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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sock Knocker

Coronado Brewing Sock Knocker Double IPA

While browsing Savor Market this past Friday, I came across a bomber bottle of a beer I had never tried. It's always an adventure when I'm there. It seems like whoever does the ordering for the store manages to find some of the most obscure beers. Variety and not the same old stuff. The employees and I tend to be beer snobs.

Tend to go there alone most times. That way I can look at beers and not worry about anybody I may be with going "I have never heard of this." or "I don't like that type of beer." or "Why spend $9.99 for a 6 pack when I can get this crap beer for half the price." Ok, I made the last one up.

8.5% ABV in this Double/Imperial IPA. I consider IPA beers to be the best beer style. But some IPA beers aren't for everybody. I must thank those people because it leaves more good beer for me.

Very much smells of pine, floral and hops. Amarillo, Centennial, Columbus and Simcoe hops are used in this one. Some grapefruit is there in the smell as well. The more pine in the smell makes it better. Taste is very well done. Citrus and hoppy flavors abound in Sock Knocker. Grapefruit and pine are a bit upfront. Bitterness is thoughout the flavor. One of the better ones that I have tried. It's one for serious beer fans.

This one is #324 on the distinct beer list on Untappd.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Jack Hammer Barleywine

The Brew Kettle Jack Hammer Barleywine

Barleywine is a special breed of beer. Nope, it aint't wine. It's a beer with the alcohol strength of a wine. Colors and taste can vary wildly. All of them still better than Natty lite or Bass.

Had to get a fill up for $13.99 at Savor Growl. The coworkers I was with wouldn't hear my preaching about what good beer is. Maybe one day they will repent and see the errors of drinking bad beer. It'll probably be when the Chicago Cubs win the World Series. It seems like I know a lot of people born without taste buds.

11% ABV with 40 IBU. Do drink beer with a lower IBU than the typical IPA/DIPA/IIPA beers I go for. Very malty sweet smell. Alcohol and sugar are there in the smell as well. Taste has a lot of toffee/caramel in it. Bitterness is a bit noticeable at the end, but it isn't up front. With this being 11% ABV, the alcohol is very noticeable. This one is a nice change from the other beers I consume. Probably the best barleywine I've had. It is one for actual beer lovers. Not one for people who say they like beer but drink goat urine.

Have to listen to Van Halen's album '1984' while drinking this.

Blood Ov The Kings

Local Option Blood Ov The Kings. Nope, not a typo, it's really spelled Ov on the label. For a minute I thought Local Option must be fans of the polish Blackened Death Metal band Behemoth. Behemoth tends to spell of, Ov.

Behemoth's 2007 album The Apostasy is one of the better examples of Blackened Death Metal. That's coming from somebody who never has been the biggest fan of death, black or blackened death metal. Yet I could listen to The Apostasy over and over.

Picked this up at Savor Growl for $6.99 for the bottle. They had just had one solitary bottle. Had to pick up the bottle since the people I was with left me in the store. Needed more alcohol to drown the sorrows of being left.

From Local Option's website:
At the peak of summer 1631 King Gustavus Adolphus led thousands of Swedish troops into Northern Germany. Following the destruction and subsequent plundering of Brandenburg Adolphus’ army marched through the endless wheat fields en route to Bavaria. Brewed with copious amounts of red wheat, Blood ov the Kings is aromatically driven by bread, biscuit and notes of exotic fruit. Hazy and medium bodied the beer has a rich and creamy mouth feel with a dry, bitter, and slightly sweet finish. Unbound by the Reinheitsgebot Blood ov the Kings would certainly have been the vital fluid of victory for the Swedish monarch as he spilled blood across the wheat fields of Northern Europe.

This one is 6% ABV. Pours rather cloudy. Decent sized head and lacing. Smell wasn't the greatest. Not the biggest smell. Had some bready and slightly citrusy smells. Taste wasn't the best either. A bit of bread with a tiny bit of citrus. It was a bit dry in the finish. Not very hoppy. Overall was a bit disappointed in this one. Was expecting a better taste to it.

For the creepers. This is the number 322 distinct beer checked into on Untappd.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Seance Session Belgian IPA

Barley's Brewing Seance Session Belgian IPA

Savor Growl has a new growler. Done in Ohio State University's colors of scarlet and grey. For those who may not know Ohio is the buckeye state and OSU uses the buckeye name for their sports team and alumni and students.

The buckeye. Not to be confused with the candy which is chocolate and peanut butter.

Savor Growl got the bottles in this past Friday. They are $6.99 for just the 64 ounce bottle. The bottle is paid for once. Don't have to keep paying the $6.99.

