Beer 322/365 – Great Divide Hoss

Great Divide Hoss

Style: Marzen

ABV: 6.2%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman, OH

What makes this beer different: A bit of earthy/pepper thing going on for the style.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes next fall I will pick up a 6 pack I’m sure.

Grade: A-

9/26/2010: I really don’t think that Great Divide makes a beer that I do not like, well not that I have tried thus far. I plan on breaking open their Barrel Aged Yeti very soon. I will probably dig into the cellar to try and knock off a bunch of top 100 beers from BeerAdvocate. Oh and sorry for the Steeler’s glass but I did drink this on a Sunday :).

The nose of Hoss is a bit hoppier than your typical Marzen/Oktoberfest. The flavor is an awesome three-way balance between sweet bready malt, earthy/pepper type kick (from the rye), and noble hops. Each sip seems to rotate between the three. The mouthfeel and carbonation are right in the middle, and it finishes on the dry end of the scale. Lots of flavor in this beer.

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Published in: on September 26, 2010 at 8:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 293/365 – Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils

Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yella Pils

Style: Czech Pilsener

ABV: 5.3%

Purchased at: Vecenie Distibuting – Pittsburgh PA

What makes this beer different: Its my go to beer to take with me on golf outings. One of the few canned craft beers that non-craft beer drinkers really like.

Will I be drinking this again: Next time I golf!

Grade: B+

8/28/2010: I bought a case of this back in the beginning of the month for my birthday gold scramble. This was the favorite of the canned beers I bought. The others were Sly Fox Royal Weisse, and Bud Light Lime… Yes Bud Light Lime. I won’t lie I like having one or two BLL’s on a hot summers day. Sidenote: I actually drank this before a Stone Templ Pilots concert, and they were terrible live. One of my favorite bands growing up, but they just don’t have the same mojo.

The nose is slightly grassy and spicy. The malt profile is mostly bready, a bit of grassiness and a touch of spice. Something a little fruity is in the mix, the best I can tell its a little lemony. Whatever the flavor is I like it, very unique for a Pilsener. Body is a little less than medium, but nice carbonation. Very crisp and drinkable.

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Published in: on August 28, 2010 at 9:57 am  Comments (1)  
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Beer 287/365 – Left Hand Sawtooth Ale

Left Hand Sawtooth Ale

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

ABV: 5.3%

Purchased at: Firewaters – Atlantic City NJ

What makes this beer different: Had this weird barleywine type kick to it.

Will I be drinking this again: No

Grade: B-

8/22/2010: Today was my buddies bachelor party in Atlantic City. We showed up to firewater’s bar a little later than everyone around 1pm. Pretty cool little place with 50 taps, but the prices were not to friendly. I guess that is to be expected in a tourist town.

The nose on Saw Tooth is very mild, some caramel graininess. Really strong flavors for an ESB, biscuit, caramel, grainy, and a big bitter earthiness to it. This is by far the most bitter of any ESB I have ever tried, too bitter in my opinion. Average mouthfeel and carbonation. I will admit this isn’t my favorite style in the first place, but this beer was below average as well.

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Beer 274/365 – Avery Karma

Avery Karma

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

ABV: 5.2%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Doesn’t represent the style in the least.

Will I be drinking this again: No sir, no sir I don’t like it.

Grade: C+

8/9/2010: Picked this one up on a whim because I have never heard of it and the label was pretty nifty looking. I keep telling myself to stop buying beer you know nothing about, because most of the time there is a reason you have never heard of it. Oh well it was only $1.69.

Karma smells pretty malty for a BPA, lots of caramel malt. Not a whole lot to the flavors, full of caramel malt, a little bit of citrus, and no hops to speak of. The mouthfeel is where they really failed on this one. Its almost as if Avery Brewing didn’t even use a belgian yeast for this beer. If I was drinking this blindfolded I would have never guessed this to be a Belgian Pale Ale. Average mouthfeel and well carbonated, but not the kind of carbonation you typically get in a Belgian. Avoid Avery Karma if possible.

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Published in: on August 9, 2010 at 8:12 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 270/365 – Great Divide 16th Anniversary Wood Aged IPA

Great Divide 16th Anniversary

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 10.0%

Purchased at: On Tap@Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: The first wood aged IPA I have ever tried, not too shabby!

Will I be drinking this again: Bought a bomber of it so yes!

Grade: B

8/5/2010: Yet another 45 minute trip to my mecca, Vintage Estate in Boardman OH. This time the “excuse” was for a vertical Stone RIS tasting; 2006-2010. For $20 you recieved 4oz samples of Vertical Epic 09, Stone RIS 06-10, and Double Bastard. Its pretty amazing how different each year tasted, and as expected the 2006 RIS was the stand out. I bought a bottle to take home for $17.95, which actually isn’t all that bad for how good it was. I bought the GD anniversary ale AFTER tasting all these beers, so admittedly my palette may have been somewhat blown at this point.

16th Anniversary smells very malty for a double IPA. Not too much of the wood comes through in the flavor, to be honest I’m not sure I would have been able to pick it out if “wood” wasn’t in the name. The flavor is mostly sweet malt, with not too much hop presence at first. Once the beer warms some oily pine/grapefruit hop starts poking through. Not quite enough carbonation to this, and it could have used it because it was pretty syrupy. Overall not bad, but I bought a bottle to try on its own so I can give this a bit more of a fair assessment.

