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#1381 dmaul1114

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 03:02 AM

Fall beers are rolling out. Had 3 pumpkin beers at happy hour on Friday. The Dogfish Head Punkin was great as always, but I didn't care for the other two--one from Brooklyn Brewing and one from Blue Point.

Other than that all I've had is some Stone IPA and grabbed a sixer of Sam Adams Octoberfest at the grocery store tonight.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 03:16 AM

The Weyerbacher Pumpkin is really, really good if you like heavy clove, nutmeg, and allspice kinds of flavors. Which I do, just not in this weather. I'm not sure how you can stomach that in such a warm climate, man.

Also, if you can hunt down the Southern Tier Pumpking, I've heard it's amazing beyond belief. I have not tried it, but I have a bottle in my fridge.
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#1383 dmaul1114

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 03:46 AM

Yeah, the Weyerbacher is good. The Pumpking is good as well, but very heavy on those spices.

That's why I like the Dogfish one best as it's light on the spices and still a little hoppy so it's more my style.

As for the heat, I couldn't drink these fall beers, imperial stouts etc. outside or after a day outside. But it's all good on days inside with the AC cranking. :D

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 03:10 PM

So I figured I'd post this list. Over the summer, I made it a habit to try a new beer every day. I fell behind sometimes with work and whatnot, but I still got to try quite a few beers. Here's the list of what I tried over the summer. (I may have missed a few.)

I would say that some of my favorites were the Two Lucy's Blackberry Wheat and Three Floyd's Gumballhead. As you can see, I'm a big fan of wheat ales. Especially fruity ones (no homo). :lol:

It was a fun time. I'm still trying new beers all the time. I've got 5 or 6 more in the mini-fridge now.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 04:01 PM

Pumking from Southern Tier is indeed the bomb.
Still loving the Summit Saga IPA.

Grabbed some of the Raven's Wood Syrah/Shiraz the other night too. Nice and heavy $10 wine if you're into that kind of thing.
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#1386 bordjon

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 09:25 PM

Still haven't had that Jester King yet - maybe tonight. My wife is picking up some Ballast Point Sculpin IPA (very highly rated IPA - really looking forward to this one!) and some Tongue Buckler Double Red. Ballast Point just came in to the state a day or two ago.

I noticed Hop City just got Pumpking. I'll be in the area this weekend and will likely pick up some along with some other goodies that we don't have here in AL. (I sort of remember talk of Southern Tier coming here but I can't remember when.) I like the DFH Punkin though for the same reason - a bit more hoppy and bit less spicy than some of the other pumpkin brews.

On a maybe somewhat related note - I'm a bit concerned about what appears to be a trend towards "natural flavors" added to beer. I mean it's one thing (and not really something I'm too fond of) to have "brewed with" coffee/coco nibs/honey/etc. But I don't really like seeing "with natural flavor(s)" on beer. Magic Hat #9 comes to mind. A friend was just talking about Shipyard's Smashed Blueberry - saying he and his wife really liked it. It's no wimpy beer either - 9% porter/scotch hybrid that gets more than decent reviews.
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#1387 bordjon

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 12:18 AM

Jester King - Noble King - very impressive farmhouse. Sorta like a tripel/golden too but not as strong at 5.9%. Distinct Belgian yeast - maybe not as wild and funky as a farmhouse but that's ok with me. They bill it as a "hoppy" farmhouse and they did it right.

Will probably have the Ballast Point Sculpin IPA tomorrow night. Pricey stuff at 14.99 a sixer. 7% abv I think it is. The Tongue Buckler was more of a "normal" price at 8.99 for the bomber.
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#1388 Bloodbooger

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 06:13 AM

Jester King - Noble King - very impressive farmhouse. Sorta like a tripel/golden too but not as strong at 5.9%. Distinct Belgian yeast - maybe not as wild and funky as a farmhouse but that's ok with me. They bill it as a "hoppy" farmhouse and they did it right.

Will probably have the Ballast Point Sculpin IPA tomorrow night. Pricey stuff at 14.99 a sixer. 7% abv I think it is. The Tongue Buckler was more of a "normal" price at 8.99 for the bomber.


