Ding’s Beer Blog

Reviews

This page collects all of the beer reviews that have been posted as blog posts since dingsbeerblog.com began.

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There’s also a bunch of notebooks with reviews from home (England) too, but they’ll probably never see the light of day publicly.

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Beer Review: Seeing Double IPA, Foothills Brewing

TweetDing Points: 76.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: I’ve known this beer for many, many years and usually I’ve enjoyed it immensely, but this is the first time I’ve had it in the … Continue reading

Beer Review: Westbrook Brewing Co., Weisse Weisse Baby

TweetDing Points: 70.50 Pour: 40.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: $9.99 for the 750 mL from Growlers, HHI, SC, USA. Bottled 3/29/13. Well this beer has been a long time coming. A few years ago, … Continue reading

Beer Review: Westbrook Brewing Co, Mexican Cake

TweetDing Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Two separate, approx. (what looked liked) 10-12 oz pours (in undersize Duvel glasses) at The Lodge, Hilton Head Island, SC. I had heard a little … Continue reading

Beer Review: The Wrecking Bar, Ding – The English Bitter

TweetDing Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: I have not spoken to Bob Sandage about ‘Ding‘, so I cannot comment on its origin with any degree of certainty, but here is what … Continue reading

Beer Review: Back Forty Beer Company, Freckle Belly IPA

TweetDing Points: 74.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: I’ve had very little exposure and experience with Back Forty beers, but when I did, I thought they were incredibly average. This is the first … Continue reading

Beer Review: Brewery Ommegang, XV Reserve Anniversary

TweetDing Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: $15.99 for the tin and the corked bottle. Love me some Ommegang, but even before I open the tin or the bottle I feel that … Continue reading

Beer Review: Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager 1988-2013

TweetDing Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: So what do we have here? Apparently it’s a Lager, and 5 seconds research tell us it’s a Doppelbock, or at least an amped-up version … Continue reading

Beer Review: Jester King Craft Brewery, Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer

TweetDing Points: 64.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00 Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: Big thanks go out to Lee for providing me with the original bottle of this back in 2012. That bottle was cracked open on vacation … Continue reading

Beer Review: Victory Brewing Company, White Monkey

TweetDing Points: 54.00 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth:, 60.00 Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: I hold my hand up here and admit that I screwed up. The thought of Golden Monkey aged in white wine barrels was definitely something … Continue reading

Beer Review: Stone Brewing Co, Enjoy By 04.01.13 IPA

TweetDing Points: 64.00 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: Dammit. Enjoy by 04.01.13 – that means that once the 4th of January has passed this is going downhill. Oh, hang on, this is America, … Continue reading

Beer Review: Dogfish Head, Birra Etrusca Bronze

TweetDing Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Taste: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Pour is a, ‘per the label’ dark bronze color with some initially high head that fades pretty quickly. Retention is not great, and lace is … Continue reading

Beer Review: Jester King Craft Brewery, Commercial Suicide (Oaked) Farmhouse Ale

TweetDing Points: 51.00 Pour 60.00:, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 40.00 Tasting Notes: OK, an ‘Oaked, Farmhouse Mild Ale’? Hmmm, I dunno. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and bottle-conditioned, 750 mL in the usual Jester King presentation. The label also refers … Continue reading

Beer Review(s): The Celt Experience Beers; Bronze, Dark-Age and Golden

TweetUsually I don’t like to review beers in batches, but on this occasion it seemed a little more appropriate for more than one reason. My friend from North Carolina/Yorkshire, Stuart Arnold (of Fortnight Brewing, check ’em out), provided me with … Continue reading

Beer Review: Blue Moon Brewing Company (Coors), Proximity (Vintage Ale Collection)

TweetDing Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Yes, I am fully aware of what this is (and what it is not), but I’ll try anything once, and to be honest the description … Continue reading

Beer Review: Ranger Creek Brewing, Small Batch Series No.1

TweetDing Points: 77.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Bottle has black wax which is VERY thick. Quite a pain to open. As Ranger Creek mentions on its web site, it (the wax) does … Continue reading

Beer Review: Karbach Brewing Co., Yule Shoot Your Eye Out (Seasonal Ale)

TweetDing Points: 86.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Huge shout-out to @lnashsig for the chance to crack this one. Looking forward to it immensely. Pour is a dark brown/black affair with two fingers … Continue reading

Beer Review: Samuel Adams (The Boston Beer Co.), Latitude 48

TweetDing Points: 66.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: These notes are an amalgamation of two different bottles, almost exactly 12 months apart, and that is reflected in the two different labels over the … Continue reading

Beer Review: The Bruery, 5 Golden Rings

TweetDing Points: 77.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Original Review: 12/07/2013 I always look forward to The Bruery release of the 12 days series, but this one has me wondering how much I … Continue reading

Beer Review: Lazy Magnolia, Indian Summer

TweetDing Points: 61.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: Pour recedes to leave zero head, zero lace. Looks like a lucozade. Really fruity, but not really in an orangey way. Complete clarity. If the … Continue reading

Beer Review: Jester King Craft Brewery, Thrash Metal Farmhouse ***** Ale

TweetDing Points: 74.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: What’s the deal with the (apparently) blacked out word between Farmhouse and Ale?? Pour gives an enormous, fluffy head with some good retention and some … Continue reading

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada, Oatmeal Stout 2012 Beer Camp #45

TweetDing Points: 87.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Before purchasing the Beer Camp 12 pack, I was pretty sure that the beer that I would like least would be this one. It turned … Continue reading

Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Hard Time Barleywine Style Ale

