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sonnyboy11
December 20th, 2006, 05:59 PM
This past weekend I enjoyed a few new treats:

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - I'm still not the biggest stout fan, but this one is definately an exception, and perhaps a gateway to appreciating stouts.

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale - **** yeah !!!! That's all I have to say about this tasty brew. I would drink this stuff again in a heartbeat.

Samuel Smith's Tadcaster Bitter - A bit dissapointed with this one. Not very bitter by any means, and weak in flavor/body when put up against anything else from Samuel Smith.

I still need to try the SS India Ale. I've got the organically produced lager getting cold for next weekend's consumption. However, I have a strange feeling that I'll be working on my Sierra Nevada Celebration Ales come Xmas weekend :)


Can't go wrong with Samuel Smith's anything, imo. One of the best tap beers I ever had was the Old Tadcaster. I was visiting London back in the early 90s and happened into a pub where they had several barrels of the stuff. They had to pump it up to get it out. Tasty stuff and great color! And only just over a quid for a big pint, iirc. Drank 4 of them!

Azagthoth
December 24th, 2006, 12:19 AM
Just picked up a 6'er of this:

http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/106.jpg

I am thoroughly impressed ! Very mild for an IPA yet lacks nothing. I saw it for the first time in Bevmo and decided to try it, considering Doug has always raved about Bridgeport.

Obediah
December 24th, 2006, 07:17 AM
Just picked up a 6'er of this:

http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/106.jpg

I am thoroughly impressed ! Very mild for an IPA yet lacks nothing. I saw it for the first time in Bevmo and decided to try it, considering Doug has always raved about Bridgeport.

Bridgeport ****ing rules

Their Christmas Beer rules
http://www.liquormart.com/images/beer_ebenezer.jpg

Their PA rules
http://rbes.net/interch/bridgeport/images/items/BPT-104.jpg



This beer rules
http://static.flickr.com/88/217231465_e05cd36e94_m.jpg

This beer ruled all beers and the bastards stopped making it
http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/12663.jpg

BeerMan
December 24th, 2006, 10:05 AM
as you might already know, Bridgeport IPA is bottle conditioned, meaning it's fermented with some yeast inside.

as for any other unfiltered beers, before you serve, let the yeast sentiment settle to the bottom of the bottle. if you see cloudiness inside the bottle when you take it out of the fridge, put it back in and wait.

this IPA is best when poured into a chilled glass. do it slowly so not to disturb the yeast, and keep it from getting out.

you won't be disappointed.

DougW8
December 24th, 2006, 10:37 AM
I don't think you can ever go wrong with Bridgeport. Until I found it at Bevmo, every trip to Oregon or Washington included a trunk full of Bridgeport for the trip home.

rinkrat
December 29th, 2006, 06:48 PM
Brother David's Belgian-style Double Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing ...
http://www.avbc.com/beers/BrotherDavid.html

From the brewers of Boont Beer.

This stuff is very tasty and not real bitter considering it's 9%. The waxy covering over the cap is a nice touch as is the label. In fact this is better than most of the Stone specialty beers I've tried that are usually 10% but very alchohol tasting. This beer is extremely easy to drink and not too fizzy like some of the celebration ales. I'd give it a 9.5 and now I want to try the TRIPLE Ale! Not a bad price either, $3-$4 a pint bottle. If you want to get a good buzz on one beer instead of three, this is the ticket. (RR's diet tip of the day) :)


http://www.avbc.com/beers/AVBC_Brother_Davids.jpg

Arrogant Ba$tard
December 30th, 2006, 10:35 AM
Brother David's Belgian-style Double Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing ...
http://www.avbc.com/beers/BrotherDavid.html

From the brewers of Boont Beer.

This stuff is very tasty and not real bitter considering it's 9%. The waxy covering over the cap is a nice touch as is the label. In fact this is better than most of the Stone specialty beers I've tried that are usually 10% but very alchohol tasting. This beer is extremely easy to drink and not too fizzy like some of the celebration ales. I'd give it a 9.5 and now I want to try the TRIPLE Ale! Not a bad price either, $3-$4 a pint bottle. If you want to get a good buzz on one beer instead of three, this is the ticket. (RR's diet tip of the day) :)


http://www.avbc.com/beers/AVBC_Brother_Davids.jpg

The Triple is WAAAAAAYYYYY better than the Double IMO. Both solid beers and part of my cellaring collection currently.

BeerMan
December 30th, 2006, 06:09 PM
I'll have to stock up on that stuff.


then realize that I have no room.....

Herman Hesse
January 1st, 2007, 11:22 AM
I felt a need to share this with you. Ask you local Pub landlord if he's heard of it. If he hasn't, well find one that has. Seek the truth.

http://www.sabrain.com/

Henry1515
January 1st, 2007, 06:05 PM
I recomend that someone gets me another beer!

mitchrock
January 3rd, 2007, 10:46 PM
He'Brew's Genesis Ale is fantastic. Very nice flavor for a brown ale. Probably the best Brown Ali I have tried. They sell them in six packs at BevMo.

KBM
January 23rd, 2007, 01:16 AM
Natural Lite.

Arrogant Ba$tard
January 23rd, 2007, 01:56 PM
Natural Lite.

I would like to officially nominate that this poster above should be banned permanently from this thread. That's not even funny.

Obediah
January 24th, 2007, 11:18 AM
I would like to officially nominate that this poster above should be banned permanently from this thread. That's not even funny.

Seriously.

WTF Brewmeister?

BeerMan
January 25th, 2007, 07:23 AM
Natural Lite.

this should be moved to the "Whats your favorite water" thread

x-wingcamewest
January 25th, 2007, 09:29 AM
Natural Lite.

I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

mitchrock
January 25th, 2007, 10:47 AM
KingBrewmeister is anything but a brewmeister for recommending NAtural Light.

NAtural Light is cheap flavored water for college kids (yes, I used to drink that crap it was cheap and I never would recommend it)

KBM
January 25th, 2007, 11:52 AM
KingBrewmeister is anything but a brewmeister for recommending NAtural Light.

NAtural Light is cheap flavored water for college kids (yes, I used to drink that crap it was cheap and I never would recommend it)

LMFAO!! I just wanted to see the reactions (and they were great btw). Everyone's been recommending all these fancy micro ales and hard to find barley pops, so I threw a curve ball. You all get A+++ for paying attention. It was either Natural lite or Pabst so... I hope you guys can forgive me.

Obediah
January 25th, 2007, 12:06 PM
LMFAO!! I just wanted to see the reactions (and they were great btw). Everyone's been recommending all these fancy micro ales and hard to find barley pops, so I threw a curve ball. You all get A+++ for paying attention. It was either Natural lite or Pabst so... I hope you guys can forgive me.

You're going to hell for this.

BeerMan
January 25th, 2007, 06:28 PM
You're going to hell for this.

concur, all that for ruffling our feathers.

btw, KBM, I would have suggested deleting that post, but it is obviously too late. you have no where to hide now. in fact, we've already made some effigies of your likeness...

KBM
January 25th, 2007, 07:27 PM
You're going to hell for this.

At least most my friends will be there.. hehe.

Quick story about Natural light.. Went to Big Bear one weekend and got snowed in. There were two cases of that crap on the floor of the rec-room from a previous gathering. I probably don't need to explain what happened next. It was all we had. But hey! At least we didn't cannibalize each other.

Sorry.. back on topic/

I highly recommend Sierra Nevada I.P.A. Had some last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. Delicious hop character, good malt body, nicely balanced. Good luck finding it though.

Arrogant Ba$tard
January 26th, 2007, 10:13 AM
LMFAO!! I just wanted to see the reactions (and they were great btw). Everyone's been recommending all these fancy micro ales and hard to find barley pops, so I threw a curve ball. You all get A+++ for paying attention. It was either Natural lite or Pabst so... I hope you guys can forgive me.


Come on. We all knew you were kidding. It was just such a bad joke. That was why I asked for a ban.

Obediah
January 26th, 2007, 10:33 AM
Come on. We all knew you were kidding. It was just such a bad joke. That was why I asked for a ban.

But it still doesn't mean he's ever going to hear the end of it.

KBM
January 26th, 2007, 10:35 AM
But it still doesn't mean he's ever going to hear the end of it.

Okay.. who sent me the case of Nat Light?

BeerMan
January 26th, 2007, 09:22 PM
Andrew did.

BeerMan
February 3rd, 2007, 03:42 PM
can't go wrong with this one!

http://www.dslextreme.com/users/beerman/TrappistesRochefort8.jpg

great chocolately malt stuff. not as smooth as you'd like it, but damn, it's good!

KBM
February 3rd, 2007, 04:08 PM
can't go wrong with this one!

http://www.dslextreme.com/users/beerman/TrappistesRochefort8.jpg

great chocolately malt stuff. not as smooth as you'd like it, but damn, it's good!

Look at the HEAD on that bad boy!! Does Bevmo have it?

BeerMan
February 3rd, 2007, 04:43 PM
Look at the HEAD on that bad boy!! Does Bevmo have it?

yes they do. just look beyond those Natty Lights.

ThAt GuY
February 3rd, 2007, 06:55 PM
Sam Adams Octoberfest....

mitchrock
February 4th, 2007, 12:34 AM
Am loving Stone's Old Guardian, drinking my second bottle of the night. reminfs me of HeBrew's Monumental Jewbilation.

Arrogant Ba$tard
February 5th, 2007, 09:43 AM
During this years Superbowl, I had (plus other drinks):

Oaked Arrogant Bastard
Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball
Lagunitas Brown Shugga
Stone 10th Anniversary

It was a tasty afternoon.

Drum4Pigs
February 5th, 2007, 12:18 PM
My current favorite - Boddington's

http://iandeth.dyndns.org/~jimbo/img/boddingtons.jpg

Not sure if it's been posted here or not. I did a search and didn't see it. Ralph's sells them in the 4 pack cans and they have a widget, like Guinness. Just pop it open and dump it straight down into a Pint - creates the perfect head every time.

The White Harte on Ventura has it on tap, but it tastes better on tap at the Blarney Cove on Roscoe (near Topanga).

