Great Divide Brewing Co Oak Aged Yeti Stout

posted on May 29, 2010 at 10:17 pm by Ken Valley in Beer Reviews,Craft Beer

Great Divide Brewing Co Oak Aged Yeti Stout

Great Divide Brewing Co Oak Aged Yeti Stout

One of the beers I purchased the last time I came East but didn’t have the chance to try until this trip was the Oak Aged Yeti Stout, from the Great Divide Brewing Co in Denver, Colorado.

All I have to say is “Wow!”  It was a nice, thick imperial stout with a ton of flavor and complexity.

Initially, it smells like coffee.  It’s very malty and leaves your mouth with a slight warming sensation because of its strength.  It is very smooth going down, and it leaves your palate flavored like coffee, chocolate, and vanilla.  It was a very complex and deeply flavored beer, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Have you tried the Oak Aged Yeti Stout?  What was your opinion?

Southern Tier Brewing Company Gemini

posted on May 28, 2010 at 11:36 pm by Ken Valley in Beer Reviews,Craft Beer

Southern Tier Brewing Co Gemini

Southern Tier Brewing Co Gemini

I had the chance to try Southern Tier Brewing Company Gemini, based in Lakewood, New York.  It’s a 50/50 blend of their unfiltered Hoppe and Unearthly beers.

As an IPA, I was prepared for an ultra hoppy beer, but it was an excellent blend that was very smooth.  It didn’t have too much bitterness, and was very balanced.

The beer had four different types hops in boil, and five types of dry hops.  This contributes a ton of citrus and floral flavor that balances out with the thick malt flavor.

I have to say, this was a great beer.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone.  Don’t let the IPA label scare you because the hop flavor and aroma was very subdued, but just be prepared for it to be thicker than your regular Pale Ale or other session beer.

Have you had Gemini?  What did you think?

Lagunitas Brewing Wilco Tango Foxtrot

posted on May 28, 2010 at 12:09 am by Ken Valley in Beer Reviews,Craft Beer

Lagunitas Brewing Wilco Tango Foxtrot

Lagunitas Brewing Wilco Tango Foxtrot

I went East (specifically New Jersey), and if there’s one thing I enjoy about going East, it’s trying beers that haven’t made it to Iowa yet.

One of these I had the chance to try is Lagunitas Brewing Company‘s Wilco Tango Foxtrot.  On the label it says “We’re not in the black, we’re not in the red.  Does that mean we’re in the brown?”

It seems to be a stonger brown ale/red ale (it’s listed as 7.83%).  Right off the bat, it smells like coffee and chocolate.  The color is darker than a red, yet lighter than a brown.  It tastes like roasted malt, and has a nice strong malt flavor.  Because of the strength, it leaves a slight alcohol flavor with a little bit of warming.  The hop finish leaves a bit of slight citrus and herbal flavor.  It was a nice beer that would be great in colder times.

Have you tried Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Wilco Tango Foxtrot?  What did you think?

Hop Growing Update

posted on May 27, 2010 at 12:19 am by Ken Valley in Homebrewing

Yesterday I successfully put up my second hop trellis, for the Cascade hop bed and two Hallertau hop beds, bringing the total hop beds to six.  The two Hallertau beds used the “Jumbo” rhizomes from Freshops.

When I previously bought hop rhizomes, I got the standard size, but after seeing the viability of the Jumbo varieties (it looked like a small tree trunk), I would definitely recommend buying the jumbo rhizomes from Freshops.  In both cases, the rhizomes have vines over a foot tall within a few weeks.

As for the other three beds (Golding, Tettenang, and Willamette), I have one Tettenang hop vine that has already reached the top, and is about a foot above the trellis!

Stay tuned for updates, and I’ll see if I can snap a few photos of the setup, too.

Boulevard Brewing Zon

posted on May 25, 2010 at 10:58 pm by Ken Valley in Beer Reviews,Craft Beer

Boulevard Brewing Zon

Boulevard Brewing Zon

I mowed the lawn today, and when I was done, I felt like having a less-traditional “lawn-mower” beer, so I picked up a 6-pack of Boulevard Brewing Zon (pronounced like zone).  It is similar to a Belgian-style wit beer.

It was light and crisp with a lemon citrus flavor.  On the finish, there was a slight tartness, and it was very refreshing.

Although it is different than several of the Belgian wits I’ve had, I did enjoy it.  Have you tried Boulevard Brewing Zon?  What did you think?

Millstream 25th Anniversary Dopplebock

posted on May 24, 2010 at 9:37 am by Ken Valley in Beer Reviews,Craft Beer

Millstream 25th Anniversary Dopplebock

Millstream 25th Anniversary Dopplebock

To finish off American Craft Beer Week 2010, I cracked open my Millstream 25th Anniversary Dopplebock.  This was a limited edition release, and was available at the brewery, or John’s Grocery in Iowa City.

Right off the bat, I noticed it was very smooth.  Because of how smooth it was, it seemed like they had lagered (stored) it for a while.  I had it on the cool side, so there may not have been as much carbonation bite as usual, and the carbonation seemed low.

True to style, it was very malty sweet with very little bitterness and had nice balance.  It seemed lighter in body than many of the other dopplebocks I’ve had, making it very drinkable.  It was a very nice beer, and a great first high gravity beer from Millstream.

Did you get a chance to try the Millstream 25th Anniversary Dopplebock?  What was your experience?

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