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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Kraken » Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:16 pm

I've already bought three 12-packs of Celebration, but haven't drunk any of them yet. I'm still going through the surplus of my favorite fall beer, Harpoon Flannel Friday. I like to stock up as much as I can afford on seasonals that come and go quickly. If my packie doesn't run out (as they often do), I'll have a few cases of Celebration put away by the time my Harpoon is gone.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by AWS260 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:49 am

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Had my first Brut IPA today.. A nice dry quality although not being especially effervescent. Really brings out the bitter hoppy qualities out of the beer.
I'm having my second right now, a somewhat disappointing offering from Pipeworks (Brutal Doodz Brut IPA). I had tried one from a small local brewery (Hopewell) a couple of weeks ago and rather liked it, so the jury is still out for me on the style generally. The first one was flavorful, but this one is a bit bland.
I've now tried two brut IPAs: Sparkler from Sixpoint and Brutylicious from Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.

The Sparkler was excellent -- dry and crisp, but still very much an IPA, with plenty of hoppy character. The Brutylicious was somewhat disappointing in comparison -- thin and lightweight.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Jeff V » Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:37 am

Kraken wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:16 pm
I've already bought three 12-packs of Celebration, but haven't drunk any of them yet. I'm still going through the surplus of my favorite fall beer, Harpoon Flannel Friday. I like to stock up as much as I can afford on seasonals that come and go quickly. If my packie doesn't run out (as they often do), I'll have a few cases of Celebration put away by the time my Harpoon is gone.
Last year, Celebration was well stocked through the Super Bowl. I went with a 12 pack last week (still some left); Fistmas is also on sale so I'll grab some of that next. Probably bring a 12 of Celebration to the host house for Football and Turkey Day (along with a couple of turkeys).

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by disarm » Thu Nov 22, 2018 3:42 pm

Special days call for special beer!
2017 Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine Ale

I've been sitting on this for one for a year, waiting for it to age a little. Sweet, smooth, deep flavor with a little fig/raisin, and a hint of the bourbon barrel aging...really nice barleywine and pretty easy to drink despite the 14.4% ABV. I can't say it's as good as the 2017 Bourbon County Stout, but that may just be because barleywine isn't one of my preferred styles. It's still damn good though!

I also got word this morning that my local store just got the 2018 Bourbon County offerings in store, so I'll be picking up the new ones tomorrow! Image
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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by mori » Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:55 pm

Black Friday is the national release of Goose Island Bourbon County line of beers. Some stores chose to ignore this date.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Scuzz » Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:05 pm

We went to the Yardhouse here a week or so ago, and the featured beers were Founders Barrel Aged beers. I would have liked to try one but of the five offered the lowest alcohol for any one beer was 11.1%. The other four were all over 11.7%. I was driving. So I just had a couple lower alcohol local IPA's.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Jeff V » Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:26 pm

Anchor 2018 Xmas Ale. Anchor does a different recipe each year for their Xmas ale, I've probably tried most of them over the 44 years they've been dong this. Some years I missed the boat as they tend to sell out quickly. One year, I bought a giant bottle of the stuff, but wound up in the Philippines and had my brother bring it to the NYE party a friend hosted.

This year its pretty unremarkable. I can't determine what spice(s) are being used, but it seems earthy. The beer has a lot in common with a black IPA that I reviewed last week, Greenbush Anger, but the Greenbush beer is about $1 per bottle cheaper and has 0.7% more booze.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by mori » Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:34 pm

Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA. An IPA brewed with maple syrup. Rather unremarkable IPA as the maple syrup just added some sweetness but little flavor. Old school East Coast hopping is the predominate flavor.

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Post by Daehawk » Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:03 am

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The blended scotch whisky -- and, yes, the Scots spell it without the "e" -- is available for pre-sale starting today, priced at $49.99, at www.MontgomeryScottScotch.com. Shipping will begin in March 2019.
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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Alefroth » Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:40 pm

Sierra Nevada are brewing a Camp Fire relief special edition beer called Resilience IPA with 100% of proceeds going to relief efforts. 1200 other breweries have agreed to brew it as well. I think it'd be fun to go a tap takeover that was nothing but different breweries' Resilience IPA.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Z-Corn » Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:48 pm

Alefroth wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:40 pm
Sierra Nevada are brewing a Camp Fire relief special edition beer called Resilience IPA with 100% of proceeds going to relief efforts. 1200 other breweries have agreed to brew it as well. I think it'd be fun to go a tap takeover that was nothing but different breweries' Resilience IPA.
There are, as of now, two breweries in town that are doing this. One being Founder's but the other is a smaller place that is probably my favorite so I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with the recipe.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Scuzz » Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:08 pm

