Opening Round of Macro Brew Sweet 16

Well, happy St. Paddy’s Day eve! Here is how half the field did in the opening games of the March Madness Macrobrew Tournament!

Heavy Bracket: Miller High Life vs Budweiser

 In this matchup we pit “The King of Beers” Budweiser aka Bud Heavy against “The Champagne of Beers” Miller High Life. As far as heavy beers go, “Bud Heavy” is relatively light whereas the High Life comes swinging which is ironic because Budweiser is 5% ABV and Miller is 4.6%. As far as flavor goes, Miller is heavy on the malts with a noted stale tinge and a bitterness that permeates the sip. Bud Heavy starts with a ricey sweetness with a notable hoppy (read this loosely) and dry finish. High Life is definitely the smoother of the two. But in the end, Budweiser retains its crown as “The King of Beers” and furthers the stereotype that only low lives drink High Life. Winner: Budweiser.

 Light Bracket: Natural Light vs Pabst Blue Ribbon

For the tale of the tape, both opponents are standing at 16oz tall. In one corner, hailing from Frat Boy Central Naturallllllll “Natty” Lighttttt. In the other corner, we have the champion of typewriters and ironic mustaches Pabst BLUE Ribbon! Let’s get this party started! Natty comes out swinging with absolutely no taste, going down like water. Not to be outdone, PBR has mediocre flavor, which is obviously uncool on purpose. At the end of the match, Natty won the chuggability contest. However, PBR is almost as chuggable and has some flavor to it. Both are smooth, but you look slightly better, albeit more hipster, rocking a case of PBR over Natty Light. Natty is relegated to the category “beer you will drink when you have no other options” and frat parties. Winner: PBR.

Light Bracket: Busch Light vs Bud Light

 Bud Light comes in as a huge underdog to this fight. A fan favorite that has had a terrific season, Busch Light has all the qualities of a championship caliber team. It is flavorful, nostalgic, and almost as easy on the eyes as it is the wallet. Busch Light startsoff with a smooth malty but not over-the-top flavor profile and ends with a clean hop finish. Bud Light rebounds and drives home a sweet and smooth taste. Bud Light is not rolling over; this might go into overtime folks. As the beer, err I mean game, progresses, I’m getting a strange feeling almost like a headache. Could it be? Bud Light is letting the game get away from it with its headache-inducing brew. Busch Light then doubles down with a low, low cost of $9.99 an 18 pack and dunks it with its equally smooth and better taste to run away with the game. Winner: Busch Light.

 Heavy Bracket: Icehouse vs Steel Reserve

Lord have mercy what did I do to myself? As far as tailgate beers go, both of these are bottom tier that somehow snuck their way into the tourney. When you roll up to a tailgate and folks are sucking these bad boys down, you know they’re on the fast track to blackout city. Icehouse is ice cold right now and actually tastes like a pretty mediocre barley wine. I took my first swig of Steel Reserve, and I think I may have shuddered like you do after a shot of college bar well tequila. When I say this team (SR) didn’t show up to play, I mean I wouldn’t drink this if it was the last cold beer in the cooler. Okay, maybe that’s a stretch, but you get what I’m getting at. As the Icehouse warms up, it is downright terrible too. If both teams could lose, they would. However, Icehouse comes out on top slightly due to its less offensive flavor. Winner: Icehouse.

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Macro Beer Matchup Yuengling vs Coors

Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! After a wild (mild) weekend of wedding planning and visiting Fort Myers, it’s time to unwind. Tomorrow is possibly the worst day of the year. It is the first day of work after Daylight Savings Time. For all of us Floridians, it will be the last time we have to deal with this nonsense as we have decided to stop playing this silly game and are permanently on DST. As I have drank my way through all the local supermarkets craft brew selection and with March Madness almost upon us, I decided to do a Macro Beer Matchup between two quintessential Macrobrews. In one corner coming in with the title of America’s oldest operating brewery, the original Yuengling Lager. In the other corner, the beer that prides itself on being brewed with Rocky Mountain water and invented the color changing can, Coors Light. Here is a bracket to track the winners and losers!

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Appearance: Ice cold blue can or the iconic green bottle? That is a matter of personal preference. When they pour out, Yuengling takes this one with a sunset amber color instead of Coors’ fizzy yellow blandness.