TweetDing Points: 71.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Part of the solitary confinement series. I had a few conversations with various folk about the type of Barleywine I could expect, American or English. … Continue reading

Beer Review: Terrapin Beer Co., Liquid Bliss (Side Project #18)

TweetDing Points: 68.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Here we go with Side Project #18 from Terrapin, a ‘peanut butter beer’. The usual, 22 oz, gold-foiled presentation for the Side Project series. The … Continue reading

Beer Review: Shmaltz Brewing Company, He’Brew Miraculous Jewbelation 8

TweetDing Points: 74.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: The back story to this beer is that I missed out on it when it was first released (late 2004), but subsequently enjoyed many of … Continue reading

Beer Review: Founding Fathers Brewing Co., Founding Fathers Light Lager

TweetDing Points: 24.00 Pour: 40.00, Nose: 20.00, Palate: 20.00, Mouth: 30.00, Global: 20.00 Tasting Notes: I really only wanted to review this because of the small conversation that my review of the ‘regular’ Founding Father’s lager provoked. Pour is typical. … Continue reading

Boulevard Brewing Co., Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest

TweetDing Points: 85.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Apparently this beer is brewed to celebrate one Bob Werkowitch, Master Brewer, and his graduation from the US Brewer’s Academy in 1947. Nice. Beautiful clarity … Continue reading

Beer Review: Freetail Brewing Co., Witicus

TweetDing Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: 22 oz bottle, tanks go out to @lnashsig for the opportunity to try this one. At first glance this seems like an unusual combination. A … Continue reading

Beer Review: Brewery Ommegang, Duvel Rustica

TweetDing Points: 66.00 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: OK, what are the differences between this and Duvel? The question really seems as though it should be at the forefront of any discussion of … Continue reading

Beer Review: Great Divide Brewing Co., Wolfgang

TweetDing Points: 53.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 40.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: Black body with a thick, creamy, almost old fashioned Guinness like head. The retention is OK, but the lace is not as good as the … Continue reading

Beer Review: Dogfish Head, 75 Minute IPA

TweetDing Points: 67.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouthfeel: 90.00, Global 60.00 Tasting Notes: Had a chance to purchase a bottle at the brewpub in March of this year, but I passed. Everything comes to he who waits, and … Continue reading

Beer Review: Jester King Craft Brewery, Boxer’s Revenge

TweetDing Points: 87.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: I have to admit, I am not really predisposed to liking this beer. I’m not a big fan of anything barrel-aged at the best of … Continue reading

Beer Review: Ranger Creek Brewing, Small Batch Series No. 2

TweetDing Points: 88.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Thanks go out to @lnashsig for the chance to try this one. bottle-conditioned, 07.18.12, Batch 001. Here’s the official word from Ranger Creek Brewing. My … Continue reading

Beer Review: Weyerbacher Brewing Co., Seventeen

TweetDing Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: 12 oz single, Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pretty straightforward here. Very sweet, highly spiced Saison. A few medicinal herbs, but nothing too extreme, mainly … Continue reading

Beer Review: Brooklyn Brewery, Fiat Lux

TweetDing Points: 90.00 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: 32 oz growler from AleYeah! Roswell in September, and then about six weeks or so later, as a 32 oz growler from JUGS in Sandy … Continue reading

Beer Review: De Proef Brouwerij, Flanders Fred

TweetDing Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth; 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Always glad to see another De Proef collaboration, this one being the sixth in the series. Some have been great, some less so, but it’s … Continue reading

Sweetwater Brewing Co., Danktoberfest

TweetDing Points: 58.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: The latest in the Dank Tank series. Blue and white checkered motif in a nod to the Bavarian flag. Pretty good looking beer, with a … Continue reading

Beer Review: Brasserie Fantôme, Fantôme Saison

TweetDing Points: 95.00 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 100.00, Mouth: 100.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Extremely surprised to see this back on the shelf at Green’s in early August of 2012 – extremely. Distribution to GA seemed to have stopped … Continue reading

Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Dead Man Walking

TweetDing Points: 58.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 20.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: Ahhh, dammit. Such a shame. This beer looks absolutely spectacular when poured into the Tucher Weizen, half-liter glass. The natural light shows a beautiful burgundy … Continue reading

The search is over, and at the same time, just beginning

TweetYesterday was a pretty significant day in my little beer world. Was it a day that was characterized by me finding a long sought after bottle? No. Was it a day that I tasted and reviewed a super-rare beer? No. … Continue reading

Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Partners In Crime

TweetDing Points: 72.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Delighted to see a Berliner Weisse. Not really that I’m an especially big fan of the style, but high quality beer of any type under … Continue reading

Beer Review: The Lost Abbey & New Belgium Brewing, Mo Betta Bretta Ale

TweetDing Points: 68.50 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: $13.99 for the 12.7 fl oz in the corked & caged bottle. Yes, I said $13.99! As always with The Lost Abbey, I open with … Continue reading

Beer Review: Stone Brewing Co., 16th Anniversary

TweetDing Points: 86.00 Pour: 100.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Bottled conditioned, August 2012. OK, the last Stone Anniversary beer that I thought was any good was 13. That beer was superb. 14 and 15 … Continue reading

Beer Review: Boulevard Brewing Company, Rye-On-Rye 2012

TweetDing Points: 77.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: More thanks go out to @lnashsig. 2012 vintage, bottle number 20081, Batch 2012-2, Best By: 02-2014. 33% ale, 67% ale aged in rye whiskey barrels. … Continue reading

Beer Review: Jester King Craft Brewery, Das Wunderkind!

