Lancaster Brewing Boss Hog DIPA

Happy Sunday funday ya’ll! Or should I say Saturday 2.0 for all those folks who don’t have to work on Labor Day. I wasn’t going to write a beer review this week due to lack of 20170903_193505new selections but it so happens one fell in my lap. The capital R roommate agreed to babysit her 2 year old niece and as payment we got some new beers. So between Seaquench by Dogfish Head and Boss Hog DIPA (double IPA) I went with Boss Hog. Its from a brewery I’ve never heard of brought down by her cousin from her training up in Pennsylvania. Wow, I spelled Pennsylvania right the first time. Anyways enough rambling lets get to the beer!

Appearance: It poured dark orange with a two finger head. Looks tasty so far!

Smell: I’ve contemplating changing the “Smell” category to “Aroma” but that seems to high class for me so I’m gonna leave it as is. Anywho, this has a ton of citrusy hops with a surprisingly strong malty backbone. Its almost like a raisin bread in sweetness. For a DIPA this is a departure from the norm, but I like it.

Taste: Clocking in at 9% and billing itself as a big Double IPA there is a distinct lack of bitterness. You get a bunch of boozy sweetness, but a subdued hop profile. The citrus hits on the aftertaste but I expected a much fuller flavor from them. Its a little sweet but man this beer is easy drinking unlike many DIPAs.

Mouthfeel: This is a very smooth beer without the “sharp” hoppiness of many IPA/DIPAs that I’ve come across.

Value: Two words. Fo’ Free.

Overall: This was a decent DIPA. I’d give it a 6/10 because its a touch sweet but drinks very easily for clocking in at the monster 9%. You get a bunch of malts and a little bit of hops with this one. At the end of the day its a decent beer.

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

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Abita Pecan Ale

Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! I just escaped Hurricane Harvey by about 12 hrs and survived to report back on some more awesome brews. For those who haven’t been out to Houston, there are a some awesome craft breweries, my favorite being Saint Arnold’s. Sadly however, I forgot to write a review on any of the beers I had out there so I’ll write about the one from my local Publix, a cajun specialty from Abita, the Pecan Ale. It’s tagline is “Geaux Nuts,” so let’s go!20170827_155805.jpg

Appearance: Pours like a typical amber ale with a nice 2 finger head.

Smell: Naturally you’re getting a ton of pecans along with an unexpected hint of apricot.  Even though it’s 100 out and still August, I’m getting in the mood for our (nonexistent) Fall!

Taste: There’s a ton of toasted malts which give it the nutty namesake. There isn’t much of a hop presence to counter the sweetness of the malts, but it is still relatively balanced.

Mouthfeel: This has a little less carbonation than the head would imply leaving it much smoother than I expected.

Value: Publix messed up the pricing so they gave it to us for free. Can’t beat free! But $8/sixer is a good price for it.

Overall: This is a middle of the road “harvest” style beer. I’d give it a 5/10. It doesn’t do anything particularly wrong, but it doesn’t stand out in any categories. This would be a good tailgate craft beer to share with friends though.

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest

Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! This is the first post written from the new house and let me tell you, life is good! As we were perusing the Publix (and my girlfriend says, “They never change the singles, why do you insist on checking?!”), I found the new Oktoberfest release20170820_190349.jpg from Sierra Nevada. Yes, it is a touch early for Oktoberfest, but football is back, it’s close to September, so I’m gonna say it’s close enough. For those of you who haven’t had an Oktoberfest (technically Marzen) beer, the style is very malty and a bit spicy, but also very, very drinkable. Overall, a perfect football beer, especially for those of you who actually get a fall season instead of slightly less humid, but still stupid hot Florida. Anyways, here is the review!

Appearance: It pours a beautiful warm amber with a 1 finger head that slowly dissipates.

Smell: Predictably, there is a malty sweetness to it with just a hint of spice. Note this is the spice you find in a warm apple cider or mulling spices, not the jalapeno spicy of some chili beers.

Taste: Right off the bat you get a delicious tempered sweetness and a clove-esque spice on the tail end. It’s a very dry beer reminiscent of a crisp Autumn day. If you could bottle the taste of a hay ride after a cold front, this is it.

Mouthfeel: This is a very dry and crisp beer, but the crispness is due to the spice instead of the carbonation.

Value: Ya’ll know I ball on a budget, so $1.89 for it was right up my alley.

Overall: Maybe I’m in a generous mood, but this is an 8/10. It is an excellent summation of all my memories of Autumn wrapped up into a delicious adult beverage. It also signals the start of football! For you non-craft beer drinkers reading this, if you like Bud Heavy then give this a shot this Fall.

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

P.S. There is a Keys fishing trip coming up so hopefully I’ll have a report for ya’ll!

Full Sail Brewing Papaya IPA

Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! This may be the last blog post I write from my apartment as I’m (hopefully) closing on a home this week! Between work, house hunting, mortgage paperwork, and everything else, I’ve been a bit tied up. Oh, and the fact that the capital R Roommate and I adopted a puppy. Needless to say, I haven’t been hounding the craft brews as of late. However, when we were grocery shopping, a new twist on an old

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Deagon at Wops Hops Brewery

favorite caught my eye, a papaya flavored IPA. With heat indexes above 110 today, I figured this would hit the spot!

