Beer 285/365 – Evolution Summer Session Ale

Evolution Summer Session

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 4.6%

Purchased at: Market Street – Salisbury MD

What makes this beer different: Can’t hold a candle to the best examples of this style (gumball head, little sumpin sumpin)

Will I be drinking this again: No way

Grade: C+

8/20/2010: Okay so truth be told I had no intentions on this being my beer for the day. I drove down to Salisbury Maryland right after work on this Friday, and brought a few bottles with me also. I ordered this on a whim at this random bar when we got into town, and we ended up doing a bunch of these crazy shots called “Hinkles.” Lets just say I ended up sleeping half of the night on the bathroom floor, therefore I was in no state of mind when we got back to the condo to pour a beer and give it a serious review. Which is also why there is no photo of this beer (sorry about that). I guess its a good thing I did drink this beer, because I would have missed my beer for the day. I would be pretty pissed if I messed this all up after 284 consecutive days with a new beer.

Again I did not pay a ton of attention to the characteristics of this beer, so sorry for the half assed review. The flavor was very light compared to others in the style, little to no hops in the mix. A little bit of citrus, and a little bit of pepperyness. I honestly had no idea that this was an APWA while drinking it. I would have assumed it was a witbier from the flavors. Overall there was not a lot of flavor going on, and they flavors that were there just didn’t jive.

Picture of the day: Time traveling cat.

Beer 282/365 – Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale

Lagunitas Little Sumpin  Sumpin Ale

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 7.3%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: A bit strong for a APWA, but this is a welcome change.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, this is now one of mt favorite summer beers.

Grade: A

8/17/2010: American Pale Wheat Ale was a style I have never even heard of before starting this blog, but I am glad I decided to try a few brews from this style. It is quickly becoming my favorite style of beer for the summer. If you gave me a mix of this beer, Raging Bitch, and Gumball Head for the summer I think I would be a happy camper. Thanks to reader Chris for suggesting this beer to me.

Little Sumpin Sumpin doesn’t have any sign of wheat in the nose, its pretty much all about hops. The flavor is similar to the smell, tons of juicy hop flavor without being too bitter. Lots of citrus/grapefruit like flavors, with only a little bit of a hint of wheat. A year ago I would have hated a beer with this type of flavor profile, but I am really starting to appreciate the flavor a good batch of hops can gives to a brew. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy for the style, and very well carbonated. Pleasantly surprised by this one.

Picture of the day: Texas Sized

Beer 240/365 – Troeg’s Dream Weaver Wheat

Troegs Dreamweaver Wheat

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 4.8%

Purchased at: Vecenie’s Distributing – Millvale PA

What makes this beer different: Not very hoppy at all for a Pale Wheat Ale, but very drinkable

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, bought a mix case.

Grade: B+

7/6/2010: Picked up a couple mix packs for the Lesnar vs. Carwin fight. Decided on a mix case of Troeg’s and Smuttynose. Pretty much everything but the Shoal’s Pale Ale and Sunshine Pils were gone by the end of the night. I had a 6 pack left of gumball head also, so I threw those into the mix. Needless to say that is what ran out first.

I had no idea Dream Weaver Wheat was an American Pale Wheat Ale when I first drank it. It hits me more as a hefe weizen for sure. The smell is tons of banana, and the flavor is much of the same, with a hint of clove. It also has a peppery kick to it as well. The mouthfeel is a bit light for the style, and well carbonated. But both of the aforementioned qualities are good things for a summer beer in my opinion.

Picture of the day: It looks like you are installing windows.

Beer 233/365 – Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale

goose island 312 wheat

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 4.2%

Purchased at: Siciliano’s Market – Grand Rapids MI

What makes this beer different: Lots of honey for a Pale Wheat Ale, but little to no hops in the mix.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes I actually liked this one a lot.

Grade: B+

6/29/2010: In case you missed it, President Obama recently settled a World Cup bet with Prime Minister David Cameron of England. Each respective leader bet that their team would win in their recent world cup match. The game ended in a tie so they decided to still make a trade off. Obama gave the Prime Minister a “312 beer,” and David Cameron gave the President a bottle of Hobgoblin. Kind of disappointing that The President called it “312 Beer,” but still cool to see craft beer in the hands our commander in chief.

