Local Tap House Yeah, it’s an Octoberfest beer and it’s already November, but I’m good with extending the season.
I was quite pleased with Trader Joes 2017 Vintage Ale. I don’t recall enjoying some of the previous years versions as much. Let it warm in the glass a bit to get the most of the sweet malt character. Dangerously smooth and easy to sip for a 9% ABV beverage.
No longer on draft but cans still available. The collaboration beer from Amplified Ale Works and Alvarado Street Brewery is a damn fine beer. Juicy and hazy, with pronounced fruit/ citrus notes and moderate bitterness. Get it while you can.
A little more than half-way into today’s bike ride and some fuel was needed. After trying many, Benchmark Brewing Company Belgian-style Dubbel, was the perfect choice. Oh, don’t get me wrong. ..the table beer, the tart table beer with strawberries, their standard IPA, the Survey Series No3 IPA, and Trail Dog west coast style IPA […]
Partially obscured by some other promising options, it was noticed a tad late. Not quite as devistatingly fresh as it could have been, but pretty good.
I’ve been fortunate and have been enjoying Dave’s ciders and meads for many years. Starting Friday, 10 Nov 17, all y’all get the chance to do the same when Raging Ciders and Meads opens its door to the public. Four ciders and one mead at his soft opening last week. All good and different. Dave […]
A juicy and delicious 5.3% ABV hazy IPA from the fine folks at Mother Earth Brew Co. I tried from a growler some weeks back and have been wanting to stop by the source ever since. It did not disappoint.
Enjoyed tasters at Lost Cause Meadery’s soft opening. 6 nice options. Buck It and Excellent were my favs…
Yep, it’s that time of year again…Brussels sprouts stalks, and wet hop beers…oh, and Sierra Nevada’s Celebration IPA on shelves while it lasts.
Not so much a NE hazy…more a hazy west coast style, but I’m enjoying it. From Oceanside’s Legacy Brewing.
No malty sweetness in this west-coast IPA. Very tasty. A limited can release from Pizza Port Brewing
Nose is malty sweetness and resinous hops. The taste matches. A 7% west-coast IPA with a sweet malty base. Overall decent, but nothing to write home about.
I found this 6.3% ABV wet hopped IPA made with Mosaic hops quite good. The Seadawg IPA, also an IPA made with Mosaic, was also quite nice, but a bit more grassy, with bitterness lingering a bit longer than the Contender. After the warm day, the Contender suited my dry palate. Both on draft now […]
A tasty 6% hazy IPA from Automatic Brewing at Tiger!Tiger! 6th anniversary celebration. Pale malt body, mild bitterness, tropical/citrus flavors.
It’s a double IPA, and even though they claim it’s unfiltered, it’s actually pretty clear, clean, crisp, and dry. It’s thinker than a regular IPA though not syrupy at all. It reminds me of a matured Enjoy By where it matured well. That and I like the blue labeling on the bottle. It stands out […]
A light and refreshing tasting Belgian-style pale ale at Amplified Ale Works. Hmmm….surprisingly clocking in at 6.9% ABV. I would have guessed lower than that.
At first, the nose and the flavor didn’t really add up. With the pale malt body and grapefruit citrus nose from the dry-hopping, I didn’t expect such a piney and grassy hop bitterness. Add to that the 8% ABV, and it was like a NE IPA on steroids….less the hazy. Very good, but not […]
Grassy with notes of citrus and pine. The malt bill accentuates nice hop flavors while not adding undesirable sweetness. Tasty. On draft at Pizza Port Solana Beach.
Deceptively smooth and balanced for 9.9% ABV.
21st Amendment’s version of a traditional Mexican Lager. It’s pretty down the line 4.8% style one, with a slight toasty smell and faint butter aftertaste that’s only possible if you are comparing it head to head w/ a mass marketed one. The carbonation is finer w/ smaller bubbles and what’s even better, it’s missing the […]
Highly drinakble session IPA from Bend Brewing Company. A great means by which to enjoy the last of summer in Bend, OR.
Stopped in SLC waiting for next flight. Lunch was served with a Hopulent IPA bomber from Epic. I will definitely sleep on the flight out.
With a big fruity nose and pleasant hop bitterness, I found this newer offering from Mother Earth Brew Co quite enjoyable. Plus it’s got that 7.5% ABV thing going for it.
One of three TRVE Brewing beers still on draft at Pizza Port OB. I started with the sour oak-aged dry-hopped saison. Tasty.
Stopped into a nice pub north of KCMO to get out of the monsoon. Enjoying a couple of The Nortnern and some food before heading off to the city.
At Pizza Port Solana Beach. Hot AF in here…but good beer makes it tolerable. Without the beer it’s like a weight-loss program.
