Beer 391/365 – Piraat Ale

Piraat Ale

Style: Belgian IPA

ABV: 10.5%

Purchased at: Sharp Edge – Pittsburgh, PA

What makes this beer different: Pretty much a go to for the Belgian IPA Style

Will I be drinking this again: Yup, great beer all around

Grade: A

4/21/2011: Ugh, last day at the job I have had for the last two years. I thought this was my last stop, and I would be here for the long haul, but the economy has reared its ugly head. Taking a nice week vacation to visit my buddy Donnie in Ocean City. Going to hit up Dogfish Head Taproom in Rehoboth, and Evolution Brewing right outside of OC. I will still be updating though!

Love the Belgian IPA style, although more styles aren’t quite hoppy enough for me. I never thought i would say that before I started this website because I used to HATE hop flavor. The nose of Piraat is mostly classic Belgian yeast, malt, and only a little bit of hops. The flavor is very unique, orchard fruit, straw, spice, and some citrusy type hops. Again still could use a big more hops in my humble opinion. The mouthfeel is right on for the style, and goes down VERY easy for a 10.5%ABV beer. Would have given this an A+ if there were a bit more hops in the mix.

Picture of the day: Chose your college major wisely.

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Published in: on April 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm  Comments (1)  
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Beer 390/365 – Great Lakes Doppelrock

Great Lakes Dopplerock

Style: Dopplebock

ABV: 7.8%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Very fruity for a doppelbock

Will I be drinking this again: Yes I would like to try this from the bottle.

Grade: B+

4/18/2011: Great Lakes is a very good brewery in my opinion. Almost all of their beers are what I would call “solid”, and great examples of their respective styles. You usually aren’t going to find anything really off the wall from them, but I can appreciate that. What I am trying to say is that Great Lakes is the exact opposite of a Short’s Brewing or Three Floyd’s in their approach to flavors in beer. Also apologies for the terrible picture again, but this Thursday I will be back to good pictures as I just edited about 30 photos from the Nikon..

The nose is full of malt, dark bread and toffee. The flavor to my surprise has lot of a plum/raisin/fig type thing going on. The caramel/toffee/sweet malts are there, but not as much as in the nose. Very surprising because usually I can pick up the dominant flavors in the nose, but no sign of fruit in the smell. Doppelrock also has this smokey milk type thing going on. Yes I know this is an odd description for a beer flavor, but not sure how else to put it into words. The body is a little under carbed, but still about right for the style. Overall a pretty good beer, but the milky flavor knocked it out of the A- range for me.

Picture of the day: Yup it must be tax season.

Beer 389/365- Pelican Pub India Pelican Ale

Pelican Pub India Pelican Ale

Style: American IPA

ABV: 7.5%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: One of the hoppier IPAs I’ve had in a long time

Will I be drinking this again: Meh, it was good but not worth trading for.

Grade: B+

4/14/2011: Had this beer on the day I brewed my fourth batch of beer. This was my first time trying a recipe that was completely “freestyled”. I wanted to make a hybrid between two of my favorite beers of all time; Three Floyds Gumballhead, and Flying Dog Raging Bitch. I basically found a good clone recipe of each, cut them in half, combined them, and added a little bit of citra hop. This beer actually turned out pretty good, and hopefully we kick the keg this weekend during opening day of trout.

Onto the beer… Indian Pelican Ale has a very hop forward nose, a lot of grapefruit, and some pine. Long time readers of my site know how much I hate piney flavored hops. The flavor again is very hop forward, although not as piney as it was in the smell. Lots of grapefruit, some citrus, and pine in the mix. I wish there was a bit more maltiness going on, but there is just enough for this beer to be considered good. The mouth-feel is a little light for the style, probably due to the aforementioned lack of malt. Overall a pretty good beer, just needs a little more body to it.

Picture of the day: Women’s purses are like a black hole.

Beer 388/365 – Affligem Noel

Affligem Noel

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

ABV: 9.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman, OH

What makes this beer different: Not much just a great holiday beer

Will I be drinking this again: Probably yes, the price tag was not bad at $9 for the big bottle.

Grade: A-

4/11/2011: Kind of a bitter-sweet day for me today. Just put in my two weeks at my current employer. Excited about the new job, but going to miss the people at my current job. Oh well you gotta do what you gotta do right? Either way this is a good excuse to open up a beer tonight.

The nose is really complex, caramel sweetness, some spice, some wood, and dark fruits. Lots of flavors going on here, but I’m not sure I can put my finger on all of them; dark fruit, caramel, clove, a little bit of chocolate, and some earthiness. Interesting combo of flavors, but wish it was a tiny bit sweeter (its a little dry). The alcohol is hidden pretty well, but the body could use thickening up just a little bit as well. Overall the flavor is there, just wish it wasn’t as dry and a bit thicker. Very unique though!

Picture of the day: A solution to the upcoming zombie apocalypse.

Beer 387/365 – Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck Russian Imperial Stout

Duck Rabbit Rabid Duck Russian Imperial Stout

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 10.00%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: Not too much, just a solid beer.

Will I be drinking this again: Yup I got another one in the basement

Grade: A-

4/7/2011: I haven’t had too many beers from Duck-Rabbit yet, but the ones I have had are very good. Their milk stout is one of my favorite, if not my favorite milk stout out there. I’ve got some of their baltic porter in the basement as well. Maybe I will crack one of those open this week.

