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A Classic, Yuengling Lager

27 Jun

Well, up on the docket today is the famous Yuengling Lager. For some reason, Yuengling is a very sought after beer. I think it probably has something to do with being the oldest brewery and whatnot. They’ve been brewing since 1829! I don’t always put stock in wikipedia, but there’s interesting history if you care to read more. But when you can’t get something, it becomes that much more desirable, and here in Wisconsin it’s a bit tough to come by. My wife used to work with someone who was a huge fan of Yuengling, and I tried one a few years ago, but when my boss told me he was bringing some back from Maryland, I jumped at the chance to review it. Continue reading

MKE Brewing: Hop Freak

15 Jun

Man I just can’t get over how many amazing beers you can get in this state! MKE Brewing Co. has created another wonderful specimen with Hop Freak, a rishi tea double I.P.A. I tried this one out while at Houdini’s Escape Gastropub in Appleton, and just had to grab some for a review cuz it was so delish. Continue reading

Oskar Blues IPA

31 Jan

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Well, today it’s time for another beer that I’ve never tried before. In fact the only Oskar Blues beer I’ve had is Dale’s Pale Ale.┬áThat is a pretty dang good beer, so we’ll see how this IPA measures up. Continue reading

Brutus, an MKE Brewing review.

25 Jan

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Man, just seeing this beer makes me happy. It makes me think of the song by The Hives. If you haven’t heard it, go look it up. Anyway, Brutus is an American Strong Ale, one of my favorite styles, pretty excited for this one. Continue reading

Devil Dancer, Founders Brewing Co.

17 Jan

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Devil Dancer, what is a triple IPA anyway? You know, I am not entirely sure. I think that a reasonable description is a double IPA with the hops jacked a little bit and the malt jacked a whole lot. So what you get is an Imperial IPA with a lot of maltiness to balance an insane amount of hops. This flows through the three that I’ve tried, Devil Dancer from Founders, Molotov Cocktail from Evil Twin and of course Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA (although not named a triple IPA). Could it be a gimmick? Of course. Do I care? Of course not. Continue reading

Blueberries! Weekend at Louie’s, a review.

10 Jan

Weekend at Louie’s

Well, as much as I don’t care for sweet things, I have been known to enjoy some fruitier beers, as long as they are tastefully done. Today I’m checking out MKE Brewing’s Weekend at Louie’s, a blueberry amber ale. Continue reading

Idiot Farm, an Imperial IPA

7 Jan

Idiot Farm. First off, it’s a great name for an IPA. I don’t why, it just is. I first heard of Karben 4 a couple years ago when they opened, but haven’t had an opportunity to try anything from them until they recently started wider distribution. I’m definitley a fan of their packaging. Idiot Farm is a pretty entertaining landscape for sure.

The pour of Idiot Farm is visually exciting, a beautiful hazy golden amber color. It is quite hazy for an IPA with lots of apparent sediment floating around. It looks quite different from most IPAs that I have imbibed.

The aroma hints of greatness, I must say. A malty hoppy swirl of flavors tell of deliciousness within. Normally beers like this lose the maltiness in the smell, but this one starts off with a balance and then gives way to hoppiness as it should be. Earthy pine and resin accompany a touch of pineapple. It’s almost as much fun sniffing as it is drinking.

Okay that’s a lie, it’s more fun to drink, but it is a great smell. Idiot Farm has a perfect mouthfeel for a double IPA. It’s fairly heavy, a good thickness to support the powerful flavor. It’s well carbonated, delicious bubbles all over.

The flavor is perfect. I’ve seen some mixed reviews on this one, and maybe I’m too easy on beers, but I can’t find a flaw anywhere. It seems at first that it’s going to be an overpowering death by hops, but the bitterness swirls again with malty support and it’s like a Sufjan Stevens concert in my mouth. There is a detectable note of fruit underlying the earthy wonder.

This is a great double IPA. One of the better ones I’ve hd I feel. Of course, I always suffer a bit from the “My favorite beer is the one I’m drinking right now” bias, but nonetheless, Idiot Farm is fantastic. From start to finish, it’s almost perfect. Highly recommended from the beercyclist (=