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Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale

94 BA score on Beer Advocate. 99 overall ans 97 style score on RateBeer.

Lots of wheat for a curious malt complexity and leaving it light in color, but huge in flavor and satisfaction.

Picked up a 6 pack today at Savor Market. $9.99 for a 6 pack. Really liked the A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas. I was interested to try this one. With this one using wheat and me not being a big fan of wheat beers, I wanted to know if it tasted like a bad wheat beer.

To me, wheat beers are like Pantera of the beer world. Not very interesting and overblown. Take Blue Moon for example. A beer made basically by MillerCoors, claiming to be a craft beer. Pantera is a "music" group claiming to be heavy metal and groove metal.

You know who is more metal than Pantera?

Yep, a girl in a pink car seat is more metal.

Betty White is even more metal that Pantera.

I'm the biggest Iron Maiden fan and I even know they are better than Pantera.

A Little Sumpin' Extra is 8.5% ABV and appears to be in the 72 IBU range. IBU ratings can be a little misleading. A beer with a lower IBU can actually taste more bitter than a beer with a higher IBU. It depends on what flavors are going on in the beer.

Have always been a fan of Lagunitas packaging. There is something about the pinup on this one and the Little Sumpin' Sumpin' beer. Also the Hairy Eyeball beer.

Look at that head. Has there been anything more beautiful? I feel some tears welling up right now. Of course I'm talking about the good tears. Not the I'm too poor to afford anything else but PBR, the crap beer tears. Or the I think PBR is actually a good beer but I don't really know good beer tears.Aroma has elements of citrus with a bit of malt. I don't really get that much of a wheat beer vibe to it. Taste starts off with citrus. For me, the malt isn't annoying with this one. Alcohol wasn't that upfront with this. For people who are kind of wary if DIPA/IIPA beers, this one would be a good one to try. Rated this a 4 on Untappd. Would've rated it a 4.25 if I could do quarter ratings.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Otter Creek Overgrown Pale Ale

No scores (as of July 29th, 2014) on RateBeer or Beer Advocate.

Picked up a 6 pack for $8.99 today at Savor Market. There was one lonely 6 pack left and I had to get it to relieve it of it's loneliness.

Those gosh darn hippies and their hippie lettuce.

Don't know if it's Acapulco Gold.

Or if it is some Panama Red. Maybe the Pantera fans in the reading audicine on what strain of the hippie lettuce is on the packaging. Pantera fans partake of the special recipe brownies to make Pantera listenable. Pantera fans also know what eye drops are the best of getting rid of red eye.

 A big american pale ale overgrown with all the american hops we could dig up.

Dripping with dank, American hop flavors and aromas, Overgrown is balanced by a subtle, sweet malt backbone that takes a back seat to the bountiful hop additions. A celebration of the hop-growing season, this one will tangle up your taste buds.

When I checked into this beer on Untappd, I was the 160th overall checkin to this beer. It would explain the lack of ratings on Beer Advocate and RateBeer. It's a fairly new beer. Overgrown was added to Beer Advocate on July 14th, 2014.

Pours a bit of a hazy golden yellow. Decent head. Lacing is decent with enough sticking to the glass to make it noticeable. Aroma is hoppy floral. Some light grass. Even lighter citrus. It seems this pale ale is more about the hops. Seems like it smells a bit more towards an IPA. Taste is really floral tasting. Not much citrus to it. Even though the IBU is 55, it seems like it is a higher bitterness. Some very light citrus and some grassy notes. Malt is detectable but is really in the background. To me, Overgrown would be more of an IPA than a pale ale. Overgrown seems to be geared more towards hop nerds like me. Rated it 4 outta 5.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Deep Fried Cream Cheese with larvae

Yes, this is a real thing. It's one of the new "foods" at the Ohio State Fair this year.

$5 for 3. I have to admit that I find any and all cream cheese to be disgusting. Larvae doesn't disgust me at all but the cream cheese is a different matter.

Took a couple bites and was done. Was disgusted with the cream cheese taste. Larvae did add some crunchiness. Threw it out. Why did I get it? To say I actually tried it.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Anchor IPA

82 BA and 75 Bros score on Beer Advocate. 93 overall and 87 style scores on RateBeer.

A recent purchase from Savor Market for $9.99.

Have had Anchor Steam Beer and thought it is a decent beer. It is one that has a rather unique taste to it. Anchor was once owned by Fritz Maytag. The last name should sound familiar. Fritz Maytag is related to the appliance makers. They are known for washers and dryers. And no, the company is not new, they have been around since 1893.

