Shipyard Pumpkinhead

Happy Sunday Funday, ya’ll! After a wild weekend of some very good friends gettin’ hitched and UCF crushing FIU, I figured I needed some refreshment. Now before you jump my case and say there are so many better pumpkin beers out there, this was my first introduction into the pumpkin style and has stayed near to my heart ever since. In my opinion, this is an awesome lead in for people on the fence about pumpkin style beers and for those who want to channel their inner “basicness.” So let’s get into it!

Appearance: Hazy gold with tons of carbonation. Almost like a Bud or Coors.

Smell: There is a ton of malts and a touch of cinnamon. There is also something that reminds me vaguely of a hay ride in a wonderful way.

Taste: I’m getting a ton of malts and sweetness. Some of it is almost sugar-like with a strong cinnamon kick. This is really easy on the palate, I’m just not sure if I could crush 6 of them.

Mouthfeel: This is a very smooth beer with nice carbonation to make it very drinkable. Dare I compare it to *gasp* Bud Light? As far as craft beers go, this goes down almost like water.

Value: It was $9/sixer at the local Publix so I’m pretty happy with it.

Overall: I give it a solid 6/10 because it is easy to drink, has decent flavor, and is pretty cheap. If you are on the fence about trying new beers or just want to embrace your “basicness” go out and get you some!!

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

Dogfish Head Biere De Provence Saison

Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! This is a magical time of year with college football coming back, regular season baseball still in full swing and, for many outside of the Sunshine State, a reprieve from this sweltering summer. After watching a heartbreaking loss for my UCF Knights in Double OT, I figured I’d snag a new beer. While perusing the local Lucky’s, I found a weird beer that sounds right up my alley. The Biere de Provence Saison has lavender, marjoram, and other herbs in it. Like most things from Dogfish Head, this will be either really good (60, 90, 120 Minute IPAs) or really bad (61 Minute, Festina Peche). Well, I need something to get the taste of abject failure out of my mouth so here it goes!

Appearance: This pours a crystal clear gold with a quickly dissipating head (probably due to the 8.3% abv).

Smell: Wow, where do I begin? There is so much going on, just like the label says. I’m getting a basket of herbs with strong notes of marjoram and bay with a secretive sweetness of lavender underneath, helping balance the savory aromas. This is probably the most aromatic and different beer I’ve ever experienced.

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Perfect match to this strong chili!

Taste: I haven’t had too many saisons, mainly due to the fact the craft beer scene up until late has been dominated by IPA’s and the ilk. This leads me to have no expectations of what it “should” taste like. This beer tastes like fresh herbs, but is so well balanced out with malty sweetness and a note of lavender, nothing is overpowering. Out of my 503 (yes, I’m counting) beers I’ve had, I can say there is nothing that packs so many different flavors into one bottle and balances it so well. This would be fantastic with pork chops or something with the strong flavors of bay, marjoram, and something that reminds me of rosemary. This may have jumped into my top 10 of favorite beers.

Value: $3/single isn’t exactly cheap for a grocery store beer, but it is worth every penny in my opinion. It should be noted that if you don’t like trying different/weird food and drinks that this may not be up your alley. If you’re adventurous like me, this is a must-try.

Overall: I’d give this a 10/10 due to the expert craftsmanship that went into creating this off-the-wall, outside-the-box, highly polished beer. Like I said before, if you’re more of the calm, nothing crazy kind of person, I’d pass. Chances are however, if you are reading this, you like trying different things and in that case I’d say get it!

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

P.S. We may be getting a guest post from King Roach from his trip to Europe! Stay tuned for more info.

Cigar City Good Gourd

Happy Labor Day, ya’ll! For those in the Central Florida area this has been a wild weekend with everything from hurricanes, UCF’s first win in way too long, the start of Tailgate Season and Fall (unofficially), a free Brad Paisley concert and FSU vs Ole Miss tonight at Camping World Stadium. Needless to say, we got a little rowdy. I was browsing a new supermarket (Lucky Market) and noticed they were advertising Cigar City Marshall Zhukov so I ran up to the counter to see if they had any, but were all out. However, they did have the Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale so I figured it’s the start of Fall, so let’s get after it!

