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  • Ted’s Beer of the Month: Oct 2013 (3 of 3)

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    Welcome to the Halloween post!

    Whoa, WHOA, WHOA. I totally overshot the 21st and I am terribly sorry. I know you all wait for these posts with bated breath, so I hope no one suffocated this weekend. The last 11 days of October were good ones, so enjoy, and let me know what you think if you try any of these brews!

    10/21: Carolina Brewing Oktoberfest Lager – 5.6% ABV – bottle

    I drank this one out of the bottle, so I can’t speak very well to the color or aroma. I liked the heavy maltiness of it, and the mouthfeel was crisp and clean. I always like finding lagers I enjoy, since I primarily drink ales and I don’t want all the lagers to feel lonely and neglected. I don’t really like the style all that much in general, so I doubt I’ll get this one again, but as märzens go, it’s a good one.

    10/22: Boatswain H.L.V. (Heavy Lift Vessel) Ale – 7% – bottle

    Another bomber I bought at Trader Joe’s for just a couple bucks. It pours dark brown with a one-finger head that leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, raisins, and a good bit of booze. Flavor is a little bland, mostly dark malts and mild bitterness. It hangs around a good while, slowly fading away into bitterness. For the money, it’s a fine beer. No award winner, but it’s sure better than Simpler Times – not that that’s hard.

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  • Ted’s Beer of the Month: Oct 2013 (1 of 3)

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    Since last month’s post was so slim, I’M GIVING IT ALL I’VE GOT this month. Every day I drank one of the beers from the stash given to me by my loving wife for my 27th birthday back in August. I didn’t have a full month’s worth of new beers, but I found a few others to fill in the gaps; it was tough, but I made it through somehow. Since it’s such a long post, I’ve broken it up into three parts. I’m trying out a slightly different format this month, so let me know if you like it. Here are the first 10 days’ worth of beers:

    10/1: Uinta Hoodoo Kölsch – 4% – bottle

    Grassy and mildly citrusy on the nose, with a tinge of yeast underneath. The taste is fine, but nothing to write home about. I’m not typically a kolsch drinker, so maybe my palate’s been tainted by all the strongly-malted and hopped beers I so love. If that’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.

    10/2: Uinta Detour Double IPA – 9.5% – corked bottle

    img-detour-bottleSpeaking of strongly-hopped beers, this beer presents a stark contrast to last night’s selection. It pours a hazy amber with a short white head that dissipates quickly and leaves heavy lacing. The aroma is beautifully hoppy, a mix of grass and citrus with a sweet caramel backbone. There’s a lot of bitterness in the taste, and it lingers on the tongue. There are a couple sour off-notes in the finish that I’m not a fan of as well. The high alcohol content, something I look forward to in DIPAs, is overpowered by the harsh bitterness of the hops. Sadly, I can’t recommend this beer, and will be sticking with old standbys like Foothills’ Seeing Double in the future.

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  • Ted’s Beer of the Month: Aug 2013

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    Rogue Dad’s Little Helper Black IPA – draft – 6.8% – smells like feet. No bueno. Tastes great though, very malty, the mark of a good black IPA. I think the lines at the place I drank this one were poorly cared for, since I noticed an off flavor in both this one and the Foothills Hoppyum I drank before it.

    New Belgium Pumpkick – 6% – bottle – Pours amber and clear. Smells just like every other pumpkin beer I’ve ever had: spicy, mildly fruity, low on the hop character. I must say that seeing pumpkin beer in my bottle shop in the middle of Summer is extremely strange. Anyway, New Belgium put their little European twist on the typical American pumpkin beer with this one. They say they added cranberry, but honestly I didn’t detect any. The spices are nice, but as I’m not a fan of pumpkin beers in general, this one’s pretty low on my list.

    Ommegang Hennepin Saison – draft – 7.7% – Hazy and dark yellow, it’s the pinnacle of a European saison. Very tart, with some orange rind bitterness and a heavy alcohol kick in the back of the throat. Reminds me a bit of Delirium Tremens. I think I like American saisons better though, since they tend to be slightly milder, and without that harsh tang that gets old for me about two-thirds of the way through the pint.

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  • Beer of the Month: Mar 2013

    I had a lot of beer last month, a large portion of which was at breweries, which is always a good thing. I’ve included links to the beers I’ve previously reviewed but had no new insights about. If you have any suggestions for improving the readability of these posts, let me know in the comments. Happy April / NC Beer Month!

    • Mash House Brewery & Chophouse – This is a really great restaurant & brewery in Fayetteville, NC. All the food we had was delicious, even if the beers weren’t world-changing. I had a four 4oz beer tasting tray. None of the beers had any sort of head or lacing whatsoever, which was disappointing, though not exactly surprising for such a short pour. Also, most of them had no aroma at all, or I had to really concentrate to detect even the slightest scent.
      • Blonde –  4.5% – lemon & banana on the nose, taste is soft cheese, maybe gouda. Crisp, almost cidery mouthfeel, light carb. The more of it I drink, the more gouda I get, to the point where by the end I’m drinking cheese. And just in case you think I’m crazy, I’m not the only one who thought this.
      • Irish Red – 5.0% – a little bit of grapes in the nose. Straightforward red, kinda earthy with a spice I can’t quite place. Second favorite MH brew.
      • IPA – 5.9% –  hoppy and floral, a pretty complex layering of the hops, and a very good beer overall. Best one of the 4 I tried at MH.
      • Hefeweizen – 5.0% – standard wheat beer, some more banana here, but definitely better than the blonde. I wouldn’t get this again, but that’s just because the IPA and Red are so much better. The mouthfeel was closer to an American wheat than a traditional hefeweizen, which is weird because this beer was so cloudy.

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