Sculpin is pretty great, but at $14.99 you may need to find a better place to buy beer.

#1389 bordjon

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 02:51 PM

Sculpin is pretty great, but at $14.99 you may need to find a better place to buy beer.


Haha - that's as good a price as it'll get here in AL for the time being. I'm clear across the country from where it's made and it just came in to the state a few days ago. I see you are in CA so I'd imagine you've had access to it for a while and surely at a better price. It's not something I'll be buying regularly though but I'm looking forward to trying it out for sure.
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Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:00 PM

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#1391 j-cart

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:26 PM

Got a chance to visit the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.


Really wish they would sell individual Bigfoots.

#1392 bigpimpin24

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:32 PM

Grabbed a 6 pack of Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Every time I drink it, I like it better and better : )

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#1393 j-cart

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:43 PM

Grabbed a 6 pack of Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Every time I drink it, I like it better and better : )



Torpedo is great, but man I really wish they would make Ruthless Rye as their IPA year round instead.

Check out Racer 5 IPA and Stone IPA.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:59 PM

Other than that all I've had is some Stone IPA and grabbed a sixer of Sam Adams Octoberfest at the grocery store tonight.

I decided to pick up the sampler 12-pack of the sam adams fall line up. The Octoberfest is definitely a keeper...

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#1395 bigpimpin24

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:01 AM

Torpedo is great, but man I really wish they would make Ruthless Rye as their IPA year round instead.

Check out Racer 5 IPA and Stone IPA.


I tried Ruthless Rye a few months back. I did not like it. I actually tried it on 2 separate occasions and it just wasn't for me. Once out the bottle and once from the tap. I was really looking forward to it too since a couple people recommended it to me. Oh well. I will keep my eye out for those other two though, hard to find a store with a nice variety around here :|

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#1396 bordjon

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 01:40 AM

Had a growler of Monday Night Brewing Eyepatch IPA from hop city in Atlanta while we were in town (Gainsville actually) and it was pretty decent. Not mind-blowing but very drinkable/sessionable beer. Picked up some odds and ends but really not much as we have most of the same stuff over here in AL now. Having a DFH Punkin right now. Got some Pumpking, Stone 16th, Burton Baton and some Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale (curiosity.) Also picked up some El Jimador blanco and some Elijah Craig 12 year. It's crazy how much cheaper some of the liquor is in GA compared to AL. A 750 of the El Jimador is 19.99 here and the 1.75L we picked up at Greens was 23.99!
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#1397 bordjon

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 02:43 AM

Having a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale tonight. Wow this is something different for me. It's real mellow and sweet. NO hop presence at all. Also NO alcohol presence even at 8.19%. Very odd beer for me. It tastes like a cream soda. Very vanilla. A bit oak-y I suppose too. Tastes a bit watery - which is strange to me for a higher abv beer. It's good it's just odd. Not something I'd drink often though. I'm curious if it has any natural/artificial additives - vanilla or anything. Doesn't say anything about it on the bottle.
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#1398 dmaul1114

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 02:29 PM

Made a Hop City run for football yesterday.

Got a Growler of Left Hand Porter. That was pretty solid, nothing mind blowing but a solid porter.

Southern Tier Pumpking. I didn't hate it, but its definitely one super heavy on the pumpkin and spice flavors which isn't my cup of tea as outlined above. Think I'll just stick with Dogfish Punkin from now on when in the mood for a pumpkin beer as that's still the only one I've really liked.

And got a six pack of Great Divide Rumble (oak aged IPA). That was very good. Very hoppy.

#1399 bordjon

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 10:14 PM

Pumking tastes like a Jelly Belly hot buttered popcorn jellybean to me. Real buttery in smell/taste. I just don't care for it.

