Monday, March 3, 2014

IPA

The Beer Stats:
  • Beer Name: IPA
  • Brewery: WestBrook Brewing Company
  • Style:IPA
  • ABV: 6.8%
  • IBU: 60
  • Pour Color: A golden slightly orange color that has a haze. Light still get thru.




      This one poured nice with a nice fluffy head. It fought valiantly but was bested before half the glass. The lacing shows the nice amount of malts used to make this beer. The scent off the top is hop forward but a sweet backing of malts. Quite resiny scent actually. The hops come through as the normal citrus and pine scents. The malts are actual more complex and give it a slightly spicy sweet scent. The taste is a nice resiny and sweet mix of IPA! The malts come in to give that sweetness but also to finish it off with a bit of biscuity goodness. A well ballenced and delicious IPA that luckily comes in cans!
      This one outta South Carolina really nails a balance of east coast malt ability with westcoast hop ability. Amazing how full of flavor this one is. Of course since it's in a can you don't have to worry to much about the dating cause light doesn't get in. I LOVE CANNED BEER! Sorry off on a tangent but this beer is amazing and really easy to drink and quite refreshing! Glad our bud Kristy put it on her Stash Shelve at AJ's Beer WareHouse in Hennrietta NY!


Rating: ****1/2

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Hop Ottin' IPA

The Beer Stats:
  • Beer Name: Hop Ottin' IPA
  • Brewery: Anderson Valley Brewing Company (California)
  • Style: IPA
  • ABV: 7%
  • IBU: 78
  • Pour Color: A slightly hazy bronze that light makes it thru.




      The head came up fluffy and capped the bronze glass of beer well. It laced the glass as I sipped but didn't last very long. The scent off the top is mostly hops with a slight yeast and malt scent. The pine and citrus mix are a nice bouquet with the rose scent they get. Many beers claim scents they don't have, Anderson Valley nails the mix of scents off the glass. While sipping a strong lemon citrus is the first up front flavor. It also has a nice sweetness that balances a quite bitter beer. The echos of flavor come in that sweet flavor almost taking over up front and ballencing that bitter even more. It's not quite a peel bitterness that echos time and again on the back of the pallet. Very good and very refreshing for a mustache bath!
      Anderson Valley just makes good beer. Everything I've had is a experience unto itself and most of the time a great one. I may be bias against this IPA cause i've had Heelch O Hops but this beer is still good. A IPA that I would most likely grab before most on a shelf. I would be down right giddy to see it at a local grocery store near me.


Rating: ****

Thursday, February 27, 2014

!Pliny The Elder!

The Beer Stats:
  • Beer Name: Pliny the Elder
  • Brewery: Russian River Brewing Company (California)
  • Style: Double IPA
  • ABV: 8%
  • IBU: 100
  • Pour Color: A hazy bronze to copper color.




      This pint poured out with a good head and a real hop haze. About two fingers of head that fought the good fight. Eventually i bested it and but each sip left residue of where it had been. The scent off the top was a bouquet of fruit and pine. Pineapple, grapefruit and pine needles all hit you to make a amazing mix! The mix comes through on flavor too. A slight sweetness of the malts try to even it out but the hops are on display. The most amazing part of this beer is the after tones. The echos of citrus peel stay with every follicles in-between sips. Long, Long, Long after each sip! Prost!, Russian River!
      That's right, me, the hop headed mustache, got to swim in a very special bottle of the Pliny elder... I don't know what else to say but AMAZING! This is my unicorn. It took me for a ride and a half. It was just everything I expected and more. Then I hit the bottom of the bottle and now I'll be chasing this beast again. By far the best double IPA I've ever had!


Rating: *****

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

IPA

The Beer Stats:
  • Beer Name: IPA
  • Brewery: Full Sail Brewing Company (Oregon)
  • Style: IPA
  • ABV: 6%
  • IBU: 60
  • Pour Color: A golden color that is nearly see thru.




      The pour brought a good head that was fluffy and full. Competed with for about half the glass but my follicles beat it down. The color of the beer was a golden shade and seemed pretty well filtered. The scent off the top is very full of citrus. The taste was full of lemon and grapefruit. It's almost a citrus fruit peel bitterness. It still has a great balance that works. A really interesting and as the say tasty IPA. 
      This is a great IPA. Hoppy and full of flavor in the right way. It's completely citrus flavored though. No hop spectrum but that citrus flavor. That comes across this mustache as a nice refreshing beverage. Not really every hop heads dream though. I'd grab this on hot days any day. Not really a cold weather beer for me though!


Rating: ****1/2

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Hop Rod Rye

The Beer Stats:
  • Beer Name: Hop Rod Rye
  • Brewery: Bear Republic (California)
  • Style: Rye P.A.
  • ABV: 8%
  • IBU: 80
  • Pour Color: A hazy reddish color to this one that lets light thru.




      Pouring it came out to have a nice see thru hazy light red color.  The head held up nicely through most the glass. The scent off the top is a spicy rye. That mixes well with a citrus hop mix that makes a nice bouquet. Slightly thicker feel in the mouth then I expected. The rye is strongly present on the taste and holds up well with the hops. A nice orange and grapefruit mix is what the hops amount to in taste. This beer is actually really bitter to with a little alcohol taste. All and all though really well ballenced!
      I love me a good rye p.a. and this one delivers. Unlike another one of my favorites, Ruthless Rye, this one I can find year round. It's hard though to say which I like better. This is a little thicker and heartier though and is a much better winter beer. You can't get much better then rocking back and fourth on a sea of this one in a pint glass. Heaven for a drinking mustache like me!


Rating: *****

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Choklat

The Beer Stats:
  • Beer Name: Choklat
  • Brewery: Southern Tier Brewing Company (New York)
  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • ABV: 10%
  • IBU: ?
  • Pour Color: Just black and no light gets thru!




      The head of this beer wasn't very high and didn't really last that long. It's a black hole of a stout poured into a glass. Absolutely no light makes it out of the glass. A sweet alcoholic scent comes off the top. The flavor is bitter, sweet chocolate and a nice compliment of roasted malts. Not really much hops to mention. The alcohol though has a strong bite and really isn't hidden. The high ABV is right up front but still a great dessert beer!
      The only problem this beer has is that alcohol flavor and scent. As you drink this one it nearly has legs like wine. It has a strong alcohol scent too. Then you sip it and find it too has a alcoholic kick. All and all this one tries to mix in with that ABV instead of hiding it like some others. This can easily alienate those who buy it thinking it's liquid Hershey's. Myself though found it to be delicious.


Rating: ****

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Racer 5 IPA

The Beer Stats:
  • Beer Name: Racer 5 IPA
  • Brewery: Bear Republic (California)
  • Style: IPA
  • ABV: 7%
  • IBU: 75
  • Pour Color: A golden slightly amber color with a haze. Light travels thru easily!




      I've got my follicles all in this one. The head was fairly high and lasted as a lacing for most the glass. The color was a very hazy gold. The haze and scent off the top screamed dry hop! A nice bouquet of citrus and alchol off the top. A fairly sweet back ground for a IPA. The hops come through as a mix of citrus and pine. Noticeable alcohol taste in mouth too. A nice original tasting IPA.
      An IPA that tastes different then most I have tasted before are hard to find. Racer 5 really is one of those kind of IPAs. The really sweet backing is usually found in a slightly overly bitter pale ale. Dale's uses it nicely. Deviant Dale's does too. This one isn't on par with those for me but this mustache enjoyed this beer. The alcoholic bite is just a little to much for every day of the week..


Rating: ****