Brother David Abbey Style Ale
(Anderson Valley Brewing, Boonville, CA)
No head to speak of really. A rich cloudy brown appearance with tiny bubbles of carbonation. Flavor was dark fruits (cherries, plums) also bananas and pears. Caramel, toffee, butterscotch. Malty with some hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with an alcohol bite. A bit too sweet for me. I found it hard to drink the second half of this. Not my favorite Anderson Valley and far from my favorite dubbel .
Respectable enough, but not really that memorable.
Boont Amber Ale
(Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville CA)
This is pretty much one of the standard bearers for the style. Not a style that particularly excites me but you could do a lot worse than drinking this one. Moderate and balanced in all areas. Easy to drink while still being flavorful.
Joe’s Premium American Pilsner
(Avery Brewing Company, Boulder CO)
I don’t really want to say this is a bad beer as it’s not. It’s just average, (perhaps that’s the intent)…to make a beer you simply don’t reflect upon when one drinks it but merely quenches thirst.
However, as far as these kind of “lawnmower” styles go, I’d sooner grab for a Prima Pils or Dale’s Pale Ale than this “average” Joe.
Copper Cone Pale Ale
American Pale Ale
(Epic Brewing Company, Salt Lake City UT)
This is good stuff. A big bready pale ale with a lot of hopping. This is really bordering on IPA territory…not that anyone really has a problem with that. The hops vary with the batch so each one will be slightly different but still it’s well worth picking up a bottle if you see it.
Imperial Stout (Bryggeriet Djævlebryg, Copenhagen Denmark)
This Godless full bodied stout has delicious chocolate and coffee flavors. Quite roasty with hints of licorice. Good stuff.
From the brewer:
“Bryggeriet Djævlebryg and the Danish Atheist Society have entered into an unholy alliance and the result is *Godless*: This first batch is a somehow accessible imperial stout with its 8.9% abv. It offers burnt notes from the malt mingled with sweet nuances and a warming depth from the alcohol.
This brew is primarly aimed at members of the Atheist Society, but it will also be available in selected shops and bars. In these times, when companies are expected to show social responsibility, we in the brewery have decided to follow suit: For each bottle or draft sold we donate 1 Danish Krone to the Danish Atheist Society”.
American Pale Ale
(Drake’s Brewing Company, San Leandro CA)
Nice, highly drinkable beer at only 3.8% abv. It’s a session ale they are calling a “Nor Cal Bitter”. So that might give you an idea. Imagine a Fuller’s ESB but dry hopped with Citra and Simcoe and there you go. A lot of flavor for a light summertime beer. Probably the best session beer I’ve had yet.
(Surly Brewing Company, Brooklyn Center MN)
A full-bodied, seriously good IPA from Minnesota . A bit sweeter than most but needed to balance all those hops. This features smoked Scottish malt. Only 6.2% but seems more massive than that. 99 IBU’s just so you know. A bitter bomb!
Belgian Summer Ale
Belgian-style Pale ale
(Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Redlands CA)
Really nice sour-mashed Belgian Pale adding just a bit of “twang” to the yeast’s phenols and esters resulting in a pretty refreshing taste. Neither overly complex nor overly simple, it’s almost a perfect beer for outdoor summer afternoons with it’s backbone of mild pineapple throughout.