Greatly enjoyed this dry sour cider from Los Angeles’s 101 Cider House. Had I not known it was a cider, I would have thought a sour beer. It’s full-bodied, some sweetness up front with the fruit in the nose, but more tart on the palate. Quite nice.
Hydration is key. This will work in a pinch. Big Bear Lake Brewing Company’s (not to be confused with older Big Bear Mountain Brewing) has a malty base with some risidual sweetness, and pleasent hop bitterness. Plus it’s got that 8.5% ABV thing going for it.
I chose over Lagunitas IPA, 805, Fat Tire and a few Coors options. As expected, premium prices for a crappy selection to a captive clientele.
An abundance of sweet orange zest on the nose. A pleasent mild bitterness at first. Maybe because of the sweet nose, but I’m getting more an unpleasant grapefruit peel bitterness that lingers a bit longer on the finish. I had no problem finishing the bottle, but likely wouldn’t buy again.
Some Ho Ho Ho to go. Sweet roasted malts, with a hint of vanilla, up front. Mildly bitter finish…seems more roasty bitterness and not a hop bitterness. Flavor/mouth feel is like a milk stout. At 6% ABV is like a light pastry stout I kept sipping and sipping…until it disappeared. I enjoyed it.
A newer New England-style hazy IPA from the fine folks at San Diego’s own Resident Brewing Co. Juicy with citrus hop flavors, mild bitterness and 6.7% ABV. Very enjoyable.
Pulled a beer from the fridge door that’s been sitting for a while to share. Nice carbonation with more oak characteristics and slightly lighter body than I recall originally. Deceptively smooth for 12.5% ABV.
A newer, but by now almost gone, 8% IPA in the hazy style. A mix of fruity and citrus, and west coast hop flavors. Tasty.
I found Baja Brewing Mexican IPA was more poor flavor than por favor. I dumped after a couple sips.