Synek Draft System

Synek Draft System

Hey Beer-Taster lovers!

I just wanted to change speeds here for a second and pass on some awesome news that any craft beer lover should get excited about. Check out this video for a new craft beer draft system that should be out in 2015. It is called the Synek Draft System, and was created by a friend of a friend so I am even more excited to help get the word out. Let me know what you think. I can’t wait to get my hands on one!

 

 

Posted on July 27, 2014 at 2:37 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Mickey’s

Mickey's

Mickey’s is brewed in Milwaukee at the Miller Brewing Company. It has a 5.8% ABV and is available year-round to give you a nice big headache.

This beer does pour out a nice golden color, with a thick white head that actually has some retention, and lacing to it while consuming. The aroma leaves a lot to be desired as I picked up some basic corn, and grain tones. The taste of this beer is smooth and has a somewhat sweet maltiness to it but it doesn’t really go anywhere. It does have a decent balance to it but after a couple of these I found myself starting to form a headache.

Overall this isn’t a bad beer for the price but there are a lot of other options that don’t cost that much more that I would go to first.

Cheers!

Posted on July 27, 2014 at 2:33 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Malt Liquor, Rating 60-69

Dogfish Head Namaste

Dogfish Head Namaste

This Witbier is brewed by the Dogfish Head Brewery located in Milton DE and it has a nice light 4.8% ABV.

I found this beer to pour out a nice hazy straw yellow color producing a nice amount of white head that laced on the glass. The aroma had a lot going on as there were some nice lemon, orange, and coriander tones to please the nostrils. The taste of this beer was nice and light, however still full of flavor as the orange, and lemon really show through up front. This beer has a great balance to it and I believe would make for a damn good spring/summer beer to enjoy outside with some friends and family.

Overall this is a great Witbier that I would suggest you try if given the chance.

Cheers!

Posted on July 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Belgian Styled Beers, Rating 80-89, Wheat Beers/Hefeweizen's

Dogfish Head India Brown Ale

Dogfish Head India Brown Ale

Dogfish Head out of Milton DE brews this nice India Brown Ale year-round and it has a nice 7.2% ABV.

I found this beer to pour out a nice dark brown color that transformed into a gorgeous ruby red when held up to the light. It had a thick off white head that laced on the glass and had nice retention. The aroma of this beer had some caramel, and chocolate tones to it as well as some brown sugar, and black licorice possibly. The taste of this beer is very smooth and it contained the same tones that are found in the aroma from start to finish maintaining an excellent balance. There is also a slightly bitter hop finish to it but it isn’t overwhelming by any means.

This is an excellent version of a brown ale, but keep in mind that this is also a hybrid brown as it contains a bit of an IPA character. The India Brown from Dogfish Head is known as one of the great beers that they produce and in my opinion it doesn’t disappoint and is well worth the try.

Cheers!

Posted on July 26, 2014 at 5:35 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Brown Ales, IPA's, Rating 90-94

Dogfish Head Burton Baton

Dogfish Head Burton Baton

This oak aged Imperial IPA is brewed out of Milton DE at the Dogfish Head brewery.  This beer is now available year-round and has a hefty 10% ABV.

The beer pours out a nice dark orange color with a thick white head that has a good retention, and laces nicely on the glass. I found there to be some grapefruit, lemon, and orange peel in the aroma as well as a nice oak aged barrel tone. There is also some caramel, and bready malt tones as well so as you can see there is a lot going on with this one. The taste of this beer starts off with the bread, and caramel malt that was found in the aroma. I also found there to be a nice balance of the fruit in the middle before a slightly mild bitterness that I believe is mellowed out a bit by the aging in the oak barrels. The finish also contains a nice warmth in the belly from the ABV.

Overall this is an excellent beer and I would suggest you pick it up if you are lucky enough to have it distributed near you. I drove three hours with my wife to Savoy IL to get my four pack.

Cheers!

Posted on July 26, 2014 at 5:24 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: IPA's, Rating 90-94

Old Dominion Abbey Ale

Old Dominion Abbey Ale

This Belgian Dubbel is brewed by Old Dominion Brewery located out east in Dover DE.  This is a spring time seasonal, and carries a 7.2% ABV.

