Saturday, June 30, 2018
I finally took some time to look at Founders Porter and upload a review, which for some reason I had not done previously. The beer itself has been around for a while but with so many beers, it just took a little time to get this one done. Now I have had this one in the past but just had not picked it up until recently. At 6.5% abv and 45 IBU, the beer had a good amount of flavor, aroma, and taste along with a nice smoothness that was slightly rich and did well bringing in notes of coffee and roastiness. The texture had somewhat of a creamy feel for me along with some sweetness. Overall the beer had a nice quality, and definitely worth throwing back for any porter fan in my opinion.
It is always good to have friends and shout out to my friend Todd who came through with some beer mail from Indiana. For a beer fan, getting beer mail is like Christmas for an adult, and you know that you are not getting a sweater or some other non-needed thing, lol. Watch the video to see what I find in the box.
Friday, June 29, 2018
So here is a look at one that I looked at a while back but never uploaded, imagine that? So many beers and so little time, and Galaxy High is a limited release from MadTree Brewing that comes out once a year in 4-packs and on draft. This beer does bring some bitterness at 120 IBU and at 9.5% ABV, I found it to drink somewhat easy and carry a nice smoothness to it despite the bitterness mentioned. Tropical, citrusy, hoppy, and sweet, this one delivered on all expectations. Check out the video to see and hear more on this one.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
The Greenstone DDH APA is yet one more beer that I was able to tray and taste from Old Nation Brewing, and again I was not disappointed. Citrusy and tropical in both the aroma and taste, this juicy double dry-hopped American Pale Ale was also creamy in its texture, which just added to its smoothness. It is a Pale Ale so you do get some bitterness but not overly hoppy at 40 IBU and easily drinkable at 5.5% ABV. If you ever near this brewery in Williamston, Michigan, then do yourself a favor and make this a visit on your trip. I give this one 4.25 out of 5. Check out the video to see and hear more about this beer.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Citra High from MadTree Brewing located here where I am in the Cincinnati, Ohio area is a limited release Imperial IPA that comes in at a nice 9.5% ABV and 120 IBU. Hoppy, tropical and citrusy notes come together well against the maltiness of the beer which provides a nicer than expected smooth sweet appeal. There is some dryness as expected with an Imperial or IPA style in general, but not overly done and just works for this beer. Some booziness does come through, but there is nothing off-putting about it. This beer is always one I enjoy looking forward too and would definitely recommend for any Imperial IPA fans, 4.5 out of 5 from me on the MadTree Citra High. Check out the video to hear and see more on this one.
Monday, June 25, 2018
Full Earth from Old Nation Brewing located in Michigan is an Imperial New England IPA that comes in at 9.1% ABV and 50 IBU. My opinion on this one is that this brew is a highly solid one. There are many good things going on with this layered beer that I did enjoy. From the solid haziness of the beer along with its nice tropical and citrusy feel from the hops to the creamy like smoothness of the texture, this beer just delivers on various levels. It is definitely one worth a try for any NE IPA fan, 4.5 out of 5 for me on this one. Check out my video to hear and see more.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
BFD or Beer For Drinking from Sierra Nevada Brewing is a 4.8% ABV and 33 IBU Hoppy Blonde Ale as they describe it. Why it is called this name though I have no idea, because wouldn’t all beer just simply “be for drinking,” although I believe their goal is for one to drink it and not to wait over any period. In a way, they are saying to drink fresh. Anyway, this beer, which they also call causally crushable, did prove to be decent enough for me when trying. It was light, clean, and smooth with a nice presence of hops more so like that of a spruce or piney feel. There was some sweetness to it and I felt like it was something of an entry craft beer for one who may usually drink macros. Overall, it was decent enough that I gave it 3 out of 5. Check out the video if you would like to see and hear more on this one.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Solid Gold from Founders Brewing is an American Premium Lager that carries an ABV of 4.4% and an IBU level of 20. I decided to give this one a go and have to admit that like its name I did find it solid in being a decent lager with a good amount of flavor from the malts that balanced against its faint hoppiness of the hops. Light, clean, and smooth, for me this one is a 3.5 out of 5 and worth a go for any lager fan. Check out my video to hear and see more on this one.
