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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Black is the new Wit from Terrapin and New Belgium

First you need to understand what is expected of a Wit Beer before you can understand the unexpected. A Wit Beer also known as a Witbier is a Belgian style ale usually very light in color and somewhat cloudy as it is an unfiltered wheat beer. A typical Witbier is yellow in color with a foggy hue but light and crisp with hints of coriander and orange peel although it can be spiced with just about anything you could imagine the goal is still a light crisp and usually highly carbonated beer. Then comes Black in the new Wit from Terrapin and New Belgium who in my opinion are two very different brewers with completely different brew styles as neither brewer makes any beer that would ever remind you of the other. New Belgium usually brews a lot of great beers but they seem to play it safe with most of their beers and seem to keep to a quality standard that they maintain but I would bet they use the same yeast in the majority of their beers, aka house yeast. Well on the Terrapin side they seem to love to blur the line between the what people expect and what they like to brew as you will find the majority of their beers all seem to have a hint or more of rye and I would bet Black is the new Wit has just hint of rye somewhere in there too. I took a gamble as my local supplier had these hidden treasures hidden around a corner where no one seemed to even take notice and I must say I was pleasantly surprised with just how crisp and refreshing this beautiful black witbier was with a nice hint of spice from the rye that almost muted the coriander but the orange still helped keep the citrus notes and then that almost bitter sweet roasted flavor like someone had dropped a tiny bit of dark chocolate into the entire batch to top it off. Shockingly this new Black is the new Wit from Terrapin and New Belgium is kicking it at 8.2% ABV but based on how crisp and smooth this wonderful beer is you’d never even realize it until it was a bit too late. Although I doubt we will ever see this great beer again this definitely would be one that I’d pick up an entire 6 pack from time to time as I went out of my way to swing back and grab a second bomber bottle to ensure I could enjoy a 2nd round before it was too late.

Black is the new Wit

Black is the new Wit from Terrapin and New Belgium

 

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KBS 2015 Kentucky Breakfast Stout by Founders Brewing Company

KBS 2015 Kentucky Breakfast Stout by Founders Brewing Company is such an amazing beer if you can even call it that, that I had to enjoy it like a frosty desert with its amazing bourbon and coffee flavors. The bourbon and coffee are very smooth even with all of the flavors of the smooth oak aged bourbon hitting you at once with such a high ABV of 11.2% yet finishing with a rich dark bourbon taste with hints of vanilla, brown sugar and raisin on top of a rich chocolate blend and still finishing with that bourbon coffee finish. Warning this is strong and you if you love stouts, chocolate and some of the best bourbon you’ve ever tasted this is the beer for you. Sadly this is a rare white rabbit but it is truly worth the hunt and and can be caught as Founders has increased their output of this beautiful beer from the original 24 bourbon barrels back in early 2000 to around 4,700 bourbon barrels for their 2015 release. Keep in mind Founders KBS, Kentucky Breakfast Stout has been aged just over 12 months in a bourbon barrel so just imagine having the best Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout you could humanly imagine and then dropping a shot of the absolute best Kentucky Bourbon into the mix and that will bring you one step closer to imagining this amazing beer or desert based on how you look at it or should we say, enjoy it. If you find a friend willing to share a Founders KBS 2015 Kentucky Breakfast Stout, thank them and then ask for a ride home as this 12 ounce bottle has some serious kick.

Founders KBS

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout 2015

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Sixpoint Jammer Gose Review

Wow another Sixpoint skinny 12 ounce can but this one is a bit of a change compared to any beers currently available from any brewers that I am even aware of. This is based on a very old style that vanished for a while before being revived called a Gose. Sixpoint’s Jammer Gose is based on a style created 100’s of years ago along the Gosse River in Germany and brought to us here in the U.S.A. back in 2011 when Sixpoint met and worked with a German Brewmaster that helped to bring this style back. Just imagine a quality lager with a hint of coriander and the smell of a beach breeze. With the first sip you think you are sitting back at your local beach on a warm Summer day with light salt bite at the front and a mild nip of salt at the end too. My only negative is that once you finish this great quality craft beer the glass has that funky old lager smell that no one really wants to smell so a quick fix is to simply pour another fresh cool glass and relax. If anyone cares about the details this wonderful brew is actually one of the lighter ones for Sixpoint pouring a very light gold almost transparent color at on 4.2 ABV and kicking a very low IBU of 16 which appears to be perfect with that hint of the old salty tang that has a more tart aspect compared to the ever so mild sour notes.

Sixpoint Jammer Gose

Sixpoint Jammer Gose

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Sixpoint’s Resin Review

The name of the beer says a lot, Resin but it really doesn’t tell the whole story but you must admire the simplicity of the name as it really is the majority of the flavors that hit you from beginning to end of every enjoyable sip. Sixpoint makes some great beers but Sixpoint’s Resin has been one of their best known IPAs which most people consider a double IPA or even an imperial IPA. This skinny looking can packs 12 ounces of pure hoppiness clocking in at 103 IBU at 9.1 ABV. Transparent dark golden color with a ton of resin from start to finish with a nice malty flavor with hits of sweet toffee flavors packing tropical fruit flavors with a very strong resin flavor and some subtle pine in the finish. Don’t let the small can fool you this little can contains amazing beer to finish with a great meal or simply to enjoy with friends at home or your favorite hangout. Sixpoint’s Resin should be one of your top 100 must try beers of all time.

Resin Beer

Sixpoint – Resin

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Abita Spring IPA Review

For anyone who’s never had an Abita brew they are about 30 miles north of New Orleans and it is almost impossible not to find Abita’s great brews at just about every beer serving establishment within and around New Orleans. I tried their Abita Amber and Purple Haze back before I knew much about beer but I was amazed at how smooth and how great beer could really be. Now days I am tempted to try just about anything and with that said when I saw Abita’s Spring IPA earlier this year I snagged a 6 pack and have snagged a few more sense the first 6 pack as this stuff is great for a nice session-able 6.25 ABV West Coast Style IPA with a great  citrus with a lot of grapefruit flavors, pine and resin from the Centennial and Amarillo hops with a strong bitter kick from the 65 IBUs. This beer pours a beautiful copper color with a mild haze and a lovely white foam head and great head retention. The only negative I think I could say would be that this beer is easily addictive and with a 6.25 ABV it may creep up on you a bit faster then expected. Currently this great beer is priced conservatively and is available at my favorite grocer which makes it even more attractive.

Abita Spring IPA

Abita Spring IPA

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