Jump to content
  TPR Home | Parks | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram 

What Was the Last Beer You Drank?


robbalvey
 Share

Recommended Posts

Finally back in the thread after that mid-afternoon TPR power outage that I'm pretty sure was caused by all of the flat out awesomeness in the Beer Thread over the last 24 hours! Well done gentlemen. Well done.

 

Well it's September again, which means that it's time for another Stone Anniversary Brew. After bowling over beer nerds everywhere last year with their monstrous 10th Anniversary Double IPA, Stone once again has decided to shake the rafters of the beer community with yet another awesomely hoppy and unique creation.

1028164293_beer034.jpg.dd3bacbb80d2ce7cb4b440f10774ff55.jpg

Oh my. Very nicely done Stone! Pretty much a straight up hybrid of both a Double IPA and a Porter. Starts out nicely with a huge hop punch up front, melds into a roasty caramel and coffee middle, and then sails smoothly into a pine and citrus finish. Definitely unique. Definitely a winner. And definitely a beer you need to seek out. Oh yeah!

996830393_beer033.jpg.629e14a95571f19e427aead48cc0a4fe.jpg

The Stone 11th Anniversary Ale. A "Black IPA" as some are calling it, weighing in at a toasty 8.7% ABV.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

^^ It was my first brew fest. I wasn't expecting anything too spectacular, but some of the selections were just bad. Capital Brewery didn't have Autumnal Fire, and was supposed too. Upon further discussion with the brew master (another perk of VIP, there's no one around to pester them), he told me he screwed up the second batch, so he couldn't bring it.

 

Really, the major perk was just being able to get to all the booths before the drunks showed up. Chris (the man with the pasta salad) owns a bar and has something like 26 taps. He's a great guy to follow around since he knows most of these guys. Even better, the sales guy for New Glarus went to high school with Abra. He gave her a Spotted Cow t-shirt, and told us to come up and visit.

 

You guys need to come out, we can hit up a ton of really good small Wisconsin Breweries.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

After Heath told me he managed to pick us up a case of the newest brew, Stone's 11th Anniversary Ale, I knew what I'd be drinking on Monday night. Looks like he had the same idea.

beer09170704.jpg.72f621a97ae8636cd0a85aac2f26078e.jpg

it was pretty much like drinking a chocolate milk IPA. Definitely one of the best beers of the year, and one I could live with drinking every day for the rest of my life

beer09170703.jpg.422267eddb98f3d13841439a978e086c.jpg

As the beer warmed up, more porter-like qualities came out, more caramel, coffee, and chocolate

beer09170702.jpg.27486e174caa6a1649c60f0294956f77.jpg

Almost a combination of a West Coast IPA and a porter, this beast was crazy good. Smells of citrus and pine, a starting taste of the citrus, then strong notes of roasted malts and caramelized grapefruits before a final assault of pine goodness

beer09170701.jpg.7a1552f945f61b1dde0c9d324abf4d08.jpg

Pitch black and ready to burst out of it's glass bottled prison comes Stone's latest creation, a beer only classified as an American Strong Ale

Link to comment
Share on other sites

^ I want some Stone 11.

 

Last couple of nights I've had...

P9170014.JPG.04b862c39ea045a1679c31268c6939a6.JPG

I really liked the flavors on the tip of my tongue. It's got all the typical porter flavors with a good mouth feel. However, there is an off taste in the finish, that is a little acidic. If that wasn't there, it'd be a lot better!

P9170010.JPG.e700d4f82fdcf42175a3d00bda2c5006.JPG

Farmhouse Robust Porter. Also called their Stone Fence Porter. 5.5% ABV.

P9160008.JPG.37b85a5ffb0b9b9d438986fd69809bec.JPG

Yummy! Awesome fruity flavors and perfect carbonation. A little bit bready in the middle and a little twang of sourness in there too.

