Monday, November 07, 2011

The Alchemist - Heady Topper

The Alchemist Pub and Brewery is located in Waterbury, Vermont. The small brewery is headed up by John Kimmich and brews a wide variety of styles, from hop bombs to Belgian styles, easy drinking beers and even American Wild ales. Unfortunately, the pub fell victim to the wrath of Hurricane Irene on August 28, 2011, leaving almost everything inside a muddy, ruined mess. They are currently working on rebuilding and I wish them only the best!!

 16oz cans, love 'em! First beer I've sampled from The Alchemist. Hazy golden yellow/orange pour with a nice creamy white head on top. Lots of hop sediment so be careful on the pour. Aromas are a blast of deep fruity, tropical hops. Such a wonderful, juicy, resinous hop blend that I could easily sit and inhale all night long. I would advise to drink this hoppy treat as fresh as possible.

First sip brings a rush of bright, pungent hops. Huge fruity, tropical flavors with resinous hop oils all over the place. Sweet crisp malts take their rightful place as it flows down with a bitter hop blast. Love that this is unfiltered and unpasteurized. An amazing fresh hop experience that is incredibly tasty!

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with great carbonation. Medium bodied. This ends up being an extremely drinkable hop monster of a beer. Go ahead and drink this one from the can. Well worth seeking out if you're a hop lover. I'm really happy to have had the opportunity to try this. I have to get to Vermont one day!

Overall this beer gets a rating of Amazing from me.  An awesome beer!

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Thursday, November 03, 2011

21st Amendment Brew Free! Or Die IPA

21st Amendment Brewery was founded in 2000 in San Francisco, California. They quickly became a well known and loved brewpub. They decided to can their beers, which was a great decision in my opinion! I love good beer in cans, it's easy to travel with, you can take it more places and the cans block any light from ever reaching the beer inside! I picked up this can while on a weekend trip to Minnesota, which is the closest state to me that the beer is distributed to.

Love the cans! Pours into my glass a light, bright golden orange with 2 fingers of creamy head on top that leaves spotty lacing along the glass. Great clarity. Aroma kicks off with pine and resinous hop notes. Slightly floral with a twist of citrus. Somewhat bready malts with a touch of caramel and spice.

First sip brings a good balance between malt and hops. Bready caramel intertwines with resinous, pine laced hops. Citrus and spice mix in as it flows down with a nice kick of bitterness. Finishes dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel is smooth and easy drinking with good carbonation. Overall, a tasty IPA but nothing really stands out to bring it into the limelight. Glad I got to try it!

Overall this IPA gets a rating of Enjoyable from me.
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