Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Beer Review: Rhinegeist Cougar Blonde Ale

The Cougar from Rhinegeist is a 4.8% ABV Blonde ale that brings some sweetness and a somewhat refreshing quality from the malts making it nice beer for after work, chores or where you want to take a break and throw down a sessionable beer. At 20 IBU, hoppiness is not a concern although there are some notes that you will pick up from the Bravo and Crystal hops used. This one for me was more on the tame side and one that I scored a 75, still making it to my solid enough area. And for one looking to make a jump into craft beers from the more popular mass made adjunct lagers, it can fit well as a crossover beer to try.

Check out my video to hear and see more of my thoughts on this one, and if you have had it as well then let me know what you thought of it by leaving a comment. Cheers and remember…there’s always time, so Get Your Beer On!



Appearance: 11
Aroma: 11
Flavor: 10
Palate: 10
Overall: 33

Total Score: 75

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Beer Review: Bruery Terreux Sourrento (Retired)

This is my look at the Sourrento from Bruery Terreux which is a subsidiary of The Bruery, a sour ale that has an ABV of 6.1% and a low IBU of just 5. The beer itself is a sour ale as one could presume for the title and was inspired by an Italian lemon flavored spirit, Limoncello. Unfortunately this offering is retired now, but thought I would still share my look at it.

The beer itself is a blonde ale that was created with the use of lemon zest and also vanilla beans. The beer is oak barreled and for me, the oakiness of the barrels and the vanilla came through very easily as well as that of the lemon and the tartness being sought. Even after being cellared the beer still held a good amount flavor and aroma making it still a nice treat. Images of lemon meringue pie and that of a lemon tart came through in this beer making a nice ale that would be an easy fit as a dessert beer. All in all, it was a pleasurable experience with this one that I scored 82. It was well worth the pick-up and try.

Check out my video to hear and see more of my thoughts on this one, and if you have had it as well then let me know what you thought of it by leaving a comment. Thanks for checking out my post here, Cheers and remember…there’s always time, so Get Your Beer On!



Appearance: 11
Aromas: 13
Flavor: 13
Palate: 11
Overall: 34

Total Score: 82

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Beer Review: Rhinegeist Experimental J-Hole

The Experimental J-Hole from Rhinegeist Brewery is a limited release from my local brewery and it is the subject of my latest review here. This Red India Pale Ale comes in with an ABV of 7% and an IBU level of 62. Comprised of four malts and 3 hops, its availability is that of December currently and time will tell if this changes in the future. But for now, here is my look at this one that I enjoyed a while ago.

Now if you are familiar with Rhinegeist then you already probably know that IPA seems to be their signature style as you look at their line of beers. It is kind of how they are seen in Cincinnati, whether it was their choice or not. So this beer fits right into their wheelhouse. I did find the beer to overall pleasant experience as for me it scored out as an 87. The appearance, aroma and flavor were all solid and stood out the most for me. The beer itself did have enough to stand out from their usual offerings, and it provided a nice smooth hoppy and malty experience as there was a nice balance. The texture had a syrupy feel which I liked and the caramel received through the malts added a little something different set against the Simcoe, Centennial and El Dorado hops. Overall, I found it to be a decent beer indeed and look forward to its return.

Check out my video to hear and see more of my thoughts on this one, and if you have had it as well then let me know what you thought of it by leaving a comment. Cheers and remember…there’s always time, so Get Your Beer On!



Appearance: 13
Aroma: 13
Flavor: 13
Palate: 12
Overall: 36

Total Score: 87

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Beer Review: Platform Speed Merchant

Speed Merchant is a White IPA from Platform Beer Company out of Cleveland, Ohio and comes in with an ABV of 6.6% along with an IBU level of 60. Being in the Cincinnati area, most of the times things said about Cleveland aren’t nice. That is not the case here. Speed Merchant proved to be a nice offering from Platform and provided for me a nice pleasurable experience.


As I mentioned, it is a White IPA bringing in the use of White Wheat to really provide that pale color. This one did well providing fruity, piney and tropical notes as often expected of the style, along with a nice smoothness despite the bittering level. All in all I found this one decent enough to score this one at an 84. I am looking forward to checking out more of their beers and happy to see they are also adding a tasting room here in Cincinnati. Beer bringing cities together…even Cleveland and Cincinnati. Well maybe not yet, baby steps.

