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Showing posts with label Columbus Ohio. Show all posts
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Stone Ghost Hammer IPA

86 BA score on Beer Advocate. No official ratings on RateBeer as of this post. Does have a mean of 3.47 out of 5 on 6 ratings. 3.77 out of 5 on Untappd.

A fermenting beer never slumbers. Consequently, there is always scattered activity tending our precious beers throughout the dark hours. In these late nights and wee hours that hallowed responsibility falls to the shoulders of the overnight Brew Crew. These brewing soloists brave the long nights, often alone, to do what needs to be done. Most areas of the brewery are dark or in shadows. Throughout the night the cellars resonate with the occasional knocking of expanding and contracting pipes. It can be a bit spooky to hear the brewery creak and groan as if possessed by a spirit randomly knocking about with a mallet. This IPA, liberally hopped with Loral, honors our intrepid overnight team by naming it after their mischievous poltergeist companion – the Ghost Hammer.

June 5, 2017

India Pale Ale


12oz cans in seasonal six-packs & draft


Floral, lemony, tropical

120 Days



Picked up a single can at Savor Pint the other day. $2.59 for the 12 ounce can.

Ghost Hammer is another new offering from Stone. About the only Stone beer I ever search out is their Enjoy By beers. 

The name of the beer makes me think of the group Ghost. 

Ghost - Square Hammer

Ghost - Monstrance Clock

It also makes me think of the paranormal.

In Green Lawn Cemetery, in Columbus, Ohio is the grave of Dr. James Snook. Listed as James Howard on his marker. His spirit is said to be detectable around his grave. Have never encountered anything, as ghosts don't exist. Makes for a good story though,

Another grave in Green Lawn Cemetery is that for Louisiana Ransburgh Briggs. Her ghost doesn't actually reside in Green Lawn. Instead she is the ghost that is said to be in the Camp Chase Cemetery.

In Cedar Hill Cemetery, in Newark, Ohio is the Baker mausoleum. People are said to hear noises when they put their ear up to the door.

Another one in Cedar Hill Cemetery is the above. Story is that is to stare at the baby for at least a minute, look away, then look back. The eyes are supposed to be looking in a different direction.

Not all that impressed with the can. Think the color scheme makes everything hard to read/look at. Colors don't catch peoples eyes. 

With the addition of coriander and grains of paradise, it sounds more like a saison ale more than an IPA. Usually when I hear IPA, I think more citrus than spices. 

About a half inch of head along with some decent lacing. Get some orange along with some floral notes.

Does seem to start off with a bit of citrus. Seems like orange to me. Do think the coriander and grains of paradise quickly overtake everything. Tiny bit of pine. To me, Ghost Hammer leans more towards a saison/farmhouse ale than an IPA. An IPA should taste like an IPA. Not my most favorite Stone offering, but not my least favorite either. Rated it 3.75 out of 5 on Untappd. That might be slightly generous, it would probably be closer to 3.5 out of 5.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA

93 overall and 90 style scores on RateBeer. 85 BA score on Beer Advocate. 3.57 out of 5 on Untappd.

STYLE: India Pale Ale


Pale golden in color with a hoppy fruity aroma. Big hop flavor up front complemented by medium body and hoppyness mid-palate. It finishes with a characteristic, lingering bitterness.

8 INGREDIENTS: CaraFoam, Melanoidin, 2-Row & Rogue Farms Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Amarillo Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast

Dedicated to common sense.

22oz Bottle, 6 pack, Growlers, Draft & 16oz Can / 16° Plato / 6.5% ABV / 82 IBU / 81 AA / 14° L

Bought a 6 pack of Rogue Yellow Snow IPA today. Cost $13.99 at Savor Pint.

Last had Yellow Snow in January of 2016. Since it's been over a year, it was time to get some more.

Who wouldn't want to try a beer by the name of Yellow Snow?

Of course the first song that should come to everyone's mind is "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow" by Frank Zappa.

PBR drinkers are lost on the whole Frank Zappa thing.

PBR swillers are busy making their own rap videos.

And buying the jazz cabbage from the dealers.

This should be a warning to them....

Don't forget what PBR drinkers protest about.

How PBR drinkers should be treated.

Then treated like this.

How the pbr people drink the pbr.

Do really like the color scheme on this one. Helps catch peoples eyes. Only bad thing is the price. $13.99 for a 6 pack is getting up there in price. Have paid more though. Wish it was in the $8.99 to $10.99 range like a lot of other beers are. That would help people buying it.

Have never been the biggest Rogue fan in the world. For the most part, I think Rogue beers are average. Not the worst beers I've had. Also not the kind of beers I would rush out to buy either. Much like beers from Brooklyn Brewing. Nothing that really grabs me.

The only Rogue beer that I really ever buy is Yellow Snow. 

Poured into a generic IPA glass that I had got from Target awhile ago.

Poured with a rather large head. Some decent lacing. Less lacing than what the head would suggest. Malty aroma. Almost biscuit like. Faint citrus. 

Taste does start off with a bit of bitterness. Some biscuit like malt comes in. Normally I am not a big fan of a large malt presence in an IPA. Do think it helps with the bitterness in this one. It is bitter at the end but I think the malt does help cut the bitterness a bit. Wouldn't have thought it had an IBU of 82. Seems to be a little lower. Yellow Snow is the only Rogue beer that I somewhat seek out. Price is what prevents me from getting it more often. Rated it a solid 4 out of 5 on Untappd.