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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: 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: Apr 2013

    lafolieWelcome to the third installment of my monthly beer list (now marked as mine thanks to Wesley’s Wine of the Week)! Due to the length and tedium of the last two posts, I’m tweaking the format a bit, so I’ll only share the interesting beers that I drink in the month. Say farewell to the Yuengling and all (well, most) repeats. From here on out it’s all going to be new and interesting brews, or old favorites that I just really really love and can’t stop talking about.

    Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat – bottle – 4.4% ABV – Lemony aroma, pale foamy head that hangs around but leaves very little lacing. The color is bright yellow and very hazy. The taste is slightly tart, with a good wheat flavor and some hops to embolden it. I didn’t fruit this one, and it didn’t need it, although a small slice of lemon might be worth a try.

    New Belgium La Folie Sour Brown Ale (Lips of Faith) – bottle – 6% ABV – Tan head with  large bubbles that dissipate quickly, leaving no lacing and a little ring around the edge. Smells DELIGHTFUL! Tangy scent, with a little cherry. I poured this one right out of the fridge, so I drank it slowly to let it warm up. The warmer it gets, the sourer it gets, and that is awesome. It tastes like all the best sour flavors (apple, cherry, citrus) rolled up into one delicious package.

    Bull City Burger & Brewery – their food is delicious! I got the Green Monster burger, and I tried the vegetarian Chipotle chili, and they were both excellent. I also tried the sweet potato Fries, pickle chips, and griddled lemon cake. I highly recommend the cake.

    • Wa Wa Yonda Blonda blonde stout – draft – 5.2% ABV – Smells like fresh grains, tastes like the sharpest tripel ever. The first blonde stout I’ve ever had, so not entirely sure what to expect. The longer I drank it the less I liked it.
    • Morven’s Alley American IPA – draft – Way, way too sweet for an IPA. Maybe this batch was little off or something, because almost all the hoppiness was plowed under by the raging sweetness.
    • Jack Tar Dry Irish Stout – draft – I only had a few sips of this one, but it was the best beer I had at the brewery.

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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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