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three floyd’s pillar of beasts barleywine-style ale brewed with salted caramel aged in oak barrels salted caramel barleywine aged twelve months in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans and cocoa nibs - 13.7% abv. the majority of the barrel aged beer from three floyd’s are among the few beers with national distribution that rival the local breweries at what they do well, although that’s not true of this or the wild ale I had recently. this looks an smells like a barley wine, with boozy malt being the first thing you smell or taste. it’s followed by some bourbon and a lot of sweetness. this amount of sweetness is far from out of place in this style, but while this still tastes Ike malt the adjuncts take over the finish and the salt ruins things for me. this is pretty disappointing, the barrel aged behemoth I had last year was amazing and I really liked their crushing mass. the fact that my regular source of three floyd’s is closing at the end of the month makes this all the more frustrating. 

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tonigt: full moon belgian white ale--it is not really belgian, but a belgian style witbier from the mudshark brewery based in arizona. i quote my beeradvocate.com review:   looks very nice in the gl

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I'm not a huge fan of the Oberon but it seems the most accessible for the masses so it is the one that is most often on tap. It is a summer beer most change out to Pale Ale for the fall/winter (I lik

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extraomnes tripel - 8.6% abv. extraonmnes is a brewery outside milan that's been around since 2010, I don't remember when b-united picked them up but the particular beer I'm drinking, which is a few months from it's best by date, seems pretty old. there's a nice version of a lot of the usual flavors - pear, orange marmalade, noble hop spice, clove, sweet malt, which end in a pretty dry finish that has more of the pear/clove thing than usual along with a little vanilla. there's no apparent alcohol, everything works well together, and this has the smooth but a little bit muted character that a good examples of aged beer does. I don't know if this tastes like it's from italy, but it is a little bit drier and less yeasty than normal, still has the full set of fruit flavors you want in the style, and so on and on. recommended.

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I went to my first beer release party yesterday, given by 21st Amendment Brewing for the release of their new DIPA, Close Encounters of the Hops Kind.  It was alien-themed: spaceship balloons, people encouraged to come in costume, cheezy sci-fi on the TVs, etc.  The beer itself was very well-balanced for a DIPA, and not overly piney or astringent.  They had the hops supplier there displaying all of the hops used, including an experimental one with no name, just a number.  Apparently, experimental hops are grown if a brewer will commit to using them for at least one beer; if they're successful, they'll be named and then grown more widely.

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humble sea brewing co mind over mussels ddh west coast ipa west coast india pale ale double dry hopped with strata, mosaic, and nectaron - 6.8% abv. humble sea is a santa cruz brewery that doesn’t normally send beer to new york, but other half had their ipa festival last weekend and there’s all kinds of out of market stuff at my local beer shop. I don’t really know anything about humble sea and their instagram doesn’t tell me how old this or if it’s a regular release, but I liked what I had at on tap at evil twin recently and an actual west coast ipa is hard to pass up. this is a pretty modern hop bill, and apparently nectaron is a new hop from new zealand that’s closely related to waimea. this is a lighter shade of yellow than a traditional west coast ipa would be and looks more like an unfiltered old beer than a hazy ne ipa. it has a really nice mixture of dank and resin on the nose and is a lot more bitter than the new style west coast ipas that the local breweries have been making recently. there’s a nice set of pineapple and passion fruit with a little citrus and stone fruit underneath along with some sweet malt notes. I don’t know if I would have thought this was a first rate example of a west coast ipa way back when, but now that I’m used to this much bitterness this is pretty enjoyable even if the fruit flavors aren’t that well defined.

eta: this is definitely one of those beers that taste better when you have more of it blah blah blah. it’s been a while since so had something this bitter I guess.

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kings county brewing collective the blork has landed oak aged wild lager lager aged in wine barrels halleratu mittlefrüh, tettnang & saphir hops barley & rice - bottled 8/21, 5.3% abv. this is a solid example of a bretty beer - there’s a bright set of not to acidic flavors that taste more like beer that’s spent time in white wine barrels than anything else. there’s basically one big flavor that not that detailed (lemon meringue, brett, white wine) and I don’t know why they used a lager to make this, but it’s pretty pleasant and so on. 

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orval trappist ale - bottled 13/10/2021, 6.9% abv. this is a lot fresher than any orval I can remember drinking, and while it's different in the ways you'd guess it would be - it's a lot more bitter, the brett is a lot less prominent, and the candi sugar they use shows up in a way it doesn't later on, but the degree to which these things hide the caramel malt that's so forward later on. there's a ton of interesting stuff about this beer on the web that I won't bother to try to regurgitate it but if I'm following along correctly this is fermented with an english style yeast strain before being re-fermented with a strain of brettanomyces bruxalles, which seems to be what I really like about older examples of this beer. I'm genuinely surprised I prefer older examples of this blah blah blah and blah.