Appearance: This beer pours a dark burnt orange just like a Jack-O-Lantern on Halloween. There was minimal carbonation probably due to the whopping 8.5% ABV.

Smell: Good Gourd is very heavy on the spice, almost like a winter style “spiced” beer. The label says “Zanzibar cloves, Jamaican allspice” and some other hoity toity spices, but I couldn’t tell you the difference between those and regular cloves and allspice. There is some pumpkin to it, but it all smells natural, not artificial like many pumpkin ales.

Taste: Man this thing packs an explosive yet wonderfully balanced flavor profile. This is very clove and nutmeg forward with some subtle pumpkin sweetness on it. There are so many artificially sweet pumpkin beers (looking at you Shipyard Pumpkinhead) that I’ve been turned off by the category. Good Gourd managed to balance heavy spice without being spicy, sweet pumpkin without overdoing it, and a high ABV without coming off too boozy.

Mouthfeel: Like the head (or lack thereof) implied, this is very smooth and almost syrupy (but in a good way). The mouthfeel does not lend itself to quick drinking, but you shouldn’t pound these like a Busch Light

Value: Like most seasonal or specialty beers, this came in at a steep price. I got it at $14 for a 750ml bottle or roughly $7 per 12oz beer. Considering most beers at World of  Beer come in around there, it wasn’t terrible.

Overall: Good Gourd has restored my faith in pumpkin ales. It is full of flavor and well balanced. It’s unfortunate that it runs $14/bomber but oh well, you can’t put a price on happiness, right? I’d give this a 9/10 taking away one point for the mouthfeel/cost. If you love a pumpkin beer this is a must try!

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

500th Beer!!! Ayinger Celebrator

Well ya’ll as some of you may know, I’ve got a goal to try 1000 different beers and tonight marks the halfway point. Now those half ounce sips you get when you try something don’t count. I’m talking full pours of the stuff. You’re probably thinking “Dude, get the Untappd app!”. Naw I started this before apps were a thing and I’m not fixin’ to transfer 500 beers from a Google Doc to an app. Anyways, I’d like to thank college, and the Rowdy Knights for helping me get halfway to my goal. Without further ado here is the review.

Appearance: Dark and viscous almost like motor oil with a small head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: Man this is full of malts and chocolates! My sniffer is about out of commission so20160831_202952 thats all I got folks.

Taste: It is understandably malt heavy and sweet on the foretaste and almost savory like a teriyaki flavor. This is definitely different than any other beer I’ve had. Its a very rich beer that I probably should’ve had before half a pizza.

Mouthfeel: It is very smooth but heavy on the tongue. This beer gives you something to chew on but in a good way. If you’ve had a big meal before, try to wait before drinking it.

Value: It was free and its also very good. I’d pay no more than $3/single in a Total Wine type place

Overall: I’d give this a 7/10. It is put together very cleanly and is a well made beer but this style just isn’t for me. It may be because of how rich it is and the fact I’m sweating through one of the hottest summers on record but its almost too rich for me.

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

Bonus Fishing Report: 

This past weekend some college buddies and I went down to the beautiful Florida Keys. The

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Heron in a rare sunny patch

only issue being this little thing called a tropical storm. We said to hell with it in classic rowdy style. We got down there and all it did
was rain, but I went back to a bridge I fished previously and ca

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Killed some Busch Light and some snapper

ught more small to medium sized snapper of all shapes and sizes. Not to go Bubba Gump but we caught mangrove snapper, dog snapper, yellowtail snapper, a mutton snapper, and some miscellaneous bridge fish. There were quite a few tarpon nearby but I couldn’t entice any. Overall it was a fun trip and we caught some decent fish in spite of the weather (and excessive Busch Light).

 

 

Stone Delicious IPA

Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! This Sunday I got skunked for the first time I can remember pond hopping. So I figured trying a new (to me) beer from a rockin’ brewery and grabbed a sixer of Stone Delicious IPA. I’m a big Stone IPA fan and grab their Enjoy By’s whenever I see them. Also, I held a “6 Pack Party” where everyone brings a different six pack and you try a bunch of different beers and had some left over. I’d highly suggest this if you are looking to try a bunch of different styles but you’re ballin’ on a budget! Enough of my disjointed ramblings, here’s what you came for.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass, it looks grapefruit red with a touch of sunset yellow. There was a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly. It also leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: I’m getting a ton of floral hops with a citrus kick to them. Yeah, I know you’re thinking “Gee, and IPA that smells like hops no way!” Nothing crazy complex, just a well put together beer.