P9160005.JPG.6af2828f690932a306c6976931d91cce.JPG

North Coast's Brother Thelonious. It's a Belgian Dubbel, at 9.0% ABV. Pretty sweet labeling.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

With everyone else enjoying Stone, tonight I...

IMG_4817.JPG.0d3db96b911aa93adf6fe24710040293.JPG

I have to admit I didn't think I would like this beer nearly as much as I did.. I loved it!! I LOVE the aftertaste, something I never would have expected from a beer with IBU's in the triple digits. I can't wait to get more Stone in my fridge!

IMG_4816.JPG.0a7e42a60d74663274daed3f2c69ad27.JPG

broke out the bottle of Double Bastard

Link to comment
Share on other sites

With the changing of the weather once again, that means fall is upon us...meaning it's time for the Hop Harvest! With the harvest comes lots of wet hopped brews, where instead of throwing in dry hops for flavor, they do it with a nice helping of fresh wet hops, making for a different kind of taste. I didn't get to have too many last year, as it isn't something many breweries do, and even fewer bottle them, but one of my favorite beers was last year's Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale. Checking out Beer Advocate's list of fall seasonals, a few more made the list, and after finding one of them at Capone's on Saturday, I decided to grab it, even though it's from one of the breweries I don't really care for. How and what was it?....

beer09180702.jpg.6bbae84da10e8411b506416d9f6b2b52.jpg

Yup, typical Southern Tier stuff, not a lot of hop flavors, more focused on malt and bready flavors, with some alcohol tastes. Turns out they used British hops in this, which is why it had very little hop presence. Glad I only picked up one bottle!

beer09180701.jpg.362d23925097bf7fbfcc349b085c0020.jpg

None other than Southern Tier's Harvest Ale, which is a wet hopped ESB, instead of a Pale Ale or IPA

Link to comment
Share on other sites

^ Only Southern Tier could screw up a Hop Harvest Ale.

They are located up in the biggest area of hop production in the country, besides Washington, and that's what they come up with!

 

Summer is rapidly coming to a close folks. It's unfortunately time to start wrapping up the summer drinking.

2063005681_beer036.jpg.9253abbf0b76cb15600d7c2941f184ea.jpg

Mmmm. This was a nicely done Witbier! Hints of lemon, orange, coriander, and a real nice spice kick at the end. Quite refreshing!

1116270159_beer035.jpg.508818ff7f03e2f0f6505f8a516c1473.jpg

From a New York brewery that I actually like, it's the Mendocino Summer Ale. A Belgian Style Witbier. Check out all that yeasty goodness!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

^^ Pft, New York brewery, you wish!!! Okay, so maybe that bottle did come from their New York location, but Mendocino Brewing is the original California Craft Brew! The silly part is I can never find all the different stuff from them that you guys seem to get, I can only ever find Eye of the Hawk/Red Tail/Blue Heron Pale and their Wheat.

 

I went to a job fair yesterday, first one I've been to... It didn't go very well, not many companies in the High Tech section that had jobs I could fill. A lot of them were biotech and looking for Mechanical Engineers and stuff. I did talk to a couple ones looking for C/C++ type Software Engineers, which I can do, though my focus is web programming, but they were looking mostly for Senior people. Oh well, it was still good experience talking to those sorts of people face to face about that kind of stuff, good interview practice I guess.

P9180008.JPG.94edaecd7ca1789dcac117fee9b292c3.JPG

Yeah, I wear two pairs of headphones when I game with my friend Ray back in Arizona... The headset just isn't comfortable on my ears! Oh, Gonzo was still great.

P9180004.JPG.73ed58810de0c0ad5c5f32e05d2dc1c6.JPG

Flying Dog's Gonzo Imperial Porter. 9.2% ABV.

P9180002.JPG.5bdeba6725dc0089d13501ba43d071e9.JPG

Woohoo, still awesome! I actually was able to taste some more vanillas and oakiness to it than the last bottle I tried.

