I forgot that I had the Double Dry-Hopped All Citra Everything once before but I’ll admit this was better than I remember. Frankly, this eclipses the 3rd Other Half anniversary offering. I’d peg beer # 1,127 at 90 points. Super tropical, syrupy and boozy astringency.
Tasting: March 13, 2017 Style: American Double / Imperial IPA Beer #: 1,045 ABV: 8.5%
(C) 2017 popsonhops
This was certainly a pleasant surprise. My friend Dan returned from a Vermont ski trip and stopped by with a four-pack of Sip of Sunshine for me. As an added bonus, he brought a single can of Mylar Bags from Other Half and offered to split it with me. He explained that he has a brave co-worker that endures many of the Other Half releases. I’ve read a lot of positive things about this Imperial IPA on-line and can’t wait to try it. Doesn’t take too long to discover that this is a really nice beer. Wonderful tropical fruit aroma followed with a flavor filled with many dank qualities. It has a full and syrupy base. Wow, what a nice treat. 94 points.
07747 (Galaxy). Massive tangerine, herbal as in some underlying black pepper and black tea. Some ever so mellow dankness and peach but you have to let it sit on the palate for a few moments to get that at all. But who does that? Sip, swallow and it’s nothing but tangerine and a wave of bitterness. Seems like 07747 comes up as one-dimensional as the original 077XX. Maybe still I’m nitpicking because I still give 07747 a respectable 91 points for it’s hop experience.
Tasting: June 2, 2016 Style: Imperial Brown Ale with Coffee Beer #: 989 ABV:9.0%
(C) 2016 popsonhops
Speaking of Carton, they release coffee-based ale called Regular Coffee – 82 points. It’s a watery coffee that’s sugary sweet like the name suggests. Sumatra Mountain isn’t your typical coffee stout or coffee IPA because it’s neither. It’s a brown ale with coffee. The coffee is bright and delicious. It bursts on the palate right out of the gate. Mostly in a sugary sweet wave that rolls in and recedes on the finish. If you are a fan of coffee IPA or stout – I highly recommend Sumatra Mountain – 93 points.
At first, I didn’t really like this stout. Probably because it came across as thin and a tad boozy with artificial flavors. As a result, I plugged the bottle and left it in the fridge. On the second day, I decided to finish the bottle and it wasn’t so offensive. Mostly a french vanilla flavor up front and to a lesser extent, some tootsie roll chocolate. There is little barrel influence (assuming that the vanilla was from the beans). Still, a bit on the thin to medium side. Due to the boozy quality, it detracts my opinion. In conclusion, I’d say the second day pushed it to 88 points.
Tasting: June 24, 2016 Style: Double Black Lager Beer #: 991 ABV: 8.5%
Perrin Black Goat
(C) 2016 popsonhops
An interesting brew to say the least because you don’t see many barrel-aged black lagers. Rather sweet and it is the predominant characteristic of this dark beer. I can see how that would put off people but I kind of like that. In addition, to the sweetness some minor roasted grain flavor falls a little short in trying to balance the sweetness. However, I did enjoy. Therefore, Black Goat chews its way to 88 points.
Really thought I had this before…maybe I did and didn’t enter it into my collection. Maybe I’ll find it as a duplicate entry someday. This time around, not impressed. Clunky bitterness, cracker-ish grains. 86 points.
Thrilllist published an article imploring people not to wait on line for rare limited-release craft beer. (Link to article) Their argument was based on a few points:
1. They believe that only critical things in life should warrant waiting. 2· Lines create the notion that limited beer is better beer. 3· Lines scare people into buying other beer made by macro breweries. 4· They say equally good beer is available on local shelves. 5· The idea of glorifying rare beer builds snob culture.
However, they do concede that acquiring rare beer as bargaining chips is a different story all together. The notion that the line is a meeting place to talk to others with the same interests was also given a half-hearted pass. After reading the article, I assessed my own experience so far. Of my top 100 beers on my list, only two are available regularly. Sculpin and Stone’s Double Bastard. Double Bastard most likely because I’m probably alone in my praise of this beer. Most of the others fall into three categories (quantity from list):
1. I bought a beer that is available seasonally or one-time in state (26). 2. I have acquired because it was held for me (8). 3. A beer not available in my market but I bought off a shelf out of state (15). 4. From breweries that I or friends have visited (34). 5. Traded for with an out of state partner (16).
There are only three instances where I’ve waited on line for beer in the last year. Twice this year at Tree House, also once last year in Vermont.
I agree on just a couple points. First, nothing is that important. Second, I hate waiting on lines but sometimes it’s a means to an end. Last but not least, if you wait on line for the camaraderie, you’ll see the worst of snobs. You’ll have to watch your toes with all the name dropping of their trophy beers left and right. I’ll step down from my soap box before I hurt myself.
Categorize these two beers under #4. Both beers came by way of someone else’s line waiting. This time the legend of all lines – Other Half. Oh, the horror stories of four hours in the rain with ever-dwindling allotments. Finally, arriving at the crack of dawn only to find that people must have slept in the street.
Tasting: July 28, 2016 Style: American Double IPA Beer #: 984 ABV: 8.5%
Magic Green Nuggets
(C) 2016 popsonhops
I’m hit with a barrage of bitterness out of the gate. The “Kazzam” printed on the bottom of the can sums it up. It took some time to get my tastebuds around any of the nuances but they were few. Syrupy and surprisingly boozy. Bitterness is herbal earthy, grassy over some honeydew melon. Good but a let down for Other Half. I wasn’t a big fan and glad I didn’t wait on line for this one. In conclusion – Magic Green Nuggets earns 87 points. Now onto All Citra Everything.
Tasting: July 29, 2016 Style: American Double IPA Beer #: 985 ABV: 8.5%
All Citra Everything
Of the releases last weekend, this one peaked my interest the most. There’s All Green Everything and I’ll assume that All Citra Everything is its lighter ABV cousin. Comes across as a clean very drinkable IPA. Wonderful transition from citrus, tropical sweetness, grassy hop and a rolling and receding bitterness. Nice – 92 points.