I just tried the Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy last night. It's fantastic!
From what I can tell it's simply a wheat bear mixed with lemonade, not too sweet, more carbonation than normal, but damn does it go down easy. I'm pretty sure I can make a whole 6-pack disappear within a few hours.
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale. What a pleasant surprise! If you're a fan of Saisons, this is an easy beer to like. 9.3% ABV is very strong for a Saison but the beer hides it well. $5.99 for a bomber at Market Basket makes it an easy choice and I'll be grabbing a bunch more to keep in the beer fridge.
While on the subject of Saisons, here is Hennepin from Ommegang. This bottle was brewed in NY but I also have one waiting in the fridge that was brewed by their parent company Duvel in Belgium. This beer is a fantastic example of a Saison with a noticable Belgian influence. This beer looks great, smells great, tastes great, and finishes great. It's highly effervescent and extremely refreshing. I think the yeast at the bottom of the bottle adds to the flavor so I make sure it's stirred up before I pour it.
We should have a NESR beer night... Strange Brew perhaps... Yum
The next group (from left to right)...
Oskar Blues - GUBNA Imperial IPA: This is a very potent double IPA (10.0%) that is perfect for any hop fanatic. I've had it on draft in several left coast bars but this is the first time I'll be trying the can.
Oskar Blues - Ten Fidy: 10.5% Russian Imperial Stout. I've never had it before and I was excited to find it. The general consensus is it's a fantastic stout. I can't wait to try it.
Sixpoint - Diesel: An excellent dry hopped stout.
Sixpoint - Bengali Tiger: An excellent American IPA. I actually picked this up by accident. I meant to get Sixpoint's Righteous Ale which I haven't tried yet but I thoroughly enjoy the Tiger so I'll survive.
Narragansett - Bock: I haven't had this but enough people in this thread were excited about Narragansett's new offerings so I decided to try them out.
Narragansett - Cream Ale: This is the one people were excited to try and now you can finally get it in NH.
Harpoon - Leviathan - Barleywine Style Ale: I've been looking for this beer for a while. It's a 10% English Barleywine. I've been on a barleywine kick lately and this one has eluded me until now.
Unibroue - La Fin Du Monde: A world class Belgian Tripel from America's hat.
Ommegang - Rare VOS: A spiced Belgian Pale Ale that I haven't tried yet.
Unibroue - Éphémère (Apple): One of the few beers from Unibroue I haven't gotten around to trying yet. I normally don't go for fruit beers but I figured I've passed it by too many times that I might as well give it a shot.
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I started with the Oskar Blues - Ten Fidy Russian Imperial Stout and I can safely say it's as good as its reputation. It pours like a thick pitch black liquid with a dark brown head that forms several seconds after pouring. You can tell from the smell that it has lots of chocolate and dark malts with a sweet and almost bourbon like nose. The taste is as complex as the nose with a rich and sweet dark fruit flavors from the malts followed by a coffee like finish with a bitterness that is just right. The 10.5% alcohol is very well hidden by the powerful flavors and gives your mouth a nice warming sensation. The thickness of the beer coats your mouth so the excellent flavor lingers while it slowly fades away.
Unfortunately this beer is pricey but I found it at a shop that's known to be expensive. Rumor has it you can find it for a fair bit cheaper so I'll continue the hunt since this is a beer I could drink a lot more of!
Edit: This stuff is rediculous! I went and bought a bunch more to keep me satisfied.
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I got around to trying Narragansett's Cream Ale and Bock. I was underwhelmed by the cream ale as its flavor was a lot lighter than I care for although I should have known that since cream ales are like that by design. The flavor wasn't bad at all just nothing special. I would definitely drink it if it were offered to me but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it. The Bock on the other hand was quite good. I've heard people describe it as heavy but it's a lot lighter than what I typically go after. I would have no problem with this being a session beer.
just wrapped up brewing a raspberry wheat, came out just below 5% which was right where i wanted it to be. Have a bottle sitting in my fridge right now, going to test it tonight since i have zero patience and have been waiting for over a month and a half to try this out as its my first all grain attempt. Will post up a couple photos once i cracked it.
I've noticed since moving to SoCal that IPA's are huge now. They're everywhere out here, it's almost like a sick obsession. I never used to be a fan of IPA's, but now I enjoy them from time to time.
But here's my question: Is this a craze/fad/obsession in SoCal, or is it taking the nation by storm? Are IPA's really that huge just in SoCal, or is it just a coincidence that IPA's became huge just as I moved to the west coast?
IPA's have gotten pretty popular recently, but also in cali you have bear republic sierra nevada and green flash which make some of my favorite IPA's and I'm sure there are more out there.
I tried a shandy made with 1/2 narragansett summer and 1/2 newmans own lemonade, a billion times better than the premade shandy's, came out so good!
IPA's are huge on the left coast which is influencing breweries over here on the right coast. Among the outstanding ones you can find out there, a lot of breweries are adding rediculous amounts of hops just for the sake of adding hops. You end up drinking a glass of concentrated liquid pine tree.
Speaking of IPAs, here is a fine Belgian example from the Van Steenberge brewery that I enjoyed yesterday:
Not overly hopped with an excellent malt foundation. It has spice notes that you would expect in Belgian tripels along with carbonation similar to Unibrou offerings. This is a fantastic beer. Van Steenberge is also known for their Gulden Draak which is a Belgian strong dark ale.
Here is my first all grain in primary and secondary, loving the end color.
Same as you, fly with false bottom
I brought home a selection of Oskar Blues over the weekend. Ended up trying the Mama's Little Pils and a Smuttynose S'Muttonator I've had in my fridge for a while.
Freaking delicious. Sorry, uploading from phone and not sure how to rotate...