Wednesday, August 31, 2011

John’s Third Annual Craft Beer Event

John’s Third Annual
Craft Beer Event
Belgian Bier Banquet III

Saturday, October 1, 2011
6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Holy Saviour Parish Hall
122 E. Ridge Rd. Linwood PA, 19061

Individual $35   Couple $60   Designated Driver $20

All Proceeds to Benefit Holy Saviour Parish

Ticket Sales:
Contact: John Remaley, John@johnsbierblog.com or jremaley@comcast.net

Phone 610-485-1517
Or Holy Saviour Parish Rectory, 610-485-2520.

Update:10-17-11
The event was a great success and our biggest turn out yet. We had around 145 guest. 
A great time was had my one and all plus we ended up making a few dollars for the Church, not a bad evening.
As usual I did not get to take any pictures. I only have a these few of the booklet and tap markers.



 Thank you all, looking forward to next year.
John


Update: 9-24-11
All there beer is in and being staged at State Line Liquors. The Gaverhopke Extra turned out to be 10 liters larger than I expected. That's great for us, more of the 12% nectar to share.
The door prizes and raffles are shaping up nicely. The raffle will include a bottle of Trappist Westvleteren 12. Widely recognized as the best beer in the world. Yes, I decided to raffle off my last bottle of Westy 12. I have been cellaring this bottle for a year now. It's going to me phenomenal for the winner.

We still have some room but I need to know and have payment ASAP to secure a seat. The tickets for any new purchases will not be mailed. The will be held at the "Will Call" table to be picked up the night of the event. 

Hope to see you there!
John

The Beers:
I am really excited about this year’s event. As usual we will be featuring 8 Belgian beers in all. But this year I have some really extraordinary Belgian Ales in the lineup.

If there was a theme to this year’s event it would be “Bring on the Funk”. The “Funk” that I’m referring to is that sourness that is found in the beers from the Flanders Region of Belgium. I figured that after three years of hosting these events it was time to introduce our guest to these unique styles of Flemish Ales. So three of our eight beers will have some touch of sourness.  

The first taste of "Funk" for the night will be from a sampling of a traditional Gueuze, Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René. The Gueuze is a lip smacking sour blend of old and young Lambic ales without the fruit. Not for everyone but you still have to try the Gueuze at least once.
 
Next in the Funk category we will have Rodenbach Grand Cru. This will be on draft in the middle of the main event line up. This is a rich Flemish Red that is a blend of a 1/3 young ale and 2/3 ale aged in oak barrels. This wine-like Flemish Red Ale is rich but also sweet and smooth drinking with just a good touch of sourness. 

And finally the star of the show will be, ’t Gaverhopke Extra. This is an exquisite 12% ABV Quadruple with a slightly sour flare. This particular beer is very hard to find in the United States on draft. I have been trying to get this delectable ale for two years now. Actually we will have one of only 20 kegs in the United States. What a treat! I can't wait to share this experience with you.

That was only 3 out of the 8. Filling in the remaining 5 ales in the lineup are no chumps either.
Wittekerke, A Witbier that may be my new gold standard for this style. This beer is extremely refreshing and easy drinking. This will be the first beer in the 6 keg main event lineup. 
 
La Chouffe, An excellent golden Strong Pale Ale from the Brasserie d'Achouffe. A Strong Pale ale with the alcohol artfully masked inside of  the light malt sweetness and refreshing citrus notes. This will certainly be a crowd pleaser. 

Pauwel Kwak, One of my favorite Belgian Strong Ales. I have been trying to work this beer into my lineup for 3 years now and finally found the perfect spot for it. Just a little more robust than the La Chouffe it will make the perfect complement to the lineup. This Belgian has even been on my Thanksgiving Dinner Table. 


Gulden Draak, An exceptional Belgian Strong Dark Ale that has the dark malt flavors of an Abbey Quad with dark fruit esters and a velvety smooth finish. This delectable Dark Ale comes in at a wrapping 10.50% ABV. And yet still not the heavy hitter of the night compared to the 12% ABV Gaverhopke Extra.

Lindemans Kriek Lambic, A delicious Cherry Fruit Lambic. This is actually going to be sampled at the beginning of the evening with the Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René. Those two sampled together will give our guest an interesting comparison between a Gueuze (sometimes refereed to as a raw Lambic) and the Cherry Fruit Lambic.