TweetDing Points: 77.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: For the second time in just about as many days, I find a beer that for all intents & purposes could actually be described as … Continue reading

Beer Review: Founders Brewing Co., Frangelic Mountain Brown

TweetDing Points: 64.50 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: 25.4 oz bottle, $13.99 Smyrna World of Beverage. Not sure why I bought this. Anyway…. A lighter than expected, reddish hue on the pour. I’m … Continue reading

Beer Review: Brouwerij St. Bernardus Watou, Tokyo

TweetDing Points: 90.00 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: I originally drank this at the Brick Store on draught. This review is mainly from my experience with the 750 mL corked & caged bottle, … Continue reading

Beer Review: Alpine Beer Company and New Belgium Brewing Co., Super India Pale Ale (Lips of Faith)

TweetDing Points: 88.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Anything involving Alpine in the DIPA category usually gets my attention, so I was interested to see how this would pan out. The last New … Continue reading

Beer Review: Mikkeller, Open Windows Open Hills Tiger Baby

TweetDing Points: 61.50 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: I ran into a cacophony of new Mikkeller offerings in the store last week, with all kinds of weird, strange and expensive beer on display. … Continue reading

Beer Review: Green Flash Brewing Co. and Founders Brewing Co., Linch Pin ‘White India Pale Ale’

TweetDing Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: I’m not a big fan of hyped-up, imaginary beer styles, so this gets off on the wrong foot all around. WTF is a ‘White IPA’ … Continue reading

Beer Review: Cigar City Brewing, Cucumber Saison

TweetDing Points: 90.00 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: High, fluffy, large bubbled and wispy white head sits above a mid-orange, slightly clouded body. Nose has a light, floral element with some icy, apple … Continue reading

Beer Review: Mother Earth Brewing, Silent Night (2010)

TweetDing Points: 89.00 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: If truth be known I have a bit of a soft spot for Mother Earth. The reason is simple. Although I don’t pretend to know … Continue reading

Beer Review: Terrapin Beer Co., Samurai Krunkles (Side Project 17)

TweetDing Points: 47.00 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 40.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 40.00 Tasting Notes: Side Project 17. A quick look at the description of this beer has me interested. ‘Ale brewed with ginger and with green tea added‘. Ginger … Continue reading

Beer Review: Dogfish Head, Positive Contact

TweetDing Points: 88.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Presented by both Dogfish Head and Dan The Automator (whoever he is), this has farro, cayenne and cilantro added. I like me some cilantro, so … Continue reading

Beer Review: Brewery Ommegang, Biere d’Hougoumont

TweetDing Points: 72.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Curious that a brewery would pay homage to a Bière de Grade by naming the beer after the scene of an EPIC French defeat, but…… … Continue reading

Beer Review: New Belgium Brewing, Tart Lychee (Lips of Faith)

TweetDing Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouthfeel: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: I tried this in its initial incarnation back in March of 2010 in Raleigh at The Pit. I was impressed then (with The Pit and … Continue reading

Beer Review: Rogue, Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale

TweetDing Points: 43.50 Pour: 40.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 40.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 30.00 Tasting Notes: I picked up this 22 oz bottle at a price of $10.99. I finally gave in and purchased it, based largely on the fact that … Continue reading

Beer Review: New Belgium Brewing, (Lips of Faith) Brett Beer

TweetDing Points: 50.00 Pour: 50.00, Nose: 50.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: I stopped in at Growlers on my arrival on Hilton Head Island, and saw they had this on tap. The guy was busy ‘educating’ me … Continue reading

Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Prison Camp Pils

TweetDing Points: 60.00 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: Very light, straw colored pour. Actually the beer is incredibly pale, almost to macro, low quality standards. Not necessarily an issue, but it really isn’t … Continue reading

Beer Review: Green Flash Brewing Co., Rayon Vert

TweetDing Points: 81.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Interesting bottle that reminds me a little of the Australian stubbies. Pour is a mid-orange color with a huge, ice-cream like head. The retention is … Continue reading

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada & Russian River, BRUX Domesticated Wild Ale

TweetDing Points: 91.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 100.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: 750 mL corked & caged bottle, approx. $15. Are they using the word ‘domesticated’ to classify it is ‘American’??? Next time I see ‘all domestics … Continue reading

Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Beer of The Guards

TweetDing Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: I’m always very excited to try the latest Jailhouse offering, and this is no exception. I wonder if the pun inspired the beer, or if … Continue reading

Beer Review: Jester King Craft Brewery, Noble King (Hoppy Farmhouse Ale)

TweetDing Points: 88.50 Pour: 100.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 100.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Jester King is a brewery that I have been monitoring carefully over recent months (even though I’m not crazy about the use of the word … Continue reading

Beer Review: Sweetwater Brewing Co., LowRYEder IPA

TweetDing Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Plate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: I am assuming that this is a re-birth of the Crank Tank Rye’d Ale from the fall of 2010 (I’ve included my review of the … Continue reading

Beer Review: Steinhaus Brewing Co., Mission St. 2012 Anniversary Ale

TweetDing Points: 69.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: $2.99 from Trader Joe’s who market and distribute the Mission St. beers. The range is brewed by Steinhaus, which are owned by Firestone Walker – … Continue reading

Beer Review: Guinness Ltd., Guinness Black Lager

TweetDing Points: 60.00 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: Brown with reddish highlights. Pitted, frothy tan head. Head fades badly with little or no lace. Nose has some mid-caramel notes and not much else. … Continue reading