Friday, June 22, 2018
The Bourbon Street Honey Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Company, a 9.5% ABV 21 IBU American Pale Ale brewed with honey and aged in small batch bourbon barrels. I found this one to be a bit smooth and full in body, with a good amount of sweetness from the honey. The booziness came through from the additional use of the bourbon barrels, but with it, there seemed to be taking away of some other characteristics that are usually expected from an American Pale Ale questioning if all styles really need to barrel-aged. There was also a lack of vanilla hints, which are usually found in a barrel-aged beer, but overall the beer was solid enough for me that I gave it 3.5 out of 5. Check out the video if you would like to hear and see more on this one.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Tecate Light was the last of my beers to try at the hotel before leaving Cancun and of all of them; it was the one that I liked the least. I found it to be okay as a lighter type beer and it did have a refreshing quality for the weather, but the adjunct flavor just came through more in this one. Not only did I feel somewhat of corn in the taste, there was also a syrupy texture for me in the beer along with more sweetness than I prefer. This all being said, I gave this beer 2.25 out of 5 for me, and check out the video if you would like to hear and see more of my thoughts on this one.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Bohemia Clásica is a 4.8% ABV North American Adjunct Pilsner Lager that I had a chance to enjoy while in Mexico and is now the subject of my latest review there. Overall, this one ended up being my favorite from the beers that I tried. It was a nice light beer with a decent body, which for me went down smooth with a nice malty sweetness. This along with the nice clean feel of the beer and the floral and slightly piney aroma of the hops made it stand out a little more. This was 3 out of 5 for me on this one. Check out my video to hear and see more.
Monday, June 18, 2018
Here is my look at the Bohemia Oscura from my recent vacation trip to Cancun. This Vienna Lager comes in with an ABV of 4.9%with an IBU of 14. Dark, malty, smooth, sweet and light, this beer did pair well against the backdrop of the warm weather allowing it to go down nice and easy. Chalk this one up as 2.75 out of 5 for me and check out my video to see and hear more.
Sunday, June 17, 2018
A story was published in the Tampa Bay Times on June 15th about how Florida Publix stores are now squeezing out smaller local independent craft breweries. Check out my video to hear a few of my thoughts on it all as it moves forward.
A visit to my local Jungle Jim’s International Market - Eastgate location led to some good finds and even deals on some various beers that I had been seeking and were surprised to find. Listed as one of the best beer stores in America, selection is ever rarely a problem. Find out more about them and their ranking by clicking here, but first check out my video here to see what I found.
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Not really, a stranger to the Dos Equis Ambar but since I was in Mexico and had not reviewed it yet, I thought why not now. There really isn’t as much for me to say about this one except that during the trip I found that actually may now prefer the Lager Especial just a little bit more than this one here. This all being said, I did find the beer to hold an okay refreshing quality. Dark, malty, sweet and smooth with a light body, this Vienna lager did what it was supposed to do, so 2.5 out of 5 for me on this one. Check out the video to hear and see more on this one.
Friday, June 15, 2018
My recent vacation to Mexico led to some nice relaxation and of course, some beverages, and here is my look at the Dos Equis Lager Especial from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma S.A. de C.V. Light, smooth and clean, this somewhat sweet lager was a decent enough adjunct lager that for me I rate 2.5 out of 5 and which proved to be a nice beer for relaxing through the heat. Check out my video to hear and see more about this one.
This past Thursday we took a look at the idea of the labeling of beer as craft beer, and if it truly matters and to whom. A good conversation had indeed and check out what we discussed here to see and hear all that was discussed.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
It's always nice to have some friends that like to send beer and a big thanks to my buddy Eric, who decided to send some beers my way to enjoy and review. Check out my video to see what I received and check out his channel EricALionsFan Channel to catch his reviews as well.
Monday, June 11, 2018
The Beer Flow show where we Get Our Beer On as we talk all things beer and as you can tell by the title, where the beer flows. Join us to see what we talk about as we do this Thursdays at 9 pm eastern, and here is the show from June 7th, 2018.
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Barroom Hero from Magic Hat Brewing is an English Mild Ale that comes in at 4.2% ABV and 15 IBU and is one that I found to be somewhat decent. At a sessionable level, this beer did go down easy with some smoothness highlighted by a decent roasty aroma. There is some sweetness from the malts and the dark what I would call a cherry wood color does provide a nice appearance to it. For me, this ale rates 3.5 out of 5 and check out the video to see and hear more.