Here's the schedule:
6:00 to 7:00  appetizers with two starter biers in bottles
7:00 to 9:00  Full Buffet Dinner and 6 Main Event Belgians on Draft
9-11 Party Time with Peiser! DJ Extraordinaire

The Tasting Table:
This is always a big very big hit. The idea is that everyone brings a bottle of their favorite craft beer to share. But the success of this table relies on what everyone brings, so don’t forget to bring a bottle of your favorite craft beer or homebrew for the tasting table. 


Buffet Dinner Menu:

It’s not only about the good bier. You will also be treated to the Home Style cooking of the Holy Saviour Women’s Club; professionally catering for over 60 years.
 

Appetizers:    Leffe Blond Bier Bread ● Soft Pretzels ● Tossed Salad
Entrées:         Boneless Stuffed Chicken Breast ● Kielbasa & Kraut, Cooked in Beer and Served with Roasted Potatoes ● Green Bean Casserole ● Pasta       
Dessert:         Framboise Fruit Cup Ice Cream
Beverages:    Award Winning Black Box Wines ● Coffee ● Tea ● Soda ● Water


Fundraising:
We are also having Door Prizes, Raffles and a 50/50 to help raise some money for Holy Saviour Parish. 



New Belgium Trippel




New Belgium Trippel

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Fort Collins, Colorado USA

Tripel

7.80% ABV







Commercial Description:
Our Trippel Belgian Style Ale (pronounced triple) opens with a bold blast of hops that slowly gives way to the fruity esters implied by our Belgian yeast strain. The Three Graces hand-painted on the label are Zeus’s daughters Aglaia (splendor), Euphrosyne (mirth) and Thalia (good cheer). In the Belgian tradition of brewing singles, doubles and triples, Trippel is the strongest with the longest fermentation. Remarkably smooth and complex, our bottle-conditioned Trippel is spiced with a trace of coriander. (NewBelgium.com )

General Pricing:
22 oz bottles: ~$3.50 each

Background:
New Belgium finally arrived in our area on Monday. I stopped in at State Line Liquors after work on Friday for the Hurricane Happy Hour and New Belgium beer tasting. I bought a variety of New Belgium beers that night to help ride out Hurricane Irene and then some. Well, we survived Irene and I’m about half way through my New Belgium beer reviews.

Review:
The beer pours a clear golden yellow with a fairly rich bright white head.

The nose is classic Belgian Tripel with light malt aromas and earthy notes of citrus and spice on a bed of yeast.

Oh My! What a nice Tripel.

The experience starts out with a light malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. That is followed by a very pleasant effervescence over the tongue in the middle of the sip. There is also a biscuit like earthiness that is experienced in mid-sip. The back-end is fairly easy drinking with an almost effortless swallow. The finish is exceptional with pale malt flavors and a very interesting earthiness. This earthiness is more like a Saison than a Triple. There is also flavors of spice and citrus and yeast on the finish. The final aftertaste is a slight spicy note along with that earthy yeasty note.

I’m not sure if it is unique or not but this earthy taste really works for me. I’m just not use to having this flavor in a Tripel. It is usually found in a Saison.

This tripel also warmed will. It was delicious to the last warm drop.

I fill compelled to give this a B+ in style because of that earthiness that is not usually found in a tripel. But for an overall experience this is an A for sure. Sorry the bier sob in me is a little conflicted. This delicious ale will certainly please any Tripel or Saison lover. Just like it has with me.

New Belgium Ranger IPA



Ranger IPA

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Fort Collins, Colorado USA

American IPA

6.50% ABV







Commercial Description:
Are you a hopinista? Thank our Beer Rangers for inspiring (and begging for) this well-balanced Simcoe, Cascade and Chinook hopped IPA. 70 IBUs
(NewBelgium.com )

General Pricing:
22 oz bottles: ~$3.50 each

Background:
New Belgium finally arrived in our area on Monday. I stopped in at State Line Liquors after work on Friday for the Hurricane Happy Hour and New Belgium beer tasting. I bought a variety of New Belgium beers that night to help ride out Hurricane Irene and then some. So the next series of reviews will be from New Belgium.

