Archive | May, 2013

Sierra Nevada: Ruthless Rye

23 May

Tonight I bring you a review of another beer from one of my favorite breweries, Sierra Nevada. I don’t think I’ve had a beer from them that has been anything short of excellent. They just really seem to know what they’re doing, and the Ruthless Rye is no exception. This is a very unique beer with its own delicious set of skills (=

I really like the label of this beer, it has an old feel. The subtle desaturated colors lend well to the seeming seriousness of a rye IPA, and set one up for the fortitude that lurks within.

It pours a nice dark amber with a gorgeous head. The head stayed too, nice and lacy, a good amount of carbonation present. It is not quite see-through, but has a bright feel, not cloudy, with lots of bubbles rising to the top.

Right from the start, the Rye backing of this beer makes its presence known. It smells of an IPA, with floral undertones, but the peppery presence of the rye is not missed. It brings a different depth to the smell, and I found it to be intriguing.

The taste does not disappoint. It has the bitterness of a good IPA, but the malty backbone of the rye balances out the hops nicely. It has a nice hoppiness, but it is not quite as strong as some IPAs, but in no way is that a detriment. The peppery malty side of this beer that lessens the hop intensity a bit, brings a whole new dimension of flavor that my taste buds found very welcoming. As well as the nice thick mouthfeel that coated my throat with what I can only describe as a peppery smoothness. Yup, I know that’s a contradiction, but you’ll have to try it yourself to see!

This is another great beer from Sierra Nevada. As I mentioned, it’s really unique and brought a welcome change to the IPA category. I love branching out, and I think you will as well. I got mine in a pick six at festival foods, but I don’t think it will be around much more now until next winter. Even so, if you see one on the shelf, grab it! It will do just fine with a little aging (=

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Flying Dog: The Snake Dog IPA

10 May

If you didn’t know, Ralph Steadman is the artist for the whole Flying Dog beer brand. He’s most well known for his work with Hunter S. Thompson, which you can probably tell just by looking at the bottles. In other words, the design on Snake Dog IPA kicks butt. It’s pretty brutal and awesome, and really in my opinion is unfortunately probably the best part about this beer.

The Snake Dog IPA is my first foray into the Flying Dog brand, and it won’t be my last, but that’s mostly due to my curiosity. I really wasn’t all that impressed with this one to be honest with you.

It started off with great potential, especially after the design. It pours a nice dark amber color with a pretty fine looking head on top, and decent carbonation. The smell is great as well. It has that hoppy strength that good IPAs are known for, with piney and floral hues. It’s a really solid aroma, and got me pretty excited.

Upon taste, it took a while for me to adjust. It was a decent taste, but it really seemed to be bitter just for the sake of bitter. I love my bitterness, but there’s something to having a balance, and this beer just left a hanging block in my mouth that was hard to be rid of. About 2/3s through, it got a little better, but wasn’t really helped by the mouth.

It really had a fairly watery feel, which I didn’t expect given the malty backing in the aroma. It didn’t have a lot of depth, and that caramel never really showed up to balance off the bitter hops.

All in all, I may have this beer again, just to give it another shot, but only if I decided to do a sampler pack or something (I actually got this one in a pick-6). I was fairly underwhelmed though, and really hope that the next offering I try from Flying Dog stands up to the amazing artwork from Steadman.

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Shameless plug!

3 May

Hey friends!
okay, I know I am taking a risk here, but this is huge for me and my wife. I entered a photo of Alicia and our 9 week old son Galen into a mommy and me photo contest t win a one night stay at a hotel and a really good gift certificate to a sweet restaurant. We are totally broke, and really could use a weekend together as our 5 year anniversary is coming up! If you guys could vote for us every day, that would be awesome! I would really appreciate it! Wooooooooo (=

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Dude might be dead, but he makes a great beer

2 May

Well it’s time for another great beer to review. A couple of weeks ago actually, my wife and I went our to lunch after my son Galen’s baptism. We went to Glass Nickel Pizza, which is awesome by the way. They have superb food and a plethora of beers to choose from, bottles and draft. I felt it would be great to try a mai bock with my pizza, and it turned out to be a wonderful choice.

I haven’t tried much from Rogue before, but I have seen some fabulous brews while perusing aisles. For instance, they have a maple bacon stout! Yikes. I gotta try that one sometime. But anyways,

The Dead Guy Ale.

With a name like that you’re setting up for something legendary. It sure starts out that way, with a sweet label. The type, the skeleton, and the bright gradient of colours make for an ominous presence. It’s hard to even be objective with a label this good.

It poured a nice amber colour, like a lighter brown ale. It presented a decent head, nice and lightly bubbly with the body mostly clear. A fine looking beer, this one.

The smell didn’t disappoint either, a light hoppiness drafting up amidst a caramel background, with a hint of spiciness as well.

Upon tasting this, I quickly realized that I need to drink more Mai Bock style beer. This one is most certainly a gem. The mouthfeel was beautiful, rich and creamy, rolling like caramel.

The taste is fantastic as well, everything the aroma promised and more. It was a great complement to pizza as well. A hearty maltiness carries the flavor. It has a little bit of bitterness, but is balanced by a sweet caramel and somehow manages to have a little spiciness at the same time.

Overall, get this beer. I don’t say that about a ton of beers, but seriously this is a must try. It may be a little pricier than the average six-pack, but it’s worth it.

Dedicated of course, “to the rogue in each of us”

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