Fisch
February 7th, 2007, 01:03 PM
Tried a new beer, Delirium Tremens, belgian. Pretty tasty and light enough for my tastes. Expensive to me at $23 for a sixer from Bevmo. They have a seasonal christmas brew called Delirium Noel that my friend loves.

rinkrat
February 11th, 2007, 08:25 PM
I picked up some Deschutes Cinder Cone and Deschutes Inversion IPA since I'm a big fan of their beers and haven't seen either of these. the IPA was very good with a real sharp edge like a lot of the other Deschutes beers. The Cinder Cone Red Ale was very smooth and had an EXCELLENT taste. I will have to pick up some more of this because it's a seasonal.

http://www.beerlabels.com/labels/full/0/4/3/beerlabels.com-04342.jpg

Arrogant Ba$tard
February 12th, 2007, 08:50 AM
I always pick up some Cinder Cone Red when it's available. Good stuff.

psychopuck
February 12th, 2007, 12:17 PM
During this years Superbowl, I had (plus other drinks):

Oaked Arrogant Bastard
Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball
Lagunitas Brown Shugga
Stone 10th Anniversary

It was a tasty afternoon.

I had a Stone 10th as well. Very nice.

We also tried Firestone Walker. If you like a slight hint of whiskey, it is a good one. I, for one, am not a big fan of whiskey.

rinkrat
February 16th, 2007, 03:41 PM
http://www.sierranevada.com/beers/images/m-bibeerb.jpg

This **** is so heavy you have to chew on it. 9.6% alchohol beeyotch!

BeerMan
February 16th, 2007, 05:10 PM
http://www.sierranevada.com/beers/images/m-bibeerb.jpg

This **** is so heavy you have to chew on it. 9.6% alchohol beeyotch!

I had that at the microbrew fest last year. that IS some heavy stuff.

good beer, too.

Birdman
February 16th, 2007, 05:27 PM
Was at the liquor store yesterday and got New Belgium Brewing's 2 Degrees Below Winter Ale and 1554 Black Ale. The 2 Degrees Below was ok but the the 1554 Black Ale is great. I defenitely recommend the Black Ale.

1554 Roxxor!!!!

BeerMan
February 16th, 2007, 05:29 PM
1554 Roxxor!!!!

just be aware that New Belgium cranks out beers in similar numbers. one pack is a 1551, while the other is a 1554, for instance.

ILuvTeletubbeyz
February 16th, 2007, 09:45 PM
can't get much better than this one

http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/58057.jpg

KingzJnky22
February 17th, 2007, 02:11 PM
Some quick picks of the day:

Amber:
Abita Amber
Abita Turbo Dog

Summer Wheat:
Erdinger Heffewiesen

Stout:
Rogue Shakespeare Stout




I Love Abita Amber - it's my all time fav. too bad you cant get it any where else but in louisiana :(

KingzJnky22
February 17th, 2007, 02:15 PM
Some quick picks of the day:

Amber:
Abita Amber
Abita Turbo Dog

Summer Wheat:
Erdinger Heffewiesen

Stout:
Rogue Shakespeare Stout

I love Abita Amber - it's my all time fav - too bad can't get it anywhere other than Louisiana :(

The other Abita the export from the state; Turbo Dog, Purple Haze, etc.. but nothing compares to the Amber......

BeerMan
February 20th, 2007, 08:01 PM
http://www.bonhawaii.com/images/kona/pipeline.jpg

this aint too bad. it opens with a hint of coffee, that is if you're looking for that aroma. otherwise, it's a little malty at that.

taste is good, some maltiness in it with a bite of coffee of the premium kind. that would be Hawaii's very own Kona Coffee, if you ever tasted that by itself, you would know what I mean.

this is good stuff. not light at all.

Arrogant Ba$tard
February 21st, 2007, 09:35 AM
I love Abita Amber - it's my all time fav - too bad can't get it anywhere other than Louisiana :(

The other Abita the export from the state; Turbo Dog, Purple Haze, etc.. but nothing compares to the Amber......

I just saw Abita Amber at Bevmo in South OC.

KingzJnky22
February 22nd, 2007, 05:33 PM
I just saw Abita Amber at Bevmo in South OC.

Thanks for the info. Used to live near a Bevmo in Cali - But none here in Tenn. - But, they do offer it on the web site!!! You have made me a happy man... lol - Thank You - I've had some 'Arrogant Ba$tard' (the beer that is) all I have to say is... Oh Damn!

BeerMan
February 24th, 2007, 10:37 AM
wait til you try the Oaked Arrogant Bastard.

BeerMan
February 24th, 2007, 10:43 AM
this is what I tried last night.

http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l54/Episode81/McewanScotchAle.jpg
FYI, this is not my photo which is similar to the ones I had in the past. I drank it out of the bottle.

this is very malty at the opening with a twinge of caramel.

upon downing it, the taste resembles a very dark beer. very malty with heavy caramel presence that makes it a bit sweet. it also gives a biting character that mellows into a sweetened deal.

I'll have to try it from the mug in the near future. it may turn out differently due to more carbonization released, making it less bitter.

*btw, I read somewhere that McEwan's is dropping this beer from the North American distribution list, so if you can, hit your favorite store and try to grab a pack or three.

Obediah
February 25th, 2007, 09:48 AM
.

*btw, I read somewhere that McEwan's is dropping this beer from the North American distribution list, so if you can, hit your favorite store and try to grab a pack or three.
That's a damn shame. I love that stuff

Funkin-A
February 28th, 2007, 11:34 PM
I had that at the microbrew fest last year. that IS some heavy stuff.

good beer, too.

Just polished off my first 2007 bigfoot. Same old, same old... which is pretty damn ****ing good. I can't wait to let it age for about 6 months- perfect when you're grilling in the summer time and bust out some aged barley-wine style ale. Still my favorite barley-Wine style ale right behind Stone Old Guardian and Alesmith Old Numbskull.

p.s. I've been a bad beer reviewer, I've probably had about 50 new beers since the last time I posted in here and I never think to lay down a decent review. My bad.

Player Misconduct
March 9th, 2007, 01:29 PM
Sam Adam's White Ale. I wait all year long for this beer.

http://www.genx40.com/images/2005a/samwit.JPG

BeerMan
March 10th, 2007, 06:17 PM
http://www.atuttabirra.com/anchor_porter.jpg

chocolately and malty. hmmmm.

Watti
March 10th, 2007, 06:36 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v649/mcphersonm80/carlsbergsponsor.jpg

As cold as possible...

::shrug::

DougW8
March 10th, 2007, 09:31 PM
http://www.atuttabirra.com/anchor_porter.jpg

chocolately and malty. hmmmm.

That used to be one of my favorites, I may need to pick some up real soon.

Funkin-A
March 14th, 2007, 10:27 AM
Speaking of "Cold as Possiblle", a word of advice about the New Belgium 2 degrees below... throw it in the freezer and let it get cold enough that it just begins to get little gel globs going and pour it into a frosted mug. No joke, that beer is ten times better when it's on the doorstep of freezing- the recommended serving temp. is like 3 degrees celsius or something.

Arrogant Ba$tard
March 14th, 2007, 02:23 PM
Speaking of "Cold as Possiblle", a word of advice about the New Belgium 2 degrees below... throw it in the freezer and let it get cold enough that it just begins to get little gel globs going and pour it into a frosted mug. No joke, that beer is ten times better when it's on the doorstep of freezing- the recommended serving temp. is like 3 degrees celsius or something.


Very interesting. My belief is that if a beer has to be served really cold, they are trying to hide bad flavor.

Funkin-A
March 14th, 2007, 02:26 PM
Very interesting. My belief is that if a beer has to be served really cold, they are trying to hide bad flavor.

It went from bust to one of my favorite winter seasonals just by freezing 'em down. For sh#ts and giggles, have one out of the fridge and then out of the freezer- brings out a nice crisp "spruce-y" taste with a little typical nutmeg, but not very much. Tell me how it goes ;)

Herman Hesse
March 14th, 2007, 02:46 PM
Anyone tried Tiger Beer from Thailand ?

mitchrock
March 14th, 2007, 03:02 PM
I thought Tiger was from So Cal.

SDG517
March 15th, 2007, 07:49 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y39JehmZO4

Deadmarsh28
March 17th, 2007, 03:44 AM
For everyday usage, I strongly recommend:

Beck's
and
Erdinger Hefeweizen (wheat beer)

And my personal insiders' tip:

Leffe Brune from Belgium, brewed in a cloister or something, and really one of the best tasting beers I've ever had. If you ever run across Leffe, try it and you will be simply amazed.

Paulatron215
March 28th, 2007, 12:00 AM
http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/2594/wittekerkeht3.jpg

Watti
March 28th, 2007, 11:14 AM
http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/2594/wittekerkeht3.jpg

That beer reminds me of Lot C at Staples.

manybeers: :LGK: manybeers:

mitchrock
March 28th, 2007, 01:19 PM
Snagged a bottle of Stone's Vertical Epic. The store had 3 left. Good stuff. Also saw they had Stone's Double AB still.

BeerMan
March 31st, 2007, 12:07 AM
Snagged a bottle of Stone's Vertical Epic. The store had 3 left. Good stuff. Also saw they had Stone's Double AB still.

2007 release? I thought they don't come out til after July 7.

mitchrock
March 31st, 2007, 09:57 AM
2007 release? I thought they don't come out til after July 7.

No it was the 2006 release. A liquor store by my work had 3 bottles left.

KBM
March 31st, 2007, 10:13 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y39JehmZO4

Love it man! They sound kinda like Primus in the slow parts

Fooferah
April 1st, 2007, 07:27 PM
I'm having a Lagunitas Brown Shugga right now.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/8732.jpg

I was kind of expecting it to be maltier, caramellier. It's a little thick, but not overly so. Actually, it's a little fruity and sweet at the beginning (though, again, not as much as I expected), with a hoppy bite at the end. The bitterness really surprised me. It was still pretty good, though you have to expect that from Lagunitas.

Cross Traffic
April 1st, 2007, 10:05 PM
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/9374/13690mb9.jpg

A fairly dry cider with a decent apple flavor. 5.5% alcohol, about $5.50 a 6er.

DougW8
April 1st, 2007, 11:20 PM
I'm having a Lagunitas Brown Shugga right now.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/8732.jpg

I was kind of expecting it to be maltier, caramellier. It's a little thick, but not overly so. Actually, it's a little fruity and sweet at the beginning (though, again, not as much as I expected), with a hoppy bite at the end. The bitterness really surprised me. It was still pretty good, though you have to expect that from Lagunitas.

