Tag Archives: brewing

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

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

North Coast Brewing Co: Old Rasputin Imperial Stout

16 Sep

Well it’s that time again, time for a beer review! Man, did I pick a good one this time. I went to Ridgeview Liquor in Green Bay after work last week in search of a good stout to celebrate fall and I found a great one. North Coast Brewing CO.’s Old Rasputin Imperial Stout. This is one hell of a damn fine beer.

First off, the labeling is nothing short of awesome. It’s almost as if it’s saying “No beard, no beer”. Perfect.

It pours dark. As dark as it gets. There’s no seeing through this glass, no, it looks through you, asking if you’re ready. The head looks like a perfect creme on a shot of espresso, on top of that beautiful black liquid. As soon as that glass is full you know you’re in for a treat.

The aroma is not overpowering, but sure is inviting. You get a deep hint of roasted coffee and chocolate, just welcoming you. You can almost smell the 9% alcohol content. Even a little bit of molasses is present.

As far as mouthfeel goes, this is a pure stout. This beer is creamy, caramely, and just plain wonderful. Old Rasputin thickly pours into your mouth and rolls like an ocean of molasses, coating the entirety of your taste buds with a subtle power, and you instantly know how you’re gonna feel after drinking this.

The taste? Ohh the taste. This is the first Imperial Stout I have had, and all I can say is, wow.  You can taste stout. Stout flavor. Chocolate molasses and coffee, and the 9% alcohol isn’t overbearing, but you can taste the alcohol. It starts to pack a punch from the first delicious sip. Hops are noticeable, but this is a malty beer, full of caremelasses. It’s wonderfully bitter, a little bit of hops creeping in, but mostly losing the battle to the wonderful dark bread malt flavors.

All in all, this beer is awesome. I say with confidence that if you like stouts, you’re gonna love this beer. Go find it now!

 

 

 

 

New Beer Review: Tallgrass Brewing 8-Bit Ale

27 Jul

I’m finally back on the beer review wagon! I found this gem at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee when Alicia and I went for our anniversary. Well, the first and most notable thing about this beer is the branding. The can is just about the coolest I have ever seen. As a fan of all video games and especially anything retro, the 8-bit stylings are fantastic.

8-bit ale has a soothing citrus aroma, fruity sweet. You can tell there’s hops present, but they don’t overwhelm. It pours smooth slightly hazy golden color. It has a wonderful thick head, even with a slow poor, the first time I poured one I had to wait a while for it to settle, and it stays around.

This is a pretty solid beer, has a really nice gentle carbonation. It doesn’t taste quite as fruity as it smells, which was a plus for me, although you can taste a hint of the melon they claim is there. 8-bit ale is really well balanced, and definitely isn’t an overly hoppy beer. The hops are present and tasty, but it’s not a super bitter beer, very accesible.

I can’t see any reason not to pick this beer up. If you see a 4-pack, or find it on tap, grab it up, you won’t be disapointed.