P9180001.JPG.4a712c48555f4f6449c03791180f4737.JPG

My last bottle of Oaked Arrogant Bastard. 7.2% ABV.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

^^ Pft, New York brewery, you wish!!! Okay, so maybe that bottle did come from their New York location, but Mendocino Brewing is the original California Craft Brew!

 

Ha! I was wondering if you would catch that and defend the honor of Nor Cal brewing Bubba! It's interesting, if you look over at BA, they actually have the beers seperated by the location at which they are brewed. I actually really like the stuff that I've had from them and we're lucky to get a pretty decent selection of it around here. I'm really looking forward to trying some of their different styles soon.

 

Well with Summer officially ending this weekend, Kim and I bid it a fond adieu...

2032568887_beer017.jpg.c135223cb47894c4d585bdca7efe794e.jpg

So long Summer 2007! You'll be missed but now it's time to drink the stuff that we really like!

499761788_beer016.jpg.d32851740d061eeacca43d9f817ed49f.jpg

Kim has the Abita summer seasonal, the Strawberry Harvest Lager. This had a very nice aroma and (after it warmed up) taste of strawberries. Definitely Kim's type of beer! Mmmm, strawberries.

324469402_beer015.jpg.bcf77956581b338bd869e6f09fb0ad23.jpg

For me, a Red Brick Summer Brew. It turns out that this one's a Hefe and it was decent. Nice touches of lemon and wheat but had a little too much of tartness at the end. Still pretty quaffable stuff.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Going after something from New York but hopefully good (unlike Southern Tier's general stuff). I've had this before, but it was bottled. Let's see if it's as good if not better out of a can.

beer09190703.jpg.3e2ad0869b21b8c4448627b89e5ddcf5.jpg

Turns out it's actually pretty tasty for a canned lager! Thanks for the brew, Heath

beer09190702.jpg.65c873732d4cf831ea98e31a08226a84.jpg

This one we'll keep in the can

beer09190701.jpg.6f038b8d0d1be62c2c96dd295f15cfc8.jpg

Brooklyn Lager, it's in the can!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Tonight we decided to break out what Derek, Heath and Kim gave us from their Norcal trip. Yes I know it was a while ago.

 

I will post the IPAs in another reply.

IMG_1237.jpg.8b6039f917bbfb667d4eb0a56edeffdb.jpg

It definitely isn't for Gyendolynne. She will stay with Sierra Nevada.

IMG_1236.jpg.6925df5fdd2f1c95707e74fef13951f8.jpg

Very tasty. Thanks for the beers. I did drink the other one too!

IMG_1235.jpg.32875dcea11f4ff2615247f1da2f0af1.jpg

I know this will be good.

IMG_1234.jpg.06fba21e2351b6b6c0a9494324fad75e.jpg

mmmm...Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Tonight I decided to stick with the canned theme from yesterday, trying out a new to me brew from a brewery I hadn't had anything from yet, but thanks to Capones managed to grab a can. Coming in at #90 on Beer Advocate's Best American Brews is Bender, a brown ale from Surly Brewing out of Minnesota. Would it live up to the rating?

beer09200704.jpg.18820cbaa41eb3c38e4422b9b47fd153.jpg

Wow, really good. More like a porter than a brown ale; good chocolate, coffee, caramel, and some vanilla tastes with a good hoppy finish. Smooth too with great lasting head and not too much carbonation. Looking forward to getting more Surly stuff

beer09200703.jpg.4bc7a96da26448c1247bddc9aa1ce74f.jpg

but even the can says "beer for a glass, from a can" so we better put it in a pint glass

beer09200702.jpg.f4279bdf4c465a9799165eeddd931a8d.jpg

Pretty good stuff out of the can, one fine oatmeal brown ale loaded with flavor right off the bat

beer09200701.jpg.138c6121303da7ba7734477a84348347.jpg

Another canned brew, this time from Surly Brewing, Bender brown ale ranking at #90 on BA's list.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Rick, that picture of Gwen is great!

 

Today we found ourselves in Newberg, Oregon. A nice little town just outside of the Portland metro area. While we were there, we stoped in at a new sports bar.

