I am accustomed to the big Belgian bottle of St. Bernardus Christmas Ale so it took some getting used to it being in a twelve ounce can.
Here is how the brewery describes this Quad, “St.Bernardus Christmas Ale is an intensely dark beer with a full, yet slightly fruity flavour, overflowing with the tastes of winter and zesty seasonal aromas. Aniseed notes are complemented by hints of creamy caramel and fire-roasted chestnuts. This zestiness shows no signes of abating, pushing through to a magnificent finish of dried fruits and chocolate.”
Will the can compare to that? And will my comparison bottle taste similar, let’s get to the results…
A little toffee, a little fruit. Bang on fruitcake with this. There is a nice bite to it as well. It is too light for chocolate and roasted nuts aren’t there for me but has a zest and a malt backbone to it that means it could easily pair with practically any food course from salad to turkey to dessert. Just lovely.
Burnin’ Daylight has a added a new can to their roster and it is a scenic California view. A West Coast IPA to take to the beach, when it I see times to go back to the beach and not because you are tired of being in your house.
If you can’t make it to the Figueroa Mountain Lagerville event this year, well you can take a little piece home with this 5-way collaboration on an Italian Style Pilsner. Central Coasters love the Tipopils and this looks to be an homage to that style.
I have been long fascinated by the Non-Alcoholic sector of craft beer. It seems so wide open. Then I taste an N/A beer and realize that it must be harder than thought ’cause they always taste off in one small way or another.
In one of my bursts of podcast binging, I heard about Athletic Brewing and for Christmas, I bought the IPA and Stout. Will my bad run continue?
the IPA, Run Wild, there is a pronounced orange and
grapefruit aroma as you pop the can.
This is quite hoppy with a bracing bitter finish. It has a watery quenching mouthfeel like a
session IPA. As the beer warms up I get
pine and grapefruit pith tastes.
Stout starts off with a big pillowy
espresso hued head. A bit like a cold brew
coffee taste. It is a little thin with a mixture of tastes like licorice and
cocoa beans. It is more a porter to me
and a touch too sweet.
Overall though, these taste like
beer. None of my quibbles are do to the
usual N/A complaints of tasting like wort or having a weird secondary flavor. I would drink the hell out of the IPA, especially
on a hot day. I guess the best
recommendation is that I want to try more.
Their Saison really intrigues me.
We head north of Los Angeles to http://braverybrewing.com/ for their savior-tastic winter DIPA…
“Introducing HOP JESUS! This flavor savior is all about the hops. This Double IPA receives a triple dry-hopping of Amarillo, Cascade, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops giving it bright notes of grapefruit, passion fruit, and tangerines.”
Are there beers that just can’t or shouldn’t be in cans? Apparently the British
Chorlton Brewing Co. started to go down the canned lambic track but then reversed course saying, “popping the cork on a bottle of lambic is part of the experience and justifies the high value of the product.”
I understand that a style may either not be able to hit the needed carbonation level or wouldn’t be able to condition correctly if put into a can but as someone who has both won and lost battles with corked beer bottles, I would not think twice about popping a can of lambic. The defining factor for me is the beer inside.
I would however love to see a Brut IPA in a champagne style bottle. Preferably green.
Another non-hazy comes to cans as Angel City is putting their Number of the Yeast into the above suitably scary 16oz cans. Though maybe it should be a 666 can.
Another canned offering from Pizza Port will make you stop, and not for surfing but for bitterness. Surf Stop is a new pale ale coming from the brewery south of us.
With one canned beer under their belt, Angel City is moving on to their second. And it has to be drunk fresh! And no, it is not an IPA.
…that’s right. You can take a 16oz can of Avocado Ale to your next summer BBQ, or to the beach or hiking. Basically anyplace you can take guacamole.
Making the most of a simple circular label on a silver can, Brouwerij West has been canning a few of their beers. This “skeletal” IPA is the first that I have tasted from the San Pedro brewery.
This canned Belgian IPA or NE IPA pours a slightly hazed straw yellow color. Woodsy and earthy spring to mind when drinking this beer. Has that NE habit of green hop taste that gritty sticks to the roof of the mouth. The bitterness does linger. Some lemon notes at the back. Super cool label. Love the name too. This beer warms my cheeks quick for some reason despite only rolling in at 6% abv.