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New Belgium Review: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale

4 Jan

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Well, today on the blog after a long hiatus, I am reviewing New Belgium and Ben & Jerry’s current collaboration, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale. I’d been searching for it for a while and sort of accidentally stumbled upon it. I was at Fox River House in Appleton (a most fine establishment) for our an annual resolution ride. You know, ringing in the new year with bikes and beer as is apropo, and there it was on tap. I was so excited I had two, and then found it at the local grocer! You either love this one, or you hate even the idea of it, so what could make for a better review? Let’s get to it! Continue reading

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New Local Product, Check it out!

16 Jan

Hello everyone,
so one of the things I wish to do more this year is update my blogs. I am currently working on deciding how my content may be evolving, but in the meantime I wanted to take a moment to try and support the product of an acquaintance of mine.

Brian Davis is a racer here in Appleton, and friend to Mark Desjardin, of group ride fame (= These guys really gave me some great help this past summer when I started getting into cycling. They helped me on the group rides, gave me advice, and were some of the many people who welcomed me to the sport.

Brian is starting a kickstarted to promote his new product, Fix it Sticks, and I just wanted to show my support. This is a really cool tool, and if you bike at all, think about helping a local idea get off the ground!

Go check out the Kickstarter!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fixitsticks/fix-it-sticks-a-fantastically-unique-bicycle-multi 

Beer Review: New Belgium Ranger IPA

8 Aug

Ranger is probably an overdue beer for me to review, so here it is! New Belgium is one of the best selling craft breweries in the country, and I think they’ve earned it. I am really excited for the day when I get to head out to the beauty of Colorado, and take the tour. It goes without saying, that if your logo is a bicycle, you’ve already won my heart (=

For starters, I love the label of Ranger, it’s very simple. Green is also my favorite color so I’m a little biased, but hey. I also love seeing the fat tire bike anywhere and everywhere.

Ranger pours a very clear golden with nice visible carbonation. When I say clear, I mean it, this beer has no haze, it’s a color that feels crisp. I find that a lot of beers tend to be stronger than they smell, but Ranger is a bit of the opposite. The smell is good, but it doesn’t slam you with hops right away, it’s a bit of a more gentle introduction. You can smell hops for sure, with the light earthy and citrus aromas, but you don’t get a total hopslam. I get a little caramel as well.

The taste of this beer is great. It has a great flavor, hoppy with a bit of caramel, and not a ton of bitterness. It brings the hops, but not overpowering, it’s pretty pleasant. The mouthfeel is good as well, somewhat gentle, it seems to roll around in the mouth as if the feel is mimicking it’s crips golden color. I think the aftertaste could be a bit more bitter, but it fits with the rest of the beer very well.

All in all, Ranger is a great IPA. It’s not my favorite, and it’s not intense, but it’s very pleasant. I think it would be a good option for those who aren’t looking to get hop-slammed. It’s a great all-around beer though, really satisfying. Go buy some and drink it. For real.

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”

New Glarus Black Top: “Drink Indigenous”

6 Jan

Well, I am working with my wife on changing our diets, and eating healthy. I’m doing The Abs Diet, and am working towards the six weeks and am going to see how that works. I do need to figure out how to work beer into this diet though. Obviously with my aspirations of being a home brewer, and even writing this blog, cutting beer completely is not an option. Well, this Black Top is the first alcohol I’ve had this week period, so I figure if I only drink enough to keep the blog going I’ll be good.

I’m really looking forward to the day when I can showcase my own beer on here, and document the process, don’t worry it shouldn’t be too long (=

So anyways, on to the main event!

New Glarus: Black Top, an american style black india pale ale. Wow. Black IPA’s are a relatively new beer, and are just starting to gain traction in the beer world. I am a fan of everything New Glarus, and had to try this out when I saw it on sale.

First of all, I love the hand-drawn style of New Glarus’ labels. They have a solid continuity between all their beer labels, and I think it adds to the allure. I love the big bubbly letters of Black Top, to go with the big flavor, and the road floating off, like some hidden mountain pass.

This beer pours real nice and thick with a small creamy head that dissipates quickly. It smells hoppy, with deep mollases overtones, hints of chocolate and coffee and a little bit of the citrus that often comes with an IPA. The texture is very smooth,and brings a nice bitterness, but stays smooth and crisp throughout.

The taste is phenomenal, it’s the first BIPA I’ve had, and it brings wonderful dark flavors to the normal citrusy hop. The taste is rich, with hoppy molasses, and chocolate with just a hint of that citrus. This beer combines the dark malty flavors common with a stout and the hoppy bitterness of an IPA, all in all a wonderful flavor combination.

The finish is also wonderful, keeping the bitterness but not lingering too long or being overpowering. It’s a solid aftertaste, finishing off the beer the proper way.

I highly recommend this beer, I know people love IPA’s as a summer beer, but this really goes well in the cold weather, I love having bitter hops to warm me in the cold weather. Final analysis=amazing. I love hoppy beers, I love the rolling bitterness, this one doesn’t overwhelm and it definitely does not disappoint.