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Reviewed: Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale And Pumpking

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

southern tier pumpking

Unbelievably I still had a couple more pumpkin beers from Two Beer Dudes Oktoberfest party that celebrated the American craft beers Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers. Even further out there: I have a few more to review. free run 3.0 v3 femmes I don’t know if being more than a month removed from all those tasting has dulled my palate but the two offerings I had last night had to be on the better side of the pumpkin beers: Pumpking by Southern Tier Brewing Company and Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale by Hopin’ Frog Brewery.

Pumpking is hands down the best pumpkin beer I reviewed this past year and I have a hard time believing there is one much better. In spite of the high ABV (7.9%) none could be detected in this very well balanced beer. The aroma and taste both have spices and pumpkin that are keenly matched with a bit of hop spiciness in the end with some bitterness riding sidecar. A definite keeper from year to year. 9/10

Frog’s Hollow is a self proclaimed imperial pumpkin ale (8+% on the ABV). I expected craziness on the spice and pumpkin but the beer was much more balanced and, thus, enjoyable because of said symmetry. Allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin all play their parts to form this very drinkable rue. My one minor complaint: throw a little bit more hops in there to let it be felt. Another really good pumpkin beer that should be on anyone’s seasonal list. 8/10

I am looking forward to finishing off this spiced beers so that I can get ready for the Christmas and holiday beers that are on the shelves now. Good thing Pumpking has such a short name or the title of this post would have been ridiculous. 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!

Beer Store Visit Good Score

Thursday, August 27th, 2009
Commodore Perry an IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Company

Commodore Perry an IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Company

If you have been paying any attention, you would know by now that I make weekly visits, on Wednesday, to the beer store across the street from my place of employment. No, I don’t sauce on the job. The beer store gets their big weekly shipment in on Wednesday morning. I have got to know the head beer buyer for the store, he has a great deal of knowledge about beer, has tasted a ton of beers, an offers his experience when selecting.

So what did I buy this week? Well, let’s start off with the beers I purchased for an evening in which a work friend of my wife’s is coming over. free run 4.0 v2 femmes He supposedly enjoys IPAs. I don’t know if he enjoys “real” beer, but that’s what he will be getting when he comes over. I could I pass up a chance to buy some good IPAs without one word of gripe from my wife?! IPA list:

  • Un-Earthly from Southern Tier Brewing Company
  • Commodore Perry from Great Lakes Brewing Company
  • Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Company
  • With that out of the way, I figured I could pick up a beer or three for myself and disguise it within the confines of IPAs for her friend. Anything for a few good extra American craft beers! 🙂

    • Collaboration not Litigation by Avery Brewing and Russian River
    • Lips of Faith – La Folie from New Belgium Brewing

    It will be a few weeks before I drink the IPAs but I plan on enjoying the other two beverages in the short term. Enjoy!