Aaron I have missed these SO MUCH!
what beers are you drinking?
Posted 22 March 2020 - 04:32 AM
Not to be too stupid about it, but your beer write-ups are my favorite food writing like ANYWHERE.
Posted 22 March 2020 - 02:02 PM
well whatever their merits are I’ll be producing them sporadically throughout the eschaton.
Posted 22 March 2020 - 10:42 PM
I've missed your reports too.
I was able to score a case of Treehouse. Tonight I'm drinking King Julius which is fucking delicious.
Posted 22 March 2020 - 11:20 PM
lawson's finest liquids sugarhouse ipa - actually made at lawson's in vermont, 6.2% abv. the side of the can says that the inspiration for this recipe was a beer first brewed in 2008, but this is actually a little bit closer to a ne ipa than most of the beer I've had from lawson's itself. this has all the classic flavors of older american ipas - pine, citrus, actual malt notes, some melon underneath, etc, but it's soft and well put together. this is probably the best beer I've had from lawson's, and I can see why their stuff has no value in the part of the trading world I see on facebook. it reminds me a lot of the newer maine beer company beers fwiw.
Posted 25 March 2020 - 07:04 AM
other half triple cream triple dry hopped imperial oat cream india pale ale - 10% abv. this is pretty much boilerplate at this point, I've had this beer before, and dozens of similar beers from other half over the years, and whatever I think about many of their newer beers they figured out how to make really enjoyable triple ipas about two and half years ago and this is definitely one of them. this tastes a little crimped, there's enough bitterness and sweetness that it seems like a compressed version of something else, the same way that cask strength whisky can. this isn't quite that big, there's a ton of south east asian fruit notes (lychee, rambutan, gooseberry, jackfruit) along with a little peach and northern hemisphere stone fruit. I used to sit on these cans for a few weeks before I drank them, which is what the trading community seems to recommend, and if the way I remember this is worth anything they're right that this will get a little bit smoother this is less sweet than the way I remember it, but it's much more nuanced and it doesn't have the weird mouthfeel that their oat cream beers often have. it's still pretty sweet though, but it's tasty and weird, which is maybe what you'd expect from the mixture of old and new world hops (citra, eukanot, kahatu, wai-iti, galaxy, and citra-cryo) they used in this.
Posted 26 March 2020 - 04:27 AM
other half triple mylar daydream imperial oat cream india pale ale - 11.3% abv. this is the triple version of the oat cream version of probably my favorite other half beer, mylar bags. it's also other half's biggest ipa, the beer advocate listing that claims otherwise is a typo, I assure you that I googled it, and as I said last night I don't normally drink them this young but this isn't as abrasive as the other batch I tried, so who knows. this isn't as weird as last night's beer, it's got a truly huge version of the typical orange/mango flavor profile with some pineapple and hints of various tropical and stone fruit underneath, lychee, banana, peach candy etc. there's also a weird grainy notes that reminds me of the peanut butter jelly belly's I loved as a kid that shows up in some other half beers, which says something about the way a continued appreciation for the artificial sweets of our childhood is a necessary part of being an internet cicerone in 2020 or something... recommended.
Posted 27 March 2020 - 04:07 AM
finback acid ddh green triple india pale ale - 10% abv. this is about as different as a triple ipa can be than the two beers above. it's made with a modern sounding hop bill - sabro cryo, blanc, columbus, azaaca, and belma, and it's got the buzzy bitterness that a lot of the early cryo beers did, but it's so extreme it actually reminds me of one of the old school stone beers, with some fruit hiding under all the bitterness. it's got some apple, strawberry, and maybe a hint of melon before the finish scrubs everything else out. this is better than I'm making it sound, and I'm glad that the finback location on president street is open - the only good thing to come of corona virus, but I don't think my kids would like this very much. mildly recommended.
Posted 27 March 2020 - 06:47 AM
Ecotopia, eveningland, willow blade, incadenza, ambio
Posted 30 March 2020 - 05:24 AM
other half x shared brewing mylar arch imperial india pale ale - brewed at other half, 8.5% abv. the name indicates that this is another version of mylar bags, which is, as I've said, my favorite OH beer. their website tells me that they use a different set of hops, and that I missed a triple version of mylar bags. but this one has cashmere, citra, galaxy, mosaic, and nelson instead of amarillo, el dorado, galaxy, and the powdered versions of citra and mosaic blah blah. this actually tastes a lot like citra and mosaic to me, which means there's a very familiar mixture of citrus and tropical fruit. it's got the hazy yellow appearance that you'd think it would, no malt presence, and they can almost always hide the booze in doubles, and there's a little bit of that weird cereal grain thing that a lot of their beers have. other half has made hundreds of these beers to a pretty high standard, this one is one of them, and so on.
Posted 31 March 2020 - 12:52 AM
Libertine Brewing’s “Edna” wild ale, 2016 vintage. A refreshing sour session-type beer at only 4% ABV. We’ve been having it with our stash of D’Artagnan duck rillettes.
They're based in San Luis Obispo and may not be easy to get outside of CA. I can't remember where we picked up this bottle.
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Posted 31 March 2020 - 01:56 AM
have you looked into your delivery options? a lot of breweries that didn't distribute before this started are delivering or shipping beer, or sending beer to retailers for the first time.
Posted 31 March 2020 - 04:42 AM
pipeworks brewing co ninja vs. unicorn double india pale ale - 8% abv. revisiting this is actually pretty interesting. pipeworks is a chicago brewery that adopted the current brewing model from pretty early on - they had a core range of beer they made regularly but each one spawned numerous variants, and they only made the ipas, stouts, and fruited beers that all the cool breweries were making. I remember thinking their stuff was pretty cutting edge, but this is pretty old (they were making a version of this in 2013, I think the canned version with a lower abv is at least four years old) and not at all the way I remember it. this has a lot of malt presence that and a pretty complex set of fruit flavors underneath it - there's pretty much everything you'd get in an older american style double ipa - peach, melon, resin, mango, some citrus, apple juice, and some bitterness. I don't drink a lot of beer that tastes like this anymore, and I'm really struck by how much it reminds me of the newer maine beer company beers, only their stuff is has better defined flavors, less sweetness, and a little bit less bitterness. I'm glad I picked this up, it's much more subtle than the local stuff I had earlier in the week.