Have you had this beer yet? If so then let me know your thoughts as well on it, and check out my video for more about my other thoughts around this beer. Cheers and remember, there’s always time…Get Your Beer On!



Appearance: 12
Aroma: 12
Flavor: 12
Palate: 13
Overall: 35

Total Score: 84

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Beer Review: Four String Brass Knuckle

Brass Knuckle from Four String Brewing Company is an American Pale Ale that I happened to stumble across during a Trader Joe’s visit, and the can caught my eye enough that I decided to pick it up and give it a shot and also do a review. ABV on this brew comes in at 5.75% ABV and 36 IBU, not what I think of for a beer calling it itself a hard hitting pale ale but it was worth a go.

I found the beer itself to present a nice appearance and have enough palatable qualities to make it a decent enough pale ale. The flavor was okay to me, okay but not great. The aroma had the bases covered of what to be expected, but for me it didn’t come off as strong as advertised although it was still solid enough to be a refreshing beer leading me to score it a 75. In the end though, bitter and fruity with a dry texture do come together on this one like one would seek for a pale ale.

Check out my video to see more about this one. Cheers, and remember there’s always time…Get Your Beer On!



Appearance: 11
Aroma: 10
Flavor: 9
Palate: 11
Overall: 34

Total Score: 75

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Beer Review: Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA

Head Hunter IPA from Fathead’s Brewery is an American IPA and pretty much the flagship beer for this Ohio brewery and it is the subject of my latest review. Coming in at 7.5% ABV for alcohol content and 87 IBU, this beer pretty much embodies all that is a traditional beer of this style. Displaying a deep golden color and nice looking white frothy head, this award winning beer was one worth reviewing just to get a good feel of the style.

The beer uses three hops: Columbus, Simcoe and Centennial which is added to the four malts: Pale, CaraMalt, C-15 and Cara-Pils and together with the American Ale yeast…we have the result of this west–coast style IPA. However, while I found the beer to a solid effort, for me it did come across as being solid, but not as modernized as some of the other ones that are on the market now. Nothing wrong with this one though as it definitely fits the style as mentioned above but the wow factor just wasn’t there for me as much, leading me to score this one an 81.

Check out my video to see more of my thoughts on this one, and if you have had this one previously then let me know what you think by leaving a comment as well. And always remember, there’s always time…Get Your Beer On!



Appearance: 12
Aroma: 12
Flavor: 11
Palate: 11
Overall: 35

Total Score: 81

Friday, February 16, 2018

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Hop Bullet

Hop Bullet Double IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing is the latest seasonal beer added to their lineup and the subject of my latest review. I happened to grab this one shortly after it was launched, which was a bit of time before I actually uploaded the review here. Sierra Nevada has always been pretty solid so I usually enjoy checking out their offerings, although I have been not as overwhelmed by them with some of their recent ones. But I do like IPAs especially bigger ones, so I figured why not give it a shot.

Starting with the appearance I found it very nice in its look and display, good color and a nice head made you really want to enjoy this beer. Aroma was very nice coming out of the glass; there was easily some nice dankness from the hops followed by notes of floral and hoppy characteristics for me. There was also a balance where malt could also be detected, which is actually not uncommon for some of the beers of the double IPA style. Despite being 60 IBU, depending on when and how the malts are used can determine how the bitterness truly plays out.

But for me, the flavor played out in the best way of the beer. There was a smoothness that came though and set against that balance of the hops and malts as well as the duration of the flavor, it just provided a great presence of the five hops and five malts used. There was also a sturdy texture to the beer that held up well with its body, and it being carbonated nicely made the finish that much smoother. All in all, I was pretty pleased with this one as I scored it an 88. I found very little to be disappointed about with this one.

Check out my video to see more on this one as well as other particulars, and remember. There’s always time, Get Your Beer On! Cheers!



Appearance: 13
Aroma: 12
Flavor: 14
Palate: 13
Overall: 36

Total: 88

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Beer Review: Uinta Brett Croggy Saison

From Uinta Brewing Company comes the Croggy Brett Saison, a farmhouse ale brewed with a dose of Mosaic hops, rolled oats and Brettanomyces among other things and it was the subject of my latest review. I hadn’t thought really of a tart Saison before seeing this, but figured why not pick it up and give it a go.