Similar to many other Pale Wheat Ales, there is not a lot of smell going on with 312 Wheat. Smells like a typical wheat beer, just very subdued. I might be crazy for thinking this, but the first non-wheat flavor I got was honey. I actually had my roommate taste it as well to be sure I wasn’t crazy, but he right off the bat without me suggesting it said he tasted honey. Weird because out of all the reviews I read on BeerAdvocate, no one mentions honey. Oh well I guess thats what makes beer tasting fun right? Very subjective. Anyways not a whole lot of other flavors going on here, a tiny bit of hop presence but not much. Its very light bodied, which is okay because I am drinking this right as I got home from my adult league soccer game. Very refreshing. Overall its a good beer, its just missing something.

Picture of the day: See Cara, this is why I won’t go watch twilight in the theaters with you. haha.

Published in: on June 29, 2010 at 8:08 am  Comments (3)  
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Beer 226/365 – Sweetwater Sch’weat Wheat Ale

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 4.7%

Purchased at: Sent to me as an extra

What makes this beer different: A really drinkable summer beer.

Will I be drinking this again: If it was available in this area I sure would.

Grade: B+

6/22/2010: Had this beer sent to me as an extra in a trade I did recently. Traded a growler of Monkey Boy from East End Brewery, for a Hunahpu. Been trying to trade for a Hunahpu for a long time now so I was pretty excited to fall into this trade. I also recently traded 3 2010 Dark Lords for a 2007 and a 2008 Dark Lord. Got real lucky to respond to that thread on BA before anyone else did.

Had no idea what to expect with this beer as I have never heard of it. It smells very lemony, and moderately hoppy. The taste is actually very unique, a lot of lemon flavor, some spiciness, and an average amount of hops. Its a very crisp and refreshing beer to be sure. Its very light bodied and carbonated beer, which makes it perfect for summer. Kind of surprised that this only rates a B- on Beer Advocate. Hey to each their own right?

Picture of the day: The most convincing argument for athiesm ever.

Beer 157/365 – Southern Tier Hop Sun

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 4.9%

Purchased at: 3 Sons Dogs n Suds – Wexford PA

What makes this beer different: Great summer beer. Pale Wheat Ale’s might be my new go to summertime brew.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, although I am hoping Three Floyds gets their paperwork through to sell in Ohio ASAP. If that happens I will be buying gumball head by the trunk full.

Grade: B+

4/14/2010: Southern Tier is one of my favorite breweries because of the awesome imperial stouts they brew. Creme Brulee, Jahva, Mokah, Chokolat.. all great beers and all taste just as advertised. When I want a flavored stout I don’t want to have to search for the flavors, and with Southern Tier its like playing hide n seek with the neighborhood fat kid who isn’t exactly the stealthiest guy around. I haven’t had many of their non-stout beers and this one sucked me in with the shiny summertime labeling.

For as light and transparent as this beer is, is sure has a strong floral hop aroma to it. The taste is tons of floral hops, and some tangy zesty lemon action going on. Unfortunately there isn’t much wheat to malt balance in Hop Sun. There is much more sweet pale malts that wheat it seems like. Super light mouthfeel with above average carbonation makes this a great summer time beer. If only the malt/wheat had a little better balance (like gumball head), and a little bit thicker of a mouthfeel to it, this beer would have been an A-.

Picture of the day: Wow what a combination. I might have to stop by this place next time I need to stock up on beer.

Published in: on April 14, 2010 at 12:31 pm  Comments (5)  
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Beer 142/365 – Three Floyds Gumballhead

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 4.8%

Purchased at: Won via superbowl block poll on Beeradvocate

What makes this beer different: Might be the most sessionable beer ever.

Will I be drinking this again: I hope I will be soon since they are supposed to be licensed to tell in Ohio soon.

Grade: A+

3/30/2010: Wow, if anyone ever tells you updating a blog daily is easy, they were lying to you. Sorry for the delay in updates but I am still going strong, just busy with the holidays and whatnot. Onto the beer. Is this not one of the coolest looking labels ever? Not sure what the cracked out cat is supposed to symbolize, but if anyone knows please fill me in.

I have been wanting to try this beer for a very long time now, and finally had it sent to me when I won the block poll on Beer Advocate. PERFECT three way balance of wheat, hops, and malt in the aroma and taste. Not one of the three aforementioned flavors dominated, like a three headed yin-yang. The hop flavor is mostly lemony citrus, and some grapfruit. The wheat gives this beer a near perfect mouthfeel for a lighter style beer. Wheat and hops are a perfect mix in this one, and I am going to try my damnedest to find a case of this for opening day of fishing in a couple weeks. Gumballhead has no doubt found a place on my top ten list

Picture of the day: Haha this happens to me all the time at work .

Published in: on March 30, 2010 at 9:58 pm  Comments (6)  
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