649781125_beer016(Small).jpg.a08b6f9c39dccd6c44e58c907cac4a8a.jpg

Hamburger was damn tasty too.

1898181969_beer014(Small).jpg.2c56d2c53c20f74e5f30db807f9fa240.jpg

Inversion IPA from Deschutes. What can I say, everyone posting here already knows it is one fantastic IPA. Well, everyone except Gwen.

1421698015_beer013(Small).jpg.a08a69769b448a79371958a16dc908a2.jpg

Lil' Cooperstown. I wonder what they have on tap? Sorry, all my pictures turned out nice and fuzzy.

1650262688_beer019(Small).jpg.4ac6f09a4b8c262969cdca50b5bfe728.jpg

Finished with Aspen Point Amber from Kalamath Basin Brewing. Very hoppy for an amber and tasted far more like an IPA, which isn't a bad thing.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Bubba posting some North Coast Brother Thelonious the other night made me realize that I needed to revisit this little gem of a beer as well has another special guest.

1110793482_beer021.jpg.98c6c7ecb9f8675d3c3a3713d45e7cda.jpg

Wow, the thing I find most amazing about this beer is how it's going on 2 years old and it's lost none of it's hoppy finish. I had forgotten what I nice burnt coffee and chocolate taste this guy's got. Definitley one of the top, widely available, Imperial Stouts around.

648033312_beer020.jpg.1ef6534f645104c3536d1241ebf0a3b9.jpg

And we'll stick with the North Coast theme and revisit another one of their Heavy Hitters. The Old Rasputin Imperial Stout that I found hiding out in the back of the beer fridge.

2131345806_beer018.jpg.53c3a80f6c2f3cab0feb131f3b74ccf7.jpg

Wow, I really appreciate how smooth this is for a Belgian Style Dubbel. Deep notes of caramel and fruit and every sip ends nicely with a combo kick of bitterness and slight alchohol. Very nice.

1558794336_beer017.jpg.679255086551870e3e7b352eb6a5a654.jpg

And there he is! But this time in a shorty bottle.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Been busy driving and riding coasters for the last few days, but managed to stop off for a beer along with dinner on the drive home tonight.

beer09230705.jpg.7d9db70b587ef99636b4a03c284e9d84.jpg

and after a visit to the Rogue Dead Guy in the bathroom, it was back on the road to finish the drive home, otherwise I would have had another

beer09230704.jpg.b1134bb824f576738c16dc80cb3f784b.jpg

Accompanied my chicken enchilada nicely

beer09230703.jpg.648cbbb584183fa08b337eb53091c993.jpg

I decided to try the Great Lakes Oktoberfest, great marzen style

beer09230702.jpg.76602610784be295bb81f4459b47056d.jpg

A nice draft list as always

beer09230701.jpg.df79e60e65352ab6c76ebaaa60fb3ba1.jpg

Back to the Monroeville Mad Mex, a nice way to break up the drive home from Ohio

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Still not feeling well enough to drink tonight, so I'll regale you all with some pics from this past weekend's trip out to Ohio.

260070825_beer016.jpg.609c2f3b8bb9a47b259e494fa4657710.jpg

So long Great Lakes. We're allready planning our next trip back and I guarantee that it'll be before Cedar Point opens again next May.

1073072011_beer023.jpg.d6b6867d8ce6410ba27003baf31f2588.jpg

I have to finish up with #61 on the Best of BA. The always tasty Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. Mmmm.

740378176_beer020.jpg.14ef2539515ae012f2db3293f1dd24a0.jpg

We decide to soak up the beer with some tasty pub grub. A artichoke dip crock does just the trick.

534735929_beer022.jpg.c72880133ff44f828e51ffd6ee9625ab.jpg

Kim gives another of their Brewpub exclusives a try. The Engine 20 Pale Ale.

633955466_beer018.jpg.5e024d204fa9c46f10148274ce47badb.jpg

I start out with their Fall seasonal, The Nosferatu. A nicely hopped stock ale.

