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Old 11-14-2009, 10:16 AM   #1726
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ChicagoRy graced me with another shipment of beer that I can't get out in my part of the country. I'll be doing full write ups on each of them in here as I go through them. Up first is the Founder's Centennial IPA. You'll have to get prices from him, but it's an unfiltered IPA, and 7.2% ABV.



The beer isn't as cloudy as I might have expected from an unfiltered beer, but neither is it as clear as a lager. It's got a pretty good persistent head on it.


The aroma of the beer is all floral hops, just my style. The flavor has more to it than that. The hop flavor also has a hint of grassiness and pine, and the hops don't overpower the malt, either. You get a malty, yeasty flavor through the hops that really make the beer. The finish is all hops, though. I wish I had a bottle of the Lagunitas IPA to try side-by-side with this, or better yet, blind, but if the price is right, this beer is a real winner amongst standard IPAs.
This is one damn good IPA isn't it? I have yet to be disappointed with a Founder's beer.

Mini review: Their Breakfast Stout (4-pack, little child on the front) is VERY well done. It's got a lot of coffee/chocolate/roasted malt flavor, and it's slowwwwww drinking, as it's thick, heavy, and like 8% if my memory serves. A real winner though if you like big, complex stouts.

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I had Surly Darkness last night for the first time. They had it on tap at the Triple Rock. It was delicious.

They also have free bacon at the Triple Rock on Wed. nights. I had some of that as well.
I don't mean to slob the knob of Surly once again, but the Darkness is other-worldly this year. REALLY flavorful. I love the light cherry notes in the beginning, gives that RIS a great balance, not all hops.

I've been wanting to hit up the Triple Rock for quite some time. Perhaps you, and some friends would want to grab a weeknight beer SL? I'll shoot you a PM.

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Drinking Avery's Maharaja Imperial IPA right now.

I have really been digging this beer atm.

Also bought a bottle of Goose Island '09 Bourbon County Stout I had at a Strong Ale Fest last weekend to put away for a couple years. Good stuff.

Also: Good luck with your brewing loosbastard.
Yeah, the Maharaja is superb.
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Old 11-14-2009, 11:12 AM   #1727
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Definitely second the Founder's Breakfast Stout. I'm not a huge big stout guy, but that's easily one of the best I've had. Also the only beer I've had from them, and I'm going to be back in the distribution area in December, so I'd love more recommendations to check out.
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Old 11-14-2009, 04:06 PM   #1728
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Definitely second the Founder's Breakfast Stout. I'm not a huge big stout guy, but that's easily one of the best I've had. Also the only beer I've had from them, and I'm going to be back in the distribution area in December, so I'd love more recommendations to check out.
Three Floyd's Alpha Klaus, it's released sometime before Christmas iirc, it's a delicious Porter.

If you like bitter stouts, their Black Sun Stout is also quite good.

Dark Horse has 5 Stouts they make in the winter, I've always enjoyed all of them (some of them are reviewed in this thread, I sent Wookie the Blueberry one iirc).

Lunar Brewery in Villa Park (near Chicago west suburb) had a really good stout too, but I can't recall the name. They don't bottle, so you'd have to pick up a growler if you were in the area.

Rock Bottom Downtown Chicago will likely have a good porter/stout on tap during the holidays as well.

I'd check out some of the smaller Indiana Breweries as well, and of course Bell's (if you can't get that by you), they have some really good stouts all the time.
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Old 11-18-2009, 09:12 PM   #1729
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Tonight's review is the Mountain High IPA from Mt. Shasta brewing, "Mountain high" punning off the brewery being from Weed, CA. According to Ry who shipped this to me, it's around $11 for a sixer of 7% ABV beer.



It pours a classic, just slightly cloudy god with a mild head. It does lace my glass some, though.



The aroma is a caramel malt with a light citrusy hopping. Huh. The flavor doesn't exactly come through. It's very forward with a dry bitterness from the hops, but that bitterness isn't really accompanied by much of the classic hops aromatics. That bitterness kinda overpowers the malt, too, so I don't get as much as what I smelled. Yeah, it a world with a lot of good IPAs for less money, I don't think I'd get this one again. and a half
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Old 11-18-2009, 11:23 PM   #1730
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They just don't make em out there like they do in the midwest

(kidding Cali/Portland people, I long for your beer!)
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Old 11-19-2009, 07:00 AM   #1731
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Had Ska Brewing Co.'s Modus Hoperandi. This is a good and fairly unique IPA that comes in at about 100 IBUs or so. Nice pale orange/amber color. Very pungent hop aroma with a strong presence of pine in the smell. Tastewise the pine is definitely there, very little malt presence (though it is there). Very interesting flavor all in all. Had it out of a can (cool looking can also). Would definitely drink again.
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:26 AM   #1732
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<3 micros that have the balls to can their beers. It's too bad there's still a somewhat negative image associated w/ them.
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Old 11-19-2009, 12:57 PM   #1733
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<3 micros that have the balls to can their beers. It's too bad there's still a somewhat negative image associated w/ them.
I agree.

