Monday, May 22, 2017

Mikkeller Hallo ich Bin Berliner Weisse Passion Fruit

Yeah I got this one, Mikkeller Hallo Ich Bin Berliner Weisse Passion fruit, 3.7% ABV in a home delivery from Brewpublik, Mikkeller is a Danish beer brewer that doesn’t have a physical brewery; they are what you might call gypsy brewers. They basically go to brewer’s brewery and brew their own beer there. Hallo Ich Bin Berliner Weisse Passion fruit pours bright neon yellow color with a slight haze and a big three-finger white quickly fading head that leaves behind thick whips of lacing. The aroma is sweet with tropical fruit tartness and a bit of wheat. Reminds me of tart and fresh tropical fruit juice. Taste is pretty good, you get nice tart tropical fruit right up front with some sweetness, and in the middle of the mouth you get more of a big tartness that grows as it washes over the back of your mouth with nice passion fruit notes. The mouth feel is medium and the after taste is refreshing, tart and tropical with a nice tart passion fruit after taste that coats your mouth and linger there a while. Hallo Ich Bin Berliner Weisse Passion fruit is a surprisingly good beer and it an A for sure. The passion fruit really melds well with the Berliner Weisse and has great balance. I love how both the fruit and the Berliner Weisse shine though without over powering each other. Now this beer does come in other fruits, raspberry, peach, Cherry, and plain Berliner Weisse. I will try to review the others at some point. But I recommend Mikkeller Hallo Ich Bin Berliner Weisse Passion fruit. It’s a good warm weather beer that you won’t forget! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly! 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai India Pale Ale aged on White Oak

Here we have another Cigar City Brewing, in Tampa Florida, Jai Alai India Pale Ale aged on White Oak, 7.5% ABV. Jai Alai is a Spanish sport played in Florida at a Fronton, which is stage a with two walls where either two or for players throw or bounce a ball off a wall using long Xistera which look like a wicker basket worn on ones hand to score points. Anyway, Alai India is also Cigar City’s flagship IPA, which this version is aged on White Oak. This is probably the only IPA I’ve seen that age on White Oak, let alone anything similar and yes I have had the non-aged Jai Alai, but haven’t yet reviewed it. This White Oak aged Jai Alai pours a copper color with a thick two finger white head with rather good retention and an earthy sweet piney aroma with some slight dill and vanilla. Taste is quite interesting with the White Oak adding some vanilla and dill to the piney earthy, hoppy grapefruit Jai Alai base. You get the earthy notes up front with the grapefruit and the pine right behind that and in the middle of the mouth you get a faint vanilla flavor that becomes more pronounced in the back of the mouth with a little dill flavor. The mouth full is just about full with a nice sweeter/bitter finish for an IPA, and that leads to the after taste of a slight hoppy vanilla that linger until you hit glass again for another sip. This is an interesting concept for an IPA.  The White Oak adds more of a flavor punch to an already good flavored IPA. I give this beer a B+. Its good and no one flavor stands out over any others, they all work well together and are balanced. If you like IPAs and oak aged beers then this, Jai Alai India Pale Ale aged on White Oak is the beer you’ve been looking for. I recommend this to any experienced craft beer drinker or a beer drinker looking to expand their drinking palate. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Cigar City Brewing Guayabera Citra Pale Ale

It seem that the Citra hops are quite popular these days and probably continue to be as popular. Citra hops impart flavor of citrus fruits such as lemon, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and mandarin to beers such as IPAs, and Pale Ales. It seems that every brewer has at least one or two beer brewed with Citra Hops. One Example is Cigar City Brewing Guayabera Citra Pale Ale, 5.5% ABV. Located in Tampa Florida. Now I think you may be asking to yourself what is a Guayabera, well it is a traditional four-pocket button up linen shirt worn across Latin America. Guayabera Citra Pale Ale pours a hazy yellowish color with a two finger white head that has some retention with some minimal lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. The aroma is huge grapefruit with faint orange earthy grass and pine notes. Guayabera Citra Pale Ale has a big bitter aroma. Taste is big on the Citra; there is a big citrus grapefruit and orange up front with a little lime in the middle of the mouth with a big bitterness on the back of the mouth that is dry with bitter grapefruit. Too much bitterness and grapefruit flavor in this beer. The mouth feel is full with a big bitter grapefruit finish and an earthy bitter grapefruit after taste. This was not a great beer it’s a C-. Just too bitter in the end and with the grapefruit it has more bitterness to it. I like Citra hops, but I think too much is used in Guayabera Citra Pale Ale. It wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t finish it; it wasn’t something that was easy to drink. I don’t recommend Cigar City Brewing Guayabera Citra Pale Ale. This one is overly bitter! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!   