1452778113_beer019.jpg.088b6b2d9aa618a7487a55abe50aca87.jpg

Lot's of good stuff as always, although they sadly just kicked the brewpub exclusive Cleveland Brown Ale right before we got there.

391438067_beer024.jpg.bf7813ca5a67ae38c994e468c05cd07a.jpg

There's something comforting about seeing their old, classic "Eliot Ness" bar that makes you want to hunker down and drink some beers. Let's get to work!

1258245139_beer025.jpg.c1692d440f2736ca13d269cf7e2e0fa1.jpg

I don't think that any trip to Cedar Point can (and ever will again) be complete without a stop in Cleveland and The Great Lakes Brewing Company.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Although it's now officially autumn, I refuse to believe it just yet. Feeling in the mood for something IPA tonight, I'm glad I've got friends in California to come thru and deliver.

beer09240704.jpg.e16059a68997b0750c21d559448a5f6f.jpg

thanks for the beer, Bubba! This face is for you!

beer09240703.jpg.8968c62cc58f822b0781f051220ec502.jpg

boy do I love bombers when it comes to good beers I enjoy drinking lots of!

beer09240702.jpg.6d0da615d3202cb5ea1c17d7c6f40338.jpg

Wonderful West Coast hop flavor, very comparible to Pizza Port's Wipeout

beer09240701.jpg.d3d2f56948de37982623f0723c0191be.jpg

On tonight's agenda, a bottle of Hop Stoopid from Lagunitas

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Last night I decided to try something from Terrapin that Heath gave me, as its season was up.

beer09250704.jpg.14c58171e70b308e86621aa845d7d88b.jpg

much more flavorful. Crispness and sweet floral hop presence

beer09250703.jpg.aa6077b8a95f545fcb53c84a0a6eb8ed.jpg

Looking for something appealing to drink, I went with Dogfish's Shelter

beer09250702.jpg.cd33a1dd766cc991487efd3a874be413.jpg

Much like the Wake N Bake that Bubba got, this one was funky. Too thick and alcohol tasting. Sad to say I had to flush this turtle down the drain

beer09250701.jpg.5249371bf050ffae58b01fbc5d37900f.jpg

Terrapin's Imperial Pilsner, part of their Monster series

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Happy Belated Birthday Bubba! I hope you treated yourself to something good.

 

Anyway, finally got the tastebuds almost back to full functionality so I decided to stick with something with a lighter taste tonight.

40612492_beer016.jpg.c2346b08c25148d706159e135e46a39f.jpg

Hmmm. Very interesting. Wheaty, spicey, a little sour with a nutty aftertaste. Definitely another interesting beer from Rogue but not necessarily one I need to revisit anytime soon.

1558609192_beer015.jpg.e41c05f6aaddc9c5bfa73c4ff235e807.jpg

From the Signature Series of Rogue Ales, it's the Morimoto Soba Ale, brewed in honor of Iron Chef himself, Chef Masaharu Morimoto. This is brewed with Soba (or buckwheat) which has been a longtime staple of Japanese cuisine.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Happy belated birthday, Bubba!

 

Still feeling a bit like summer, but starting to cool off finally, I decided to enjoy some of Troegs latest offerings.

beer09270704.jpg.d3b8c89b33cd391542bb41fea84fb2c6.jpg

Lots of nice chocolate and coffee notes go with this beer. Gonna taste great on those chilly fall evenings

beer09270703.jpg.0ed8982f592120e2e6d8e0da1ea0d642.jpg

Next in line, Dead Reckoning Porter, a newly unretired brew

beer09270702.jpg.aeb44ae24bc34d090062ca10a2a42e6d.jpg

I really hope they start brewing something like this yearly, it's great for a warm day

beer09270701.jpg.718f300c9bd113b0c721705a85180aa4.jpg

First, Scratch #1, their California Common/Steam beer.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use https://themeparkreview.com/forum/topic/116-terms-of-service-please-read/