Monday, July 30, 2007

Hair of the Dog - Fred From The Wood



Batch 64. 12oz bottle from the bottling for RateBeer.com. Pours into my tulip glass a deep murky brown/orange with a nice inch of bubbly light tan head that stays the course. Plenty of active carbonation. Aromas begin with a cornucopia of fruits, caramel and hop resins. Citrus, pear, apple and pine weave in and out. A big oak aroma surrounds everything. Thoughts of a filled humidor come to mind. Yeast and spiciness run wild as well with a touch of vanilla. Wow, just a really complex, deep aroma here that draws you straight into the glass.

First sip brings rich caramelized malts and a great melding of fruit flavors as well. Citric, piney hop resins move in along with big woody oak tones. A nice yeasty spiciness runs underneath. It flows down with a touch of vanilla, tobacco and a solid bitterness on the finish as well. A bit of alcohol comes through too. Overall, a wonderfully tasty, interesting brew.

Mouthfeel is viscous with a chewy body and good sturdy carbonation to support it all. Not overly heavy or syrupy at all. This is right on and drinks like a treat. Overall, the wood aging really adds a wonderful twist to Fred and I only wish I had more than one bottle. A truly awesome brew that's worth seeking out. I hope to have the chance to try this and Adam From The Wood again sometime!

Overall I gave this one a 4.4 out of 5. A truly tasty brew.

Surf on over to the virtual world of Hair of the Dog at www.hairofthedog.com

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Gumballhead - Now in 6 Packs!!

Three Floyds Gumballhead is now in six packs and I couldn't be happier. Check out the new pics
below:
The new case artwork

The new six pack
One side of the six pack

The other side of the six pack

The bottle

I highly recommend you go out and pick some up today. Makes a great summer beer and is probably my favorite session brew alongside the Pride & Joy. The Gumballhead name and character were created by Rob Syers. Check out the Gumballhead comics over at Skin Graft Records & Comics: http://www.skingraftrecords.com/

Check out more of what's brewing at Three Floyds pub by surfing over to http://www.threefloydspub.com


Thursday, July 12, 2007

Russian River Beatification - Batch 001


This 375ml bottle is Batch 001 of Beatification. Brewed by Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, CA, this is a blonde ale aged in oak barrels and comes in at 5.50% abv. To be more specific, this brew is aged in used La Folie barrels graciously handed over by Peter Bouckaert of New Belgium Brewing. Beatification was aged for 23 months in these barrels before it was bottled and contains Brettanomyces, Saccharomyces, Pediococcus and Lactobacillus. Click on each one to learn a little more about these wonderful critters.

There is also a version of this brew labeled "PH1", which was aged in what the brewers at New Belgium felt was the very best La Folie barrel. I will be sampling that version later. Now onto the brew!

Batch 001. Pours into my tulip glass a clear amber orange with a good inch of bubbly white head and lots of big bubbles rising up to the top. Aromas burst out of the glass with light citrus aromas bathed in brett funkiness. Musty, horse blanket, acetic farmhouse aromas alongside woody and honey scents as well. Has a really bright, vibrant character to it. Wow. This is just wonderful.

First sip brings a rush of tart and sour and a nice base malt. Light citrus flavors, lemon rind and honey mingle in the funkiness of the brew. There's a nice woody dryness with each sip along with a fairly sharp acidic bite. Finishes with a lingering tart funkiness, rather dry. I may be imagining it but I get a bit of a green olive aftertaste with each sip. This is simply an amazing sour, wild ale.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a lively, light carbonation that rushes across the palate with each sip. Really makes drinking this brew enjoyable. I wish this came in a 750ml bottle as I could easily and throughly enjoy the whole bottle myself. Beatification ranks with the best Russian River brews I've had and to be honest the best brews I've had overall. Cheers to Vinnie, Peter at NB and everyone else at RR that made this brew possible. Quite an achievement! I can't wait to try the PH1.

Overall I gave this amazing beer a 4.7 out of 5. This stuff is amazing!!

Check out all of Vinnie's creations at www.russianriverbrewing.com

Monday, July 09, 2007

Three Floyds Fantabulous Resplendence X Anniversary Ale


I recently heard about this new brew from Three Floyds, arguably one of my favorite breweries in existence and I had to have it. A short drive to my local and a few bottles were mine. The Three Floyds version of the last supper is featured on the label and is incredibly cool. The artwork is done by Chris Berg and I'm lucky enough to have a full size poster of this hanging on my wall. This brew is 10.5% abv and has been billed as an "oatwine". Available on tap at the brewpub as well as in 22oz bomber bottles that will run you roughly $10.00. Now onto the brew!

I ran out to pick up this brew after hearing about it. The 22oz bomber pours into my glass a wonderful slightly hazy orange color with a small white head that leaves a bit of sticky lacing as it falls. Aromas blast out of the glass with huge citric, tropical hops. Grapefruit runs wild with some pine resin undertones. Pineapple, mango, lychee...I'm seriously not making these up! Sweet caramel lies underneath the massive blanket of green hops. Fresh, bright, enticing. Damn this just smells so good. On par and even possibly better than Dreadnaught.

First sip brings a smooth, slick caramel malt upfront that in a split second is overtaken by a cascade of vibrant hops. Huge citrus flavors including orange and grapefruit along with some pine and floral notes as well. Tropical fruit comes through in the flavor again with some pineapple noticeable. Flows down with a great slick, smooth body that gives the brew a tasty twist. Bitterness makes itself quite known on the back of the palate and lingers after each sip. A damn tasty brew to be had here with no real noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth with steady carbonation. There's a silkiness as it flows down that must be thanks to the oats in this one. Quite easy to drink for such a big brew. A few bombers of this and I'd be in trouble! Kudos to 10 years of brewing at Three Floyds and here's to 10 more with continued success. Recommended for sure.

This beer gets a big 4.25 out of 5 from me. Damn tasty and will bring a smile to any hop heads face!

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

New Glarus Unplugged Belgian Quadruple


The 1st Unplugged brew from Dan Carey in 2007 has been sitting in my cellar for a bit since I first purchased it at Murray's Wine and Spirits in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I always look forward to the new Unplugged brews from New Glarus as they have been consistently tasty and at the very least an interesting new experience. Let's pop the cap off this one and see what we find.

The 12oz red foil capped bottle pours into my glass a clear amber orange color with a small, fizzy bubbly head that quickly falls to a small ring. Aromas begin with a touch of sour brett funk, cherries and woody tones as well. A touch of toffee, caramel and vanilla. Slight spiciness as well..maybe cinnamon.

First sip brings caramel malt sweetness met by a somewhat acidic, yeasty funk. Fruit tones move in with a predominant cherry flavor. Moves down with a nice spiciness and a hit of woody vanilla. Finishes fruity with a light bitterness on the end. Slightly warming alcohol. Quite an interesting, tasty brew. Lingering mix of brett and bourbon.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly slick. Good steady carbonation throughout that has a punchy, prickly aspect to it. Pretty nice but doesn't bring the body I normally enjoy in a quadruple. Overall, it was an interesting brew and a nice way to end the evening. Probably better classified as a wild ale than a standard quadruple. I have a few more to let sit and see what happens. Keep the Unplugged brews coming Dan!

Overall I gave this brew a 3.8 out of 5. Try it out for yourself!

Check out more New Glarus brews at www.newglarusbrewing.com