Monthly Archives: October 2010

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company – Chico Estate Harvest Wet Hop Ale (American IPA)

  • 6.70% ABV
  • This is the hardest beer in the world to open. For some reason the top and neck of the bottle are covered in a thick ass wax (I think you can see it in the picture).  After wrestling with opening it I was pissed, and seeing it is a Sierra Nevada I was pissed, and at first taste I was confused??? I didn’t look up what type of beer it was and the smell and taste made me think it was some strange ass Pale Ale. I guess it is a nontraditional IPA, what ever… At first taste I didn’t like it, half a glass later and it is growing on me, finishing the bottle I am liking it. Wet hopping is strange but I think I like it.
  • + Buy again

Stone Brewing Company – Levitation Ale (American Amber)

  • Low Goodness
  • I am a Stone whore. There, I said it and I am not embarrassed. Unlike Dogfish (which I love) I haven’t had a Stone that I didnt like. I found this to be surprising for a Stone beer, normally they (at least the ones I have had so far) are high ABV, big taste and hugely hopped. The Levitation is none of the above, it is much more malty than bitter and it has a subtle mix of flavors going on. Kind of low on the smell side but it totally makes up for that with a smooth smooth taste.
  • + Buy again

Anderson Valley Brewing Company – Poleeko Gold Pale Ale (American Pale Ale)

  • Average Goodness
  • California pisses me of almost as much as New Jersey. So it is with a heavy heart that I say California has a shit ton of excellent breweries. Stupid Bear Antler people make awesome beer and this is a prime example. It is a little bit lighter than an IPA with out the hop ass kicking an IPA gives you. Oh they are still there but it doesn’t come off as an assault. It also smells really good.
  • + Buy again

Anderson Valley Brewing Company – Hop Ottin’ IPA (American IPA)

  • Highish Goodness
  • Pretty much a perfect IPA but without anything that really stands out. I am not saying it is boring but more that doesn’t do anything outside the boundaries of the style. Normally I like to taste a brewers spin on a style but recently that hasnt worked out so well. It is nice to taste something that just tastes good.
  • + Buy again

Brewery Ommegang – Rare Vos (Belgian Dark Ale)

  • Average Goodness
  • So I had this on tap and I really liked, bought a bottle of it and I still like it. Which is strange for a Belgian, normally I find them to be way to sweet. I can taste the sweetness in this but it is subtle enough that it doesn’t ruin the beer. Still it is sweet enough that I am not going to rush out and buy another one.
  • – Dont buy

Starr Hill Brewery – Dark Starr Stout (Irish Dry Stout)

  • Low Goodness
  • Cool, I normally hate stouts. Well I mostly hate the douche bags who wont shut the fuck up about Guinness and how it is the only beer worth drinking. I guess those asses have killed all Irish stouts for me. Any way this is really really good. I think it is the dry in the Irish Dry Stout that I am digging, it makes me happy.
  • + Buy again

Southern Tier Brewing Company – Pumking (Pumpkin Ale)

  • High Goodness
  • Yes, so this proves that Dogfish Head doesn’t have the corner on strange ass beers. I all ready tried the Dogfish Head Punkin Ale and I kind of liked it so I was looking forward to trying the Pumking. It is night and day different from the Punkin, which is kind of smooth with a hint of pumpkin in it. This is more like a pumpkin came to life turned itself into puree and then attacked your face.
  • – Dont buy