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!

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