Elysian: Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
6.10% alcohol by volume
Buying details: $6.50 for a 22oz bottle bought through Lets Pour!
Well, tis the season for Pumpkin beers - I am starting to lose count on how many I have seen in the stores. And, well, somebody has to try them all. The goal is to find something that matches up with Southern Tier's Pumking Beer which is the best pumpkin beer I have had to date. Does Elysian's Night Owl do the trick? Read on to find out.
The beer pours a very attractive coppery-amber color with a nice cream colored head, leaving good lacing at the edges.
There are some standard pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, cloves, etc. on the nose, but nothing over-powering. Hints of ginger too to mix it up a bit - again, nothing over-powering
There is definitely more pumpkin notes once you taste it, along with the spices, but not too strong. To counter that there is also a presence of citrus separating this beer from other pumpkin
|Bold City Brewery: Duke's Cold Nose Brown Ale
6.0% alcohol by volume
Buying details: ???? for a 16oz pint at Aroma's Cigar Bar in Jacksonville on 27 June 2012
While traveling for business, after meeting with the client, we wound up at Aroma's Cigar Bar and Beer World, and though I am not a cigar smoker, still found it a cool pace. Best feature I saw was the build in "ice" portion of the bar to keep glasses cold
Anyway, on to the beer. Bold City Brewery is local to Jacksonville and I later found this on tap at a number of places - but for now it was new to me. Ordered a pint from the tap.
It poured a very dark brown with slight reddish hue. Latte colored head of about 1 finger that lingered for a fair bit.
Aromas were of dark malt and nuts, a little smoke in there as well - pretty pleasant really.
First taste is similar, but with just a hint of sweetness. This is actually quite good tasting. It is a bit thin though keeping it from being an
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.: Monks MIstress
11.5% alcohol by volume - nope, you read that correctly
Buying details: $9.99 for a 22oz bottle at DeCicco's on 27 May 2012
So we hit up DeCicco to stock up on some fancy beers since it has been a while, and this one really caught my eye - obviously the name is cute but the idea of a dark Belgium Tripple was really intriguing.
This pours as a really dark beer - not quick black, but very dark brown with a late colored head a bit over an inch high. And the head lingered for a bit so their was pretty impressive.
Not a ton of strong aroma too it - some yeasty notes and a little dark/dried fruit to it, but fairly mild. At first I thought perhaps it was just the head hiding it all but even after it dissipated it wasn't a strong smelling beer.
Now when I taste it I see where all the flavor is hidden - the same dark/dried fruit flavors and yeasty notes are now very strong. Towards the finish is also where you
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.: Winter Brown Ale
5.6% alcohol by volume
Buying details: $5.50 for a pint at Holy Smoke BBQ on 12 November 2012
Tonight was one of their Brewery nights and Weyerbacher and Oskar Blues were the featured beers. Here is a pic of their bar with all the tabs allocated:
These were two breweries I wasn't that familiar with. Weyerbacher is from Pennsylvania and Oskar Blues (featured in next post) is from Colorado. .... onto the review
This beer is really dark - almost black - especially considering this is a brown winter ale. The head is close to 2 fingers, a caramel color and lingers for a spell. No super strong aromas but some caramel and toasted notes.
The taste is really interesting. A little bitter, but more than that it is the sweetness you notice. Nothing too severe but a bit unexpected. Overall it is not to heavy (if anything a little thing - considering the color) and finishes pretty smooth.
This is a really enjoyable
|Redhook Ale Brewery: Mudslinger Spring Ale
4.5% alcohol by volume
Purchased a pint (well, then another) for $3.50 (it was Happy Hour) at Opus 465 in Armonk NY on June 3rd
I must admit that it was the tap handle that first caught my eye - and then hearing that it was a nut brown ale that was their spring release had me intrigued. So I gave it a try and am glad that I did.
First the appearance: it is a dark nut wood color with a substantial light cream colored head. I've seen some reviews say that the head was small and then disappeared - I know they were changing kegs when I got mine, so that might have something to do with the difference I saw.
On the nose, it has notes of a brown bread and malt - fairly mild, but pleasant. The beer tastes similar to how it smells - toasty nut tones. At the finish you get more of the typical spring ale notes - herbal, etc.