Beer Review: Minhas Craft Brewery, Boatswain American IPA

TweetDing Points: 48.50 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 50.00, Palate: 40.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: 22 oz bottle, another Trader Joe’s, el cheapo offering. I’ve had mixed success with these beers, so there’s always a bit of a lottery involved … Continue reading

Beer Review: Dogfish Head, URkONTiNeNT

TweetDing Points: 84.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: OK, here we go with another Dogfish Head experiment. The second one, Noble Rot being the first, that I have tried in their newly designed … Continue reading

Beer Review: Dogfish Head, Tweason’ale

TweetDing Points: 63.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: From notes. Purchased as a 12 oz single form the beer store a few miles north of the Dogfish Head brewpub (Atlantic Liquors?) in Rehoboth … Continue reading

Beer Review: Founding Fathers Brewing Co., Founding Fathers Lager Beer

TweetDing Points: 50.00 Pour: 50.00, Nose: 50.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: This is a ruse, right?? It’s Yuengling, marketed by Rolling Rock, surely?? Even if that’s not the case, in a nutshell, this is still Yuengling. … Continue reading

Beer Review: Sweetwater Brewing Co., 15th Anniversary (15 Years of Heady Beers, 1997-2012)

TweetDing Points: 68.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: If the truth be known, I didn’t like this much when I first tasted it, immediately after it came out, but thought it might be … Continue reading

Beer Review: New Belgium Brewing Co., Cocoa Mole (Lips of Faith Series)

TweetDing Points: 71.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Chestnut pour from the 22 oz bottle, with a small, white head but some better than expected lace. Lots of red highlights. Looks like a … Continue reading

Beer Review: Tommyknocker Brewery, Nice Saison Seasonal Ale

TweetDing Points: 48.00 Pour: 50.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 40.00, Mouth: 40.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: Tommyknocker is a brewery that has flattered to deceive me over the years. One of my earliest experiences with them was their Imperial Nut Brown … Continue reading

Beer Review: Terrapin Beer Co., Phlux Capacitor (Side Project 16)

TweetDing Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Here we go with Side Project 16, Phlux Capacitor. Label says ‘Oak Aged, American Ale’ and declares 9.8%, so I suppose I should be expecting … Continue reading

Beer Review: Olde Hickory Brewery, Death By Hops

TweetDing Points: 19.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 00.00, Mouth: 00.00, Global: 00.00 Tasting Notes: Purchased on a recent trip to Raleigh at Bottle Revolution. An attractive pour with a good clarity on a light copper color. Unfortunately, that’s as … Continue reading

Beer Review: Dogwood Brewing Co., Youngblood’s Imperial Porter (BrewMaster’s Series 1)

TweetActually, less of a beer ‘review’ this time, and more a few cellar notes on this 2004 gem. This particular bottle was consumed on 04/29/12. The sad (and somewhat ironic) thing about Brewmaster’s Series #1 from Dogwood, was that this, … Continue reading

Beer Review: Clown Shoes, Clementine

TweetDing Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Beer looks like a glass of orange juice with a head (the picture below doesn’t quite do it justice)! Head that lacks much retention or … Continue reading

Beer Review: Samuel Adams, Tasman Red

TweetDing Points: 71.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Label has this declaring itself as a ‘Red IPA’ – more nomenclature nonsense that doesn’t really help, although by the end of the beer I … Continue reading

Beer Review: Anheuser-Busch Inc., Shock Top, Wheat I.P.A.

TweetDing Points: 49.00 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 40.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 40.00 12 oz single bottle, Buffalo Wild Wings, Hiram, GA. Classic macro disappointment with an initially decent head that fades dramatically to nothing. Perhaps a little more color … Continue reading

Beer Review: Oskar Blues, Deviant Dales India Pale Ale

TweetDing Points: 77.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: 32 oz growler from Hop City rather than a can from the 16 oz, tallboy 4-packs. Official word on the beer from Oskar Blues. Shiny … Continue reading

Beer Review: Finch’s Beer Co., Golden Wing Blonde Ale

TweetDing Points: 54.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: Finch’s beers have been in Atlanta for a few weeks now but becasue I am SICK TO DEATH of the can hysteria which has been … Continue reading

Beer Review: Terrapin Beer Co., 10th Anniversary Ale

TweetDing Points: 80.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Into the Terrapin snifter it goes. Modest head and modest lace on opening and pouring and virtually neither remain after 2 minutes of sitting (all … Continue reading

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada, Ruthless Rye (2012)

TweetDing Points: 44.00 Pour: 50.00, Nose: 50.00, Palate: 40.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 40.00 Tasting Notes: Chill hazed, clouded brown body with a very disappointing head. Some spotty film, but no retention or lace to speak of. Drab and ugly looking. … Continue reading

Beer Review: Samuel Adams, Alpine Spring

TweetDing Points: 63.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: Hazed, lemon, orange and golden pour with some nice white head and decent lace. Unfiltered look is attractive, and offers some nice, light yellow colors … Continue reading

Beer Review: Shmaltz Brewing Company, Funky Jewbelation

TweetDing Points: 41.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 20.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 30.00 Tasting Notes: Barrel Aged Release#6, apparently a combination of; Jewbelation 15 (3 months old), Vintage Jewbelation (9 months), Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA (1 month), Origin (14 moths), Reunion … Continue reading

Beer Review: Ommegang, Art of Darkness

TweetDing Points: 76.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: The usual Ommegang Limited Edition series presentation. Cork pops with modesty. Brewery Ommegang says, ‘A spellbinding homage to brewings’ dark arts’. Really? Who brewed this? … Continue reading

