January 29, 2013

Happy [Belated] New Year!

It's been a busy fall and winter. I regret that I haven't had the time to do more dedicated posts, but rest assured I have not been slacking in my craft beer consumption. Here's a list of beers I've tried over the past few months. Cheers!

Grand Teton XX Bitch Creek: Twice the malt, twice the hops, and twice the flavor of Grand Teton's regular Bitch Creek. I shared this with my best friend Robin from Good For The Palate over Christmas. This beer made me very happy. It's flavorful, complex, balanced... I don't know what else I could possibly ask for in a beer. One of my all-time favorites.

Cerveja Colorado Indica: Had this last August while I was in Sao Paulo on a work trip. Very smooth and creamy. Less sweet and syrupy than many IPA's, which I prefer. Crisp and refreshing. Floral hop aroma, earthy hop taste. Well balanced.

Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter: Quaffable. Always thought that was a weird word, but it really describes this beer. If you like darker, roastier beers, and you like coffee, this is a great one to have. Very smooth, with a crisp, dry finish.

Great Divide Old Ruffian: I wouldn't call myself a barley wine connoisseur, but I do enjoy them very much. For me they tend to fall into 2 categories, ones you can drink right away and ones that need to be aged. But Old Ruffian, well, this one excels at both!

Founders Backwoods Bastard: Bourbon, scotch, smoke, dark fruit, vanilla and spices. Take your time with this one. It keeps getting better and better.

Lagunitas DayTime IPA: Really glad more breweries are doing lower ABV session-style IPA's. Moderate hop aroma and strong hop bite, but not overpowering. I can usually only do one or two strong IPA's in one sitting before I need to move on to something less hoppy, but this one I could drink a good amount of.

New Belgium Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout: Pretty good, but not as complex as Great Divide's Espresso Oak-aged Yeti or Founders Breakfast Stout.

Cigar City 2011 Sugar Plum: Great holiday beer. Dark fruit and baking spices, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Mikkeller + Three Floyds Boogoop: A "wheat wine", like barley wine but with (surprise!) wheat. Kind of dull. Thought this would more exciting considering the two names involved.

Ballast Point Indra Kunindra: Like someone literally took the sauce from a curry dish and mixed it with a cruddy, watered down stout. Without a decent beer as the backbone, it doesn't stand up to the added spices, though I'm not sure this would have worked even if the base beer were a good one. Not good. Dear Ballast Point - stick to Sculpin.