Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Been kind of quiet

So, haven't posted too much on the site lately, it's really not as easy as it seems. I'm still drinking and enjoying beer but finding the time to sit down and review every one has been quite a challenge. With the influx of IPA's lately, I was overwhelmed with aggressively hoppy beer. Unfortunately they all started to taste the same. I've been looking forward to some good porters, stouts and barleywines to re-ignite the passion to sit down and write a review.

At this moment, I am drinking a Bell's Wheat Love Ale, it's actually pretty good. It comes in at 8% which is pretty high for a wheat beer. It has a lot of that juicy fruit bubble gum flavor. Its sweet and malty with medium carbonation. Now I also had one of Bell's Chocolate Cherry Stouts. This I was somewhat disappointed with. It wasn't bad for a stout but I wish it had more cherry flavor. Based on that I would score it as average, if you see it, give it a try but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

We recently had a beer tasting with Oskar Blues, if you haven't tried any of their beers yet, hit them up. Their Ten Fiddy is out now and is incredible, it's an imperial stout that weighs in at around 10%. Some found the aroma to be a little off-putting but the flavor makes up for it. G'Knight is a red IPA that is just as good. I don't know what it is about this beer but I love it.

Hopefully I will be getting back to writing some good ol' reviews, until then enjoy the holidays and enjoy some good beers!

Monday, August 26, 2013

PDRBC Hot Loose Nun

Hot Loose Nun (2011)

Brewery: Pirates of the Delaware River Brewing Co.
Style: Belgian Triple
ABV: 8%
Availability: October
Bastards Verdict: I've had this in my closet quiet some time and decided to give it a try, part of me felt like I was going to dump this, but it is actually quite good. 
Pitch: Hot Loose Nun was my second beer that I designed from scratch. I loosely modeled it after Delirium Tremens. Why Hot Loose Nun? Well that's another story.

This beer has been aging for 2 years so I am not quite sure what I am getting into here. Pours a nice golden amber and smells of dark fruit and spice. Tastes like raisins and possibly dried plums. It doesn't have any of the typical Belgian banana flavors. It quite amazing from what it used to taste like. It went from somewhat dry and spicy with hints of banana to somewhat sweet and fruity.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Atwater Conniption Fit

Conniption Fit

Brewery: Atwater Brewery
Style: Double IPA
ABV: 9%
Availability: Year round
Bastards Verdict: Unfortunately, this IPA is all bitterness! I like a nice balance between malt and bitterness. I don't think I will buy this one again.
Pitch: N/A this is from their single batch series.

Pours a light straw color with a somewhat floral piney scent. This beer is on the dry side with a bitterness that just attacks the tongue. There is a hint of sweetness that tries to fight through, but fails miserably. If you like an IPA that balances more on the bitter and less on the malt, this one is for you.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Stiegl grapefruit beer

Stiegl - Radler

Brewery: Stiegl
Style: Fruit
ABV: 2.5 - 3%
Availability: Year round
Bastards Verdict: This stuff is good. It's worth a try, but don't expect it to taste like a beer, it's more like a soda.
Pitch: Stiegl Radler is half Stiegl Goldbräu and half high quality soda with all-natural flavours. Low in calories and with a low alcohol content they make ideal thirst quenchers.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow. Has a very light grapefruit aroma. I don't know if I could call this a beer. Tastes like a grapefruit soda, but a fresh squeezed soda. No artificial flavors or off flavors. Very refreshing. Pairs well with fish.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Twisted Pine Cucumber Cream Ale

Cucumber Cream Ale

Brewery: Twisted Pine
Style: Vegetable beer
ABV: ?%
Availability: Very Limited
Bastards Verdict: This is quite amazing, you have to try it. Churchville Inn has it on tap as of 7/20
Pitch: no information. Is made with a lot of locally grown cucumbers. 

Wife had this at happy hour Thursday night. Hasn't stopped Thinking about it. Noticed it was on tap at the Churchville Inn so we went tonight to give it a try. The color is a pale straw yellow. It tastes like fresh cucumbers! This beer is really interesting. How they got that much cucumber flavor in this beer is beyond me.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Evolution Summer Session

Summer Session Ale

Brewery: Evolution Craft Brewing Co.
Style: American blonde ale
ABV: 4.6%
Availability: Released in April
Bastards Verdict: A nice drinkable beer for summer, especially if you have a lot of yard work and don't want to get too buzzed.
Pitch: Summer Session ale is a light, refreshing unfiltered ale brewed with Barley, Oats, Rye, and wheat for a subtle complexity. A reserved hop bitterness and aroma balance the lightly sweet grain character.

Pours a golden straw color with a light Belgian spice/bubblegum aroma. Well balanced flavor with some nice hop bitterness. Light sweetness up front. Highly carbed and somewhat dry.

Founder's Rübaeus


Brewery: Founders
Style: Style
ABV: 5.7%
Availability: July - August
Bastards Verdict: as my wife put it, it's dessert in a bottle
Pitch: Not another boring summer wheat beer or lemonade shandy—Rübæus is Founders’ way to celebrate the season’s warmest months. Optimizing the flavor of fresh raspberries added at multiple stages during fermentation, this stunning berry red masterpiece is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. No question about it, with a hefty malt bill and 5.7% ABV, this beer is 100% Founders.

Pours a nice deep red with a thin white head and it smells of raspberry preserves. Wow, that's nice. Not overly sweet or syrupy. Medium high carbonation and good mouth feel. Everybody I talked to said "for a fruit beer, this is my favorite" and I couldn't agree more. If there was a fruit beer to beat this one, it would have to be Dogfish Head's Forte, which is also made from raspberries and comes in at a whopping 15+ %. Rübaeus is a mighty fine fruit beer and well worth a try. Get it soon before it's gone.