Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Pike's IPA poured a hazy amber color with a finger width, off white head. The nose is really nice, perfectly balanced amount of malt and hops. The body has medium to low carbonation, and nice depth. The first sip has a touch of fruity sweetness and a nice malty backbone that lays underneath a heap of very clean, bone dry hops that lead towards a lingering, very dry finish.
Overall, this is a very, very good IPA. The huge hops are not just balanced out by the thick malt base, but everything meshes well together. This beer is impressive from the aroma right to the finish. Pike's version stands out in a very crowded field of American IPAs. A great buy.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Stoudt's Double IPA poured a clear amber color with the head consisting of a thin coat of bubbles sitting on top to the beer. The nose offers plenty, apricots, hops, and malt. The beer has a sweetness up front with a thin malty middle and hops running the course of body. The finish is hoppy and bitter. Call me crazy but there are a few scotch like characteristics in there.
Overall, a solid offering from Stoudt's. The body is a little thin for the style, which might turn off beer nuts who love huge beers, but the depth suits me just fine. The ABV is noticeable but not overwhelming. The cask has added some nice aspects here, making this an enjoyable sipper that screams out to be paired with funky cheese.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Old Fezzwig poured a reddish brown color, with a thumb width, off white head. The nose is predominatly malty with a few spices offering some contrasting aromas. The body is smooth, and malty before leading to a mildly dry finish.
Overall, this is a nice red ale. I am a big fan of simple, well made beer, and this is a textbook example. It is restrained enough to have a few, but the balanced and rounded out body provide plenty to enjoy here.