Thursday, August 16, 2012

Strange Brew Sunday: New Glarus IIPA`

Since fulsome is completely ignoring all forms of communication, I’ll continue stepping up and slapping him across the face with a suspicious haddock.  The haddock in question this week is New GlarusIIPA.  The flavor and mouthfeel is very similar to a Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, but a little less malty.  At 85 IBUs, it isn’t the most bitter beer I’ve ever had, but it is up there.  The IIPA uses English Maris Otter malt, so that could account for the difference in the malt body.  The hops have a hint of something Belgian, as well as the more usual flavors.  The ABV is 9.75% when bottled, but this, like many New Glarus brews, will condition if stored properly.  I don’t know where it would top out, but if I had a cellar, I would be keeping a couple bottles in a cool, dark place.

Overall Review: Any Given Morning (I would give this the highest recommendation, but the ABV makes it tough to have more than three or four and remain capable of winning an argument.)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Strange Brew Sunday: Mendocino Brewing Company

I’ve been drinking quite a bit of beer lately, which might explain why this post is 6 days late. The last few shifts, I’ve had a Mendocino Brewing Company beer. Tuesday I had their Black Hawk Stout. Thursday and Friday, their Eye of the Hawk ale. I’ve also been lucky to drink a Red Tail Ale and White Hawk IPA.

I am not an experienced reviewer, but it should be enough for me to say that I’ve had an Eye of the Hawk two days in a row, especially when you consider where I work and the immense selection available to me as an employee. It’s a fine ale that is well balanced between hops and malt. The Eye is a little stronger than you might expect at 8% but the flavor is smooth and the beer goes down easily. The Eye avoids the easy, boring, middle ground of a lot of ales and has a deep but not overpowering flavor, and would be excellent company for any barbecue or spicy meal.

I might have said this before, but it bears repeating: I am not a guy for hoppy beers, nor do I generally enjoy IPAs. The White Hawk is a decent IPA that doesn’t punch you in the face with hoppiness, so I enjoyed it.

The Black Hawk Stout was a little bitter and I didn’t really expect that from an “Irish-style stout.” My stout experience is limited to a rather unlimited consumption of Guinness, so perhaps I ought to expand my palate, something I shall enjoy.

For those of you lucky enough to live in the regular distribution area of Mendocino Brewing Co, I’m jealous.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Strange Brew Sunday: Clipper City Marzhon

Since Micro-Brew Review Monday died a long time ago on another platform and since I have time to write today, consider this a new series that will continue for as long as my current employment holds and as long as my current enjoyment of both writing and beer hold.

Clipper City is a Baltimore-based brewery and they make a variety of fine libations, but so far my favorite has been the Marzhon. The Marzhon is an Oktoberfest style amber lager. The name is a play on the Baltimore slang “hon,” a term for just about anyone as far as I know, and the name of the style of brew, marzen(umlaut missing on the a). It’s not too hoppy or too malty, nor is it cloying or bitter. I think this is what better reviewers and more seasoned tongues would call “balance.” Marzhon is just a damn good and yummy. I would drink it year round and definitely with spicy food, but it would work well with nearly any food as the flavor is not particularly heavy. I would easily recommend this beer to someone who was not sure that they are a fan of beer yet.

This beer was drunk at the Brickskeller.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

A Return to Form (Submittal)?

I was trying not to let Chuckles recent WRN posts shame me into posting but sadly they have finally done so. I’ve been meaning to post for a while but then never really doing it. Mostly out of boredom, my life hasn’t been too exciting lately and I can only spend so long boring the internet before finally giving up.

Just a quick run down of things that are pretty enjoyable right now:

Things I’d like to do for a bit:

  • Not have to work. Seriously, I just want to spend a month sitting around doing nothing.
  • Orange Box – PS3 version doesn’t come out until Dec. 17 and I don’t want to buy it for 360
  • GH3/Rock Band – How tough will it be to ‘play’ guitar and sing the part on Rock Band?
  • See a decent movie – Fido and Planet Terror on DVD and Amercian Gangster at the theater

Anyway, we’ll start small and work our way back up to a real post.

P.S. I also have no idea what happened to those posts from July/Aug/Sep/Oct. Blogoblin got them I suppose.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Monday Microbrew Review: Morning After Edition

Beer: (Eye of the Hawk) Select Ale
Brewery: Mendocino Brewing Company
Cost:$7.99

Result: A-/B+

In-Depth: This beer is surprisingly good. I know I’ve stumbled across their other beer, Red Tail Ale, in the Midwest and I don’t recall any fond memories. So I bought this beer with some trepidation. Especially at $8! However, this beer is quite good. It tastes like an ale in the British sense of the word. It’s got that amber color and an actual body to it. It is also, apparently 8% alcohol so that Belgians won’t turn their nose up at it. In fact, I think a cross between a Belgian beer and an Irish Ale. I would actually buy this again. It manages to taste good alone and complements microwave popcorn. Both of those are quality attributes for a beer that I might stock in my humble domicile. Additionally, I’ve been planning to go to Mendocino sometime soon and now I will try and tack on a visit to their home and report further.

Note: Further research leads me to the discovery that their brewpub is in Hopland. First off, a brewery in a town called hopland = awesome. Plus the fact that this is California and they have the decency not to drown their beer in hops = double awesome.

Further note: The reason this is a “morning after” post is that I left the laptop at work, not that I was overwhelmed by the excellence of the beer.