Alefroth wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:40 pm
Sierra Nevada are brewing a Camp Fire relief special edition beer called Resilience IPA with 100% of proceeds going to relief efforts. 1200 other breweries have agreed to brew it as well. I think it'd be fun to go a tap takeover that was nothing but different breweries' Resilience IPA.
I am sure you are aware that Sierra Nevada is based in Chico, which was threatened by the fire early on. I will look for this when it comes out.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Alefroth » Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:18 pm

Scuzz wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:08 pm
Alefroth wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:40 pm
Sierra Nevada are brewing a Camp Fire relief special edition beer called Resilience IPA with 100% of proceeds going to relief efforts. 1200 other breweries have agreed to brew it as well. I think it'd be fun to go a tap takeover that was nothing but different breweries' Resilience IPA.
I am sure you are aware that Sierra Nevada is based in Chico, which was threatened by the fire early on. I will look for this when it comes out.
I think some of their employees even lost houses. This looks like it could be a pretty huge fundraiser.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Z-Corn » Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:35 pm

Alefroth wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:18 pm
Scuzz wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:08 pm
Alefroth wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:40 pm
Sierra Nevada are brewing a Camp Fire relief special edition beer called Resilience IPA with 100% of proceeds going to relief efforts. 1200 other breweries have agreed to brew it as well. I think it'd be fun to go a tap takeover that was nothing but different breweries' Resilience IPA.
I am sure you are aware that Sierra Nevada is based in Chico, which was threatened by the fire early on. I will look for this when it comes out.
I think some of their employees even lost houses. This looks like it could be a pretty huge fundraiser.
I read at least 10% of their employees were displaced.

At one point the brewery was threatened.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Smoove_B » Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:19 pm

I had no idea this beer is no longer being produced; it's been in my beer cellar for quite few years. Sadly, it was the last one.

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At 9% ABV, I guess it's a good breakfast beer for JeffV? I wouldn't say it's a style I gravitate towards (clearly, it's been sitting in my cellar for 4+ years), but I did enjoy it. RIP Green Flash Grand Cru.

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Post by Isgrimnur » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:58 pm

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Found this buried in the back of the fridge. Not bad, but I won’t regret that it’s the only one.

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Post by Isgrimnur » Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:13 pm

And now Diet 7-Up with lemonade vodka.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Scuzz » Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:13 am

Isgrimnur wrote:
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Found this buried in the back of the fridge. Not bad, but I won’t regret that it’s the only one.
I have tried it in past years and didn't really think much of it.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Jeff V » Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:59 am

You know they change the recipe every year, right?

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Scuzz » Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:54 pm

Jeff V wrote:
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You know they change the recipe every year, right?
You mentioned that above. I am pretty sure I have had it at least two seasons.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Jeff V » Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:27 pm

It's just not liking it one year does not preclude not liking it another year. They've had some great ones in the past, 2018 is not one of them.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Jeff V » Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:37 pm

Vanilla Bitch Slap by Pig Minds Brewery, Machesney Park, IL. With a name like that, how could I pass? It was on tap at Rosati's and I had 45 minutes to kill. I'm used to vanilla-flavored stouts and porters, but this is a red ale. First sip the vanilla does bitch slap you, then you get used to it. 8.0% ABV isn't bad for a flavored beer.

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Post by mori » Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:38 pm

Smoove_B wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:19 pm
I had no idea this beer is no longer being produced; it's been in my beer cellar for quite few years. Sadly, it was the last one.

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At 9% ABV, I guess it's a good breakfast beer for JeffV? I wouldn't say it's a style I gravitate towards (clearly, it's been sitting in my cellar for 4+ years), but I did enjoy it. RIP Green Flash Grand Cru.
I believe they just renamed the beer and put it in more expensive large format bottles. Green Flash is one of those breweries that I am not sad to see leave my local market since their distribution reduction and market consolidation.

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Post by Jeff V » Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:18 pm

$2 off DYO six packs!

Dogfishhead 61 - I've not been a fan of their grape-infused concoctions before, but this is a bright, drinkable beer. 6.5% ABV.

Bell's Xmas Ale - A Scotch ale, there is no reason this has to be relegated to seasonal duty. At 7.5% ABV, it's on the light end of the Scotch Ale spectrum, but it's a fine effort.