Review:
The beer pours a clear copper with light amber hues and a white to off white head.

The nose is rich with caramel malt aromas and very strong but complex hop aromas.

Well, that’s certainly an IPA but there is an interesting balance to this one.

We start out with a malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. That only last for a split second; it is immediately replaced with a hop bitterness followed by a tingling over the tongue in mid-sip. There is a building hop bitterness throughout the middle of the sip. The back-end is not easy drinking, the hop robustness is so intense that there is almost a clinging of the jaws during the swallow. The finish has an equally intense hop presence but there is also a nice malt backbone to this ale that almost balances out the bitterness. The hop complexity on the finish is also very impressive; pine, floral and earthy hop flavors with citrus fruit notes. Again complemented by a nice caramel malt sweetness. There is a lingering hop bitterness to this ale but it is not as oppressive as most IPA’s. Sorry that was the non hophead coming out.

All and all this is a very impressive IPA. It also has an almost imperial quality to it.

Sorry for the short review but I am writing this while facing tornado warnings from hurricane Irene that is hitting us pretty good right not.

I’m going for a B+ for sure. Now most hop heads will most likely disagree with that. This is a very good IPA that I will have again. It just seems to be slightly lacking an A rating.

New Belgium Hoptober Golden Ale

 


Hoptober Golden Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Fort Collins, Colorado USA

American Blonde Ale

6.00% ABV






Commercial Description:
Five hops and four malts make Hoptober Golden Ale a veritable cornucopia of earth. Pale and wheat malt are mashed with rye and oats to create a medium-bodied ale with creamy mouth feel. Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette and Glacier hops form a bonfire of citrus notes, fruity cheers and a bold finale. ABV: 6% 40 IBU Available in 6-packs and on draught
(RateBeer.com)

General Pricing:
22 oz bottles: ~$3.50 each

Background:
New Belgium finally arrived in our area on Monday. I stopped in at State Line Liquors after work on Friday for the Hurricane Happy Hour and New Belgium beer tasting. I bought a variety of New Belgium beers that night to help ride out Hurricane Irene and then some. So the next series of reviews will be from New Belgium.

Review:
The beer pours a clear golden yellow with a pale copper hues and a bright white head.

Then nose is striking with hop aromas. There are sweet pilsner type malt aromas on the nose along with pleasant floral hops and citrus notes. This is more like a fresh harvest IPA with complex hop aromas.

The taste starts out with a light malt sweetness up front. That is immediately followed by a tingling over the tongue and a gradual building hop robustness as the beer washes over the tongue in the middle of the sip. By the time you get to the top of the swallow the hop robustness builds to a nice bite but not a bitterness. The back end is fairly easy drinking but the hoppy bite does give some hesitation at the top of the swallow. The tingling and bite seems to actually grow during the swallow into the finish. The finish is actually pretty good. Sorry, that didn’t come out right. I’m not a hop head so I’m really impressed with the flavors in this hoppy finish. This seemed to be building to an overly bitter finish but the finish is very present with in intricate hop complexity. There is a nice light malt presence but the finish is mostly floral and earthy hop flavors with citrus notes. The final aftertaste is a lingering earthy hop bitterness but not overpowering.

I am really enjoying this beer; I like the hop flavors but without the overwhelming bitterness.

I’m going to give this an A-. What a wonderful seasonal offering from New Belgium. For my money this beer can compete with any of the high end seasonal Fresh Hop beers. Another great experience from New Belgium.

New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale


  
Fat Tire Amber Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Fort Collins, Colorado USA

American Amber / Red Ale

5.20% ABV






Commercial Description:
Named in honor of our founder Jeff’s bike trip through Belgium, Fat Tire Amber Ale marks a turning point in the young electrical engineer’s home brewing. Belgian beers use a far broader palette of ingredients (fruits, spices, esoteric yeast strains) than German or English styles. Jeff found the Belgian approach freeing. Upon his return, Jeff created Fat Tire and Abbey Belgian Ale, (assuming Abbey would be his big gun). He and his wife, Kim traveled around sampling their homebrews to the public. Fat Tire’s appeal quickly became evident. People liked everything about it. Except the name. Fat Tire won fans is in its sense of balance: toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors coasting in equilibrium with hoppy freshness.
(RateBeer.com)

General Pricing:
22 oz bottles: ~$3.50 each

Background:
New Belgium finally arrived in our area on Monday. I stopped in at State Line Liquors after work on Friday for the Hurricane Irene Happy Hour and New Belgium beer tasting. I bought a variety of New Belgium beers that night to help ride out Hurricane Irene and then some. So the next series of reviews will be from New Belgium.