One of my favorites. I'm always happy when I find it on the shelf at my local liquor store.

mitchrock
April 9th, 2007, 04:07 PM
Picked up 2 bottles of Stone's Russian Imperial Stout. UN****ING BELIEVABLY good! Well worth the $8/bottle price.

BeerMan
April 9th, 2007, 06:02 PM
Picked up 2 bottles of Stone's Russian Imperial Stout. UN****ING BELIEVABLY good! Well worth the $8/bottle price.

I agree that **** is great stuff, but I think it's the other way around. Imperial Russian Stout.

or IRS, if you will.




















I know, bad reminder.

but damn! $8 a bottle? what did you get? a 3 litre?

mitchrock
April 10th, 2007, 09:06 AM
I agree that **** is great stuff, but I think it's the other way around. Imperial Russian Stout.

or IRS, if you will.


I know, bad reminder.

but damn! $8 a bottle? what did you get? a 3 litre?


Don't know the size precisely. IT's the same size bottle that the Old Guardian and Double AB bottles. Don't have them in sixers.

Also forgot to add, Bevmo now carries Stone's Ruination in 6 packs.

Arrogant Ba$tard
April 10th, 2007, 10:28 AM
Yo Beerman, Mitch and Doug - we need to plan a trip down to Stone. You will not regret it nor be disappointed.

mitchrock
April 10th, 2007, 10:41 AM
Yo Beerman, Mitch and Doug - we need to plan a trip down to Stone. You will not regret it nor be disappointed.

Sounds like fun.

roenick
April 10th, 2007, 10:59 AM
FYI to all. Since I have moved up to the Seattle area I have now visited the Red Hook Brewery. For those that don't know in the mid-90's Red Hook was all the rage and was pretty good. They then went the IPO route and very commercial. I think they are now available nationally but can't remember. I fell off them as a result of over exposure about 10 years ago. But now after visiting the brewery I think they have gotten over themselves. The ESB is what they are famous for but I like the Blonde and CopperHook.

http://www.redhook.com/

BeerMan
April 10th, 2007, 09:24 PM
FYI to all. Since I have moved up to the Seattle area I have now visited the Red Hook Brewery. For those that don't know in the mid-90's Red Hook was all the rage and was pretty good. They then went the IPO route and very commercial. I think they are now available nationally but can't remember. I fell off them as a result of over exposure about 10 years ago. But now after visiting the brewery I think they have gotten over themselves. The ESB is what they are famous for but I like the Blonde and CopperHook.

http://www.redhook.com/

have you tried their Long Hammer?

BeerMan
April 10th, 2007, 09:26 PM
Sounds like fun.

concur.

I have been wanting to go, but time is of essence nowadays.

Arrogant Ba$tard
April 11th, 2007, 08:40 AM
FYI to all. Since I have moved up to the Seattle area I have now visited the Red Hook Brewery. For those that don't know in the mid-90's Red Hook was all the rage and was pretty good. They then went the IPO route and very commercial. I think they are now available nationally but can't remember. I fell off them as a result of over exposure about 10 years ago. But now after visiting the brewery I think they have gotten over themselves. The ESB is what they are famous for but I like the Blonde and CopperHook.

http://www.redhook.com/
Their old original brewery has been gone for some time now. That was a cool place. Little tasting room/den. The ESB was better back then. I used to really like Blackhook, Ballards Bitter, and in the summer - Wheathook. Once they were bought by Budweiser (I think), the quality went down a notch.

Funkin-A
April 11th, 2007, 09:18 AM
I want in on the trip down to stone- I'll be headed down for my buddy's bachelor party in about two months- the goal (I'm planning) is to hit stone, alesmith, coronado/ballast point... we'll probably hit stone twice :)

OTTo VoN BLoTTo
April 12th, 2007, 12:57 PM
Had a few of these last night:

http://www.beermania.be/images/bm385.jpg

Piraat from Belgium. THAT is one damn fine ale. Awesome flavor, and VERY full bodied. At 10% alcohol, it'll put the wobble in your boot toot-sweet.

roenick
April 12th, 2007, 02:45 PM
have you tried their Long Hammer?

It isn't bad and would probably be worth a 6-pack purchase if you found it but I am not a big IPA fan. The thing about Red Hook is they are big on the "Cascade hops" that are hops grown locally in the Cascade Mountains in WA. That's the thing that Red Hook says sets them apart.

I will say it doesn't suck moving to a place that so much loves beer ...

dgrycan
April 15th, 2007, 10:41 AM
http://www.bevmo.com/115images/77238.jpg

Bought a sixer of these last night at Bevmo, and enjoyed a couple. For an ale, I was shocked to see how thick this brew was. Blocked almost all light from a 100W bulb. Less carbonated than a lot of ales, too. Tough to get a good head. I'll be honest, after the pour I didn't think I was going to enjoy it.

That all changed once it hit my lips. Very nice brew. Smoother than I expected, and held up very well as it warmed a little.

It's from Pizza Port, with a couple of locations in the San Diego area, although I've never been.

I recommend giving this one a shot.

mitchrock
April 16th, 2007, 01:18 PM
Bridgeport Beertown Brown

Excellent brown, which I am usually not a fan of. Reminded me a lot of Newcastle but had the familiar Bridgeport taste and finish that I love. If I had to choose between this and Newcastle, I would choose this.

http://www.bridgeportbrew.com/images/ourales/beertown_left_side_bottle.jpg


http://www.bridgeportbrew.com/images/home/home_beertown_callout.gif

DougW8
April 17th, 2007, 02:28 PM
Didn't know Bridgeport had brought out a brown. One of my favorite brewers, so I'll have to give it a try.

poobaugh
April 18th, 2007, 06:52 PM
Yo Beerman, Mitch and Doug - we need to plan a trip down to Stone. You will not regret it nor be disappointed.

I gotta tell you...the brewery is fantastic, the beer out of this world, but what's up with the menu at Stone's? I mean you have all these very interesting entree's. My all time favorite is the, Tasty Tamari Tofu Stir-fry .....yummmmy I'll have two!!!

x-wingcamewest
May 3rd, 2007, 04:15 PM
I would like to recommend this summers Alaskan Summer Ale. Very nice and refreshing. (if you like Alaskan Brews).
They did a nice job of blending the malt and hops. Give a 6er a try, I don't think you'll be disappointed

Henry1515
May 3rd, 2007, 08:24 PM
I hear Corona is really good!

BeerMan
May 3rd, 2007, 09:45 PM
I hear Corona is really good!

at least it is better than Tecate.

Fooferah
May 4th, 2007, 09:26 AM
It's from Pizza Port, with a couple of locations in the San Diego area, although I've never been.


You should definitely hit up Pizza Port... one of the best locals.

BeerMan
May 5th, 2007, 12:45 AM
http://www.laurabeamer.com/bottle_caps/caps/large/full_sail_ipa.jpg

not sure if it's been mentioned here, but I really like this beer. this IPA is a bit dry, just the way I like it.

PucktheDucks
May 8th, 2007, 08:56 AM
Red Trolly ale from Karl Strauss....I have found happiness!!

mitchrock
June 9th, 2007, 08:32 PM
You must try Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale. Holy crap, has the great qualites of their Russian Stout combined with the hoppiness of their Maximus IPA. Will have to but more of this beer. Never had a beer that combined bitterness and hoppiness so well. Go to BevMo and get it now!

BeerMan
June 11th, 2007, 05:22 PM
You must try Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale. Holy crap, has the great qualites of their Russian Stout combined with the hoppiness of their Maximus IPA. Will have to but more of this beer. Never had a beer that combined bitterness and hoppiness so well. Go to BevMo and get it now!

that comes in 22 oz bottles. I picked one up today.

but that's not all I got.

Lagunitas Sirius Special Release
Franziskaner Hefeweisse with a tall pilsner glass included

will report on any of the above later tonight!

DougW8
June 11th, 2007, 07:49 PM
I like most of the Lagunitas brews, so I'll have to try the Undercover. I had some of their Pils the other night and it hit the spot. With hotter weather, I've been wanting some lighter brews, and I'm overstocked with Oaked Arrogant Bastard. I know, shame isn't it?

BeerMan
June 11th, 2007, 08:39 PM
I like most of the Lagunitas brews, so I'll have to try the Undercover. I had some of their Pils the other night and it hit the spot. With hotter weather, I've been wanting some lighter brews, and I'm overstocked with Oaked Arrogant Bastard. I know, shame isn't it?

so am I!

just tried the Sirius ale. ****! at 7.6%, it hardly masked the alcohol that other beers at an higher A.C. and it is light in color by comparison.
http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/full_size/31622.jpg
pardon the pun, but siriusly, this cream ale is not for the meek.

available in 6-packs at BevMo and maybe more at other liquor specialty stores.

Fooferah
June 11th, 2007, 09:14 PM
FYI, July 21-29 is Lagunitas Festival at Lucky Baldwin's.

BeerMan
June 11th, 2007, 10:24 PM
FYI, July 21-29 is Lagunitas Festival at Lucky Baldwin's.
cool. are you going?

that's in Old Town Pasadena, right?

Fooferah
June 12th, 2007, 07:40 AM
I don't know, and yes it is.

Arrogant Ba$tard
June 12th, 2007, 08:48 AM
From July 21-29? Any more details? I see where Lucky Baldwins is. But on their website, no info about Lagunitas.

Fooferah
June 12th, 2007, 12:37 PM
Yeah, it doesn't look like they have the events schedule up to date. I got a calendar through the end of the year in the mail. If you want to confirm, you could probably give them a call. Actually, if you're gonna be up in that area for any reason, you might want to check it out anyway. They usually have a good selection all the time.

mitchrock
June 12th, 2007, 12:52 PM
so am I!

just tried the Sirius ale. ****! at 7.6%, it hardly masked the alcohol that other beers at an higher A.C. and it is light in color by comparison.
http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/full_size/31622.jpg
pardon the pun, but siriusly, this cream ale is not for the meek.

available in 6-packs at BevMo and maybe more at other liquor specialty stores.

Love that stuff we drank a case of it last month on vacation. Can't get enough.

lunchbox
June 12th, 2007, 04:38 PM
I saw someone mentioned Blue Moon 10 pages ago, the hubby and I like it a lot and their Honey Moon Summer Ale just came out, I got it onsale at Ralphs yesterday.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s140/MsSkye79/honeymoonale.jpg

I also like La Chouffe, 8% alc, which I discovered in Europe but is sold at Bevmo-
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s140/MsSkye79/LACHOUFFE.jpg

Boddington's is my favorite though. I'm also into 1664 Kronenberg, Newcastle, Sam Adams Black Lager, McEwan's, Chimay (red and white are fine, but blue is preferable at 9% alc.) & Hoegaarden. When I'm at concerts, I get Guinness or MGD. I do like the Lindeman's lambics (peche and framboise) for something sweet once in a while.

