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#3376 AaronS

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 02:43 AM

mikkeller nyc back to the whiteboard new england style india pale ale - 7% abv. this one had azaaca, citra, mosaic, amarillo, and cascade, which sounds like a nice combination of old and new hops. this is a little too bitter for me, but there’s some melon and pine, and the beer is juicier than it seems at first, but this isn’t that interesting, which isn’t what you expect from mikkeller blah blah blah.

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 04:42 AM

other half x trillium x cellarmaker juice ribbons imperial india pale ale - 9.4% abv. trillium is a boston area brewery that was one of the first ne ipa specialists to really ramp up production, and since my experience of “their” beer has been mostly other half collabs I’ll note that their original collaboration with other half, street green, was the primary cause of the long lines that put other half’s stuff out of my reach, although the growler I managed to snag later that week (reviewed upthread) was probably the best oh beer I’d had at that point. that was a few years ago, and we’re now at the point that even names like trillium (or cellarmaker, a california brewery that’s a part of the same collab/festival circuit) aren’t enough to make beers sell out immediately. this one has a mix of mosaic, nelson, citra, centennial, enigma, and galaxy which is split between the pineapple and guava end of the tropical fruit you’d expect with the antipodean hops, and some weird fruit that has some of the berry you expect with mosaic but none of the usual centennial flavors blah blah. so is this actually better than the non-collab oh beers the way street green owas? no, not really. it’s somewhere between the occasional bad oh beer and the more citra than all citra with the experimental hop product that was the best dipa I’d had in ages. recommended.

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 04:13 AM

evil twin brewing new york city x bellwoods brewery pale ale brewed with açaí, strawberry, banana, blueberry, coconut and milk sugar - 5.6% abv. bellwoods is a toronto brewery that’s started sending kegs down here recently, which have mostly been barrel aged sours made with fruit. the label doesn’t say sour, unlike most of the fruit focused low abv beers you see around, but this does have a small hit of tartness towards the end. this more or less tastes like a nice fruit smoothie, all of the named fruits come through and the banana is underneath the other flavors the way it often is in smoothies. the carbonation is probably the most beer like thing about this apart from maybe a hint of malt in the finish. if you ignore the pale ale part this is more or less as described I guess, and the fruit notes are all well done and there’s more nuance than there would be in a soda or juice.

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 05:50 AM

evil twin brewing new york city x civil society brewing company even more pulp double dry hopped double india pale ale hops: mosaic - 8% abv. civil society is a west palm beach area brewery that’s a part of the festival/collaboration circuit, which is all I got on them. this is a really nice beer, it’s got the combination of citrus and the weird not quite berry flavor that you get in other half’s all mosaic beers, but this is just a tad more bitter and a little bit less sweet, and maybe I’m just splitting imaginary hairs, but this is a little bit better than the way I remember other half’s double mosaic daydream, which is pretty high praise. recommended.

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Posted 21 July 2019 - 12:49 PM

evil twin brewing nyc x fuerst wiacek das leben ist kein ponyhoff double dry hopped double india pale ale hops: citra, bru-1, idaho 7 - 8.5% abv. fuerst wiacek is the brewery in berlin that’s a part of the international collab/festival set. this tastes a lot like last nights beer, it’s got the same combination of soft, nuanced hops and bitterness. there’s a mild version of the bubble tea and lemongrass you get from idaho 7, along with some melon, odd pine, and citrus. another really solid hoppy beer from etny.

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Posted 23 July 2019 - 10:07 PM

tired hands shambolic: a dry hopped spelt saison ale fermented on oak - 6.5% abv. tired hands is an ardmore, pa (philly mainline) brewery that’s made some of the best beer I’ve had over the last few years. they haven’t needed to distribute much of their beer over the last few years, but their stuff is getting easier to find in brooklyn bars, and I bought this at a bottle shop. this was bottled about nine months ago, but the bottle says their farmhouse yeast will continue to develop, and this is pretty enjoyable even if the simcoe and nelson this was dry hopped with isn’t that apparent. there’s some really light crackery malt notes, which are followed by some lemon and maybe apricot with hints of really nice brett and some rich grapefruit in the finish. I don’t drink that much yeast driven beer anymore but this is really nice, blah blah.

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Posted 24 July 2019 - 05:12 AM

evil twin brewing new york city x the veil brewing company luxurious luxury volume one imperial berliner gose brewed with marshmallow, italian plum, raspberry, and merlot salt - 9% abv. I keep buying these, for whatever reason, and while I wouldn’t want this to be the next ne ipa this is pleasant enough. this has a really thick mouthfeel, more so than any milkshake I’ve had, and I’m surprised that there’s no lactose in it, although it doesn’t taste like there is. the fruit flavors have a sweet, almost creamy undertone to them, and there’s a mixture of the kind of lacto tartness you get in the grimm pop series, along with more salinity than I can remember in any other beer. this is surprisingly well put together, the plum and raspberry flavors are well done and balanced, etc etc etc. recommended to me.

eta: I forgot to mention that this is a nice looking, opaque shade of purple.