Review:
The beer pours a clear amber with copper hues and a fairly rich off white head.

The nose is very pleasant with sweet caramel malt aromas and light floral hops.

Wow, what a nice drinkable amber ale; smooth, tasty and easy drinking, impressive.

The taste starts out with a malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. That is followed by the most pleasant mouthfeel as this amber ale washes over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is very easy drinking with just a slight hesitation on the top of the swallow. That hesitation is easily overcome and then an effortless swallow into the finish. There is a slight robustness that builds just before you get to the finish. The finish is very pleasant with wonderful caramel malt flavors and just enough of a hop presence to give a slight bite and dryness without bittering. There is very little of a final aftertaste just a slight lingering caramel malt sweetness.

What a great beer. There is nothing special or over the top with this one just an excellently crafted simple Amber Ale.

I’ll try to let the second glass warm a little but this beer is so delicious and enjoyable I really don’t want to nurse it.

The malt flavor in this second glass is much richer as this beer warms and opens up.

We are now at 67 degrees.

The ale is smother and richer now at this temperature. What a great beer. I’m always impressed with a beer warms well.

This is a solid A for an American Amber Ale. This was interesting experience that just proves that a craft beer does not have to be over the top to be a top rated beer. This may simply be the best American Amber Ale on the market today.

Laughing Dog Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA

Laughing Dog 
Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA

Brewed for:
Kysela Pere Et Fils, Ltd.

Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing
Ponderay, Idaho, USA

American Double / Imperial IPA

10.00% ABV


Commercial Description:
Sneaky Pete is a blend of five hop types: Simcoe, Glacier, Centennial, Vanguard and Hallertuaer, with Simcoe playing the dominate role at 30%. In addition, three separate malts were used: Honey Malt, Rye Malt, and Munich Malt. The brew has a copious aroma of white grapefruit, citrus overtones, a complex rich middle and long flavors in the finish; a real beauty. Finished with wild clover honey.
(RateBeer.com)

General Pricing:
12 oz bottles: ~$11.00 4 pack

Background:
I asked my son John to pick up a few summer beers that I have not reviewed. This is one of those beers.

Review:
The beer pours a hazy amber with orange hues and a fairly rich off white to tan head.

The nose is nice with sweet caramel malt aromas and a very interesting hop complexity. There is just about every hop aroma blended on this nose; very impressive.

AHHH, what a nice first sip. That a smooth, rich and warming experience with just the right amount of bite on the end.

The experience starts out with a caramel malt sweetness up front. Then that is followed by a very rich complexity of a building hop robustness in the middle of the sip. There is also a tingling as the ale washes over the tongue in mid-sip. The back-end is surprisingly easy drinking for such a big beer. The growing hop robustness builds to an almost bitterness by the time you get to the top of the swallow. At that point at the top of the swallow there is also a fairly heavy hesitation but it is easily overcome. The swallow is fairly smooth with just a slight carbonation release. The warming effect of this ale hits your chest before you get to the finish. The finish is delightfully balanced with rich caramel malt flavors and the most pleasant robust hop complexity. With all of these hop flavors it is really impressive to me that this beer never gets overwhelmingly bitter. It really maintains a nice smooth and rich quality without a strong bitterness. Just like the nose indicated there is a multitude of hop flavors; earthy, pine, citrus and floral. There is a lingering hoppy bite on the final aftertaste but is not the typical American IPA bitterness. What a great experience.

The head on this beer has not quit. It has diminished to a thin protective layer over the top of the beer and it is leaving some very impressive lacing.

This beer is just getting better and better as it warms.

We are now at 70 degrees and the malt flavors are more pronounced and the hop bite seems to have diminished a bit.

This is an exceptionally good imperial IPA. I’m really enjoying this one.

Wow, that was smooth and delicious to the last warm drop.

I’m going for an A on this beer. What a great experience.

