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 244/365 – Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Lager

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Lager

Style: Dortmunder Gold

ABV: 5.80%

Purchased at: TGI Fridays – Sandusky OH

What makes this beer different: Very unimpressive looking, but a lot of clean crisp flavor.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: A-

7/10/2010: I figured since I was spending the weekend in Ohio, I might as well continue drinking beer from the Buckeye state. Today the girlfriend and I decided to go to Soak Zone, and Cedar Point. Sixty bucks for both for the day, pricey but the coasters are worth it. Soak Zone though, just average. For the Pittsburgh readers lets just say sandcastle is just as good if not better.

The Dortmunder did not have a lot of smell to it, maybe a little bit of grain. First sip reminds me of a pilsener, but much more drinkable and a bit more malt. The one word I would use to describe this lager is balanced. Nice crisp hops, just enough sweet malt, and finishes off very dry. The dry finish makes this a great summer beer and very drinkable. If I wasn’t about to go ride a bunch of roller coasters, I would for sure get another pint.

Picture of the day: My penis s a goat.

Beer 243/365 – Great Lakes Lorelei Dunkelweizen

Great Lakes Lorelei Dunkelweizen

Style: Dunkelweizen

ABV: 5.10%

Purchased at: Great Lakes Brewery – Cleveland Ohio

What makes this beer different: One of the doughiest tasting beers ever.

Will I be drinking this again: I wish they bottled the stuff, but they don’t so probably not.

Grade: A

7/9/2010: Decided to take a weekend away with the girlfriend to the great mistake by the lake: Cleveland Ohio. Okay seriously I feel bad for the city though, they just lost Lebron James to the Miami Heat. Lebron was literally the only thing this city had sports-wise. We were there the day after the announcement, and great lakes already started brewing a beer called “Quitness;” A dry hopped ipa that will leave a bitter aftertaste.

I always scratched my head when I read reviews on Beer Advocate describing beer as doughy, but I now understand without question. It smells a lot like when you roll out fresh dough for bread, and a bit nutty. The flavor is like taking a bite into a slice of banana bread right out of the oven. Fresh grains, banana, a little bit of nuttiness, a hint of vanilla, and some fresh hops in the background. The mouth-feel is perfect for the style, medium to medium heavy. Great Lakes doesn’t offer a lot of brewpub exclusives, but this one made up for the lack of selection. Very tasty.

Picture of the day: Haha tell me that this isn’t the truth.

Published in: on July 9, 2010 at 10:39 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 234/365 – Hoppin Frog Turbo Shandy

hoppin frog turbo shandy

Style: Fruit / Vegetable beer

ABV: 7.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Very refreshing citrusy summer drink. Its like mellow yellow meets wheat beer.

Will I be drinking this again: Probably yes. Especially on a hot summer day.

Grade: B

6/30/2010: Hoppin Frog brewery is known for their big beers; Doris, Boris, Triple IPA etc. Apparently head brewer Fred Karm’s wife isn’t a fan of the aforementioned beers, so he told her he would make any style off beer she wanted. Rumor has it she suggested a light summery beer, and alas Turbo Shandy was born.

Turbo Shandy pours out like a lemon soda. Very carbonated to the point where the bubbles pop similar to how a fountain drink would. Smell is lemony and sugary. Has anyone ever tried Tequiza? The flavor reminds me a lot of this. Very lemony, and very very carbonated. The malts add a different depth to the beer, which I think makes it more drinkable than a typical soda. Although this is more on the soda end than it is on the beer end. I had this right after taking a jog, so I thought it was real refreshing. I’m sure purists will hate this, but it really hit the spot on a 90 degree day.

Picture of the day: Apparently beauty is more than skin deep.

Published in: on June 30, 2010 at 8:42 am  Leave a Comment  
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