It is gluten-free November! This is an area of brewing that is EVEN harder to do without off-flavors than regular brewing. So I am excited to see a new entrant in the field. Anyhoo, let’s get on to the review of the pale ale from Glutenberg…..
There are some interesting ingredient items in this ode to the “Cuppa Joe” brewed by Helms Brewing of San Diego and more specifically Kearney Mesa. Highly roasted malts and coffee are not un-ordinary but black pepper, hops and Almond wood chips are not what I expected when I purchased the bottle. Let’s see what the beer tastes like…..
Mike Hess Brewing has reached the 4 year mark and to celebrate they did, surprise, an Imperial IPA which was dry hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo.
Hopefully the brewing went better than in year two.
On to the video to find out…..
The featured beers in the video review section of this blog come from Tahoe Mountain and their Récolte Du Boise line of saison and sours.
Since I was bringing Belgian beers “Up from the Cellar” I thought it fitting to do video reviews of two new New Belgium beers in tandem. Spring Blonde was in the headlights first and now we move on to the beer that got a really big marketing push, Snapshot Wheat. It does have a cool, retro label….
But what do I think of it? Watch on to find out….
Modern Times gets the beer review spotlight for January 2014 and we sample their Black House coffee stout…..
Here is the brewery description of the beer, “Black House is an oatmeal coffee stout bursting with coffee aroma and flavor. Modern Times is one of the only breweries in the world to roast our own coffee, which allows us to be exceptionally picky about which coffees we use and how we roast them. The result is an abundantly flavorful beer that’s incredibly complex and aromatic, with loads of roast character and a chocolate-covered espresso bean finish.”
When in Portland recently, I picked up my first (well designed) bottles from Crux Fermentation in Bend, Oregon. Here, is my review of the Double Cross, a strong Belgian dark….
Here is the description from the Crux website, “Crux’s interpretation of a Strong Dark Belgian Ale is a blend of Belgium malts, Belgium dark candi sugar, Oregon Sterling hops and Yakima Delta hops for flavors that are deceptively sweet and innocent.”
When in Portland recently, I picked up my first (well designed) bottles from Crux Fermentation in Bend, Oregon. Here, is my review of the Impasse Saison….
Here is the description from the Crux website, “Saison, French for season, was traditionally brewed during the harvest season for Belgian Farm workers. With the harvest season upon us, we bring to the table our Saison, teasing with hints of citrus and spices. Hops and malt are well-balanced and layered with just a touch of sourness.”
The second and final video review for October is the Eureka Wit from Angel City Brewing here in Los Angeles. A great style that is a bit overlooked by today’s hop heads. Let’s see how the bottled version compares to my remembrance of the tap version…..
For September, I will be reviewing two new to me beers from RavenBeer. First up is Pendulum Pils….
For your edification, here is their description, “Pendulum Pilsner is a rich velvet smooth, yet clean, dry and crisp pilsner of a pale gold color. The complex mix of hops and malt creates an elegant floral nose and delightful taste that is very drinkable without overwhelming even the most tepid beer drinker. Not overly bitter but just enough of the hop to enjoy their subtle complexities while still enjoying the smooth, and almost sweet taste of the malt.”