Firestone Walker Leo V. Ursus Inferos

Firestone Walker Leo V. Ursus Inferos

This Imperial Rye IPA is brewed at the Firestone Walker brewery located in Paso Robles CA. It has a hefty 8.2% ABV and is a part of the Leo V. Ursus Chronology.

This beer pours out a dark orange color with a decent amount of head that shows a nice retention and laces on the glass. The aroma is nice, and full, and has a floral tone to it, as well as some spice from the rye. The taste of this beer starts off with some sweet malt, followed by a nice hoppy tone balancing well with the mildly bitter, spicy finish.

Overall this could quite possibly be the best Rye IPA I have ever had. The balance was fantastic, and the beer had a full aroma, and taste to it. Very well done Firestone Walker, very well done indeed!

Cheers!

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 8:31 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: IPA's, Rating 95-100

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez

This Gose style ale is brewed out of Escondido CA at the Sierra Nevada brewery. It has a 4.5% ABV and is brewed with cactus, and grapefruit.

This beer pours out a nice light golden color that has a thick white head, however doesn’t offer much retention. I found some lemon, pear, and grapefruit in the sweet aroma, it was rather pleasant. The pear, and grapefruit show up strong at first when tasting, before the slightly tart lemony finish. This Gose has an excellent balance to it, and is very easy to drink, and enjoy.

This is a very nice Gose, and I would suggest you pick it up. I think this could be a perfect beer for a nice hot day. Will have to find out when this cold Missouri weather turns it back around!

Cheers!

Posted on November 7, 2017 at 10:49 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Rating 80-89, Sours

Evil Twin Nomader Weisse

Evil Twin Nomader Weisse

This Berliner Weisse is brewed by the Evil Twin Brewery located in Stratford CT, and it has a very light 4% ABV.

It pours out a dark orange color, but produced very little head, that didn’t lace or even have much retention while drinking. The aroma produces a funky lemon tone, that doesn’t exactly please either. This beer does have a very tart taste to it, that consists of lemon zest possibly, and it does carry a decent balance.

Overall this beer left much to be desired in my opinion. I can see how the Nomader Weisse could be enjoyed on a hot summer day however.

Cheers!

Posted on November 7, 2017 at 9:23 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Rating 70-79, Sours

Stillwater Extra Dry Sake Saison

Stillwater Extra Dry Sake Saison

This Saison is brewed at the Stillwater Artisanal Brewery located in Stratford CT, and it has a nice light 4.2% ABV.

The Extra Dry Sake Saison pours out a nice hazy golden color with a thick head that laces nicely on the glass. The aroma is filled with some spice, citrus, and some herbal funk. It was a moderately light aroma, but it was still nice. This beer is very light and easy to drink as well as the spice and herbal funk found in the nose shows through before the dry funky finish.

This beer also has a nice balance to it, and I feel it would be a good daily drinker, especially when it is warm out. Pick it up if you can find it!

Cheers!

Posted on November 2, 2017 at 8:47 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Rating 80-89, Saison

Destihil Syncopathic Apricot

Destihil Syncopathic Apricot

This Sour is brewed at the Destihl Brewery which is located in Normal IL. The Syncopathic Apricot has a 6% ABV and is a part of the Wild Sour Series.

This Sour pours out a nice dark golden color, with a thick head that laces the glass, and the aroma has a strong apricot tone to it, but that is about it. When tasting this beer the fruity apricot comes through first, before it follows up with a sour mouth puckering finish. This beer does have a dynamite balance to it, and while it is sour, it is easy to drink.

Overall I found this sour to be yet another great beer from the Destihl brewery, and the Wild Sour Series. They really have set a bar in my opinion with this style. I’m going to have to make a road trip to visit Normal IL, and the Destihl Brewery!

Cheers!

