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 279/365 – Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier

Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier

Style: Kristalweizen

ABV: 5.4%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: I would describe this as a “hefeweizen light”

Will I be drinking this again: Yes this was a good summertime drink

Grade: B+

8/14/2010: Does this picture look distorted to you? It kind of hurts my brain. Anyways thanks so much to Mike from BonBeer for suggesting this beer to me. It is my first Kristalweizen ever. To be honest its the first time I have ever even heard of the style so I had to look it up.

A filtered version of a Hefeweizen, showcasing bright and clear bodies from pale straw to light amber. Overall character will be more clean and softer on the palate, and the common banana and phenols will be more subtle.

Well this certainly is one of the most transparent colored wheat beers I have ever drank. The smell is not very prominent, all I really get is wheat. The flavors are very soft, but nice. Mostly classic yeasty wheat flavors, slightly tangy, and a little kick of clove. The mouthfeel is actually really nice for how “lite” of a beer this appears to be. Very very well carbonated, which makes this an awesome beer for a hot summer day.

Picture of the day: I don’t know where this building is, but its pretty bad ass.

Published in: on August 14, 2010 at 9:23 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 266/365 – Brooklyn Brown Ale

Brooklyn Brown Ale

Style: American Brown Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: When someone asks me what a typical American Brown Ale should taste like, I would suggest Brooklyn Brown Ale

Will I be drinking this again: Very good for the style, and would definitely drink this again.

Grade: B+

8/1/2010: Brooklyn Brown Ale was one of the very first craft beers I ever tried. Sadly I don’t think I have had this since the years when I first started drinking craft beer (no earlier than 21 of course). Even though this only has the 4th most reviews for beers from Brooklyn Brewery, I would venture a guess that this is probably their best seller behind the Brooklyn Lager. What do you guys think? This is based on nothing other than my crazy assumptions.

There is not much nose to this brown ale, just a little bit of sweet malt. The flavor is lightly toasted malt, a bit bready, and a little nutty. A lot of “beer snobs” don’t like this beer because it doesn’t knock you over with flavor, but to me a brown ale really isn’t supposed to do that. The mouthfeel is a bit light for the style, but it goes along with the light flavors. Very drinkable and well carbonated. A very good gateway beer for your friends who might only drink “light” beers.

Picture of the day: Apparently Canadian children area bit more advanced than US children.

Beer 256/365 – Leute Bok

Leute Bok

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

ABV: 8.20%

Purchased at: On tap@Sharp Edge Brasserie – McMurray PA

What makes this beer different: Light bodied for a BSPA, but still flavorful

Will I be drinking this again: It was pricey but probably yes.

Grade: A

7/22/2010: Met up with my buddy Ryan and his girlfriend at Sharp Edge for happy hour. Ryan makes some really good homebrew, and helped me through my first batch. I actually will be making a batch in the next couple weeks for my buddies wedding. Probably a franziskaner clone, with some honey malt to make it a little different. I always like to put my own spin on things. Oh and a bit of a side note, this might have been the slickest beer glass ever. There was actually a piece chiseled out of the wood block in the picture, and the bottom of the glass was cone shaped so it could rest IN the block. Therefore if you are a few beers deep, and not paying attention you could easily just set this on the table and spill it all over yourself.

Leute Bok is brewed by the same people who brought us Gulden draak and Piraat Ale, so I am hoping the quality is similar. The nose is nice and fruity, with some charred smoke coming through. The flavor is green apples, cherries, light smoke, and some bakers chocolate. Light body and light flavors but they mix perfect. This is one of the more unique Belgian Strong Dark Ale’s I tried in quite some time.

Picture of the day: Little miss duckface is out of control.

Beer 229/365 – Three Floyd’s Apocalype Cow

Three Floyds apocalypse cow

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 10.0%

Purchased at: Sent to me in a trade

What makes this beer different: Its an Imperial IPA that uses Lactose Milk Sugar (hence the cow on the label)

Will I be drinking this again: Won’t go out of my way for it, but it is unique like all the other Three Floyd’s brew’s.

