Beer 373/365 – Deschute’s Hop Trip

Deschutes Hop Trip

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: One of the pinier (sp?) APA’s I’ve had

Will I be drinking this again: Won’t go out of my way for it, but it was decent.

Grade: B+

12/27/2010: Weird but I think I am actually now drinking more beer now that the 365 is over. This is probably because I can drink whatever I want, whenever I want. No need to worry about if I will have enough new beer for every day, or if the beer itself is a duplicate. Plus I have a ton of bottles in the basement, might as well drink em!

The nose is very sharp pine hops, and some caramel in the mix as well. The flavor is one of the most hop forward APA’s I have ever tried. Lots of pine, some grapefruit as well. Thankfully there is a good bit of caramel malt for the hops to stand on. Mouthfeel is a bit light. Overall this was a decent beer, but I typically I like my American Pale Ales a bit more malt heavy.

Picture of the day: Did your boyfriend tell you this?

Published in: on December 27, 2010 at 2:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 367/365 – Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar

Style: American Brown Ale

ABV: 6.2%

Purchased at: Giant Eagle Market District – Robinson, PA

What makes this beer different: Tons of nutty flavor.

Will I be drinking this again: Maybe! Very unique.

Grade: B+

11/29/2010: I’ve seen this beer on the shelves for years, but never got around to trying it. To be honest Rogue overall seems to be a bit overrated to me, although I will say their regular chocolate stout is a pretty damn good beer. Other than that I won’t go out of my way for much of their beer.

The nose is without a doubt very nutty, possibly the nuttiest of any brown ale I have ever smelled. Surprisingly the dominant flavor is a nice roasted malt, followed by a good nutty flavor. To be honest I would not have guess it to be hazelnut if I hadn’t known that was the secret ingredient. Also a bit of chocolate and tobacco like flavors in the mix. Hazelnut nectar actually ends up being a bit on the bitter end of the brown ale scale. Medium mouthfeel but a bit syrupy. Overall a pretty decent beer, a bit better than I expected.

Picture of the day: This kid is handicapable.

Published in: on November 29, 2010 at 10:04 pm  Comments (4)  
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Beer 238/365 – Deschutes Black Butte Porter

Deschutes Black Butte Porter

Style: American Porter

ABV: 5.2%

Purchased at: Sent as an extra in a trade.

What makes this beer different: Very drinkable, very chocolaty.

Will I be drinking this again: I wish they sold it here, but if they did I certainly would drink more of it.

Grade: A

7/4/2010: Why did I decide to drink this beer on the fourth of July? Well honestly I didn’t have one. Had this sitting on my “non-agable” shelf for about a month now, and just decided it was time to drink it.

Black Butte has a really clean chocolate smell, with a little bit of earthy hops. The taste to me is mostly about sweet chocolate. I really like this flavor because a lot of porters/stouts end up being on the bitter end of chocolate, but this is more on the sweet end for sure. A little bit of coffee in the aftertaste, and a little bit of hops but not much. The mouthfeel is really nice, very creamy and on the heavier side of medium. I would buy a whole case of this if it was available in PA.

Picture of the day: To each their own obsession.

Published in: on July 4, 2010 at 10:50 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 177/365 – Deschutes Jubelale Winter Ale

Style: Winter Warmer

ABV: 6.7%

Purchased at: Ummm I think Kevin sent it to me from Colorado?

What makes this beer different: Not much, typical winter warmer

Will I be drinking this again: Not sold out here so probably not.

Grade: B

5/4/2010: Is this really my first beer from Deschutes? I do have a couple Abyss bottles sitting in the cellar, but kind of surprised I haven’t had anything from them yet. I would also like to try and get my hands on some Black Butte Porter.

Jubelale really doesn’t have a strong smell, just some sweet malt. The flavor is pretty decent, lots of caramel malt, very bready, and a kick of cinnamon. A little tiny bit of Pine hop, which is pretty fitting for a Christmas beer. It is actually a little boozy for a 6.7% beer, and it could use a bit more carbonation. I am sure that might be due to me waiting so long to drink this beer. Average Mouthfeel.

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Published in: on May 4, 2010 at 9:38 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 110/365 – Rogue Chocolate Stout

Style: American Stout

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Perfect balance of hops and chocolate

Will I be drinking this again: Without a Doubt

Grade: A

2/26/2010: Last night I took a beer inventory to see which beers I had that could be aged, and which could not. Well this bad boy fell under the not category so I decided to throw it into the fridge to share with Cara. Sidenote: I plan on popping open my first ever Abyss sometime soon.

Damnit why did it take me so long to try Rogue Chocolate stout, this stuff is awesome. Smell is a lot of sweet chocolate, and some hop presence. Taste is a perfect balance of chocolate and hops. What really makes this chocolate stout different from others, is that the chocolate is more on the sweet side than bitter. There is a nice dose of hops that balance the chocolate. I have been looking for a lighter bodied stout that had a lot of chocolate flavor, and this fits the bill. Awesome beer.

Picture of the day: I knew the japanese were weird, but not this weird. Whats up with this Dan? haha

Published in: on February 26, 2010 at 6:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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Beer 93/365 – Rogue Chipotle Ale

Style: Chile Beer

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Pepper heat in a beer? But it works in a weird way.

Will I be drinking this again: Have to be in the mood for it but yes.

Grade: B

2/09/2010: So I have had this one sitting around for awhile, and figured today was the perfect day to try it because I just cooked up some Guinness/Filet Mignon Chili. Here is the recipe, but I modified it a bit. Added triple the guinness and half the beef stock. It was so damn good.

Rogue Chipotle ale smells like caramel with some chili powder. The taste at first is mostly just caramel malts, then the tastes jumps QUICKLY into chiles. It isn’t the smoothest transition but it works. It isn’t exactly spicy, but you can feel the heat in the back of your throat. I am probably not the best judge of this because I am somewhat immune to really hot spices. Also a bit of smoke flavor to it. Mouthfeel is actually pretty nice and well carbonated. If you are a chile/spicy food lover like myself, this one is a must try.

Funny Picture of the day: So you are telling me I can get 40 million dollars if I just send you my bank account info? Sign me up!

Published in: on February 9, 2010 at 10:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 27 – Rogue Mocha Porter

Style: American Porter

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Good bit of hops for a porter

Will I be drinking this again: Only if I have a mug handy

Grade: A-

12/5/2009: Rogue always has some of the coolest graphics for their beer. I figured I had to drink this one out of a mug, because the guy with the fu-manchu on the label told me to.

If you have read some of my prior posts you may be catching onto the fact that I really like stouts/porters, and am not a huge fan of overly hoppy beers. Well this one is a porter, but also is pretty hoppy. Oddly enough its kind of refreshing to have a dark beer that has that kind of “bite” to it. Really gives the beer a bit more oomph than your average dark beer.

Published in: on December 5, 2009 at 10:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 12 – Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve Ale

Style: Red Ale

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Santa peed in this one

Will I be drinking this again: No way

Grade: C+

11/20/09: This might be someones cup of tea, but not mine. This was REALLY bitter and hoppy. I can deal with some hops, but for a winter beer this one was just too intense. There was nothing about this beer than screamed Christmas or Winter to me. Maybe I just need to learn to appreciate bitter/hoppy beers more but I will not be drinking this one again.

Published in: on November 20, 2009 at 9:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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