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  • Ted’s Beer of the Month: Mar 2014

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    Another month gone already. Is it just me or did March pass more quickly than February? I blame Daylight Savings Time. This month I read The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes by Joshua M. Bernstein. Its title is quite a mouthful, but Bernstein knows what he’s talking about, and I love that he gives multiple examples of each of the beer styles he describes. I’ve learned so much about what to expect from my beer this month. I highly recommend it! I may even use it as the basis for some future posts. I’m playing around with the stoplight-style quality indicators on this post, so let me know what you think of them in the comments. Helpful? Cheesy?

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    stoplight_grn Dogfish Head My Antonia Imperial Pilsner – 7.5% – bottle

    Very hazy for a pilsner, with an aroma of musty yeast, cedar, and a hint of orange. The flavor is bittersweet, woody and hoppy. It has a dry mouthfeel with good effervescence that fades into a lingering bitter citrus peel finish. I wouldn’t classify this as a typical pilsner – it’s so good though, definitely unusual, but a great beer. Always trust Dogfish Head to push a style in a great direction.

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  • Ted’s Beer of the Month: Feb 2014

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    Wow, has it been a year already? Welcome one and all to the 13th beer of the month post! I’ve had a lot of fun over the last year trying out new beers, expanding my palate, and sharing my thoughts with you. What I want to figure out now is where to go from here. I like the idea of reviewing beer and food pairings, but I’m not quite sure where to start with that. I’m also interested in beer cocktails; I’ve never had a black and tan or any kind of shandy, and they sound interesting. Any bright ideas for me out there? For now I’ll keep on rolling with the beer reviews, though I may limit myself to the top and bottom few beers of each month. Thanks for reading!

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  • Ted’s Beer of the Month: Jan 2014


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    A fabulous February fourth to you, my fellow fans of that fine, foamy fluid that facilitates flirtation and foolishness in folks frugal and flush alike! I’ve decided that this month’s theme is going to be alliteration, so strap in for a slew of synonyms superbly selected so similar sounds suffuse my sentences.

    Victory Prima Pils – 5.3% – bottle

    Golden with just a hint of haze and a long-lasting light foamy head, this beer smells like bread and yeast and mild hops. The taste is bitterer than I expected, with a light citrus flavor. Very effervescent on the tongue, and a clean finish. My previous campaign to enjoy stouts more by drinking a wide variety of them has worked pretty well, so I think I’ll work on pilsners for a while.

    Victory Headwaters Pale Ale – 5.2% – bottle

    Pours a hazy, pale amber with a finger and a half of off-white head that leaves heavy lacing. Aroma is mostly spicy and citrus hops, with a little yeast as well. The taste is light biscuit and caramel malts, . Hops aren’t as present here as they were in the aroma, though there’s a citrus hit at the end. The finish is clean and sweet. This is a perfectly pleasant pale ale, I’ll probably pick up a pack posthaste.

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  • Ted’s Beer of the Month: Dec 2013

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    Last month of 2013! I had so many good beers in December, so many. With the exception of Fullsteam’s Igor, I can recommend every single one of these brews.

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    Boulevard Brewing Dark Truth Stout – 9.7% – bottle

    Pours a dark mahogany with a thick light brown head. The aroma is very malty with notes of toffee, banana and whiskey. The initial taste is vaguely sweet, but that’s quickly overwhelmed by bitter woodiness. Banana esters linger on the tongue as the bitterness fades into burnt oak notes and a lingering finish. It’s a little too burned-tasting for me, but it’s not bad by any stretch.

    Bell’s Expedition Stout – 10.5% – bottle

    This is a beautifully silky, oaky stout. Bourbon and dark malts in the aroma, and more of the same in the taste. The high gravity lends a nice burn in the finish, but it’s well-balanced by the sweetness and low carbonation. There’s even a good level of piney hoppiness in here. I think this is the best beer I’ve had from Bell’s. Continue reading “<span class="entry-title-text">Ted’s Beer of the Month: Dec 2013</span>” »


  • Ted’s Beer of the Month: Oct 2013 (2 of 3)

    Have ten days gone by already? Well the month is flying by, but lucky for you, I have another ten beers for you. I must say, this was an exceptionally good ten days, beerwise. Have a look and let me know what you think in the comments.

    10/11: Duck Rabbit Milk Stout – 5.7% ABV – bottle

    When I poured this one right out of the fridge it foamed up sostoutlabelweb much it took me almost 10 minutes to get the whole bottle in the glass. It pours smooth and black, with no perceptible bubbles rising up the sides of the glass. If I were to measure the head in fingers, I’d probably have to say it was about 30, but after I let it quiet down and warm up a little, it settled to half a finger of stable foam, with no lacing to speak of. The aroma is sweet and smoky with dark roasted malt notes along with a twinge of burnt wood chips. The flavor is primarily the same dark roasted malts, though there’s also a subtle cocoa and vanilla flavors. The mouthfeel is thinner than most milk stouts I’ve had, and the finish is dry and mildly bitter. I like drinking this one at cellar temperature over fridge temp. It really helps release the flavors.

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    10/12: Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre – 8% – bottle

    It’s a repeat, folks, you knew it had to happen someday. I had this one back in May, and liked it then, and I’m happy to say I still do. Pleasant grape flavors amid the malty sweetness and light tartness common to high-gravity ales.

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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: May 2013

    Beer post #4. Now with more puns!

    Trophy Brewing – These brewers are alwaystrophy trying something new, and I love that. The day I went they had opened up the rest of the place, so there is much more seating now, and it looks like they’re gearing up to start serving pizza very soon, which is exciting.

    • Gold Rush California Common Lager – draft – 5.5% ABV – Also known as a “Steam Beer” (unless Anchor Brewing is listening, ssh!) Nice hop flavor with a touch of smoke in the finish. Great balance of sweet and bitter. Probably my favorite lager ever.
    • Best in Show Citra Saison – draft – 6.75% ABV – The nose is all citrusy hop aroma. Super hoppy and bitter, but with that saison zing in the finish.

    Highland Gaelic Ale – bottle – 5.6% ABV – Deep amber color with light-tan head that drops slowly leaving heavy lacing and thin layer of foam on top. Slight aroma of citrusy hops with notes of malt. Like an orange/lemon hybrid (lemorange? orangemon?) cut open next to some freshly baked bread. First taste is very light, like an IPA and a bright lager had a forbidden love-child. Malty and sweet on the backend with a nice tangy finish. I’m not sure exactly what’s “Gaelic” about this, but it’s easy-drinking I like it pretty well. In fact, I like it enough that…IRISH I HAD ANOTHER!

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