BeerMan
June 12th, 2007, 08:44 PM
I saw someone mentioned Blue Moon 10 pages ago, the hubby and I like it a lot and their Honey Moon Summer Ale just came out, I got it onsale at Ralphs yesterday.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s140/MsSkye79/honeymoonale.jpg

I also like La Chouffe, 8% alc, which I discovered in Europe but is sold at Bevmo-
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s140/MsSkye79/LACHOUFFE.jpg

Boddington's is my favorite though. I'm also into 1664 Kronenberg, Newcastle, Sam Adams Black Lager, McEwan's, Chimay (red and white are fine, but blue is preferable at 9% alc.) & Hoegaarden. When I'm at concerts, I get Guinness or MGD. I do like the Lindeman's lambics (peche and framboise) for something sweet once in a while.

and how does that MGD taste among all these other fine brews.












































not that I'm saying MGD is a fine brew.

gescom
June 12th, 2007, 08:48 PM
From July 21-29? Any more details? I see where Lucky Baldwins is. But on their website, no info about Lagunitas.


Yeah, it doesn't look like they have the events schedule up to date. I got a calendar through the end of the year in the mail. If you want to confirm, you could probably give them a call. Actually, if you're gonna be up in that area for any reason, you might want to check it out anyway. They usually have a good selection all the time.



Kat and I go to Lucky's every now and then, and i used to practically live there when i lived about 4 blocks away... i'll try to stop by in the next coupla and hit up Dave about the 411.

Fooferah
June 12th, 2007, 08:56 PM
Well, if you go right now, you'll hit the Craftsman Brewing Co fest.

PoppyFields Pale Ale
Heavenly Hefe
Craftsman IPA
1903 Lager
Orange Grove Ale
Triple White Sage
Smoked Black Lager
Biere De Blanco
Biere De Marz
Edgar's Ale
Baldwin's Abbey Ten
Point Five (cask conditioned served on beer engine)
Cabernale
Roggen Rauch Bock
Honesty Ale

lunchbox
June 12th, 2007, 09:10 PM
and how does that MGD taste among all these other fine brews.

not that I'm saying MGD is a fine brew.

hahahahaha... you gotta slum it sometimes. budweiser select is all right, too. i usually sit up in the 300s and get my beer with my food. the choices there are usually bud light, bud select or sierra nevada (which i hate). so if i have time, i'll get a stella downstairs on my way to the escalator. or if not, then i get a bud select upstairs with the grub.
as for rock shows, when i feel like a beer, sometimes i'm lucky if they have guinness... otherwise, i settle for MGD. other times, if we're tail gating at a college ball game and i know i'm going to be drinking to get drunk and not for the flavor-MGD. everyone's got to have a poorman's beer choice to go along with all the quality ones, too, right? :search:
otherwise, when i'm in the comforts of my own home or a bar/restaurant i upgrade to one of the favorites mentioned previously.

this thread is pretty helpful though, i'm going to have to try some of the suggestions on here. first on my list--
the lagunitas & the deschutes. so thanks guys! :beerchug:

BeerMan
June 12th, 2007, 11:22 PM
hahahahaha... you gotta slum it sometimes. budweiser select is all right, too. i usually sit up in the 300s and get my beer with my food. the choices there are usually bud light, bud select or sierra nevada (which i hate). so if i have time, i'll get a stella downstairs on my way to the escalator. or if not, then i get a bud select upstairs with the grub.
WHAT?!!! I love their pale ales!

as for rock shows, when i feel like a beer, sometimes i'm lucky if they have guinness... otherwise, i settle for MGD. other times, if we're tail gating at a college ball game and i know i'm going to be drinking to get drunk and not for the flavor-MGD. everyone's got to have a poorman's beer choice to go along with all the quality ones, too, right? :search:
otherwise, when i'm in the comforts of my own home or a bar/restaurant i upgrade to one of the favorites mentioned previously.

this thread is pretty helpful though, i'm going to have to try some of the suggestions on here. first on my list--
the lagunitas & the deschutes. so thanks guys! :beerchug:

beware that some of the brews mentioned very early in this thread may no longer exist. many of them are seasonal, and a few, and favorites of mine and others, are no longer brewed, which is a damn shame.

don't forget to pick up some Anderson Valleys and Bridgeports (if you're lucky since they're a bit behind in distribution).

lunchbox
June 13th, 2007, 01:59 PM
ya, i'll take a peak and see what bevmo has on my next beer run. i usually overlook the special domestic microbrews, but i'll try whatever of the ones i can find that you guys mentioned earlier.
i know, my husband likes sierra nevada's pale ale, too. i, personally, am not a fan of any pale ales. i'm not too keen on heffeweizens either. i prefer white ales, brown ales, stouts, trappiste beers & a handful of british brews. i like how boddingtons comes with a widget in the can that makes it come out like it does on tap. mmmm... yummy. Oh another that i didn't mention--Leffe Brune is good and is preferrable to the Blonde, which i find to be too bitter.

Fooferah
June 13th, 2007, 02:04 PM
i usually overlook the special domestic microbrews

Wow, you've overlooked a lot of good stuff. You have a lot of homework to do. ;)

lunchbox
June 13th, 2007, 02:17 PM
Wow, you've overlooked a lot of good stuff. You have a lot of homework to do. ;)

ya i know. haha. bevmo is like beer heaven though... it's almost too much to handle so we usually just get our faves... which are mostly the imports.
a while ago, i did try HeBrew Genesis Ale (that i saw was mentioned earlier) and Messiah Stout & the stout was much better. Genesis Ale had a funny aftertaste that i didn't really care for. so if anyone hasn't tried the stout, try it! :)

Fooferah
June 18th, 2007, 07:52 AM
You must try Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale. Holy crap, has the great qualites of their Russian Stout combined with the hoppiness of their Maximus IPA. Will have to but more of this beer. Never had a beer that combined bitterness and hoppiness so well. Go to BevMo and get it now!

Had some of this yesterday, and I have to say I was pretty surprised. It is supposed to be a really bitter beer, and I was preparing myself for that. (I'm not a "hop head", but rather I like the maltiness). Anyway, the bitterness is right up front, and then it is completely smooth. The aftertaste doesn't linger to singe your taste buds off like I thought it would. It was a total contrast to Sirius, which I also had yesterday. That one had the long lingering bitterness, but good as well. I prefer the Shut-Down Ale though.

mitchrock
June 18th, 2007, 01:50 PM
Had some of this yesterday, and I have to say I was pretty surprised. It is supposed to be a really bitter beer, and I was preparing myself for that. (I'm not a "hop head", but rather I like the maltiness). Anyway, the bitterness is right up front, and then it is completely smooth. The aftertaste doesn't linger to singe your taste buds off like I thought it would. It was a total contrast to Sirius, which I also had yesterday. That one had the long lingering bitterness, but good as well. I prefer the Shut-Down Ale though.


I'm with you Foof, love the Sirius but have to give the Shut-Down Ale the nod.

Also, went to Lazy Dog Cafe in Westminster yesterday and had the regular Lagunitas IPA on tap. They also have Stone Pale Ale on tap. Was nice to find a restaurant I like close by carrying good brews.

BeerMan
June 18th, 2007, 10:25 PM
I'm with you Foof, love the Sirius but have to give the Shut-Down Ale the nod.

Also, went to Lazy Dog Cafe in Westminster yesterday and had the regular Lagunitas IPA on tap. They also have Stone Pale Ale on tap. Was nice to find a restaurant I like close by carrying good brews.

I wish more restaurants would do that!

shab
June 28th, 2007, 12:41 PM
Sounds revolting, IMO, but thought I'd pass it along anyway...

http://cbs4denver.com/watercooler/watercooler_story_135163751.html

Fooferah
June 28th, 2007, 01:17 PM
If it's disgusting, maybe it would be better in a NOT recommended thread.

mitchrock
July 10th, 2007, 04:54 PM
Tried some of Green Flash's brews at BevMo on Friday.

Highly recommend their Nut Brown Ale.
http://www.greenflashbrew.com/media/smlabel_nutbrown.jpg

Nice flavor. One of the best Brown ales I've tried.


Also enjoyed their Barleywine Style ale
http://www.greenflashbrew.com/media/smlabel_barleywine.jpg
Similar to Stone's Old Guardian.

Was nice to find some new brews.

rinkrat
July 13th, 2007, 04:45 PM
I got some Samuel Adams Summer Ale and it is really good! I wasn't expecting much and was pleasantly surprised. Real easy drinking wheat beer with lemon (it says), not real overbearing at all.

http://www.worldcruise-network.com/contractor_images/boston-beer/3s-summer-ale.jpg

DougW8
July 13th, 2007, 05:18 PM
I'm not really into the Sam Adams, but if your looking for something along the same lines in a summer brew, try Summer Solstice by the Anderson Valley Brewing Company. Mitch, I almost picked up some of that Green Flash Nut Brown, but decided on some lighter brews. I'll pick some up on my next stop.

BeerMan
July 13th, 2007, 05:48 PM
Im gonna hit up Bevmo real soon, for the '07s and some of the summer brews. and the green flash, too.

Azagthoth
July 13th, 2007, 10:01 PM
Just polished off a Stone Old Guardian 2007 Barleywine Style Ale 2007 ed.

Here is a snippet of my review taken from an MS Word document that I am using to log all of my brew tastings...

Stone Old Guardian Barleywine Style Ale *2007 Edition* (4.25 / 5.0) – Holy hell! One should be advised to nurture this badboy at 11.26% ABV. This is one deceiving brew, as the fine balance of carmel malt and the bitter yet palatable hop coalesce to cover up any afterthought of alcohol. A plentitude of nutty carmel-like malt govern this Barleywine Style Ale, and are complimented at ease with a piney hop character. I am enjoying this brew even more, via the decreased temperature as it sits in the glass for this duration. My biggest regret is not buying a case of this stuff!

