Monthly Archives: October 2010

Redhook Ale Brewery – Eisbock 28 (Eisbock)

  • 11.00% ABV
  • Well this is my first Eisbock and while I dont know anything about Eisbock’s I do know about the craptastic Isehouse beer from the 90’s. Icehouse was a horrible beer from Miller/Coors/Bud (I dont remember which one) where they made a beer, froze it and then scraped off the ice. Basically the water freezes and the alky doesn’t which leaves you with a higher ABV beer. Great idea if you are a hobo and want to drink to forget your past but it doesn’t do much for the taste, at least for the Icehouse. It kind of works here tho. Go figure, the Germans had the original idea right and Americans fucked it all up. So what it is, is a super malty, high ABV beer any hobo would be proud to drink and hop a freight liner headed to Tulsa. Good but not for me.
  • Dont buy

Avery Brewing Company – Anniversary Ale – Sixteen (Saison)

  • 7.69% ABV
  • Man do I love saison’s. For real I would divorce M1 and remarry with a saison. While this is excellent I cant help but think that if the honey was backed off a little bit it would be much better. I guess (like every other time) the sweetness kind of tuns me off. Ya, I keep trying it and I like it a first taste but there is a cloyingly sweet taste at the back end which screws the overall flavor.
  • – Dont buy (unless Du Buff is out of season)

Lagunitas Brewing Company – A Little Sumpin’ Wild (Belgian Strong Pale Ale)

  • 8.85% ABV
  • When I saw there are other Sumpin’s I got all excited. Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ is one of my favorite beers right now how luck I am that there are variations? Well I am not sure what is going on but this isnt so much a variation as a completely different beer. You can kind of taste the Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ in there but it is almost drowned in a sweet alcohol taste. It isnt terrible but it also wasn’t what I was expecting. I will stick with Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’
  • – Dont buy

Mad River Brewing Company – Steelhead (American Double)

  • 8.60% ABV
  • Welp, here is another double IPA and it is confusing me as much as the last one. I dont understand, I have had plenty of other APA’s that are more bitter than every “double IPA” I have had. What ever… This smells really good and with a taste to match. Nothing extraordinary but with a good solid IPA taste to it. Still wouldn’t be the first thing I would grab of off the self but I am not sad that I bought it.
  • + Buy again

Gordon Biersch Brewing Company – FestBier (Märzen)

  • 5.30% ABV
  • So far (this year) I haven’t had an Oktoberfest that I have really liked and while I am not going to rush out and buy a 6 pack of this I do like it. I think it just the style that I am not really getting into but if you forced me to pick one this would be it. I am not going to bother speaking to the taste of it because I cant really judge a style that I don’t like but it isn’t bad.
  • – Dont buy again

Avery Brewing Company – 14′ ESB (Extra Special)

  • 5.13% ABV
  • Yes I know the head in the picture is retarded. Just so you know I pour every beer the same way, if one looks strange it is the beer not me. On to the taste! It actually reminds me of a Farmhouse/Session in so much that it has a light almost flowery taste. And while that sounds a little on the sissy side I dont mean it to be. I love Session’s and while for some reason this is a ESB it does have the Farmhouse feel to it (I love the champaigny taste).
  • Buy again.

Lancaster Brewing Company – Amish Four Grain Pale Ale (American Pale Ale)

  • 5.60% ABV
  • Big smell, dark amber color… And surprisingly complex taste, almost subtle. Certainly not what you expect for a APA which normally means the brewer is trying something off the wall and failing to make an APA but in this case it works. It definitely strays from the APA path with the addition pf some crazy ass tasting malts but you can still taste the pale ale core in it. The complexity comes from what I can only guess is the 4 grains used to brew it. Either way I like it.
  • + Buy again

Stoudts Brewing Company – Stoudt’s Double IPA (Imperial IPA)

  • 10.00% ABV
  • I think M1 hates me. I really don’t care for Imperials and yet she keeps buying them. What ever, beer is beer and I love beer. When you hear Imperial IPA you (or I at least) immediately think of double the bitter and most of the time I am right. Welp this is one of the other times, instead of bitterness I guess Stoudts went for the malts. M1 tried it and didn’t even believe it was an IPA much less an Imperial, she actually thought it was kind of sweet. Either way, it doesn’t work for me.
  • – Dont buy

Mendocino Brewing Company – Eye of the Hawk (American Strong Ale)

  • 8.00% ABV
  • I am a big fan of the White Hawk IPA from Mendocino so I was pretty psyched to try this. I should have know better, every time I look forward to trying something I am usually let down and unfortunately it has happened here. It isn’t bad tasting but for some reason while the ABV isn’t that high I can really taste it. Or maybe it is just a weird hop, I dont know.
  • – Dont buy