Brew Review #68

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SLO Brew Tropical P.O.G. Hefeweizen Cali Squeeze

Canned. No Date. ABV 5.4%

Apperance: Unfiltered, Merky, Hazy, Finger and half-width soapy head

Aroma: Orange Peel, Slight Guava, Wheat

Palate: Orange Peel/Zest, Slight Malt

Finish: Sweet, Tart

Experience: I was picking up some beer for my wife and I this one jumped out at me as something that she would like a lot. Also, it has been getting hot here in Fresno and it is about to be a stretch of 100+ degree weather. This beer sounded refreshing for the summer heat. I will admit my wife and I both were disappointed that it didn’t have more tropical flavors. As we let it sit out for a bit we started noticing some guava hints but not a lot. It taste more like a traditional hef (similar to a Blue Moon). I am not a huge fan of hefs just because they tend to upset my stomach but I wanted to give this one a try. My score is based solely on what it is, a hefeweizen. Score: 4/5.

Brew Review #67

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Moonraker Brewing Company Zam Bone Imperial IPA

Canned 5/20/20 (reviewed 6/18/20). ABV 8% IBUs 50

Appearance: Hazy, Straw, Guava Juice, Finger width soapy head

Aroma: Tropical, Pineapple, Mango, Papaya

Palate: Grassy, Hop throughout, Balanced mouthful

Finish: Dry mouth, Bitter

Experience: It has been a while since I have taken notes on what I am tasting when drinking a beer. Normally I will go through sight, smells, taste, and finish of the beer in my head or friends and then just enjoy the beer. So it did take me some time to get back into taking notes. I will get into the rhythm soon. Initially, I assumed this beer was going to be more on the boozy side being an imperial IPA but not at all! It was very earthy, grass, and full of hops. This drank more like an IPA because of the lack of any boozie notes. Grade 5/5!

Is Cider a Beer?


We changed it up at work for crew tasting today. One, we are slowly running out of new beers to try (a few new opportunity beers coming next week from Mission Brewing, Coronado Brewing and Mission Street), second I wanted to try something new that I never had adventured into, ciders.

Soooooooo…is cider a beer? I looked it up and it said it is not quite a beer and not quite a wine. The process of making a cider is similar to a beer and it is made with fruit. I may be wrong with this but that is what I read when looking up more information. Either way, it was fun to try something completely new to my pallet.

Beers (Ciders) Tasted: 

Brooks Dry Cider
ABV 6%
Notes: Crisp and easy to drink. Light body with a little sweetness at the end. Not bad for my first cider.

Blackthorn Hard Cider
ABV 6%
Notes: This beer had a taste of cooked apples in an apple pie. Not the warm apple pie, but the pie that has been sitting out for a bit and just the apple in the pie. Well, I got a little crust taste too.

Dan Armor Cidre Poire (Pear Cider)
ABV 4.5%
Notes: Smelled like dirty socks. Tasted like dried fruit (ones that we carry). I did not, not like, but did not know what to compare too. It was okay.

Dan Armor Cuvee Speciale Cidre Brut
ABV 5%
Notes: It smelt like a fart. Straight up! Ummmmm….I did not know much about this cider. It just smelled off and tasted off but could be the Champagne yeast they added.

So this was new and unique. The crew did enjoy that we did something new and adventured off. Favorites were the Blackthorn and Brooks. We all felt the same about the last two ciders. We just were not sure what to think. But overall good times, good conversation and good experiences.