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 03:28 AM

evil twin brewing new york city x threes brewing I forgot I was going to be in china pilsner - 5% abv. this is a very nice straight forward pilsner - there’s some slightly sweet malt, some slightly grassy citrus hop notes, etc. this tastes a lot like vilet, threes ubiquitous pilsner that really should be better, and is even mildly disappointing compared to the other etny pilsners I’ve had.

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 01:07 AM

burial brewing company + highland park brewing the things we conjure india pale ale - 7.5% abv. asheville’s burial is one of those larger breweries that seems to do a good job of staying current, I was happy to see reasonably fresh cans of one of their one offs at my local bottle shop. this one was double dry hopped with galaxy, vic secret, eukanot cryo and nugget, which is a nice mixture of new and old. it’s definitely the weird combination of pine and bitter citrus you get with eukanot, along with some peach and melon and antipodean tropical stuff. this is definitely in the bottom quartile of the ipas I used to.

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 12:11 AM

finback oscillation 17 double india pale ale - 8.5% abv. this version has simcoe, citra, and amarillo, and tastes about like that sounds, only with a little more bitterness than you’d expect from a new style beer. there’s some nice fruit (papaya, melon, bitter citrus) and only a hint of booze. this is solid, but a little behind the typical oh offering.

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Posted 29 July 2019 - 04:13 AM

mikkellersd citra eyes new england style india pale ale - 7.7% abv. this is a pretty well put together ne ipa, there’s a nice mixture of grapefruit, orange, and maybe melon, and there’s some slightly sweet oats in the finish that give everything some depth. this isn’t crisp and bright as some of the local stuff, but a more restrained take on this style isn’t a bad thing, etc etc. recommended to brand loyalists.

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Posted 30 July 2019 - 03:16 AM

evil twin brewing x monkish brewing co no msg no ipa double dry hopped triple india pale ale hops: nelson, citra, galaxy - 11% abv. monkish is one of the biggest names on the american beer trading/collab/festival scene, the name is a reference to the brewer’s heritage and their initial intent to focus on farmhouse ales and saisons. I’ve had some of their beer on tap, mostly at other half, and it really seems like exactly the same thing other half is doing, only a little less sweet. and... etny seems to be able to able to use the very best names to increase interest in their brewery, and this is definitely a very, very good modern triple ipa. I looked at monkish’s beer advocate page to see if they regularly made such high abv hoppy beer, and there was only one hoppy beer with a higher abv, which was (of course) a collaboration with evil twin. this has a really nice mixture of peach, pineapple, orange, and a little bit of lychee/NZ white wine. there’s almost no booze, which is really rare in this kind of beer, and definitely not true of the one oh tipa with a similar abv, and this really drinks like it’s 8%, etc etc. recommended.

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Posted 31 July 2019 - 05:08 AM

other half enhance your mind imperial india pale ale - 10% abv. this is the second batch of a relatively new beer from other half. it’s got the very other half combination of mosaic, citra, simcoe, and motueka, and the cryo versions of citra and simcoe, and it’s definitely buzzy the way that cryo hops can be, with really bright orange and pine apple that have a surprising amount of sharp bitterness underneath, along with a little bit of apparent alcohol, which is unexpected at this point. the usual other half tropical stuff shows up in the finish, along with a little sweetness. this is a good example of what they do well.

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Posted 04 August 2019 - 06:10 AM

oxbow brewing co dance language farmhouse ale with honey - 8% abv. oxbow is a smallish newcastle, maine brewery that’s actually been able to focus on sophisticated european styles, which isn’t true of a lot of other good american breweries. I say ish because they’re sending a lot more beer to new york at lower prices so I assume there’s been some expansion. this is a bier de miele made with single source blueberry honey from maine. there’s a really terrific combination of honey and sweet malt flavors that have some blueberry, apple, and straw in the finish. this was bottled in april, and there’s a fair amount of yeast in the bottom of the bottle, but there’s hardly any funk here and it doesn’t taste like brett at all. this comes off as an extremely subtle beer, which may say more about what I usually drink than anything else, but this is pleasant and well made etc etc.

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 05:54 PM

Señor Lúpulo. Despacho de Cervezas
 
Una tienda en Gijon AaronSque
 
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for Me be a bit Neanderthal when confronted with modernity and all ...
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