March 27, 2011

Hoppyum

Hoppyum is an IPA from Foothills Brewing of Winston-Salem, NC. Typical ambery, coppery, orangish color with the usual fluffy white head. Not strong, kinda dry, very earthy, the usual grass and pine, orange peel. Want hops? You got it! Cascade, Centennial, and heavy on the Simcoe. 70 IBU's and 6.3% ABV. Overall, very smooth and not too intense, making me think this is really more of a regular pale ale rather than an IPA. Not that it really matters. Very refreshing and drinkable, perfect for pretty much any time of year. I'm happy I picked up two bottles when I was at Bruisin' Ales, because I can't get this stuff back home in Maryland.

I've also had Foothills' Seeing Double IPA, Total Eclipse Stout, and the beer for which they're probably most well known, Sexual Chocolate, an imperial stout infused with cocoa. Though I've only had a few of their beers, I highly recommend anything they offer based on my experiences. Delicious stuff!

Hoppyum

March 18, 2011

French Broad Rye Hopper

Oops! I spilled a little bit.
Rye Hopper

This was my second beer on St. Patrick's Day. Rye Hopper pours a deep, crisp amber. The aroma is a nice balance of earth, citrus, and very light rye. The taste is about the same, but with more rye and spice added to it. It went very well with the corned beef and cabbage that I had for dinner. I honestly don't have much to say on this one. I enjoyed the beer, but it wasn't amazing. I'd have it again though.

Claymore Scotch Ale

I had this on St. Patrick's Day. Oops. Great Divide's take on a Wee Heavy is dark and clean, deep brown in color with a hint of red but possibly translucent if held up to bright light. Great roasted malt taste with a touch of hop sweetness, a little earth and grain in the aroma, but overall rather subtle on the nose. I got a faint, lightly sweetened coffee taste on my first few sips. After that, cinnamon and nutmeg. Fairly well balanced, maybe just a very tiny bit on the sweet side at first, but it seemed to even out near the end and I didn't notice it anymore. It's almost completely smooth, just a little syrupy, and has a very pleasant aftertaste that will keep you going back for more. I really enjoyed this beer. If I had known how much I would like it, I would have bought a 6-pack instead of a single. On the other hand, at 7.7% ABV, a 6-pack could be dangerous if even a few are consumed in one sitting. Although it wouldn't be a Wee Heavy anymore, I think this would make a great session ale if they did a similar recipe but brought the alcohol down to 4.5-5%. Anyway, Claymore is an awesome beer! Better than green Bud or Guinness on St. Patrick's Day for sure!

Claymore Scotch Ale