This was a really pleasant spring ale. It has the
Olde Burnside: Ten Penny Ale
5.5% alcohol by volume
Purchased for $5.5 at 151 Grill & Bar in Mahopac on May 6th
First off, we got this at a new Bar-b-q joint that opened up down the road from use 151 Bar & Grill ("Put some south in your mouth!" is their saying) and it was quite good and very reasonably priced, so if you are in the area, give it a try.
I asked the waiter what was on tap and most of what they had was spring seasonals and citrusy which I just didn't fell like with the bar-b-q I knew I was ordering. So his description of this beer as a dark beer that was still light sounded like a good option. Find out if it was after this short break. Mike & Mike in the morning ... on ESPN Radio!
So the beer came out in a custom pint glass which was quite neat looking so I thought I would mention that. The beer is a very dark copper color, almost amber. There wasn't much of a head to the beer, but that could be
|Dogfish Head Brewery: Pangaea
7% alcohol by volume
1 750ML bottle @ $9.99 at DeCicco's on 13 February 2011
And now for the next beer for the Beerlinguist from Dogfish Head Brewery - while they aren't all winners, I do appreciate what they try to do there so it isn't surprising that i have sampled a couple of these already.
Pangaea is a beer whose gimmick is that it contains ingredients from every single continent. Yes, even Antarctica - that is where the water is from. The other extremely unique ingredient is crystalized ginger from Australia.
I must admit that I poured this beer into a regular pint glass and then later found out I should have used a snifter - oh well, party foul on my part. Despite the glassware, this beer pours a very nice light amber color with an ample nearly white head. The first thing you get from the aroma is the ginger, so they weren't kidding when they mentioned they used that.
You also get the ginger with your
|Blue Point Brewing Company: Spring FLing Ale
6% alcohol by volume
6 pack @ $9.99 bought at Whole Foods in White Plains 26 February 2011
Well, they call this a coper ale, and that is exactly what color this beer is - a really nice and inviting coper color to it. It pours with a decent sized off-white head. The aroma is full of hops and some floral notes.
The taste is very crisp - fairly hoppy with some nutty and caramel tones to it as well. Then the malt flavors dominate the tastebuds while holding the beer in your mouth. The finish is not quite as great as the rest of the sip as some hoppiness/borderline bitterness is left in your mouth.
Overall, this is a nice, easy drinking, somewhat hoppy bear whose finish prevents it from being a truly great beer .... but I find it is appropriately named as I can see this being very enjoyable on a warm spring or summer day.
I would give this $5/pint so the 6-pack was definitely a good value.
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company:
1 Pint 9.4 fluid oz bottle
????% alcohol by volume
$9.99 at DeCicco's on 13 February 2011
This beer is custom made by the Captain Lawrence Brewing Company of Pleasantville, NY for the DeCicco Grocery Store chain. It is a specialized beer with a specialized taste.
Before we get to the taste, let's start with looks. And this beer looks great! A reddish golden color with a toffee colored head, it is certainly an inviting looking beer on a winter's night. It has a nutty aroma that draws you in even more.
It is brewed with Belgium yeast strains and the first thing that will hit you when you taste it is sour citrisy notes that remind you of lambics and other Beligium style beers. The label informs us that it is brewed with Italian chestnut honey and jam ... and while I am not sure if my palet is sophiticated enough to tell the difference between Itallian chestnut honey and jam and
Dogfish Head Brewery:
Part of Ancient Ales series
12 fluid oz bottle
9% alcohol by volume
4 pack @ $13.99 at DeCicco's on 13 February 2011
Dogfish Head Brewery is one of the most popular and well known of the modern microbreweries. One thing they are most well known for (after their 60, 90, and 120 minute IPAs) is the Ancient Ales series. This is where they research the formulas for beers that existed thousands of years ago based on fossils, hieroglyphics, etc.
For Midas Touch the recipe is, per the Dogfish Head website, "the actual oldest-known fermented beverage in the world! It is an ancient Turkish recipe using the original ingredients from the 2700 year old drinking vessels discovered in the tomb of King Midas."
Midas Touch is the first Ancient Ale that I have tried, and while I appreciate the effort and am fascinated by the process, at least in this case, I am not sure if the effort was worth it. It is