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Friday, February 19, 2016

Foothills Brewing Hop of the Month Mandarina Pilsner


It’s time again for Foothill Brewing Hop of the Month, Mandarina Pilsner, 54% ABV with 42 IBUs. Mandarina hops only available since 2002. The German Mandarina Bavaria is derived from the Cascade Hop, and is know for its distinctive tangerine, pineapple, and lemon notes. Mandarina Pilsner pours a crisp golden yellow color with a huge fluffy white four finger head that sticks to the top like glue. It looks like marshmallow fluff on top. The aroma is crisp and straw like with a little lemon aroma. Not much pineapple on the aroma. This Pilsner has a crisp taste of light lemon up front with a subtle yet faint tangerine in the middle with a little spiced bit of pineapple on the end with a hop twinge to it. The mouth feel is light with a crisp refreshing light fruity finish and an after taste that is much the same as it finishes. I thought this was particularly good Pilsner and well thought of idea for a good pilsner. Foothills Brewing Mandarine Pilsner is an A-. The spice at the very end held it back just the slightest bit, but it was good otherwise. This mighty Pilsner was crisp and refreshing and easy drinking.  I do thinking that Pilsners are overlooked when it comes to craft beer, and I also believe that Pilsners are harder to brew well compared to say a Porter or Stout because you can hide any imperfections in a Stout/Porter behind the big bold flavors, where as in a Pilsner everything is out in the open for your taste buds to find. Foothills has brewed a great Pilsner here. This new series is really starting to be as great as the last IPA of the Month. Foothills brewing is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries out there. I can say enough about them and their beers. This one you should defiantly try for yourself. I recommend that you do! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

New Belgium Brewing Citradelic Tangerine IPA


I am not a fan of New Belgium Brewing IPAs. I don’t like Ranger their original IPA. Well that changed when I had Citradelic Tangerine IPA, 6.0% ABV with an IBU of 50. This IPA is brewed with Citra Hops and Tangerines. Now these two things sound like they go well together in an IPA. Citra Hops give a citrus flavor and well Tangerines are a Citrus fruit, so how can they not go well together.  Citradelic pours a crisp golden color with a bit of an orange twinge to it and a two finger bright white head. The head quickly fades to about one finger then slowly fades into nice ropey lacing that is on the thinner side. The aroma is tropical with citrus fruit like tangerines, oranges and some faint grapefruits. There is a little bit of a subtly earthy aroma as well. This   is one good smelling tropical IPA. The taste is juicy with nice Citra note up front with some real nice tangerine flavor kicking in in the middle of the mouth that really build up a great tropical taste. The mouth feel is on the lighter side with a nice half sweet finish of earthy pine tangerine. The after taste is a bit hop with tangerines and faint subtle grapefruit notes. This beer surprised me with how good it was. I was going in to this IPA thinking it was going to be okay/average, and be a little to hoppy and have a little bitter fruit. Well it was not! I give this an A-. Citradelic was all about one hop and one added ingredient, which wasn’t bad. I enjoy it, but I really prefer a more round flavorful IPA. Not to say that Citradelic wasn’t flavorful. New Belgium nailed the tropical tangerine flavors on this IPA! This is a great IPA a great for warmer weather IPA or anytime of the year. This IPA is tropical and sweet with out being to sweet. It is also easy to drink and refreshing. I highly recommend New Belgium Brewing Citradelic Tangerine IPA. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez Gose-Style Ale


There are so many different styles of beer out there. Some tend to be more popular and also tend to leave other style behind that then become forgotten. Gose is one style of beer that is a nearly extinct style. But thanks to the many craft beer brewers out there is it making a come back. Sierra Nevada Otra Vez, 4.5% ABV is Gose-Style Ale brewed with prickly pear cactus and grapefruit. Otra Vez pours a crisp golden color with the slightest of haze to it and a one and half finger of brilliant white foam up top. The aroma is tangy with some sweet notes of fruitiness and grapefruit. Smells refreshing. The taste is slightly tangy up front that comes from the prickly pear cactus then you get a tart flavor in the middle with a quick subtle watermelon then on the end you get a wash of grapefruit for a moment. Taste refreshing too! The mouth feel is light with a nice tart finish and a sweet citrus after taste. Many this on good beer, but in the whole Gose style Westbrook is still my number one. I give Otra Vez an A. This is a solid drinkable refreshing beer. I recommend try Sierra Nevada Otra Vez for yourself. Everything about this beer is well balanced and taste great. But there is one small negative though; this beer should be just the slightest bit more on the tart side, but still good. This is my second best Gose. Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Orlison Brewing Co. Lizzy's Red Amber Lager


I have received another Orlison Brewing Co. beer from Brewpublik (www.brewpublik.com), this is they’re Amber Lager, Lizzy’s red, 5.5% ABV. Orlison Brewing Co. brews mainly lagers. So pretty all they’re beers are lager based in someway and Lizzy’s Red is no different. Lizzy’s red pours a red color with n off white three and half finger head that slowly fades into some decent lacing. The aroma is subtly sweet with a little faint cherry aroma with hints of raspberry. But this isn’t a fruity beer mind you; I am just getting fruity notes here. I also find a tiny malt scent that lingers a little. The taste is a little sweet up front with some dark cherries and a little raspberry and then a little malt flavor creep barely forward. Not what I was expecting for an amber lager but not too bad though. As this beer warms up some it becomes more of a faint cranberry juicy like flavor that is okay I guess. The mouth feel is on the lighter side of medium with a semi-sweet finish and an after taste of a cranberry juicy with a malted touch to it. Overall not what you’d find on an amber lager as I’ve said before. So I would give this C. It’s okay for the way it does taste, but not enough for me to have this again. I think this need more malted sweetness but not too much to help with the fruity characters here. The fruit flavors weren’t bad they were okay. Does Lizzy’s Red make me not want to try more or Orlison Brewing Company’s beer? No it doesn’t, the flavors I did find where okay, in the middle if you will and it was bland. I usually like a red lager, they aren’t my favorite but I like them just fine. But this was a little bit of a miss. So I hope the next Orlison Brewing Co. beer is not so average. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!