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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Muffin Top

Clown Shoes Muffin Top Belgian style tripel IPA

What comes to mind when someone says muffin top?

Or this?
Personally I think of this:
Or even worse
Oh the humanity!!!!!

Picked up a bomber of this at Savor Market for $9.99. Have tried Galactica from Clown Shoes and it was a decent beer. Won't go for their Pecan Pie beer though.

10% ABV. BA score of 86 on Beer Advocate and 96 overall at RateBeer.

Poured into an English style pub glass. Hazy orange color. Decent sized head with minimal lacing on the glass. Aroma has plenty of that funky Belgian yeast smell. Also citrus and sweetness. A little spicy as well. Taste has plenty going on. Spice, citrus and funk. Alcohol is noticeable. Citrus is more of tangerine. The spice tastes reminded me a bit of clove. This one isn't for everybody. This is decent, not my favorite but at least trying at least once.

Monday, October 28, 2013

St. Bernardus Abt 12

St. Bernardus Brouwerij St. Bernardus Abt 12

St. Bernardus Abt 12 is a belgian quad with 10% ABV. Currently it sits at #32 on the Beer Advocate top 250 beers. Picked up at Savor Market for $12.99 for a 25.4 oz bottle.

Since I tend to be the guinea pig for trying beers and also a beer snob amongst people I know, I figured I would go ahead and try this one. Why not drink an abbey ale and leave the other "beer" to those who partake of the special recipe brownies while listening to Phish? Or listening to another so called "band" by the name of Pantera? Is Pantera really a band? They are in the same way Justin Bieber is "music".

Poured into a tulip glass. Some beer "purists" may say this needs to poured into a chalice.

First thing that was noticeable was the size of the head. What's better than big, wet sloppy head? Not much.  Pours a dark nut brown. Aroma was interesting. Much better than the smells at work after Chipotle lunches. A bit sweet. Some caramel and some fruit can be detected. Belgian yeast is there as well. Smells are somewhat typical of a Belgian beer. Probably not a smell for everybody. Taste has a whole lot going on. Much more than what Bass could ever dream of. Starts off very malty. Some sugar and caramel flavors. Fruit reminds me a little of apple. Yeasty elements. Hops aren't really there, but that doesn't matter much in a Belgian beer. While not my favorite beer of all time, it is a very good beer.

For those not used to to Belgian style beers:
You can't handle this beer.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Clown Shoes Galactica IPA

Clown Shoes Galactica IPA

Picked up a 4 pack of Galactica IPA for $9.99 at Savor Market. Clown Shoes is the funkiest name of a brewery that I've come across so far. Savor did have a bomber of Clown Shoes Genghis Pecan pecan pie porter. I think i'll pass on that one.

It makes me wonder who would call their brewery Clown Shoes? You know what they say about men that wear big shoes. They have big feet. Why else would they were big shoes?

Since Galactica is an Imperial/Double IPA, I knew it be at least a decent beer. Galactica has 8% ABV. Plus it has a bonus of not being a goat urine beer or even worse yet, smoked. Just hoped it didn't smell like the inside of a clown's shoe. Or the office I work in after people eat Chipotle at lunch.

Pours an amber color with a decent sized head. Some lacing left on the glass. Not as much lacing as I expected, but more than PBR ever could. Seemed like quite a bit of carbonation. Aroma has the usual IPA smells of hops and citrus. Some malty aromas were in there. Seemed to remind me a bit of caramel. I'm not one for the real malty beers. Taste starts off a bit sweet for me. Caramel sweetness is a bit noticeable. Citrus and the piney hops quickly follow. Being a higher alcohol content beer, I thought the alcohol would be a bit more upfront. It wasn't. While not my favorite Imperial/Double IPA ever, it's still pretty good. Worth checking out for fans of IPA. Fans of goat urine beers like Bass or PBR probably wouldn't like this one since it actually has taste.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Whale's Tale Pale Ale

Cisco Brewers Whale's Tale Pale Ale

Another purchase from Savor Market. Picked up a 6 pack for $9.99. A brewery and a beer I had never heard of. The name makes me think of a Whale Tail. No, not a tail of an actual whale. Do a Google Images search for whale tail and chances are you will quickly find out why I was disappointed with the graphics on this one.

Pale ales being one step below an IPA (the only true style of beer) are worth checking out. Seeing that I've never tried this one before and it not being a smoked beer, why not? Smoked beers are for people who enjoy the wacky tabaccy. Or in other words, those who partake of the hippy lettuce and listen to the Grateful Dead and Phish.

Rather simple graphics and colors on the packaging. Not much to really grab anyone's attention. Reminds me too much of the Cincinnati Reds. Just kinda there.

