Beer Thoughts From the Beer Taster Vol 1

Good Evening Beer Tasters! This may be a new portion of Beer-Taster.com. Every now and then I get some thoughts that go through my head, and I feel I need to voice an opinion. To date I haven’t ever typed them out. Well, here goes.

There is something about the craft beer scene that bothers me. What is it you ask? The fact that there are so many haters against the domestic Macro brews. Do they make a boring beer? Sure, you could say that. It is the “yellow fizzy stuff”. There isn’t a whole lot to it in the taste department, and in a whole yes it is boring. You know what though? It serves its purpose in the beer industry. Without it we wouldn’t be where we are now. Think about it, did you start off by drinking IPA’s, or bourbon barrel aged stouts? How about a sour, or even something as simple as a pale ale? We all started somewhere,and most likely it was an American Lager. Let me tell you a little bit about how I started to enjoy beers. About 14 years ago I had a terrible, terrible night with some hard liquor and of course said I would never drink again. This is something we have all said on at least one occasion. Well time went by, and I really didn’t drink at all. Well I was at a “social gathering” with friends and they were all drinking Natty, and Bud Light. They didn’t understand why I wasn’t drinking any beer, and to that date I thought beer in general was disgusting. Well, they turned me on to the fact that iced oatmeal cookies, and American lagers go really well together. Try it! The rest is history. I started getting random six packs with buddies, and then going to make my own six packs at local liquor stores, and learned to love all styles. Now there is nothing I won’t try, and I look forward to anything that is put in front of me. I love the fact that there are so many styles, and styles of styles. It never ends!! This goes back to the beginning of this post. It all started, and got popular here in the states by the big Macro breweries. To me a Budweiser, and BBQ on a hot day is a great combination. When I want something super light to enjoy after cutting the grass, I go for a Natty. When I am at Fast Eddies I always go for an ice cold Coors Light in their chalice glass. I’m going to tell you all the truth. Natural Light is a staple in my fridge. It doesn’t get touched every day, but when it does, it does its job. You know what else is a staple in my fridge though? Ranger,and Rampant IPA from New Beligium. La Fin Du Monde from Unirbroue, any new Schlafly IPA, and in the summer time their Summertime Helles Lager. Charleville’s Hoptimistic IPA,  and Boulevard Wheat among others. I am always looking for something new as well to add to the collection. I am drinking a Unita Hop Nosh IPA at this very moment that I am typing this up. It is pretty damn good as well, and I will be getting it again, just like I said in the review.

In closing, thank you for reading this, and thank you for supporting the beer scene in a whole.  I guess the biggest thing that upsets me is the “beer snobs” that turn their nose up to anything domestic that is a Macro brew. It is like they are better than the beer etc. Please don’t be like this. Enjoy the beer industry, and all it has to offer. Please support your local breweries. Lets all stick together, and make this beer scene even more exciting than it already is! Thank you for reading. Have a great evening! Cheers!

Posted on April 7, 2016 at 12:22 am by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Uncategorized

Grand Teton Black Cauldron

Grand Teton Black Cauldron

This Imperial Stout is brewed by the Grand Teton Brewery located in Victor ID. It is apart of their Cellar Reserve Series, and has a big 9.5 ABV.

This Imperial Stout pours out a nice dark black color, with a thick brown head that laces on the glass. The aroma is full of chocolate, coffee, toffee, and black licorice, and it is rather pleasant. When tasting this big Imperial Stout, I found that the black licorice starts the beer off, and then it balances nicely with the chocolate, and coffee that is found in the aroma. The finish has a bit of a bite to it but it still maintains a nice creaminess to it making it easy to drink for such a big ABV.

Overall this is another win for the Grand Teton Brewery. I would suggest you pick it up if it is available near you. They still have not disappointed me, and I look forward to trying all of their new beers.

Cheers!

 

 

Posted on April 6, 2016 at 5:37 am by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Rating 80-89, Stouts

Grand Teton Sour Grand Saison

Grand Teton Sour Grand Saison

This Saison is brewed by the Grand Teton Brewery located in Victor ID. It has a 7.5% ABV, and is a part of their Cellar Reserve Series.

This beer pours out a nice hazy golden color, that creates a nice amount of head that laces on the glass. The aroma is fruity, with hints of mango, pineapple, and other tropical fruits. There is also a hint of pepper. I found the taste of this beer to have a nice balance up front between the fruit, and pepper before finishing up with a nice excellent, but not overpowering sour tone.

Overall this is a fantastic example of a sour beer, and I would recommend you try it out. There is an excellent balance to the beer, and it really shows itself off.

Cheers!

Posted on April 6, 2016 at 4:57 am by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Rating 90-94

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2015

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2015

The well known Bourbon County Stout is brewed out of Chicago IL, at the Goose Island Brewery. It is available during the winter months, and is known to make its debut on Black Friday after Thanksgiving. This bourbon barrel aged stout has a hefty 14.3%.

This stout pours out a black as night color, with a solid brown head. The aroma has a lot going on as there is some coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and caramel. There is also a nice touch of bourbon that warms up the nostrils. For having such a high ABV this beer is very easy to drink, yet is full flavored showing off its full body. The coffee, and chocolate show up first, before leading to the smooth creamy finish that hints of the bourbon that this beer is named after.