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kcbc bad owl west coast ipa brewed in collaboration with the owl farm west coast style india pale ale nelson sauvin, cashmere, cascade & chinhook hops - 7% abv. this is probably my favorite of the five beers brewed for the owl farm's tenth anniversary, although all of them are worth having, especially the OEC lager with french hops. I think all of them will be around town over the next few weeks, this one is the only one you can get to go. the hop bill is too modern for a traditional west coast ipa, of course, but the rest of it is a lot closer than most of the new ones I've had recently. it smells and tastes mostly of pine and resin, with a little bit of antipodean stuff and some bitter citrus. there's a nice combination of sweet malt and newer hops in the finish, blah blah blah. this is one of the better hoppy beers I've had in a long time and so on. strongly recommended.

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finback something strata india pale ale ipa dry hopped with strata - 6.5% abv. strata is a newish hop developed by some kind of hop institute in corvalis using the perle hop.  strata has a nice version of the usual mix of citrus, resin, and tropical fruit that most of the classic american hops have, but it brings the tropical stuff to the front even more than hips like citra do. this has the bitterness that keeps me buying beer from finback, along with a bunch of peach, papaya, and a little bit of pine and resin. it also drinks like it’s a little higher abv than it is, which is always good blah blah blah. mildly recommended.

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trappistes rochefort triple extra belgian ale - 8.1% abv. this is actually a new beer from rochefort, who are known for their wonderfully malty strong ales, one of which is unquestionably among the world's great beers. there's a lot of stuff about the history of the brewery on the web, apparently there's been an abbey at that location off and on for a really long time, the current brewing efforts go back to the 1950s when the chimay brewers decided to help their brothers out, fixing the quality control issues and giving the monks a yeast strain from the palm brewery that's used in the other three beers, all of which go back to 1955. this is the first new release since then, and while I can't find anything that says that this is made with the same yeast it certainly tastes like one of their beers. there's a brighter version of the same kind of yeast notes in their other beer, along with a fair amount of bready sweetness and some dry malt notes, followed by some of the raisin and clove and the orange peel I saw in the ingredients. it's hard what to make of a new beer from a brewery like this, this is definitely true to style and of a piece with their other beers, but the italian triple I had the other day is better and more interesting, and this yeast pairs better with a richer, darker malt base if you ask me blah blah blah.

 

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oec brewing pils our german style pils is brewed with european style pilsner malt using a traditional step infusion mash. during the boil it is hopped using german tettnang & spalt select. after the boil it rests in our copper coolship for 1 hour and is then transferred over our baudelot cooler. it undergoes a cool open fermentation for 9 days using a classic pilsner yeast. it is celleared cold for several months prior to packaging. - 4.8% abv. there's no doubt in my mind that the elaborate process described above helps make their pilsners so good, but what I'd really like to know is why the suarez ones are even better. (I'll definitely ask them if I ever meet them, but their cans don't have any information on them and I have no idea if they have the same kind of equipment or process. my local had this on tap for a while and it's a superb pilsner - every aspect is well done, it's balanced, I like german hops, and so on. strongly recommended.

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evil twin brewing nyc everything's going up except my paycheck pale ale double dry-hopped with idaho 7 & belma - 5.5% abv. this reminds me of the old school dipas I used to love so much - there's enough bitterness here that it's hard to taste the tropical stuff you expect from these hops - which I guess makes it more like the bad examples of those beers than the good ones. I expect more from etny blah blah blah and blah blah blah.

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the bruery ruekeller helles helles-style lager - 5.2% abv. the bruery is an orange county brewery that's known for making huge, high abv barrel aged stouts and wild ales. those are distributed here periodically and some of them are good, but I've yet to have one that I like more than this or the lager they brought to a tasting at tørst that featured a lot of their famous high gravity beers. this is a really terrific example of a helles lager - there's some bready malt, a little bit of lime and hop bitterness, and nothing else. those are pretty typical tasting notes for a lager, but I assure you that these are really good versions of these flavors and I hope to find the dunkel and pils they make. recommended plus.

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finback oscillation 30 double india pale ale - 8.5% abv. this version of their rotating hop dipa has simcoe, mosaic, zappa, strata, and nelson, which is actually pretty descriptive of how it tastes. it’s pretty bitter at first, and then there’s a nice mixture of the citrus you expect from the older hops, some peach, artificial nectarine, and while I don’t think I get nelson the finish does seem vaguely new zealandish. I usually like these, this is no exception, although I don’t think I can it’s distinctive.

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jolly pumpkin artisan ales bam bière farmhouse ale oak aged can conditioned - 4.5% abv. this is one of the truly old jolly pumpkin beers (I remember enjoying this in the early aughts) that have been showing up here in cans at relatively low prices. they are also showing up much fresher than I remember seeing their beer before, which isn't necessarily a good thing given how bretty most of their beer is. this is pretty terrific though, there's a bright mixture of their brett and american hops that has some really well done malt notes underneath it. this is a lot smaller than most of their beer, but the brett gives it a pretty impressive depth of flavor and there's a really pleasant mixture of ctirus and the kind of orange peel/corriander thing you get in belgian style wit beers. (biers?) strongly recommended, especially at this price.

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