Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Stone 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Theif Double IPA

Stone 21st Anniversary Double IPA Hail to the Hop Thief, brewed and bottled by Stone Brewing, Escondido, CA & Richmond, VA. 9.8% Alc. by Vol.  80 IBU.

 "A double india pale ale fit for our 21st year."

Hazy, bright golden, voluminous ivory head, and composed of a multitude of "floats". Did I get an old bottle? Not sure. Huh.

In the nose: lovely hop expression, floral, lightly citrus, slightly tropical, delicate fruit notes. Nice.

In the mouth: Bold, brash bitterness at the start, resinous, oily, hop-forward for sure. A barrage of bitterness, a brisk blast of hop flavors. Lean bodied, mellow malt, all here is in service of letting the hop flag fly.  Creamy, smooth, and big and bitter. Just like I like my double IPAs. Yum. Yu-um. Or even, as I like to say from time to time, Yum-a-Dum, Dum! (Don't forget to quote me when you use that next!)

This is awfully good, forgiving the floaties. (Storage issue? The bottle was sitting at room temp at the store where I bought it.)
There's a whole lot of gobbledygook on the label....maybe I'll find a link for it. I'm sure it's amusing and informative.

The big wide world inspires our imagination and fuels our passions. Anything from music, film, beer, literature, architecture, food, engineering, poetry…all art forms essentially, including more beer. We steal with any and all things that possess the one value that we hold most dear: authenticity. The important thing of course is that ‘It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.’ So, what are we saying about this beer, exactly? We gave it our take. We took all there is to love about the IPA, got creative, dry-hopped it a lot, left it unfiltered and shared it openly in the hopes that in some way it may, in turn, inspire you. Hail to The Hop Thief, an original.

That's much shorter than what's on the label. Guess I've got to break out my reading glasses....

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Coronado Orange Ave. Wit

Coronado Orange Avenue Wit. 5.2% ABV. 15 IBU. Coronado Brewing, Coronado, California.

Clear, light golden color, slim white head.

In the nose: fruit forward, orange and other citrus, slight spice, sweet wheat.

In the mouth: Generous flavors up front, loaded with coriander, orange peel, etc. Abundant fruit, , mellow malt, and a bit hoppier than your average wit. Lean bodied, easy-drinking, definite sessioner.

Good balance in this one, and definitely an American/ Californian take on the style. Misses a little something more special to the Belgian style. But a good beer nonetheless.

Our spiced California style Wit is both refreshing and complex. Brewed with wheat, coriander, California orange peel and local orange blossom honey. From the first sip to the last you’ll find subtle flavors of bread, spice, citrus and a thirst quenching orange honey finish.

Monday, October 16, 2017

LynLake Dougie Fresh

Dougie Fresh. Double India Pale Ale. 8.4% ABV. 77 IBU. Lynlake Brewery, Minneapolis, MN.

Clear, bright amber/crimson coloring, enormous ivory froth atop.

In the nose: ah! yes! fresh, floral, lively, beautifully hoppy. Citrus  and tropical notes aplenty.

In the mouth: Big bigness, big bitterness, largely fruity, slightly floral, absolutely lovely. Medium bodied, long hoppy finish. An absolute delight.

This one ranks up there with my favorite beers put out by this brewery. Go get some before it's gone.


Brewed with Centennial, Mosaic, Ekuanot and Summit hops. Succulent hop little hop bomb.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Modist Deviation 09

Modist Deviation 09 Double IPA, 8.1% ABV. Modist Brewing, Minneapolis, MN.

Bright golden, hazy, big ol' ivory-toned head. Looking good.

In the nose: nothing but nice. Beautiful hop flavors abound, tropical tones, citrus, pineapple meets grapefruit, orange....banana? Nah....or, maybe? Bit of Belgian funk, as well.

In the mouth: Yum. Hoppy goodness all over the palate. Remember my latest catchphrase? I haven't used it in a little bit, but it applies here: Yum-a-dum-dum! TM, C, R. Big hops, Fantastic Belgian yeast delivering the delicious oddness. Bright, bold citrus hop character carries through. Lean bodied, long, bitter finish, fruity, delightful, delicious.

Double IPA made entirely from wheat and oats, fermented with Belgian yeast, and hopped with Bravo, Amarillo, and Ekuanot hop powder.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Oliphant Mr. Samurai Karateguy India Pale Ale

Oliphant Mr. Samurai Karateguy India Pale Ale. 5.8% ABV. one pint can. Brewed by Oliphant Brewing, Somerset, Wisconsin (at Barley John's Brewing Company, New Richmond, WI.)

To the eye: Slightly hazy,  bright golden hue, large, lush cloud-white head. Looking fantastic.

In the nose: big citrus aromatics, orange, tangerine, lemon/lime. Lovely. Not too bitter, not yet. Some pine, too. Just about right on the money.

