Old one on the way out and the weekend still under way!
Buying, cellaring and maybe even drinking?
I opened this porter up tonight, love the coffee tones on it!
I enjoyed it last night. Very dry tasting but not particularly sour. It had a nice enough flavor to sip on for a few hours until I finished the bottle. It had the straw and "barnyard" flavors that are often described in brett beers and fruity flavors that didn't taste like a distinguishable actual fruit.
Tonight I'm opening a Lindeman's Gueuze Cuvee Rene. Never had a gueuze before so this will be a learning experience!
I'm drinking a North Coast Old Rasputin. Great standby, one of if not the best year round available stouts.
The other night I had a Tampa Brew Bus Hazelnut Spread Porter and a Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Both were great, MBCP obviously was going to be great it's the highest rated Porter in the world.
I've got a Stone black Enjoy by 2-14 chilling in the fridge I might bust out soon.
I'm curious about that black IPA. Passed it up earlier tonight in favor or barrel aged stuff. The unfiltered IPA wasn't worth bomber price and unfortunately most stores didn't have the black one so I bought unfiltered first.
I finally drove the 25 minutes to the proper beer store in the city I moved to. The selection was awesome, more like where I moved from.
So, I finally got to try a few new beers:
1. Sierra Nevada Otra Vez. Awesome gose beer, seriously the tits.
2. Off Color Fierce. Pretty decent beer, not the best example of a berliner weiss I've ever had though. Still great.
3. Sierra Nevada Nooner Pils - fucking solid pils. I'll likely pick up a pack in cans next time. Never had, really happy I tried it.
4. Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - it's been awhile, love this beer. Best doppel out there.
5. Off Color Troublsome - weird beer, more like a slightly salty berliner than a proper gose. Doubt I'd bother again, at the price. I think I've had it before, but it's been awhile and I forgot what it was like.
6. Weihenstephaner PIlsner - holy shit, even at 9 months old, this beer was amazing. That's a fucking amazing pilsner. Never had it before, and glad I tried it.
7. Weihenstephaner Hefe - my favorite beer, and until today, I had not had it fresh in a bottle in ages (6+ months). Never lets down when fresh.
8. Great Divide Colette - one of my wife and I's standard go to beers. We love it so much. Funny enough, Colette is what we were planning on naming our daughter when we have a girl in a few years. I've saved a few bottles to give her when she's older and tell her "oh, yeah sorry we named you after a beer" as a joke.
9. Paulaner Natural hefeweissbier - pretty solid hefe, darker than the Weihenstephaner hefe and more phenol kind of taste. Been years since I had it.
Wow. I could not handle this beer. It wasn't puckering sour but it's so fucking acidic. Made my lips burn and was pretty generally unpleasant. Just burped now an hour or two after drinking the gueuze and the taste totally came back up. Unpleasant, holy shit.
I went to a new store today too and picked up some beers that I couldn't find anywhere nearby.
Sierra Nevada / Boulevard Terra Incognita - A blend of ale aged in wine and bourbon barrels with a little bit of fresh ale. I hear it's like a quad and am a fan of both breweries.
Dogfish Head Raison D'Extra - Another DFH extreme beer to try. I like Fort a lot so this is worth a shot.
Allagash Farm to Face - Wild ale with peaches. I trust Allagash and want to check out their sours.
Heavy Seas 20 Year Storm - Bourbon barrel aged ESB. It sounds unique.
I said this in the last thread and got a whole bunch of great responses, but just in case there's more:
I'm from Canada, going to Florida in a week. Love Belgian style and Imperial Stouts. What should I try?
Went to these guys brewery last night and it rules. Old 8 is a crazy good porter, and they had a breakfast stout on tap that was on par with founders imo. Seemed to have some vanilla to it as well that set it apart. Anyone in MN should check these guys out. I think they'll be big. Still have yet to try that wild brunette, but I've heard good things on that as well
Today I brewed my Steam Beer/California Common. Looks quite promising desu.
This is also the first time I'm going to try kräusening. I've put aside about 1L of the wort and put it in the freezer. I'll add that back when I'm kräusening the fermented beer. Looking forward how that will turn out. It might actually turn out to actually be less messy than preparing a mini wort for priming.
Want to try something from Beavertown. Any opinions on Smog Rocket?
>go to local grocery store, to the bar there, on Fri
>they have a Troegs themed night with nugget nectar
>enjoy nugget nectar, get a couple growler fills
>get one NN pint glass, NN bottle opener, and poster commemorating the night per person
>finish growlers yesterday
>return with growlers today
>NN is gone, get a good (if unconventional) IPA instead
Feels bad man. At least they still had NN in cans. Good batch this year.
