I guess you could call this a hybrid beer style, or mixed style. This is a Belgian style IPA (India Pale Ale). This is a 7% ABV beer. Belgo has amarillo, cascade, centennial, and simcoe hops brewed in, along with Belgian yeast. This is a bottle-conditioned brew. Belgo pours a nice darker gold color with a thick beige head that really laces nicely around the inside of the glass. You can really smell all those hops in this one. It has a strong crisp hoppy scent. Very nice there. It has a crsip very hoppy taste that really fills your whole mouth nicely. Belgo also has a nice hoppy bite towards the end. On it's aftertaste it has a strong hoppiness with a very very faint almost not present yeasty taste. You have to pay really close attenation to taste it. As you get to the bottom of this beer the hops flavor becomes even more intensely flavorful. This is a good IPA, a good Belgian IPA. I recommend this one. Go and try one, share it, and enjoy this hoppy guy here. It's great! Please create a Google account so that you may leave comments and blog post suggestions, thank you! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Well here is a fine beer from all the way across the pound in merry ole England. This comes to us from the Ridgeway Brewery in Oxfordsire. This Bad Elf is a winter's ale. Ridgeway use three pounds of fresh hops in every barrel of Bad Elf. I got this a a Christmas present, and it comes in a 1.9 pint bottle. This beer is a nice 6% ABV. This beer pours a shady gold color with a very thick white lacey head. It has a nice hoppy aroma with hints of fresh bread. On first taste Bad Elf is creamy sweet with a touch of a hoppy bite. But as you get to the bottom to the glass it gets much hoppier tasting. I think it's the temperature and the air that causes this. The ale has a much hoppier aftertaste that is crisp and most pleasant. I think it is really good this one. I thought It was going to be good, but not as good as it turned out after I finished this wonderful pint. I have only briefly heard of this one. I do not know to much about this brewer yet, I have another beer from this brewery in my refrigerator, Lump of Coal, a dark stout. That blog post will come soon, I promise ya! Try this one quick it is a Christmas seasonal beer, might be gone before you know it! Please join this site to comment, by creating a Google account! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
I had this one way back during Thanksgiving and I might not give this a proper review. But I will think hard and do the best I can. The Saint Arnold, no relation to that action movie guy, is out of Houston Texas. This beer pours an red amber color with a skinny white head. Now it does change a little in color if you slowly drink it. It becomes a lighter red color over time but not very much different shade. But I am no chemist so I don't know why it does. Anyway, it has a dark bready scent with a hoppy scent mixed in. Smells alright, but not great. It has a soury malt and hop taste that has a heft to it and really stick to your tounge. The aftertaste is spicey with sour grapes and grass notes to it. Not my favorite one. I close to the dislike side for this one. It is not really great nor is it aweful, but close to it. You might try it or not. I am not saying you should leave it and go on. Oh no it is not that good. But maybe worth a try sometime. Cheers! Please drink responsibly!
Friday, December 23, 2011
This is another unfiltered wheat beer, but this is a Belgian white or Blanche. Hoegaarden is a large Belgian brewery. It is also old as well, 1445. This wit is brewed with spices, and is 4.9% ABV. This on has a how to pour this beer on the back of the bottle, just four easy steps. This ensures that you get all the great taste out of this beer. This Hoegaarden is the only offering from they're brewery that you might find here in the US. I have yet to find the many other they brew. This wit poor a very very cloudy yellow color that is almost a hazey white. The head is a bright white and very thick. This beer has the crisp wheat, malted barley, slight hint of coriander and orange peal. The finish and after taste are crisp simi-sweet clean and refreshing. This is a very good beer. I love this one alot. I think most beer drinks would. It has great flavors all around and is smoothly drinkable. So go out and pick up one for an awesome try. Cheers! Please drink repsonsibly!
