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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Brewery Review: Reprise Brewing

20160709_141412Well, Sunday was a little too much Funday for me so here’s a review on a Monday. Last weekend I had the opportunity to hit up a new brewery down in St. Cloud called Reprise Brewing. The lady friend and I found them about two years ago at the Pints and Paws brewfest in Sanford and they hadn’t been able to set up shop until this past January. (OMG we’re like such hipsters, finding stuff before it comes out). They had some rockin’ brews and we followed them on social media to see when the grand opening was. Fast forward 2 years and they finally opened for business.

The brewery is in a little spot where if you didn’t know where to look you may miss it. When you walk inside, old music memorabilia line the walls and classic rock vinyls  are cranking on an actual record player. Now before you start calling me a hipster, the owner of the company is an older fellow who grew up listening to that music and decided if it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for us. To that point, most of the beers are musically themed.

I started with the Pina Pale Ale (if you like pina coladas…) and the lady friend started with

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Pina Pale Ale!

a Maestro Hefeweizen. Both were great beers with tons of flavor but were well balanced. I followed up with the Consonance ESB. I’ve had bad luck with ESB’s (extra special bitter) in the past but this was great. The best way to describe it is an amber ale with a touch of bitter. Unlike IPA’s this is very balanced and not very bitter which hit the spot on a day where the heat index was over 110.

Overall, I was diggin’ the atmosphere, the tunes, and the brews. If you’re in the area this is a must see. My one knock is I didn’t see any restaurants around. If a few popped up within walking distance I think it would greatly accentuate this not-so-hidden gem.

For those of you that read my fishing reports religiously (crickets…) I went to do some pond hopping Sunday evening with little to show. The water is in the upper 80’s and I only saw one decent bass chasing a bluegill. If you can find a spring head or thermocline with cool water you’re best off there.

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

Abita Seersucker Summer Pils

Happy 4th of July everyone! To those few readers who hail from outside the states, I’ll give you a brief rundown of how Freedom goes down on the 4th. First, you need to load up on all sorts of heart-stopping meats like sausages, briskets, and other BBQ favorites. If you grill (think hot and fast), we can’t be friends. Second, grab a cooler full of summertime brews whether that be a light macrobeer or some new wave “session IPA.” Third, get some explosives and terrorize, I mean, celebrate the U.S. Depending on where you live, we can’t tell if it’s gunshots or fireworks, and frankly most of us are OK with both. Anyways, back to the brews.

I managed to find a newish release by Abita Brewing, the Seersucker Pilsner. I’m glad to see craft breweries are starting to expand their horizons beyond the generic hop bomb IPA and have a few more lighter “sessionable” beers. So on a day where the heat index was 100+ this was a must have.

This bad boy clocks in at a middle of the road 4.8% and the label claims it has a mix of German hops to round out the expected malty sweetness. The first sip hits me with a ton of carbonation and a light, airy mouthfeel. There is a light sweetness to it that is followed nicely with a hoppy bitterness that makes it very drinkable. After a few sips, eating some BBQ, dumping tea into the harbor, and blowing stuff up everything seemed right with the world. Seriously this is what I imagined a true pilsner should taste like. If you find one in your local supermarket definitely grab it.

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

Barely Bearable Beer of the Month Kirin

Happy Sunday Funday, ya’ll! This week has been hot even for a native Floridian. Heat indexes up past 110 a few days really made it tough to enjoy the Sunshine State. This puts fishing out of the question to say the least, and the pool is overcrowded with those trying to beat the heat. That helped prompt me to pick up a beer that bills itself as 100% malt and nice and light. This beer you can find at your local sushi place, Kirin Ichiban.

Well, down the hatch it goes. Anddddd back up the hatch it almost goes. I know Japan isn’t know for their beer, but this is just flat out bad. The malts lay on your tongue with a sweet and sour taste. This is carbonated like a Bud Light and has a mouthfeel like seltzer water. Why would anyone pick a beer like this to go with something as delicious as sushi is beyond me.

This is the Natty Ice of Asian beers. I’ve had Singa, 33 Export, and a few others and this is by far the most unappealing. If you’re looking for a bad beer to give a friend or “Ice” someone with (is icing still a thing?) this is the go-to. On a side note, I’ll be in Northern Virginia next week and need some brewery suggestions so fire away. Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

Tampa Bay Brewing Old Elephant Foot

Happy Sunday Funday everyone! After a great weekend of spending time with my family, I took my youngest brother into Total Wine for the first time. He just turned 21, so he had to go to the Mecca of booze. His expression was like a kid seeing Santa for the first time and needless to say, we enjoyed ourselves. I grabbed him a Founder’s All Day IPA and I picked up a local brew, the Old Elephant Foot. According to the can, this had been brewed in Tampa since 1993 which is quite awhile for this “West Coast” styled IPA. Anyways, enough back story; let’s get to the main event!

Appearance: This brew pours a deep, hazy, yellow with a red tinge to it. There was minimal head and lacing even though I completely botched the pour. At 7% it is harder to

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Drunk Brit meets Elephant Art

keep a head, but I would have liked to see a bit more.

Smell: I’m picking up some strong hops (OMG LYKE NO WAY!??) with a mix of earthy pine and a touch of citrus. This is pretty tame as far as the aroma goes. Let’s see how the flavors stack up against the subtle aromas.

Taste: This has a strong kick of pine right off the bat and it fades quick. There is a touch of barley on the tail end that ends in a dry finish. This is not an overly complex beer, but it’s solid.

Value: Coming in at $2.49/pint, it’s not cheap but not exactly expensive. I don’t mind paying a bit more to support the Florida beer scene, however. Also, clocking in at 7% you are getting a decent buzz for your buck. Side note, should I create a Buzz-to-Buck ratio chart?

Overall: I’d give this a 5/10. This is an average beer, not great but not bad by any stretch of the imagination. I’d like to see what else TBBC has to offer. I could have a few of these and if you see them in your local store, pick one up and try it for yourself!

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!