Damn it, as soon as I make up my mind about a style of beer something comes along and jacks it all up. When I started doing this whole beer review thing I HATED IPA’s. Now they are by far my favorite beer. A couple of weeks ago I said I HATED Imperials. Now I have had 2 that I really like, this being one of the 2. Maybe I am not crazy because I am not sure if this is being classified correctly I am going to call this a American Double, and for a good reason. It has more malt than hop flavor in it, and unlike a Imperial it is really good. It actually is kind of sweet (another thing I normally hate) which works really well. At 9% ABV I wont drink many of them in a night but I will enjoy what I have.
Very tasty but with no defining characteristic. I guess I mean it is what you expect a BEER to taste like. It is like Budweiser pulled its head from its own ass and decided to make a good beer. I am not sure what that means… But I really like this beer.
In theory this is a Belgian IPA, in reality I dont think the Belgian’s have a fucking clue what an IPA is. Dont get me wrong this is a good beer. OK, to be fair this is an excellent beer. If I ignore everything and describe it on my own I would say it is the greatest Imperial Ale you can buy.
As per M1 this is a “Simple, un-complicated excellent beer” Basically this, in her opinion, is the best American Kölsch. She is still a huge bitch for the German Kölsch’s, which is fair because they invented the shit. I personally cant really taste a whole lot going on but I have had a lot of BIG beers tonight.
Super MALTY tour of malt Maltville, with special emphasis on historic Malt Tower and the historic Malt Library. So ya, there is a lot of malt in this which complemented by a serious amount of ABV. All in all I am liking it. 1 at a night level of drinking, more because of the level of malt more so than the ABV (which is hidden well). But this smells like my malt extract ingredients right from the can. Thank god it tastes way better.
M1 and I are fighting over the smell of this one. I think it is good but she thinks it smells like Kibble and Bits. I have also stated before that she is retarded, but I love her so I cant saw her legs of and throw her in a river. What is a guy supposed to do? Back to the beer… I guess it is supposed to be and Imperial Oktoberfest which sounds kind of dumb but it works. America is kind of awesome like that, we will take your German purity law controlled beers and multiply it by 10 and it still works. So basically if you want a Oktoberfest smooth tasting beer that will kick you in the ass this is for you.
Smells great but is a little malty for an IPA in my retarded ass opinion. M1 thought that the malt helped out drink ability wise but I am not so sure. It doesn’t have that punch in the mouth bitterness that most IPA’s have. You can still tell it is an IPA but it is balanced by the malt’s which might be why M1 thought it wasn’t horrible. M1 doesn’t really like IPA’s so I am not sure how to take her opinions on them.
This is strange. Normally I wouldn’t trust anyone from New Jersey to pump my gas (which by law they are required to do in that ass pit of a state) much less make a good beer. For real, I hate that state so much that I am blinded by rage at the mere thought of it. Want to get so frustrated that you would be willing to punch yourself in the groin just for a distraction? Try making a left hand turn in New Jersey, I once drove into New York just so I could turn around and go back the way I came from. And that doubled my rage because I was heading right back into New Jersey. Any way, this is a pretty good English IPA from a New Jersey brewery, which is distinctly different from an American IPA in so much as it doesn’t rocket up to the top of the IBU scale. I prefer an American but I can still appreciate a good English IPA and this totally qualifies as a good one.
Welp I would have said this beer was an Imperial, but Stone calls it a Strong Ale. Sure why not. I am only like a quarter of the way through the bottle and I know it is going to be difficult. Not that it tastes bad, far from it, it is just really STRONG. Kind of bitter like a IPA but with a huge malt taste on the back end, strange but good. I know that I will not buy a big bottle of it again but I would be cool with a normal 12 oz.
OK if you are reading these posts in order you will know that like 7 or 8 beers ago I said that I hate Imperials/Doubles. This is still a true statement, but there is an exception for every rule, and this is an exception. Holy crap nuts this is good! It is strong as hell and there is no way I would drink more than 1 of them in a row because it would knock me on my ass… But hell yes! That one will be awesome.
WTF? I am not sure what is going on but this tastes a lot like the last Sam Adams I had. Not to say it isn’t good, but if not for a slight bit more bitterness in flavor it would be the same damn beer. OK, I need to try this on its own to get a good feel for it.
It is kind of annoying that Sam Adams are so good. I want to hate on them because they have TV commercials but damn it, their beers are good. I don’t think this Schwarzbier is as distinct as some of the others I have had but it is really good. Dark as a coal miners soul and so very very smooth it is pretty much perfect.
I have been bitching for a while that all of the IPA’s I have been trying recently all taste the same. Good but not outstanding, or nothing that really distinguishes it from everything else out there. Well this is kind of the same but better. I am not sure if I can point out what is making me happy about it but this beer is good. Nothing super unique but everything (smell, hops and malts) all work together to make a tasty beer.