A beer from Maine’s Peak Organic Brewing Company I actually like. An enjoyable dry-hopped pale ale with citrus and floral hop notes and pleasent mild bitterness over a pale malt body. Hmm…no ABV on the can.
Found in the fridge behind some forgotten condomints. I’m guessing 7 to 9 years old. It’s held up surprisingly well.
35 miles into today’s bike ride and a stop to fuel was necessary. 5.8% ABV Strawberry Shores for the lady and 8% ABV Joocy Jay IIPA for me. Should be enough for the approx 11 miles home.
Very happy with this Belgian-style strong golden ale. Mildly sweet up front and nice pale malt and Belgian yeast flavors hide the 9% ABV. Finish has the same light sweetness, which quickly disappates.
11% ABV Belgian strong ale currently on draft at Westside Tap Room, Point Loma. Always a good choice.
At 10 Barrel’s OG West brew pub in Bend, OR enjoying my go to IPA here, Apocalypse.
Hanging out in Bend, OR this week. Currently enjoying a Blast Cap IRA from #northrimbrewing
Tasty west coast IPA from new O’side brewery.
Via the mouth, and using proper glassware, Dorée is now in me. Very nice flavor; thirst quenching on this warm So Cal day.
When you say the name of this one you need to make the Shaka sign with your fingers. Lots of mosaic in this Backstreet Brew.
Not to long ago, it was released as their summer Yulesmith. Tasty, and has that 8.5% ABV thing going for it.
Recently made available is 16oz 4-paks, so you don’t have to drink the whole 64oz growler or 32oz crowler in a single sitting. Not that I won’t drink all 4 now, I may…it’s just an option.
Very tasty, made with Mosaic and Citra. At Pizza Port OB, but made at PP Carlsbad.
A freshly kegged juicy and delicious 7% ABV IPA from the fine folks at Amplified Ale Works. Get it while you can, because it won’t last.
A very refreshing 100% mosaic hopped IPA. Nice citrus flavors with a bit of underlying melon, and pleasant mild bitterness. It’s also got that 7.1% ABV thing going for it. Works well with the 90+ degree weather. At Pure Project.
I done did it…Happy 4th.
Just in time for summer….the Amplified / Karl Strauss Pathway collaboration ale is just what the day needed. Pleasant lingering bitterness over a pale malt body with dry finish.
In pool-safe plastic-wear. “I can handle things! I’m smart! Not like everybody says… like dumb… I’m smart and I want respect!”
It’s a Belgian, it’s a triple at 9%, it tastes awesome. Not much more to say…
A cool beverage after a warm day. Ninkasi summer seasonal IPA is working nicely.
Seasonal release IPA. Like all summer IPAs I like mine extra cold but didn’t have the patience to put it in the freezer, so yes that’s ice. It’s a full bodied IPA, not a session one so even with the ice it doesn’t have that watered down taste–as it shouldn’t as it’s 6.8% by volume […]
Very refreshing. Light body with juicy hop flavors. At Unsung Brewing Company.
Hoppy and sweet like juicy fruit gum.
We made a stop at the recently opened satellite tasting room in OB and we were pleasently surprised with the beer. We had been to their Clairmont location when they first opened and weren’t to impressed. Definitely a step in the right direction. Favs were a single hop American IPA named Galaxy Hoptastic Voyage, a […]
Pleasantly tart with a nice finish is more reminiscent of a wild ale, and different from most grisette ales we’ve tried. From Idle Hands Craft Ales, from Malden, MA, it clocks in at 5.5% ABV.
A tasty 8.2% unfiltered imperial IPA. Piney and resinous hop nose, with strong but pleasant hop bitterness over a pale malt body with no residual sweetness. Bitterness lingers only slightly after swallowing.
After a 60 minute dogfish, it tastes like water with a drop of honey.
6.6% ABV IPA in the hazy-style. The light body with nice citrus hop flavors and pleasant crisp bitterness complements my man-salad well. It also complements other things…like air.
Possibly not as devistatingly fresh as it could have been had I drank the day I got it, but still pretty darn tasty. Plus it’s got that 9.4% ABV thing going for it.
Having a few brews at the new Urge on San Marcos. Great beer, but the bowlers are really bad.
R to L – Gunwhale Ales – Majordomo and Arizona Wilderness Woolsey Wit. Damn fine beverages.
The picture worth 22 words.
Had a nice big handle of this classic American IPA from @sawtoothbrewery while steak and potatoing it at Jakers in Pocatello, ID. Crisp, delicious and modest 6.7% ABV, the next time I’m up in the Sawtooth area I am definitely go to swing by and have a few tasters.