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Red Hare Brewing Company Ain't that a Peach Berliner Weisse

My favorite fruit is a peach and I love pretty much anything with peaches in it. Well here I have Red Hare Brewing Company Ain’t that a Peach Beriner Weisse, 3.9% ABV. Red Hare is down in Marietta Georgia, which is near to Atlanta. Red Hare has I guess you could say a mascot, a red hare (rabbit), which he/she can be found on their labels. I would think the hare might be a male just cause the hare is illustrated more masculine. Ain’t that a Peach Beriner Weisse pours a kind of cloudy semi deep yellow color with no head, there was a little fizzy top for a second but nothing to write home about. The aroma is very peachy, smells like fresh peaches, with some nice wheat notes. Taste is pretty much what you read on the can, peachy, but there is a nice hint of some wheat coming through around that big peach flavor, and upfront it’s nicely tart with a big effervescent and in the back of the mouth the tartness is more pronounced, or stronger. The mouth feel is somewhat medium with very light fullness in the end as it warms up. Ain’t that a Peach Beriner Weisse finishes with a nice refreshing flavor of nice peach and wheat, after taste is tart as is the finish with peaches and more effervescent bubbles. This beer feels like it has extra carbonation to it which might be from the peaches and Berliner Weisse mixing together. Berliner Weisses tend to feel more carbonated but they aren’t really that way, it's just how they feel on your tongue. Well Red Hare Brewing Company Ain’t that a Peach Beriner Weisse get a B-. I liked all the peach flavor but that held the base Berliner Weisse beer back from coming through more and it had an extra carbonated feel to it which was somewhat fine, but not great. It felt too fizzy. I will say that it’s refreshing and easy to drink especially on a hot day, by the pool, at a picnic, on the golf course, after yard work, you know things like that. Ain’t that a Peach Beriner Weisse may draw myself back to it, maybe. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly! 

Wicked Weed Brewing Genesis Blonde Sour Ale

Yes I know some of you have heard that InBev (Anheuser-Busch) recently bought Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Some stores aren’t carrying Wicked Weed for that very reason, I think that is just stupid, I mean why would stop carrying beer, popular beer, just cause you or the craft beer drinkers don’t agree with the sale nor do you like that it's been sold to big brewing corporation. . If it sells then keep it on the store shelves. I find Wicked Weed to be a great brewery that brews fantastic beers. I was given Wicked Weed Brewing Genesis Blonde Sour Ale, 6.6% ABV. This is blonde sour ale is their flagship blonde sour which is fermented with tropical fruits, a pound per gallon of pineapple, guava, papaya and mango, the beer is then aged in white wine barrels and blended to accentuate the wild and tropical nature of the yeast and fruit.  Genesis Blonde Sour pours a slightly hazy bright almost neon yellow color with almost no head, it fizzled away rather quickly. Aroma is pleasantly sweet with pineapple, some guava, slightly mango and papaya. Taste is tart up front with sweet tropical fruits in the middle, pineapple, guava, papaya and mango. It is more tart and sour on the back and even more so as the beer warms. The wine barrel really brings out the tropical fruits in Genesis, and adds a little sweetness to the tartness. The mouth feel is medium with a touch of fullness in the back of the mouth. Genesis Blonde Sour Ale finishes nice with some refreshing qualities and a nice tropical flavor that is similar to the after taste which is tart refreshing and yes tropical fruity. I don’t care who bought Wicked Weed Brewing, I think the beer is still good, and Genesis Blonde Sour Ale gets an A. Well crafted, well balanced and tasty. Something I highly recommend, but just understand that a pint of Wicked Weed beer is generally  more expensive than most pints of beer, they are usually 8 – 15 dollars a pint depending on which beer you are buying, but it’s totally worth the price! Cheers! Please enjoy responsiably!