Once the cork was popped, smoke started climbing out of the bottle nicely and was followed by the tart fruity aroma of the hops which was balanced nicely against the malt background of the beer along with the funkiness of the Brett. The beer itself only has an IBU of 24 so there was no overly bitter feel to it, and at 6.8% ABV the alcohol remained hidden within it nicely. It really did provide that interesting combination in the mouth though: fruity, tart, sour, and dry all coming together along with the undertones of the un-malted wheat base. It really was something different and an effort I appreciated as I scored this one an 82 with really the aroma almost being the star of the beer, which did last for a nice amount of time.

Part of the fun of drinking craft beers is finding the concoctions that are created and sitting back and just enjoying them, this one was a solid enough experience for sure. Check out my video to see more of my thoughts on this ale and always remember, there’s always time. Get Your Beer On…


Appearance: 12
Aroma: 13
Flavor: 11
Palate: 12
Overall: 34

Total Score: 82

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Beer Review: New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA

The Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA from New Belgium Brewing Company joins the ranks of New England IPAs and the craze that still seems to be sweeping the country. And, this ale is the subject of my latest beer review. Coming in with an alcohol account of 7.5% Abv and 50 IBU, this one here seems to come in packing a nice little punch…a fruity refreshing punch. So, what are my thoughts on this one?

I must admit that I was a little doubtful about what this one may offer and I have to say that I was somewhat surprised. The beer itself showed a nice appearance in color and was backed up nicely with the lacing of the foamy head. The notes did well providing citrus and tropical tones, although they weren’t as strong as some others that I have had of this style. However, in talking flavor there was somewhat of a juicy quality and smoothness that went along with the bitterness as a nice balance. Carbonation sat well with the beer and overall the experience was pretty decent, which is why I rated this one out to be an 85. Check out my video review to see more of my thoughts on this newer offering and remember, there’s always time…so Get Your Beer On!


Appearance: 13
Aroma: 12
Flavor: 12
Palate: 12
Overall: 35

Total Score: 85

Monday, February 12, 2018

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing IPA

Sometimes I wonder and maybe you do as well, if sometimes in the beer world if breweries can sometimes fall to the current trends and let them sometimes drive their cart so to speak. The crowd is all moving in one direction and then the breweries start making the latest possible “fad’ style of beer to draw them back. Doing so may take them away from other styles in which they are better, but I guess it may be the price to also pay when trying to stay relevant in the market.

This has been the case over the last couple or maybe few years depending where you are, and with the birth of the New England Style IPA. This being said, I am not saying that The New England Style IPA is a fad, but it is the hottest thing it seems and now we are seeing more of the larger well known craft breweries setting their sights on this relatively new style.

Hazy Little Thing is one of the newer offerings from Sierra Nevada within the last few months, and is a New England Style IPA that comes in with an alcohol content of 6.7% ABV and 40 IBU. It is also the subject of my latest review here. Mentioned as unfiltered and unprocessed and straight to the can, this ale does seem to be making a splash from all that I’ve seen previously. So obviously the beer had me curious to see how Sierra Nevada did with pulling off this style.

I was pleased off the bat with the appearance and aroma of the beer although the notes were lighter than others that I have had in this style. Flavor was okay and decent enough and it sat well in my palate with a decent amount of juiciness and citrus quality. It did come across to me being more light bodied and it had a nice refreshing quality, but placed against others I have had in this style a difference was definitely there. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though as I think they did a solid enough job with it which is why I scored this one an 80. Not a bad step into the foray of this style, but there is some room to grow as well versus the more well-known others.

See more by checking out my video and remember there’s always time…Get You Beer On!


Appearance: 12
Aroma: 12
Flavor: 11
Palate: 11
Overall: 34

Total Score: 80

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Review: House of Webster Trippel Ale T-Rex Peach Chipotle Beer Jelly

Time #4 for the latest look at a craft beer jelly from House Of Webster, and this one is the Trippel Ale T-Rex Peach Chipotle Beer Jelly. I have been highly pleased thus far from the jellies from this six pack sent to me by them, so after this there will be just two left in the series. Check out my video here to see my thoughts and views on this one, and if it brought some spicy sweetness to the table.

