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#1411 sendme

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 12:33 AM

The pumpkin beers I have tried this year do not seam as strong as they have in the past. Is it just me or has anyone else thought the same?
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#1412 dmaul1114

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 12:01 AM

Picked up a growler of Green Flash West Coast IPA. Delicious, even better on tap than in bottle.

Also grabbed a 4-pack of 21st Amendment Brewing Hop Crisis Imperial IPA. Looking forward to trying that as their Brew Free or Die IPA is pretty damn good already and I tend to love Imperial/Double IPAs.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 12:17 AM

Ahhhhh, finally found some Goose Island nut brown ale! It hasn't been available around here for quite awhile.
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#1414 bordjon

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 12:45 AM

Having another Sculpin tonight. It's a damn fine IPA - pretty distinctly west coast. It's at once resinous and dry/crisp.

Our Hop City is officially open now. Grand opening is tomorrow. Will be stopping by there and picking up a couple of growlerettes of something. I'll be tempted to get Sculpin just to try it draft.
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#1415 bordjon

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 06:23 PM

Had a lot of fun at the Cahaba Brewing grand opening - they have a great Oktoberfest seasonal right now. Stopped by Hop City and picked up a couple growlerettes of local brew (both outta Hunstville.) Straight to Ale Saison du Roquette aged in cognac barrels which I had most of last night - awesome beer! Also Yellowhammer IPA which I haven't had yet (never had anything from this brewery yet.)
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#1416 bordjon

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 12:57 AM

Hop City put out a rarity on Saturday. We were planning on stopping by anyway on our way up to visit some friends in Cullman and have an Oktoberfest dinner (big German heritage in that town so they were having their annual celebration.) We got Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout on draft! Got a growlerette of that and a growlerette of Terrapin's Pumpkinfest and a growler full of Straight to Ale's Monkey's Uncle - their double IPA of their Monkeynaut. But - back to the KBS - man is it nice - as it warms it just really opens up. Very complex beer. Now that Founders is in the state I hope to catch this one every year. I'm not sure where they pulled this one from - as I believe this is a Spring seasonal.
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#1417 Vulcan2422

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 03:18 AM

Went to the Ship Yard Brew Pub and man, it is an awesome place. I love the Pumpkinhead on tap. Hell, not one beer there I didn't like. I even liked the one that is 12% ABV. I must say though, Pumpkinghead is my favorite. Especally with a little pumpkin spice on the glass. Makes the beer even more robust I think.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:19 AM

Went a very pedestrian route for a pumpkin ale-- the one by Blue Moon. It wasn't too bad I suppose, but I suspect I could find a better tasting one (an endeavor when I plan on undertaking all month :D )
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#1419 dmaul1114

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 03:50 AM

Had some favorites for football Saturday. Bombers of Stone Ruination and Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, and some Dale's Pale Ale.

Grabbed the Sam Adams Autumn sampler at the grocery store this evening. Only had the Latitude 48 IPA so far which was pretty decent.

#1420 dmaul1114

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 01:30 PM

Had a Green Flash Le Freak ale last night that was pretty tastey. Mix of a tripel and an imperial IPA.

Also grabbed a 750ml of Maredsous Brune and a 12 pack of Dale's Pale Ale.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 11:54 PM

Drinking a Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin. It is a lot better than the Pumpkinhead that I had. The taste is a little strong but good. The pint is 9.0% ALC.?VOL. I'm starting to feel it and I'm almost done with it. If you like pumpkin beer I suggest it. It comes in a single bottle, but it is good.
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#1422 bordjon

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:13 AM

Had a Green Flash Le Freak ale last night


I'm having a Le Freak tonight. It's not bad - but like I said about it earlier in the thread - for me it's just too much - it's like I can distinctly taste both (the Belgian taste at first then the ipa seems to come out a bit more towards the end for me) and I sorta wish it was one or the other. It's a slooooww drinker for me too - high abv in beer keeps me honest.

I have been drinking a good bit of local. My friend's brewery has an awesome Octoberfest and also a great Helles Lager going on right now! I'm putting a Hop City gift card at the top of my list! My crafty ass just got finished making a two growler/growlerette neoprene carry bag as well.

Just picked up a case of the Sam Adams winter brews at Costco. I think I remember this comes in a half case too. Six different beers. No nasty cranberry lambic this time which is fine with me. Didn't they take it out last year or two years ago? I'd be happy to never see it again. Also saw Chimay blue 750s for 9.99 - wondering if that's a seasonal thing or year 'round since we just got big bottles in our state this year and it's the first I'm seeing of them.
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 12:03 AM

Drinking a Chatoe Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale. Has anyone tried this before? A lot of the pumpkin beers seem lacking or to strong in taste for me this year. Even ones I have had in past years. This is the first time I have tried this beer and the first time I have even seen it. It is good however the taste isn't that strong, but what taste is there is really good. It is not sweet like most pumpkin beers.
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#1424 dmaul1114

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 04:20 AM

Last weekend had some Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale and Stone Russian Imperial Stout--two of my favorites.

