Thursday, July 24, 2014

Modern Times Oneida - Gus #56

Today's brew is a new release from Modern Times Beer out of California.  This is their Oneida.  An American Pale Ale that is hopped with some interesting hops that they say brings out a balanced drinkable pale ale that has a fruity hop presence.  I'm looking forward to this!



About the Beer:
Style:  Pale Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  5.2%
IBUs:  50

Oneida

American Pale Ale

"Oneida is Hallertau Blanc-centric.  The bright tropical fruit and lemongrass notes give it an uber-pungent aroma, with the grapefuity citrus of Cascade providing a touch of balance.  We've also added experimental hop variety 05256 to the mix, adding nice hop complexity while keeping it a drinkable pale ale.  While more aggressively bitter than Fortunate Islands, Oneida still has a light body and moderate ABV.  We're considering making Oneida our spring seasonal, but that's all kind of up in the air."

The also have a link to the homebrew recipe on their website.

Poured from the bottle into a Brew Dog Punk glass.



Appearance:  Brew poured a golden-hued amber that had a bit of chill haze but as it warmed it became really clear.  A two finger white head on a semi-aggressive pour that hung around a while after shrinking to about a finger.  Rocky head filled with tiny bubbles that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.  Very refreshing looking Pale Ale.


Aroma:  First sniff gives you a blast of fruity hops.  Tropical fruits and a bit of grapefruit as well.  Not really any dankness or super resin but I didn't expect it from the description.  Sweet malt almost like a hint of honey comes through too.  Really a good bit of a mango and almost fruit punch mixed with some grassy and floral notes.  Smells really great.

Taste:  More of the grapefruit comes in on the palate.  The tropical fruit notes are there as well.  Some sort of berry really comes out.  Hint of mango and the grassy flavors come through ever so slightly.  Sweetness hits mid-palate and then the medium carbonation comes through to wash it all back and leave a slight bitterness on the tongue for an aftertaste.  It's very refreshing and easy to drink.


Verdict:  This is another great brew from Modern Times.  I like that it's easy to drink and has just enough flavors in it.  It's not blow me away amazing but this is a drinkable pale ale that I think they were going for.  I'd drink this every time they released it if they do end up making it a seasonal release.  A good above average beer I'll give a B rating.  This would be a great food beer with something like pizza or a burger with some spicy jalapenos on it.

Thanks again for checking out the review.  

Until next time... Cheers,

Gus

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Spiteful Pirate Pigeon Peanut Butter Porter - Gus #55

Today I'm checking out another brew from Spiteful Brewing.  This time it's their Pirate Pigeon Peanut Butter Porter.




About the Beer:
Style:  Porter
Alcohol by Volume:  8.2%
IBUs:  N/A

Spiteful Brewing Presents:

God Damn Pirate Pigeon Peanut Butter Porter

"Don't fight it, Spite It!  On two wooden peg legs Pirate Pigeon click-clacks through the gutters of the loop.  In his rucksack: a jar of peanut butter and a treasure map.  'X' marks the spot.  If he only knew how to read.  He takes his perch upon the Tribune Tower, beside the gargoyles.  He flutters off, headed north this time, towards the brewery.  Take cover, he's armed with peanut butter bombs.  He might be after more than just our tanks!"

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.


Appearance:  Poured super dark brown, almost black, with a big 2 and a half finger head.  Small bubbles with some big soapy looking ones mixed in.  The head calmed down to a thin half finger head and as towards the end of the glass it became a patchy island.  Lacing stuck on the glass in patches as well as I drank.  Tiny bit of light comes through on the edges and small traces of the brew stuck to the glass as I swirled it.


Aroma:  First thing I got was the peanut butter.  A sweet peanut butter aroma with hints of dark roasted malt and some bitter chocolate.  Not much of a hop aroma but I wouldn't expect it in this type of brew.  It smells quite amazing actually.  The warmer it got the more pronounced the peanut butter was.  Liquid Bliss smelled of big peanut butter as well but that was all it had.  It didn't have the chocolate and roast undertones as present as this one does.


Taste:  Holy crap.  Peanut butter covered dark chocolate.  Really nice sweetness that covers your palate and gives way to a bit of dark chocolate bitterness that drys out the palate.  So easy to drink.  Medium mouthfeel that may border medium-full.  Peanuts, hints of coffee and a mix of dark and milk chocolate too.  Carbonation is perfect for clearing your mouth and letting you go back for another drink.

Verdict:  I think this is the best peanut butter beer I've had yet.  It's a perfect dessert beer.  I think it's blended perfectly to showcase the porter and the peanut butter balance and smooth.   So glad I was able to try this one.  I'm going to give it an easy A.  Thanks to Rob for sending me another great one!

Cheers and thanks for reading,

Gus

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