Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by mikeler, Apr 17, 2009.
Wow this sounds good, time to go on a search for some
Just a quick brewing bump. Finally got around to a quick brew today - it's going to be a big beer. Essentially an oatmeal brown ale - going to have the body of a porter/stout, but with a bit more sweetness and hops.
I don't expect that it'll be too good to drink before Christmas due to the sheer amount of stuff that is in it, so I think I might do a pale ale or something similar in a couple of weeks to have something quick. 2-3 weeks start to finish on something like that.
sounds good to me. :mrgreen:
Sweetwater is out of GA and not found very far south into FL. only sampled a few and the IPA is the only 1 i liked.
a beer buddy just handed me some North Coast Old Stock Ale, 11.7% alc. Can't wait to try it out.
Was drinking Dogfish 60 Minute and Lagunitas IPA in Key West over the weekend - good times
Man, that is some strong stuff!
Don't forget to post a review!
that'll have to wait til friday night as sipping and beer is an oxymoron.
lately I've been drinking lots of Lost Coast Downtown Brown and Great White trying to sober up after too many strong IPAs last few months. I used to drink a lot of Newcastle but can't drink it anymore, it's too sweet to pair with food, downright disgusting w/ spicy food (usual fare), just not flexible enuf. DB is passable w/ food but it's a little lacking, almost boring.
is brown ale strictly for cutting grass?
tried AleSmith X Ale and it's quite good for a 5% IPA but again only comes in 22oz bottles. Looking for a decent "table" beer w/ fairly low alc, might have to settle for Negra Modelo/Red Stripe/ Deschutes Black Butte Porter since the wife likes them too.
siata94 - Hazed and Infused is a nice pale ale with a bit of hops and lower alc %. been working for me lately when wanting something lighter.
That's a fantastic "drinking" beer. I'm actually going to try and model a pale ale off of H&I. Lots of cascade hops in that beer.
Bell's Two Hearted Ale is another one that I love dearly, but not quite as low ABV.
I've been on a Two Hearted kick lately. Hazed and Infused is one I liked the one time I had it, but for some reason forgot to go back to it.
Sadly, the wife and I have decided to take October off from drinking. So I'm thinking of getting some Cascade hops from Northern Brewer and eating them.
Of all months, October? Really? Best time to drink. A chill in the air....
yeah was pleasantly surprised with that pick. thought i should give that brewer a try since knowing a hops farmer that supplied to them and other brewers. next in line is the mojo.
I said "sadly", didn't I? :cry:
Hazed & Infused by Boulder Beer? Because there are 2 with the same exact name.
I've seen it but haven't tried it but will def now.
H&I is a great name. He'Brew has a bunch of funny names as well such as Jewbelation. I haven't tried any yet.
I take it you're "trying"? A while back, my friend was trying for quite some time and he couldn't drink any. As soon as he found success, I brought him a sixpack, at work, and we celebrated right then.
Mojo is fantastic as well. Same with their Flashback Brown.
Sweaty Betty, on the other hand.....is terrible.
I'm going to stick with the Octoberfest varieties for a few weeks, just to take a break from the IPAs.
I'm embarrassed to admit it took me a minute to figure out what you were getting at. We're all done trying; we just found ourselves having a couple drinks more often than we ought to, and we both need to get in better shape, so we decided to cut out the sauce for a month and see if we could come back to it at a more reasonable pace.
after tennis, friend gave me a brew called Staropramen. good tasting czech lager which is a nice break from the IPAs. could see drinking this one again.
Haven't been sampling beer of late courtesy of a bad cold, but I will likely be engaging in some beer drinking this weekend.
Going to brew again tomorrow - doing a quick pale ale to have an interim beer until my oatmeal brown is done. Loads of cascade hops and nice, clean yeast profile. Should be tasty.
The latest beer that I tried was the Boulder Brewery "Cold Hop." It's got tons of hop aroma, but not too bitter. The hops were a bit earthier than I usually like, but it's a great session beer for sure.
I also picked up a 4 pack of Old Rasputin, which is not a session beer.
So that didn't last long. We decided over the weekend that it would be okay to drink on the weekends only.
Then we had some last night.