Deschute's Xmas Ale - Nicely balanced spiced ale. 6.5% ABV, I could drink more of this.

Fistmas from Revolution Brewing - A perennial favorite, I think I'm tiring of it. Or they are not making it as well as the past. Anyway, I'm six and done this year.

4 Hands Chocolate Milk Stout. Do people make chocolate milk with very bitter dark chocolate? This is less sweet than I was expecting (I was expecting
something in the Boulder Shake vein). At $7 per 6, I have 5 more cans to drink. It's not bad as is, but I think it will make a fine addition to my chili.

Sam Adams Holiday Porter. Another fine beer that really doesn't need to be limited to the holidays. IMO, Porters are making a comeback after a time when it seemed everyone was poisoning them with vile smoke flavor. This one is only 5.4%, so get it for the designated drivers at your holiday party.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Jeff V » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:12 pm

Darker Than Your Soul by Saugatuck Brewing Co. It's like they don't even know who they are selling to! If I had a soul, it would certainly be black hole dark. This is opaque though. It claims to be a stout but drinks like a dark lager. At least they deftly took it off the fire before scorching the malt. 6.5% ABV is better than many pedestrian stouts but give me a good imperial any day.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Jeff V » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:18 pm

Sam Adams Chocolate Bock. Nearly the same gravity as the Saugatuck beer, this is better classified. Not bad, not overly sweet. Less potent than Swiss Miss at a mere 5.8% ABV but won't feel compelled to add marshmallows.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

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Cold, it's a bit maltier and stoutier than I like this style. But I expect to grow into it as it warms.
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As an old Gone Gold member, this brought a chuckle. Have not had it yet and not sure I want to since it has that vile Citra hop.

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Post by Scuzz » Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:18 pm

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Belching Beaver Deftones Phantom Bride IPA

Sold in a 6 pack of 16oz cans. Pretty good.

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Post by Jeff V » Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:12 pm

Sleeping Dog Tail Chaser IPA, Tempe, AZ. A non descript IPA that's quite drinkable, if not memorable. The epitome of average, down to the middling 6.5% ABV.

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Post by Isgrimnur » Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:16 pm

Scuzz wrote:
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Belching Beaver Deftones Phantom Bride IPA

Sold in a 6 pack of 16oz cans. Pretty good.
FTFY

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Post by Scuzz » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:22 am

Thanks. I played with it for a few times and finally just gave up.

Everyone can just get off my lawn. :)

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Almost perfect beer for Minnesota winters. A touch of smoke from Beechwood smoked malt and a bit of juniper encaptures winter in the cold north.

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Post by Jeff V » Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:17 pm

Beam Me Up Stouty by Saugatuck Brewing, Michigan. Billed as a coconut stout, the pun in the name isn't the biggest joke...that would be the 4.7% ABV. The flavor is fine, though.

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Both really good, but I was hoping the Old Pulteney would be more briney than it is.

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Post by Max Peck » Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:35 pm

'Tis the season...

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Post by Isgrimnur » Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:25 am

Picked up a Deschutes variety 12-pack for the rental house. Everything except the pale ale has been decent.

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Post by Scuzz » Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:38 pm

Isgrimnur wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:25 am
Picked up a Deschutes variety 12-pack for the rental house. Everything except the pale ale has been decent.
Is the pale ale the Mirror Pond?

I have liked that in the past, but to be honest most pale ales nowadays just have no flavor.

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Smoove_B » Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:48 pm

Grades FINALLY all done and all that's left is the the whining from the grade grubbers. There's not much left, but it's drinking time:

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I really should try to secure another bottle before they all disappear.
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Exactly what I was thinking!

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Re: Whatcha drinking?

Post by Alefroth » Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:52 am

Smoove_B wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:48 pm
Grades FINALLY all done and all that's left is the the whining from the grade grubbers. There's not much left, but it's drinking time:

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I really should try to secure another bottle before they all disappear.
The Master of Malt wrote:This Octomore is surprisingly coastal with waves of stormy sea water crashing into cliffs of peat and turf. Beneath this smoulder ember sof coal and burning heather. The palate entertains a distinct fruitiness, reminiscent of citrus and tropical fruits before a finish of Icelandic ash clouds concludes this monumental dram.
Exactly what I was thinking!
That description sounds awesome, but with that phenol count :shock: I'm sure I couldn't drink it. And the price, ouch.

edit- The more I think about it, the more dumbfounded I am. They call their Port Charlotte heavily peated at 40ppm.

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