Saturday, June 2, 2012
Williamsburg Alewerks Bitter Valentine, a Double India Pale Ale. The beer pours an amber color with a bubbly white head. The aroma consists of grapefruit, tangerine, candi sugar, lemon, orange, pepper, and spruce. The taste is dry and bitter with a cornucopia of citrus flavors on the front end. Tangerine, orange, lemon, and grapefruit all take over the tongue before pepper, spruce, and hop oils take over on the finish. The alcohol content is 9.0% ABV. This was a more than impressive Double IPA with citrusy hops aplenty on the front end, and a nice bitter finish. I will absolutely seek this beer out again, and it paired very well with the summer weather.
Victory Smokin’ Oats while at Al’s of Hampden. The beer pours a black color with a frothy tan head. The aroma consists of toasted malts, chocolate, caramel, and smoke. The taste is dry and smoky on the front end before chocolate and toasted malts come out and provide a backbone. There is a hint of caramel on the finish, but it only lasts for a second or two. The alcohol content is 5.8% ABV. I thought this beer was pretty similar in taste to Otto, although not quite as malty. Therefore, the smoke stood out a little bit more and made it more intense, but it was a nice beer.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Victory Otto in Oak from Al’s of Hampden, the bourbon barrel aged version of Otto. The beer pours a dark amber color with a frothy beige colored head. The aroma consists of smoke, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, and campfire. The taste is smoky and meaty with a bit of caramel accent. The bourbon warms up the finish with hints of vanilla, but the beer lacks a little in body. The alcohol content is 8.1% ABV. This was a nicely smoked beer with plenty of bourbon and vanilla accents. For the most part I liked it, although I thought the body was a little lacking.
Grandview Brewing Kvass, his homebrew. The beer pours a golden color with a bubbly white head. The aroma consists of bread, lemon, water, grass, and wheat. The taste is dry and refreshing with lemon, grass, and wheat flavors. There is a bready mouth feel with a nice dry finish. The alcohol content is 3.1% ABV. This was a nice light and refreshing beer with a nice bready mouth feel. I actually was very impressed and would like another.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Sixpoint Apollo from Al’s of Hampden. The beer pours a golden color with a frothy white head that leaves specks of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of lemon, wheat, grass, pepper, and hay. The taste is light and fruity with a large lemon profile. Hints of hay, grass, and pepper make their way into the profile. The beer didn’t finish dry like I expected, but actually a little bit of orange peel to it. The alcohol content is 5.2% ABV. This was an exceptional kristalweizen that was refreshing and light, but didn’t have a dry finish at all. I’d recommend picking up a few of these for those warm summer days.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Tired Hands preview at Teresa’s in Wayne, I ordered a glass of FarmHands, their saison.The beer pours a pale golden color with a foamy white head that leaves a lacing as it slides down the glass. The aroma consists of lemon, pepper, earth, Belgian spices, yeast, and a hint of banana. The taste is light and refreshing with a large lemon citrus flavor. Banana and Belgian yeast make up the backbone of the flavor, and pepper and earthy flavors come out in the finish. Overall, the flavor is very clean and well constructed. The alcohol content is 5.0% ABV. In the future when I am looking for a saison, FarmHands will be one of my go to beers. It was so fresh, clean, and refreshing that I would not recommend passing on this beer.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Tired Hands HopHands. The beer pours a pale golden color with a frothy white colored head. The aroma consists of tangerine, grapefruit, orange, lemon, pepper, spruce, and a hint of caramel. The taste is bitter with plenty of citrus flavors on the front end including tangerine, grapefruit, orange, and lemon. The finish brings out a bit of spruce and pine, with pepper lingering behind on the tongue. The after taste has a hint of caramel, but mostly is comprised of cracker. The alcohol content is 5.2% ABV. This was an excellent bitter and citrusy pale ale that had a light body, allowing the hops to take the main focus of the beer.