Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Guinness Black Lager Beer Review - Inspection #29

Brewing Company: Guinness Ltd.
Location: Dublin Ireland

Appearance: 3.5/5
Aroma: 7/10
Taste: 6/10
Overall: 69/100  D+

Monday, December 12, 2011

Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2011 Beer Review - Inspection #28

Brewing Company: Innis & Gunn
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
ABV%: 7.4 IBU: ?

Appearance: 4.5/5
Aroma: 8.5/10
Taste: 5.5/10
Overall: 71/100 C-

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Beer Review - Inspection #27

Brewing Company: Innis & Gunn
Location: ABV%: 7.4
IBU: ?

Appearance: 4/5
Aroma: 7.5/10
Taste: 8.5/10
Overall: 88/100 B+

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Innis & Gunn Original Beer Review - Inspection #26

Brewing Company:  Innis & Gunn Original
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
ABV%: 6.6
IBU: ?

Appearance: 3.5/5
Aroma: 6.5/10
Taste: 8.5/10
Overall: 85/100 B

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Innis and Gunn In Florida!

Innis and Gunn has come to Florida. Be on the look out for a video review in the coming days!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Bell's Oberon Ale Beer Review - Inspection #25

Brewing Company: Bell's Brewery Inc
Location: Kalamazoo, MI
ABV%: 5.8

Appearance: 3.5/5
Aroma: 7.5/10
Taste: 8/10 Overall: 88/100 B+

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale Beer Review - Inspection #23

Brewing Company: Shipyard Brewing Company
Location: Portland, Me
ABV%: 5.1
IBU: ??

Appearance: 2.5/5
Aroma: 5.5/10
Taste: 5.5/10
Overall: 67/100 D+

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Wild Ale Beer Review - Inspection #24

Brewing Company: Lagunitas Brewing Company
Location: Petaluma, CA
ABV%: 9.4
IBU: 72.51

Appearance: 4/5
Aroma: 9/10
Taste: 8/10
Overall: 93/100 A-
Beautiful Light Golden Orange Body.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale Beer Review - Inspection #22

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Brewing Company: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Location: Milton, De
ABV%: 7.0
IBU: 28

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale is the second pumpkin ale that I've reviewed this year. My first review of this style was on Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale. For the most part, I enjoyed Weyerbacher's version; however, I was hoping for a little less spice and a lot more pumpkin.
This is Dogfish Head's best selling seasonal beer. You can find it in 22 states from September to November.


Gets you in the fall mood.

This poured a beautiful orange, honey-like color. The body was very clear with moderate carbonation. The one figure head was light brown that vanished pretty quickly.
Appearance: 4/5


A mellow smelling pumpkin ale.

The nose on this was very mellowed out. I got hints of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Unlike in the Weyerbacher, the pumpkin smell dominated the cinnamon.



The taste is where Dogfish Head separates itself from Weyerbacher. The organic brown sugar which isn't part of the Weyerbacher recipe, blended well with the spices and carbonation. You got a smooth spice taste in the front, followed by a nice pumpkin flavor in the back. The mild carbonation combined with the oily texture enhanced the taste of the cinnamon and pumpkin.

I personally liked this one more than Weyerbacher's pumpkin ale. The taste was a lot more balanced with the pumpkin and spices. I'm more likely to pick up a four pack of Dogfish Head Punkin Ale due to its drinkability. If you have tried both, then tell me which one you like better.

Overall: 86/100 B+ 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale Beer Review - Inspection #21

Brewing Company: Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Location: Easton, PA
ABV%: 8.0
IBU: ?
Appearance: 4/5
Aroma: 7.5/10
Taste: 7.5/10
Overall: 80/100 B-

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Yuengling Traditional Lager Beer Review - Inspection #20

Yuengling Traditional Lager

Brewing Company: Yuengling Brewery
Location: Pottsville, Pennsylvania 
ABV%: 4.4

I finally decided to review a beer from the oldest brewery in America. Yuengling Traditional Lager is Yuengling Brewery’s flagship beer that is distributed to 14 states on the east coast. They include the following: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. They soon plan to distribute to Ohio as early as October of this year. Supposedly, this is President Obama's favorite brew. Who knew?


Out of a can, this beer poured a rich copper color into my Guinness pint glass. The carbonation on this one was very apparent. The head was light brown with a one and half finger length, which dissipated fairly quickly.
Grade: 3.5/5


For the most part, the aroma wasn't really overwhelming. You got hints of caramel and toffee with an underlying grassy hop. For 4.4% abv., my olfactory system sure got more than it expected. 
Grade: 7/10


Enjoying Yuengling Traditional Lager.
The taste wasn't complex, but it did have more to offer than your regular American lager. I experienced sweet malt in the front and middle. In the back end, I was hit with this lemony/salty flavor that surprisingly wasn't off putting. This was light to medium body with a thin watery texture. Carbonation feel was soft that went well with the lemony finish.