Beer Review: Blue Moon Brewing Co. (Coors), Blue Moon Spring Blonde Wheat Ale

TweetDing Points: 36.50 Pour: 50.00, Nose: 40.00, Palate: 30.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 30.00 Tasting Notes: 12 oz single; I think I paid 89 cents – I may have been had! Another Blue Moon Seasonal, and I have a feeling this … Continue reading

Beer Review: Shmaltz Brewing Company, Hop Manna IPA

TweetDing Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: I have to say that I approach Hop Manna with a little trepidation, since although I generally have really enjoyed Shmaltz beers over the years, … Continue reading

Beer Review: Samuel Adams, Harvest Pumpkin Ale

TweetDing Points: 76.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: This is approx. 3 months old so certainly not quite as the brewer intended, but still drinking absolutely fine. The pour is a really nice, … Continue reading

Beer Review: Crown Valley Brewing, Black Cabin Smoked Ale

TweetDing Points: 52.50 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 50.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: Strange one, this. Pour is a light amber, slightly hazed color with absolutely no sign of the black malts mentioned on the label. Head and … Continue reading

Beer Review: Clown Shoes, Lubrication (American Black Ale)

TweetDing Points: 58.00 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: I suppose it’s worth stating right off the top that I detest the name, ‘Black IPA’ and generally I like the tastes of these beers … Continue reading

Beer Review: Good People Brewing Company, Brown Ale

TweetDing Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: 12 oz can from Vulcan Beverage, Birmingham, AL, and also at the brewery tap room. the picture below shows the brown ale on the far … Continue reading

Beer Review: Sam Adams Longshot Cat. 23, Honey B’s Lavender Ale

TweetDing Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: BJCP Style 23 is ‘Specialty Beer’ which really means a dumping ground for beers that do not fit into other categories. Light, chill-hazed pour. Scant … Continue reading

Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Reprieve (Saison, French-Style Ale)

TweetDing Points: 68.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: I had this a long time ago (almost immediately after it came out) and was somewhat disappointed. As I was passing through the Olde Crabapple … Continue reading

Beer Review: Full Sail Brewing Co., E.S.B (Extra Special Barney)

TweetDing Points: 90.00 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 90.00 Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Brewer’s Share series. Right off the bat I am extremely annoyed by the abuse of the ESB moniker, and although utterly trivial to some people, … Continue reading

Beer Review: Sixpoint Craft Ales, Bengali Tiger

TweetDing Points: 75.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Had this a couple of weeks ago at The Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA and when I opened that can there was an overwhelming … Continue reading

Beer Review: Sixpoint Craft Ales, Sweet Action

TweetDing Points: 62.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: 16 oz can from The Foodery, Northern Suburbs in Philadelphia, PA. Bought this along with the Bengali Tiger that I had tried a few days … Continue reading

Beer Review: Green Flash Brewing Co., Summer Saison

TweetDing Points: 86.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: 22 oz bottle. Lemon, hazed pour with a minimal head. Nose and tastes have more hoppy bitterness and less sweetness and spice that I was … Continue reading

Beer Review: Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn, TAP X Mein Nelson Sauvin

TweetDing Points: 70.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: It’s an attractive presentation in the dimpled, very heavy, olive green bottle, and at $16.99 I KNOW this contributes to the price (I’m not naive), … Continue reading

Beer Review: Unita Brewing Company, Hop Notch IPA

TweetDing Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth 70.00:, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Pretty standard all-American IPA here. Reviewed from the bottle, but notes from at least one other tasting on draught has also gone into this review. … Continue reading

Beer Review: SKA Brewing Co., Euphoria Pale Ale

TweetDing Points: 63.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: From the 12 oz can, the beer pours a lot darker than I was anticipating with a quite significant mid-amber color. Head and lace are … Continue reading

Beer Review: Sam Adams, Cinder Bock Rauch Bock

TweetDing Points: 69.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: In a nutshell, I think it’s worth saying that if a hybrid beer should taste like a combination of the styles, then this beer absolutely … Continue reading

Beer Review: Sam Adams, Thirteenth Hour

TweetDing Points: 55.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes In the impressive, corked & caged bottle. Part of the Barrel Room Collection. Jet black with half-finger head. No lace, but ultimately a pleasing, spotty … Continue reading

Beer Review: Wild Heaven Craft Beers, Let There Be Light

TweetDing Points: 60.00 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes I think that Wild Heaven are a bit confused with their marketing, and no I’m not only talking about the unhelpful use of ‘sessionable’! The … Continue reading

Beer Review: Kona Brewing Co., Koko Brown

TweetDing Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes On-tap at Deckard’s. Rich, brown body, off white head, decent lace. Fades to a slightly disappointing tiny collar. Held to the light, there’s some pronounced, … Continue reading

Beer Review: Dogfish Head, Noble Rot

TweetDing Points: 83.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: It’s strange how coincidence works out sometimes. I had heard about the new, embossed and differently shaped Dogfish Head bottles were about to come out, … Continue reading

Beer Review: Sweetwater Brewing Co., Dank Tank 420 India Pale Ale

TweetDing Points: 81.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes. OK, so I suppose this setting out to be a combination of 420 and IPA, merged for the latest in the Dank Tank Series. The … Continue reading

Beer Review: Cains, Cains Finest Bitter

TweetDing Points: 71.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Having had this from the can several months ago, I wanted to refrain from reviewing it until I could at least get the kegged version … Continue reading

Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Hop Riot

TweetDing Points: 73.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Surprised to find this at Hop City on Friday. I didn’t even realize this was coming out as the next beer in the Solitary Confinement … Continue reading

