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Super Bock Lager by Unicer Portugal ABV 5.6% IBU
Euro Pale Lager - Clear, pale golden straw color. Dry grain and fruity ester aromas with undertones of lemon. Grainy flavors with hints of citrus, grapes and lemon, balanced by a bitter hop note. Sweet malts add a balancing texture to the palate. Appearance: Bright pale yellow in color with a thin white lace head. Carbonation is moderate. Smell: Dry grain, light fruit esters and a floral aroma way in the back of the nose. Taste: Crisp and refreshing up-front with a lemony hop flavor and semi-salty sharp rind-like bitterness. Carbonation aids in providing a creamy feel. Malt sweetness is even, dextriny, not overpowering and creates a full-bodied brew. The palate then dries up with grain tannins. Sweet alcohol and light hop floral flavors in the finish. Notes: Super Bock is more of a malt liquor vs. a bock of any type, and it rivals nearly all of the malt liquors that I've tried. Very refreshing, with a nice alcohol kick to match.
Great Lakes Brewing Company, Dortmunder Gold Lager- Cleveland, Ohio - ABV 5.8% IBU 30
American All Malt Pale Lager - Bright golden color true to this beer style. Clean, sweet biscuity malt aromas with mild hops. Smooth, crisp mouthfeel delivering big sweet, grainy malt flavor with balancing notes of herbal hops. Appearance: Bright gold with a exquisite white two fingered lace that stays for a long time. Smell: Sweet and very clean malty aroma. Taste: Medium bodied with a smooth and crisp mouth feel. Very very malty with sweetness and grain ... a big kiss of hops perfectly balances this lager, touch of herbal and citrus hop flavor linger. The finish dries up a little though there is a decent amount of residual sweetness and malt flavor (grain/husk) left. Notes: This is the stuff! A top notch US brewed lager with several awards to back it up, comparable if not better than some of its German counterparts. If you see buy it, any macro to micro drinker with thoroughly enjoy this brew. Its their flagship brew.
Warsteiner Brauerei, Premium Verum - Warstein, Germany - ABV 4.8% IBU
Pilsner - Crisp, Floral, Grassy, Biscuity, Light-bodied. This is a slightly pale German-style Pilsner with a clean, refreshing taste. Warsteiner is brewed with fresh Arnsberger Forest spring water sourced at the brewery, a naturally soft water that helps to create the smooth taste and creamy head. It pours out a big bubbled sudsy head that drops to a thin ring of lace. You'll see head retention build big and drop like this from hop extracts. Perfectly clear and bright golden yellow color. Light biscuity malt with a hint of grassiness, other than that the nose is very clean. Clean and crisp palate with a moderate body and solid stream of carbonation. Grassy malt flavor middle to end with a touch of sweetness up front but very dry in the back. Cooked corn pops up in the middle. Hop bitterness is sharp to start then lays down a very faint cooked herbal note in the finish.
Flying Dog Brewery, Old Scratch - Frederick, Maryland - ABV 5.5% IBU 20
Amber/Red Lager - Balanced, Caramel, Herbal, Citrus, Light-bodied, GABF Silver Medal 2008. This amber beer is brewed with a Lager yeast that's fermented at warmer temperatures to develop both Ale and Lager characteristics, providing complex aromatics and a smooth mouthfeel and finish. Slightly hazy light copper in color with an off white lace that sticks to the glass. Hops hit the nose as a touch of esters make their way through also. A hoppy oil taste, almost a bit citrusy, on top then it fades and a rounded toasty malt flavor and an even leafy hop bitterness rides into the after taste. Alcohol is quite warming. Faint esters and a mild fruitiness are noticeable. A pretty good brew, very flavorful but seems to have some ale qualities and finishes like an ale also with stronger than normal alcohol qualities... Clear, redish/amber color, decent head. Aroma has a touch of sulfur in it and a soft noble hop. Semi-malty, not overly sweet character with light caramel, some roasted, some fruity. Light astringency and leafy feel on the palate. Hops are not bitter but have an interesting almost citrus quality to them, followed by a dry, crisp snap. Finish is a bit dry too, some woody notes. Wait? what's this buttery flavor doing in my lager?
