To me, this doesn’t have as much body and sweetness as I’d expect from a winter warmer, but it’s hoppy and lemony and delicious, with a bit of a bitter finish.
I give it a 3.9 out of 5.
Tonight I’m drinking an Imperial IPA, Harpoon’s Leviathan for the second time, (the first was last night when I picked up a four-pack at Central Market) and it’s outstanding. It’s loaded with fruit in both scent and taste, and it has a stronger overtone of a tart citrus note than any other beer I recall drinking. It’s has a medium to medium-full body, and is definitely a big beer at 10% ABV. This is definitely high on my list of favorite beers.
I give it a 4.7 out of 5.
I love IPAs, and Brooklyn’s East India Pale Ale is a quite good, but not great one. It has a lot of citrus, specifically orange, in the nose, a smooth drinkable middle and plenty of bitter hops in the finish. A solid example of an IPA, but nothing really memorable about it.
I give it a 3.7 out of 5.
Finishing my “Texas Beers” series is probably the most famous of Texas beers, Shiner Bock. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a huge fan of this beer, and it’s generally right above Bud Light on my list of choices. It’s got a bready nose and middle, and really not much of a finish at all. I guess I’d call it a watery finish. It’s a light bodied beer, and light on taste as well. Not light in any derisive sense of the word, just in that it doesn’t have a lot.
I give it a 2.4 out of 5
Smells of strong sweet hopiness.
I don’t like most hoppy beers because to me they have a nasty bitter aftertaste…but not this IPA!
The 9.2% abv is nicely hidden in this great tasting Imperial India Pale Ale.
Will have to pick another bottle up and taste test this against @DogFishHead 90 Minute IPA
(ScottW will you join me?)
This is my second Beer from @BrewDog and so far this Scottish Brewery is batting 2 for 2!
(the other was the insane 18% Tokio)
Continuing my “Texas Beers” series…To be completely clear, ZiegenBock is not a craft beer. It is in fact from the antithesis of a craft brewery, Anheuser-Busch. It’s designed, as far as I can tell, to compete with another Texas beer, Shiner Bock. It’s a amber lager, and I have to be honest, I don’t hate it. I’m not a huge lager fan, and not particularly a Shiner fan, so maybe my bar is low but when I compare this to some of the other absolutely horrendous “craft beers” that AB has produced, this isn’t terrible. There isn’t much here (it is a lager, after all) but it’s light and malty and decently balanced.
I’d give it a 2.5 out of 5.