The nose is pretty typical for a Russian Imperial, dark chocolate mostly, some coffee and dark malt. The flavor is classic RIS, dark chocolate, some coffee, and a nice alcohol punch. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy for the style, and low carbonation. Sometimes I admit I get a bit caught up the the “American” Imperial stouts that add all kinds of crazy ingredients, and forget about how good a simple Russian Imperial Stout can be. What makes a RIS good in my opi9nion lies in the simplicity of the beer, not the uniqueness. Good beer for sure.

Picture of the day: Accidental Penis?

Beer 386/365 – Victory V-Twelve

Victory V Twelve

Style: Quadruple

ABV: 12.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Possibly the best domestic brewed Belgian style beer I’ve ever had. Also very affordable at $8 for the big bottle.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes I need to pick up a couple bottles for the basement.

Grade: A

4/4/2011: In case you missed my memo last week I will be updating the site every Monday and Thursday. I realized that arbitrarily updating meant I was updating bi-weekly at best. Anyways sorry for the blurry picture. I took 3 of this beer, and didn’t realize they all turned out like crap. Oh well can’t hit a home run every time.

I’ve heard great things about this beer and finally found some out at Vintage Estate. The smell is mostly orchard fruit (pears, apples), and actually a good bit of booze. Here is hoping the alcohol doesn’t come through in the taste. The flavor is great; apples, some citrus (maybe orange?), clove, rock candi, and some kind of sweet spice which I’m going to guess is cinnamon. Tons of great flavor, and the alcohol is masked very well. This beer excels where most American brewed Belgians fail; the creamy mouthfeel. Great mouthfeel to this beer, and almost exactly like a true Belgian. Heavy but smooth at the same time. Would love to know what kind of yeast strain they used on this. If you haven’t tried this yet do yourself a favor and hunt down a bottle.

Picture of the day: Driving an Automatic vs Manual vs Motorcycle

Published in: on April 4, 2011 at 9:55 am  Leave a Comment  

Beer 385/365- 21st Amendment Fireside Chat

21st Amendment Fireside Chat

Style: Winter Warmer

ABV: 7.9%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: Ugh, this beer is a sloppy mess.

Will I be drinking this again: Nope, its been a while since I’ve had a beer this bad.

Grade: C-

3/31/2011: Anyone who has followed my site for a while knows I love canned craft beer. I haven’t had much from 21st amendment yet, but what I have had was pretty damn good for a Belgiain in a can (Monks Blood). So here is hoping that this one is good!

The nose of this beer is actually really nice; bready, caramel, some chocolate… So far so good. The first sip is… confusing? The first thing you get is sharp sour lemons, then some caramel and breadiness. The sourness is not an infected sour taste, but straight up lemons. Very odd. The mouthfeel falls short as well, very light for the ABV. Boozy as well. If you see it on the shelves be sure to avoid this one.

Picture of the day: Gotta hate when the hand turkey appears.

Beer 384/365 – Dogfish Head Burton Baton

Dogfish Head Burton Baton

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 10%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Very malty, I have a feeling this was a bit old.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes i want to try it fresh

Grade: B+

3/28/2011: My first schedule Monday update! I now have my google calendar set to remind me every Mon and Thur to update. I’m usually doing 982,734 things at once during a typical work day, so this should help kick my ass into gear. Anyways onto the review.

The nose is not nearly as hoppy as I thought it would be, it was more sweet like a light ABV barleywine. That being said there are some citrus hop notes in the smell. The flavor is really good, but again doesn’t remind me a lot of a DIPA. A lot of caramel malt, some earthy hops, a hint of wood, and the finish is a little boozy. Actually this reminds me of what a “105 minute IPA” would taste like (half 90 minute, half 120 minute). Actually after just reading some of the reviews apparently this is not due to the beer being old like I suspected, most people actually feel the same about this being very malty. A bit heavy/sticky on the mouthfeel. All that being said this tasted great, just wouldn’t consider it an Imperial IPA.

Picture of the day: Sounds like a fun date to me!

Updates will be every Monday and Thursday

Okay so I realize I have been completely slacking since I ended the official 365 beers, but I decided I want to be a little more consistent. So now I will update every Monday and Thursday with a new beer. I have about 30 beers with photos and notes that have not been updated, but just haven’t had time to update. I actually put a little reminder on my calendar on my phone to update every Monday/Thursday so you will be sure to see something on both days.

In the mean time, have you been drinking anything new and interesting? I am looking to try something new and would like some suggestions.

Cheers!

Published in: on March 23, 2011 at 7:47 am  Comments (8)  

Beer 383/365 – The Bruery Autumn Maple

The Bruery Autumn Maple

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

ABV: 10.5%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: The first beer I have ever tried that was brewed with Yams…

Will I be drinking this again: I have another bottle in the basement, it was a little hot so hopefully some age will tame it a bit.

Grade: A-

3/22/2011: Let it be known that I will try any beer that has maple in it. I LOVE maple flavor. It also helps that they use yams in this because sweet potatoes/yams are right up my alley as well. You might see a blurry face in the reflection of the window behind the beer, and that would be my good friend Donnie who I split the beer with.

I was expecting a lot of maple in the nose, but there was zero. Lots of spice, nutmeg and cinnamon maybe? Also something fruity. The flavor is great, but not what I was expecting. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove are the front runners. Maple is there but to be honest I’m not sure if I would have picked it out if i had not known it was in the beer. Lots of caramel flavor as well. Everything about this beer is great except for the mouthfeel, and strong alcohol bite. The mouthfeel is a bit light for such a high ABV. Overall though I’ll bet this beer will be great with some age.

Picture of the day: I can already tell this chick is going to make a great mother.