Southern Prohibition Lemon Icebox Gose

Southern Prohibition Brewing, Hattiesburg, MS 3.5% ABV Clear dark gold in color with not much of a nose: very faint lemon.  Very subtle lemon on the palate.  Starts with a bit of lemon that morphs into a malty finish.  Kind of a nothing beer.  A bit of tartness on the back end, but not like…

Three Taverns Rapturous Raspberry Sour Ale

Three Taverns Craft Brewery, Decatur, GA The (literal) fruit of our Sour Asylum series, Rapturous seduced palates from the first pour, earning it the honor of being our first canned sour. A lacto-fermented sour ale, matured on raspberry puree with a wheat and pilsner malt base, it refreshes with a tart and alluring fruit-forward flavor…

Finch’s Fascist Pig Ale

Finch’s Beer Company, Chicago, IL 8% ABV Cloudy amber in color with the nose that reminds us of a Double IPA.  Also tastes like a Double IPA: fruit than a touch of bitterness.  A textbook Double IPA.  We wonder if it is labeled an ale because people are more likely to pick up an ale…

Finch’s Sobek & Set Black IPA

Finch’s Beer Company, Chicago, IL   8% ABV This Black IPA is almost black in color.  It smells and tastes like sweet roasted malt.  The roasted malt also leaves a bitter aftertaste.  No evidence of hop bitterness detected, though there is a hint of fruit on the aftertaste.  Very smooth and drinkable for an 8%…

Mikkeller Black Mosiac IPA

Mikkeller, Copenhagen, Denmark 4.9 ABV Very dark in color with a strong nose of heavily roasted malt and burnt aftertaste.  Very smooth with not much bitterness.  All in all, not a lot to it beyond the burnt aftertaste which is not very pleasant.  Disappointing since we have really liked the other offerings from Mikkeller we…

Mikkeller Better Half American IPA

Mikkeller, Copenhagen, Denmark 6.8% ABV This Danish American-style IPA is hazy amber in color with a malty nose.  Tastes bitter up front with malt notes on the aftertaste, and Father Jack also picks up the hint of fruit on the aftertaste as well.  The hops and malt are in balance: the malt can handle the…

New Belgium Fat Tire Belgian White

New Belgium Brewing, Ft. Collins, CO; Asheville, NC Our Belgian Master Brewer’s classic white wheat ale brewed with juicy Seville orange peel and freshly ground coriander. 5.2% ABV Cloudy gold in color with a spicy nose: coriander and lemongrass.  On that palate it is not especially fruity or spicy.  Very drying on the palate.  Almost…

Left Hand Study Abroad Belgian-Style Single Ale

Left Hand Brewing, Longmont, CO Belgian yeast gives this light-bodied ale a distinct spiciness with mild fruit esters. 4.5% ABV Clear dark gold in color with not much of a nose: bit of a burnt Belgian funk.  Malty with a bit of a bite at the end.  Underlying effervescence.  The malt seems flabby and lazy:…

Bell’s Smitten Golden Rye Pale Ale

Bell’s Brewery Inc., Comstock, MI With wonderfully bitter citrus notes, resinous hop aromas and earthy overtones, this dry-hopped Pale Ale doesn’t leave a lot of room to wonder if you’ll love it. 6% ABV Smitten is hazy gold with a very light, malty nose.  It tastes malty with a lot of bitterness.  It doesn’t taste…

Second Self Red Hop Rye

Second Self Beer Co., Atlanta, GA 7.3% ABV Clear red in color with a nose of fresh rye bread.  A quintessential rye beer.  The rye is there, but not overwhelming.  Touch of fruit on the tail end.  Easy drinking. Would we have this beer again?  Yes Would we get a 6-pack?  Yes http://www.secondselfbeer.com/red-hop-rye/

Humboldt Brown Ale

Humboldt Brewing Co, Paso Robles, CA 5.7% ABV Brown in color with a strong malty nose.  Very light for a Brown Ale.  Sweet, but not cloying.  Reminds us of an English-style Brown Ale.  We cannot taste the hemp: marketing ploy? Would we have it again?  Nah… http://www.humboldtbrewingco.com/hemp-ale/

Wasatch Bobsled Nut Brown Ale

Utah Brewers Cooperative, Salt Lake City, UT They travel at close to a hundred miles per hour, deep within a twisted gauntlet of ice.  To honor these renegades, we brew Bobsled Nut Brown Ale – – a lightly hopped beer that goes down really fast!   4% ABV Opaque brown in color with a nose…