email myself notes on a beer through my blackberry as I’m drinking it, but it was way to hot for me to even move on this day. Therefore everything I am about to type is purely from memory. I can’t tell you what this beer smelled like because the air was so thick that nothing would penetrate the humidity. The flavor though was full of VERY bitter hops, with some pale malt in the background. It was well carbonated and relatively light which saved this beer a bit for me. Maybe I was just miserable from the heat, but this beer just didn’t do it for me.

Picture of the day: I see what you did there… also over here.

Beer 210/365 – Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.8%

Purchased at: Parents brought it back from Florida for me.

What makes this beer different: A bit malty for a pale ale, but thats right up my alley.

Will I be drinking this again: Not available near me so based on that fact alone probably not.

Grade: B+

6/6/2010: Another below average quality photo, sorry about that! In my defense though, I was drinking heavily for most of my vacation. So the fuzziness of the picture is about on par with how things looked through my eyes at this point.

Fire Rock smells very hoppy for a pale ale, but the taste doesn’t make you think that. The taste is very sweet with a good bit of caramel malt. The hops are there but they definitely take a back seat to the malt. Mouthfeel is about average, and carbonation is a bit low, which was a big knock on this beer.

Picture of the day: How to piss of a hipster.

Published in: on June 6, 2010 at 10:09 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 201/365 – Three Floyds Pride and Joy

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

ABV: 6.5%

Purchased at: Sent to me in a trade.

What makes this beer different: Smells like an IPA not an APA

Will I be drinking this again: Ummm maybe but I won’t go out of my way for it.

Grade: B

5/28/2010: Hmm this picture came out a lot fuzzier than I wanted it to. I think its time to get a good lens cleaning on the old f1.8/50mm. Anyways onto the brew. Three Floyds has yet to let me down with any of their beers, all of them have been A- or better. But something about this one didn’t do it for me.

Pride and Joy smells WAY too hoppy for an APA. I don’t grade a beer based on how well it fits the style, but to me this beer is an IPA, not an APA. The taste is real hoppy, and the mouthfeel a bit thin to me. I realize this is made to be a “session” type beer, but I still need a little more malt to go on here. Its not even the hops that bother me, but if you are going to throw all these hops at me, I expect there to be a bit more thickness to lay the hops down on. Overall not terrible, but not going out of my way to drink it again.

Picture of the day: Haha isn’t this the truth. Life Before Google.

Published in: on May 28, 2010 at 11:22 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 196/365 – Half Acre Daisy Cutter Pale Ale

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.2%

Purchased at: Sent as an extra in a trade.

What makes this beer different: Very floral/citrusy for an APA

Will I be drinking this again: If they sold it around the burgh, I would say yes.

Grade: A

5/23/2010: This might be one of my favorite pictures so far, the colors turned out awesome. I think I might be trading a bit too much lately for my own good. I am starting to lose track of who sends me what. But if you are the person who sent this to me as an extra, and you are reading this, thanks!

I think there was a lot of truth in advertising with this beer. You get the general idea about the smell and taste from the label; floral hops and grassy. This almost drinks like an IPA, as it is pretty damn hoppy. The hops are crisp and clean, mostly floral, a good bit of citrus, and a nice malt base for it all to rest on. A little bit bubbly but I was drinking this on an 85 degree day, so the carbonation was nice. Overall this beer is just very well put together, and a great great summer beer.

Picture of the day: The new official BP Logo.

Beer 181/365 – Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 6.5%

Purchased at: Northern Beer Traders – West View, PA

What makes this beer different: Very hoppy for a Pale Ale

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: B+

5/8/2010: I am a huge fan of canned craft beer for many reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is portability The cans are also much less intimidating for people trying to get into craft beer. Both of these reasons came in handy because I brought a bunch to a golf scramble that I golfed in this day. Two of the people in my group are Coors light drinkers, so I thought I would bring them some real beer to drink. One liked the Dale’s, the other didn’t. Oh well more beer for the rest of us hah. We ended up finishing second out of 18 teams with a 6 under par. Not bad considering I drank 5-6 of the Dale’s.

Dale’s Pale Ale smells a lot more intimidating than it tastes. Smell is VERY hoppy for a Pale Ale. The taste is also pretty hoppy, but not as much as the smell would lead you to believe. A good bit of caramel malt helps push the hops back a bit. Actually to be honest if I didn’t know any better I would have assumed this was an IPA. Probably the most hops I have ever had in an APA. Overall this probably wasn’t the best beer to try and convert my non-craft drinking buddies, but it probably was my only viable option in a can. Any other good “gateway” canned beers that you can think of that I can bring to the next golf outing?

Picture of the day: I have one million dollars waiting for you.

Published in: on May 8, 2010 at 8:59 am  Comments (4)  
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Beer 131/365 – Three Floyds Alpha King

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 6.0%

Purchased at: Received in a trade

What makes this beer different: A lot of punch for a pale ale

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: A

3/19/2010: Still haven’t had a beer from three floyds that I didn’t like. Therefore I was pretty pumped when I got this bottle in that super bowl poll that I recently won. I actually had two sent to me! Oh and don’t mind the pint glass… it had a label on the back so thats why the top looks dark.

Alpha King smells pretty hoppy, mostly citrus. The flavor is really really good, citrus hops are the dominant flavor, with some caramel malt right behind it. A good bit hoppier than your average pale ale. Orange/tangerine flavor it what to me makes Alpha King different for the style. Mouthfeel is actually a bit lighter than my brain is telling me it should be. I really need to make a trip out to this brewery ASAP. I wish I could go for Dark Lord day buttttt The Big Tap In is that day!

Picture of the day: Anyone need a ride?

Published in: on March 19, 2010 at 8:13 am  Comments (4)  
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Beer 85/365 – Lakefront Cream City Pale Ale

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Purchased at: Siciliano’s Market – Grand Rapids MI

What makes this beer different: Creamy hoppiness

Will I be drinking this again: If I can get my hands on it again (Not distributed to PA)

Grade: A-

2/02/2010: Don’t mind the optical illusion in the picture, its just my blinds were drunk and crooked as hell when I took the picture. Had to pick this one up while I was in Michigan since you can’t get it here in the burgh. I pretty much just told the lady at the bottleshop to point me to some good beer from the area and this was one of them.

If you like Caramel malt and a nice dose of hops, this beer is right up your alley. I could smell the hops from three feet away as I was pouring this, which is unusual for an APA. Taste is very good for a pale ale, a style that is usually devoid of any real flavor. An even balance of hops, and malt, with an earthiness to it. The mouthfeel is true to the name and creamy as hell. This is the type of beer I could drink one after another and not even realize it.

Funny Picture of the day: Anyone up for some beeropoly?. Some questionable beer choices for properties though.

Published in: on February 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm  Comments (4)  
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