Monday, August 21, 2017

Bale Breaker Topcutter IPA

I can tell that summer is beginning to leave us behind.  Not because it's getting cooler or anything ridiculous like that.  Here in Central Texas, we've got 90s and 100s in the forecast for the next two or three months.  What i'm talking about is the arrival of Oktoberfests and pumpkin ales on the store racks.  It's generally the first clue.  But, with it being as hot as it is here, i'm still jonesing for the more summery brews, specifically from the Pacific Northwest, as i drank a lot of them up there last month.  Bale Breaker Brewing Company's Topcutter IPA is pretty much everything you need in a tasty IPA.  The beer pours a nice and hazy gold with a crisp, white head and smells of citrus, fruit, florals, and pine.  A whopping combination of four different hops gives the brew a fairly complex feel, the mix of citrus, fruit, and floral notes moving back and forth between subtly sweet and bitter.  Drink this 6.8% ABV delight in the sunshine.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Silver City The Giant Made of Shadows Belgian Strong Ale

Still celebrating the beer i enjoyed in Washington a month ago, and still wishing i'd smuggled some of it back to Texas, my possible favorite from my time in the Pacific Northwest is another astounding brew from Silver City (quite possibly my new favorite brewer from the region).  Encouraged by their delicious creations brought to the Bremerton Brewfest, i snatched up a few samples of their wares to drink with my friends before vacation ended, highlighted by the fantastic and wonderfully named Belgian strong ale, The Giant Made of Shadows.  Pouring dark with a slight crimson hue, the beer smells of dark fruits and malt, with those same dark fruit flavors swirling nicely with notes of toffee, coffee, and molasses.  As a fan of dark Belgian ales, this one was right in my wheelhouse, and the 9.9% ABV kept me nicely sated.  Please start selling this in Austin.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

No-Li Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout

I am still very much missing the beer i was able to drink when i was in Washington state a few weeks back, not that my Texas brews aren't great (they are!), but there sure were some wonderful beers to imbibe during my visit.  The Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout from No-Li Brewhouse in Spokane was one such beer.  Pouring dark black with a tan head, the stout smells of chocolate and roasted malts.  Flavors of malt, chocolate, toffee, and dark fruit abound in this full bodied, 9.5% ABV brew, a wonderful way to wind down as the sun sets.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Sound Brewery Bombshell

Pretty much every trip i've made to Washington over the last few years is at least somewhat influenced by the wares of Sound Brewery.  And while Silver City is quickly becoming my favorite from the Puget region, the good folks at Sound are dear to my heart and make some damn fine beers.  The Bombshell is a Belgian style blonde ale and pours a beautiful gold that just captures the sunlight.  Aromas of yeast, citrus, and spice abound and mesh nicely on the tongue with some very subtle hints of grass and banana.  And it's surprisingly easy to drink, considering its 7.3% ABV.  Think of it as a kind of light Tripel if you will.  Good summer drinking.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Silver City Tropic Haze IPA

So, i've been back from Washington for about a week now, and man am i missing it.  The cooler weather.  The fantastic beer.  Good friends.  The cooler weather (worth mentioning twice).  Of the numerous brews i got a chance to try over my trip (hooray Bremerton Brewfest!), the mainstay for the week was the Tropic Haze IPA from Silver City Brewery.  It's a perfect summer beer.  Pouring a hazy gold with a foamy white head (and dig on that lacing), the brew smells of yeast, bread, and spices, with a ton of fruit notes.  Flavors of grapefruit and citrus mash with hints of pineapple, orange, and more all against a hoppy backbone that finishes with just the right amount of bitter bite.  And despite its 6.4% ABV, i could drink these all day long.  Stay tuned for a whole bevy of brews from the Pacific Northwest over the next few weeks.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Elav Dark Metal Imperial Stout

Back again with another delicious beer from Northern Italy's Elav Brewery.  This time around is their black and smooth Dark Metal Imperial Stout.  The brew pours black with a tan, chocolaty head and smells of cacao, coffee, and malt.  The flavor is a mix of coffee and chocolate notes, complimenting each other well amid a nice bitterness and some subtle boozy hints.  This is a tasty, late night brew, something to sip on after the sun has set and the air has cooled, relaxing and enjoying the 8.5% ABV.  And again, all thanks to my awesome wife.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Elav No War Rye IPA

My wife is smart and wonderful and does things like get me beer related gifts for Father's Day.  This year brought me a sampling of different beers from Elav Brewery in Northern Italy.  I'm pretty stoked about imbibing these over the next couple of weeks, and my first selection from the box is the tasty No War Rye IPA.  The brew pours a hazy, murky gold with a thick, white head and smells of citrus, orange peel, rye, pine, and spices.  The flavor is a lovely combination of citrus and pine with notes of orange and bread, and a slight hint of molasses.  Light to medium bodied and with a relatively dry finish, this 6.9% brew is an excellent start to this gift.  Be on the lookout for some other selections from Elav over the next few weeks.

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