Beer 283/365 – Atwater Dirty Blonde

Atwater Dirty Blonde

Style: Witbier

ABV: 4.5%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Very under malted for a witbier

Will I be drinking this again: Nope

Grade: C+

8/18/2010: Thanks to Brett for suggesting this beer to me. It seems to me Atwater makes either really good beer, or really below average beer. It just seems like there is no middle road with them. I am hoping for the prior with this one. Their Vanilla Java Porter (I’ll try anything with vanilla in the name) used to be one of my favorite beers, but from what I read they have changed that recipe from the original. I haven’t had one in almost 3 years so its hard to say.

All I can smell is orange juice in the nose. The flavor lacks a good malt presence, actually the more I’m drinking this it lacks flavor period. I can appreciate an easy drinking beer, but I want there to be some sort of flavor I can lean on. There is some tartness there, but its not super pleasant. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, and it is under-carbonated. Brett thanks for the suggestion, but next time I’ll take a real life Dirty Blonde over the Fermented beverage version.

Picture of the day: This girl either needs to learn how to use the liquify tool in photoshop correctly, or needs to call a good contractor.

Published in: on August 18, 2010 at 10:04 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 95/365 – Michigan Brewing Screamin’ Pumpkin Spiced Ale

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Purchased at: Siciliano’s Market – Grand Rapids MI

What makes this beer different: Someone put pumpkin pie in a blender and bottled it

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, this might be my new favorite pumpkin beer

Grade: A

2/11/2010: Picked this one up because of a recommendation from the lady at Siciliano’s. I told her currently that O’Fallon’s Pumpkin Ale was my favorite, she said that this one blew it out of the water. I have never heard of it, or tried anything from Michigan Brewing so I figured why not give it a shot.

She was not joking, this beer is amazing. Not sure about you guys but sometimes I don’t feel like swirling a beer around in my mouth to try and find these magical hidden flavors, especially when it comes to fall/winter beers. I like when they are in your face and let you know they are there, which is what Screamin’ Pumpkin does. It smells, tastes, and almost feels like pumpkin pie. I am not exaggerating when I say it feel like someone took a pumpkin pie and put it into a blender and bottled it. If you run into this one next fall, it is a must get.

Funny Picture of the day: Fan’s of The Office should like this one.

Published in: on February 11, 2010 at 9:02 am  Comments (1)  
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