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Trade, Ohio Fresh Hop Edition Part One

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

So I think I had the next two beers I’m going to blog about last year, and I jotted notes on them and intended to include them in a big comparison of fresh hop beers, but I just never got around to it. So since they’re both beers I got in trades from a state I have yet to review, I figure I’ll do a blog about each of them. I could do a comparison tasting, but I’d rather let each be judged upon their own merits.

So, the first one is Hop Stalker by Fat Head’s Brewery out of Middleburg Heights, Ohio. I received it from a guy named David who I hadn’t traded with before. He actually sent me a couple of Ohio beers, but let’s just stay with the fresh hops. This one was bottled 10/4, so it’s about six weeks old.

The first thing about this beer that jumped out at me was the big smell of hops. Fresh, citrusy, and dank, yes, even at this age. It’s got a cloudy bronze tint to it that gets darker the higher in the glass, plus a creamy looking lacing and a constant carbonation stream. I think the taste has faded slightly, but it’s still got a healthy fresh citrus mixed with dankness and a bit of bitterness. I’m kind of surprised how not bitter it is for an 80 IBU beer, plus it’s rather crisp and clean with little evidence that it’s 7 percent ABV.

I think the thing I like best about it, other than the smell, is how balanced it is with citrusy hoppy flavor and the mild amount of bitterness.

A rather quite enjoyable beer.

Wednesday American Craft Beer Day

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

I know I say this almost every time about Wednesday, but checking out the new American craft beers each week at the beer store is more intoxicating than the beer itself. This week there was an outstanding amount of new American craft beer that the excitement is rightly placed.

free run 5.0 femmes I was under strict instructions from the boss (aka wife) not to purchase beer since I bought 18 bombers on Saturday through my cousin in California). I scrambled and looked in my wallet, by some act unbeknownest to me, I actually had cash.

The lineup:

A couple of the beers are being held off to the side for me by Matt, the beer buyer at the store. He is a great help each week in finding the new items, even the ones not on the shelf. 😉

Several months ago when I was on a Wednesday visit a man ask if I had any suggestions for beer and that he liked hoppy beers. Modus Hoperandi by Ska was what I pointed him to. He was actually back at the store yesterday and asked for my help in getting some beers again. I hope he will be satisfied with the selection and it sort of nice for someone to seek out my opinion on beer. Enjoy!

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