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Published in: on August 5, 2010 at 11:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 262/365 – Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti

Great Divide Chocolate Yeti

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.5%

Purchased at: On tap@Fatheads – Pittsburgh PA

What makes this beer different: First stout that I could actually taste chili’s in. But it works well!

Will I be drinking this again: Yes I have a couple aging in the basement.

Grade: A

7/28/2010: Earlier this year I made a post asking for feedback on how to sample all four aged yeti’s, but up until today I have yet to try any of them. I also wanted an excuse to go to fatheads to try their headhunter IPA, which was also amazing. I will go back down to drink it on its own soon so I can do a detailed review on it.

Chocolate Yeti is a very complex beer. The smell is full of roasted malt, and some bitter chocolate. The flavor starts with bitter bitter chocolate, sweet vanilla, some woody oak, and finishes off with a little bit of dry chili pepper flavor. Its a roller coaster of flavors with crazy twists and turns, but when the ride is over you are really glad you were on board. Medium mouthfeel, with only a little bit of carbonation. This really makes me want to crack open the other three yetis sometime soon (espresso, oak, and barrel aged). Try this beer if you get the chance!

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Published in: on July 28, 2010 at 8:49 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 254/365 – New Belgium Fat Tire

new belgium fat tire

Style: American Amber

ABV: 5.2%

Purchased at: Sent as an extra in a trade

What makes this beer different:

Will I be drinking this again: Just an easy drinking beer, with not too much special going on.

Grade: B

7/20/2010: I would venture to say that this is one of the best selling beers to come out of Colorado. When I visited Denver a few years back this was one of the few beers I had actually heard of. At that time I was into craft beer, but not even 1/10 as much as I am now. I find it funny that a brewery named “New Belgium” has a best selling beer that isn’t even a Belgian. Odd.

More times than not a beer has different characteristics in the nose and flavor, but not this beer. The smell and flavor are exactly the same. Biscuit, toasty, and malty. Floral hops are way way in the background, but they are there. The flavors are nice, but nothing special. A tiny bit of a bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium mouth feel, with nice carbonation. This beer is the PERFECT gateway beer to convert your non-beer-snob friends into craft beer.

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Published in: on July 20, 2010 at 12:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 228/365 – New Belgium Ranger IPA

New Belgium Ranger IPA

Style: American IPA

ABV: 6.5%

Purchased at: I can’t even remember where I got this bottle from.

What makes this beer different: The whitest head I have ever seen on a beer. A little too bitter for me

Will I be drinking this again: Probably not, not balanced enough for my liking.

Grade: B-

6/24/2010: New Belgium is brewed in one of the best states for craft beer; Colorado. They are best known for their Amber Ale known as Fat Tire. Would love to get enough free time to make it back out there to visit my buddy Kevin, and drive all over the state visiting breweries. If only I had enough money to retire at the ripe old age of…27.

As I mentioned above, ranger has the cleanest whitest looking head I have ever seen on a beer. Almost like soap bubbles. It smells very tropical. The taste feature my arch enemy, pine flavored hops. This doesn’t always kill a beer completely for me, but its not my favorite flavor in the world thats for sure. Thankfully there’s a decent bit of tropical flavors going on, but not enough malt for all these hops to lay out. It’s very sticky and resinous. I am sure some hop-heads would like this beer, but its just too bitter for this guy.

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Published in: on June 24, 2010 at 11:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 193/365 – Great Divide Saint Bridget’s Porter

Style: American Porter

ABV: 5.9%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Not much, but just a very good Porter.

Will I be drinking this again: Apparently they are retiring this beer?

Grade: B+

5/20/2010: Yet another Great Divide beer. This time My tall ginger friend Kevin was not responsible for me getting this beer. I bought it at Vintage Estate last week. I also ended up finding some 2008 Stone RIS, and 2002 12th Anniversary Stone Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout on his shelves. I couldn’t help myself and ended up buying about a half dozen of each.

Its a shame they are retiring this beer because I think its pretty damn good. It smells like a light roasted coffee, with some caramel splashed in. The taste is a very smooth roast coffee flavor, and hops actually make a little bit of an appearance also. Mouthfeel is medium, but very smooth, and perfectly carbonated. Grab up a couple before they retire it for good!

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Published in: on May 20, 2010 at 8:53 am  Comments (1)  
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Beer 191/365 – Oskar Blues Gubna

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 10.0%

Purchased at: House of 1000 Beers – New Kensington PA

What makes this beer different: Smells like Body Odor, tastes like onions.

Will I be drinking this again: Hell no

Grade: C-

5/18/2010: I have yet to be disappointed by any of Oskar Blue’s beers so far. Ten Fidy, Old Chub, Dale’s Pale Ale… all good stuff. Apparently Gubna is a beer you either love or hate. Kind of like bleu cheese; you either love it or hate it. Gubna only uses one type of hop (Summit), which is pretty atypical for any kind of IPA these days.

I crack it open, and honestly it smells like body odor. You know that smell that gets stuck to you anytime you eat anything with onion? That smell was present also. The taste was again, onion and garlic, and a little tiny bit of a normal hop flavor. Tons of malts made this very thick and goopy. I can appreciate a beer that tries to be different, but this was a bit painful getting down. I love onion and will eat it with almost anything, but I don’t want that flavor in my beer.

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Published in: on May 18, 2010 at 10:27 am  Comments (1)  
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