Monthly Archives: June 2015
Passion Fruit Hard Cider from Rekorderlig brewing may not be a beer but sometimes you simply need a break by trying something slightly off the beaten path. The first time I poured this cider I swore it looked like water and as advertised it is made with the purest Swedish spring water and at only 4% ABV I think it is mainly water with just the right amount of passion fruit juice to make one of the most amazing non-apple ciders I’ve ever enjoyed. Not everyone is a big fan of passion fruit juice as it is a lot like crossing a plum with a citrus fruit similar to an orange but I find the flavor of passion fruit to be amazing and as a cider it was simply over the top. This cider maybe close to 90% water in my opinion but it is still an amazing cider especially if you’re a fan of hard ciders and passion fruit juice. One thing you will find about Rekorderlig with many of their flavors they really don’t seem to know what the competition is doing or seem to care as the majority are ciders you would never think of but they make everyone of them with the best ingredients available making the flavors amazing.
Aprihop American IPA by Dogfish Head is an India Pale Ale brewed with real apricots weighting in at 7% ABV and a medium bodied crystal malts blended with pilsner malts. This deep cooper colored IPA has a major malt backbone for a IPA but the apricot flavors really add to the overall complexity of this flavored IPA. Dogfish head brewery is known for making very radical ale blends that you either really love or simply can’t stand but the true craft beer connoisseur can truly appreciate every ale they produce love it or leave it. Aprihop American IPA by Dogfish Head is at the lower end of IPAs with only 50 IBU but don’t let that fool you as this great IPA packs a lot of flavor and a huge amount of complexity in every sip.
All Day IPA Session Ale by Founders Brewing comes in a 15 pack of cans which is a great value and a novel concept. This sessionable IPA at 4.7% ABV has a deep amber color with a mild to medium carbonation with a ton of hoppy flavors including a major grassy smell and flavor on the initial sip. When you think grass, you really don’t think good but the flavors seem to work really well together to give this mild IPA a lot of hop forward flavors and a nice punch overall. I see this as a little brother of Founder’s Centennial IPA which is an amazing beer with a great malt backbone. Founder’s never fails to impress with major flavors that seem to be perfectly balanced between the malts and the hops. For a great session craft brew at a great price, grab a 15 pack and share with friends.
Hibiscuwit Belgian Wheat by Red Brick Brewing Co is one of the best flavored witbiers I’ve ever enjoyed with only 5% ABV I wish I had bought more for this Summer weekend. This amazing witbier pours a beautiful apricot color with the perfect amount of carbonation for the style with a very smooth fruity and tart taste common to hibiscus brew teas. If you love hibiscus flavored teas and quality ales then I would recommend this beer to you but if you are a hop head and don’t usually drink witbiers then you should probably stick to your bitter beer.
Extremely light in color compared to most Pale Ales and a little high on the carbonation but the biggest impression was all the Cascade hop smell as I went to take a sip, it was as if I had fresh hops floating on top of the brew. Lost Cove American Pale Ale by Highland Brewing Company is a bit different with its lighter body, high carbonation, major hop forward smell and taste but shockingly it is only rated at 20 IBU with the bitter of a smooth 40 IBU Pale Ale. Most pales ales have a bitter more like an IPA but Lost Cove American Pale Ale nailed it for what a pale ale should taste like. This is a great session pale ale at only 4.5% ABV, lighter body from the mild Pilsner malt blend with all the citrus aroma and smooth bittering makes this a pale ale to try this Summer. I personally was impressed as Highland Brewing Company makes some great beers but most have a lot more malt flavor and as I poured the Lost Cove American Pale Ale I became a bit concerned until my nose hit the citrus aromas from the hops and after the first sip all concern changed to a pleasant surprise.