Sunday, March 3, 2013

Budweiser Budvar Czech Dark Lager



Budweiser Budvar Czech Dark Lager

Brewed by:
Brewery Budweiser Budvar / B.B.N.P.
Czech Republic

Euro Dark Lager

4.70% ABV





  
Commercial Description:
None Available

General Pricing:
Also N/A

Background:
I’m trying to catch up on some late summer and fall beers that I have had in the beer cabinet to review but never seemed to have the time. This is yet another one given to be by my friend Gene. It’s been so long I’m not sure if he got this while in Europe or bought this locally. Either way I can’t wait to try it.

Review:
The beer pours a dark brown almost completely opaque with just a hint of ruby hues peeking through the thinnest portion of the glass. The pour also produce a fairly rich off white to light tan head.

The nose is very intriguing with dark malt aromas with notes of toffee along with a very pleasant noble hop aroma. I can’t tell with the hops are but they remind me of the classic European beers.

What a nice first sip; deceivingly light in body clean and refreshing with great malt flavors and a touch of those earthy hops on the finish.

The experience starts out with a touch of caramel malt sweetness up front followed by a light almost refreshing mouthfeel in the middle of the sip. The back-end is very easy drinking with an effortless swallow. The finish is very nice with dark malt flavors with notes of toffee and a touch of caramel and coffee. The final aftertaste is of touch of lingering dark malts.

This beer is refreshingly clean for a lager without that typical lager harshness.

I am really enjoying this beer. This may be the best dark lager that I have had.

As the beer warms I’m starting to pick up more on those noble hops on the finish. I suspect Hallertauer and Saaz but I’m not very good on my hops yet.

A | Budweiser Budvar Czech Dark Lager is anything but your typical Budweiser. This Czech beer is rich with great dark roasted malt flavors with notes of toffee and a hint of chocolate with pleasant earthy hop flavors on the finish. This may be the best example of a Euro Dark Lager that I have had yet.

Yards Cape Of Good Hope IPA


Cape Of Good Hope IPA

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

American Double / Imperial IPA

8.10% ABV



 




Commercial Description:
Originally brewed to withstand the epic voyages from the shores of England around the African Cape of Good Hope to the Indian Subcontient, the India Pale Ale has always been a beer for the adventurous soul. Thoroughly hopped with Amarillos in both the whirlpool and the fermenter, it was then transferred to our makeshift shipping cask, where it was dry-hopped again with Nugget and Columbus. Set adrift in our brewery without cooling, it was able to age as though it had been put to sea for six months. The result is an authentic double dry hopped and uniquely aged India Pale Ale reminiscent of something you’d find solace in on a balmy, Indian evening far away from home. Beware of tigers.
(RateBeer.com)

General Pricing:
12oz bottles: ~$12.00 6 pack

Background:
I’m trying to catch up on some late summer and fall beers that I have had in my beer cabinet to review but never seemed to have the time. This one was given to me be by my friend Gene. I am a big fan of Yards but I have not had this before so I’m really looking forward to see what it’s like.

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

The nose is nice with pale and caramel malt aromas with pleasant hop aromas and a touch of sweetness.

 What a nice first sip; smooth but rich with a modest hop profile that is not overpowering. I’m going to enjoy this one.

The experience starts out with touch of sweetness up front but that only last for a split second. It is replaced by a tingling effervescence on the tongue. As this ale is rolling over the tongue the hop presence is felt. There is also a perceived robustness of a big beer that creates a hesitation at the top of the swallow. That hesitation is easily overcome with a carbonation release during the swallow that masks some flavors and adds an almost refreshing aspect to the experience. The finish is pretty intense; the robustness masked on the swallow really hits you on the finish. There is a lot going on in this little beer. The finish has great caramel malt flavors with a wonderful hop complexity that is balanced and not overpowering. The final aftertaste is carrying that balance of caramel malt and a lingering hop bite. There is also a nice warming effect from the alcohol.

Although the head seemed modest on the pour it is leaving some impressive lacing on the glass.

I’m not sure why but this 8% ale is going down fast. There must be more of a refreshing aspect of this beer than what I previously noted.

The malt flavors and the hop complexity on this beer are very intriguing.