Smell: Yuengling has a heavy malty aroma that when compared to the sprightly Coors, seems like a lead weight. Call me crazy, but Coors just smells like a good time whereas the Yuengling is like the heavy responsibility of tomorrow. Winner: Coors.

Taste: Yuengling obviously has more flavor, but it has better flavor than Coors. Between the carbonation and the malts, it is well balanced where you get flavor but nothing to”chew” on like craft beers. Coors on the other hand always leaves an acrid tinge to an otherwise watery flavor profile.  Call me Guy Fieri because I’m going with #flavortown and Yuengling gets the W.

Mouthfeel: If we are talking tailgates and fishing trips, you gotta go with the light almost seltzer water feel of Coors. After a few of the Yuengs, you start to feel it weighing on you.

Value: Both are similar in price, I’ll call this a draw.

Overall: These two beers target mostly the same customer, but in different ways. Due to the wide margin in taste and a more aesthetically pleasing bottle/pour Yuengling takes home the win!

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

P.S. UCF swept #1 UF Gators in baseball. Charge on and go Knights!

Lickinghole Creek Tree Chopt

Well it’s been awhile and I felt like cracking open the last of my Christmas presents. Yes, the name is not a typo. The brewery’s name is actually Lickinghole Creek, and to make things even better, they are based out of Goochland, Virginia. Between UCF dominating #1 UF baseball in a home and home series, and doing a pig in a China box, it’s been a busy week.  Anyways here is the review of this Belgian-style Tripel.

Appearance: It pours a deep, dark cider color with no carbonation and no head.

Smell: There is a ton of earthy yeast and wheat. Also there is a strange fermented fruit smell that lingers in the tulip of my glass.

Taste: Yikes! I’ve had quite a few Tripels, but this really missed the mark. Like the lingering smell, there is heavy fermented fruit. Like when you bite into a strawberry that is wayyy past its due date. There is some earthiness from the unfiltered yeast that ended up at the bottom of my glass.

Mouthfeel: This is just like cold cider, with the acidity to match.

Value: Even though its free, I may not finish it. Oh yeah and Tree Chopt is 9.3% ABV.

Overall: This is borderline undrinkable, so it gets a 2/10. The problem with attention getting/edgy labels is that typically the contents don’t live up to the hype. However, upon looking at Beer Advocate, it was rated 3.86 out of 5, which means either I really hate it or it got skunked.

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

10-Ten Brewing The Truth

Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! It’s finally getting hot down here again; it was in the low 90’s today! So naturally I had to celebrate with some bass fishing and beer drinking. We attended a wedding this weekend that happened to have kegs of local craft beer instead of the usual Bud Light. At some point in the night I decided it was a good idea to take a couple of to-go bottles of Ten 10 Brewing’s The Truth stout via water bottles and now I have a new beer to review!

Appearance: I’m not sure if it was because it was poured out of a water bottle but this had the bare minimum when it came to carbonation. Come to think about it, the beer was like this last night when we poured it into pint glasses. Like most stouts, it pours like used motor oil in color and viscosity.

Smell: Typical of the style, I’m getting lots of toasted barley and some dark fruits, almost like a cherry on the back end.

Taste: There’s a whole bunch of burnt coffee beans on the front that leads into the dark fruits that was on the nose. It finishes with an almost acrid, in a good way, taste that cleanses the palate.

Mouthfeel: This is much sharper than what I expected. After the initial bite, it smooths out into a velvety finish.

Value: It was free homie. Also Ten 10 is reasonably priced so I’d call it a good deal.

Overall: This was a decent stout, but nothing to write home about (pun intended). Because it is sitting at the middle of the road I’d give it 5/10. The Truth is a solid beer but it didn’t do anything exceptionally well and didn’t do anything different. You want The Truth? Well, I think you can handle The Truth.

For a quick fishing report, it looks like the bass have moved off the beds. Most of the bites I had were in clear water using finesse techniques like a wacky rigged work and weightless fluke.

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

Sweetwater 420 EPA

Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! The first post-football weekend was spent well between fishing, working around the house, and meeting up with old friends. For those of you up North, bass bedding season has started early this year in Central Florida’s small ponds so you know where I’ll be for the next month. Anyways, I picked up an old standby that was on sale the 420 Extra Pale Ale by Sweetwater that if you haven’t tried, you should pick up for the start of baseball season.20180211_131207 (1)

Appearance: It pours a lightish gold color with lots of carbonation.