Posted on November 1, 2017 at 10:48 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Rating 90-94, Sours

Sudwerk Brewing Farmers Market Citrus Gose Lager

Sudwerk Brewing Farmers Market Citrus Gose Lager

This Gose Lager is brewed by the Sudwerk Brewing Company which is located in Davis CA. This beer has a 6% ABV, and carries a 15 IBU rating.

This beer pours out a nice hazy golden color with a decent amount of head that laced the glass. The aroma of this Gose has some slight citrus tones to it, but mostly I got some salt tones. It is rather light, and there isn’t a whole lot going on. This beer is rather easy to drink, as it has a very light mouthfeel to it, and a decent balance. There is a small amount of citrus that shows through, before a slightly dry salty mildly tart finish.

Overall this is a decent beer, but it leaves a bit to be desired. I do think this beer could be enjoyed on a nice hot day however.

Cheers!

 

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 9:29 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Gose, Lagers/Pilsners, Rating 70-79

Evil Twin Tropical Itch

Evil Twin Tropical Itch

This Berliner Weisse is brewed out of Boston MA by Dorchester Brewing for Evil Twin Brewing. This beer is available year round and has a 4.5% ABV.

This Berliner Weisse pours out a nice light hazy golden color with a ton of super sticky head. It took me about 15 min to get this beer poured completely out into its glass. The aroma is light but pleasant and consisted of the Passion Fruit that it was brewed with. This beer does come as its style advertises and is rather tart from start to finish but it does show off its Passion Fruit taste very nicely. I found this beer to be rather light and drinkable, and I also felt that it had a great overall balance to it.

This is a fine example of a Berliner Weisse and I would suggest you pick it up.

Cheers!

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 8:12 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Rating 90-94, Sours

Founders Mosaic Promise

Founders Mosaic Promise

This APA is brewed out of the Founders Brewery located in Grand Rapids MI. It sports a 5.5% ABV, and scores a 50 on the IBU scale.

This APA pours out a dark golden color with a nice amount of white sticky head that laced the glass. The aroma consisted of citrus hop tones, and some grapefruit. I found it to be very pleasant. The Mosaic Promise is very easy to drink with a light mouthfeel, and the citrus hop taste really comes through without being overwhelming showing off its awesome balance.

I found this beer to be fantastic but I would have thought this was supposed to be a Session IPA, rather than an APA. Regardless I would suggest you pick this up. I really liked it a lot!

Cheers!

Posted on October 22, 2017 at 9:20 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Ale's, Rating 90-94

Saugatuck Mandarina IPA

Saugatuck Mandarina IPA

This IPA is brewed out of Douglas Mi at the Saugatuck Brewery, and it has a 8% ABV.

The Mandarina IPA pours out a dark copper color. It produced a nice amount of head that laced on the glass. The aroma of this beer consisted of oranges, lemon, and mangos. There was a lot of going on but it was put together rather nicely. This IPA is very easy to drink, and the fruit really comes through from the start to the moderately bitter finish, showing off its nice balance.

Overall this is another good beer from the Saugatuck Brewery, and I look forward to trying more from them.

Cheers!

Posted on October 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: IPA's, Rating 80-89

Logboat Jerk Alert!

Logboat Jerk Alert!

This Double IPA is brewed about an hour out from me in Columbia MO at the Logboat Brewery. This is a part of their Delta Series and is available from July to September. Jerk Alert! has a hefty 8.5% ABV.

This Double IPA pours out a nice copper color, with a thick white head that laces nicely on the glass. The aroma was full of tropical aromas such as pineapple, mango, and possibly some grapefruit, and it was rather enticing. When tasting this beer I found it to have a sweet malty front before the tropical flavors come out in the mildly bitter finish. The pineapple seemed to show up the most, and it was rather good. The Jerk! has a thick mouthfeel to it, and a fantastic balance as well.

Overall this is an excellent Double IPA, and I look forward to the day I can take a road trip down highway 70 west and visit this awesome brewery! Check them out at www.logboatbrewing.com!

Cheers!

 

Posted on October 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: IPA's, Rating 90-94