This week been having some Kirkland's Beer (Costco brand). It's all kind of mediocre (IPA, Pale Ale, German Lager, Amber Ale), but not shabby for the price--think it was $18.99 for a 24 pack. Out east it's brewed for them by the place that does Saranac, out west by the place that does Gordon Biersch from what I read online.

#1425 bordjon

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 05:11 PM

Yeah I get the Kirkland Signature beer pretty regularly as my second/third beer of the night. Especially after my palette is shot by some big DIPA or something I just go to these if I want another beer. Yes Matt Brewing does east coast - they also do Saranac. I would guess the recipes for the beers were created by Gordon Biersh though because they all seem to have that German taste to them.

Had a Thomas Creek Octoberfest last night at a block party in our neighborhood. The lady hosting the party works for a wine/craft beer distributor here and was pushing some of their wares. I've had Thomas Creek's DIPA and wasn't real impressed and well I wasn't too impressed with the Octoberfest either. But I may have made a free beer/wine hookup so that's cool!

Oh - and I've been drinking the Sam Adams winter brews from the pack. Ok but not that great really - they are currently serving the position of the Kirkland Signature second/third beer spot.
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#1426 bordjon

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:11 AM

Having a Southern Tier Iniquity Imperial Black Ale - man this thing is great. It's probably about a year old. Dry hopped character has probably faded a bit as it's not too hoppy. It's just an awesome beer though. I've found the few black ales I've had I have liked.
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#1427 bordjon

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:50 PM

Just a heads up for some cheap decent beer glasses from New Belgium. Well - not super cheap - and I'm not positive they are decent but I'm sure they are ok. I have 40+ beer glasses - half of which are specialty glasses (tulips and such) - so I surely don't NEED any more but couldn't pass this up. They are 8.99 and free shipping plus a free $1 donation to one of 4 charities.

http://shop.newbelgi...ategory_Code=GW

Oh yeah - and if you add anything else - I added a 2.00 sticker - it tacks on UPS shipping at the tune of ~10 bucks! Obviously I dropped the sticker from my cart...
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#1428 dmaul1114

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:19 PM

Had the Trader Joe's 2012 Vintage Ale last night. It's pretty solid--a Belgian Style ale brewed for them by Unibroue.

Also grabbed a sixer of Kennebunkport Brewing Co. IPA. It was ok, not bad for $6.99 a sixer.

#1429 bordjon

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:29 PM

Happy International Stout Day! Not sure but I'll probably have an Old Raspy since it's already in the fridge.

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#1430 bordjon

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 06:05 PM

Had some Founder's Backwoods Bastard - Scotch ale aged in oak bourbon barrels. Got a growlerette of if yesterday and had it last night. Real nice beer - perfect for this time of year. Warming and sweet and malty. Also picked up a growler of a local vanilla porter from Avondale Brewing. I've had their Jack Daniels barrel aged version of this and it was great. Hoping this regular version is about as good.

Got a 750 of a new brewery in the state they were showcasing at Hop City yesterday. Element Brewing outta MA - got their Red Giant - an imperial/double red at 8.1% ABV. They were doing free samples and free pint glass with purchase so I couldn't help myself. It's a nice beer though - I'll sit it aside and probably have it in 6-12 months (though having a sample of the fresh one it was well balanced and had a pleasant bitterness). It's nicely packaged - corked and completely wrapped in a printed paper.
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#1431 bordjon

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:32 AM

Well - we just polished off our second growler of the Vanillaphant vanilla porter from local brewery Avondale Brewing. What a great, easy drinking beer. Love the hint of smoke it has in it!

Having another local (Huntsville) beer tonight - Blue Pants Black IPA - they say it's balanced - it's not. It hop overload. I'm not really complaining but it's the hoppy-est black IPA I've ever had. Wasn't expecting it. Not a great after dinner beer really. The bitterness lingers in a sort of unpleasant way. It's a new release from them in a 22oz so I wanted to give it a try as I've liked a couple of the other beers I've had from them.

What are people drinking for thanksgiving? I'll be traveling around the state to visit family. At my family get together we'll probably pick up another Sam Adams winter brews case since it's got enough variety to keep most folks happy. I may pick up a bottle of wine as well. At my wife's family gathering we won't be drinking anything alcoholic...

I'm also on the hunt for some Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout and Clown Shoes Porcine Unidragon RIS (smokey and barrel-aged!)
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#1432 cheapfrag

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 05:08 PM

I like trying different IPAs but I prefer more of a piney after taste as opposed to grapefruity. Lately I have been drinking Victory Hop Devil and it seems perfect for me (and relatively cheap... only $8.99 per six pack versus 10.99 for Dogfish 60 and 11.99 for Stone IPA). I bought Sierra Nevada Celebration and Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere 22 oz bottle... very muched liked the Hemisphere. Also tried Lagunita's Daytime IPA - but was a little more citrusy than I like.