A fine 8.2% ABV double IPA from Kern River Brewing. Hope to find it a good fuel for tomorrow’s early morning swim.
Back in KCMO at Boulevard Brewing. This time I am tippling a “The Calling” IPA. Bright, hoppy and 8.5%. Better limit myself to just one. And a cheddarwurst to wash it down.
Dank doesn’t even begin to reveal the hop profile of this. Hoppy sweatsocks. Delicious.
Dark color, light taste. Only a small taste of raspberry but it balances out well. It’s got a rich brown malt finish.
Complex and taste differs how you drink it. It’s either tart, sour, or rich and complex. It had a lot of dry peach. It’s different but surprisingly good–even for someone who really doesn’t like fruity beers.
Rich golden hops and malts. Not sure why it’s California other than it’s fun to drink at the beach while watching the surf.
A new double IPA from backstreet brewing
Barley Forge has made a nice home for itself in Orange County. This is one of my favorite easy drinking India Pale Ales as it goes for flavorful versus bitter. Some claim hints of orange and pear, but it doesn’t taste fruity to me at all. Don’t let its mild manner fool you though as […]
Best stout and best milk stout I’ve ever tasted. Toasty, smooth, creamy all at the same time. Even though it came in a bottle, it tastes like it’s straight out of a tap.
Duchesse de Bourgonne Sour Belgian. Imagine a Diet Coke mixed with dry vermouth and cherry pop rocks. My first, second, and third reactions were that I absolutely hated it. After an hour and if you take a small sip, you might be able to appreciate some of the craftsmanship that went into it, but it’s […]
A couple of experimental IPAs – Barbe Rouge, which uses French Hops, and Triumph, which uses a combination of 7 hops.
At 10 Barrel in Bend, OR having a few fresh-brewed beers along with lunch.
With a look that is a bit more cloudy than fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, I’m doing OK with this 6.6% ABV IPA from San Diego’s own Resident Brewing Company.
Say what you want about flying, but at least Alaska Air serves decent beer from Alaska.
Works for me at the moment.
I found Dogfish Head’s Beer to Drink Music to 2017 just OK. Not bad enough to pour out, but not likely to buy again. It’s got that 6.8% ABV going for it.
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At Mr. Petes’ in San Clemente enjoying a Le Left Coast trestles IPA just north of trestles the beach.
Very tasty…it’s been a while since my last visit to Vista’s Booze Brothers Brewing. A light malt body showcases great fruity/citrus hop flavors. Bitterness seems mild and quickly disappates once out of the mouth. I chose to swallow, though some may choose to spit. With many to choose, I also tried Crow Jane, […]
I’m not sure what I think of Perennial Artisan Ales 8% ABV ale made with apple juice, as well as pomegranate and key lime juice. Kinda like I opened a beer and opened a cider then pour a little of each intro the same glass. Mostly sweet cider and other fruit flavors up front, […]
Approx 17 miles into today’s bike ride it was decided that liquid refreshments would be a good idea. So many good options on the North Park route. We found 25 house beers on draft today in North Park. Limited it to 5 plus 1
An apt name for a damn fine collaboration beer from Pizza Port okBrewing and Revision Brewing. I found at Solana Beach Pizza Port.
Not bad, but not really my style. An abundance of malty sweetness. 6.9% ABV.
I liked it. The pale malt body with no malty sweetness makes it different from most Sierra Nevada IPA category offerings. Pleasant hop flavors.
A very nice collaboration beer from Burgeon Brewing and Artifex Brewing at Small Bar.
Tongue of Angels and For Duty and Humanity were my favs.
A delicious 7%:ABV IPA from Seattle, WA, Fremont Brewing, enjoyed in improper glassware. “For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.”
Doing homework and drinking from da can.
Is been a while since our last visit to Alesmith. The cask of the Mosaic wet hopped IPA is quite nice.
Very happy with this 8.4%ABV collaboration beer from Stone, Odell and Marble.
Our last time enjoying this beer it was on draft Brabant. Miss Brabant.
I don’t recall enjoying Karl Strauss 11.1% ABV Belgian-style Quad quite as much when I tried when originally released in 2011…but I’m enjoying now. Deceptively smooth with slightly sweet malt flavors with notes of dark fruit and caramel.
L to R My fav was the Didgeridoom!!!
The snifter of 10.5% triple IPA for me, and the big-boy glass of G.F.B. blonde ale for the lady.
The 10.5% ABV IPA for me and the Debutante, 6.8% Belgian-style amber, for the lady.
Really quite good.
Funky Buddha’s 9% ABV wheat wine is better than I imagined. I expected something overly sweet and it’s not. Not bitter or too dry, it has pleasant malt flavors with vanilla notes, giving it a hint of dessert sweetness, over the fruit.