The Indian Brown from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is a 7.2% ABV and 50 IBU cross of Brown and IPA Ales. Dark, malty and smooth this beer brought a nice roastiness along with it to balance against the hoppiness of it being an IPA. There was a nice feel of a coffee tone backed nicely with a good mouthfeel as well as mouthcoating experience. It was definitely a nice one to check out that for me rated 4 out of 5. Check out the video to hear and see more on this one.
Time to pick up a few beers for drinking and sharing and here is a look at the haul from this trip which not only brought me some more beers, but it also brought me some beer glasses as well.
A classic and a beer listed in “1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die” is the Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing and this one proved to be a solid beer indeed. The smoothness on this one is high, and it just brings a variety of layers together in this beer. There is the nice chocolate and coffee feel that just goes along with the velvety creamy feel of it being an oatmeal stout. As one that enjoys coffee as well, this beer is a great version of a coffee inspired beer for sure. It is a well-balanced beer that for me that I could enjoy as much if not more than their KBS and CBS, which coincidentally aren’t in the book…hmmm, interesting. This one is 4.5 out of 5 for me and well worth a try, check out my video if you would like to hear and see more on this one.
Finally decided to take a look at the Samuel Adams New England IPA from Boston Beer Company, and I have to say that I was quite surprised and pleased by it as it was better than I thought it would be. At 6.8% ABV and 35 IBU, I thought the beer did well with bringing in the citrus, fruity and tropical tones expected of this style. It also did well on being somewhat juicy and having a bit of a resiny as well as hoppy quality. Now this being said, it is not at the level at some of the smaller craft breweries but among some of the bigger ones, it is pretty damn good. This one for me was 4 out of 5 and easily one that I could drink again. Check out my video if you would like to see and hear more on this one.
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Coast to Coast IPA from Fifty West Brewing Company located in Cincinnati is an American IPA that at 6.8% ABV and 60 IBU named after what has been called the Loneliest Road in America…Route 50 that goes coast to coast. As you can probably guess, the brewery sits on this highway in a location that once was a speakeasy here in the city. However, as to the beer, it was a nice hoppy, citrusy, fruity, tropical and slightly resinous IPA. Overall, I also found it to be a smooth IPA and for me, it is 3.75 out of 5 on this one. Check out the video if you would like to hear and see more on this one.
Frosty from Market Garden Brewery out of Cleveland is a lime Witbier with tangerine that for me brought a decent refreshing quality with this light in body beer. There was some tartness from the tangerine, although the lime definitely stood out more. Overall, it was a nice smooth citrusy beer, 3.25 out of 5 for me on this one. Check out my video if you would like to see and hear more on this one.
Manta Ray from Ballast Point is an 8.5% ABV 70 IBU Imperial IPA that does a good job of hitting on the qualities of the style. I found it to have a nice tone of citrus well balanced against the malts, which provided a nice overall smoothness despite their also being some moments of the hoppy bitterness coming through. This beer just works, 4.25 out of 5 for me. Check out the video if you would like to see or hear more on this one.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
DKML from Founders Brewing is a 14.2% ABV Barrel Aged Malt Liquor that for me played out boozy, sweet and of course malty and strong. An Imperial Malt Liquor indeed and despite being barrel-aged, the malt really took away from anything else and reminded me of why I don’t drink malt liquors as much anymore. However, if this is a style that you enjoy then it may be for you. For me it is 2 out of 5 for me on this one, I finished it but it took a bit. Check out the video to hear and see more.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
The Nitro Irish Stout from Breckenridge Brewery, a 4% ABV 38 IBU Dry Irish Stout released earlier this year that I found to have a nice mouthfeel that definitely improved over time as it warmed and provided a nice duration of the flavor. It did play out a little thinner than expected, but still had nice notes of chocolate and coffee and even though thin, the nitro did bring a nice creamy smooth feel to the beer. 3.5 out of 5 for me on this one, and check out the video to see and hear more.
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Golden Ale from St. Peter’s Brewery Company based in Suffolk, England is a 4.7% ABV Golden Ale that I happened to notice while visiting one of my local bottle shops. The design of the bottle is what caught my eye and that may have been the best part of the beer for me. Malty, smooth and carrying a taste reminiscent of licorice in the flavor, this one I think definitely plays to an acquired taste for sure. Overall though it solid enough to finish the bottle, but not one that I would probably check out again. 2.75 out of 5 for me and check out the video if you would like to see and hear more on this one.
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