Spaten, Optimator - München, Germany - ABV 7.6% IBU 25
Doppelbock - Malty, Rich, Toasty, Dark Fruit, Full-bodied. The classic German dark beer, this bottom fermented Dopple Bock is full-bodied with a deep dark color and rich roasted malt flavor. The extra strength takes nothing away from the drinkability of this beer. Appearance: Rich deep dark copper with a light tan head that dissipates to a sticky lace. Smell: Hints of caramel, sweet and toasted malt. Some spicy alcohol fumes and a trace of apple peel aroma. Taste: Thick and huge stodgy malt, caramel, rounded toasted malt, sweet dextrins and grain lets through a twang of alcohol and a thin leafy hop. A remaining dextrinous toasted malt, a ever so fading hop leaf and drying grain are in the end. Notes: Ahhh, a meal in a bottle. Breakfast anyone? If beer is measured by its malt back bone than this is a body builder beer... Pours a nice brown beer with a thick, clinging off-white cream/foam lace. Malty/herbal aroma. Surprisingly light-ish, but also malty sweet and milky with buttery caramel, day old coffee and bitter dark chocolate malt flavors. Faint roasted flavors. Toasty notes all over. Raisin flavors become pronounced as the beer warms. Notes of metallic around the edges. Sharp carbonation on the tongue followed by a light herbal hop presence that blends nicely with a not so subtle alcohol spicy character. Hops leave a slightly leafy and oily slick feel on the palate, peaking at the finish, which is dry.
Weihenstephaner- Freising, Germany - ABV 5.4% IBU
Hefeweissen - Boasting words “Oldest Brewery in the World” on the label. Nothing refreshes you more than this quintessential wheat beer with its wonderful yeasty fragrance and taste. Appearance: Cloudy with a murky orange color, the head is spectacular, dense and rocky with stickiness all over the glass. Smell: Malted wheat sweetness, mild spicy nose with yeast and light lemon highlights. Taste: Malted wheat and barley in the raw, earthy yeast character with hints of lemon in the background. A quick spark of clove hits the same time as the carbonation. Semi crisp with a medium body and a well structured carbonation. Minimal hop bitterness, maltiness is cracker like and gets drier and drier towards the end. Nutty flavors from the yeast and very faint fennel character from the phenols come through. Finish is quite clean and alcohol is a tad noticeable though the extravagant fruity side of the esters associated with this style is held at bay and more spiciness seems to take hold. Notes: One of the best in the world needless to say, it still lives up to its name. A wheat beer at its best.
Aviator Brewing Company, Hot Rod Red - Fuquay Varina, NC - ABV 6.1% IBU 41
American Amber/Red Ale - A somewhat classic Irish Red Ale. This ale is feisty and a bit hoppy. There is a malty sweetness and a somewhat dry finish. Traditional East Kent Goldings but with a nice touch of Cascade and dash of roasted barley give this ale a great taste. Plenty of crystal malt with some roasted barley. The beer pours a copper color with a couple fingers of off-white head and a high level of carbonation. Smells of toffee and toasted bread with a bit of piney hops. Not much citrus to it, but a little bit of floral and earthy notes. Pretty simple aroma to the beer, but not bad. Toasted bread is the dominant flavor. There is some toffee and a little bit of caramel sweetness to it which is nice. Subtle bitterness with a light hop flavor. Medium in body with a moderate to high carbonation.
Green Flash Brewing Company, Hop Head Red IPA - San Diego, California - ABV 7.0% IBU 45
American Amber/Red (Extra-Hopped) - Resinous hop character and bitterness balance the rich caramel malt base. We took it a step further and Amarillo dry-hopped the brew to 45 ibu's, creating refreshing and savory hop flavors and aromas. Is it red IPA? That's your call. "Appearance: rich amber-copper hue with a touch of haze to the body. Head pours a thick finger of frothy tan foam. Nice. Smell: rich aroma of caramel malt and citrusy-yet-dank hops. You had me at "Amarillo dry hopped". Taste: big malt flavor with plenty of caramel and a little bit of biscuit on the side. Hops are quite flavorful, with emphasis on citrus and a little more of that dankness. Bitterness isn't terribly high, and there is a bit of a vegetal aftertaste which is not particularly enticing. Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess.
Diamond Knot Brewery, Whip Ale - Mukilteo, Washington - ABV 6.0% IBU
American Pale Ale - Balanced, Bready, Citrusy, Medium-bodied, American Pale Ale. Produced in collaboration with Michael "Whip" Wilton of the progressive Seattle band Queensryche! Aromas of citrusy hops & bready malts lead to tastes of lightly toasted grains and bitter, citrusy hops. A well-balanced beer worthy of Rock & Roll!
Appearance: Pours out a very faintly hazed, light amber body with a very high (questionably high, even), near white head. Smell: Faint floral and malty bread-scented notes, that's really about all that's getting past this inhumanely tall head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon. Taste: Sweet, bready malts with a scant toastiness about it. Hops present light lemon, light florals, light herbs giving a hint of fresh-brewed tea. Medium-light bitterness. Medium level of acidity. Drying all the way up until the lemon, herb finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body... Slightly hazy golden/amber liquid with a creamy off-white cap that reduced to a thin veil but deposited thick, barnacle like lacing all around the glass. Sweet nose with minimal hop aroma, perhaps some citrus juiciness but mainly subtle floral notes as well as a hint of butter. Bittersweet flavor with a hint of floral hops and light citrus fruit. Bitterness is mild overall, with the sweet malt taking center stage here. Light to medium bodied with a smooth texture and minimal carbonation. Finishes sweet with light bitterness on the palate. Easy drinking pale ale with a decent hop presence, although the aroma could use some tweaking. Overall, it was a tad too sweet but still tasty and pleasant.