Just got back from the beach and first time out on the beach I see a Good People IPA can in somebody's chair! Last day we leave I meet a guy who homebrews. He gave me a couple of his Extra Special Bitters that he brought. Pretty decent actually - just needed a bit more carbonation I think - but flavor-wise it was real nice. He had twin girls 4 months older than my daughter so it was cool to hang out and chat beer for hours while the girls played and the wives chatted. Wish we'd met them at the start of our vacation.
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#1400 bordjon

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 04:32 PM

Hop City has run into some trouble here in AL - sad really... Should be opening early next week now.

http://blog.al.com/s...ingham_bee.html
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Posted 22 September 2012 - 06:40 PM

Drinking a Shipyard Pumpkinhead now. It is not that bad, but not that great also. The taste is fine, but does not last at all and the beer seems flat. Tempted to get another 6 pack just to see if it is flat, but it shouldn't be. The pack did not look like it sat around for a long time.
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#1402 dmaul1114

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 02:25 PM

Hop City has run into some trouble here in AL - sad really... Should be opening early next week now.

http://blog.al.com/s...ingham_bee.html



Jesus Christ. It's illegal to home brew in Alabama? Fucking south. :roll: Georgia is just as bad as AL on most things, but at least Atlanta is an ok city. I really want to get out of the south in the next year or two though and get back north or out west.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 09:36 AM

I didn't know it was illegal to home brew in some states. I thought the US made it legal for home brewing of beer and wine after Prohibition.
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#1404 bordjon

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 04:38 PM

Jesus Christ. It's illegal to home brew in Alabama? Fucking south. :roll: Georgia is just as bad as AL on most things, but at least Atlanta is an ok city. I really want to get out of the south in the next year or two though and get back north or out west.


Yeah it's a shame. My wife keeps threatening to move to Canada or Europe for all sorts of reasons! But I don't think that will ever happen - but it's very likely we might move somewhere out of the south eventually. http://stuffwhitepeo...move-to-canada/
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#1405 bordjon

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 04:41 PM

I didn't know it was illegal to home brew in some states. I thought the US made it legal for home brewing of beer and wine after Prohibition.


They did - but on a state level it is still illegal in AL and I think MS. We have a couple of grassroots organizations working on our archaic beer related laws and there are hopes that this legislative session will be the one that legalizes homebrew.
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#1406 eldergamer

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 03:42 PM

The last beer I had that was 'ok' was an Alaskan Amber White (in Anchorage!)

I usually drink wine. (Reds, Shiraz, Merlot, Malbec)

And then Hard Cider or the Mike's Hard Prodcuts. I like them fruity drinks.

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#1407 dmaul1114

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 03:46 PM

Yeah it's a shame. My wife keeps threatening to move to Canada or Europe for all sorts of reasons! But I don't think that will ever happen - but it's very likely we might move somewhere out of the south eventually. http://stuffwhitepeo...move-to-canada/


Yeah, I'll definitely move out of the south at some point--probably in the next 2-3 years.

Living abroad is something I'd definitely like to do at some point as well. Not wanting kids gives me a lot of flexibility there as it's easy to pick up and move without kids in the equation.

Back on topic, nothing special beer wise for me lately. Bunch of Sweetwater IPA at the Music Midtown Festival this weekend, and some Dale's Pale Ale and Brooklyn Octoberfest at home.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 05:07 PM

I had some nice pumpkin beers/ciders at this fest in St. Charles MO. I just wish I could remember what they were. I have them in Untapped on my phone and a list in my car. I will have to look them up. Woodchuck has a nice Pumpkin cider, but I didn't taste any pumpkin however it still had a nice taste.
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#1409 dmaul1114

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 01:07 AM

Grabbed a sixer of Magic Hat Hex Ourtoberfest from the grocery store.

It's alright. Seems like a cross of an Oktoberfest (very malty) and a pumpkin ale (has the nutmegish spice anyway, not so much pumpkin).

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 01:16 AM

Grabbed a sixer of Magic Hat Hex Ourtoberfest from the grocery store.

It's alright. Seems like a cross of an Oktoberfest (very malty) and a pumpkin ale (has the nutmegish spice anyway, not so much pumpkin).

Sounds like I like malty beers. I had a Sam Adams Octoberfest for dinner and was pretty good! I'm pretty sure I won't like the pumpkin though.:lol: