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What Beers Did You Drink Today? Or Yesterday? (Part 2)

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Keeping it local, a Bell's Two Hearted Ale


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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA was perfect with a yellowtail & lemon dish. Crisp and slightly acidic, with a lot of flavor/spice/funk. Hoppy but reasonably so considering it's made by Stone. Slightly bitter finish. It has a very attractive light orange color.

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Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12. Delicious Belgian-style strong dark ale. Not too sweet; rich flavor with spice and some bitterness. I am going to stock up on this one!

Tried the Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12 again with pizza last night. More than 6 months later it tasted quite sweet with chocolate and spice notes, followed by a bitter finish. It would have been excellent with dessert but was not so great with pizza. As a side note this had not been properly cellared; it's been at room temperature since December.

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For those who enjoy reading the notes (although they are a little hard to read...).

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for those who enjoy reading the notes (although they are a little hard to read...).

I'd have to give this at least an 8.5 for 'wank'.


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I really liked fin du monde .. the first time I tried it was in Montreal while my wife and I were on our honeymoon. There was a little grocery store down the street from our B&B and I would wonder in and buy one or two singles of beers I hadn't had before.

Nickelbrook Berliner Weisse . I had a sample at the brewery and liked it but after drinking a full 750 ml bottle I think I have changed my mind. It is a bit thin and although I generally like the sour edge in this style beer , I found this one unpleasant by the end.

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Talking about sour beers, here is The Bruery's take on a Gueuze that they named Rueuze. It's a sour blonde ale aged in oak barrels. It smelled really good, acidic with apple cider notes. Not much fizz. Loved the first few sips. After a while though, I found it a little bit too sour (bile-like notes).

Overall it was very promising and I enjoyed tasting a gueuze that was not overly sweet.

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This really nice Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point. It is crisp and refreshing with a slightly bitter finish, perfect with a fish taco on a hot summer day.

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Bear Republic Cher Ami Belgian Pale Ale (front), Anchor Fort Ross Saison at Fathom Bistro, Bait & Tackle, a tiny little restaurant that serves homemade sausages and craft beers in a Life Aquatic setting right on the water in Point Loma. I really liked the Fort Ross Saison.

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This really nice Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point. It is crisp and refreshing with a slightly bitter finish, perfect with a fish taco on a hot summer day.

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On that subject, here is a picture of my favourite Sculpin, the Blob Sculpin :smile:


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On that subject, here is a picture of my favourite Sculpin, the Blob Sculpin :smile:

Yikes! Thank god the sculpin on the label is much more attractive than Mr Blob here! :smile:

Here is an explanation about the name from their website:

Ironically, the meat from a Sculpin is considered some of the tastiest. Something that has a sting but tastes great, sounds like a Ballast Point India Pale Ale.

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I am currently sampling a Harviestoun Ola Dubh. There's a whole lot of marketing bullshittle to go with this but, in short, it is an 'ale matured in whisky casks'. Highland Park to be specific. It's quite pleasant. A real dark chocolate quality to it. I normally don't enjoy beers like this but after three Junipero-based G&Ts pretty much anything is rad.


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not exactly high class but strangely satisfying, I am in the process of drinking an ice cold molson golden after yardwork.


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After an excursion in which several of my students almost fell down a wombat hole and/or squashed a pile of wombat shit in excitement: Cooper's Sparkling Ale while in the shower. Shower beers are probably even better in the northern hemisphere summer.


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I am very sad that the liquor store no longer sells Cooper's here. It makes the best beer batter for fish along with just being a great beer.

Very hot and humid weather here the past week. Have been drinking a few different beers . Warsteiner pils and Big Wheel amber along with more Molson Golden.


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Ooh look, a beer forum!

Hello to the cocktail-heads I know. And hello to everyone else.

I also enjoy beer and whilst doing a food shop (rare for me as usually I eat at work, but I'm between positions at the moment) I bought some reduced bottles. All of these were found in the "World Beers" section of the supermarket, despite being British. I realised that this was because they are not big Brewery owned products like Shepard Neame and Fuller's. I hope they don't get dropped through lack of sales because of this shelving... Anyway, I digress.

Firstly,

Sole Star:

Adnams is a pretty big "indie" producer in the UK and more recently they have opened shops and started producing spirits.

Sole Star is a very light Amber or golden or whatever ale at 2.7%. Having been incredibly impressed with The Kernel's Table Beer that comes in at sub 3% I thought I'd give this a try for the modest sum of £1 for 500ml. No big disappointment, but this is a very different beer. Whilst the Kernel's beers are typically massive, full flavoured hop or malt bombs, this is much lighter. Described as floral and citrus, I'd agree on the nose. More malt on the palate than I expected but unfortunately the beer suffers a massive loss of mouth feel and body. The finish is pretty short and flat. However, it's a 2.7% pint! You could enjoy one of these in the lunch hour and feel confident going back to work. It's by no means a flavourless beer and would make an ideal entry level ale to those who have previously only drunk Euro Lager.

Did I mention it was £1 ?

Boilermaker:

My favourite way to enjoy an IPA and a whisky in one bottle? Great!

Like this Innis & Gunn beers, Boilermaker is an IPA aged in used Penderyn Whisky casks by Brains Brewery in... Wales.

Much more full bodied, as you'd expect with a doubled ABV of 6.5%.

Deep copper/burgundy coloured. Malty smooth, with good vanilla but balanced with a sensible level of citrus.

No real "warm whisky finish" as advertised, but the casks influence is certainly there.

Again, not a bad beer at £1.50 a bottle.

I have two Innis & Gunn releases to compare this to in the following days as well as a self-described American IPA by the same brewery. I'd return to Boilermaker much quicker than Marks & Spencer/Meantime's Greenwich Hospital Porter (Laphroaig Aged) that I found too medicinal (funny, that!) though this is far from being my favourite IPA.

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