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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Hop Nosh

Uinta Brewing Hop Nosh

This is the same as Hop Notch. It was changed after a request from Notch Brewing.

The label with the old name.

90 BA score and 95 Bros score on Beer Advocate. 97 overall and style score on RateBeer.

7.3% ABV and 82 IBU. We here at the Ministry of the Extinction of All Things PBR have agreed that the higher the IBU, the better the beer. That means it has taste. Who knew a beer from the land of those those funky Mormons could produce a great beer?

The colors on this certainly do catch the eye. The bright green and somewhat simple illustration are actually amongst my favorite labels.

Poured in a Stone Enjoy By 04.20.14 glass. This one I must've done a good enough of a hard pour. The head wasn't too big. It pours a somewhat hazy body. The color is somewhat copperish. Aroma as with any good IPA is citrusy and hoppy. If an IPA doesn't have at least those two smells it might as well be PBR. Taste starts off with citrus. Hops kick in with the pleasant bitterness. Who knew the land of Mormons could do a nicely hopped beer? This is a classic beer and a classic American beer at that. Rated this a 4 out of 5.

We here at the Ministry of the Extinction of All Things PBR are always up to recommend music that should be in every music collection.

Anything by Porcupine Tree is worth owning but here are three ones:

Fear Of A Blank Planet

In Absentia

Lightbulb Sun

King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King

The Moody Blues - Days Of Future Passed

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown

Boylan Shirley Temple

Boylan Bottling Shirley Temple

From Boylan's website:
Boylan Shirley Temple is our tribute to the earliest versions of this non-alcoholic “cocktail” created in the 1930s. We started with Ginger Ale (is there any other way to make a Shirley Temple?), and then dressed her up with some dark sweet cherry and other secret ingredients, evenly sweetened with pure cane sugar, of course. Our Shirley Temple is a trip down memory lane for all who remember how it felt to “fit in” at the grown-up table, or to sit with Grandpa at the bar, while we sipped our fizzy drink served up on the white cocktail napkin. And how empowered we felt as we asked the bartender for more cherries, another slice of orange and a couple more plastic monkeys to hang from our glass.

 Another recent purchase from Weiland's Market. Traditionally a Shirley Temple is made with ginger ale, grenadine and orange juice.

Have never been a big fan of ginger ale. My mom is but I don't see what is so good about it. I do like some ginger candies.

Appearance certainly is red. It is highly carbonated. Not much of an aroma. Taste has a slight ginger bite to it. Not real noticeable but is there. A bit on the cherry side. It's almost like a cherry fruit punch. Very sweet tasting. Not bad. I wouldn't drink it all the time due to the sweetness.

Ithaca Root Beer

Picked up a 4 pack of Ithaca Root Beer a couple weeks ago at Weiland's Market.

It's done by Ithaca Beer Company.

They produce one of the best IPAs and one of the best all around beers. Flower Power is easily in my top 5 IPA beers and top 5 overall beers.

I saw Ithaca's Root Beer and I wondered how it would compare to my favorite Root Beer, Virgil's. IBC and Stewarts are also really good. A&W ranks as one of my least favorites. There are much better Root Beers, only if people are willing to try.

If I remember correctly it was $7.99 for the 4 pack. High, yes. Virgil's is about the same price, but is well worth the price.

I don't think I've ever had a root beer that had hops in it.

Poured into a Ithaca beer glass. It is really fizzy. Aroma smells like a root beer. Some I've tried lately had a rather thin aroma to them, not much of a root beer smell. As with those other root beers, they also had a rather thin root beer taste as well. This one actually tastes like root beer. Starts off a bit creamy. Star Anise is noticeable but not overpowering. After taste is a bit strange. Don't know if it is the hops, but the after taste is kind of nice. Ithaca Root Beer is for people who think root beer should taste like root beer. It ranks second behind Virgil's.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Brooklyn Black Ops

92 BA score on Beer Advocate. 100 overall and 95 style score on RateBeer. 11.5% ABV for the 2013 release.

Brooklyn Black Ops does not exist. However, if it did exist, it would be a strong stout concocted by the Brooklyn brewing team under cover of secrecy and hidden from everyone else at the brewery. The myth is that this supposed “Black Ops” was then aged for four months in bourbon barrels, bottled flat, and re-fermented with Champagne yeast. Presumably such a beer would raise a rich, fluffy dark brown head and it would combine chocolate and coffee flavors with a rich underpinning of vanilla-like bourbon notes. A beer like that would be mighty nice, but it would be hard to make more than few cases – it could never be sold or released to the public. They say that the brewmaster revealed the beer to a few other people at the brewery only after it had been barreled. The rumor going around is that the brewery plans to drink the beer themselves over the holidays and give some to their family and friends. That’s what they say. But frankly, there’s no evidence for any of this. This beer is obviously a figment of people’s fervent imaginations. People tend to get loopy around the holidays. Everyone go home now – there’s nothing to see here.