Beer Review: The Caledonian Brewing Co. Ltd., (Newcastle) Founders’ Ale

TweetDing Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: This is the third or fourth time I have this in the last couple of weeks, a few times on draft and now this bottle. … Continue reading

Beer Review: Boulevard Brewing Co., Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

TweetDing Points: 95.50 Pour: 100.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 100.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Part of the usually tremendous, Smokestack Series, the beer pours with a magnificent, bright, golden orange marmalade colored pour with a huge head in the … Continue reading

Beer Review: Brewery Ommegang, Seduction

TweetDing Points: 87.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Dark brown (close to black) pour with a modest, pitted, light beige colored head. Lace is medium, retention OK as the beer settles to a … Continue reading

Beer Review: Monday Night Brewing, Eye Patch Ale

TweetDing Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00 , Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: I wrote these original notes on August 11th, 2011. It’s my understanding that the Monday Night Brewing beers first saw an unofficial light of … Continue reading

Beer Review: Dogfish Head, ta henket

TweetDing Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: 750 mL bottle, $10.99 from Mac’s, Atlanta, GA, USA. I don’t think a huge amount of this came to Atlanta, at least not in the … Continue reading

Beer Review: Samuel Adams (BBC) Weinhenstephaner, Infinium (2011)

TweetDing Points: 68.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: Having had this last year at Thanksgiving and been lukewarm on it, I thought I would try it again this year. People seemed to be … Continue reading

Beer Review: Clown Shoes, Tramp Stamp

TweetDing Points: 61.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: So, thanks to some more shenanigans related to distribution, Total Wine in GA gets in a bunch of Clown Shoes beer and some other Mercury … Continue reading

Beer Review: The Bruery (with Dogfish Head), Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder (Collaboration Series)

TweetDing Points: 88.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: The first thought was, whoops this is an expensive beer for a lager shandy, but luckily that passes pretty quickly. ‘Very attractive hazed orange pour … Continue reading

Beer Review: Crown Valley Brewing, Oktoberfest

TweetDing Points: 83.00 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Surely the final Octoberfest of the 2011 season – surely? 12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is an attractive, mahogany, dark … Continue reading

Beer Review: The Bruery, 4 Calling Birds

TweetDing Points: 87.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: OK, here we are with a beer that I’ve been looking forward to for some time. Definitely a beer in a style that I enjoy … Continue reading

Beer Review: Moylan’s Brewery, White Christmas Spiced Winter Lager

TweetDing Points: 47.50 Pour: 50.00, Nose: 60.00:, Palate: 40.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: Damnit. One of the most disappointing beers I’ve tasted in a LONG time. The big problem here is the level of expectation that I had, … Continue reading

Beer Review: Samuel Adams (BBC), New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection)

TweetDing Points: 87.00 Pour: 100.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Never thought I would see this on shelves in GA. Love the presentation in the corked and caged, unique bottle. Pour is pretty impressive. After … Continue reading

Beer Review: Bridgeport Brewing Co., Summer Squeeze

TweetDing Points: 71.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: I’m a big fan of lemongrass in all kinds of contexts and beer is no exception. I like the crisp, fruity element that it can … Continue reading

Beer Review: Ridgeway Brewing, Reindeer Droppings

TweetDing Points: 76.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Very hazy, orange pour. Very nice, bubbly head that offers plenty of sticky lace with very good retention. Nose offers plenty of sweet, grainy, almost … Continue reading

Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Misdemeanor

TweetDing Points: 86.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Bought a growler of this a few weeks ago but left it in my brother-in-laws fridge by mistake. This is on tap at Taco Mac, … Continue reading

Beer Review: Stone Brewing Co., Vertical Epic 11.11.11

TweetDing Points: 64.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: Every time that I pick up a VE bottle I am annoyed by the fact that the series is not a ‘vertical’ at ALL, but … Continue reading

Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Witness Protection

TweetDing Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: On tap at Taco Mac, Metropolis, Atlanta, GA, USA. $6.00 for 16 oz. Solid black pour with a small, creamy, taupe colored head that produces … Continue reading

Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Insanity Plea Ale

TweetDing Points: 68.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: More Jailhouse goodness? I hope so. Not sure if ‘plea ale’ is a play on words (pale ale), but from the tap handle it looks … Continue reading

Beer Review: Lagunitas, Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale

TweetDing Points: 63.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: Pours with a slightly washed out, pale gold color with some haziness but not chill haze. A large, pitted, two finger head that looks good, … Continue reading

Beer Review: Thomas Creek Brewery LLC., Banana Split Chocolate Stout

TweetDing Points: 60.00 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.0, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: $10.99 from Arbor Place Beverage for the 750 mL, (plastic, yuck!) corked, (crappily) caged bottle, that was next to impossible to open as the cheap, … Continue reading

Beer Review: Terrapin Beer Co., So Fresh & So Green, Green 2011 (Challenger)

TweetDing Points: 80.00 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Single hop beers (or even multi-hop beers that are dominated by only one hop) are OK, IF the hop that is being featured is one … Continue reading

Beer Review: New Glarus Brewing Co., Uff-da Bock

TweetDing Points: 70.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: 12 oz bottle form Kevin – thanks, man! Dark chestnut pour, quite close to black. BIG, ice-cream like, creamy head that has some super retention … Continue reading

Beer Review: Sweetwater Brewing Co., Fresh Sticky Nugs (Fresh Dry Hopped Double Red Ale)

TweetDing Points: 91.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 100.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: 22 oz bottle, the latest in the Dank Tank series, this time with a red, yellow and green motif. It’s difficult to keep up with … Continue reading

Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Community Service

TweetDing Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Jailhouse’s collaboration with O’Dempsey’s and that makes me a little nervous because it brings together a brewer that I have been incredibly impressed with (Jailhouse), … Continue reading

Beer Review: Anchor Brewing Co., Brekle’s Brown

TweetDing Points: 72.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: The highly recognizable, ‘Anchor shaped’, 22 oz bottle that reminds me of their ‘Small Beer’ every time that I see it. Neck label along with … Continue reading

Beer Review: Port Brewing, Older Viscosity

TweetDing Points: 87.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: 12.7 fl oz corked and caged bottle. Vintage 2011, dot-matrixed on the neck. Even though this beer is in no way supposed to be highly … Continue reading

Beer Review: New Belgium, Lips of Faith Series – Clutch

TweetDing Points: 80.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Mmmm, interesting. A sour stout rather than a ‘sour dark’  – I guess I should have researched that properly in the first place. Never mind. … Continue reading

Beer Review: Birra del Borgo, My Antonia (Italian version)

TweetDing Points: 73.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: 12.7 oz bottle, 7.5% ABV. Not any easy bottle to get into with medium thick, black foil and a cap that is quite tricky to … Continue reading

Beer Review: New Belgium, (Lips of Faith) Kick

TweetDing Points: 88.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: More beer in the Lips of Faith Series. This one brewed in association with Elysian, it’s a blended beer. Relatively low carbonation on the initial … Continue reading

Beer Review: Terrapin Beer Co. & Left Hand Brewing, Peaotch (Midnight Project Collaboration #4)

TweetDing Points: 58.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: The latest in the Midnight Project Series (brew four) from the Left Hand and Terrapin collaboration. More, somewhat juvenile naming. Label describes this as “Ale … Continue reading

Beer Review: Fort Collins Brewery, Hellesbock

TweetDing Points: 78.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: 22 oz beer purchased from Arbor Place Beverage in Douglasville, GA, USA for $5.99 where I know for an absolute fact, that this beer has … Continue reading

Beer Review: Full Sail Brewery, Sanctuary

TweetDing Points: 88.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes It never ceases to amaze me, how a fairly limited set of ingredients, plus the brewing process and the brewers intent, can so often produce … Continue reading

Sierra Nevada & Dogfish Head, Life and Limb 2

TweetDing Points: 72.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes I wasn’t crazy about the original Life & Limb, which of course came with plenty of hype, but this version seems to have slipped in … Continue reading

Beer Review: Vanberg & Dewulf (De Troch), Lambrucha

TweetDing Points: 77.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: An interesting one since this appears to be a beer that is blended in Belgium (at De Troch) for Vanberg & Dewulf who seem to … Continue reading

Beer Review: Full Sail, Elevation

TweetDing Points: 75.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: The 22 oz bottle is adorned with a bright orange label which seems appropriate for the contents. The beer reflects both the color on the … Continue reading

Beer Review: Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V., Brigand

TweetDing Points: 43.00 Pour: 50.00, Nose: 50.00, Palate: 40.00, Mouth: 40.00, Global: 40.00 Tasting Notes: Stubby, 11.2 fl oz bottle with an attractive sky blue colored cap. Label says ‘Bottled on 070717’ which seems a little strange; maybe a ‘best … Continue reading

Beer Review: Red Brick Brewing, Dog Days Ale

TweetDing points: 52.50 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 50.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global 50.00 Tasting Notes: I am reliably informed that this beer is essentially the same recipe as the 2010 Summer Ale that Red Brick put out last year. Looking … Continue reading

Beer Review: Boulevard Brewing Co., Long Strange Tripel

TweetDing Points: 92.50 Pour: 90, Nose: 80, Palate: 100, Mouth: 90, Global: 90 Tasting Notes: A beer, which on the one or two other occasions I have drunk it, I enjoyed it so much that I never got around to … Continue reading

Beer Review: Three Floyds Brewing, Apocalypse Cow

TweetDing Points: 83.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: 22 oz bottle from Binny’s in Clybourn, Chicago, IL. $11.99 (I think). Pour is a very attractive, orange/golden clear pour with decent carbonation. The head … Continue reading

Beer Review: New Belgium Brewing, Somersault

TweetDing Points: 76.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: 12 oz single from Mac’s, Atlanta, GA as part of their mixed sixer. The second time I’ve had this, the other occasion being on draught … Continue reading

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Best of Beer Camp #37 – Weizenbock

TweetDing Points: 88.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Had you asked me in advance of tasting any of the Best of Beer Camp Beers, I would have predicted that the Weizenbock would have … Continue reading

Beer Review: Moylan’s, Extra Special Bitter Ale

TweetDing Points: 80.00 Pour: 80, Nose: 80, Palate: 80, Mouth: 80, Global: 80 Tasting Notes: Every time I see an American brewed beer with the ESB moniker, my heart sinks. On nearly every occasion that I recall, the resultant beer … Continue reading

Beer Review: 21st. Amendment Brewery, Hell or High Watermelon

TweetDing Points: 50.50 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 50.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 40.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: 12 oz can as a single from Mac’s. New style can with different colors from the first time I had this (used to be green, … Continue reading

The ‘Grand Pooh-Bah’ is dead! Long live the ‘Ding’!

