Squatter’s Full Suspension Pale Ale

Utah Brewers Cooperative, Salt Lake City, UT This rich, Northwest-style Pale Ale is a rare feat of balance: unfiltered, dry-hopped to 40 IBUs and deliciously sessionable.  Groove on this two-time Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal winner (2001 and 2002 Bitter Category).  It really smoothes out the bumps. 4% ABV Hazy light amber/orange color with…

Great Divide Denver Pale Ale

Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver, CO   DPA is a world-renowned, classic pale ale with a malty middle and an equally hearty complement of hop aroma, flavor and bitterness. 5.5% ABV DPA is hazy amber in color and smells strongly of malt.  Very reminiscent of an English-style bitter or ESB.  Very malty with a hint…

Paulaner Salvator Double Bock

Paulaner Brewery, Munich, Germany 7.9% ABV Hazy orange/amber in color with a touch of malty sweetness on the nose.  This beer has a touch of candy sweetness to us.  Reminds Father Jack of dried figs and raisins.  Medium bodied with little to no bitterness.  We would describe it as a dessert beer as it is…

Wasatch Devastator Double Bock

Utah Brewers Cooperative, Salt Lake City, UT If you are going to sin, sin big.  With 8% alc/vol and a creamy richness, this brew has developed a serious cult following.  Imagine that – a cult following in Utah?! 8% ABV Clear brown in color with a nose of sweet grain with hints of caramel and…

Bell’s Consecrator Doppelbock

Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo & Comstock MI A traditional Doppelbock fermented with an old world yeast. Reddish brown in color with a mild hop profile, Consecrator is a well-balanced, full-bodied lager with hints of caramel and molasses in its smooth, malty finish after spending 3 months maturing in our fermentation tanks. 8% ABV Consecrator is clear amber…

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Brauerei Aying Franz Inselkammerkging, Aying, Germany 6.7% ABV Dark brown in color with a subdued nose of roasted rainins.  Similar to Spaten Optimator, but without the burnt aftertaste.  Sweeter than Spaten, with a much sweeter, but not cloying, aftertaste.  Our top choice, thus far, for a Doppelbock! Would we have it again?  Yes Would we…

Red Brick Session IPA

Red Brick Brewing Company, Atlanta, GA This easy drinking IPA packs a hoppy punch without the bitterness. Casual is a light bodied ale featuring citrus and tropical hop flavors thanks to copious additions of five different hops during the dry hop process. This beer is ideal for any time of year when you want to…

Alpine Windows Up IPA

Alpine Beer Co, San Diego, CA; Virginia Beach, VA This IPA is extra dank and resinous.  Enjoy its piney aromas and tropical notes from a blend of Citra and Mosaic hops. 7% ABV Hazy light orange in color with a malty nose.  Malty up fruit with fruit and bitterness on the tail end.  Seamless and…

Alpine Duet IPA

Alpine Beer Co, San Diego, CA; Virginia Beach, VA 7% ABV Clear gold in color with a fruity nose.  On the palate this beer is fruity then bitter.  However, these two elements are not meshed well.  Bitter aftertaste.  A shame since we enjoyed all the other Alpine beers we have tried. Would we get this…

Ballast Point Victory at Sea Imperial Porter

Ballast Point Brewing, San Diego, CA 10% ABV Dark brown/black in color with a nose of coffee and green pepper.  The advertised vanilla was very muted.  The spiciness/pepperiness dominates the palate.  Large Marge picked up a lot more coffee on the palate than Fr. Jack.  Pepper aftertaste that is not terribly pleasant.  Interesting, but too…

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel Aphrodite

Brewed by Microbrasserie Dieu du Ciel, St. Jerome, Quebec, Canada, eh Aphrodite is a black ale expressing aromas and flavors of vanilla, dark chocolate and roasted malt.  The vanilla and cocoa marry nicely, without out-competing each other, to produce a surprisingly well-balanced beer.  This beer is mildly hoppy, but the cocoa introduces a touch of…