In the mouth: Mmm. Bitter, hoppy, fruity, yes, delicious. Fresh, zesty, arresting. Flat out tasty. Medium bodied, long-lasting flavor, eternal finish. I want to say yum. I want to say damn, this is nice. Maybe I will. So smooth, so hoppy, so nice.

he may seem like an ordinary fry cook or chef, i don't know which one he is, but look closer at those hands...gasp! those aren't hands, they are karate swords!!!

india pale ale with citra and centennial hops. 5.8% abv

Sisyphus Sisy-fest

Sisyphus Sisy-fest, Oktoberfest-style beer. 6.3% ABV.  36 IBU. Sisyphus Brewing, Minneapolis, MN.

Clear, deep amber/bronze color, slim, short-lived ivory head.

In the nose: classic fest bier nose, German malt, sweet, but balanced. Nice.

In the mouth: Tidy little taste of hops up front, then malty and smooth. Clean, crisp, slightly sweet, but altogether balanced and beautiful. Smooth and delicious. Good ol' drinking oktoberfest, all done in style.

I like this one. Pretty good O-fest.

Sisy-Fest, n: 1) Our Oktoberfest bier 2) A large gathering of cowardly people 3) A party where everyone talks about death and the embrace of life's absurdity 4) All of the above
Flavors: Caramel malts, slight bitterness, dry finish

Tallgrass Blueberry Jam

Tallgrass Blueberry Jam. Blueberry Berliner Weisse. German-style tart wheat ale brewed with blueberry. Brewed and canned by Tallgrass Brewery, Manhattan, Kansas. 4.3% Alc. by Vol.

Clear, golden/amber hue, smallish ivory head.

In the nose: tart, sweet, wheat, blueberry-ish.

In the mouth: More of the same: crisp, tart, fruity, delightful. Light bodied, easy drinking, smooth but slightly sour. Very nice. Go for it, if it's your, ahem, jam.

After a successful solo tour, we decided to put a band together with our Jam series. Jam out with this refreshingly tart, German-style wheat ale brewed with blueberries. 


Cosmos Buzzed Aldrin

Cosmos Buzzed Aldrin. Coffee Ale. Alc. 7% by Vol. 20 IBU. Cosmos Brewing, Hugo, MN.

Golden toned, lightly hazed, nice ivory head that slims down in due time.

In the nose: Earthy, nutty coffee notes hit first, with juicy malt just below. Smells of fresh ground beans. Delightful.

In the mouth: Straightforward, simple, and tasty as heck. Juicy malt mingled with coffee flavor. Virtually no hop presence, just the proverbial kiss. Maybe a little too sweet, though, but I get what they're going for. I'm really not liking lactose in beers these days, though there's no denying the affect it has, and the taste it delivers.

I like this. It's a bit like a beer Frappucino, but that's not going to be something I'll want too many of. One and done for me. (And I come off as a hypocrite for railing against "milkshake IPAs" while enjoying a beer like this.)

"Is there alien life out there?" Golden cappuccino ale is the best way to describe Buzzed Aldrin. A large coffee addition imparts both aroma and flavor, lactose bring sweetness and flaked grains round out the body. Looks like a pale, drinks like a stout. SAVE SPACE FOR BEER! Made with Alaska Artisan Coffee." 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Omnipollo Shploing!!!

Omnipollo Shploing!! Mango S'mores India Pale Ale brewed with marshmallows, graham crackers, salt and lactose sugar with mango and vanilla added. 12 fl. oz. All. 7% by Vol. Brewed and canned for Omnipollo by Dorchester Brewing, Boston, MA. Product of the United States, store cool and dark.

Once again, it's the last can of a 4-pack that cost much more than I normally like to pay. The first three was consumed by gusto and alacrity, and not much contemplation. With the final can, I take a wider scope of consideration. I've liked all the Omnipollo's I've had before, and this one? Just had to try it.

Clear, bright golden, enormous ivory head.

In the nose: nothing but fresh, bright, bold citrus. Exactly what you want in an IPA.

In the mouth: more bold citrus hop flavor, smooth 'n' fruity. Nice bitterness, medium bodied, easy drinker. I can taste some of that mango, but all those other ingredients are a bit lost in the shuffle. Don't really get the "s'mores" aspect at all. I wouldn't call it a failure, but the parts are not greater than the whole, here.

LTD World Traveler Costa Rican Cold Press Coffee Stout

LTD World Traveler Costa Rican Cold Press Coffee Stout. Alc. 6% by Volume. Brewed and bottled by LTD Brewing Co., Hopkins, MN.

Solid blackness, nice lightly toasted tan head, looking very nice.

In the nose: A lot of coffee in here, rich, herbal, earthy. Very nice, with chocolate malts just behind.

In the mouth: A little bit of fruit, cherries and berries pop up to match the mighty malt. Mouthfeel is a little thin for the style, and could really use some richness and thickness. Flavor's good, but it doesn't feel right without the weight. I could say more, but I'd rather not depress myself further by dwelling on the inherent flaws.

Finishing out the bottle (yeah, I don't drain pour), I remain disappointed. Definitely not worth what I paid for it. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

(There's a whole lot of gobbledygook on the label, in tiny type, but I'm going to skip it.)