Azagthoth
July 13th, 2007, 10:08 PM
I got some Samuel Adams Summer Ale and it is really good! I wasn't expecting much and was pleasantly surprised. Real easy drinking wheat beer with lemon (it says), not real overbearing at all.

http://www.worldcruise-network.com/contractor_images/boston-beer/3s-summer-ale.jpg

The Summer Ale is good, quite buttery and sweet if you ask me. Couldn't have more than a few in one sitting until my stomach says no more.

The best offering from the Boston Brewery (in my opinion) is their Winter Lager :)

roenick
July 15th, 2007, 03:46 PM
Alaskan Summer Ale is mighty good and available now. Got a case at Costco and it was the beer of choice on the fourth of July party at our home.

http://nta.namcotravel.jp/user/Kay-/files/1166857580.jpg

Fooferah
July 15th, 2007, 10:09 PM
These are some of the beers at our BBQ today. Being that my family is full of hop heads, you have an idea of what's coming.

Pizza Port's Hop-15. This one is huge. If you're tasting, definitely save it for the end.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/16654.jpg

Lagunitas' Hop Stoopid

http://blog.oregonlive.com/thebeerhere/small_hopstoopid.jpg

Here's an interesting one. Two breweries had a beer with the same name... Salvation, one brewed by Avery, the other by Russian River. Instead of suing each other over the name, the guys got together and combined their beers. The new creation is called Collaboration Not Litigation.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/68829.jpg

Of course, there were old standbys, such as Speakeasy's Double Daddy.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/17012.jpg

And of course we had a Vertical Epic 07.07.07 (BTW if anyone has an '02 lying around, even though the actual beer was pretty bad, it was so limited that bottles are selling upwards of $250)

http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/74533.jpg

Now for something completely different. Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale. This certainly won't be to everyone's liking, but I thought it was pretty good. Lives up to the name and then some.

(Sorry, no pic)

DougW8
July 15th, 2007, 11:27 PM
Foof, you have made me want to head out to but more beer. But considering the hour, I guess I'll have to wait until morning. With the exception of the Vertical Epic, I don't think I've had one of those brews, although they are produced by several of my favorite breweries. I had a Lagunitas Cesored Ale earlier this evening, and tomorrow I'm cracking open my last bottle of the Russian River Suplication Ale I bought at Hollingshead.

Fooferah
July 16th, 2007, 07:27 AM
I'm trying to remember what all I had at Lucky Baldwin's the other day, too. At this point, I have no idea!

Azagthoth
July 16th, 2007, 07:53 AM
I had the "Trois Pistoles" last night from Unibroue. Fantastic to say the least ! Very mild touch of chocolate and dark cherry are present, and little in the way of hops. The chocolate isn't as prominent like in some stouts, which was a big plus to me. One of the best Belgians I have had yet. The alcohol is very well hidden for being 9% ABV.

Arrogant Ba$tard
July 16th, 2007, 08:21 AM
Tried some of Green Flash's brews at BevMo on Friday.

Highly recommend their Nut Brown Ale.
http://www.greenflashbrew.com/media/smlabel_nutbrown.jpg

Nice flavor. One of the best Brown ales I've tried.


Also enjoyed their Barleywine Style ale
http://www.greenflashbrew.com/media/smlabel_barleywine.jpg
Similar to Stone's Old Guardian.

Was nice to find some new brews.

This inspired me to try some Green Flash brews this weekend.

Had the Imperial Pale Ale - strong and good on a hot day of boating.

Had the Trippel while BBQing- very nice and smooth.

Will try the Barleywine next. These were the only 3 I could find at Hi-Time. I need to check Bevmo.

lath19
July 16th, 2007, 10:22 AM
Tried a few beers over the weekend.

IPA from Mammoth Brewing Co: IPA's are supposed to be bitter. Somebody needs to relay that to MBC. That was definitely the Coors Light of IPA's.

Lagunitas Censored: Different but tasty. Not as good as their IPA but I would drink it again.

Lost Coast Great White: Ok, I've had this many times before but it is still really good.

Rogue Dead Guy Ale: A light bock? I'm no expert. All I know is that it was really good. My fav of the 4 beers listed here.

Azagthoth
July 16th, 2007, 11:51 AM
Rogue Dead Guy Ale: A light bock? I'm no expert. All I know is that it was really good. My fav of the 4 beers listed here.

Maibock

Fooferah
July 16th, 2007, 11:56 AM
Az, you've come such a long way in the last few years. We should all be so proud!

BeerMan
July 16th, 2007, 04:22 PM
And of course we had a Vertical Epic 07.07.07 (BTW if anyone has an '02 lying around, even though the actual beer was pretty bad, it was so limited that bottles are selling upwards of $250)


Sam from Stuffed Sandwich had been bugging me to find the '02 for him. He LOVES Stone Brews.

Fooferah
July 16th, 2007, 09:46 PM
So this evening I started out with some Green Flash. However, I can't remember which one it was, and stupidly didn't pay attention/write it down. I should know better.

Had some Victory Hop Devil.

http://img.epinions.com/images/opti/23/4c/fddkBeersBy_NameVictory_Hop_Devil_India_Pale_Ale-resized200.gif

Then on to Duchess de Bourgogne (really liked this one).

http://craftbeernewyork.com/sitebuilder/images/Duchess-110x165.jpg

Lost Abbey Judgement Day was kind of disappointing. I much prefer Angel's Share.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/full_size/64627.jpg

So finally I just a had a little Duvel to top it off.

http://www.dkimages.com/discover/previews/960/50343089.JPG

Azagthoth
July 17th, 2007, 07:15 AM
Foof - what did you think of the Duvel ?

I was honestly a pube dissapointed after reading nothing but great reviews for it. I was just expecting more, lets put it that way. The carbonation was a bit much, and it wasn't nearly as smooth as most Belgians that I have sampled. It was still a great brew though that I would buy again without hesitation. The little hint of pilsener that it has is pretty cool actually :)

Although, I would take all 3 Chimays and Russian River's "Damnation" over Duvel in a heartbeat. Same with several of the Unibroue belgians.

Fooferah
July 17th, 2007, 07:34 AM
Well, the thing about Duvel is that it is so deceptive. It's so smooth and like drinking nothing, you forget how high the alcohol is. It's a good standby, but if you're expecting or in the mood for something that is really going to blow you away, go for something bold instead.

Azagthoth
July 17th, 2007, 07:45 AM
I must also note that I had the short n stubby bottle which had a bottle cap. Perhaps next time I will go with the large bottle with the cork in it. I would imagine that would be a bit fresher, and would be more to drink meaning I could experience more of the aromas and taste as it settles down in temperature.

DougW8
July 17th, 2007, 07:45 AM
I finally opened my last bottle of Supplication Ale. This beer is so complex, it is closer to wine then it is beer. It's a brown ale aged for 12 months in oak Pinot Noir barrels with tart cherries added. I had this bottle stored for at least another 18 months after purchase before finally putting it in the fridge.

Nice reddish brown hue, with a wonderful aroma. This is beer meant to be sipped slowly and savored. I wish I had more, but at $10.00 a bottle, it is not in my everyday beer budget.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/full_size/43947.jpg

Azagthoth
July 17th, 2007, 07:47 AM
I had this bottle stored for at least another 18 months after purchase before finally putting it in the fridge.

Talk about willpower !!!

Fooferah
July 17th, 2007, 07:47 AM
Doug, you have to try Angel's Share if you haven't already. Although now that I'm thinking of it, this might not be easy to acquire. I always forget that I am lucky enough to get access to pretty rare or limited brews.

Azagthoth
July 17th, 2007, 07:53 AM
Last night I had a Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Dee-licious !!! I'm not very big on brown ales, but this one would pair excellent with dessert or just to throw in the mix if you're hopped out on the bitter sided brews.

I haven't sampled much from Rogue, but will be picking up more of their brews pretty soon.

Fooferah
July 17th, 2007, 08:01 AM
I love Rogue.

Arrogant Ba$tard
July 17th, 2007, 08:02 AM
Last night I had a Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Dee-licious !!! I'm not very big on brown ales, but this one would pair excellent with dessert or just to throw in the mix if you're hopped out on the bitter sided brews.

I haven't sampled much from Rogue, but will be picking up more of their brews pretty soon.


Everything from Rogue is top-notch. They have a ton of different beers and styles so it might take you a while to try them all.

Arrogant Ba$tard
July 17th, 2007, 08:04 AM
Sam from Stuffed Sandwich had been bugging me to find the '02 for him. He LOVES Stone Brews.

You can likely find an 02 at the Freakin Frog in Las Vegas. But it will cost around $250 if I remember correctly. The place is across the street from UNLV. They have a website: http://www.freakinfrog.com/

Soggy
July 17th, 2007, 08:31 AM
I finally opened my last bottle of Supplication Ale. This beer is so complex, it is closer to wine then it is beer. It's a brown ale aged for 12 months in oak Pinot Noir barrels with tart cherries added. I had this bottle stored for at least another 18 months after purchase before finally putting it in the fridge.

Nice reddish brown hue, with a wonderful aroma. This is beer meant to be sipped slowly and savored. I wish I had more, but at $10.00 a bottle, it is not in my everyday beer budget.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/full_size/43947.jpg


I'm a huge fan of the Supplication brews. So many wonderful things went right with it,a true cornicopia of flavor. I had a six pack of Hebrew Genesis ale last night. Not bad really. Its certified kosher,has a mix of different malts,caramel,dark crystal,munich,and wheat and an array of different hops also which lends it a nice blend of flavor. I'd give it 9 out of 10 it truly was great to the palate.

Soggy
July 17th, 2007, 08:54 AM
Anyone here ever try the Trappis westvlerteen 12 or 8,they're continually rated top ten on every beer site? I also would like feedback on the Dark Lord Imperial stout if any have tried. I can't see paying that much for one without some type of feedback even at 12 percent alcohol.

lunchbox
July 18th, 2007, 11:04 AM
i did a beer run at bevmo yesterday and got some recommended beers you guys had mentioned in previous pages (lagunitas sirius and deschutes black butte).

i also got this:
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s140/MsSkye79/squattersIPA.jpg
it's from a brewery in SLC that my husband used to go to when he lived there. i served it with a vietnamese curry, it was really tasty and went with the coconut milk and spices well. i think it's a good beer to have with any spicy food in general because it compliments that part of your palate well.

my sister in law had the lagunitas though which she really liked. i have yet to try it but will definitely do so soon.

BeerMan
July 19th, 2007, 06:10 PM
the Green Flash EPA isn't that bad at all. a lil bit of an aftertaste, but not bad at all.

