Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sam Adams White Ale poured a hazy, golden yellow color with a thumb width, white head. The nose has pale malt, with a lot of spices and some citrus. The body is more of the same, pale malt orange, and spices. The mouthfeel starts out smooth with the carbonation rising on the backend, leading to a crisp finish the leaves a yeasty dryness.
Overall, this was a nice, sessionable white ale. If generously spiced white ales are not your thing, I would avoid this but I thought all of the zest worked well with the malt base.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Stone Imperial Black IPA poured a dark brown/blackish color with a thumb width, brown head. The nose is pungent with lots of piney hop notes and dark malt. The body is decadently rich with dark malts, a creamy middle and sharp hop edges. The beer has a big finish with plenty of hops and a dryness that gets bigger and bigger. The glass was left coated with lace.
Overall, an amazing beer. A model for balance on the mouthfeel, flavors, and weight. A huge beer from nose to finish and one of my favorite black IPA's
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Jack D'Or poured a semi-hazy, golden yellow color with a two fingered width, white head. The nose had aromas of green apple with chamomille and pale malt. The body is smooth, with some sweetness, medium depth, with some yeast and pale malt notes. Crisp on the backend, with spices leading to a light dry finish that grows as it lingers. Wonderful with a hoppy bitterness. The beer left some hanging lace.
Overall, this is a very good, very refreshing beer that has some nice balance. One of my favorite American saisons.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
NARRAGANSETT BEER ANNOUNCES NEW YEAR-ROUND CRAFT BREW, CREAM ALE, CHOSEN BY FANS
Narragansett Beer today announces the introduction of a new craft brew to be available year-round, Cream Ale. From October 13th through November 28th, the New England brewer hosted a campaign asking consumers to vote between a Cream and Rye Ale. Over 1,000 fans voiced their opinions on ‘Gansett’s blog and having received an overwhelming response for the Cream Ale, the winner is clear.
Related to a pale lager, cream ale is generally brewed to be light and refreshing with a straw to pale golden color and fairly subdued hop and malt flavor. While a top-fermented ale, Cream ales typically undergo an extended period of cold-conditioning or lagering after the primary fermentation is complete, reducing fruity esters and giving the beer a clean, smooth flavor.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Narragansett Beer produced a cream ale incredibly popular with beer drinkers. Debuting in March, a craftier version of this easy-drinking, yet hard to find, Narragansett Cream Ale will make its return to today’s craft beer enthusiasts, joining Narragansett Lager and Light in year-round availability in bars, restaurants, and package stores.
ABOUT NARRAGANSETT BEER:
Narragansett Beer…Brewed since 1890. ‘Gansett is a straightforward, quality beer that has been a new England tradition for generations, producing a classic family of award-winning American lagers & ales. Today, ‘Gansett is produced at top-rated breweries in Rochester, NY and Latrobe, PA, with craft brews being produced in Providence, RI and Pawcatuck, CT. Narragansett Lager is available for purchase in local restaurants, bars, and liquor stores throughout New England, Florida, Southern New York, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.
Thirsty for more? Visit www.narragansettbeer.com.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Nelson poured a clear, golden yellow color with a finger width, white head. The nose has a malty richness to it that is balance by flowery hops. The body is thick and malty, with chamomille notes and a sweetness to it. The finish has a fuzzy dryness that progresses a little.
Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer. Part of Widmer's 924 series, it is a sipper, but has a refined quality to it and is exactly what I look for in my IPAs.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Pitch Black IPA poured a dark brown color with a two fingered width, off white head. The nose is incredible with roasted malt, and very pungent, piney hops. The body has plenty of roasted malt with with a mellow middle and hop edges. The finish is pleasant, dry with a sharp hop bite on finish that is not overly done. The glass was coated with hanging lace.
Overall, this is a very, very good beer. Complex, balanced, and rich with flavor, this is a great interpretation of the new Black IPA style. This might be Widmer's best.