Monthly Archives: November 2011

Boston Beer Company – Tasman Red IPA (American Amber)

  • 6.75% ABV
  • There is something odd going on with the taste, it is good but not something I have tasted before. Ohhh, I just read the bottle and they used some weird Australian (duhhh…) hop in it. That kind of makes me sad because I was looking forward to trying it and my first taste is from a Sam Adams. Oh well, this is still pretty good if a little strange tasting. I would really like to try the hops in a beer from another brewer to get a better taste for it. It is has a more pronounced citrus/pine taste than I am used to and the smell will take some getting used to also. Every one should try it for the new hops alone.
  • + Buy again

On a side note, it is nice to see Sam Adams brewing something new and interesting that doesn’t completely suck ass. Now if they would just stop suing other brewers.

Great Divide Brewing Company – Rumble IPA (American IPA)

  • 7.10 % ABV
  • Well this is the best/worst IPA ever. I for real think this should be classified as a hoppy rye. A super delicious hoppy rye. It tastes so god damn good I am not sure how to describe it. I had no idea it was a IPA but M1 was all over it. And that is what makes it awesome… I think it is a kick ass deep malt tasting pale ale and M1 thinks it is a good ass IPA. What ever it is awesome.
  • + + Buy again

Spoetzl Brewery – Shiner Kosmos Reserve (American Pale Lager)

  • 4.98% ABV
  • So I drank this right after finishing the Shiner Alt and I am worried that the strong malts in the alt are overpowering any subtleties in this. To me it is tastes very similar to the alt without as big of a malt richness. Actually as I drink more of it there is a very slight hop bitterness in it that the alt didnt have. Very slight. I dunno I like it but I would definitely grab the alt over it.
  • + Buy again

Spoetzl Brewery – Shiner Old-Time Alt (Altbier)

  • 4.20% ABV
  • This is the first time I have added a new category in months. Awesome… I am also pretty excited to try an Altbier, I have been reading about people loving on them for a while now. Last time that happened all the excitement was over Black IPA’s and holy crap are those awesome. Plus, even tho lots of people talk shit about Shiner, I love Spoetzl beers. This is a recipe for awesome…. And it delivers! Super punch you in the nose DEEP malt smell that almost scared me, I thought it would taste like a stout. But no. It has a very strong malt taste but it isnt deep (chocolaty???) tasting. It finishes out with a noticeably crisp feel. I wont replace IPA’s with Alt’s but holy crap this is a good style??? I know this is a good beer.
  • + Buy again.

Stone Brewing Company – 11.11.11 Vertical Epic (Chile Beer)

  • 9.40% ABV
  • I had some misgivings before trying this. I am not a big fan of chile beers but hey, it is a Stone. What is strange is that this doesn’t have that normal “Stone” taste to it. Normally if you give me a glass of beer I will be able to tell you from the smell – taste that it is a Stone. This one has none of those characteristics, and I don’t mean that is bad, just different. All in all I like it and for it being a chile that is saying something. And my stupid fucking cat just ran by and knocked the glass full of beer over. There goes my favourite glass and a good beer that will only be brewed once. I hate cats and I like this beer.
  • + Buy again.

Sixpoint – Righteous Ale (Rye Beer)

  • 6.40% ABV
  • It is a Rye so it will either be really good or it will be soap…. Soap. It isnt as bad as the Rocket Dog was but it still isnt good. I really wish I understood the difference between the the good rye and the bad because they are night and day apart from each other. Anyway like I said this isnt that bad but it isnt the Rye I was looking for.
  • – Dont buy