This is yet again another fantastic Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island. I will be looking forward to it again next year. If you get a chance to pick a bottle of this up, you should. It is very, very good.

Cheers!

Posted on April 5, 2016 at 9:56 am by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Rating 95-100, Stouts

Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback IPA

Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback IPA

This IPA is brewed out of Longmont CO at the Oskar Blues Brewery. It has a 4.9% ABV, and it is available year-round.

Pinner pours out a nice dark golden color. It makes a nice head, with retention throughout that laces on the glass. The aroma of this beer consists mostly of citrus, and tropical hop tones, and it is rather pleasant. When tasting this beer I found it to be very well balanced, as it has a nice hoppy taste to it, that is offset very nicely by a biscuity malt taste. It has a very soft mouthfeel, that leads me to believe this is more of a session IPA.

Overall, I think i would consider this a Session IPA, and I would have to say that it is the best Session IPA I have had to date. There is a lot of different notes that come out in this beer making it very enjoyable, and something that you could drink all day.

Cheers!

Posted on April 5, 2016 at 9:47 am by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: IPA's, Rating 90-94

Uinta Hop Nosh IPA

Uinta Hop Nosh IPA

This IPA is brewed out of Salt Lake City UT at the Uinta Brewery. It is available year-round and it as a 7.3% ABV.

I found this beer to pour out a dark orange color, It created a thick white head that laced on the glass, and had a nice retention throughout. The aroma consisted of some nice piney hops, as well as some fruit tones. The taste of this beer has a nice light malt front, that is well balanced with with a mild bitter piney hop finish. It has a light body, yet still carries alot of flavor, and it doesn’t disappoint.

Overall, I really enjoyed this IPA. I will be picking it up again. It doesn’t taste like it packs a 7.3% ABV punch.

Cheers!

Posted on April 5, 2016 at 9:16 am by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: IPA's, Rating 80-89

Ballast Point Sculpin Grapefruit IPA

Ballast Point Sculpin Grapefruit IPA

This IPA is brewed out of San Diego CA at the Ballast Point Brewery. It has a 7% ABV, and is available year-round.

I found this beer to pour out a nice light orange color. It produced a decent amount of head, that laced nicely on the glass, and had good retention. The aroma of this IPA produced some fantastic grapefruit, and orange notes. When tasting this beer I found it to be very crisp while carrying a fantastic balance between the fruity front, and the mild hop bitterness in the finish.

To date this is the best Grapefruit IPA that I have enjoyed. It doesn’t lack anywhere, and is very well balanced. I would recommend it, if it is available near you.

Cheers!

Posted on April 5, 2016 at 9:12 am by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: IPA's, Rating 90-94

Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale

This Pale Ale is brewed out of Longmont CO at the Oskar Blues Brewery. It has a 6.5% ABV, is available year-round, and is known in the craft beer industry as a top tier Pale Ale.

This beer pours out a nice dark orange color, producing a nice white head that laced on the glass. The aroma of this beer is dominated by a nice piney hop resin, and a hint of caramel malt. The taste of the beer starts off with the caramel malt, balancing nicely with the piney tones that has a slight bitterness to it as well.

Overall this is an excellent Pale Ale in my opinion, and it has become a staple in my fridge. I am happy that Oskar Blues has finally started distributing into St. Louis.

Cheers!

Posted on April 5, 2016 at 8:41 am by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Ale's, Rating 80-89

Stone Sorry Not Sorry IPA

Stone Sorry Not Sorry IPA

This Imperial IPA is a collaboration between three breweries. Stone, Bale Breaker, and one of my favorite local breweries here in St.Louis 4 Hands Brewing. When I saw this collaboration, I had to pick it up! The Sorry Not Sorry IPA has a nice 9.3% ABV, and is brewed out of Escondido CA, at the Stone Brewery.

Pouring out this beer, I found it to have a nice orange hue, that produced a nice amount of white head that laced on the glass. The aroma contained hints of peaches, and pineapple, as well as some piney hop tones. This beer has a full bodied taste that has a fantastic balance from the fruit front, to the nice bitter hoppy finish. I found the peach, and pineapple to show up very nicely at first, followed with some honey, and piney undertones. The high ABV is also well hidden in this one with just a touch of warmth in the finish.

Overall this is yet another fine IPA from the Stone brewery. I am extremely happy that 4 Hands was involved with this collaboration, to help further get their name out in the craft beer industry. They make some fantastic beers as well!!
Cheers!

Posted on April 5, 2016 at 8:21 am by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: IPA's, Rating 90-94

4 Hands The Devil’s Invention

4 Hands The Devil's Invention

This coffee stout is brewed out of St. Louis Mo at the 4 Hands Brewing Company. It has a 7.2% ABV, and came with a high amount of praise. Let’s see how it does.

This coffee stout pours out a nice black color, producing a nice amount of brown head. The aroma produced strong coffee tones, roasted malt, as well as some sweet caramel, and toffee malts. The taste leaves nothing to be desired as it produces some fantastic coffee notes, and some sweet malty undertones. This beer has a fantastic balance for a full bodied beer, and is quite fantastic.

This is yet again another great beer from the 4 Hands Brewery located near my hometown in St. Louis, and I would recommend you try this one, especially if you are a fan of coffee stouts. I hope that they decide to brew this one again.

Cheers!

Posted on April 5, 2016 at 6:15 am by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Rating 90-94, Stouts