Second Line Batture Blonde Ale

Second Line Brewing, New Orleans, LA 5.2% ABV Clear gold in color with a sweet malty nose.  Has a nice combination of sweetness and bitterness: neither is overwhelming.  Medium bodied with a lot of complexity.  We prefer Second Line’s IPA, but we do enjoy this beer. Would we have it again?  Yes Would we get…

Second Line IPA

Second Line Brewing, New Orleans, LA 6.5% ABV Hazy amber in color with a citrusy nose.  Not as good as when we had it at the brewery.  There is an underlying bitterness with fruit on top, but the two elements do not seem to mesh.  Disjointed.  We will try it again in a few weeks…

Clown Shoes Whammy Bar IPA

Clown Shoes Brewery, Ipswich, MA 6.5% ABV Hazy amber/gold in color with malty nose.  Weird beer: fruity, but disjointed.  All over the place like a shotgun.  The elements are all there: fruit, malt and bitterness, but scattered.  If we had to pick a predominant note we settled on fruit. Would we have it again?  Nope:…

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA

Rogue Ales, Newport, OR 6.5% ABV Hazy amber in color with a nose of light malt and fruit.  Malty up front with a bitter aftertaste.  Fruit is there throughout but very subdued: acts as the unifying element between the malt and bitterness.  Balanced and seamless: a top notch IPA! Would we have it again?  Yes…

Sierra Nevada Stout

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico CA & Mills River NC Sierra Nevada Stout is a full-bodied American version of the traditional black ale.  It is perfectly balanced with big, roasted malt flavors and earthy, whole-cone hops. 5.8% ABV Black with not much of a nose.  Sweeter than what Father Jack remembers.  More coffee than chocolate….

Sierra Nevada Porter

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, CA and Mills River, NC Porter is a testament to roasted malts which give it a rich, bittersweet, and roasted coffee-like flavor that’s a perfect complement to a variety of foods. 5.6% ABV Black as pitch with a scent of chocolate malt on the nose.  Fairly sweet on the palate,…

Oskar Blues Old Chub Scotch Ale

Oskar Blues Brewery, Brevard, NC 8% ABV Dark brown in color with not much of a nose.  Light for a Scotch Ale: does not taste at all like an 8% beer.  Not as bitter as Drafty Kilt from Monday Night Brewing but not as sweet as McEwan’s.  Hence, it is a happy medium between the…

Founder’s Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale

Founder’s Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, MI So good it’s almost wrong.  Dark ruby in color and brewed with seven varieties of imported malts.  Complex in finish, with hints of smoke and peat, paired with a malty richness and a right hook of hop power to give it the bad attitude that a beer named Dirty…

BrewDog Punk IPA

BrewDog plc, Ellon, Scotland, UK This is beer back-ordered, beer like it used to be, beer like it should be, beer like it will be.  Welcome to a post Punk apocalyptic mother of an India Pale Ale.  A beer that spent its formative years blitzkrieg bopping around India and sub-continent.  Quintessential Empire with an anarchic…

McEwan’s Scotch Ale

Wells and Young’s Brewing Company, Bedford, UK 8% ABV McEwan’s Scotch Ale is dark brown in color and smells faintly of dark chocolate and figs.  Very smooth for a Scotch Ale: almost like a vintage Port.  A big beer, sweet, but not cloying and does not taste like an 8% beer despite being full bodied….