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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

David's Slingshot

Schmaltz Brewing He'Brew David's Slingshot

Schmaltz Brewing always has a sense of humor about their beer. It's one of the few breweries that uses religious imagery as part of the joke. What other jewish brewing company would use the line "Christ, that's good beer."?

With beer names like Hop Manna, Funky Jewbelation and Messiah nut brown ale, these are some unique names. The Messiah nut brown ale isn't bad either.

Picked up a growler fill of David's Slingshot at Savor Growl for $17.99.

It's considered an American Pale Lager. 5.5% ABV.  Rather hoppy for a lager. Almost ale like. Decent beer, but not one of my favorite lagers. Still would drink this from time to time.

Hop Stoopid

Lagunitas Brewing Hop Stoopid

Picked up the bottle at Savor Growl for $5.99. It's a bomber bottle which is 22 ounces. Had never had this one before.

8% ABV and 102 IBU. Have always liked beer that had the high IBU. There is something about the high bitterness that makes a beer even better. Resin, Palate Wrecker, Night of the Living Stout and Hop Stoopid are ones I've tried with an IBU rating over 100.

Aroma is very piney. The aroma is what a good beer should smell like. Hop Stoopid has some orange flavors in the taste. Malt starts the beer off, followed by the citrus. Of course the piney bitterness finished it up. The bottle says it is 102 IBU but it didn't taste that high to me. All the flavor combos really make the IBU seem lighter. This is one of the best beers I have recently had. Much more flavorful than Miller or Budweiser.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Old Chub Scotch Ale

Oskar Blues Old Chub Scotch Ale

Picked this up at Giant Eagle for $8.99 a couple weeks ago. Finally getting around to trying it.

For those who hard of reading, the company is Oskar Blues not Oskar Blugs. Can't seem to figure out how .
someone confuses blues with blugs. Don't know what a blugs is. Old Chub has 8% ABV.

Pours a nice brown with a tannish head. Smell is a bit on the sweet side. Caramel is in the smell. Hints of brown sugar and molasses. Taste is very similar to the aroma. Caramel and molasses are there. There is a hint of smokiness. A little too sweet for my liking but still a decent beer. Old Chub is worth trying at least trying once. Wouldn't be my everyday beer but more of a once in awhile beer.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Commodore Perry IPA

Great Lakes Brewing Commodore Perry IPA

Great Lakes Brewing always does great beers. Plus their beer names are connected to Ohio history, mainly Cleveland area. Wholly Moses is named after Moses Cleaveland, of which the city albeit misspelled is named after. Eliot Ness of course is named after Eliot Ness, one time safety director of Cleveland. Commodore Perry IPA is named after Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Perry is considered the hero of the Battle Of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. The battle took place off the shore of South Bass Island where the village of Put In Bay is located.

The beer has 7.5% ABV and 70 IBU. Have always liked beers with the higher IBU. Gives the beer personality and character. Never could understand why some people don't like the higher bitterness. Beer is about taste, not drinking water with a bit of alcohol.

Pours a nice copper color. Smell has elements of pine along with citrus and floral notes. All the good smells a good IPA has. As with any good IPA there are some grapefruit tastes in this one. Citrus flavors start off this one. Pine flavors come though as well. Just because a beer has pine flavors doesn't mean there is stuff from a pine tree used. Various things can have similar flavors. Sweetness with the bitterness makes this one hell of a beer. Worth seeking out for true beer fans.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Davy Jones Lager

Heavy Seas Davy Jones Lager

This beer is not named after Davy Jones of the Monkees

Or another Davy Jones that uses a different last stage name.

David (Jones) Bowie as Aladdin Sane.

Picked up the 12 pack at Savor Market for $16.99. It's a California Common style lager. Basically a lager brewed at ale temps. Think Anchor Steam from Anchor Steam brewing. California Common beer does have a unique taste.

Just wish the skeleton had a beer in it's hand next to the chest. With the phrase "Party On" on the can, it makes me think of a certain SNL skit and movies.

6% ABV with an IBU of 30. The head was rather big and had decent retention. Smells like a lot of steam beers. Somewhat lagerish and malty. Taste is a bit grassy and maybe slightly bready. There are very slight citrus notes in there as well. Hops used are Warrior, Fuggle, Palisade and Centennial. It's a decent California Common lager. Not breaking any new ground in the area of taste. It's for people who like Anchor Steam style beer. Worth trying at least once.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Kentucky IPA

From the company that produces Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.

Found this while browsing at Giant Eagle. Picked this up for $8.99 for the 6 pack. I like their Bourbon Barrel ale and figured this one is worth a try.

It's boiled with Cascade and Columbus hops. It's dry hopped with Centennial and Simcoe hops.