Bought two bottles of Brooklyn Black Ops back in January 2014. Both bottles were $19.99 a piece at Giant Eagle. Drank one right away. Cellared the other bottle to see how it would taste slightly aged. Really loved the first bottle. It's been hard to break into the second bottle. Have never been a big Brooklyn Brewery fan. Their beers are good but not great. Black Ops is the only beer from Brooklyn I would say is great. It's carbonated in the bottle. With champagne yeast, it gives the beer small bubbles.

Poured into a Samuel Adams glass. It's as dark as my mother's soul. Very nice thick head. What guy doesn't like that? Aroma is of nice roasted malts. Stouts are the only beer that should be malt forward. Any other malt forward beer can suck it. Some chocolate is noticeable. Doesn't seem to smell different from the first bottle I had. Taste seems to be just as great. This should set an example of how Brooklyn Beers should be. It is worth the $19.99 bottle price. Plus it is an Imperial Stout. We all know Imperial beers are better.

Suggested reading:
Stories In The Grove - Phil Nuxhall

The book is authored by Phil Nuxhall, Joe Nuxhall's brother.

Great White

Lost Coast Great White

Some people who see the title of this post might think of a crap 80's hair band.

Anyone into music knows that Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Great White is a poor cover version of the song by Ian Hunter.

Then people should know that Ian Hunter was lead singer for Mott The Hoople.

77 BA score on Beer Advocate. 41 overall and 46 style score on RateBeer.

Witbiers have not really been my thing. First of all they generally are wheat beers. Secondly, they tend to have some sort of spice or other flavorings to it. That usually means that crap beer is tried to be spruced up taste wise.

With the low score on RateBeer, I figured buying it would be a mistake. Sometimes I don't agree with the ratings, especially RateBeer's ratings. Tend to agree with Beer Advocate scores a majority of the time.

This'll be a short review. There is basically no redeeming value to this beer. Beer smells like piss, literally. Almost no head. Taste is horrible. Don't know else to describe it. It's basically a witbier version of PBR. This one should be avoided at all costs. The other 5 beers I will have to give away. It's that bad.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Lake Erie Monster

90 BA score on Beer Advocate. 98 overall and 90 style score on RateBeer.

Picked up a 4 pack today at Savor Market. Have been slacking lately on beer tasting. Have beer in the fridge I haven't gotten to.

Lake Erie Monster is produced by the only Ohio brewery that matters - Great Lakes Brewing. They are the beer version of the Clash. As we all know the Clash is the only band that matters.

One advantage that Lake Erie Monster has over PBR is that it is actually brewed by Great Lakes. PBR is contract brewed. Another advantage is Lake Erie Monster is an Imperial IPA. It actually has taste which is the sign of an actual beer.

PBR drinkers can't figure out how to open a can, so they resort to the above.

Believe it or not, this PBR drinker is only 24 years old. See what the effects are of drinking the deadly scourge.

You go Wonka.

First had a four pack back in 2012. Had a growler in 2013. Now I'm back to a 4 pack in 2014.

9.1% ABV with 80 IBU. Lake Erie Monster is brewed with Simcoe and Williamette hops. Simcoe is the bittering hops. Williamette is an American version of Fuggles. Great Lakes Brewing sets the standard for Ohio Breweries. Fat Heads comes in second. Thirsty Dog couldn't hold the other two's jock strap.

Poured into a Stone IPA glass. Color is a dark golden color. Isn't that head a thing of beauty? People who drink crap beer out of a bottle or can don't know what they are missing. Aroma is extremely pleasant. Hops with citrus with some malt. Basically floral hops with some sweetness. Citrus seems to be grapefruit with some pineapple. Sweetness is probably from the malts. Taste is nice for an Imperial IPA. Doesn't seem to be an alcohol presence. It's odd that a beer with 9.1% ABV doesn't seem boozy. Citrus tastes follow the aroma, grapefruit and pineapple. Sweetness soon follows. Very slightly dry finish. It doesn't seem to be an 80 IBU beer. I think all the different flavors cover up the bitterness. It's a very nice Imperial IPA. Not for the mullet wearers. This is what an American beer should taste like. Sure beats the goat urine that is PBR. Rated this a 4 outta 5.