Beer 395/365 – Port Brewing Mongo IPA

Port Brewing Mongo IPA

Style: Imperial IPAABV: 8.5%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: Lots of grapefruit/citrus character

Will I be drinking this again: Very good, but not worth trading for.

Grade: A

5/12/2011: My mom lately has become an estate sale junkie. I am a little bit afraid she might end up being featured on an episode of hoarders. Okay thats an exageration, but I do reap the benefits. Which brings me to my next point; the photo you see looks like is distorted, but its not. The glass is a super tall skinny pint glass that my mom bought me from an estate sale. I have a china closet full of beer glasses now, partially due to her estate sale purchases.

The nose is very fruity; orange peel, lemon, and strong grapefruit. This is one of the hoppier Double IPA’s that I have ever had, but thats okay because there are no signs of pine flavored hops (my least favorite flavor in beer). A lot of pale malt flavor, and even a bit of caramel. About average mouth-feel for the style, but the only place this beer is lacking is in hiding the alcohol. The alcohol shows itself a little tiny bit too much, but overall a really good beer.

Picture of the day: Now this is what I call Extreme Parenting.

Beer 202/365 – Port Brewing Midnight Sessions Lager

Style: Schwarzbier

ABV: 5.0%

Purchased at: Sent to me in a trade as an extra.

What makes this beer different: My first Schwarzbier. Almost drinks like a porter.

Will I be drinking this again: Not sure how I feel about this style? But maybe

Grade: B+

5/29/2010: This is my first ever Schwarzbier, and honestly I have no idea what to expect. Lets check out BeerAdvocate for a description of the style so I know what to expect..

Schwarzbier (“shvahrts-beer”), is simply German for black beer. Unlike other dark beers, like porters or stouts, they are not overly bitter with burnt and roasted malt characteristics that the others tend to depend on. Instead, hops are used for a good portion of the bitterness. Very refreshing and soul lifting beers, they also make a great alternative for the Winter. Especially when you are looking for a lighter beer, but one with depth of colour and taste.

Midnight Session Lager pours out like a medium bodied Porter. The first smell I actually get is a little bit of hops, and some chocolate malt. The taste is like an extremely light bodied smoked porter; smokey, roasted coffee, a bit of chocolate, and some hops in the background. This beer is throwing me for a loop so far. I thought the hops would be much more prominent since they were semi-strong in the nose. My brain keeps telling me this beer needs to be thicker, and have more flavor, but maybe this is typical for the style? If I were blindfolded I would have guessed this to be a very light porter. Overall I liked this beer, it was very light and drinkable.

Picture of the day: I know I posted some of these up before, but here are some more BP Logos.

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Beer 174/365 – Port Brewing Hop 15 Ale

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 10.0%

Purchased at: Sent to me by Chris @ apintwithchris.

What makes this beer different: Uses 15 different hops

Will I be drinking this again: Probably not

Grade: B

5/1/2010: Another beer sent to me by Chris. He is also sending me a 2010 Dark Lord sometime in the near future. Can’t wait to see what all the fuss is all about in regards to Dark Lord.

I have been very open to, and even started liking a lot of hoppy beer, but this one was just a bit much for me. The smell is very hoppy, with some sweet malt in the background. I know they used a ton of different hops to flavor this beer, but the one that is standing out to me the most is a bitter resony pine hop flavor, which is not one of my favorites. There is a decent amount of malt going on but not quite enough for me. The alcohol isn’t hidden all that well either. I guess I am not a true hop head as I didn’t really enjoy drinking this all that much. That being said I am sure there are people that love this beer.

Picture of the day: I shall call him Mini-Schrute.

Published in: on May 1, 2010 at 9:31 am  Leave a Comment  
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