Pours an amber with a thin head. No lacing in sight which is a knock. Aroma is more malty than what I like. Maybe a tiny whiff of hops. Not much in the aroma department. Taste is malty with hints of citrus. Not a big fan of the more malty beers. Tend to go for the hoppy ones. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Almost soapy. This one is just an average beer. Nothing too outstanding.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Zombie Dust

Three Floyds Zombie Dust Pale Ale

Tried getting this one once before at Savor Market. When I showed up to get it, they were already sold out. That was back in September.

Stopped off at Savor after work to see what they had new. Talked to the guy and was told that the Three Floyds Broodoo sold out in 90 minutes. He said they were getting a shipment of Zombie Dust in next Monday. Said I never had it but wanted it. He was kind enough to break open a box of Zombie Dust that was to be opened next week. Those jedi mind tricks worked.

6.4% ABV and 60 IBU.

Has a rating of 100 at RateBeer

BA score of 100 and a Bros score of 90 at Beer Advocate

From Three Floyds website
This intensely hopped and gushing undead pale ale will be ones only respite after the zombie apocalypse. Created with our marvelous friends in the comic industry. Art by Tim Seeley

Pours a hazy orange color. Decent color with nice lacing. Aroma is very hoppy and citrusy. Grapefruit and orange are noticeable. Citra hops make this smell more like an IPA. With the IBU being 60, it's starting to get into IPA territory. Taste follows the aroma very closely. Citrus and hops. Factor in hints of malt. This reminds me more of an IPA than a Pale Ale. Probably not a beer for anyone who drinks PBR, Corona or roots for the Cincinnati Reds. The best beer I've tried.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Heavy Handed IPA

Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA

Picked up a 6 pack a couple weeks ago at Savor Market. Just now getting into it. $11.99 for the 6 pack.

6.7% ABV. Heavy Handed is wet hopped. Meaning the hops aren't dried before they go into the brewing process. Wet hops and dry hops do add different textures to the beer.

Being an IPA, I knew this would be at least a decent beer. India Pale Ale is not referencing where the beer was made but where the style was normally imported to. The beer tended to be a bit more hopped to survive the journey to India from England. Since I know this one is a style that a lot of people I work with wouldn't like, I had to get it. IPA is the only style that matters.

 Pours a copper color with about a finger worth of head. Pretty much no lacing at all, which is kind of a bad thing to me. Some citrus to the aroma. Bit of sweetness as well with a touch of malt.  Taste wasn't as bitter as I would think coming out of an IPA. There is some bitterness but tends to lean towards sweet. Bitterness comes in at the end. Could use a bit more of the hoppy resinous taste that I like in an IPA. Citrus reminds me of tangerine. Malty taste is in the middle. Not a bad beer for what it is. Expected more bitterness out of an IPA.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Delirium Tremens

Brouwerij Huyghe Delirium Tremens

Picked up a 750 ml bottle of Delirium Tremens at Giant Eagle last Friday for $10.99. Savor Market has a 4 pack for $20. Didn't want to spend $20 on a 4 pack of beer that I didn't know if I would like or not. Figured the 750 ml bottle was a bit better to try first.

Delirium Tremens is a Belgian blonde ale. 8.5% ABV.  Brouwerij Huyghe was founded in 1906. This being a tripel beer and being a Belgian style ale, I figured how could I go wrong. It was voted the "Worlds Best Beer" at the the 2008 World Beer Championship in Chicago, Illinois.

Poured into a tulip glass. Huge head that thins out to about a half inch head. Plenty of carbonation. Tremens is brewed with three types of yeast. Aroma has yeast characters along with some slight citrus. A bit of maltiness is there as well. Not much of a funky smell as I thought it would have had. Taste is citrusy, yeasty with touches of bread. A slight bitterness is present. Plenty of tastes that I can't quite put my finger on. Not my most favorite beer but is in my top ten.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Warrior IPA

Left Hand Brewing Warrior IPA

Another bomber bottle picked up from Savor Market. $6.99 for the 22 ounce bottle.

7.6% ABV with an IBU of 69.
Warrior has a BA score of 86 and a Bros score of 90 on Beer Advocate. Overall rating of 94 on RateBeer. It's an American IPA. Pours a copper color. Huge head upon first pour and lasts quite awhile. Hoppy and citrus in the aroma. Taste is hoppy, piney, citrusy and a touch of malt. Citrus is noticeable but isn't upfront. The piney, hoppy flavor is a bit more upfront. A touch malt to add sweetness is there. I would have expected a bit more of a grapefruit taste than what I could taste. Worth checking out at least once.