Pours a somewhat copper color. Smell is floral. Taste has some citrus elements along with pine. Citrus is almost zest like. Maybe a bit more towards orange zest. Bitterness comes in at the back end. Floral/piney tastes are somewhat in the middle. Not the best IPA I have tried, but not the worst. It's more of an average IPA. The Bourbon Barrel ale is much more of a tasty beer. This is worth at least checking out at least once. While this is just an average beer, it is still better than Corona or Labatts or Bass.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Dale's Pale Ale

Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale

Picked this up at Giant Eagle for $8.99. It has 6.5% ABV and an IBU of 65.

Have looked at this one for awhile and never pulled the trigger on buying it. After trying Mama's Little Yella Pils the other day, I knew I had to try this one. Plus I'm a fan of pale ales and IPA beers. People who don't like those styles of beers are not really beer fans.

Pours a bit on the copper side. Smell is floral and piney with a tiny bit of citrus. Taste has some citrus notes to it. The citrus is mixed with a bit of a bready taste to it. Not one taste overwhelms another. A tinge of bitterness at the end. The citrus zest taste to it was decent. Not a bad pale ale. Liked the Yella Pils from Oskar Blues a tad better. But this one is worth checking out, especially for fans of pale ale.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mama's Little Yella Pils

Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yella Pils

Finally decided to pick up a 6 pack of this. It was $8.99 at Kroger. All I can think of of is the Rolling Stones song "Mother's Little Helper".

This one has 5.3% ABV and an IBU 0f 35. It's the first time trying anything from this company.

Poured a golden color. Decent size head with no lacing. Smell is a bit grassy. Almost a bit cracker like. Taste has elements of biscuit/bready/doughy in it. Somewhat of a slight bitterness towards the end. a bit of a spice is present due to the Saaz hops used. A very crisp pilsner. Probably the best of this style I have recently had. For fans of Pilsner Urqell and Stella Artois. This one is better than either one of those beers.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Cahoots Double Rye IPA

Uinta Brewing Crooked Line Cahoots Double Rye IPA

Who knew people from Utah could brew good beer? A certain brewery based out of St. Louis could get some pointers on how to do a good beer. So could quite a few other breweries.

This one was picked up at Savor Market for $7.99. It's a part of Uinta's Crooked line of beers. It's a decent price for a limited release bottle. Better than paying a lower price for a crap beer. Cahoots has 9.4% ABV.

Poured into a Pilsner glass. Quite a sizeable head on this one. Decent lacing on the glass. A nice floral scent with some fruit and a tiny bit of hops to it. Taste has quite a bit to it. Citrus along with the peppery taste from the rye are their. A bit of bitterness on the tail end. Not one taste overpowers another. This is one of the best beers I have tried lately. Worth seeking out. For fans of beer with taste, what a concept.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Sweet Action

Sixpoint Brewery Sweet Action Cream Ale

No, there is no cream in this beer. Cream ale is a style, nothing more.

It's kinda hard to figure out where this was picked up. Actually picked it up at Savor Market. Savor Growl is their other location. Savor Market has 8 taps for growler fill ups, while Savor Growl has 60 taps. In addition to the growler taps, both locations have 6 packs, 12 packs, cases and single bottles of beer. Plus they also have wine and mead. Essentially hundreds of choices. As opposed to the Daily Growler which has the 60 tap choices, which one is root beer. There is seating at the Daily Growler but not for very many people. Both Savor locations are the better choice, more choice for people who actually like beer. I mean real beer not the goat urine some people call beer. Cough, cough, Corona, Bass, Labatt's, cough, cough.

Sweet Action has 5.2% ABV and an IBU of 34. It pours a hazy orange color.Smell is somewhat floral. A hint of orange is in there as well. Hops in this one isn't the dominant taste, but it's there. Citrus tastes like orange are there with some sweetness. It actually starts off sweet and finishes with a bit of hops. Overall a decent beer. Worth checking out for fans of cream ales.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Denver Pale Ale

Great Divide Denver Pale Ale

An English style pale ale named after an U.S. City. There's something oxymoronic about that. Much like how Corona and Budweiser are called beers. Have had some other offerings from Great Divide and have liked them.

As usual, I picked this up at Savor Market. I ought to just move in there. They probably are thinking of charging me rent. DPA has 5.7% ABV.

It pours a nice amber color. Not much hops in the aroma. Caramel and malt are in the smell. Maybe some hints of grass are there as well. Taste is similar to the aroma. Malty and hints of caramel. Not much of a hops taste to it. I tend to go for the hoppier beers but this one is pretty good. Much better than Bass. Worth checking out.