Silver by Boulevard & Odell

Silver A 25th anniversary collaboration beer by Odell Brewing and Boulevard Brewing

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Tasting: March 10, 2015
Style: Ale
Beer #: 712
ABV: 7.3%

Silver by Boulevard & Odell

I admit that I get sucked in by a fancy label every now and again. For the most part, labels convey certain snippets of information to me – like if the ABV is high, I might expect some viscosity and some booziness. IBU would tell me a beer’s bitterness and things like barrel-aged or dry-hopped are tell me about some potentially added complexity.

In the case of Silver by Boulevard & Odell, the label and cork and cage presentation certainly did catch my attention. The label design features what appears to be two separate labels seamed vertically down the middle. It led me to wonder why two notable brewers would release an anniversary collaboration beer. Did one help the other? Well, the reverse of the label shares a wonderful explanation and with full credit to the brewers I’ll relay it:


On November 17th, 1989, John McDonald loaded a keg of Boulevard Pale Ale into the back of his pickup and drove to a restaurant a few blocks down the street. Scarcely twenty-four hours later and six-hundred fifty miles away, Doug Odell loaded a keg of Odell Golden Ale into the back of his pick up truck and…you get the idea. They were the first kegs of beer either of them ever sold, but they wouldn’t be the last. This golden copper ale celebrates twenty-five years of brewing with an ample body of caramel-toffee malt balanced with piney hop notes.

I get the caramel-toffee notes but I have to say I get none of the piney hops. In fairness, this bottle of Silver by Boulevard & Odell has a bottling date of July of 2015. Has an odd yeasty flavor. a bit medicinal. Terrific brewers, just not a fan of Silver by Odell & Boulevard – 78 points.

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Beer of the Month Club

Beer(s) #: 611, 612, 613 & 614

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Beer of the Month Club

About twenty-five years ago, my family bought me a beer of the month club membership. Every month, a package containing two different six packs of beer would arrive at my doorstep. On the plus side, the beer of the month club introduced me to my first pumpkin ale by Buffalo Bill and Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale. Unfortunately most of the twenty four different beers I received that year were not quite so memorable. For the most part, they ended up being my desperation beers or I pawned them off on friends.

Last week, my friend Mike invited me to stop by after work for a Heady Topper. How could I say no? I asked him about a a box of beer that I thought was a care package of Odell from his brother. With a puzzled look on his face, he told me that his family had bought him a beer of the month club membership. Mind you, Mike’s taste in beer is Heady Topper and everything else pales in comparison. He offered me a sampling of each of the four beers in the box. I politely refused at first but flashed to back to my own experience. I figured I was doing him a favor.

Flagship Ale by Grey Sail Brewing
Tasting: September 14, 2014
Style: Ale (Cream)
Beer #: 611
4.9% ABV

If you drive by the Anheuser Busch brewery in Newark, the air is filled with a sweet and pungent aroma of cooking wort. It’s a unique malt, lemongrass aroma. Flagship Ale isn’t offensive – but I wouldn’t go out of my way to have it again – 82 points.

Paleo IPA by North Country Brewing
Tasting: September 14, 2014
Style: IPA
Beer #: 612
6.4% ABV

Off bitter – clunky grass and lemon rind combination. 72 points.

Flying Jenny by Grey Sail Brewing
Tasting: September 14, 2014
Style: Pale Ale
Beer #: 613
5.3% ABV

Flying Jenny is probably the best of this quartet. Presents a nice balance of candy sweetness and lemongrass hops. It’s just too light. I’ll still put Flying Jenny at 85 points.

Station 33 Firehouse Red by North Country Brewing
Tasting: September 14, 2014
Style: Red Ale
Beer #: 614
5.5% ABV

The can says drink responsibly. I’ll take that advice and find something else to drink. very little flavor, but what flavor it does have is unpleasant. 63 points.

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IPA and Loose Leaf by Odell Brewing

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The rapid fridge inventory reduction rolls on. These two were gifts from a friend whose brother moved to Colorado a few months ago. He’s been a steady pipeline for my friend and I’m appreciative that he’s chosen to share.

Loose Leaf
Tasting: August 5, 2014
Style: Sessionable Ale
Beer #: 572

Relatively a new beer first bottled in April 2014. Named as one of the top new brews in 2013 by Modern Brewery Age this is considered a sessionable ale. If you haven’t heard the term, sessionable means you are able to remain upright after consuming a few in a single session – like a party, picnic or a night out. At 4.5% alcohol by volume this would do the job.

Aroma on Loose Leaf is of wine grapes as I pour this very light-colored beer. I can hear the carbonation fizz causing a large bright white head. It doesn’t take long for it to subside and my first sip or two reveal a German pilsner type sweetness. A little odd in that most sessionable ales are all hop and no balanced sweetness. The hops are bitter somewhat grassy. Very light and very drinkable. It hits the mark for a sessionable beer – probably one of the better ones that I’ve had 87 points.

IPA
Tasting: August 5 ,2014
Style: IPA (what else)
Beer # 573

It doesn’t take long to come to the conclusion that Odell IPA is the class of this pairing. Rich ruby color with a rich syrupy mouthfeel. Hops hit right up front with crisp grapefruit and a nice caramel sweetness rolls underneath. It finishes crisp. Has just a bit too much fizziness. I’ll call this another hit from Odell and give it a mark of 91.

Click here to read about an Odell classic – Myrcenary by Odell Brewing

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Myrcenary Odell Brewing

Tasting: April 12, 2014
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer #: 528

Myrcenary IPA Odell Brewing

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Myrcenary

In my last post, I mentioned some of the ugliness that surrounds the release of limited beer like Kentucky Breakfast Stout. In fairness, I have met some great people through a shared passion for craft beer. A month or so ago, a co-worker thought that I would hit it off with a guy he knew – Mike. Mike and I exchanged a few texts about what we were drinking and we had the chance to meet this past week to talk beer. Mike’s brother had just returned from a trip to Colorado and he hooked me up with this bottle of Myrcenary and a bottle of Odell IPA.

Named for Myrcene, a component of essential oils found in a number of plants including thyme, cannabis, and hops. It is notably used in the perfume industry and has a sedative quality. Myrcenary is brewed with a blend of hops containing the highest levels of Myrcene.

Myrcenary has a rich reddish color on the pour and just moments after this beer hits my palate, I can tell this is an outstanding double IPA. The mouthfeel is amazingly hits rich – syrupy. No carbonation to speak of. Brilliant with crisp citrus that I’ll describe as orange rind but not overpoweringly bitter. Has a wonderful sweet base of honey and fresh tropical fruit. This might be a good time to mention that Myrcenary has an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 9.3%. Reminds me an awful lot of Bell’s Hopslam and I’ll match Myrcenary at the same 96 points. An absolute beauty. Unfortunately for us New Jersey craft beer enthusiasts – you’ll have to make a Colorado connection to enjoy this beauty.

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