Pretty good, surprisingly low on the citrus, had better, and way cheaper, still enjoyable
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literally sound as fuck, their blood orange IPA is also sound as fuck but none sound as fuck as smog rocket, buy 6 and get them in the fridge then enjoy as they warm
gotta love totalwine
I'm drinking this one right now. not bad. Had better, but it's not bad.
U around Akron my nig? Been meaning to stop by Hoppin Frog and Thirsty Dog when I'm up that way but no luck so far. I wasn't stoked on Thirsty Dog's lager, but I'll give em another try I think
back again, been drinking very slowly because im lazy, and I've got maybe a fifth left in the beer. Slightly bitter, tastes faintly like chocolate. Pretty solid stout, but i'm sure there are better ones out there.
Wonder if it's more filling than Founders' Breakfast Stout. Shit is like liquid chocolate coffee oatmeal. Sooo tasty, but I will only be able to handle one of them per ~2 hours
Love me some k w a k
Plus I know it's stupid but this glass is pretty fun to drink out of
Lol I didn't actually pay for the glass, I was drinking a lot of kwak in an ale pub for my birthday, and after drinking all of it in the place they said the glass could be my present, good times
I was surprised they had it too, small town pub in the Midlands UK who stop at surprising amount of interesting european stuff, plus they have their own Brewery which has broke the best bitter I've ever drunk
Spent the weekend in a bungalow with the SO, turned out there was a pub with over 1500 beers available within walking distance. Drank about 40 previously untried ones there, best ones were definitely the Hop on or Die - DOA IPA, Lindemans Faro and Põhjala Virmalised GF Grapefruit IPA. Honourable mention for Jantjes Bieren Rookbier, which you probably won't find outside the Netherlands.
pretty cute desu senpai
Started brewing a session IPA yesterday. INB4 meme, its my first IPA I've ever tried did it to use up all my galaxy before it started to lose potency. 1.042 OG should finish up about 1.008. I'm looking forward to it. If anyone remembers from a couple of threads ago my chimay yeast micro batch dark beer was bottled a few days ago too.
I tried a few beers the other day:
Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing.
Not terrible but a tad too weak taste for my liking. But that's what I get for buying and trying American beers in Finland. I bet it's alright when fresh.
Herold Czech Black Lager. Quite strong taste of roasted malt for a lager. Not watery at all. Very good and quite cheap. Aftertaste didn't deliver though but I didn't complain.
Maredsous Tripel. The best of the bunch. Yellow sweet fruits and the usual yeasty triple experience. Recommended.
It's part of the CBA, the craft brew alliance - a group of breweries that teamed together, then sold half their company to Anheuser Busch. Widmer, Redhook, Kona, and their new faggot gluten free beer brand omission are all members.
They've always been mediocore I imagine. Their first beer, their hefe, is a fucking bad example of an American Wheat Ale - it's not even a hefeweizen. Not by any stretch of the imagination.
When my Widmer glass broke I wasn't even mad. Fuck them. The Sam Adams of the west coast.
Was surprised when I found this one in my local store in bumfuck nowhere Sweden. Turned out to be really nice, haven't tasted this much chocolate in a beer before.
Had this last night for the superb owl. Solid trappist beer but not as good as the likes of Rochefort 8/10 or Chimay Blue in my opinion
Pic related is what I recently had. Amazing shit.
Bought a sixer of this not knowing it was part of the le gluten is bad meme
Still a good beer though, but won't ever buy it again
Name an IPA with a better malt/hop balance, combined with the fact that they showcase both West Coast style and a more old world kind of IPA in the same beer.
Go ahead, I'll wait.
There's a reason almost every brewery looks to Sculpin as their definitive, "this is the kind of IPA we should make." It's consistent, has a great malt build, along with a balance of the fruity, citrus flavors that are usually found in West Coast hop bombs, but also brings forth the earthy and onion aromas of the old world hops and the types of IPAs that are more popular on the East Coast/abroad.
>im not buying it because Im an idiot that cant disassociate certain things
It's a gluten free alternative beer, aka for people who might actually be celiacs or for people who dont want gluten in their diet
>sierra nevada torpedo
>beer named after the proprietary Hop Torpedo that sierra nevada developed
I can't contain my keks. You literal mongoloid. Fucking kill yourself
Their Grapefruit IPA was pretty good to me. Their Victory at Sea was a nice porter as well. Not a fan of the double IPA, nor the watermelon flavored variety of the double IPA but to say all of Ballast Point is mediocre is a bit of a stretch to me. Stone produces worse IPA's imo.