Anyway, I picked up some Hazed & Infused. Reading the packaging, I see that Boulder also makes a Mojo Rising Double IPA. Pretty sure I've only had the regular Mojo - anybody try this double?
I tried the Mojo Risin' on tap at a local watering hole - it's too sweet for my tastes. I really like the regular Mojo, however.
Doug - I'll have to drop off some bottles of homebrew for you to try once my 2 fall batches are done and bottled.
SS - you can't just say "local watering hole" to me. I gots to know.
I'd love to try some of your homebrew - I'm trying to talk myself into (or out of) getting into that hobby.
Speaking of which, I saw you use the term "session beer" above, and I've seen that a lot in the catalog. Seems to mean "low in alcohol, feel free to drink a couple or more". Is that pretty much the case?
The local watering hole is Mac's Industrial in NE Minneapolis. One of my favorite bars in town atmosphere and beer selection-wise. Really a fun place to just hang out and have a pint or two. And a really cool selection of taps that rotates quite a bit. http://www.macsindustrial.com/
Homebrewing is a really fun hobby. My ex bought me a kit for Christmas last year, and I'm going to do batch #5 tomorrow. Not too expensive, and you don't have to worry about those darned sandbaggers.
You pretty much nailed the session beer term - low in alcohol, high on flavor. Guinness is my standard issue session beer at roughly 4.2% ABV.
Also fighting a nasty cold but still picked up some over the weekend:
Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA
Rogue Dead Guy Ale
Victory Hop Devil Ale
and to honor this awesome thread, DogFish 90
Any thoughts on the first 3? Still fighting cold so no drinkie yet.
If I had to choose a session beer, it'd prob be Boddingtons.
I love Hop Devil - it's a great, balanced IPA. The hops used are just about perfect - good start, with a clean finish and little lingering bitterness.
Snake Dog is a solid IPA - easily my favorite Flying Dog brew, followed closely by their porter. Not quite as clean as the Hop Devil, but good nonetheless.
I think the Flying Dog is an average IPA which means it is pretty tasty to my palette. The Rogue was another one that I'd rate at average or just below. Can't comment on the Victory yet.
well, I'm changing my opinions. Now I know better; don't try to taste beer when you're fighting a nasty cold w/ a bad taste in your mouth. Just drink the beer to get a good night's sleep.
Victory HopDevil Ale - 6.7% a fairly hoppy beer w/ a hint of grapefruit zest bitterness aftertaste that lingers shortly. I'm not particularly fond of the zestiness but it's not nearly as overwhelming as I'd first thought.
Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA - easy to drink, well balanced despite the somewhat high 7.1% alc. Not as intensively flavorful as say SN Torpedo which is more widely avail.
Flying Dog Snake Dog didn't blow me away.
However, I'm currently swilling Rogue XS Imperial IPA, and I'm considering leaving my wife for it. Like any good mistress, it's way too expensive to make any sense, but I don't care. I'd love to taste this next to the 90- and 120-minute IPAs.
Here's the skinny: http://www.rogue.com/beers/imperial-india-pale-ale.php
I tried Stone IPA at the recommendation of Bad_Call a few months ago. In the bottle form, it was just OK. Yesterday my wife got it on draft and that changed my opinion of it because it was very good.
for me Stone is overpriced for the taste...but then have only had it in bottle. don't think i recommended it since value is my middle name. :mrgreen:
that said i'm liking the Mojo IPAs from Boulder Brewery these days.
I tried Dogfish 60--its not bad but its not the best. I enjoy imperial stouts and some marzen oktoberfests. I absolutely love tasting different beers. Rasion D'Etre from Dogfish head was a great brew.
Picked up some Kashmir IPA last night. It was good, but not great. Almost had a slight hint of that skunky flavor you get in a Heineken. Saw a few others at Whole Foods that I want to try:
Bison Organic IPA
Rocky Mountain IPA
Titan IPA (a Bad_Call favorite)
Growing up back east, I used to drink a lot of Victory Hop Devil and thought it was near the top but after having some yesterday (first time in a long time), I'm not so sure. I think SN Torpedo, Stone IPA, Lagunitas, Green Flash are all better. Rogue Dead Guy is MUCH BETTER when you have it in Oregon vs. elsewhere. Not sure if the travel really affects it that much but my good friend in VA (who travels to Portland regularly for business) agrees. The Stone and Green Flash on tap when I lived in San Diego was also much better than on the east coast.