I found ole Abbey to pour out a nice amber color, creating a decent amount of head that laced nicely on the glass. The aroma of the beer had a whole lot going on as I found it to contain some spices, clove, banana, Belgian yeast, and some caramel, and toffee. When tasting this beer you get some nice caramel, and toffee sweetness up front, before a nice subtle sweet bitterness in the finish. I found that the banana, and clove showed up at the end as well as some of that Belgian yeast that was found in the aroma.

Overall I found this was yet another fantastic beer from the Old Dominion brewery and I would suggest you give it a shot. They never disappoint, and are always brewing something nice! Thank you again Lauren for sending me out a bottle to try for the site.

Cheers!

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 6:57 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Belgian Styled Beers, Rating 90-94

Grand Teton Splash Down

Grand Teton Splash Down

This Belgian Golden Ale is brewed out of Victor ID, at the Grand Teton Brewery. It is a part of their Cellar Reserve series, and it has a nice 7.5% ABV.

This beer poured out a nice dark orange color, producing a decent amount of head that laced on the glass. The aroma of this beer contained some spice, banana, and some bubblegum as well as some earthy hops. The taste of this beer starts off with some banana, and bubblegum that is rather light and flavorful. The finish to this beer has a slight bitterness to it that shows off the hops, as well as a bit of alcohol while still carrying a nice balance throughout.

Overall this is a nice beer from Grand Teton, and I am going to seek it out at my local liquor store. Give this one a shot, I think it is a nice compliment to sip on and enjoy on a warm day.

Cheers!

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 6:45 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Belgian Styled Beers, Rating 80-89

Old Dominion Cherry Blossom Lager

Old Dominion Cherry Blossom Lager

This Lager is brewed by the Old Dominion Brewery which is out of Dover DE and founded in 1989. This is a Spring Seasonal and it has a nice 5.2% ABV.

Cherry Blossom pours out a nice cloudy red color that produced a decent amount of head that laced the glass. There was also quite a bit of sediment floating in the glass while drinking. The aroma of this beer is all cherries with a hint of some pale malts and it was pleasing. The taste of this beer starts off with a pale malt backbone, and then the cherries really take over your taste buds with a mildly tart finish. Now even though the cherries take over the beer I found the body of Cherry Blossom to be very light. There is also a great balance, and I found it very easy to drink.

Overall I think this is a great beer especially for the upcoming spring season. Heck I think this would be a great beer for the summertime given its light body, and full flavor. I would recommend you pick this one up if it is distributed near you. Unfortunately being in Missouri I don’t have this luxury. I would also like to thank Lauren again with Old Dominion for sending me a sample.

Cheers!

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 6:39 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Fruit and Vegetable Beers, Lagers/Pilsners, Rating 80-89

Dominion Candi Belgian Tripel

Dominion Candi Belgian Tripel

This Belgian Tripel is brewed by the Old Dominion Brewery located in Dover DE. Candi is a part of their Pinup Series of beers, and it has a nice big 9.5% ABV.

I found this beer to pour out a nice dark orange color that created a nice amount of head that laced on the glass, and had a nice amount of retention throughout. The aroma of this beer contained some Belgian yeast, some bubble gum, and some spices, and clove. The taste of this beer starts off with the spice, and clove before the bubblegum, and Belgian yeast arrive. The beer balances rather nicely in my opinion, and it hides the ABV very well, and shows off a little tartness in the finish.

Overall this is yet another great beer from the Dominion Brewery and I would recommend you pick it up. I still think they should start distributing to Missouri so I can start getting their fantastic brews on a regular basis.

Cheers!

 

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 6:13 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Belgian Styled Beers, Rating 90-94

Old Dominion Candi Belgian Tripel Takes Home The Gold!!

Old Dominion Candi Belgian Tripel Takes Home The Gold!!

Beer lovers check this out! One of my favorite breweries Old Dominion had one of their best beers take the gold at the World Beer Cup recently. If you haven’t tried this beer you need too because it is fantastic! Check out my review of it here, and check out the Old Dominion brewery’s web page here.

Cheers!!!

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 8:17 am by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Belgian Styled Beers