Hold My Beer – A Disjointed Selection of Beer Reviews: 30 July 2014 Edition

roundup

– memoratus in aeternum –

(With Parting Words of Those who Loved them in their Last Hours)

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Yesterday I finally managed some free time to taste Aoi Brewing’s new beer at Aoi Beer Stand in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City: Bitter Ale!

AOI BREWING-BITTER ALE

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This is Chesapeake, our black pepper and coffee porter, a smooth easy drinking beer with a rich coffer based aroma and complex peppery/spiced flavour leaving a distinct bitter coffee aftertaste at 4.4%

Chesapeake Porter

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Conclusion: Ohh, and it was doing so well! Interesting look on the pour, a nice hazy character and it follows that up with an appealing smooth, fruity, and slightly hoppy aroma. So, all that going on and it has a low abv that should make it a session beer.

Crew Republic: Detox

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Another contender in the tasting I had at Idle Hands Bar this offering from the fine folks at Abita is their interpretation of a traditional Abbey Ale with some proceeds from the bottles going to charity. 

Abita – Abbey Ale

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It has been a while since I have had a Tuesday feature beer of the week, but this Tuesday in honour of my dad’s 62nd birthday Eldon and I tried Rogue’s Dad’s Little Helper Black IPA (LCBO# 383455).

Rogue: Dad’s Little Helper Black IPA

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Day 29. I don’t actually know why it’s taken me this long to try this beer, perhaps I’m just used to looking for hoppy beers when I think of Sierra Nevada.

Sierra Nevada Porter

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You’ve just gotta love things that have been aged in Oak, haven’t you?  I’ve been reading about the 5X Suffolk Strong Ale for quite some time and how it may or may not have influenced or been influenced by the lambic brewing folks in Belgium, so I was glad that Eve picked up this particular bottle, as it’s a blended beer that contains some of that special oak-aged Strong Suffolk Ale.

Greene King Strong Suffolk Dark Ale

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I’m a big fan of Southern Tier Brewing Company. It all started when I got my hands on their prized Pumking. After that, I fell in love with their beer. 

Southern Tier Live

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Last week, we looked at the 4.0 GPA grapefruit pale ale and I thought I’d flip the tables on us and go brainless!

Epic Brewing: Brainless IPA

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Dead Frog Super Fearless IPA Batch #3: The third release of this Imperial IPA still brewed at a strength of 9% abv with 93 IBUs however, only this one was brewed with a different base malt due to a shipment issue so no Maris Otter here.

Dead Frog: Super Fearless Imperial IPA

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This is sadly the last of my gifted Belgium beers, and since it had a sticker on the back saying “Alcohol is addictive” I left it for last!!

Maredsous 10 Tripel

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Day 28, and from the same people who bring you Kwak (you know the beer with the funky glass) comes this Belgian Tripel. The beer is brewed utilising 3 grains, Wheat, Oats and Barley from a 335 year old recipe and is bottle re-fermented (assuming this refers to bottle conditioned).

Brouwerij Bosteels: Tripel Karmeliet

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This is a really light, really tasty, glorious session beer from the good folks at Redchurch Brewery.

REDCHURCH BREWERY SHOREDITCH BLONDE

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Brewery’s Note: “Midnight Brett is chocolate brown in color, brewed with 2-Row, Midnight wheat, raw wheat and rye malt. It was hopped with a blend of Perle, Glacier and Simcoe hops.

Allagash Brewing Company:Midnight Brett

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is one of the new wave of American breweries playing with funky strains from Europe.  Founded in 2004, Jolly Pumpkin uses open fermenters and a specially selected blend of French and Belgian strains. 

Jolly Pumpkin: Calabaza Blanca

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Conclusion: There are so many beers in existence that, if they could deliver on what their aroma promised, would be the greatest beers ever. This is one of those beers.

Brewdog: Black Eyed King Imp

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Overall: Refreshing, solid and reliable craft beer for dry beer lovers.
Its welcome acidity makes it the perfect…

Baird Beer: Suruga Bay Imperial IPA

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Not anything special, but probably the only South African macro brewery beer I will buy, so I thought it might be a good idea to try one after the Gulden Draak, not as a direct comparison, but just to see how the Castle Milk Stout stacks up.

