Quite often I find myself staring into my beer fridge and thinking that I can’t drink that one yet because I haven’t taken a picture of it or I haven’t given it much thought on what to write. It leads to a back log of beers to enter into my blog. So, I’m going to bypass both and cut through some of that backlog.
Day 1 – Stone/Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard:
Like the oaked version of this beer Oaked Arrogant Bastard (89 points) but was quite disappointed in the bourbon-barrel aged edition. Gone from my tastes are the caramel and earthy flavor. Rather pedestrian – 85 points.
Day 2 – Nashiminy Creek/J.A.W.N.:
I’ve seen tons of pictures of this beer as an extra in trades. It received enough acclaim that I decided that when I saw this “fresh” I would pick some up. JAWN stands for Juicy, Ale with Nugget. Really a decent pick up. Not classic but I wouldn’t refuse one – 88 points.
Day 3 – Captain Lawrence/Palate Changer:
I believe this is a re-naming of Captain’s Reserve IPA. I liked that one enough to give it 91 pointsCaptain’s Reserve . Not sure if my palate has changed or the recipe was tweaked but I find that Palate Changer doesn’t get the same praise – 87 points.
Day 4 – Brooklyn/Blast:
Was really hoping for more here. Bitter with no identifiable cause (like grapefruit or citrus rind). Not much of a malt base or juiciness. Maybe some caramel. Definitely a few ticks behind both J.A.W.N and Palate Changer – 84 points.
Day 5 – Flying Dog/HBC-431
Experimental hop without a name. Definite mango and papaya influence under some potent citrus rind. 10% ABV is attention getter but not so evident. Not bad 88 points.
Day 6 – Goose Island/The Illinois
Received as a bonus beer in a recent trade. nice vitals – 9% ABV with an IBU of 95. Some nice underlying caramel sweetness and hoppy resin but some awkward bitterness that lurks under some grapefruit holds this one back. Still all in all – I’m liking that resinous hop and caramel combo – 90 points.
Day 7 White Street/Kolsch:
Another bonus beer. Seven Hundred plus beers and I haven’t logged a kolsch yet. German-style beer made famous in Cologne. In fact, it has protected geographical indication status. Like you aren’t supposed to call it Burgundy wine unless it’s from Burgundy, France. It uses ale yeast then it is cold fermented like a lager. Not much to say here – has a yeasty nose with some initial pilsner crystal malt sweetness flavor. Very watery, flavor slowly disappears sip after sip. I can see trying more of this style if this isn’t a good example – 83 points.
Day 8 – Forgotten Boardwalk/1916 Shore Shiver
Beer # 758:
A Jersey beer. What could be better than a beer named for the 1916 summer of terror that took place on the Jersey Shore? Four people killed and seven wounded at the jaws of what is surmised as being a deranged Tiger Shark. Advertised as stone fruit, resinous hops and spicy finish. Sounds good right? – well, you get a wisp of peach and the hops aren’t so resinous and the finish is a tad clunky as it comes out of nowhere. I wouldn’t refuse one – but I wouldn’t seek it out – 84 points.
Day 9 – Alpine/Hoppy Birthday
Beer #: 759
Over the Memorial Day weekend, we took a trip to Pennsylvania to visit family. I stopped by The Beer Store in Southhampton for my own libations. Hoppy Birthday does not have a high ABV (5.2%). It’s a pale ale and delivers potent bitterness of orange rinds. Not much of a sweet base. Pretty one-dimensional like the latest wave of sessionable beer. Doesn’t live up to the hype – but tasty enough to earn 92 points.
Day 10 – Singlecut/Soul Bender
Beer #: 760
Reminds an awful lot of Smells Like Freedom. Has that pot smoke flavor. Very fresh. Really digging this offering from Astoria, Queens. 92 points.