Grade: 7/10


All in all, this was a pretty decent beer. For around six dollars a six pack, you really can do worse. I definitely see myself buying a 6-12 pack of this and watching a sporting event or busting it out for a tailgate. Football season will be just around the corner, so pick yourself up a case!
Grade: 79/100 C+

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Miller High Life Vs. Miller Genuine Draft Beer Review - Inspection #19

Miller High Life


Miller Genuine Draft

Brewing Company: Miller Brewing Co.
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
ABV%:  4.7%(Both)
IBU: ?

Today, I'm doing a beer request for a buddy of mine in California. He wanted me to review Miller Genuine Draft(MGD), so I figured it would be fun to do a side by side review of MGD and Miller High Life. It seems as if both beers are made from the same recipe. Their nutritional values are identical, so what makes these beers different?
Well, Miller High Life goes through a pasteurization process, whereas MGD doesn't. MGD is an unpasteurized beer that is actually cold filtered. Basically, cold filtering is a process where you chill the beer to a certain temperature. In effect, the impurities are clumped up together making it easier to filter out. Miller High Life was introduced in 1903, making it one of the oldest brews from Miller Brewing Company. MGD was introduced in 1985. 

MGD(Left) and Miller High Life(Right)

For the most part, both beers had a similar look. Miller High Life had a three fingered, white head that looked creamy. MGD had a one fingered, white head that looked pillowy. The Miller High Life had a gold clear body which was accompanied by moderate carbonation. The body on MGD was similar, but the golden color appeared a bit faded out.

Miller High Life: 3/5
MGD: 2.5/5


There was a dramatic difference in the smell between these two beers. The Miller High Life had aromas of light grain and heavy corn. Overall, the High Life had a very processed smell. To my surprise, the MGD was very weak in the aroma department. My nose picked up a little of grain and sweet corn, but that was about it. The potency of the smell was more closer to a light lager than a American adjunct lager.

Miller High Life: 5.5/10
MGD: 4/10


Living the high life.
I'm glad I did this side by side comparison because I would've never guessed that there was a overwhelming difference between these two beers. In the front and middle, the Miller High Life left a sweet malt taste with a little corn flavor. Almost no flavor in the back end. The carbonation was just right which was complimented with a watery and creamy texture. For an American Adjunct Lager, High Life hit the spot. On the other hand, the MGD was quite a disappointment. There was little taste to this beer. Just like smell, MGD had a mild grain and corn taste. The drinkability of MGD was ruined by its fizzy carbonation. Both are light bodied, but MGD was just too fizzy for me to enjoy.

Miller High Life: 6/10
MGD: 3/10


In my opinion, Miller High Life is light years ahead of MGD. MGD was just not a drinkable beer for me. It lacked flavor and the mouth feel was atrocious. At my local liquor store, MGD is actually a dollar more for a six pack. This will probably be the last bottle of MGD I'll be drinking in my life. Miller High Life on the other hand reassured me that it's still my go to American adjunct lager.

Miller High Life: 70/100 C-
MGD: 25/100 F


Friday, July 29, 2011

Schneider Aventinus Beer Review - Inspection #18

Brewing Company: P Weissbierbrauerie G. Schneider & Sohn
Location: Kelheim, Germany
ABV%:  8.2
IBU: ?

Appearance: (4/5)  The body was dark reddish-brown with minimal bubbles.  A one-finger, creamy light brown head that disappeared within a few minutes.

Aroma: (9/10) This had a little bit of everything.  The dominant aroma was banana and wheat.  Also had hints of sweet grape and cloves.  A slight alcohol smell that went well with the grape.

Taste: (9.5/10)  Sweet caramel and banana up front.  Finished off with a spicy flavor.   

Overall: (95/100) (A) This is one of my favorite beers.  Everything went well together and will be spending 4 dollars again to get this beer. I highly recommend this one!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Golden Pheasant(Zlaty Bazant) Beer Review - Inspection #17

Brewing Company: Pivovar Zlaty Bazant
Location: Hurbanovo, Slovak Republic
IBU: ?

Appearance:(4/5) A nice clear golden body with a 2 finger head. The beer produced a frothy white colored head which had little retention.

Aroma:(5.5/10) Aroma was faint overall. A hint of sweet malt and grassy notes.

Taste:(7.5/10) A sweet acidic taste in the front which faded away towards the middle. You are later hit with a spicy citrus bitterness that is moderate. Didn't like the mouth feel on this one. It had a watery/creamery feel that didn't go well with this style of beer.

Overall:(82/100) A pretty good pilsener, but it lost some points with me because it lacked a dry/crisp finish.