Fordham Wisteria Wheat

 
Wisteria Wheat


Brewed by:
Fordham Brewing Company
Dover, Delaware USA

Hefeweizen (BeerAdvocate.com)
Wheat Ale (RateBeer.com)

5.1% ABV




Commercial Description:
Enjoy the lazy days of Summer with this classic unfiltered wheat ale.  Wisteria Wheat is a medium body beer with a soft, velvety carbonation and a wheaty finish.  This easy golden brew is sure to bring you and your friends together all summer long.
5.1 Alcohol by volume
Brewed with Hefeweizen yeast, Pale malts, Wheat malts, Perle and Tradition hops.
(FordhamBrewing.com)

General Pricing:
12 oz bottles: ~$8.00 6 pack, ~$29.00 case

Background:
I asked my son John to pick up a few summer beers that I have not reviewed. This is one of those beers.

Review:
The beer pours a hazy golden yellow with orange hues and a white head.

The nose is nice with sweet rich wheat malt aromas and notes of citrus and clove.

Not a bad Hefe; much richer than I expected.

The taste starts out with a light sweetness up front followed by a very pleasant effervescence over the tongue in mid-sip. The back end is very easy drinking with an effortless swallow. The finish is very nice with rich wheat malt flavors along with notes of citrus and banana and a touch of clove. The final aftertaste is a lingering yeasty wheat flavor and a touch of spice.

This is really a pretty good Hefe so far let’s see how it warms.

 We are now at 71 degrees.

This is still a very good tasting Hefe even at this warm temperature. The wheat malt flavors and richer and the mouthfeel is almost velvety now. The most impressive thing is that this has not picked up any off flavors or unpleasantness whatsoever.

I’m going for a B+ on this one. I really enjoyed this Hefeweizen. It was not the most refreshing Hefe but I don’t think it is suppose to be. This one is rich with more robust wheat malt flavors and a smooth mouthfeel.



Anchor Summer Beer


Anchor Summer Beer

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
San Francisco, California USA

American Pale Wheat Ale

4.60% ABV






Commercial Description:
Anchor Summer is the first American wheat beer in modern times. Our first brew of this light and refreshing beer was in the summer of 1984.

Anchor Summer is an all-malt beer, and over 50% of its malt comes from malted wheat. It is fermented with a Triticum aestivum, AKA wheat traditional top-fermenting "ale" yeast because we prefer the clean flavors developed by this yeast. We believe that this style best celebrates the refreshingly light flavor of malted wheat. You may notice that the head on this beer is unusually abundant, with a consistency similar to whipped egg whites. This is due to protein contributed by the wheat.

The brewers at Anchor are proud to have revived not only rich hearty dark beers, but also this light crisp style of a modern American wheat beer.

Wheat malt contributes to an unusual lightness and dryness to the palate, and this—combined with the distinctive flavor of the wheat—makes for a perfect thirst-quenching beverage. It is the ideal drink for beer lovers who appreciate tradition and character in their beer, but also seek a lighter, refreshing style, perfect for warm weather. (RateBeer.com)

General Pricing:
12 oz bottles: ~$10.00 4 pack, ~$66.00 case

Background:
I asked my son John to pick up a few summer beers that I have not reviewed. This is one of those beers.

Review:
The beer pours a clear golden yellow with a fairly rich bright white head.

The nose is very pleasant with light but earthy wheat malt aromas with a touch of floral hops. This is very inviting; I can’t wait to dive into this.

Hmm, that first sip was interesting. I’m not sure what I was expecting but this wasn’t it. It’s not bad, quite the opposite, it’s really good but different. It has wheat flavors but also a slight hoppy bite on the finish.

The experience starts out with a touch of sweetness up font on the tip of the tongue followed by a unique effervescence over the tongue during the middle of the sip. This unique effervescence has a tingling to it with an earthiness. It seems like it is building hoppiness but it does not build into a bitterness, just an earthiness. The back-end is very easy drinking. There is a slight hesitation on the top of the swallow due to this unique earthy experience. Other than that this beer has a very easy drinking and refreshing back-end. The finish is also unique. That earthiness seems to manifest itself finally into an earthy hop bite, not really a bitterness, just a bite.  The final aftertaste is of a slight lingering wheat malt flavor.