Appearance: This pours with a light amber hue with just a touch of carbonation leaving an almost invisible head.

Smell: No surprise here it’s hitting with a ton of tropical note, the foremost being papaya. It’s sweet, but I hope it won’t be artificial tasting.

 

Taste: Just like the smell, this is a kick in the mouth of tropical fruit flavor. Picture the lady with the fruit for a hat dancing on your tongue followed by a hoppy slap from your girlfriend who caught you staring. I think the hops on the end linger a touch too long for it being hotter than the surface of the sun today to enjoy.

Mouthfeel: There is a heavier than expected mouthfeel for such a tropical fruit. It’s not heavy, but not the zippy lightness I was expecting.

Value: At $1.89, I’m not complaining.

Overall: I’d give this a 6/10 as it is an interesting and mostly balanced beer, but it’s a little too sweet and lingers a little too long for these hot summer days. It’s still definitely worth a try though!

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

Shipyard Fireberry

Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! Its been a crazy summer with weddings, trips, and work so I haven’t made the time to write a few of these. On a side note, I found these on the clearance rack at Club Pub and figured for $8, why not grab a sixer and head over to a grill out. It seemed a little too fruity for me but hey, a deal’s a deal! So, I bought a beer that bills itself as infused with some sort of hippy tea leaves. Get over it.

Appearance: Drank out of cans, but from what I could see it was amber with a fairly high carbonation.

Smell: It has a super floral aroma that is close to rose petals or hibiscus. I don’t think I’ve ever had a beer that smells like that. Let’s see where this goes.

Taste: Wow, it tastes like a cold glass of tea with minimal (if any) hoppiness or malt flavor. It’s not artificially sweet or fake flavored and surprisingly refreshing. I’m not sure I could have more than one, but this one hits the spot.

Mouthfeel: Feels just like your run of the mill amber ale, with high carbonation and lightness on the palate.

Value: $8 for six wasn’t bad. Not a steal, but better than market price!

Overall: I’m giving this a 6/10 just due to the unique flavor profile it carries. It;s definitely different, but for those who like floral teas, try and grab one before the summer is up!

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

Stone Enjoy By 07.04.17

Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! I don’t know about you, but this summer has been a hot one already. Thankfully, there have been a ton of new beer releases hitting the Central Florida area to cool you off. For those of you who haven’t seen the Enjoy By series and their complementing Enjoy After series by Stone Brewing, you’re missing out. The Enjoy By has a 30-day expiration date and is designed for the hop flavors and aromas to be super fresh which fade quickly after canning, hence the name. The Enjoy Afters are just the opposite, like a Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, a fresh one hasn’t had time to mellow and the flavors to gel and are best enjoyed months or years after canning. I grabbed the Enjoy By on a random trip to Publix, and this marks 3 years straight of getting the Enjoy By for this date!

Appearance: This pours a dark, hazy, amber color with a one-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves fantastic lacing.

Smell: As to be expected, I’m getting piney and floral hop notes. There isn’t any citrus that I can pick up and no malts to speak of.

Taste: Prepared to be kicked in the mouth with pine tar! Holy hops there’s a syrupy, but not sweet, pine flavor followed by a floral, almost earthy aftertaste. It’s almost more tart than you would expect with very mild sweetness due to the ABV.

Value: $16 for a sixer doesn’t make it the cheapest thing on the block, but you get what you pay for.

Overall: I’d give this series a 7/10. They’re good beers and very unique, but unless you really love IPAs, get a single and not a sixer. It may be because the heat index is 105 degrees, but it’s a good beer to me, not a great beer.

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

 

Hourglass Brewing Morlock Milk Stout

Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! This weekend the first lady and I found some time to sneak off to another Central Florida microbrewery that we haven’t tried: Hourglass Brewing. It’s a bigger name around here as they have their product in most the grocery stores, but I didn’t realize just how big it was. Upon entering, they had a ton of space and probably 20 of their OWN beers on tap. We tried a few, and they were all good, and I grabbed a Morlock for the road. As we pass this lazy, rainy Sunday away, here is the review!

Appearance: This stuff is like used motor oil, very viscous, dark and almost no carbonation upon pouring into a pint glass.

Smell: It gives off a super chocolatey, malty smell. Imagine an old ice cream shop that serves milk shakes and that’s about what it smells like.

Taste: You get a ton of toasted, but not burnt, malts with chocolate, coffee, toffee, and a hint of ice-creamy goodness. This isn’t a milk stout that will knock your socks off with taste, but it is a very solid, well finished beer. For those new to this style, it is par for the course on what to expect from something that bills itself as a “milk stout.”

Mouthfeel: Because this is CO2 and not a Nitro carbonation, you get just a touch of tartness on the end. However, it is still smooth, thick, and heavy.

Value: The pint ran me a Lincoln, but that was buying at the bar “to go,” so there is the brewery markup. Not a bad price however!

Overall: This is a solid 6/10. The flavors are blended well, it has a little less aroma than I prefer, but it still tastes great. I know this is wayyyy too heavy for a summertime beer, but once the weather starts cooling off, look for them at your Central Florida supermarkets! For the folks that aren’t super big craft beer drinkers, give it a shot I’m sure you’ll enjoy it sitting in the A/C! Until next time, tight lines and cheers!