The malt flavors remind me more of a Scotch Ale, Wee Heavy than a typical American Double IPA. The caramel flavors seem as if a portion of the wort was actually caramelized not just using caramelized malted grain. Just some nice flavors.

Also the hops are very unique and pleasant. I’m not a hop head and I’m still struggling to identify hop verities in the beers that I drink. These hops are across the board from floral to earthy to a touch of citrus and pine. For a non hophead this is very impressive.

This is a solid A for me; very impressive ale from Yards.

A | Yards Cape of Good Hope is a very impressive American Double IPA with it’s unique almost Scottish caramel malt flavors followed by an equally unique hop complexity on the finish ending in a soothing warming of the sweet alcohol. One nice little beer!

Boxcar Mango Ginger India Pale Ale



Boxcar Mango Ginger India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Boxcar Brewing Co.West Chester, Pennsylvania USA
 

American IPA

7.00% ABV






Commercial Description:
Just in time for the warm spring days of 2012, Mango Ginger Ale is flying off shelves faster than we ever thought possible! It must be that crisp, delicious flavor taking everyone by storm. First take in fresh mango to your nose, then get a hint of ginger with the first sip. Bright mango washes it down, and finally a ginger pop comes back with hops in the finish.
(RateBeer.com)

General Pricing:
12oz bottles: ~$30.00 case

Background:
I’m trying to catch up on some late summer and fall beers that I have had in my beer cabinet to review but never seemed to have the time. This one was a summertime favorite; I even had a keg of this for a party we had last summer. However I never got around to reviewing it. Since I have not had this in several months it will be an interesting fresh revisited.

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

The nose is extremely inviting with pale malt aromas with notes of spice and a unique sweetness, I assume from the ginger, it may also be a touch of alcohol.

 Wow, what a great and refreshing first sip; clean and refreshing with a touch of sweetness on the finish. This brings me back to summer in the back yard.

The experience starts out with a touch of pale malt sweetness up front followed by a cleansing effervescence as the ale washes over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is very easy drinking with an effortless swallow. There is also a slight carbonation release during the swallow that adds a refreshing quality to the experience. The finish is great with clean pale malt flavors followed by a pleasant floral almost earthy hoppiness leading into unique sweetness. The final aftertaste is also unique carrying with it some of that hoppiness and sweetness.

There is some subtle complexity here. Not like a Belgian complexity but the hops, mango and alcohol combine for the most unique finish.

On a warm summer day the complexity of this beer can easily be overlooked. This is such an easy drinking and refreshing beer you don’t want to put the glass down. As I remember from having a keg of this that 7% can easily catch up on you also.

As the beer warms and opens up a bit, releasing some carbonation, it is smoother and even more complex. Now I’m starting to pick up some of that alcohol and a touch of spice. I was at the brewery last summer and helped, well more like watched, Jason brew this beer. I know that there was no spices added. It’s interesting how I’m picking up that note now.

There is a definite sweetness on the finish and aftertaste of this beer but if I did not know that mango was added I could not be able to tell you what that sweetness is from; more of the unique subtleties of this ale.

The hops are present for sure but are also subtle; especially for an American IPA. To me this is more of a unique twist on a classic English IPA.

I’m trying to let this beer warm up but it is very difficult. This is so good and refreshing it’s hard to just sip it.

With a little coxing from the palm of my hand I did manage to warm this up to 65 degrees before I took my last sip.

At this temperature the beer seemed richer. The pale malt flavors were much more pronounced and the lack of carbonation made the mouthfeel less refreshing but much smoother. The final aftertaste still has the hops and sweetnees but more of the plale malts come through at the warmer temperature.


What a great beer.

Here’s where I may have to deviate from my review by Style, well at least from Beer Advocates point of view. This is classified as and American IPA by Beer Advocate. I think this is more of an English IPA than American, based on the hop profile along. At any rate this is a solid A+ for me. But it would not fair so well as an American IPA.

A+ | Boxcar Mango Ginger is a most unique IPA, extremely easy drinking with it’s great pale malt flavors followed by a complex finish of floral hops, clean sweetness and a touch of spice that leaves you refreshed and craving that next sip. Tread lightly; although this drinks like a easy summertime ale it’s 7% ABV can easily catch you by surprise.