Seance is a session IPA. A session beer is anything 4.5% ABV or lower. This one falls at 4.3% ABV. Couldn't find a IBU for this one. Pours a dark golden color. Aroma is fruity and just enough hoppiness to make it interesting. Smells better than what Bass tastes like. Grapefruit with a bit of mango. Taste follows the aroma closely. Citrus notes start the beer and is followed by the hoppy bitterness. It's a lighter bodied IPA. A decent all around beer. Worth at least checking out.

For those who may not have heard of a lot of beers published on this blog, there are various places to find out about beer. The internet is a great place to start. What? Never heard of the internet? Must be stuck in 1982 and still listening to the Cure.

Seriously? Were they ever relevant? They are the Natty Light of music. Did they ever matter? No.

The Clash - The only band that matters.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

Another beer I picked up at Savor Market a couple weeks ago and now getting into. $14.99 for the 6 pack. Some may question why spend that much on a 6 pack when a 12 pack can be had for about the same price? Qualiy.

After all, it's not Natty Light. For all the Natty Light drinkers out there:
Natty Light is an insult all things holy. Cats who lick their own butts wouldn't drink Natty light.

Really liked Ballast Point's Big Eye IPA which I bought after buying Sculpin. I actually tried Big Eye before Sculpin. Sculpin has 7% ABV and an IBU of 70. Same ABV as Big Eye but a tiny bit less bitter. Ironically costs $4 more than Big Eye.On Beer Advocate, Sculpin has a BA Score of 98 and a Bros score of 100. This one is the highest rated beer on Beer Advocate I have tried. It's #46 on Beer Advocate's top 250 beer list. Sculpin won a gold medal in the 2010 World Beer Cup in the international pale ale category.

Aroma is hoppy and citrusy. Lemon is probably the most prominent scent, at least to my nose. Taste is very much a gift from god on this one. Citrusy along with nice hoppy bitterness at the end. Every drink simulates angels dancing on my tongue. Natty Light can't produce that. All Natty Light can produce is a sense of shame. Shame because it is a nasty scourge upon the earth. Sculpin is worth knocking down an old lady to get.

Current Listening: "I Drink Alone" by George Thorogood & the Destroyers.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Big Eye IPA

Ballast Point Big Eye IPA

Finally getting into this one. Bought this a couple weeks ago at Savor Market for $10.99. After kind of a weird day, a few adult beverages are in order. A day of people not knowing Iron Maiden's mascot, explaining what good beer is and what true heavy metal is.

How can take anybody in the above people serious? For the love of all things holy, Poison did the whole big hair better. Plus Poison is still able to tour. Much respect to a band whose lead singer who'll headline the Obetz zucchini festival.

7% ABV and an IBU of 75. Hopped with Columbus and Centennial. Two of the the 3 c's of hops. The missing c would be Cascade. Hops help determine the smell and taste of the final product.

Pours a amber color. Not the biggest head produced, but still some head. Any head is good head. Talking about head of a beer here. Citrusy aroma with some pine and a tad floral. Basically all the smells of a great IPA. Taste has nice citrus tastes in it. Grapefruit, pine and a little bit of orange. With the IBU being 75, this is one for fans of the higher bitterness. The higher the IBU in an IPA makes it better. Much like rock music, the louder the better. If it's too loud you're too old. Finish is on the dry side. Basically this is one great IPA. Anyone who likes beer needs to try this one.

Required listening while drinking this: Every Clash album there is.

Iron Maiden's Mascot

This is the band Iron Maiden.

Iron Maiden's mascot is Eddie the Head.

The cover of Iron Maiden's debut album from 1980.

Other styles Eddie has appeared in:

For those who knew of Iron Maiden but don't know the mascot:

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Iron Maiden The Trooper

Robinsons Iron Maiden The Trooper ESB

Who can go wrong with an Iron Maiden beer? Add in Eddie and this one I had to get just for the label. Iron Maiden is one of the most influential bands that sprang from NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal). Iron Maiden has influenced Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and countless other bands.

This beer is named after the song The Trooper. In turn the song was inspired by the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean war. Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote a famous poem based on the charge.

Picked this up for $5.99 for a 16.9 ounce bottle. It has 4.7% ABV. Aroma is a bit malty. Doesn't have the most pungent smell. Smells a bit sweet. Taste is somewhat balanced. Malty with a tad of caramel in the taste. A bit thin on the taste. Overall, not a bad beer. Nothing too exceptional either. It's a good beer but not a great beer. Worth trying at least once.

Must listen to the Iron Maiden album Piece Of Mind while drinking this beer. Maiden is one of the few NWOBHM bands that has stayed relevant.