On main topic:
Drinking this Double Nut Brown by Mammoth Brewing Co!
Who says your definition of balanced is my definition of balanced? I don't even like IPAs all that much, but if I'm going to drink one, it won't ever be Sculpin again.
Try being a fanboy harder, faggot.
>I'm an idiot that thinks gluten free marketing garbage and dietary meme is acceptable
Celiacs is a different story, but there's literally zero reason to negate gluten from your diet. It's a fucking protein, your body processes it the same way as all other proteins.
Ballast Point could go broke and go under, I wouldn't care all that much. All I know is that you know complete ass about beer and should consider fucking off you literal oaf. How did you find the internet again?
Pretty great Imperial Stout for it's price.
I srsly need to branch out into something other than high ABV stouts though. I've tried a lot of stuff but can't find something else to consistently buy... Wee Heavies and Belgians are nice.
Ballast Point's Grapefruit Sculpin is a great IPA. The greatest? Probably nott - I like Dogfish's more I think, and there's way better one's out there, but you're out of your mind.
Yeah I know NOTHING about beer! I've only done 2030 reviews in the past 7 years...
>being the top fedora on a meme website
I submit myself before you. I wish to cleanse myself, repent all my sins. Can you save me?
Delicious IPA is my favorite Stone IPA. And it isn't even gluten-free it is just lower gluten than normal beer. Not a fan of the "gluten is evil" meme either but I don't think that made the beer taste any worse. There are good reasons for some people to avoid gluten too. I know someone with celiacs and they'd be out of luck if it weren't for this fad.
>Name an IPA with a better malt/hop balance
Bell's Two Hearted Ale
>they showcase both West Coast style and a more old world kind of IPA in the same beer.
This is completely meaningless nonsense. Those are two different things and no beer is both at the same time.
Sounds like you've got a lot of growing up to do
Nabbed one of these of thiese a few days ago. Liked it a lot.
You're really no better than he is.
Ballast Point is a good IPA. Not the best, but it's not bad at all. Certain versions are better than others.
And if you're going to bring up rating sites, then you know that Sculpin is very well rated and that the vast majority of people disagree with you.
I'm well aware that most people disagree with me on most beers. I don't ever buy stouts, RISs, IPAs, DIPAs, or sours. Pretty much means I'm at odds with most of BA 90% of the time. This isn't news to me, but guess what? BA isn't even close to representative of the normal craft beer drinker, only of the super enthusiasts.
Yeti is a breddy gud beer though. Did a 4 year? vertical of it recently. I preferred it to BCBS and a few others. Great Divide makes great stuff.
>i'm a proud contrarian
Loud and clear fagstar
Pretty good beer. Hides the high ABV very well. Wasn't crazy about it, but was worth the buy.
Great Divide really does. I'm mostly into stouts, and Yeti is up there with my favorites. Their Claymore and Hercules are good beers too.
Everyone is going to have different opinions on beers to varying degrees. I don't think Ballast Point is top tier, but they put out decent beers.
More like a set standard that better breweries need to beat to be considered good.
I like their Grapefruit Sculpin. I think it's an okay gateway IPA for people getting into craft beer.
Widely available breweries like BP and Founders help people figure out what they like, and then start moving into more hardcore stuff and local breweries.
I personally don't even think most local breweries are somehow better than some of the big boys. I've had too many shitty local breweries to believe that for one second.
If we're talking IPAs, I do think the general consensus that places like Troegs, Russian River, Firestone, Deschutes, Sierra Nevada, etc make the best IPAs would largely be true.
I have different thoughts about who makes the best German beers - now that's a situation where it entirely depends on where you are. The great lakes and the east coast have a ton of mid size places that makes good german brews. The rest of the country is fucked, so anywhere else you better stick with larger breweries. Another problems is freshness. Right now I'm in a shithole out in the very middle of flyover land, so I stick almost entirely with Sierra Nevada, Odell, great Divide, Boulevard, and a few imports that are popular like Ayinger and Weihenstephaner.
None of my local places are worth much of a crap. There is a place 2.5 hours away that was great.
Ended up getting these. First time trying a sour ale.
Pretty much any midwest ipa. I have only tried like, 4 beers in the ballast point line up, but none of them were remarkable except the grapefruit sculpin IMO. Never understood the hype of that brewery, but I suppose it's different trying the stuff fresh
Polka Pils. Drinkable, light, clean and cheap.
Golly gee willickers!!1 I sur do hope I can be as edgy and contrarian and obnoxious and dickish and euhporic as you!!!!!! WOW!!!!