I'll try the Squatters next. I've seen it many times but have never gotten around to try it.

RustyMath
July 19th, 2007, 07:33 PM
Hurray! A Bevmo just opened in my area so I went to check it out today. Was disappointed to find the Mad River Steelhead IPA was sold out. But I did manage to find another brew of my mis-spent youth; Mackeson Stout.
http://beer.trash.net/beerpage.php?beernum=1922

feldspar
July 19th, 2007, 11:35 PM
Blue Moon
a bit citrus to it, excellent nonetheless

Azagthoth
July 20th, 2007, 06:32 AM
Blue Moon
a bit citrus to it, excellent nonetheless

For being brewed by Coors it really isn't that bad. The coriander is very present at first (somewhat of a turn off to me) but the oat in the finish really puts everything in place. It's definitely one of the better choices on draft that you're going to see at most chain restaurants (Chili's, Applebees, etc)

Just trying to review it for what it is. Blanche de Chambly kicks its ass, by the way :)

Since we're talking about witbiers, has anybody had the Sam Adams White ale?

lunchbox
July 20th, 2007, 01:56 PM
Since we're talking about witbiers, has anybody had the Sam Adams White ale?

it's one of our fav sam adams'. i also like their black lager and honey ale.

i posted a few pages back that blue moon has a summer edition: the honey moon summer ale. it's a wheat ale brewed with some honey. the flavor is similar to the regular blue moon with a just a slight sweetness to it, not at all sugary or overwhelming. it's pretty good.

i also tried the lagunitas sirius like i said i would, it was pretty good. i liked the smooth flavor. definitely something i'll get again.

rinkrat
July 25th, 2007, 04:48 PM
Just popping a bottle of Bear Republic Racer 5. First impression, VERY mild for an IPA but tastes very refreshing on this hot day!

lunchbox
July 25th, 2007, 05:26 PM
i also tried the deschutes black butte which i think RR recommended many pages back. it was REALLY good. really flavorful, not at all bitter (good for me since i don't like bitter). a really good black beer.

thanks for opening me up to some good beers guys.

i also saw this and got it to try:
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s140/MsSkye79/wailuawheat.jpg
it's a limited release wheat ale with passion fruit brewed into it. my husband hated it, he likes wheats but doesn't like any fruity flavors in his beer. i thought it was all right, it's not as fruity as a lambic, which i do like but tastes like alcoholic fizzy fruit juice... this beer tastes like a beer but with a tropically sweet after taste.

Fooferah
July 25th, 2007, 09:20 PM
I didn't love the Wailua either.

Anyway, if you don't love the bitter, stick with hefes and maltier porters or stouts. definitely steer clear of any IPAs.

lunchbox
July 25th, 2007, 11:27 PM
i don't really like hefes & i've had a few different kinds. they just don't do it for me. i usually steer clear of pale ales and IPA's but the squatter's IPA that i mentioned a week ago was pretty good. i think i can handle smooth bitters, but not the really over powering ones.

oh ya & i love porters and stouts. :)

Fooferah
July 26th, 2007, 06:05 AM
I mentioned the hefes because you posted the other wheat beer, and also they generally have very low IBUs. But maybe they are too plain for you? A porter or stout may have a more readily noticeable depth of flavor.

lunchbox
July 26th, 2007, 12:46 PM
oh ya, hefes make perfect sense for people who like wheats, but for some reason i don't like them. the last one i had was probably a few yrs ago so i forget what aspect of it i didn't like.

and ya, i do like the dark beers for their depth in flavor. :keg:

Fooferah
July 26th, 2007, 02:04 PM
I know you mentioned lambics earlier... ever tried a sour beer? I listed one a couple weeks ago that was really good. You might like some of those as well.

lunchbox
July 26th, 2007, 03:42 PM
no, never heard of sour beer. what was it called? i looked back a couple pages & didn't see it. i'll definitely try it though. :)

Fooferah
July 26th, 2007, 05:02 PM
It was Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale. You might not have seen it because it was at the bottom of my post that day, and I didn't have a pic of the bottle/label, like I did for all the others I listed. I believe my sister picked that one up at Hi Time, so I don't know if it's readily available everywhere, but you should be able to find it at a decent shop.

kingkrazy
August 9th, 2007, 01:48 PM
Didn't really have time to scan this entire thread, so if they have been recommended already, my apologies.
1) Blue Moon - Tried this last year at the Coors Brewery tour in Golden and fell in love with it. A Belgian wheat beer with a taste of citrus, best served with a slice of orange.

2)Just had this one this past week, and there are none left in the fridge, so I don't even have the name. It's made by Pyramid and in the same lines as Hefeweizen, but with apricot. Yummy!!!!

kingkrazy
August 9th, 2007, 01:54 PM
it's one of our fav sam adams'. i also like their black lager and honey ale.

i posted a few pages back that blue moon has a summer edition: the honey moon summer ale. it's a wheat ale brewed with some honey. the flavor is similar to the regular blue moon with a just a slight sweetness to it, not at all sugary or overwhelming. it's pretty good.

i also tried the lagunitas sirius like i said i would, it was pretty good. i liked the smooth flavor. definitely something i'll get again.


I figured some one would have posted Blue Moon, but I tried the summer ale Blue Moon and didn't really like it though. I am finding this whole try different beers rather enjoyable. I stopped drinking beer, well drinking altogether for quite some time now. All I would drink are the "generics", with Amstel Light being at the top of the list. Perhaps I'll venture back to the start of this post and read through it to get some good ideas.

Fooferah
August 9th, 2007, 03:31 PM
2)Just had this one this past week, and there are none left in the fridge, so I don't even have the name. It's made by Pyramid and in the same lines as Hefeweizen, but with apricot. Yummy!!!!

I saw in another thread that you were gonna check out the Yard House. If you do, they have Lost Coast Apricot Wheat, which you will like.

Azagthoth
August 10th, 2007, 06:47 AM
I saw in another thread that you were gonna check out the Yard House. If you do, they have Lost Coast Apricot Wheat, which you will like.

They've got a Yardhouse close to me in Rancho Cucamonga. I've heard from multiple parties that the food is mediocre at best, but you cannot deny their enormous draft selection ! I've only been once but had an Anderson Valley Hop Ottin (sp?) IPA. Very yummy :)

Azagthoth
August 10th, 2007, 06:59 AM
Last weekend I picked up the Rogue Imperial IPA. The bottle (well, somewhat of a bottle.. interesting shape and maybe crafted out of aluminum?) was marked at $13.99. It's a double IPA which is right up my alley so I'm sure this one will be a treat.

Fooferah
August 10th, 2007, 07:30 AM
Anything from Rogue is gonna be good. Even their rum isn't bad!

Azagthoth
August 14th, 2007, 07:00 AM
I got these from Liqourama last Saturday

Trappistes Rochefort 6
Trappistes Rochefort 8
Trappistes Rochefort 10

I'll have some input in a couple weeks after I get to them. Not sure if I'll have any by this weekend, and the weekend after I will be out of town. Ugh I can't wait to sample these highly rated brews.

Azagthoth
August 14th, 2007, 07:08 AM
Anyway, if you don't love the bitter, stick with hefes and maltier porters or stouts. definitely steer clear of any IPAs.

The only IPA exceptions that come to mind would be the BridgePort and Alaskan IPAs. Damn those are good and very mild in bitterness.

Leatherface
August 14th, 2007, 07:51 AM
I just picked up some of this Russian beauty at BevMo in Orange over the weekend, but have yet to try it, and probably wont until I get back from Yosemite on Saturday...
http://www.beersofeurope.co.uk/acatalog/zhiguliovskoye.jpg
http://www.beerlabels.com/labels/full/0/4/7/beerlabels.com-04743.jpg

knuckles13
August 19th, 2007, 12:25 AM
Its all about the Dixie Blackened Voodoo.....

lunchbox
August 19th, 2007, 11:13 PM
i've seen this place mentioned somewhere on LGK (but not sure if in this thread or another). my husband and i went to the goat hill tavern on newport blvd. in costa mesa yesterday.

i got the leffe blonde and he got a hennepin's white ale. his was so so, we've definitely had better whites. but the leffe was excellent. i've had the bottled version in belgium before (also the brune/brown variety), and the draught was noticeably superior.

anyway, i know leffe isn't totally new to everyone here, but anyone who hasn't been to this place should totally go. i used to go all the time when i was going to UCI, but that was more than 5 yrs ago. i also didn't have as much of a taste for beer as i do now and used to get strawberry stolis and 7ups instead. i did actually try my first premium beer there eventually and developed my favorism towards boddington's though. it's a classic dive bar, too, for anyone into that.

i noticed they also had the deschutes black butte on tap amidst 100 others. they even have the various beers separated into a menu of whites, pilsners, blondes, brown ales, etc. for you to choose from.

Azagthoth
August 20th, 2007, 07:05 AM
I picked up a 6'er of the Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale on Saturday while at Liqourama. Can't wait to try it ! It's an American IPA and should be similar to the Harvest Ale or Celebration Ale.

mitchrock
August 20th, 2007, 09:48 AM
Picked up some of Anchor's Old Foghorn on Friday night. Pretty good Barley wine. Weak in alcohol content at 8/8%, but very good flavor.

http://www.anchorbrewing.com/images/bottle_oldfoghorn12oz.jpg

BeerMan
August 20th, 2007, 10:23 PM
Its all about the Dixie Blackened Voodoo.....

are they back in production now??!!

mitchrock
September 1st, 2007, 09:31 AM
Great trip to BevMo yesterday. Picked up a 6er of Stone Oaked AB which Ididn't even know was out yet. Also picked up Sam Adam Honey Porter 6 pick. Been many years since I've seen them in a 6er.

sonnyboy11
September 3rd, 2007, 12:42 AM
OAKED ARROGANT BASTARD ALERT!!!!

Probably old news. But I just got back from the BevMo on Sepulveda in the SF Valley and they had several cases of Oaked Bastard in six packs!

You all know what to do.

DougW8
September 3rd, 2007, 09:15 AM
I still have some from last year.

Lososaurus
September 3rd, 2007, 10:54 AM
Boddingtons, delicious!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boddingtons

BeerMan
September 3rd, 2007, 05:16 PM
Great trip to BevMo yesterday. Picked up a 6er of Stone Oaked AB which Ididn't even know was out yet. Also picked up Sam Adam Honey Porter 6 pick. Been many years since I've seen them in a 6er.