Aroma: To be expected, there is a bunch of piney hops that isn’t overpowering. The hops give it a cleansing astringent smell that invites a taste.

Taste: Well, being a pale ale, it’s, you guessed it, hoppy! It’s a light pine hops with a nice grain counterpoint. Overall the beer is bright and light on the palate. The hops finish with a dry note that doesn’t leave you with that overpowering bitterness that some IPAs do.

Mouthfeel: It is a smooth and light beer that packs a bunch of flavor. This is one of those ballpark beers that will sneak up on you at 5.7%.

Value: A sixer of tallboys was only $7.99 at a local liquor store, so you know I balled on a budget.

6lber on a wacky rig

Overall: Maybe because it’s the first weekend where it was warm out, or maybe because I’m excited for college baseball to start back up, but I’d give this a 7/10. It’s a solid beer with lots of flavor but light on the wallet. This is a great cookout beer because most everyone will enjoy it and it isn’t too bitter.

Folks, it’s bass bedding season in Central Florida and it’s better than Christmas. Sight fishing hawgs on beds gets my heart racing like nothing else. If you do choose to go, get a good pair of polarized glasses and bring your patience. Go with a finesse presentation like a wacky rigged worm or if fishing deep clear water, try a drop shot. Well, until next time, tight lines and cheers!

Hop Bullet by Sierra Nevada

Happy SUPERBOWL Sunday Funday ya’ll! It’s been a busy weekend, with the soon-to-be Mrs. saying yes to the dress, a family cookout, and engagement photos, I’ve hardly had time to think. Thankfully, I was able to sneak in some fishing time where we got on some bass and picked up a new beer from Club Pub. My buddies have had it before and ranted and raved about it so I figured I needed to do a review on it.

Appearance: It pours gold and clear just like a Bud Light. Hop Bullet has a surprising

Hop Bullet with New Belgium’s Voodoo Ranger IPA in the back

amount of carbonation and the head quickly dissipates and leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: Well, I made jalapeno poppers and forgot to wash my hands before scratching my nose, so my sniffer is out of commission. The fiance says it’s got a bunch of yeast and malt, but no hops.

Taste: This is a really clean beer with a kick of hops at the end. This is possibly the cleanest Double IPA I’ve ever had. The hops are a nice counterbalance to the crisp malt. If you asked me what this was, I’d probably have answered a session IPA with how drinkable it is.

Mouthfeel: Like the taste, it is light and crisp with more carbonation than expected by far. I’m not sure how they got so much carbonation into an 8% ABV beer.

Value: This was $1.89/single and I think $9.99/sixer.

Overall: This is definitely a 7.5/10. I’m not sure if I love the light, crisp and refreshing flavor in a DIPA, however, it makes it dangerously drinkable. This is the first DIPA I’ve ran across that I could drink all day (or 3 beers when the 8% hits and I’m down for the count). Coming into baseball season and summer, this is definitely rotating into my lineup. Well, its time to cast a line before the Puppy Bowl.

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

Pilsner Urquell

Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! After this Jags loss to the Patriots and a weekend full of wedding venue tours, I needed something to numb the pain that is also easy on the palate. I had to choose between the classic English beer Newcastle or a lighter but also imported beer, Pilsner Urquell. Light beer and football go hand-in-hand, so I sided with the Pilsner if you couldn’t tell by the title. Here’s the review to help with your Sunday Scaries.

Appearance: This pours darker than most pilsners Americans are familiar with (aka Bud Light). It’s a deep gold with plenty of carbonation, but not a big head.

Smell: This has a delicate aroma of grains with a floral hint on the nose. It is bright and refreshing.

TasteJust like the aroma, it starts off with a subtle bitterness that leads into a light malt that is reminiscent of hay in a barn. It ends rather abruptly with another note of hoppy/carbonated bitterness. Overall it is very drinkable on a hot day like today.

Mouthfeel: Even though it’s less carbonated than the Dilly Sauce (American macrobrews), it is still very effervescent which helps contribute to a light and fresh taste.

Value: $1.89 for a single at club Pub.

Overall: Maybe because I’m not crazy about pilsners, this is a 5/10. It’s light and refreshing and lacks the fake grapey taste some pilsners have, but it really isn’t outstanding. If you’re looking to have one or two on a hot day, they hit the spot, but if you’re going for quantity, stick to the tried and true Busch Light.

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!