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Next Door Brewing: Kaleidospoke APA

19 Jun
beer review from appleton

Beer in a bidon cage!

Could there be a more fitting name for an APA for me to review? I don’t think so. I’ve seen a few of Next Door’s beers at the store, but this is the first time I’ve tried one and once again, Wisconsin beers continue to bring a strong front. Continue reading


New Glarus: Moon Man

31 Jul

Moon Man is one of my favorite beers from New Glarus. I’m really starting to love the APA (american pale ale) style of beer. I love my IPA’s and am pretty sure they’ll always be my favorite, but the sessionable nature of the APA is quite pleasant.

Moon Man pours a very clear golden. Light carbonation is visible with lots of good bubbles rising, and a fairly small crisp head. It smells great, in fact actually smells stronger than it actually tastes. It has a floral aroma, with maybe a bit of orange or maybe a tiny hint of grapefruit. The floral stands out to me the most. The taste is great, you taste the hops right away but they’re just present, not too powerful or very bitter. It has a good malty bitterness on the backend aftertaste. I could Taste the floral hops, little bit orangey. Moon Man is smooth, rolls right down the throat, very pleasant. It has good carbonation, and fills mouth well, bitterness comes out more if you let it sit a bit.

Overall this is a solid beer, very enjoyable. Good if you’re in the mood for an IPA type beer, but aren’t totally in the mood to get hammered with hops. A solid sessionable offering from New Glarus. I think the claim they make on their website is pretty acurate:

“You hold a session beer with a bright bold blend of five hops that flirt obligingly with the smooth malty backside. Don’t let this one lay around it is brewed to be enjoyed today. Bold and engaging without pretense, because in Wisconsin you do not have to be extreme to be real.
Just be”

by request… Beer Review: Rolling Rock

12 Apr

Well, I got my first request to review a beer. I know I probably could have waited, but any excuse to review a beer is a good one for me. I’ve had Rolling Rock before, but never really sat down to try and appreciate it.

The first thing I’ll mention is probably expected, that is, it’s owned by Anheuser-Busch. It used to be put out independently of Latrobe Pennsylvania. A-B bought it in 2009, and while I don’t remember when I’ve had it, to the best of my online searchings it really hasn’t changed much. I normally don’t expect much from A-B, but considering who recommended it I gave it my full attention.

I do love the design. While I read something about the green glass being a negative, I kinda like it. I love the fact that they print on the bottles, I am always a total sucker for printing on glass bottles, makes the printmaker in me all giddy inside! On that note, there is some real interesting lore following this beer around. The horse for one, and the 33 for another. The 33 printed on all the bottles apparently has a ton of theories describing it. 1933 being the year prohibition was started, also that the beer was started with money from a bet made on a race horse #33. I don’t know, and it seems no one does, which is cool.

Anyway… on to the beer. It’s your typical American style light-lager. Sort of. I’m generally pretty cynical with this type of beer unless it’s PBR which has won a place in my heart. But RR isn’t too bad.

It pours a very clear light gold with a thick white foamy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma smells, well, like a pale lager. It has a bit of lightly hoppy citrus scent, and an almost nutty hint, but I think that was my nose being weird.

The taste is actually rather pleasant, very light, but good. If you compare it to the deep thick hoppy IPAs and Porters I like to drink it doesn’t hold up, but that was never its intention. It’s meant for kicking back in the summer with some buddies and a grill, and I think it meets expectations, respectively. It has the regular tastes you’d expect, no real bitterness present, no real solid aftertaste, when it’s swallowed it’s pretty much done. What did stand out to me though was the body. It feels really silky and smooth, sits well in the mouth, in general has a pleasant texture.

All in all, Rolling Rock is not a bad beer, there are definitely worse out there. I’m not going to lie to you, it won’t be my first choice in the beer cooler, but it won’t be my last either. It definitely feels like a beer that would be great after a long summer bike ride.

I have now had this right after a long bike ride on a hot summer day, and it is indeed extremely refreshing under said conditions (=