Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
I have been listening to the two EPs from After Midnight Project for about a month now, and I feel it's time you are aware of them. I totally dig these guys and they will be on the Warped Tour this summer. Their first full-length LP titled Let's Build Something to Break will hit stores on August 11, 2009 and I am highly anticipating it. Let me know what you think.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
While on the way to see the Harrisburg City Islanders take on DC United at the Maryland Soccer Plex, my boy Matt and I dropped by the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg, MD. I've been to the Alehouse in Rehoboth, but not to the one in Gaithersburg. I tried two new beers from Dogfish Head that I had not previously tried.
The first new beer I tried is the Sah'tea. I hadn't heard much about the beer, but the description intrigued me since the beer has ginger, black tea, and cinnamon. It pours a gold color with a spicy aroma. The taste is sweet and caramel-like at first, with a spicy finish. The alcohol content is 9.0% ABV. I thought this was an excellent beer and reminds me of winter brews with ginger, but of a much lighter body. I highly recommend trying the Sah'tea, and I plan on getting some more.
The second beer I tried was the Aprihop. I have been intrigued by the beer, but did not want to buy a whole case without trying it first. The beer pours a dark amber. There was not much of an aroma, but a slight sweetness was detectable. The Aprihop has a sweet taste with a slightly tart and dry after taste. There is a minimal hop undertone, which is very enjoyable. The alcohol content is 7.0% ABV. I didn't have high expectations for the Aprihop, and it by far succeeded.
Monday, July 6, 2009
The final beer I have to review from my Fourth of July drinking festivities is the Rogue Imperial Red Ale. The beer pour a dark brown with a hint of red. The aroma is filled with hops and is very floral. The taste was sweet at first, but had a very hoppy after taste. The alcohol content is 9.0% ABV. Overall, I wasn't too into this beer due to the amount of hops included, but it was a drinkable beer that was slightly enjoyable. I recommend starting the day with this beer rather than trying to drink it later in the day after a few other beers.
My friends and I opened a bottle of Left Hand Rye Bock Lager to share. The beer pours a dark amber. The aroma is very sweet with a sharpness to it. The taste of the Rye Bock Lager was sweet with a nice spice undertone, coming from the rye. The alcohol content is 7.6% ABV. The Rye Bock Lager is brewed in the style of a Dopplebock and I thought it was an excellent beer. I will definitely try this one again.
Continuing the Fourth of July drinking, I tried a glass of River Horse Summer Blonde Ale. This summer seasonal is light and opaque in color, with a warm citrus aroma. I thought the taste was sweet with a decent hint of citrus. The after taste was very clean and fresh. The alcohol content is 4.0% ABV. This is a very nice summer beer, especially with burgers on the grill. I recommend trying this one this summer if you get the chance.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Another beer I tried during my holiday festivities was the River Horse Double Wit. The beer pours a white opaque color with a sweet citrus aroma. The taste had a significant amount of citrus flavor that was very sweet. I thought the beer had a nice hop bite in the after taste, complimenting the entire experience. The alcohol content is 7.0% ABV. I thoroughly enjoyed the Double Wit and plan on drinking more in the future.
At the holiday picnic, I opened a bottle of River Horse Special Ale. The special ale is an Extra Special Bitter, or ESB. I'm not always a fan of ESBs, but I thought I would give it a chance. The beer pours an opaque dark amber without much aroma. I thought it had a very clean taste but the only flavor I could come up with is the malt, and there wasn't any flavor accents. However, the beer was very smooth and refreshing. The alcohol content is 4.5% ABV.
I tried a bottle of Gruut Belgium Amber Ale at the cookout. The beer pours a nice dark amber and has a spicy and strong aroma. Initially, it has a malty and smooth taste, but the after taste is lacking something. It seemed empty and unsatisfying. The alcohol content is 6.6% ABV. Overall, I thought this was an ok beer, but not really worth another purchase.
As part of the Fourth of July weekend festivities, I attended a cookout with a bunch of friends in New Jersey. The best part about the cookout was the selection of craft beers that my friends picked up for the holiday. The first beer I tried was the Blue Berry from Ellicottville Brewing Company. The beer is very light in color and had a slightly sweet aroma, but there was not too much to the aroma. The taste was very crisp and clean with a subtle hint of blueberry. The alcohol content is 4.2% ABV, which I feel is pretty low for a fruit beer. I don't think there are a lot of blueberries used in the brewing, which is why the beer only has a subtle hint of blueberries and does not have high alcohol content. However, it is a very refreshing beer and a great way to kick off a cookout.