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  • Ted’s Beer of the Month: Jun 2014

    Welcome one and all, great and small, to the hyper-hopped beer battle to end them all! This month I take THREE Double IPAs and THREE Imperial IPAs and pit them against one another in a winner-take-all free for all! I know as well as you that there’s no official difference between the Imperial IPA and Double IPA styles, but the brewer named it that way for a reason, and I mean to find out why. I haven’t had any of these before, so a portion of this month’s post is also expanding my knowledge of the style and maybe even finding a new favorite. No matter what happens, it’ll surely be a good month.

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  • Silipint Silicone Pint Glass Review


    Roughly one year ago, I had dinner and beer at Bull City Burger and Brewery. The dinner was delicious, the beer only okay. I noticed that they had some nice-looking frosted pint glasses for sale, so I bellied up to the bar to buy one (and get another beer while I’m there, because why not?), and I found out that it wasn’t a glass at all, but a flexible silicone Silipint! I had to check it out, so I forked over the $10 and took my “glass” home.

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  • Ted’s Beer of the Month: Nov 2013

    Whew, October was an intense month. I think I learned a lot from all the different beers I tried, but I doubt I’ll do another beer-a-day month for a while. This month I decided to let the beers fall as they may, and there was a fair number, though slightly fewer than an average month. I’m always open to suggestions, so leave a comment if you’re so inclined! No pictures this month, because I’m lazy. DEAL WITH IT.

    Thomas Creek Castaway Chocolate Orange IPA – 7.5% – bottle

    Brownish-red with a massive cream-colored head. Smells nutty and coppery with a hint of orange peel and cocoa, just like the label says. Very bitter on the tongue right away, with a hefty alcohol bite. It’s one of the most interesting IPAs I’ve had, but the bitterness overwhelms it, particularly as it warms up. Not one I’m likely to buy again.

    Lagunitas Brown Shugga American Strong Ale – 9.9% – bottle

    Pours the brightest red I’ve ever seen in a beer with “brown” on the label. Aroma is full of hempy hop, brown sugar and oak. This is very high in malty sweetness. There’s some lacto acidity when it hits the back of my mouth, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as it helps balance the intense sweetness. Another thing that sweetness does is dampen the alcohol bite almost to nonexistence. This does not drink like a 10%-er, which makes it dangerous. I picked this one up because the guy at the Total Wine told me to, and it was a good choice. I haven’t had much from Lagunitas in the past. I’ll have to change that.

    Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale – 7.5% – bottle

    Pale orange with a thin, light head, in this beer both “sumpin'”s (come at me, grammar peeps) definitely mean “hops.” Sweeter than your average IPA and just as hoppy, but with a little less malt balance than I’d expect. It’s a fabulous beer, but I can’t help but wonder if it might be improved with a touch more in the malt department. The mouthfeel is average and the finish is clean.

    Raleigh Brewing Company

    Grondzeiler maibock – 6.8% – draft

    Smells like your average pilsner, grass and light citrus. Pale yellow color and a short head. Even through its lagery nature, it has a good hop bite. I really like this one.

    Carl Won’t Stay in the Dang House Cherry Stout – 6.3% – draft

    I basically just taste smoky malts, and I Do. Not. Like it.

    Southern Tier 2XIPA – 8.2% – draft

    Reviewed in July, but this was my first time having it on draft. I didn’t get any of the sour aftertaste I noted in my earlier review, so maybe that was an issue with that bottle. If I try this one again I’ll be sure to look for that.

    Dark Horse Too Cream Stout – 7.5% – bottle

    Pours thick and black with a short brown head. There was tons of sediment in the bottle. Smells malty and lightly nutty with some raisin and lactose as well. Very typical for a cream stout, and very nice. All the flavors from the nose continue through to the taste, with the addition of some chocolate and dark roasted coffee. Finish is sweet and smoky. This is a great winter stout; I’d really like to try it on tap, especially a nitro tap.

    Evil Twin Yin Imperial Stout – 10% – bottle

    Pours black and opaque with a tan head and heavy lacing. Smells sweet and oaky with chocolate and roasted malts. Very very sweet on the first sip. A lot of standard stout flavors very well blended. The high alcohol content lends a nice bite and warming if slightly astringent finish. Next time I’ll have to get the Yang and blend them into a black and tan, which I’ve oddly never had.

    Country Boy Brewing Cliff Jumper IPA – 6.3% – growler

    Some of my family members are friends with the brewers here, so whenever I make the drive out to Kentucky I get to try something new from them. I have definitely been seeing an upward trend in the quality, and I’m looking forward to actually seeing the brewery in the next year or so. Cliff Jumper is a nice IPA. Pale orange with little head, though that’s probably due to my pouring it from a growler that had been sitting open a while. Citrussy hops rule the day with this beer, and its simplicity makes it very drinkable. If you’re in the Lexington area, give them a try!

    And the winner is…

    Dark Horse Too Cream Stout! I tried some weird ones this month – notably the chocolate orange IPA and the cherry stout, but Dark Horse came through with this wintry wonder, perfect for drinking slowly as you complain yet again about how early it gets dark this time of year. Happy December everyone!

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

    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 (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.


    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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  • Moto X: The First REAL Smartphone?

    The Moto X (Verizon | AT&T | Sprint) is smart, beautiful, solid, quick, slim, and (most?) importantly, a phone. I’ve had mine for a week and a half now, and I’m ready to sing its praises. First take a look at my unboxing video, and let me know what you think in the comments. Continue reading “<span class="entry-title-text">Moto X: The First REAL Smartphone?</span>” »

  • Review of the NewAir 28-Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler

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    Because of my newly started monthly wine club and a general increase in alcohol consumption, I decided a couple months back that I needed a wine fridge. I was torn between getting a dual-zone fridge, two single-zone fridges, or just one single-zone fridge. I finally decided that keeping reds and whites at different temperatures wasn’t worth the added expense, and settled on one single-zone fridge: the NewAir 28-Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler.

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  • Review of the Haswell Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook Convertible


    My Nexus 7 recently died, so I was in the market for a tablet. Also, my old laptop was… old. So I needed a new laptop. Plus, Intel’s Haswell processors had just launched. So I decided a few months back that I would be getting a 2-in-1 device; a Haswell Ultrabook convertible.

    While plenty of Ultrabooks are getting Haswell refreshes, only a few so far are convertible form factors. No doubt many more will launch before year’s end, but as I said in the first paragraph, my situation was dire. So I decided on the refreshed Dell XPS 12 (not to be confused with the older, non-Haswell Dell XPS 12).

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  • Unboxing and Review of the Pebble E-Ink Smart Watch


    We all know I love tech watches. My last smart watch was the Sony SmartWatch. While it was a neat toy, the battery life steadily deteriorated until I was charging it nearly every night. Further, the app/watchface ecosystem was just not there. I eventually stopped wearing it regularly and only brought it out on special occasions.

    That’s why, nearly 8 months ago, I pre-ordered the Kickstarter-funded Pebble E-Ink smart watch. It finally came in! By now, I’m one of the last people on the planet to get one, but I’ll go on and unbox/review it for you.

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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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