Grade: B

6/25/2010: Not only does Three Floyd’s always some good beer, but they always have some really cool labeling on their beer. This is kind of what the picture looked like in my head when I heard what this beer was called (apocalypse cow). Are Three Floyd’s trying to say its a sign of the apocalypse that they are using an ingredient in an IPA that is traditionally used in a Stout? Thats the message I am getting.

This beer is probably the freshest off the line IPA I have had to date. It is released in early June, and I am drinking it only a few weeks after it came off the line. My nostrils are getting mauled by hop aroma. There are a lot of aggressive flavors going on here. Lots and lots of hops, a pretty even mix between citrus and pine flavors. A lot of malt, but man these hops are viscous. So bitter I can literally feel it in my chest. There is no way I would have known there was lactose in this unless you told me. Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side. I know most people love their IPA/DIPAs fresh, but the hops in this were just to pungent for me. I think if I were to drink this in August, I might have liked it a bit more.

Picture of the day: True example of fair play.

Published in: on June 25, 2010 at 3:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 222/365 – Dogfish Head Wrath of Pecant

Style: American Brown Ale

ABV: 6.0%

Purchased at: Dogfish Brewpub in Rehoboth

What makes this beer different: First smokey brown ale I have ever had. Wasn’t a huge fan

Will I be drinking this again: I have another bottle but will probably bring it to the next Pittsburgh BA tasting.

Grade: B

6/18/2010: Picked this bad boy up from the brewpub while I was on vacation a few weeks back. One cool thing dogfish does is they make some of their vintage/one-of beers available to people who make the trek to Rehoboth. I also got a couple of 2006 World Wide Stouts. If I remember right this bottle was only $7 bucks? Not too bad for the big bottle.

The smell of Wrath of Pecant is smokey, malty and nutty. The flavor is… unique? I’m not sure how I feel about it. Smoke is the first thing that sticks out, and its a weird meaty smoke. I guess the boatload of malts help balance it to a point… caramel, toffee, lots of brown sugar. This actually is a very sweet beer, but the smoked flavor just doesn’t work here. Oh and not to mention no sign at all of the plantain, carob and pecans mentioned on the label. The body is actually kind of light for how overly sweet this beer is, and it would benefit from a bit more carbonation as well.

Picture of the day: Someone is over-compensating

Published in: on June 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 221/365 – Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.0%

Purchased at: Sent as an extra in a trade

What makes this beer different: Very smooth, drinkable, and light bodied for an Imperial Stout

Will I be drinking this again: If it was available in my area heck yeah.

Grade: A-

6/17/2010: Tis the season for big thick stouts right? Okay maybe not for everyone, but I am down for a good stout 24/7/365. This was sent to me as an extra in a trade, and i usually like to drink those right away for whatever reason. I also received a Sweetwater Sch’wheat which ended up being pretty good. I would like to get my hands on one of their IPA’s as its supposed to be their best beer.

Happy Endings Stout almost smells like a chocolately milk stout in a way, very sweet smelling. The flavor is pretty straight forward, very malty with some bittersweet chocolate, and a little bit of earthy hops in the finish of it. Is it possible for an Imperial Stout to be refreshing? Because in an odd way this one is. Very creamy and smooth, and hides the alcohol very well.

Picture of the day: I used to have a bunch of hermit crabs back in the day, and I gotta say this is a really cool idea.

Published in: on June 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 220/365 – Stone Levitation Ale

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

ABV: 4.4%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Its a little over par for what Stone is capable of IMO.

Will I be drinking this again: Maybe, but I would say probably not as it doesn’t offer something different.

Grade: B

6/16/2010: Stone is well known for using a boatload of hops in most of their beers, and they live up to their reputation with this beer. Well as far as the style is concerned that is. Regarding the style, I actually didn’t know where it fell in before I drank it. This actually almost feels like a lighter bodied hoppy brown ale to me.

Anyways, Levitation Ale smells hoppy and sweet. The taste is not nearly as forward as the smell. There is a good bit of hops going on, and there is this “toasted” flavor that I can’t put my finger on. Its the type of flavor I normally would associate with a brown ale. The beer finishes VERY dry. Maybe my palette is blown out from all these strongly flavored beers I have been drinking lately, but this one did not do a whole lot for me.

Picture of the day: The 20 worst names ever.

Published in: on June 16, 2010 at 11:21 am  Comments (1)  
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