As for Flying Dog...not a fan. Very average, IMHO.
Been drinking a lot of Lagunitas IPA lately. That, Racer IPA and Torpedo are pretty much my "go to" beers lately. However, SN Southern Hemisphere Fresh Hop Ale is my absolute fave of the year.
I've been drinking a LOT of IPA in the last couple of years and is it just me or do you guys find that there's pretty much no substitute? All other categories of beer just taste bland to me these days. I've had very few porters, stouts, etc. since then.
As for Slapshot mentioning Old Rasputin not being a session beer...I knew my yet-to-be wife from work and the first time I saw her with her friends at a bar, she was on her second Old Rasputin...her second LITER of Old Rasputin...it was love at first sight. She rarely even drinks anymore but she could put me under the table back then.
IPA is the only way. Still, I need breaks from time to time so I can come back and really appreciate what a wonderful flavor it has.
am definitely biased towards IPAs but need a break on occasion. Old Rasputin provided one last nite.
had Rogue Deal Guy Ale again last nite and since I was fighting the cold. During the cold, I thought it was the best of the 3 but now I think it's solidly in 3rd place. It's good, I'd consider drinking it again but not sure I'd buy it again, esp since it's pricier than many good IPAs.
Hey Beer Brother, it's been months, I'll have to go back to Lagunitas and Racer5 again to see how they stack up. Apparently words have gotten out as it's been many weeks since I've seen Torpedo on the shelf again; they're always sold out.
I'm slowly finishing up my case of Harvest, trying to savor it as it's gone around here. It was the last case from local BevMos that I could find.
I totally agree, most of the other stuff (brown ale, stout) are like flavored water compared to the tasty IPA. The only thing those have going for them is their really low alc content when you need to cool off while working bbq or doing something else like playing tennis or working on cars...
Anybody tried the beers in my previous list? I hate to pay 10 bucks for a 6 pack of something that is just average.
Bison Organic IPA
Rocky Mountain IPA
Titan IPA (a Bad_Call favorite)
thought you already tried Titan and it wasn't to your liking. anyway pass on the rest of your list and try a cheaper one ($9/6pack) - Mojo IPA from Boulder Brewery or one from Smuttynose.
You are correct about the Titan. I went back to the beginning of this thread to verify. So none of the others are that good huh? Guess I'll stick with my Dogfish Head 90 and Bells.
for $10...only Titan gets my nod. even Dogfish 60 is overpriced to me. haven't tried the 90 but then again that's more than $10/6 pack.
Smuttynose IPA....really good and a decent value.
The first time I tried Weyerbacher Simcoe Double IPA in a bottle, I didn't particularly care for it. But I just had it on draft two nights ago, and it was pretty good. A whopping 10%abv. and they were serving it in pints during half-price happy hour! I still dont think I'd buy it again in a bottle unless it looked like a special deal. I think it's a bit over hopped. I can drink strong, bitter IPA's with the rest of them, but I thought this Weyerbacher Simcoe IPA had a strange bitterness to it.
KevinT: As an alternative to IPAs, have you had some of the higher alcohol content belgian beers (or belgian-style beers if you want to save a few bucks)? Not much out there beats a Chimay Grand Reserve (blue), Corsendonk Brown Ale, or Delirium Nocturnum on a cold day! They're pricey, but you can find american made belgian-style beers for less, such as Ommegang's Abbey Ale. I personally am equally split between belgian ales and strong/double IPAs. Jack on the rocks is right up there too, on a cold day! Now we're talking.
reads like we have similar tastes.
great minds drink alike.
The 90 is actually $10 per 4 pack.
I paid $14 for the DFH 90 (90 comes in 4pk, 60 comes in 6pk) in SF but everything but Harvest is too exp up there. Locally it's also about $10.
I agree, DFH 60 is overpriced, SN Torpedo is primo for less.
Also picked up a 4pk of Old Rasputin but that will have to wait for weekend. Still haven't gotten around to the North Coast yet.
$14 is probably a bargain in SF. I've seen it as high as $12/4 pack here in Florida where the cost of living is much lower.
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