Covington Amp’d Up Amber

Covington Brewhouse, Covington, LA 7% ABV Hazy light brown in color with a nose that reminds us of banana laffy taffy mixed with alcohol.  Burnt caramel taste with banana on the aftertaste.  Does not taste like an amber that we have ever tried and we have a hard time wrapping our heads around this one. …

Second Line West Coast IPA

Second Line Brewing, New Orleans, LA 6.5% ABV Clear gold in color with a subtle citrus fruit nose.  Hey!  What do you know??  Another fruity IPA!  Fruit and bitterness, but the two elements are disjointed.  Fruit forward, but not a fruit bomb like many IPAs we have tried recently.  Lacks a malt backbone strong enough…

Karbach Hopadillo IPA

Karbach Brewing Co., Houston, TX Cuidado.  He lurks in the shadows, waiting in bold anticipation.  He’s surprisingly bitter.  Bitter about something.  Legend has it that he feasts on those with fresh hops coursing through their veins.  This dry hopped, Texas IPA has a flavor as defiant as the Hopadillo himself.  It’s packed with the bracing…

Urban South 2nd Set Pilsner

Urban South Brewery, New Orleans, LA Crafted with show goers in mind, this Bohemian Pilsner is sure to carry you to the 2nd set! Opaque yellow/orange in color with the nose of a malty lager.  Kind of sweet on the palate, particularly on the back end.  Underlying sweetness that is a little too much.  Also…

Gnarly Barley Korova Milk Porter

Gnarly Barley Brewing, Hammond, LA 6.2% ABV Black as pitch with a dark chocolate and coffee nose.  Tastes like a sweet milk stout.  Just enough bitterness to it, but it is in layers: sweet malt base and bitterness on top.  The two layers do not interact but somehow complement each other.  Sweetness dominates at the…

Port Orleans Slack Water Brown Ale

Port Orleans Brewing Co., New Orleans, LA 5.3% ABV Clear brown in color with a sweet, burnt marshmallow nose.  Tastes like a diluted porter.  Slack Water is a very appropriate name. Would we have this again?  No

Port Orleans Royaltea Pale Ale

Port Orleans Brewing Co., New Orleans, LA 5.2% ABV Clear dark gold in color with a nose that smells like Earl Grey to Large Marge and Lady Grey tea to Fr. Jack.  A sweet beer with the herbalness of tea, but not watered down like other “tea” beers we have sampled.  Not much else going…

NOLA Darkest Before Dawn Munich-Style Dark Lager

New Orleans Lager & Ale Co., New Orleans, LA Our Fall seasonal is our first European-style lager that we designed for Louisiana’s hot or cold, wet or dry, fickle Fall weather.  A pure Munich-style Dunkel, it is dark copper-to-brown in color and is rich and malty with notes of sweet chocolate and caramel. 5.5% ABV…

Port Orleans Storyville IPA

Port Orleans Brewing, New Orleans, LA 6% ABV Clear amber in color with a bittering hop nose.  Malty and bitter on the palate, but not overwhelmingly bitter.  We like this beer: reminds us of Wayward Owl’s Clean Slate IPA.  We like the fact that it bucks the trend of fruity IPAs.  On the bitter side,…

NOLA Syncopation IPA

NOLA Brewing, New Orleans, LA 6% ABV Hazy dark gold in color with a light nose of citra hops.  We pick up a bit of fruit on the palate but it is overwhelmed by the bitterness.  Bitterness lingers.  The two elements do not mesh well, unfortunately. Would we have it again?  No

Natchez Alt-ered State German-Style Amber

Natchez Brewing Company, Natchez, MI Altered State is a German alt beer or German style amber ale.  Traditionally brewed in northern Germany and seldom seen in the United States.  It has a dark amber color with a sweet malty flavor balanced by German noble hops. 6.4% ABV Dark amber in color with a burnt nose. …

Parish Nova Vert IPA

Parish Brewing Company, Broussard, LA We can build it.  We have the technology.  Make it juicy and dark.  Make it creamy and rich.  It’s about being hoppy, and not IBUs.  This IPA is neither east nor west coast.  This is new school. 6.8% ABV Hazy gold in color with a fruity nose.  Not as fruity…