Monthly Archives: January 2011

Harpoon Leviathan


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.

Brooklyn Brewing East India Pale Ale


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.

Sam Adams Double Bock


This is a really, really good winter beer to sip and savor.   It’s a big beer at 9.5% ABV, and it’s got a heavy body with sweet caramel and roasty notes in both the nose and middle, with a sweet lingering finish.   This could be my favorite from Sam Adams.

I give it a 4.4 out of 5.

Shiner Bock


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

BrewDog Hardcore IPA


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)



Review Submitted By: Rich Plakas