Monday, July 11, 2011

Dogfish Head Squall IPA Beer Review - Inspection #16

Brewing Company: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Location: Milton, Deleware
ABV%: 9%
IBU: ??
Appearance: (3.5/5) Poured a hazy orange color with little head in a big brandy snifter.  The head was light tan that didn't last very long.
Aroma: (8.5/10)  Dominant smell was orange. I also got hints of pine and perfume like aroma.  
Taste: (8.5/10) Mild bitterness with a grapefruit bite in the front and middle.  It finished off with a malty caramel taste. There was a lot of other stuff going on in this taste that I couldn't pinpoint.
Overall: 90/100


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Southern Tier Mokah Beer Review - Inspection #15

Brewing Company: Southern Tier Brewing Co.
Location: Lakewood, NY
ABV%:  11.2
IBU:   ?
Appearance: (3/5)  Pitch black body with a minimal head in the brandy snifter.  Head color was light brown.
Aroma: (8.5/10) This was a fantastic smelling beer.  Got a lot of dark chocolate and and hints of caramel malts.  For the most part, it smelled like a mocha!
Taste: (8/10)   Bittersweet chocolate in the front.  Mild bitterness in the middle and back end which was complimented with slight malty caramel taste.  Finish had some alcohol present, but wasn't off putting. 
Overall: (87/100)  Just a great imperial stout. I wish it had a little more coffee in the taste, but I maybe getting a little picky there...  I don't think you'll be disappointed with this selection.


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Southern Tier IPA Beer Review - Inspection #14

This IPA comes from Southern Tier Brewery based in Lakewood, NY.  The Abv. is 7.3% and IBU is 65.

Appearance: (3/5)  The IPA pours a amber/copper like color. A creamy thin head that's pretty much off-white.
Medium carbonation with tiny bubbles     

Aroma: (7/10)  The best part of the beer in my opinion. I got a ginger like aroma with some grapefruit notes. Over-all a good hoppy smell. 

Taste: (7/10) In the front end I got a lot of citrus. Towards the middle the bitterness invited itself. The finish had a grapefruit bite with a subdued bitterness taste. For 7.3%, I didn't smell or taste the alcohol.

Overall: (82/100)   For the most part, a very drinkable and enjoyable IPA. I wish it was a lot more hoppier in the taste. Definitely a decent starter IPA.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

So That's Why They Call It a Imperial Russian Stout!

Pretty cool article/video on BBC.Com on British brewers and the origin of the Russian Imperial Stout.

Check it out!


Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale Beer Review - Inspection #13

This barleywine from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company comes in at 9.6% ABV. and an astonishing IBU of 90.  
Appearance: This was just an amazing looking beer.  The reddish-brown color with light brown head made this a great looking beer 4/5
Aroma: The smell on this puppy was magnificent.  I got hints of dark fruit, sweet malts, and caramel like note.  Alcohol was there, but blended well with everything else. 8.5/10
Taste: This is one of most complex beers I've tasted so far.  Bitter throughout, but was well complimented with the sweet caramel like flavor.  Not bad for 90 IBU 8/10

Overall: 92/100


Monday, June 13, 2011

Harpoon White UFO Wheat Beer Review - Inspection #12

Harpoon White UFO is a witbier that comes from a brewery in Boston.  This is the second beer I've reviewed from Harpoon Brewery.  The first being their chocolate stout.  This beer has an ABV% of 4.8 and an IBU of 10.

Appearance: Off-white one finger head that is frothy.  Hazy, Golden yellow body. Rating 3/5

Aroma: Hints of coriander and orange/citrus aroma.  Semi - fruity pebble smell. Rating 6/10

Taste: Moderately sweet beer that is dominated with a lemon flavor in the front.  Not much to the finish, which I didn't like. Rating 6/10

Overall: 78/100

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Good Juju Ginger Ale Beer Review - Inspection #11

Saw this spiced beer at the store and said, "Why Not?".  I personally don't mind ginger so I wasn't hesitant to pick this up from the shelf.  This one is brewed by Left Hand Brewing Company out of Longmont, CO.  It has a abv. % of 4.5 and an IBU of 20.  
Appearance: (3/5)  Copper orange color with a 1-finger head. 
Aroma: 6/10  Initially, I got a strong ginger aroma, but dramatically toned down within a few minutes.  When toned down, I pretty much got a nice subtle ginger smell.
Taste: 7/10  Well-balanced.  The smell complimented the taste which was a huge plus.

Overall: 82/100  You're probably going to like this beer a lot more if you don't mind ginger. I see myself drinking this during the winter. 

Budweiser Beer Review - Inspection #10

Appearance: 1/5
Aroma: 2/10
Taste: 3/10

Overall: 32/100

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sierra Nevada Stout Beer Review - Inspection #3

Brewing Company: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Location: Chico, California
ABV%: 5.8
IBU: 50

Appearance: (4/5)  A nice creamy looking head.  A deep black color with ruby reddish color on the base. Also decent lacing was left on the glass.
Aroma: (8/10)  The sweet chocolate just hits you.  Didn't get much else from this. Faint hit of coffee.
Taste: 7/10 Nice coffee notes on the back end which goes very well with the bitterness. Sweet Chocolates at the front with coffee notes on the back end, which goes very well with the bitterness.

Overall: 92/100  A very good stout.  If you like stout, you will not have an issue with this one. Try it!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hacker Pschorr Hefe Weiss Beer Review - Inspection #9

  Appearance: 3/5
  Aroma: 7/10
  Taste: 7/10
  Overall: 87/10

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Heineken Beer Review - Inspection #8

  Appearance: 1/5
  Aroma: 5/10
  Taste: 5/10
  Overall: 73

Friday, May 27, 2011

Magic Hat 9 Beer Review - Inspection #4

Overall: 82

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