Oskar Blues Brewery Old Chub Scotch Ale
Canned on 4/21/17 (reviewed 8/24/17). ABV 8%
Color: Deep Reddish-Brown, No Head
Smell: Dog Treats, Beef
Taste: Stout Body, Medium Body, Beef Jerky
Aftermath: Leather, Grainy, Fruit Leather (now sweet)
Experience: What are that smell and taste? I know beef and dog treats may throw you off but that is the first thing that came to mind. It has a deep fruit leather texture and taste. This was a really good beer and unique! Heavy in ABV so I wouldn’t be crushing a lot of these in one night, but a slow sipper to truly enjoy the complexity of the beer. Grade 4.8/5.
The Unknown Brewing Co. Hospitali-Tea Southern Amber Ale
Canned. No Date. ABV 5.6%
Color: Deep Amber, Hazy, Two-Finger Head
Smell: Citrus, Orange Peel, Sticks
Taste: Carmel (not malt), Light Body, Tea
Aftermath: Smooth, Slight Hops
Experience: One of my favorite east coast breweries that make delicious, amazing IPAs. I was super stoked when my friend sent this can to me and found out that it was a unique and new beer that I have not had or from them. This was a southern twist on the traditional amber ale. So good! Grade 4.6/5.
Catawba Brewing Co. White Zombie White Ale
Canned. No Date. ABV 5.1%
Color: Hazy, Gold, Straw, Half-Finger Head
Smell: Malt, Popcorn
Taste: Corn, Popcorn (???)
Experience: Not really sure how to review this beer. This might be my first white ale. This beer just has no flavor. There is nothing going on on my palate. Has the smell of popcorn but there is nothing really going as I taste it. Easy drinking but just kind of boring. I could crush a few of these to just say I did. Grade 2.8/5.
We got a new red ale and we had not done a tasting in a few weeks so it was time to do a tasting! We compared two reds, two pale ale’s, and tried an IPA and a new Oktoberfest. I have reviewed a few of these beers but always fun to do comparisons with the team and beers that they have not tried.
Sierra Nevada’s Oktoberfest
ABV 6% IBUs 30
Notes: Dark golden in color, a lot of malts (for me) but actually balanced well and did not mind compared to other Oktoberfest German styles that I have had in the past.
Tioga-Sequoia Firefall Red
ABV 5.2% IBUs 20
Notes: Malt profile with a crisp refreshing hop balance is what the description said. I got malt but no hop balance. I remember the beer being very just flat at the end. I use to enjoy red ambers/ales but have not really tried too many recently. Think it would be a good idea to start exploring “old” styles I use to enjoy before IPAs.
Drive Thru Red Dry Hopped Red Ale
ABV 7.2% IBUs 42
Notes: I was interested to try a red ale that had the dry hopped process. Well, more malt than hops and very rich. Not a huge fan but others seemed to enjoy it.
Lagunitas Pale Ale New DogTown (see review) & Coronado Brewing Co. Easy Up Pale (see review)
Green Fog Brewing Organic IPA
Notes: Was not very impressed by this at all. Did not have a lot of characteristics of an IPA or flavor. Did not see if there was a bottling date on this beers (assuming not) but that could have been the issue as well.
Family Brewery Huyghe Delirium Tremens (Belgian Ale)
Canned with no date. ABV 8.5%
Color: Gold. Finger Width Head, Soapy Head
Smell: Sweet, Malty, Toasted Nuts, Floral
Taste: Sweet, Malty, Light Body
Aftermath: Sour, Sticky
Experience: After talking about the Belgian Ale’s I had at work this one reminds me of the group of Belgian Ale’s that I have a hard time enjoying. It is not a bad beer, just might be my pallet has a hard time appreciating this style. Does this mean I should only review the beers I enjoy and interests me? Or do I explore different types of beers? Grade 2/5.