Does anyone have a favorite "piney" IPA that they like and is available in NJ? Thanks

#1433 dmaul1114

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 05:09 PM

Stone Ruination is probably my favorite piney IPA. Green Flash West Coast IPA is another good one.

#1434 bordjon

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:54 AM

Having some Ballast Point Victory at Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter. Great dessert beer. Only complaint - and it's a very minor one - at 10% the alcohol is present. Not bad though and the complexity is worth it. Gets great reviews too. Picked up a growlerette of it (it was cheap for Ballast Point I thought at only 7.99) and picked up a growler of local/regional beer Straight to Ale Laika Imperial Stout (not quite so cheap at 19.99)
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:59 PM

I tried the Blue Moon seasonal the other day and I wasn't a fan at all. Very odd taste. :/

But, I did have a few good ones on Saturday. I went to a place in Gurnee, IL called Timmy O'Tooles and man was their beer selection awesome. It was expensive, but it was huge. I only had two beers. The first was a Three Floyd's Robert the Bruce (Scottish ale) which was pretty good. The second was a random pick: some random Chicago pale ale (Finch or something?). That was also pretty solid.

And last week I stopped in Munster, IN at Three Floyd's on the way home and picked up a bunch of stuff. Gumballhead, Dreadnaught, Jinx Proof, Alpha King, Pride and Joy and Zombie Dust. All really good stuff. Gumballhead is my favorite though, seeing as I love wheat beers.

Also, the Sierra Nevada winter seasonal is pretty good. I'd reccommend it. (I love all Sierra Nevada beers.)

I don't try as many beers as I did over the summer, but I'm getting back into trying some cool stuff. I'm also thinking about starting to brew my own beer, but I'm not sure where to start. Anybody have any suggestions? Keep in mind that I'm in college, so spending hundreds of dollars isn't really in the game plan. :p

#1436 dmaul1114

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:01 PM

Do you have a local beer store that offers home brewing classes? Hop City here in Atlanta does, usually around $20-25. I've not bothered as I'm in a small condo and don't have the space or type of stove (have a ceramic top stove) etc. needed to do it. Would stink up the whole place and probably the hall and piss of the neighbors too! :D

I'd love to get into it someday, but probably not until I have a house and can get a big single burner portable stove and do it in the garage or something.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:23 PM

Do you have a local beer store that offers home brewing classes? Hop City here in Atlanta does, usually around $20-25. I've not bothered as I'm in a small condo and don't have the space or type of stove (have a ceramic top stove) etc. needed to do it. Would stink up the whole place and probably the hall and piss of the neighbors too! :D

I'd love to get into it someday, but probably not until I have a house and can get a big single burner portable stove and do it in the garage or something.


I never thought of that. I know that Binny's doesn't do it, but we do have a Friar Tuck here in town. They sell all of the stuff to do it, so they might offer classes. The next time I stop in I'll ask about it.

It's a shame, last year I had a professor that was really into beer. He often told us about his homebrew. But at the time, I wasn't really into it that much. Now that I'm starting to really get into it, he's gone. Damn. :cry:

#1438 bordjon

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:42 PM

Excellent suggestion from dmaul about the classes. You can also usually get most if not all of your supplies from a local beer/brew store or it might actually just be a homebrew specific store (we've had a brewing-only store here in AL since the 70s even though homebrew is illegal here - since they don't sell alcohol they don't get "investigated" by the beverage control board). I've heard many folks on a budget or having tight space considerations talk about getting a mr. beer kit (I know they are considered lame) and then using it with other non-mr beer recipe kits or even building their own recipes - even all grain. It's tiny and cheap (well relatively - homebrew really isn't cheap or quick if you do it right.) I haven't ever brewed but have lots of friends that have been brewing for close to 20 years. Midwest Supply also offers pretty good pricing on kits - they've been a big name in homebrew for a long time. A few times a year I threaten to get in to homebrew but I have so many hobbies as it is. Maybe one day...

http://www.mrbeerfan...in_Recipes.html
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:00 AM

Just had a Stone Smoke Porter w/chipotle peppers. The chipotle taste is mild, not over whelming at all, but you defiantly feel a mild kick of it in the end. I like it. They have a vanilla bean porter that I think I'll pick up next time.

Speaking of Stone, I have a Stone Vertical Epic that I picked up around Feb that's just begging to be cracked open. Gonna open that sucker up on 12-12-12 :beer:.

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#1440 bordjon

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:11 AM

I want THIS on 12/12/12!

http://beerstreetjou...wine-on-dec-12/

Our state will be getting some and we don't have a total wine so it should be at various other beer stores in addition to total wine.
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