Monday, December 19, 2011
Hello and merry Christmas, I have here a local beer from OMB, Olde Mecklendburg Brewery here in Charlotte. This is a authentic German-Style Bockbier. But a christmas or yule bock. This brewery does not make regular 12oz six packs, they're beers come in pints, bombers, and growlers. I don't know why thy do this but they do. This bock is 1 pint 6 lf oz (650 ml), and is 7.0% ABV. That slightly stronger then and average beer. This OMB bock pours a deep amber color with a crimson red and a very handsome off white thick head. It has a nice banana bread scent with a slight faint hop scent as well. This is a great bock. It has a malty sweetish taste with a spice after note, and its after taste is of a carmel and yeast but faint spice, that warms you and makes you glad it's holiday time. This is a smooth bock with great flavor. I really enjoyed this one. and shared it with my father whom liked it too. Yes there is enough in this bottle for two. How nice of OBM. I would surly have this again. I love a good bock beer and this is great. You should try this too, and share with someone for a merry christmas. Cheers! Please drink responisbly!
Friday, December 16, 2011
Well this post comes at the request of a friend of mine and the fact that every other post has either been an American or a German beer. I thought it was time for something different. Now I know what your thinking, wait I thought Newcastle only brewed brown Ale. Well yes they still do, along with this one and three others, Werewolf, summer ale, founders ale. All brewed in a certin season, But I will blog about them later in the new year. Well this Newcastle is an IPA (India Pale Ale). This is an old world IPA that follows 18th century IPAs That was a beer brewed with a lager amount of hops to make the long trip from Great Britian to India. Yes it's close to a british pale ale, but with more hops. This IPA is has bold hoppy scent and flower aroma. Winter IPA pours a pale redish color with a sticky yet foamy head. It has a zesty, malty, carmel simi-crisp taste, and has a hoppy creamy finish that is good. This one is a darn good IPA, a good drinkable IPA. Most Newcastles are good and drinkable beers. I would try this again and again I like this one. It's great tasting. Pick some up and give it a taste! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!
This Barrel Trolley brew just sprang up out of nowhere in my local Harris Teeter. Never heard of this before. But I do know this style, Belgian White. One of my favorite style and favorite brewing countries. This beer was made for the Harris Teeter company. This is just your average Belgian white. This white is a gold color witha thick white head. It has a strong bread scent. This beer has an average taste of wheat hops, The finish is sweet, smooth, crisp and refreshing. This brew is in the middle of the Belgian whites scale, nothing overly awesome here just plan and average. Not like a Hoegaarden which is great, but that will come later. It's an average good though. Would I try this again, well I wouldn't say no to that, but I wouldn't rush out right now to get more of this. I like it enough, not in love with it. I would say you should try this, but there is no real hurry to try it. Just try it sometime. I think you well see it as I see it. Cheers! Please drink responsibly!
Yes it yet a nother beer from Texas, another Shiner. Shiner, the Spoetzl Brewery in you guess it, Shiner TX. This a style much the same as Ugly Pug I wrote not to long ago. The first Bohemian Black Lager was brewed to commemorate they're 97th anniversary, that's why there is a 97 on the top of the neck. Shiner brews this beer to keep it to the old-world heritage of the german and Czech immigrants who settled in Shiner. That area of Texas, not far from San Antonio is the german hill country of Texas. So this Shiner pours a dark rich black color with a thin white foamy head. Shiner Bohemian has faint scents of baked bread and grassy hops, but you really have to smells closely to notice them. It has a simi-sweet taste with a light sourish twist in middle. It's in between okay and good. On the after taste it has a sour hoppy bite that is kind of good. I think this Shiner is one is good, but I do think Ugly Pug is better. This isn't as smooth as Ugly Pug, but still smooth though. I still think that this shiner is good, but it could be a tiny bit better. I would lower the sourness to this one and make it even smoother. I would get this again. Shiner brews great beers and is growing in popularity these days as with most craft beers. Maybe you will like this one better than Ugly Pug. But you need to try it to find out, have a few with a friend and spread cheer with Shiner beer! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!