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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Heavier Handed

90 BA score on Beer Advocate. 97 overall and 84 style scores on RateBeer.

A recent purchase from Savor Market. Two Brothers always seems to do decent beers.

Unlike A&W which is the PBR of the root beer world. It's one of those root beers that just isn't that good compared to other root beers. People who drink it, probably drink Zima. And root for Cleveland sports teams.

Nothing can compare to Virgil's. It like an IPA, the only one that matters. It is the Clash of Root Beers.

IBC isn't bad either. Certainly much better than A(ss)&W(arts)

Who can forget Stewart's? It originated out of Mansfield, Ohio. How do I know that? The power of reading. Reading does a body good. Word searches don't count as reading.

PBR drinkers heads are probably about to explode right about now. They ain't much into none of that fancy book lernin'.

And Pantera.

Within moments of harvest, we add fresh picked American hops to this India Pale Ale. These “wet hops” play nicely against a crisp, complex malt character. This hop lover’s dream lives up to its name in a thoroughly enjoyable manner.

Don't know why Two Brothers went with the cartoony label. It looks amateurish. Pantera level amateurish. Cleveland Indians amateurish. I mean come on, the Pittsburgh Pirates made it into at least one round of playoffs this year. To me, the label is like the Chicago Cubs, a bit of a loser.

Of course someone would probably try and defend the label. Those people are zima loving, PBR swillers. They defend PBR by saying it's 'Murican.

What happens to me every single time.

Poured with a decent sized head. Aroma was hops and pine right off the bat. Pine is strong in this one. Some citrus is there. Taste is piney hops mixed in with some very nice citrus. Seems to lean a bit towards grapefruit citrus. Some malt is present but takes a back seat. Much like Pantera does with other actual metal bands. Heavier Handed has 84.3 IBU and it seems to be cut by the citrus. At 8.1% ABV, the alcohol isn't that noticeable. Rated it a 4 on Untappd. Would give it 4.25.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Two Hearted Ale

95 BA and 92 Bros scores on Beer Advocate. 100 overall and style scores on RateBeer.

Bell's Two Hearted Ale is defined by its intense hop aroma and malt balance. Hopped exclusively with the Centennial hop varietal from the Pacific Northwest, massive additions in the kettle and again in the fermenter lend their characteristic grapefruit and pine resin aromas. A significant malt body balances this hop presence; together with the signature fruity aromas of Bell's house yeast, this leads to a remarkably drinkable American-style India Pale Ale.

Since PBR is being bought by the Russians, those dirty PBR swilling hipsters may have to go to Miller High Life. After all, it is the Champagne of beers.

Only trouble would trying to decide what glass to drink it from.

A Champagne flute?

Or a Champagne coupe?

Then they can pretend they are the Continental whilst drinking the champagna.

Am making a case study of those "non readers".

I've noticed they tend to like the above band. Don't know why. Pantera is much like Lil' Wayne. Lil' Wayne murdered the hippity hoppity music. Pantera tried to kill metal with swag. Swag leads to fireballs and not the liquid fireballs. Swag leads to YOLO.

The swag infected non readers don't realize that This Is Spinal Tap is the only mockumentary that matters. It goes to 11. Which is about 11 higher than what PBR drinkers can count. They never learned to count because reading how to count hurts their head.

Picked up a 6 pack a couple weeks ago at Savor Market. Yes, it can take me awhile to get to a beer. After all, do have a lot of reading to to do. Have to know info from the books about what goes on in the world and what has happened. People who don't learn the past are doomed to repeat. Nickelback fans never learned that. Should have learned from Pantera, bad music ruins lives.

First had it a few months ago on draft at a restaurant. Wasn't real impressed with it. Had it on draft about a month later and liked it a bit more. Had it for a third time on draft and really liked it. Knew I should get a 6 pack at some point.

Look at the color of that beer. PBR wishes it could be that color. PBR wishes it could actually be a beer. Somewhat minimal head. Aroma is nice. Piney hops and citrus. Add in some malt. While I'm not a big fan of a big malt presence in an IPA, malt in this one is nice. I don't expect an IPA to geared towards the malt. That would be like saying Pantera is geared towards music lovers.

Anyone who would disagree with that, I have just one question.
IPA beers should be geared towards the hops.

Anyway, back to the beer. Taste has a lot going on. Plenty of pine and citrus for the hop lovers. The right amount of bitterness to it. Malt is there. Not that upfront, but it's there. Malt adds a tiny amount of sweetness. At 7% ABV, alcohol is above average. For any true beer lover, this is a great one. It's not for those who say they love beer but only drink Bud Light or Miller Lite or even Coors Lite. That isn't beer. It's goat urine. Those are "beers" for people who hate real beer. As I would call them - nancy boy.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rum Barrel Oil Of Aphrodite

94 BA score on Beer Advocate. 99 overall and 91 style scores on RateBeer.

Had the regular Oil Of Aphrodite last week and loved it. Savor Market got in the Rum Barrel version in today. Thought the 12.7 ounce bottle would have been a similar price or slightly higher. The rum barrel bottle is $11.99. Was a bit shocked it was almost double the price.

But I have never been a big rum fan. Light and dark rum gets a little annoying to me. Bourbon is the manly drink. Rum always makes me think of Captain Morgan.

A pirate walks into a bar with a steering wheel coming out of his fly. Bartender sees it and says "Boy that must hurt." The pirate responds "Arrr, it's driving me nuts."

A little updates on the Russians buying Pabst. The brands involved are:

It seems like they are trying to get some 'Murican swag.

Of course we all know PBR drinkers have a certain type of swag.

That's right, PBR drinkers have Bieber swag. Don't know if the Russians want that. Of course that kind of swag could be killed with high doses of actual beer.

Yes I know all the PBR drinkers are getting all hot and bothered over the swag. Contain yourselves, please. Think of the children.

The regular Oil of Aphrodite was a great beer. But one beer does not, NOT, make Jackie O's a better brewery. Brooklyn Brewery is just ok, but their Black OPS beer is amazing. Doesn't make Brooklyn any better. It just means sometimes a company can get lucky with a beer. It's similar to Pantera. Ask anyone to name a Pantera song and chances are they will mention Walk. Ask them to name another song and chances are they can't. And that's the fans. I actually live a few minutes away from the Alrosa Villa where Dimebag Darrell was killed. Alrosa is actually the combined names of the original owners, Al & Rosa.

Poured into a tulip. Color is dark. Not as big of a head as the regular version. Aroma is of rum. It's like a rum bonanza. Some hints of chocolate. Boozey smell is apparent. Taste to me is all about the rum in this one. While there are roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, those take a back seat. While nice at first, letting it warm up a bit made the rum more annoying. While nice at first, the rating started going down. Would have rated it 4.978. Towards the end I would have rated it 6.66 because it became a satan beer. Worth trying once but at the price, it wouldn't be anything other than a special occasion beer.