OAKED ARROGANT BASTARD ALERT!!!!

Probably old news. But I just got back from the BevMo on Sepulveda in the SF Valley and they had several cases of Oaked Bastard in six packs!

You all know what to do.
the Oaked Bastard is available year-round now. thanks for the heads up on the Van Nuys location. I have not been too happy with them regarding the availability of most brews that one can otherwise easily get at the WeHo location, just over the hill from here.


I still have some from last year.
I polished off my last Oaked last week in anticipation of the new arrivals. lemme tell ya, that stuff ages well.

mitchrock
September 4th, 2007, 01:01 PM
Enjoyes Stome IPA on tap for the first time last night at Lazy Dog Cafe. Good stuff. Sampled Lazy Dog's own IPA, not impressed. Another good IPA on tap there is Lagunitas.

DougW8
September 4th, 2007, 07:42 PM
I polished off my last Oaked last week in anticipation of the new arrivals. lemme tell ya, that stuff ages well.


That it does. I have never tried the Dixie Blackened Voodoo, which has been mentioned several times. I was reading the the brewery survived Katrina, and I'm going to New Orleans for a conference in March. St Patrick's Day in New Orleans, there just has to be some beer flowing.

Azagthoth
September 5th, 2007, 08:37 AM
I had a Great White from the Lost Coast Brewery this weekend. Fantastic !!! Blue Moon doesn't have **** on the Great White. Lost Coast does it right with not overloading the coriander.

Also downed a 6'er of the Sam Adams Octoberfest that I found at Bevmo on Monday. I honestly believe it is the best out of the whole SA selection (at least the ones I have had). So freakin' tasty and easy to dust off the whole 6 pack. Simply delicious !

I also grabbed a 6'er of the Firestone Lager. Unbelievably clean and crisp ! The perfect beer for the heat wave we encountered last week. One of my favorite lagers, hands down. This one doesn't lack a single characteristic of a flawless lager !

BeerMan
September 5th, 2007, 06:02 PM
That it does. I have never tried the Dixie Blackened Voodoo, which has been mentioned several times. I was reading the the brewery survived Katrina, and I'm going to New Orleans for a conference in March. St Patrick's Day in New Orleans, there just has to be some beer flowing.

I grabbed whatever that was left of Blackened Voodoo at the Bevmo when I heard about the brewery getting flooded out.

that beer is one of my favorites. think I have a pack left now. I also have a few Crimson Reds left.

BeerMan
September 5th, 2007, 06:05 PM
I also grabbed a 6'er of the Firestone Lager. Unbelievably clean and crisp ! The perfect beer for the heat wave we encountered last week. One of my favorite lagers, hands down. This one doesn't lack a single characteristic of a flawless lager !

Firestone does crank out some great stuff. you should try more of their other brews.

Mr. Irreverent
September 5th, 2007, 07:56 PM
Anchor Porter. Live It, Love It.
http://www.bigfoamyhead.com/galleryimages/porter_bottle.jpg

Azagthoth
September 6th, 2007, 06:33 AM
Firestone does crank out some great stuff. you should try more of their other brews.

Their Pale Ale is pretty good, and I love the DB. The DB is one of my favorites out there.

I need to try the Porter again though.

mitchrock
September 6th, 2007, 11:17 AM
Anchor Porter. Live It, Love It.
http://www.bigfoamyhead.com/galleryimages/porter_bottle.jpg

mmmmmmmm Thirsty!

Arrogant Ba$tard
September 6th, 2007, 03:42 PM
I can't wait for the AB 11th Ann Ale to be released. I've recently had one of my 9th Ann's and it has aged wonderfully.

rinkrat
September 13th, 2007, 02:38 PM
I got this bottle to drink with the choice porterhouse and organic corn on the cob before the game tonight. Picked them all up at Bristol Farms today.

http://www.letsgokings.com/gallery/files/1/stone_11th_anniversary.jpg

It might make listening to the radio more bearable.

rinkrat
September 13th, 2007, 05:13 PM
Stone 11th Anniversary Ale

This is a beer that hits you with a heavy citrus scent and taste kind of like grapefruit as soon as you pop the cap and take that first chug. It also has a heavy hops taste that goes real well with the fruity top end. After about 1/3 of the bottle all of the tastes congeal into a real satisfying brew. By the time you hit the bottom, who gives a damn? Grab some while you can!

Azagthoth
September 16th, 2007, 06:25 PM
I had 3 bottles of the Stone 11th Anniversary this weekend. Rinkrat pretty much summed it up ! Beeradvocate.com has it classified as an American Strong Ale, but to me it's more of a "Black IPA" if you will. Very hoppy and citrusy, but at the same time quite mellow yet very complex. It's safe to say that this is the most filling beer I have ever had. It was pretty difficult to put down 2 in one sitting, but I managed.

It also gives an interesting buzz as well. Not the typical beer buzz that I am accustomed to. Anybody else get this too ?

All in all, another stellar brew from the wondrous Stone. The 10th is still my favorite though.

Arrogant Ba$tard
September 20th, 2007, 07:53 AM
Finally had an 11th Ann last night. Wow. Very good. I agree with the tasting notes already posted here. What a floral nose from the moment you open it and pour it. I bought about 10 but might get a few more for aging. Followed it up with a 2006 Limited Release Barleywine from Stone. That was really good too.

mitchrock
September 20th, 2007, 10:14 AM
If you like the 11th Anniversary, try Lagunitas Undercover Ale. Even better than the Stone's 11th. Both are great beers.

Azagthoth
October 3rd, 2007, 10:15 AM
In the past couple of weeks I have tried the following:)

Rogue Chocolate Stout (loved it !)

Green Flash Barleywine Style Ale (also loved it!)

Trappistes Rochefort 6 (came all over myself!)

Azagthoth
October 5th, 2007, 07:42 AM
Last night I had the Rogue Shakespeare Stout. Just delicious !

Its a toss up between that and their Chocolate Stout, can't say I'd pick one over the other. But the best stout I have had to date is by far the Russian Imperial Stout from Stone. That one is supernatural in every aspect.

mitchrock
October 5th, 2007, 11:06 AM
Az, totally agree with you about Stone haivng the best stout in the Imperial Russian. Need to try Green Flash Barley wine.

Fooferah
October 5th, 2007, 11:09 AM
I'd go with Shakespeare in that contest.

Azagthoth
October 5th, 2007, 11:33 AM
Az, totally agree with you about Stone haivng the best stout in the Imperial Russian. Need to try Green Flash Barley wine.

Go up 4 posts :)

Azagthoth
October 5th, 2007, 11:34 AM
I'd go with Shakespeare in that contest.

I would have to agree now that I think about it. In the end I prefer a brew less on the chocolate side, but I did love that Chocolate Stout nonetheless.

DougW8
October 5th, 2007, 12:02 PM
I'd go with Shakespeare in that contest.

I'm with you on this one.

Fooferah
October 5th, 2007, 12:36 PM
What you need to do is get yourself a good quality chocolate truffle and eat it with the choc stout. I don't usually care for chocolate that much, but it's damn good.

rinkrat
October 5th, 2007, 02:19 PM
I was at the Yardhouse and tried some GREEN FLASH IPA and it was very good. If you like IPA's give this one a try.

http://www.greenflashbrew.com/taproom.html

Azagthoth
October 8th, 2007, 07:43 AM
Yesterday afternoon I had an AleSmith "Anvil ESB". Impressive stuff ! The quality is evident, no doubt - but ESBs just don't do much for me as a whole. In the end I'd prefer something more hoppy. Just my personal preference there.

Last night I had Rogue's "Santa's Private Reserve Ale". Yummm !!! I had this one before, a few years back and decided it was time to give it another shot (I'm working on sampling everything that I can from Rogue right now). This one was damn smooth and crisp, with an excellent biscuity vanilla flavor that ends with a nice bite. Definitely one of the best ambers I have had.

mitchrock
October 8th, 2007, 09:41 AM
Tried Green Flash's Barley Wine as well as Moylan's Barley Wine. Both were pretty good. Preferred Green Flash's. Anchor and Stone do a better job at the Barley wine than the 2 I tried this past weekend.

Azagthoth
October 8th, 2007, 10:24 AM
Tried Green Flash's Barley Wine as well as Moylan's Barley Wine. Both were pretty good. Preferred Green Flash's. Anchor and Stone do a better job at the Barley wine than the 2 I tried this past weekend.

Never tried Anchor's Barleywine, but Stone's is out of this world.

What I would call my favorite beer right now, would be Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale. Tried that one Mitch ?

rinkrat
October 8th, 2007, 10:42 AM
I had my first Dead Guy Ale the other night, I'm not sure why I avoided it all this time but it was really good, in a Stone kind of way. I'll buy more soon :)

mitchrock
October 8th, 2007, 10:52 AM
Never tried Anchor's Barleywine, but Stone's is out of this world.

What I would call my favorite beer right now, would be Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale. Tried that one Mitch ?

HAve not tried Sierra NEvada's yet. Been keeping an eye out for it. Their Anniversary is really good. Also was recommended to try their Harvest.

TONGA
October 8th, 2007, 11:02 AM
Steel Reserve... finish two 40's of that in a sitting, I dare ya.

Arrogant Ba$tard
October 9th, 2007, 08:10 AM
Steel Reserve... finish two 40's of that in a sitting, I dare ya.

Isn't that what you brought to one of the golf games? Someone did and you drank them.

mitchrock
October 9th, 2007, 08:26 AM
Tried Moylan's Hopsickle Imperial Ale last night and was very impressed. Put it up there with Hebrew's Lenny's R.I.P.A.; Bitter and hoppy, yum!

Azagthoth
October 9th, 2007, 08:39 AM
Tried Moylan's Hopsickle Imperial Ale last night and was very impressed. Put it up there with Hebrew's Lenny's R.I.P.A.; Bitter and hoppy, yum!

I think my BevMo here has that one. I'll pick it up next run :)

Azagthoth
October 9th, 2007, 08:40 AM
Steel Reserve... finish two 40's of that in a sitting, I dare ya.

I could do that, but would rather get hammered off of a decent brew at least. How about a 6 pack of Bigfoot instead :) Or 4 Double Bastards? Now you're talkin !

mitchrock
October 9th, 2007, 10:06 AM
I could do that, but would rather get hammered off of a decent brew at least. How about a 6 pack of Bigfoot instead :) Or 4 Double Bastards? Now you're talkin !

