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Arcadia Brewing Company Cereal Killer (365 Day 170)

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Arcadia Cereal Killer

Barleywine. I don’t think the average macro beer drinker even has an idea of what that means. To beer geeks it brings thoughts of liquid goodness infused with dark fruits, hops, possible bitterness, sweetness to some degree, and plenty of unadulterated high alcohol. Those wonderful thoughts also tend to lead said geek into a frenzy as big beers are high on everyone’s want list. I think there are some that even believe a big beer is automatically good but that is a conversation for another day.

Cereal Killer, by Arcadia Brewing Company, is an English Barleywine. An English barleywine differs from an American mainly in the fact that it isn’t as aggressively hopped and uses more traditional hops to boot. I actually prefer the English version to the American as I don’t find them quite as alcoholic while having just a bit more sweetness, maybe masking said alcohol. I also usually cellar my barleywines, so the huge hop additions from the American versions drop out, leaving behind a sometimes huge, resinous bitterness that is left unchecked.

Cereal Killer is a solid barleywine that I have had multiple times. The alcohol is well hidden and it has a nice balance without having much sweetness or stickiness to the beer. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8, Taste: 8, Look: 8, Drinkability: 8, Overall: 8.0

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Arcadia’s Big Dick’s Olde Ale (365 Day 48)

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Arcadia Big Dick's Olde Ale

When I tell people that I am doing 365 different American craft beers in 365 days, they give me this look of oddity. I haven’t decided if those looks are those of skepticism or drunkard. I guess the average person believes that having a beer a day isn’t normal. Obviously those people don’t hang out with anyone I know, where a single beer per day is on the light side. As for the skeptics: I don’t think they know more than about 10 different macro beers exist, so where would I find all those beers? Germany?

Beer number 48 come from Arcadia Brewing Company in Michigan: Big Dick’s Old Ale. I had a 2009 bottle with hopes that this would be a really solid beer; I needed something to sooth my 13 hour work day.

I won’t say that Big Dick’s Olde Ale was what I was looking for, but it was a solid offering. Not that I really care, but the name sort of bothers me, so I guess I do care. Maybe if their beer was as big as their dick’s, then I wouldn’t have been disappointed. Oh, man, that sounds awfully weird.

Sweet dominates the beer with it coming in caramel and toffee waves of malt. Hop aroma, if any ever, has gone south after two years in the bottle, just leaving behind some bitterness for balance. Dark fruits are pleasant. Probably a bit light in the mouth for the style but still a sipper. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9, Taste: 8, Look: 9, Drinkability: 7, Overall: 8.1

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Reviewed: Yards India Pale Ale

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Finally! Back on the saddle of American craft beer reviewing last night. Not a huge night of beer analysis but enough to wet the appetite for the next few days and into the weekend. I ended up having to IPAs: one American and one English.

The American IPA, Hopmouth by Arcadia Brewing Company, seemed to be more English than American. Not a bad beer, just that the aroma had a bit of buttery aroma to it. As we all know aromas sneak in while tasting so it followed mildly into the taste. There was also a bit of lingering bitterness that seamed a little amped up at times. 7 Aroma, 7 Taste, 8 Look, 7 Drinkability – 7.2/10

The nightcap of the evening was Yards India Pale Ale by Yards Brewing Company, an English IPA. I have to admit that I drank this one second assuming that it would be the lesser of the two beers. I was wrong! A nice fruity, juicy, tropical fruit like aroma that carries into the taste. The sweet, juiciness is balanced by a slightly bitter finish that dries. 9 Aroma, 8 Taste, 8 Look, 8 Drinkability – 8.3/10

Yards IPA definitely stole the show but both are worth a try. Enjoy!

High Tide Fresh Hop IPA Tops Saturday’s Tastings

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Saturday night was a spur of the moment get together with Rich and Miles (neighbor who enjoys American craft beer) as we found time to partake in seven American craft beers. After a month of sitting in my basement, I finally found the right moment to share four bombers that my cousin had sent me from California.

Saturdays lineup of beer:

High Tide Fresh Hop IPA was the first beer of the night that I actually cracked open before my guests arrived. Miles isn’t much for hopped beer, so I didn’t want to disappoint by forcing him to have some. A great combination of hops, both in aroma and taste, that made me think a little of the type of IPA I hope to brew. The best beer, in my opinion, of the night.

Deathly Pale Ale is an American pale ale that, for some reason, didn’t quite agree with me. It seemed that the beer was rough around the edges and never really pulled itself together to make me enjoy it. I could drink it again but not a beer that I would purchase myself again.

Cereal Killer was a 2008 bottle, so it had some time to age in the bottle. Lots of molasses with dark fruits and a splash of cocoa. The alcohol is up there but it isn’t noticeable. A good beer that I could easily recommend.

Calico Amber Ale is another amber ale that made it into the lineup. Seemed to have some dried fruit that is unique to the style for me. It was a nice twist and would recommend.

Wee Heavy is a Scottish Heavy Ale that did a great job of breaking up the night. Another beer with dark fruit and a high alcohol content. A good job is done in terms of hiding the alcohol and letting the flavors come out. Another beer that I would recommend.

I could have easily given Iniquity Imperial Black Ale a higher score but I need to have it before I have tasted five or six beforehand. air jordan 14 I really liked the addition of dark malt to give a little roasted flavor to the beer.

I don’t like to be critical but Red Tide Amber Ale was one of the few amber ales that I have tasted that I didn’t enjoy. There was some type of musty/earthy tones to the aroma that turned me off before I even tasted. For some reason I couldn’t get past them. Not a horrible beer, just one that didn’t make my recommend list.

You know it is a good night when most of the beers you have are ones that you feel good about recommending as the choices from this past Saturday. Now I have to start thinking about which bombers to try and stack up against this bunch to have a better grouping next time. Enjoy!