All and all this was a very enjoyable beer. The unique earthiness seemed to be more distracting to me.  

I’m going to settle for a B on this one. I was taken back a little by the uniqueness of this beer but there was nothing wrong with it at all.

Brooklyn Summer Ale

 
Brooklyn Summer Ale


Brewed by:

Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn, New York, USA

English Pale Ale

5.00% ABV






Commercial Description:
Brooklyn Summer Ale is a modern rendition of the "Light Dinner Ales" brewed in England throughout the 1800's right up until the 1940's. They were also called "luncheon ales" or even "family ales", because they were refreshing and flavorful without being too heavy. We brew our Brooklyn Summer Ale from premium English barley malt, which gives this light-bodied golden beer a fresh bready flavor. German and American hops lend a light, crisp bitterness and a citrus/floral aroma resulting in a beer with a very sunny disposition. FOOD PAIRING Excellent with salads, seafood, quiches, and lightly spicy dishes. It's also great at a brunch. SPECS Style: English Style Light Dinner Ale Malts: Two Row British Malts Hops: German Perle and American Cascade, Fuggle, and Amarillo Alcohol: 4.5% by volume Original Gravity: 11 Plato
(RateBeer.com)

General Pricing:
12 oz bottles: ~$8.50 6 pack

Background:
I asked my son John to pick up a few summer beers that I have not reviewed. This is one of those beers.

Review:
The beer pours a clear golden yellow with copper hues and a white head.

The nose is very pleasant with light pale malt and floral hop aromas with sweet citrus notes.

This is nice, light and refreshing with a slight bite and citrus notes on the finish. The only thing this is missing is the English hard water aftertaste.

The taste starts out with a touch of light malt sweetness up front. That is followed by the most pleasant cleansing effervescence over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is extremely easy drinking with an effortless swallow. There is an additional carbonation release during the swallow that adds to the refreshing aspect of this beer. The finish is also refreshing with a light malt sweetness, a pleasant floral hop bite and a touch of citrus. There is not much of a final aftertaste just a touch of light malts and citrus.
All and all this is a very easy drinking and refreshing summer ale. It is so easy drinking that it’s just about gone already.

I’m letting the last few sips warm up just to see what happens.

Well, I let this set until it got to 74 degrees (room temperature).

The carbonation has diminished/released so it doesn’t seem to have the snappiness that it did. The malt flavors are a little richer and sweeter now. The real impressive thing is that this beer did not pick up any off flavors whatsoever; it stayed sweet and delicious to the last warm drop. Extremely impressive for such a light malt beer.
  
I’m going for an A for this in style. I don’t think you’ll find a better light summer ale.

BrewDog Hardcore IPA




BrewDog Hardcore IPA

Brewed by:
BrewDog
United Kingdom (Scotland)

American Double / Imperial IPA

9.20% ABV





Commercial Description:
Bottle: Filtered. Cask: Unfiltered.
Also sold as Tesco Finest American Double IPA
Ingredients: Maris Otter, Crystal malt, Caramalt; Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe hops. Dry Hops: Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe. IBU 150
This little bottle has a grandiloquent story to tell. 2,204 malted Maris Otter grains gave all they had to offer the world to provide the robustly delicate toffee malt canvas for the ensuing epic. 6 Hop Cones willingly sacrificed themselves in fiery cauldron that is our brew kettle to ensure your mouth is left feeling punished and puckering for more. 9,900,000,000 yeast cells frantically fermented their little hearts out as the sugars were magically turned into alcohol in the dark depths of our fermentation tanks. This explicit ale has more hops and bitterness that any other beer brewed in the UK. This is an extreme beer rollercoaster for freaks, gypsies and international chess superstars. (RateBeer.com)

General Pricing:
22 oz bottles: ~$6.00 Each

Background:
This one just showed up in the beer fridge after a party at the house.

Review:
The beer pours a clear dark copper with orange hues and a off white head.

The nose is American IPA with pine and grapefruit hop aromas with little of anything else on the nose.

Wow, that’s an IPA that just hits you in the head with bitterness.

