Just buy this ok? Seriously. I have had several great beers this year, but this tops the charts. It's like everything caramely and beery and whiskey-ey got blended together into the most awesome beverage you can dream about.
It is relatively expensive compared to other beers ($20) but not expensive relate to the awesomeness that will explode in your mouth. SO AWESOME.
Enjoy, my dear beverage drinkers. Enjoy.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
So here's highlights of what I've had and a quick review of each:
- Knuckle Sandwich by Bootleggers. WOW! Let me just say that I had this on tap, and I prefer it over the Pliny the Elder. PtE is obviously the silver standard in IPA's next to the Younger, but for me I rather enjoyed the complexity of flavors I got in Knuckle Sandwich and would choose it over Pliny.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Read on for more info on the Bock!
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Saturday, March 9, 2013
From the moment I first started drinking craft beer, I've been obsessed with IPA's, Imperial IPA's, and just hops in general. Yet, when I think about my drinking career concerning hoppy ales, I've only really stuck with beers using hops from the U.S., and more specifically, hops from the Pacific Northwest. I would like to think that this isn't necessarily due to my ignorance and more due to the fact that I just haven't really seen many breweries use hops other than the norm.
I've heard of Nelson Sauvin (rolls off the tongue nicely doesn't it?) hops before but I never thought to use them. Described by New Zealand Hops Limited as "breathtaking", the hop imparts a white wine "fruitiness" to the beer which helps give rise to it's name. When I found this beer in the store, I was very excited to try this type of hop for the first time. That's when I noticed the bottle cap; this beer was bottled in 2011. While many styles of beer benefit from extended aging, IPA's are not necessarily considered one of them because, I mean...fresh hops are the best hops. Yet, I was not perturbed and maintained my course to try the Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA by Mikkeller.
My thoughts after the jump!
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The beer itself is a very attractive cloudy yellow color with hints of red, in a way it looks like freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. While carbonation erupts from the bottom of the glass after pouring, the head is gone completely in an instant. I wasn't expecting that out of a wheat beer, but there's nothing there, not even a cap. It smells strongly of Belgian yeast, backed with bubblegum and banana, some spice, and a hint of lemon. Based on the smell I'd have to assume the taste will be strongly skewed towards yeast as well, which could be interesting in a wit.
The taste is lightly spiced up front with a quick sour wheat twang. Juicy yeast notes quickly take over, again with hints of bubblegum and banana, and remain the primary taste of the beer to the end. There's a lingering lemon taste that shows up after the sip is done, and it's a nice reminder of the tangy wheat. However, most of the taste is coming out of the yeast, the strain of which I've noticed is a unifying trait among the L'Eurelienne beers. It's clear that the head brewer is using a single strain to brew all of the beers, rather than changing the strain based on the beer style. The L'Eurelienne strain of yeast has a strong taste and smell, and it's exceptionally sweet and fruity. It actually works very well for this beer, and the yeast makes up for the lack of spice additions during the brewing process.