Jam Session, Cornerstone IPA and Rye of the Tiger

Jam Session by NoDa Brewing Company
Tasting: August 11, 2014
Style: Pale Ale
Beer # 578

NoDa Jam Session

Not much to say here. A sessionable ale at 5.1% alcohol by volume. Cool can – definitely going into my collection. It isn’t silk screened or printed – it looks to be a wrap as I can see and feel a seam. This one came by way of a co-worker’s visit to North Carolina and later as a single in a trade. Considering the quality of beer in my fridge right now – I’ll sum it up by saying that I may have four cans too many of Jam Session. Out of the gate I get off-bitterness, herbal, some nuttiness and bread-like malts. I’ll peg Jam Session at a so-so 84 points.

Cornerstone by Rochester Mills Brewing Company
Tasting: August 12, 2014
Style: IPA
Beer #: 579

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© 2014 popsonhops

This one came by way of a friend of a friend. My friend Mark had a visitor from Detroit making the road trip here to catch the Tigers/Yankee game in New York. He asked Mark if he could bring some Michigan beer – Mark asked that he bring the latest from Founders Backstage series – Dissenter (I have three). This friend isn’t a beer geek and he brought along some Cornerstone IPA and described it as a beer he drinks. What the heck? I’ll give it a whirl.

Mark’s commentary: Nice color, nice head, no nose, horrible finish. Burnt orange, pine tree car air freshener and vanilla.

I have to echo the color, head and agree that it doesn’t have much of an aroma. The beer is clunky from start to finish. The hops don’t take on any redeeming qualities – just bitter for the sake of being bitter. There is a charred sweet underbelly – but it gets easily over run. It’s boozy, astringent and not very good – 75 points.

Rye of the Tiger by Great Lakes Brewing Company
Tasting: August 12, 2014
Style: RIPA Rye IPA
Beer #: 580

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© 2014 popsonhops

John gave me these some time ago and I have to admit his gift didn’t come with a ringing endorsement. Since then, I’ve probably opened and closed my beer fridge door a couple hundred times and passed each time. Since I’m in the midst of a rapid fridge purge it seems like no better time than the present.

Really not bad – I get some real nice sweetness up front – honey and dough. Rye donates some spiciness and it transitions to a herbal bitter hop. A little clunky in the transition. A little fizzy. I’ll put Rye of the Tiger at 87 points.

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