Castle Milk Stout

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I was expecting a bit more, but to be honest, I am pretty sure the savoury connotation from the Marmite I got in the aroma, screwed with my tastebuds (down, bad tastebuds! …. and I do love a toast and Marmite sarmy).

Brouwerij Van Steenberge: Gulden Draak

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A dark brown body with a solid looking, tan head, it’s just inviting you to dive in.  The flavor is just as you would expect, sweetness from the yeast with notes of dark fruit. The alcohol is present but manageable.

Gregorius Trappistenbier

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Day 27 I pick up this limited release from Bridge Road Brewers. The only Lager these guys make on a semi regular rotation they utilise locally grown chestnuts and galaxy hops they’ve put together a pilsner with “a distinct nutty character owing to the use of chestnuts in the mash”. Ok, I’m sceptical but I’ll bite, why not?

Bridge Road Brewers Chestnut Pilsner

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As soon as this beer hits your tongue, your brain defaults to Guinness. That’s kind of what it tastes like. And that’s kind of how it’s described, rich, Scottish Stout matured over Irish-Whiskey infused oak

Innis & Gunn: Irish Whiskey Finish

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I’ve had strange beers in the past, notably the Rogue Donut ones, but this Ballast Point- Indra Kunindra might set a new mark.

Ballast Point : Indra Kunindra

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The other night we did a double-header of exbeeriments.  First up was Einstök, an icelandic white ale with a bad ass picture of a viking on the label (see image above).  It had me wondering what the Vikings would drink.  

Einstök

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Today we drove to Upper Hut and visited a brewery, as you do.  Kereru Brewing Company is a local artisanal brewery here in Wellington. Kereru has good beer and some great beer label artwork.

Kereru: Hop To It Pale Ale

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Located on the Halifax waterfront, Garrison is one of the granddaddies of the Atlantic Canadian craft-beer scene and has, over the last few years, also grown to become one of the region’s largest craft brewers. 

Garrison – Irish Red

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Green Flash West Coast IPA. Light amber color, orange zest and pine on the nose, bitter throughout, strong citrus notes, medium body, short, bitter finish. Get ready, this beer packs a punch.

Green Flash West Coast IPA

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Flavour: It starts with a banana sweetness that moves into a plain yogurt like tart and tangy note and finishes with a classic wheat flavour and texture common to all wheat beers.

New Belgium: Shapshot Wheat Beer

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Mike’s Vanilla Coffee Porter – from the tap – I last drank a version of this in a bottle in November 2012 – and loved it then, I wonder if I still love it now. This is the non-Organic version.

Mike’s – Vanilla Coffee Porter

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Flavour: I could detect a bit of light bread malt, with lots of herbal hops up front. The middle was lemon citrus and caramel with a piney woodsy bitter finish.

Phillips Brewing Amnesiac Double IPA Posted on July 25, 2014

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Dia De Lose Muertos, or Day of the Dead beer is the first fully developed, fully accessible craft beer to come out of Mexico, and their premises are located just one hundred yards from the American border.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS IPA

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I know last week I said that I’d be doing easy drinking summer beers, but this one is good on a hot evening. Unfortunately it’s not as easy to drink as others! Needless to say, on hot and humit evenings sharing this with some friends Knee Deep Simtra Triple IPA is great.

Knee Deep Simtra Triple IPA

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“The last two years have been more than a little crazy around here, and what better way to celebrate than with a beer to match. This Belgian-style golden strong is finished with brettanomyces – exploding with funky and fruity flavours. So strap yourself in, it’s going to be a wild one.”

Wild Ride 2nd Anniversary Beer

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The Redhopulous pours a beautiful dark amber colour with an off-white-cream coloured head, excellent carbonation and a strong nose of hops. there’s some malt in that aroma also, but it’s front forward hops, pine & citrus.

HopDog BeerWorks Redhopulous

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If you find yourself porch sittin’ this summer and looking for what to drink out of your fridge, you can’t go wrong with a cold Summer Wheat from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company.

Mt. Carmel Summer Wheat

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This craft beer pours a clear copper with a small finger of foam and a bubbly interior. The aroma is mostly grapefruit citrus with some pine and floral notes.

Alaskan Hopothermia Double IPA

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