TweetI wanted to draw a line under my beeradvocate.com experience once and for all, but couldn’t realistically do that to my own satisfaction until I had collected all of the reviews that I had contributed to the site over the … Continue reading

Beer Review: Avery Brewing Co., Eighteen

TweetDing Points: 74.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose; 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: If the truth be known I’m really not a big fan of the bitter, grating unrelenting tastes that rye tends to impart to beer, nor … Continue reading

Beer Review: Weyerbacher Brewing Co., Sixteen

TweetDing Points: 81.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Obviously a relatively unusual style, especially in the form of an anniversary beer, but nonetheless a welcome one. Darker than expected pour with a nice … Continue reading

Beer Review: Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Co., Red Poppy Ale 2011

TweetDing Points: 78.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: 12.7 oz bottle that is REALLY heavy. Very thick glass on this one. Annoyingly hard to remove cork under the cage, eventually meant that I … Continue reading

Beer Review: Heavy Seas/Clipper City Brewing Co., Letter of Marque 2011

TweetDing Points: 76.00 Pour: 70, Nose: 80, Palate: 70, Mouth: 70, Global: 80 Tasting Notes: If the truth be known, over the years I have found the Mutiny Series a pretty average collection of beers, and I’ve said as much … Continue reading

Beer Review: Red Brick Brewing, Double IPA

TweetDing Points: 64.00 Pour: 80, Nose: 60, Palate: 60, Mouth: 70, Global 60 Tasting Notes: God bless ’em, Red Brick (aka Atlanta Brewing Co.) just CANNOT get their packaging right! Despite a whole bunch of recent attempts to re-brand, it … Continue reading

Beer Review: Lost Abbey/Port Brewing, Anniversary Beer

TweetDing Points: 81.50 Pour: 90, Nose: 80, Palate: 80, Feel: 80, Global 80 Tasting Notes: 22 oz bottle, $7.99 form Smyrna World of Beverage, Smyrna, GA, USA. Bottled on 5/5/11 with an additional dot-matrixed ‘5212’ on the neck in yellow … Continue reading

Beer Review: Brasserie De Saint Sylvestre, Gavroche French Red Ale

TweetDing Points: 79.50 Pour: 70, Nose: 80, Palate: 80, Feel: 90, Global: 80 I’m fairly sure that this is a bottle with a significant amount of age on it, but at the same time I’m pretty confident that this type … Continue reading

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., The Best of Beer Camp #8 California Common

TweetDing Points = 80.00 Pour: 80, Nose: 80, Palate: 80, Feel: 80, Global: 80 Tasting Notes: My first of the Beer Camp Series. Picked this up at Mac’s in Atlanta, along with two of the three others from the Beer … Continue reading

Beer Review: Spoetzl Brewery, Shiner Ruby Redbird

TweetDing Points = 72.00 Pour: 50, Nose: 70, Palate: 80, Feel: 80, Global: 70 Tasting Notes: OK, the cap for this beer has “The Perfect Summer Beer” emblazoned across it so it is certainly not afraid to declare where it … Continue reading

Beer Review: Sweetwater Brewing Company, Waterkeeper hefeweizen ale

TweetDing Points = 73.50 Pour: 70, Nose: 80, Palate: 70, Feel: 70, Global: 80 Tasting Notes: Another 22 oz, one-off (presumably) offering from the Sweetwater Brewing Co., that for my money have eclipsed Terrapin in their ability to produce a … Continue reading

Beer Review: Stevens Point Brewery, Burly Brown

TweetDing Points = 60.00 Pour: 60, Nose: 60, Palate: 60, Feel: 60, Global: 60 Tasting Notes: Not a brewery that generally sets the pulse running, but I’m always open to trying the next beer from any brewer, so when this … Continue reading

Beer Review: Brasserie de Cazeau, Saison Cazeau

TweetDing Points 87.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: I spent an hour or so chatting with Crawford Moran (the genius brewer at 5 Seasons Westside in Atlanta) yesterday, and really enjoyed drinking his … Continue reading

Beer Review: Heavy Seas/Clipper City Brewing Co., Aarsh Irish Red Ale

TweetDing Points: 75.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Feel: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: I’ve been dreadfully disappointed over the years with the mutiny series, even to the point where I have stopped buying several of them, so to … Continue reading

Beer Review: Heavy Seas/Clipper City, Dubbel Cannon

TweetDing Points = 50.50 Pour: 60, Nose: 50, Palate: 50, Feel: 40, Global: 50 Tasting Notes: 12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. The pour produces a somewhat disappointingly lifeless beer, with head, retention and lace all significantly … Continue reading

Beer Review: Terrapin Beer Co., Side Project 15 Indiana Krunkles

TweetDing Points = 45.00 Pour: 50, Nose: 50, Palate: 40, Feel: 60, Global: 40 Tasting Notes: 22 oz gold foiled (neck) bottle with the usual Terrapin Side Project presentation; this is #15 in the Side Project series.

Beer Review: Stillwater Artisanal, existent American Farmhouse Ale

TweetDing Points: 68.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: 750 mL capped bottle with matt, black foil on the neck with a brooding sepia and black label with additional Nietzsche quotes. It’s all trying … Continue reading

Beer Review: Dogfish Head, Robert Johnson’s Hellhound On My Ale

TweetDing Points 60.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 50.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: 750 mL capped bottle in the usual DFH presentation.

Beer Review: Brewery Ommegang, Gnomegang

TweetDing Points: 90.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 100.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 90,00 Tasting Notes: 750 mL, corked & caged in the usual Ommegang bottle. Pop on opening is modest, with a little gun smoke. Pour is a beautiful golden … Continue reading

Beer Review: Mikkeller, Rauch Geek Breakfast (AKA ‘Beer Geek Bacon’)

TweetDing Points = 60.50 Pour: 80, Nose: 70, Palate: 50, Feel: 60, Global: 60 Tasting Notes: Purchased at Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. 500 mL bottle.

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