I was interested in how Anchor would produce an IPA. Didn't know if by chance it would taste similar to their steam beer but with more hops.

The California Gold Rush lured thousands west to "see the elephant," a 19th-century metaphor for the hopeful but risky pursuit of happiness, adventure, and fortune. As early as 1849, India Pale Ale - prepared by British brewers for export to India by adding dry hops to barrels of hoppy ale - was also heading west, from England around the Horn to San Francisco. Thirsty ‘49ers savored the best imported IPAs, but it wasn’t until 1975 that Anchor, Americas' original craft brewery, pioneered the revival of dry-hopped handmade ales. Now, that tradition fast-forwards to an adventurous new brew: Anchor IPA™.

Anchor IPA™ is made with 2-row barley malt and fresh whole-cone hops, its bright amber color, distinctively complex aroma, spiky bitterness, malty depth, and clean finish unite to create a uniquely flavorful, memorable, and timeless craft IPA.

The elephant you see on Anchor IPA™ was hand-drawn by our label artist, James Stitt. To "see the elephant" was a popular 19th-century expression that originated with a tale that predates the California Gold Rush.

There once lived a farmer who had heard of elephants but had never seen one. He longed for the day when he might catch a glimpse of this rare, exotic creature. When the circus came to town, he loaded his wagon with fresh produce and headed to market. On the way, just as he'd hoped, he came across the circus parade, nobly led by an enormous elephant. The farmer was ecstatic, but his horses were terrified. They reared and bucked, overturning his wagon and scattering its precious contents in the road. "I don’t give a hoot," exclaimed the farmer. "I have seen the elephant!"

The elephant became the universal symbol of the Gold Rush, as evidenced by the journals, letters, and sketchbooks of the forty-niners. Whether or not they struck it rich in the diggings, those plucky pioneers would forever treasure their California adventure as the defining moment of their lives. Have you seen the elephant?

2014 is the first year Anchor came out with the IPA. It's in pretty much the same bottle as the steam beer.

Pours with about a half inch of head. Lacing is spotty on the glass and is actually rather good. Smell isn't all that impressive. It just smells like their steam beer with slightly more hops. Taste is like the aroma. Just like the steam beer, only slightly more hopped. This isn't what I would consider an IPA. Would call it Anchor Steam version 1.5. Overall just ok for an IPA.

While drinking this, I do think I found out what actually killed Patrick Swayze.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Detour Double IPA

85 BA and Bros score on Beer Advocate. 97 overall and 87 style score on RateBeer.

The first time I had Detour was in a bomber with this artwork.

First brewed and released in 2010 as a core brand in their Crooked Line of beers, Detour Double IPA escalated into a brand that no longer fit in with the limited release nature intended for Uinta’s Crooked Line.  And so, Uinta gave the brand a face lift, adapting its packaging to emerge the brand into their Classic Line of beers.

So what changed? In lieu of a 750ml cork and caged finished bottle, Detour will be bottled in Uinta’s proprietary 12oz Compass Bottle and adorned with new label artwork that adopts the outdoorsy, adventurous look and feel of Uinta’s Classic Line.  The Detour label depicts a Vintage International  Scout and Airstream Camper heading away from the ‘hustle and bustle’ towards the great outdoors; the type of ‘Detour’ that resonates with the Uinta team and consumers alike. Detour will be available in a 4 pack and is scheduled to hit shelves in early February.

As for the beer, Detour’s hop profile will be kicked up a few notches with the addition of a fifth hop, Citra, which boosts citrusy characteristics in the beer.  A scenic tour of hops, consumers can expect a bright and bold Double IPA.

After I was in the fetal position, crying after drinking the sticky toffee pudding "beer", I needed to drink something to get the crappy taste outta my mouth.

I did my best Pantera fan going after a PBR impression for an actual beer.

Did get a 4 pack of Detour for $8.99 at Savor Market a couple weeks ago.

9.5% ABV and 95 IBU.

We know what that means. It automatically is a tasty beer.

With the addition of Citra hops, I was wondering how the taste might be affected. Plus I was happy that Detour is being added to Uinta's classic lineup of beers.

Poured into an IPA glass. Giant head. Plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma has some maltiness to it. Some citrus and pine are in the background. Taste is basically hop driven. Piney with some citrus. Some sweetness comes through as well. Bitterness quickly overpowers the maltiness. Not a ton of citrus. Alcohol is noticeable but not in the forefront. Probably not for fans of double/imperial IPA beers. Or as I call them, wusses. Rated it a 4 out of 5.

When I think of the toffee beer I start to cry.