Taste: Just like the bottle says, tons of citrusy and semisweet hops. There is a touch of malt to balance it out. They used Lemondrop hops and it tastes just like the name suggests. Overall it is a well balanced, hoppy but not overly bitter flavor.

Mouthfeel: It sips smooth but goes down with a kick on the aftertaste. It is pungent and almost astringent but in a way the invites you to take another sip.

Value: Coming in at $11.99/sixer at the Total Wine it is a bit pricey but clocks in at a stout (see what I did there?) 7.7% abv. Its good but in my opinion you’re paying for the name at that price.

Overall: I’d give this a solid 6/10. It is a good IPA but at that price point I’d go with a Jai Alai or a Stone IPA. Its got good flavor, looks good, and smells good, but its good not great. If you haven’t had it give it a shot but don’t expect to be blown away.

Until next time, tight lines and cheers. I’ll be giving ya’ll an update from the Keys here soon as well!

Guest Post: LEINENKUGELS BeerGarten Tart

Well, it looks like B left the writing up to me today (the lady friend). Hi Brooks Brew Review readers, I’m Toritilla (I was told I need to have a pen name…). I like binge watching Netflix shows (shout out to all the House of Cards people out there), drinking on the weekends and occasionally leaving the house to do nature things with my beer-loving redneck boyfriend. Anyway, I don’t know spit about beer, but here goes nothing!

Leinenkugels Beer

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Olympic Beers!

Garten Tart

Appearance: Super golden, very thin head. The carbonation is akin to an apple cider. 8/10 on the bubbly scale.

Smell: Malty and tart (green apple scent) with a touch of citrusy sweetness on the end. You can definitely smell the beer in this one.

Taste: It’s tart, but not intense. If you’re not a tart person (I’m more of a sweet person myself), this isn’t bad and easily drinkable. Very refreshing. Have you ever had a green apple lollipop? This does not taste like that. It tastes like a green apple lollipop without sugar and with beer. Also carbonation. Sort of like they took a vat of Bud Light and steeped green apple lollipops into it.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing and thin. Pop of fizziness at the beginning, but no after taste whatsoever. My burps taste like Bud Light.

Overall: If a green apple cider had sex with Bud Light, this is what the baby would taste like. Good beer for a nice day on the beach, especially if you like light and carbonated beers. I’m giving this a 6/10 because I’m feeling tart today, and this beer was too carbonated for my liking. But it could be just your cup of tea.

Until next time, light wines and beers!

P.S. If you like this post, keep it to yourself because I’m not doing another one.

 

 

Cigar City Florida Cracker

Happy Sunday Funday, everyone! Its been about 1000 degrees out, so I needed a lighter beer to quench my thirst. Naturally, I had to grab a local brew from Cigar City. Florida Cracker has always been my post fishing beer of choice. Even though I wasn’t fishing, laying by the pool was close enough so enough rambling, here’s the review.

 

 

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Appearance: Looks like a typical unfiltered white ale with a hazy gold color with a slight orange tinge. It has a solid head and a bunch of carbonation.

 

Smell: This is heavy on the citrus with a slight coriander spice to it.  Even though it has a ton of different aromas, it still smells light and effervescent.

Taste: There is a sweet fruity touch with a nice offsetting spice to it. I’m getting citrus and coriander/pepper. It finishes a touch acidic and dry which hits the spot on a hot summer day. There is absolutely no hops to it which is refreshing change of pace.

Mouthfeel: Much like the nose, it is light and effervescent. It leaves a slightly dry feeling on the aftertaste which I personally enjoy.

Overall: I’m giving this a 7.5/10 and it is a great beer to bring to any BBQ, pool party, or any summertime event. For those who aren’t hop heads or are new to craft beer, give them this instead of a Blue Moon or Shock Top. This is a rockin’ brew!

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

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