Thanks again to House Of Webster for reaching out and allowing me to take a look at some of their offerings. And make sure to check them out and their other goodies by visiting their website here: https://www.houseofwebster.com/.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Beer Review: Samuel Smith Organic Pale Ale

The Organic Pale Ale from Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery is the subject here of my latest beer review. This beer is almost like a walk into the past for me as it really does incorporate its history into its taste. Coming in with an alcohol content of 5% ABV, this falls right into my session wheelhouse. Brewed with water, organic malted barley, organic hops and yeast, this beer shows that sometimes the basics are all that you need.

In breaking down the beer, I found it still have a solid presence even though time has caught up with it some. It was smooth and went down easy for the most part, and after a long day’s work it did well hitting the spot. The flavor with its balance of the hops and malts stood out more to me and made it very palatable, although the appearance was also eye pleasing. I would have preferred more with the aroma, but overall it was decent enough and I ended up scoring it an 80 as a solid beer.

See more of my thoughts and impressions of this beer by checking out my video review here on YouTube. And if you have had this one then please, leave a comment or a thought about your experience with it. As always thanks for checking out the review and remember there’s always time, so go Get Your Beer On!


Appearance: 11
Aroma: 10
Flavor: 12
Palate: 12
Overall: 35

Total Score: 80

Friday, February 9, 2018

Beer Flow: Steady Mobbin' Episode 17 - Flying Dog On Tap

This week Beer Flow takes a look at Flying Dog Brewery out of Frederick, Maryland as well as other beer items…so grab a beer and come check out what was discussed.

Beer Review: Rogue Ales & Spirits Sriracha Stout

A past beer run brought me across this red devil of a brew. I usually like Sriracha on things, but in beer? Now in all fairness, I have seen this beer numerous times and just left it alone. However this time and the fact that it was a pretty good deal, I decided let’s do this and into the basket it went.

The Sriracha Stout from Rogue Ales & Spirits is a stout, yes, fermented with the hot chili sauce that many of us have come to know. The beer carries an alcohol content of 5.7% ABV and an IBU level of 55. So one could expect some bitterness in the taste, which isn’t uncommon for a stout. For me, I did find it to have some spicy notes for sure but it wasn’t overly spicy. However, it is different and for some I can see it being a possible struggle with this one so with it being in a 22 ounce bottle, one may want to being a friend for sharing. But all in all, I was able to found some satisfaction with the beer in the appearance and aroma, and this led me to an overall rating of an 80 for this one.

Check out my video though to see and hear more of my views on this ale and remember there’s always time, so Get Your Beer On! Cheers!



Appearance - 13

Aroma - 12

Flavor - 10

Palate - 11

Overall - 34

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Beer Review: Stillwater Artisanal Hopvine Bling

Stillwater Artisanal decided to get together with Hudson Valley Brewery and the result of Hopvine Bling was the result. This sour Berliner Weisse comes in with an alcohol content of 5% ABV and is dry-hopped as well as fermented with Sauvignon Blanc Grapes. So how did this one play out for me?

The beer itself came together nicely in its characteristics providing almost a nice wine feel. The grapes were able to provide a nice feature in the flavor and the smoothness of it made it a very easy beer to down. Again it is a Berliner Weisse, so the sour also comes through but it wasn’t overly sour and the body was light with the texture being somewhat dry. In all the beer was a nice one to enjoy which lead me to an overall rating of 85 with this one. See more if my thoughts on this one by also checking out my video here on YouTube!

Cheers!


Appearance: 12
Aroma: 13
Flavor: 13
Palate: 12
Overall: 35

Total Score: 85

Friday, February 2, 2018

Tasting House Of Webster Coffee Stout Green Head Beer Jelly

The Coffee Stout Green Head is one more beer jelly from House of Webster which is based in Rogers, Arkansas. They had reached out to me to try their jellies and this is the third of the six pack jelly series. Check out the video to see my thoughts and also check out their website to learn more.

House of Webster: https://www.houseofwebster.com/

Thursday, February 1, 2018

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