The taste starts out with a malt sweetness up font on the tip of the tongue but that only last for a split second. That is immediately replaced with a building hop tingling and robustness over the tongue during the middle of the sip. This robustness turns into downright bitterness even before you get to the swallow on the back-end. All through the swallow this bitterness keeps growing. The finish is very intense with an explosion of grapefruit and pine hop bitterness. The final aftertaste is a lingering hop bitterness.

This beer is great for Hop Heads but I don’t find it balanced at all. Even as an American Double IPA there is really no malt aspect to this beer it is all hops and bitterness.

Now, I have to say that my hop head daughter Molly just commented on how good she thought this beer was. She also called me a Hop Hater. Well, I guess if the shoe fits…

I don’t know about that but IPA’s are not my favorite style of craft beer. Usually I find that Double/Imperials are very good since they are usually more balanced with a higher malt aspect than a typical IPA. So even for the richer malt presence that beer is still not balanced, not even close it is all hops all the time.

Still all and all this is not a bad beer for the style.

I’m going to give this a B. That is being generous overall but I think it's fair for the style.

 

Midas Touch Clone Home Brew


Midas Touch Clone Home Brew


Background:
This review was actually done at the same time as the previous review; Midas Touch Golden Elixir. An anonymous friend has brewed this home brew of version of Midas Touch. The recipe is from “Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast's Guide to Brewing Craft Beer at Home” by Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head). 

 Homebrew on Left
Review:
The beer pours a hazy dark amber with orange hues and an off white to tan head.

The nose is modest with sweet dark caramel malt aromas with little to no hop presence.

Wow, what an impressive first sip. This is nothing like the commercial version. This beer truly has some substance to it.

This experience starts out with a sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. That is followed by the most exquisite mouthfeel as this wonderful nectar washes over the tongue in the middle of the sip. By the time you get to the back end there is the hesitation that normally comes with a big beer. Once that is overcome the swallow is silky smooth and that leads into a velvety finish. The finish is just astounding with sweet rich malt flavors, rich sweet dark fruit esters and a touch of light spice. This is all riding on a yeasty background. The final aftertaste is a lingering malt and fruit sweetness.

Wow, what a phenomenal beer.

This beer is at room temperature now and it’s even more phenomenal than when it was chilled. I only have a sip or two left of this exquisite home brew left. I’m trying to savor it as long as I can.

Wow, delicious to the last warm drop. This is a solid A+. I think Sam should look at the difference in what he brews commercially and what he put in his extreme homebrew book because the homebrew is far superior to the commercial beer.


Dogfish Head Midas Touch Golden Elixir



Midas Touch Golden Elixir

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Milton, Delaware, USA

Herbed / Spiced Beer

9.00% ABV






Commercial Description:
Midas Touch Golden Elixir is a beverage based on the residue found on the drinking vessels in King Midas' tomb. Our recipe highlights the known ingredients of barley, white Muscat grapes, honey and saffron. Somehwere between a beer, wine and mead, this smooth, dry ale will please with Chardonnay or I.P.A. drinker alike.
(RateBeer.com)

General Pricing:
12 oz bottles: ~$3.00 Each, ~$10.00 4 pack, ~$66.00 case

Background:
This was a gift from my friend Gene. I am also piggybacking this review with an anonymous friend’s Home Brew version of the same beer. The homebrew recipe is from “Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast's Guide to Brewing Craft Beer at Home” by Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head)

Review:
The beer pours a hazy golden straw color with a white head.

The nose is modest but sweet with light malt aromas and fruity notes.

What a nice first sip. But I somehow remember this being more robust and complex than what I’m experiencing.

We start out with a sweetness upfront then an interesting mouthfeel in the mid-sip. There is not much going on in mid-sip, just a pleasant washing over the tongue. The back-end is easy drinking with an almost effortless swallow. The finish is very unique with malt and fruit sweetness with some spicy notes. The final aftertaste is modest with sweet fruit and malt flavors.

All and all this is a good beer but I’m not picking up fantastic or even great; it’s just a good beer. Once again I thought this was a better beer than what I’m currently experiencing.

This is OK, well that’s not quite fair, this is a good beer but I am a little disappointed.

This is close to room temperature now and I’m starting to pick up some off flavors.

A rating of a B is about the best I can do for this. Hopefully it’s just this particular bottle but this beer is lacking something. I remember this having richer flavors and more complexity.