Tasting Notes: Brewdog: Abstrakt: AB 18

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Brewdog Abstrakt AB 18

Brewdog: Abstrakt: AB 18 (Scotland: American Strong Ale: 11.8% ABV)

Visual: Black. Thin browned head that doesn’t last long apart from some few islands. Still main body.

Nose: Thick. Shortbread. Vanilla. Black liquorice. Blueberry pie. Salted toffee. Toasted crumpets and toasted teacakes.

Body: Liquorice. Salted toffee. Blended whisky. Lightly oaken. Low level bitterness. Sour berry touch. Light earthy note. Malt chocolate. Red wine. Crumpets. Blackberry and blueberry.

Finish: Gooseberry. Liquorice. Salted toffee. Slight dry dustiness. Malt drinks. Alcohol air. Spiced red wine.

Conclusion: I do like an interesting brown ale. They are hard to find though, and probably even harder to make. This makes an interesting beer definitely, unfortunately pretty much everything that makes it a brown ale is lost in the process. It makes for a fun beer, but it doesn’t manage the far harder task of making an exceptional brown ale.

There are hints of malt chocolate drinks…

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Convivial Suaréz (Grassroots Brewing Company)

Beer in my Belly

Style: Mixed Fermentation Saison brewed with Hibiscus & Lemon

6%% ABV

Brewery’s Note: “Saison brewed with Hibiscus and Lemon. An hommage to our brew day at Fantôme.”

The beer pours a raspberry red color, somewhere in the “pink-toned ruby” vicinity, as my lady-love put it. It pours with a thick mousse of tiny, whipped bubbles that are a slightly off-white color. The head fades quickly, leaving a spattered sheeting of slightly frothy bubbles on the sides of the glass. In body, the beer is cloudy, and nearly opaque, but with a radiant bright color. On the nose, the beer smells distinctly of HF funk. Think strawberries, jam, lemon, lime, a touch of OJ, and a light farmhouse musk with a hint of hay and grass. There is a light earthiness to the nose that blends salinity, a touch of pool water, and an herbal earthiness that has just a hint of spice…

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Craft Beer Review – Huss Brewing That’ll Do IPA

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Huss Brewing That'll Do IPA

Huss Brewing That’ll Do IPA: Hailing from Tempe, AZ this is an IPA in an unassuming can that is brewed to a strength of 7.1% abv with 91 IBUs of Simcoe, Columbus and Zythos Hops according to the brewer’s website. I didn’t go there recently, however Mike’s Craft Beer was happy to share one with me (thanks Mike) after his last trip.

Aroma and Appearance: It pours a clear copper colour with one finger of foam and almost no visible carbonation. The aroma is a nice pine, bread, toffee, tangerine and mango combo that I have become accustomed to with this style.

Flavour: It starts of with some very tasty doughy bread malts up front, followed by some floral herbs and caramel in the middle of the beer which rounds out the malt profile quite nicely. The finish is quite bitter, featuring lemon citrus and hints of pine resin…

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Tasting Notes: Beavertown: Skull King Double IPA

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Beavertown Skull King Double IPA

Beavertown: Skull King Double IPA (England: IIPA: 8.7% ABV)

Visual: Slightly cloudy apricot. Large off white bubbles head. No visible carbonation.

Nose: Pine. Floral. Resin. Grapefruit. Good bitterness. Dried pineapple. Digestives. Dried passion fruit.

Body: Bitter. Kumquat. Passon fruit. Kiwi. New York style cheesecake. Quite dry. Some fruit sugars. Frothy mouthfeel.

Finish: Kiwi. Bitterness. Grapes. Hop oils. Bready. Slight gritty touch.

Conclusion: Oh, hello, another very dry IIPA, following quickly on the heels of Restorative beverage for invalids and convalescents. Is this starting a trend? I can but hope. This one really keeps to a low level of sweetness for an IIPA, there are some fruit sugars but I didn’t get any of the expected big toffee or similar backbone. Interesting.

This does provide something a bit different – from the understated, more floral and pine nose, to the dry and solid dry fruit body, to the bready hop…

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Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s

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Sippin’ on a tall boy

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Oskar Blues Brewery – Longmont, Colorado / Brevard, North Carolina
ABV: 8.0%
IBU: 85

Beer Advocate: 90

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