I..... I am kind of turned on. Please take me right here, right now.
God damn fucking fruit beers
Beer should have grains, water, yeast, and hops. That's it. Fuck all these fruit syrup beers.
You should try this nigga
This Peruvian beer pairs really well with hentai and a bath.
>Not terrible but a tad too weak taste for my liking. But that's what I get for buying and trying American beers in Finland. I bet it's alright when fresh.
No, that's what' its like fresh, too. Kona doesn't make bad beer, but they're pretty bland and a step above macro.
>Orlando is a beer wasteland
Live in Orlando. Can confirm.
I mean, I'm not hard up. I can get good beer, and there's a bar with great craft selection nearby.
But fucking Cigar City and Funky Buddha are in my back yard, and I can't get their shit easily. And having grown up in Washington, my standards are pretty warped.
Got a six pack of these for a Super Bowl party and have had a few since.
As expected, Cigar City has probably the best version in a style for my tastes. In this case, I'm calling that style, "drinkable light lager that kind of emulates lawnmower macro beer." Even though it's a helles rather than a pilsner.
Also as expected, it's still just not really my taste. I will probably never buy this again ever in my life. It's objectively well made, but subjectively only slightly better than unpleasant.
That said, it's kind of cool not entirely hating a beer that feels like something my dad and grandpa would have been drinking when I was a kid. I can definitely pound it, and it even looks super trashy. Also, went really well with wings.
Almanac mandarin hop another great beer from them
Bet not too many of you have this stashed in your fridges
Good score. Russian River is one of my favorite breweries
Yeah it is. up in Franklin mills. Agree prices on some stuff aren't the greatest but great selection. Owner is actually super nice guy been going to the Southampton store for a few years and he's treated me well, even been known to pop open a few on the house. Kinda like Churchville inn a bit pricey but oh well. What your usual bar?
Cheers, that's the one. I don't have a usual bar but I've been there just shopping for bottles and recognize the bar.
The store has an amazing selection but it's a shame that all the bottles cost at least a few dollars more than other stores.
i got dis
shock top sucks though,
>You see the creek is charging 22 bucks for a 6 of the new dipa? F that.
Yes I did, and I didn't buy any. I have heard of Forest and Main and really want to go there but I haven't yet. Their beer sounds pretty unique. I'm going to try to get cans from Tired Hands this Thursday if they don't sell out too fast. They're another nearby hipster-filled brewery with great beers.
Yeah tired hands is great but can be a real pia. Barren hill in Lafayette hill is great for happy hour 4-6 m-f but otherwise real expensive. earth on g town Ave worth a stop into if your in mt. Airy
If I drank Lindeman's Gueuze and found it far too acidic then what other styles do I need to avoid? That stuff reminded my strongly of vomit.
It's becoming a go-to for me. I keep it stocked in the fridge and hope it is a permanent addition to SN's lineup
I have a Marks&Spencer saison brewed with Sorachi Ace in the fridge.
Bought a 4 pack of this, its fucking good
Gueuze, Flanders Red, most American "Wild Ales", Sours, and American Berliner Weisse
Too bad, because I fucking love sours. Pic related.
Part of me disagrees.
Lindeman's is pretty shit tier. Artificially sweetened for shelf stability.
But if you don't like tart sour taste (smarties, sour patch kids, other candies that have a lot of citric acid) then give up. More for me, I guess.
Ouch! That stuff is SWEEEEEEET.
Got my own question here:
I want to cellar some beers, but I'm lacking a cellar.
Logic tells me that I can just store them at room temp (~65F) for the colder months, and then refrigerate (<40F) during the warmer months (ambient reaches up to 85F). Sound like a sound idea?
Beer responds very badly to temperature changes, so that would probably have a worse effect than just storing at any constant temperature. I'd say, store them closest to drinking temperature.
Do all those have the same "vomit" character? I was disappointed that I didn't like the gueuze since it is well regarded but it tasted like burping after throwing up. Kriek didn't have that taste and was really good.
king of beers coming through
come at me faggots
Its decent enough, i hate their pubs though, full of hipster student cunts doing useless degrees at Edinburgh uni
Hnng.. I'm craving this so hard.
I'm actually planning to brew a clone of this right now. There's an "official" homebrew recipe by the Russian River brewers here: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/attachments/0000/6351/doubleIPA.pdf
But the numbers somehow don't seem to match up. They would need a super effective mash to get to the OG they stated. Welp maybe they do. I'm kind of trying to match their results with malt extract and a partial boil, but that of course screws up the the hop efficiency.