Archive for September, 2017

Trade, Georgia edition

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

In thoughts of the state that today’s beer came from, I am writing about Scofflaw Brewing Company’s Basement, an IPA from an Atlanta brewery. It was in the big box of much goodness from Ryan. a very generous chap. It was canned sometime in July, but I can’t quite make out the exact day since it was a bit blurry.

It pours a very cloudy tannish orange mix, a thick healthy creamy head and lacing. I poured it a while ago and there’s about a centimeter or two of foam still on it.

Smell is dank and lemony with a slight bitterness on the back end. Taste is interesting. It’s got a bitter tang up front, then follows that with a juicy citrusy hoppiness. I’ll be honest, it’s not the best tasting beer I’ve had. The description says it’s brewed with all citra hops, and it doesn’t remind me of any other citra hop beer I’ve ever had. It’s got a creamy and smooth feel that might be the best part of it.

Not a bad beer, but not great. I was curious about it, so I’m glad I at least got to try it.

Trade, Iowa Edition

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

Time for another beer from a trade, time for another beer blog.

This one is Fire, Skulls, and Money from Toppling Goliath in Decorah Iowa. It was acquired from Ben in Wisconsin, who is my source for TG bottles.

It looks like the typical Northeast style IPA, very cloudy and orange juice tint with mild head and creamy lacing.

Smell is a blend of juicy citrus with a mild bitterness in the background.

Taste is also a blend of citrusy hops with a mild bitterness that’s a bit stronger than I usually expect from the style, but it’s pretty well balanced.

It’s a very clean, creamy, and full bodied beer with a gentle alcohol presence.

All in all, a rather straight forward Northeast Style IPA, but a rather tasty one.

Trade, Connecticut via New York edition

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Yeah, that sounds complicated, but when you’re dealing with Evil Twin, the east coast gypsy brewer, you have to move around a bit. Overshores Brewing Company in East Haven CT brewed and canned this one, and Twelve Percent in Brooklyn NY distributed it.

The beer has one of my favorite names I’ve seen in the last year: I PLAN ON WRITING AN EPIC POEM ABOUT THIS GORGEOUS IPA.

And I plan on writing a moderately length blog about it.

Two things, first off: one, it is gorgeous. And two, it’s about as Northeast Style IPA as you can get.

It looks like orange juice, very cloudy, very orange, with a darkening hue as you go further down the glass. I honestly don’t recall seeing a beer do something like that before. There’s not much head, but it does have mild lacing.

Smell is orange juice and dank hops. I’m thinking there’s a lot of citra hops in this one. Damn, does it smell good.

Taste….um, orange juice? Yep. Totally citrusy and hoppy, dank and juicy. There’s a very slight tangy bitterness all the way on the back end. Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied, and has a mildness for 7% abv.

This is an outstanding beer, a damn strong IPA and as I said, it’s about as strong an example of a Northeast Style IPA that I’ve come across in a long time.

NOTE: after I posted this, I saw that it’s made with “hefty amounts of Galaxy, Amarillo and FF hops”. No Citra. Color me surprised.

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