I miss Double Bastards!

evilgeek
October 9th, 2007, 10:10 AM
YouTube - Blue Velvet Pabst Blue Ribbon

only cause i love this clip....

Azagthoth
October 9th, 2007, 10:28 AM
I miss Double Bastards!

They'll be in stores at the end of this month :)

lath19
October 9th, 2007, 11:10 AM
Had a couple of beers from Butte Creek Brewing over the weekend. A Pale Ale and their Pilsner. Both were terrible. Stay away.

rinkrat
October 11th, 2007, 05:55 PM
Tried Moylan's Hopsickle Imperial Ale last night and was very impressed. Put it up there with Hebrew's Lenny's R.I.P.A.; Bitter and hoppy, yum!



I picked up a bottle at the Wine Country along with a 6-pack of oaked Bastard which I haven't seen in awhile.

Fooferah
October 11th, 2007, 10:24 PM
I saw 6 packs of Oaked Bastard at Whole Foods the other day. Lots of 11th Anniversary too.

lunchbox
October 11th, 2007, 11:33 PM
i just had some oaked bastard today with my dinner. :ggrin: :beerchug:

Azagthoth
October 12th, 2007, 07:09 AM
A couple nights ago I had Greenflash's "Imperial IPA". Outstanding !!! I truly think I would pick it over Stone's Ruination, and that is saying a bunch ! We all know hwo great Ruination is. I'll need to have at least 2 more tall bottles of it and the Ruination again to come to that conclusion though. I was highly impressed to say the least !

Also had Ballast Point's "Black Marlin Porter" yesterday evening. VERY drinkable and smooth for a porter. Not overly done with the coffee and roast characteristics, maybe a bit of vanilla/sweet kind of touch to it. I'm definitely going back for more. I was kinda skeptical at first, since I thought Ballast Point's Amber Ale was pretty lousy, but this porter shocked the hell out of me. Two thumbs up :)

Andrew
October 12th, 2007, 08:10 AM
one more year and I get to drink. Aunt Stephanie promised to take me to Stone Brewery and then of course to Hooters for some Hot Wings.

rinkrat
October 13th, 2007, 02:09 PM
I was surprised to find some Oaked Bastard also and enjoyed every drop. That's one of my fave beers for sure.. Here is what's on today's menu:

http://www.letsgokings.com/gallery/files/1/IMG_1963.JPG

mitchrock
October 15th, 2007, 11:55 AM
http://www.sevenpack.net/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/samadamshallertaupilsner.jpg

Sam Adam Hallertau Imperial Pilsner

A nice hoppy beer by Sam Adams. Picked up a 4 pack at Bevmo and love it.

Fooferah
October 21st, 2007, 07:35 PM
Finally had the 11th Anniversary tonight. Damn, that stuff is intense.

Btw, I think I've mentioned it before (but just reminded of it because my dad picked up another bottle), you hop heads need to try Port Brewing's Hop 15. It's in stock right now at BevMo.

Azagthoth
October 22nd, 2007, 10:03 AM
I had the Moylan's Hopsickle last Thursday evening. Very complex and definitely lots going on. Not quite as devastating to the palate as Stone's Ruination (which left me dissapointed because I am a hop head and thought a "hopsickle" would be up there in bitterness). I found the balanced lacked a bit, but overall I enjoyed it and would grab another one next time at Liquorama.

Had the Hop Ottin IPA on Friday night. DELICIOUS !!! I had it once on draft at The Yardhouse, but that was after I had a crappy so called Hef from Lucille's BBQ which totally interfered with the greatness of the Hop Ottin IPA. I was glad I picked up a 6'er of it in bottles. Definitely up there with my favorite IPAs. Very well balanced as far as the malt & hops go. It really doesn't get any better.

mitchrock
October 22nd, 2007, 11:38 AM
Lagunitas Imperial Red is out now. Had some with dsctaz yesterday. Good stuff.

lunchbox
October 23rd, 2007, 08:30 PM
Blue Moon has a winter ale out called Full Moon. I just got some yesterday and it's really good. I don't have a picture because it's pretty new and I couldn't find a jpeg anywhere. It's brewed with roasted malts and dark Belgian sugar.

Also got the Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner today that Mitchrock recommended above. That stuff is strong! It's really rich. I don't think I'll get it again, but definitely good for those who like the hops.
I had to go to Bevmo for this so I grabbed a Stone 11th anniversary while I was at it... can't wait to try it. :)

Azagthoth
October 24th, 2007, 08:39 AM
I had Rogue's "Dead Guy Ale" last night. Very damn smooth and exceptionally clean just like the rest of their brews :) Good **** !

Crazy_Ivan
October 24th, 2007, 10:11 AM
http://www.theartofdrink.com/blog/img/innis_2Dgunn.jpg

Innis & Gunn oak-aged beer is like no other.

Our pioneering production process is unique to us, a world first.

In fact, it was discovered by accident!

Using oak to age beer is unheard of. But, the flavours imparted by the oak barrels (previously used to mature bourbon) lend an incredible depth of
taste. Think vanilla, toffee and orange aromas, with a malty,
lightly oaked palate; soothing and warm in the finish.

There is nothing like this among mass produced beers.

Try it and see for yourself...

Fooferah
October 24th, 2007, 10:35 AM
Using oak to age beer is unheard of.

Since when?

Crazy_Ivan
October 24th, 2007, 10:39 AM
Since when?

Sorry I guess that came off like I had written that, should have used the inverted commas. It comes from here.

http://www.innisandgunn.com/

Taste wise, its excellent and i dont often like British beers.

Fooferah
October 24th, 2007, 10:58 AM
I figured you were quoting. I just meant that was kind of funny that they claimed that. Plenty of beers are aged in oak barrels.

Btw, you probably can't get any, but Lost Abbey's Angel's Share is the best bourbon barrel aged beer ever. So, so good.

Crazy_Ivan
October 24th, 2007, 11:04 AM
I figured you were quoting. I just meant that was kind of funny that they claimed that. Plenty of beers are aged in oak barrels.

Btw, you probably can't get any, but Lost Abbey's Angel's Share is the best bourbon barrel aged beer ever. So, so good.

Im comming over to the states soon, so I will give it a go, thanks for the heads up. Im very impressed with the ammount and quality of micro brewery beer that is comming out of the U.S.

Azagthoth
October 25th, 2007, 06:30 AM
Last night was Young's Oatmeal Stout. Not bad, not bad. Pretty damn smooth and very drinkable for a stout. Rogue's Shakespeare Stout is far better though.

dgrycan
October 30th, 2007, 12:32 AM
Now that the Winter brews are starting to hit the stores, I picked up a sixer of New Belgium's "2 Degrees Below", which I really enjoyed. I think I'll wait until temps drop a bit more, though, because I did get a rather uncomfortable warming afterwards. Also got my lot of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.

Azagthoth
October 30th, 2007, 06:31 AM
Now that the Winter brews are starting to hit the stores, I picked up a sixer of New Belgium's "2 Degrees Below", which I really enjoyed. I think I'll wait until temps drop a bit more, though, because I did get a rather uncomfortable warming afterwards. Also got my lot of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.

Is the Celebration Ale out already?????

Fooferah
October 30th, 2007, 07:52 AM
Yep, it is. But in the meantime, you can also still get some SN Harvest Ale.

dgrycan
October 30th, 2007, 10:19 AM
Is the Celebration Ale out already?????According to the dude I talked to at BevMo, it arrived Friday afternoon.

Azagthoth
October 30th, 2007, 11:26 AM
Yep, it is. But in the meantime, you can also still get some SN Harvest Ale.

I haven't been able to find that at BevMo yet :(

I am really looking forward to that stuff. It was great on draft when I had it last year.

Fooferah
October 30th, 2007, 03:11 PM
That's why you need a backup source, because BevMo is great but they don't always have everything you need.

Azagthoth
October 30th, 2007, 04:50 PM
I just checked with 3 stores out here and none have the SN Harvest Ale. I am really running out of options :(

rubo17
November 1st, 2007, 11:27 PM
I recently tried some russian beer... It was really good... They have it at Jon's Supermarkets... If you guys find it I would recommend the #5 and #9 brew (8%alcohol!)... The brews range from 1-9... Make your pick!
http://www.robertamsterdam.com/baltika0626.jpg
http://www.baltikabeer.com/imgs/brands/baltika_5.jpg
http://www.baltikabeer.com/imgs/brands/baltika_9.jpg

~NiHiLiSt310~
November 1st, 2007, 11:30 PM
Is the Celebration Ale out already?????

off topic, but slayer is an awesome band:awesome:

Azagthoth
November 2nd, 2007, 07:42 AM
I recently tried some russian beer... It was really good... They have it at Jon's Supermarkets... If you guys find it I would recommend the #5 and #9 brew (8%alcohol!)... The brews range from 1-9... Make your pick!


Great call on the Baltika ! Their "Russian Wheat Ale" or whatever it is called, is up there with the best wheat ales I have ever had. Only 2 bucks for a tall bottle too at most stores !

rinkrat
November 12th, 2007, 04:11 PM
GREEN FLASH WEST COAST IPA

http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/full_size/44905.jpg

A classic IPA with a heavy hops bite and a kick that will stun a mule.

Excellent on tap or in the bottle!

I first tried it at the Yardhouse and enjoyed it a lot.
Yesterday I picked up a sixer at the Wine Country in LB
and it's equally as good in the bottle!

B U R P ! ! !

Azagthoth
November 13th, 2007, 08:30 AM
Rink - Have you had their Imperial IPA? It is out-effing-standing !

rinkrat
November 18th, 2007, 10:50 AM
Yeah I think I tried that, "triple hoppy" or something like that. It was good too, I love IPA's!

Fooferah
November 18th, 2007, 07:39 PM
Hey Az, I found 24oz bottles of SN Harvest Ale at the Cypress BevMo today, so they're still out there.

Azagthoth
November 19th, 2007, 08:38 AM
Hey Az, I found 24oz bottles of SN Harvest Ale at the Cypress BevMo today, so they're still out there.

Thanks for keeping the eye out for me ! Luckily, I got it on draft at Danny K's in Anaheim a couple of Fridays ago, and T Phillips Alehouse here in La Verne has it as well. If I am in the cypress area anytime soon I'll drop by :) Thanks again !

Fooferah
November 19th, 2007, 08:41 AM
Oh awesome! Glad you got to have some.