I am interrupting my regularly scheduled pumpkin ale series for a special review. Friday, November 6th marked my 1000th Untappd check-in. I wanted this check-in to be special, so I put it out on the social webs to see if any brewery wanted to sponsor this personal milestone. Of course, in turn I would review the beer. In almost no time at all a representative from a Nashville, Tennessee brewery got back to me. Having never sampled any brews from the state of Tennessee that I’m aware of, I most certainly took her up on the offer.
Yazoo Brewing‘s Embrace the Funk Series “Deux Rouges” Batch #2 is a Flemish Sour Red Ale aged in Merlot Barrels. It pours a dark red color with a thin white head that dissipates very quickly. The aromas of tart cherries, wine and Oak jump out of the glass and into your face. The taste delivers big sour cherry and grape notes. It’s the kind of taste that hits you square in the corners of your jaw. This effect is not limited to the first sip, this experience happens every sip till the very last sip. It literally makes you physically smile with ever sip. After the initial sour Punch other delicious flavors present themselves; such as vanilla, oak, and a great funky hay layer adds to the depth of this beer. The finish is dry and tart followed by a long lasting aftertaste of caramel and cherry. The 6.2% ABV is nearly undetectable, making this very easy to drink. I think a nice slice of NY Style Cheesecake would pair nicely with this. If you haven’t embraced the funk yet… Get yourself to Nashville! Here’s to Good Beers!
Continuing my trip into the 2015 Pumpkin Beer season, I picked up some canned gourd brew from Philly. Having enjoyed other brews from Manayunk Brewery and even reviewed one recently, I was confident I wouldn’t be let down.
Manayunk Brewing Co.’s “Yunkin’ Pumpkin’” pours a hazy orange color with a thin, fizzy and fleeting white head. The aroma is cinnamon, clove and nutmeg aka Pumpkin Pie spice. The taste offers up Pumpkin meat first. Followed by sweet and slightly fruity malt with light Pumpkin pie spice. The 5.5% abv make for the opportunity to enjoy a couple responsibly. The finish is dry and sweet with a touch of cinnamon. Def worth investing in a whole six-pack or more, a solid Pumpkin Ale! Here’s to Good Beers!
Happy Halloween fellow Craft Beer Enthusiasts! This year I came across an incredibly appropriate Pumpkin Ale for Halloween! One with a Most Excellent Name! Remember to Be safe and Drink Responsibly!
Two Roads Brewing “Roadsmary’s Baby“… 1st let me address the Super Rad Name this beer has. OK, back to my review. It pours an orange hazy color, with a thin and quickly dissipating white head. The aroma is pumpkin meat, pumpkin spices, rum and vanilla. Upon first taste the rum barrel aging wastes no time to present itself, but is not overpowering. Then the fall spices rush in and take over. The mouth-feel feel is sweet and sticky. The 6.8% ABV adds a little heat. It finishes sweet and hot with pumpkin spices. This is a solid Halloween / Pumpkin Beer offering from Two Roads! Here’s to Good Beers!
It’s that time for me to pick up my Perpetual Journey to taste ALL the Pumpkin Ales! However, this time I’m starting with a Cider. Yep a Pumpkin Cider. I’ve been hesitant in the past to travel down the Pumpkin Cider path. Simply because there have always been an over abundance of tasty gourd beers to work through. This year I’m curious though.
Downeast Cider House Pumpkin Blend pours an opaque tan Apple Cider color with orange edges. It smells familiar like Apple Cider with some fall type Pumpkin Pie spices. The taste is Apple Cider, Pumpkin Pie spices; big cinnamon, clove, and allspice. The mouth-feel is medium with light carbonation. The finish is apple, and warming fall spice. The 5% abv is just about undetectable. I also liked that this is canned. I’m very happy I took a chance on this, and want more. Here’s to Good Beers!
Hey, hope everyone had a Most Excellent summer. I’m back from my summer vacation from doing reviews. I last left you with a review of a new twist on a childhood favorite. I return with another brew that brings out the kid in you!
Manayunk Brewery Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Porter pours black with a thin brown head. It smells like chocolate milk, roasted peanuts and a touch of coffee. The taste has a great chocolate flavor with a roasted peanut backbone. This flavors in this translate chocolate peanut butter better than others that I’ve tried. The mouth-feel is medium and slick. The 6% abv is controlled perfectly, making this tasty brew easy to drink. The finish is exactly what the kid in you wants, slightly sweet chocolate malt and roasty peanut butter. This just makes me smile. Here’s to Good Beers!