Terrapin Beer Company, Hopsecutioner - Athens, Georgia - ABV 7.3% IBU 78
American IPA - Hoppy, Citrusy, Piney, Spicy, Medium-bodied. Pours a deep golden color. Dominant bitter hop aromas grace the nose. Clean, hoppy flavors up front, with the hops building and turning sweet with floral notes coming through. A strong, tasty example of a hoppy American IPA. Pours a light copper with some orange hints. The smell is quite hoppy at the offset, with the few citrus notes being dominated by more spicy and floral hops. The taste is similar with a bit of spice again coming from the hops. Mouthfeel is fairly full-bodied for an IPA without much of a hint of alcohol. Drinkability is quite high, an intriguing brew with a rather unique hop profile, almost reminding me of Ruination light. The pour is a lightly cloudy copper color with a minimal white head, leaving some nice sheets of lacing on the glass. The nose is almost honey like with some sweet citrus and floral hops and a hint of pine. The flavor is adequately bitter, but not overpowering. There is a bit of sweetness to the beer that seems to be a mix of citrus, mango, and caramel. This is counter balanced with a bit of pine on the finish. The body is medium with a crisp carbonation and a slightly dry finish.
Roth Brewing Company, Dark Construct - Raleigh, NC - ABV 7.3% IBU
Porter/Stout - Pours a deep, dark black color. Aroma is smoky and full of roasted malts with coffee, tobacco, & a light fruitiness. A bold taste of roasted coffee, dark fruit, bitter chocolate, and a subtle smokiness. A smooth, full-bodied stout. Smoky aroma has malty, yeasty and chocolate notes with a hint of licorice. It pours a deep chocolaty opaque brown with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled tan head. Flavor has smoky, coffee, licorice and caramel notes plus a pinch of hops and a whisper of fruit. Texture is a bit thin for a stout, but fairly fizzy and lively, leaving a nice smoky and tingly finish.
Flying Fish Brewing Company, Exit 4, - Cherry Hill, New Jersey - ABV 9.5% IBU 24
Extra Comlpex Ale - Tripel. Complex, Fruity, Spicy, Peppery, Medium-bodied. GABF Gold Medal 2009. Golden-honey in color. An American twist on a Belgian Tripel with spicy clove, yeast esters, malt sweetness and floral, citrusy hop aromas. Delightfully complex flavors deliver a fruity, malty, spicy experience with notable hoppiness. The pour is a pretty golden color with an impressive white head that clings to the glass. A very interesting mix of hops and sweet tripel. The hops provide plenty of citrus along with some floral notes. This one is quite fruity overall and has plenty of sweet caramel malts and candi sugar. Plenty of yeast and esters as well. Like the nose leads on, the hops really provide something different to this beer. Plenty of sweetness with some apples, pears, and sugar, but a very nice spice from the yeast. The hops are powerful, citrusy, and fruity, but do not dominate the beer. Medium in body with a fairly crisp carbonation, given how sweet and high alcohol this beer is. This is a very nice beer, and a very interesting take on the style. Certainly not traditional, but very tasty... Pours a golden-tinged amber color. Tropical fruit, white pepper, yeasty phenols and some pithy citrus. A bready blend of tropical fruits opens the flavor profile, moving simultaneously in spicy yeast and pithy hop directions by mid-palate; after the swallow, the alcohol makes its presence felt, providing a boozy, tropical finish.
Allagash Brewing Company, Black - Portland, Maine - ABV 7.5% IBU
Belgian Strong Dark Ale - Complex, Fruity, Malty, Rich, Medium-bodied. A "Belgian-style Stout". Pitch black color; brewed with German 2 row barley, Torrified wheat/oats, and large additions of Belgian dark candi for silky texture. Roasted malts give a classic chocolate toasty taste. Belgian yeast fermentation. Yum!
What's that saying? Once you go Belgian you never go back. Or was it black? What the hell, let's hit two birds with one bottle. Big, bubbly tan froth with excellent head retention and lacing on the glass. A shade or two away from pitch black. The aroma ranges from charcoal to dried black currants, from earthy yeast to a mild herbal phenol. A complex nose for sure. Bold crispness and very smooth with a slick medium body. Maltiness is semidry and extremely complex; the silky sweetness from the oats and the graininess meld well with a mild charcoal flavor. Layers of light vanilla, faint anise and cocoa powder come to mind. More charred flavor hits the palate with dark baker's chocolate and espresso. Modest hopping and a warming alcohol help to balance and add their own complex layers. Sort of a semidry mocha finish. A top pick for the style, and with each sip Black is turning into our current favorite from Allagash.