Fabulously Fermented


VERY brief impressions on beers I've been lucky enough to encounter

Blazing World

Amber Ale
(Modern Times Beer, San Diego CA)

Very Good

If it wasn’t for the slightly over-sweet nature of the amber style in general I would rate this beer as excellent! It’s the most enjoyable amber I’ve ever had. Seriously! Hopped to hell with Nelson Sauvin, Mosaic, and Simcoe but with a lot of bready malts to attempt a balance. But wow oh wow, it’s very hop forward. 85 IBU’s…85! Do try this.

Available year-round.

The Maharaja
DIPA (Avery Brewing Company, Boulder CO)Very Good This has been kicking around for awhile so it’s easy to forget it. A pretty serious Double IPA. Lots of everything. Seasonal. 10.5% abv.

The Maharaja

DIPA
(Avery Brewing Company, Boulder CO)

Very Good

This has been kicking around for awhile so it’s easy to forget it. A pretty serious Double IPA. Lots of everything. Seasonal. 10.5% abv.

Hottenroth

Berliner Weisse
(The Bruery, Placentia CA)

Very Good

An extremely tart wheat beer. It’s sour without any sweetness at all. A perfect beer for summer.

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Hottenroth (with raspberry syrup)

The same beer but with raspberry syrup
When the syrup is added it almost starts coming close to *wine cooler* sweetness territory. I prefer to drink it straight, as originally intended.

Hottenroth (with woodruff syrup)

The same beer but with woodruff syrup which imparts a green hue and tastes EXACTLY like the marshmallows in Lucky Charms cereal. Exactly like them!

El Steinber
Dark Lager (Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville CA)
Fair to Good
A pleasant enough Schwarzbier, not terribly memorable though.

El Steinber

Dark Lager
(Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville CA)

Fair to Good

A pleasant enough Schwarzbier, not terribly memorable though.

Brother David Abbey Style Ale
Dubbel (Anderson Valley Brewing, Boonville, CA)Good
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.

Brother David Abbey Style Ale

Dubbel
(Anderson Valley Brewing, Boonville, CA)

Good

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.

Summer Solstice
Cream Ale (Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville CA)
Fair
Outside of this having a pleasantly creamy mouthfeel, I don’t this tastes very good at all.

Summer Solstice

Cream Ale
(Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville CA)

Fair

Outside of this having a pleasantly creamy mouthfeel, I don’t this tastes very good at all.

Boont Amber Ale
American Amber  (Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville CA)
Good
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.

Boont Amber Ale

American Amber
(Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville CA)

Good

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.

The Pumpkin Beer portion of tomorrow’s tasting. I’m sure there are a few good ones in there

The Pumpkin Beer portion of tomorrow’s tasting. I’m sure there are a few good ones in there

Joe’s Premium American Pilsner
Pilsner (Avery Brewing Company, Boulder CO)
Fair
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.

Joe’s Premium American Pilsner

Pilsner
(Avery Brewing Company, Boulder CO)

Fair

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)
Very Good
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.

Copper Cone Pale Ale

American Pale Ale
(Epic Brewing Company, Salt Lake City UT)

Very Good

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.

Ellezelloise Hercule Stout
Imperial Stout (Brasserie des Légendes, Ellezelles Belgium)
Good
A nice beer. Not terribly complex but what one might expect from an imperial stout. A little on the watery side, yet has a pleasant silky quality. Roasty, cocoa, chocolate, even some licorice. Finishes dry.

Ellezelloise Hercule Stout

Imperial Stout
(Brasserie des Légendes, Ellezelles Belgium)

Good

A nice beer. Not terribly complex but what one might expect from an imperial stout. A little on the watery side, yet has a pleasant silky quality. Roasty, cocoa, chocolate, even some licorice. Finishes dry.

Gudelos
Imperial Stout (Bryggeriet Djævlebryg, Copenhagen Denmark)
Very Good
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”.

Gudelos

Imperial Stout (Bryggeriet Djævlebryg, Copenhagen Denmark)

Very Good

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”.

Alpha Session
American Pale Ale (Drake’s Brewing Company, San Leandro CA)
Good
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.

Alpha Session

American Pale Ale
(Drake’s Brewing Company, San Leandro CA)

Good

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.

Furious
IPA (Surly Brewing Company, Brooklyn Center MN)
Very Good
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!

Furious

IPA
(Surly Brewing Company, Brooklyn Center MN)

Very Good

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)
Very Good
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.

Belgian Summer Ale

Belgian-style Pale ale
(Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Redlands CA)

Very Good

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.