Happy Summer all! If there is one thing that I have cone to appreciate in my early 30’s, it’s nostalgia. Anything that can take me back 15-20 years and make me feel like a kid again is awesome in my book! I love being an adult with responsibilities and all, but every now and again it’s nice to play some Mario Kart 64! You know what I mean? This month a certain brewery in Illinois dropped a huge nostalgia bomb on us all! If you don’t know what I’m talking about check Instagram. As I kid I loved Root Beer! I didn’t have it all that often, so on a hot summer day it was a welcome treat. Root Beer floats are just heaven in a glass for a kid!
Small Town Brewing‘s “Not Your Father’s Root Beer” pours a deep cola brown with a fizzy brown head that is gone in an instant. The aroma is root beer, sweet and spicy root beer. The taste is sticky sweet and spicy. Only in the finish do you detect light alcohol. The mouth-feel is medium, with light carbonation (could use a bit more carbonation). The 5.9% abv is nearly undetectable. Although I’ve seen evidence that there are 10.7% and 19.5% versions if booze is what you are looking for. I have feelings about this. On one hand it is the best Root Beer I’ve ever had, and it makes wicked awesome floats! On the other hand, I am grappling with how to classify this. Is this a beer? Was this brewed to get achieve these flavors and colors naturally? Or is this an alcoholic soda? I don’t have that answer, so I will place it in the category I have placed other weird/interesting beers that I’ve reviewed over the years… Novelty. Of all the novelty beers I’ve reviewed, this is my favorite! An absolute must try! Here’s to Good Beers!
With summer right around the corner I find myself looking for fun and interesting brews to enjoy outside. Something versatile that can pair with grilling, hanging in the hammock, or by a campfire. Something different from the “Summer” labeled and marketed craft beers. Something complex but doesn’t take itself too serioulsy at the same time. One such beer was sent my way recently.
Big Boss Brewing Company “Monkey Bizz-Ness” Imperial Farmhouse Ale (Belgian Strong Ale) pours a golden bronze color, with a thin copper head. The aroma is yeasty with big banana notes, sweet caramel, cinnamon and coriander. Just like the aroma, the taste starts with big Belgian yeast and sweet malt. Hints of banana and apple can be found playing along side bubble gum, honey and spicy coriander. The mouth-feel is medium with sharp carbonation. The 9%abv is evident in the slightly hot finish as one would expect from this type of beer. This would probably age well over six months to a year. If you are lucky enough to be in the distribution area of Big Boss, this is def worth checking out! Here’s to Good Beers!
Spring is in full swing, Summer is right around the corner. One of my favorite things to do is to be outside at sunset, light up the fire pit and enjoy a cold brew. Although there’s another tasty treat that is synonymous with fire… S’mores! S’mores were what was up when we were kids! Obviously can still enjoy them as adults. However, as proved by one brewing company they can be enjoyed in a more adult way!
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co. “Leon Russian Imperial Stout” brewed with marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers is part of the “Flood Water Seasonal Series” It pours thick and black like a milkshake, with a dark brown head. The aroma gives off light wafts of chocolate and alcohol. The taste nails the s’mores flavor! Chocolatey, Vanilla Fluff and even Graham Crackers are all identifiable. The mouth-feel is extra full and light on carbonation. The finish is dry and sweet. The 11.8%abv is almost undetectable. This brings back childhood memories of making s’mores around the camp fire! This is very unique and Def worth a try! Here’s to Good Beers!
It’s not often I find a beer that I enjoy enough to make me buy a full six-pack. Even more rare is a beer that inspires me to buy multiple six-packs! In the last two months I find myself craving this beer. What beer has you hooked right now?
Sixpoint “Abigale” Belgian Ale is canned perfection. It pours a clear amber color, with a one finger thick white head. The aroma is just as one would expect from a really good Belgian Ale, banana, cloves, bubblegum and spicy yeast. The taste immediately let’s you know this is not just any Belgian Ale, it’s a big hoppy beautiful Belgian best! The flavors of sweet malt, tropical fruity hops and citrus peel play perfectly with the spicy Belgian style. The mouth feel is medium. The finish is hoppy and citrusy with a peppery heat. I especially mean it when I say this is a beer to stock up on! Here’s to Good Beers!
Spring is like a breath of fresh air. It gets warmer. We get to shed off those extra layers of clothes, the smells of plants and trees coming back to life. Of course one of the things I look forward to in spring are the new seasonal beer releases. This year is seeking some excellent new beers! Including…
Victory Brewing “Kirsch Gose” Sour Cherry Bier pours a pinkish ref hue with a pink head. The aromatics are tart and fruity. The taste is just the same with the addition of more pronounced cherry, lemon zest and salt. The citrus and salt really balance the sour cherry flavor in the finish. The 4.7%abv in combination with the light mouth-feel makes this a perfect session beer! Be reminded this is a spring seasonal, so stock up! Here’s to Good Beers!