Canning is:
less expensive
better for the beer
16 oz!!!
cool looking
environmentally friendly
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Old 11-19-2009, 02:46 PM   #1734
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Anybody else from Portland or PNW get to the Hair of the Dog dock sale this past weekend? I managed to blow a shade under 200 bucks that I don't have on lots of yummy goodies. Came away with:

-Magnum of Fred from the Wood
-10 12oz bottles of Fred from the Wood
-6 12oz bottles of 2009 Doggie Claws
-2 12oz Cherry Adam from the Wood
-2 12oz Michael (new Flanders)
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Old 11-19-2009, 04:05 PM   #1735
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I agree.

Canning is:
less expensive
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16 oz!!!
cool looking
environmentally friendly
And in my part of Texas we aren't allowed to bring glass into a lot of state parks, rivers, and what not....so having decent can options is muy bueno.
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Old 11-19-2009, 05:57 PM   #1736
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wish i knew this thread before sooooo mutch sweet beer reviews, awsome
i bet maybe someone has mentioned this but if not heres a awsome beer documentary

:http://www.watch-movies-online.tv/movies/beer_wars/

dont care off the 6.8/10 rating if you like beer is a h..off an interresting movie.
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Old 11-19-2009, 06:15 PM   #1737
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Anybody else from Portland or PNW get to the Hair of the Dog dock sale this past weekend? I managed to blow a shade under 200 bucks that I don't have on lots of yummy goodies. Came away with:

-Magnum of Fred from the Wood
-10 12oz bottles of Fred from the Wood
-6 12oz bottles of 2009 Doggie Claws
-2 12oz Cherry Adam from the Wood
-2 12oz Michael (new Flanders)
Man, when I was there we thought they had a brewpub, so we drive into this industrial section on the east side of the river, south of the main part of the city and it's just this warehouse that is closed. I saw some empty cloth bags of hops next to the garbage though
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Old 11-19-2009, 07:47 PM   #1738
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wrt canning, I totally agree it's the best package for package beer. But saying it's less expensive is a bit misleading. Over time it's less expensive, but it's significantly more expensive up front. It's hard for someone stepping out and starting a packaging brewery to say, "Well, IF we survive for x years, then our packaging costs will be lower." Brewery start ups are very capital intensive, and often there's just not room in the capital budget for a canning line that will be cheaper in the long haul over a bottler that will be cheap right now. Part of that cost matrix is also the fact that there are so few canning lines, so used ones are more scarce, parts aren't as readily available, there's less experience and a smaller knowledge base no running them effectively. I've also heard, though I haven't confirmed, that you essentially have to buy a whole 53' truck worth of cans at a time. That's a ton of storage space, especially for someone just starting up who has no real idea how long it will take to go through that many cans.

My brewery considered starting out with 16oz cans but went with 12oz bottles instead. In addition to the cost factors, there's the public stigma against cans. And for that size specifically there's a few hurdles: do you do a 4pack or a 6? If you go with 6, will the high price point turn people off? If you do 4, will people look at the 4pack, the similar price point, and instead of trying to figure out a 6/12oz equivalent, just shrug and pick up the sixer? Will most retail stores have a shelf size that adequately fits a 16oz can? And so on and so on.
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Old 11-20-2009, 01:39 AM   #1739
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^ true, I was implying that recyclable aluminum is likely cheaper than glass. I don't know for sure but I believe canning lines are very costly.

Not to mention the stigma. There are times when I'd rather have 6-12 ouncers, than 4-16 ouncers. I don't think I've ever said to myself, "man, I wish there were 4 more ounces in this bottle..." If I'm thirsty for more, I open another bottle, and love knowing that I still have four left. After two 16 ouncers, I'm like, "****, I only have two cans left." Which sucks because I rarely have just one beer, it's at least two if they're just 12 oz.

I think tall boy cans look better than bottles for presentation, and there's just something about them I like. However, 6 12 ounce bottles > 4 16 ounce cans
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:16 AM   #1740
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I agree.

Canning is:
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16 oz!!!
cool looking
environmentally friendly
Well this particular one came in a 12 oz can, not a pounder.

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^ damn, that's cool!
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:37 AM   #1742
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Boston peeps have a new option as of last night, Lord Hobo

many Belgians, and they must have a sweet hookup to get Cantillons on tap. usually v v hard to find. they have sick beer lists

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cantillon gueuze
cantillon rose
cantillon cuvee de champion
cantillon lou pepe frambroise
cantillon fou foune
cantillon iris
de ranke xx bitter
de ranke guldenberg
de ranke noir
brasserie de la senne taras bulba
brasserie de la senne equinox
brasserie de la senne zinnebir
bluebird bitter
spezial rauchbier
mahrs u
mahrs pils
monchshof swarzbier
schlenkerla helles
schlenkerla marzen
mayflower golden
pretty things jack d'or
eku pils
quintine blond
hercule stout
monchshof kellerbier
greenflash west coast ipa
greenflash hophead red
stone russian imperial stout
stone old guardian
dfh midas touch
breakfast stout
victory lager
port wipeout
port high tide
cambridge black out
cambridge single
racer 5

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mikkeller black stout (denmark) 16.9 oz.
mikkeller beer geek breakfast (denmark) 16.9 oz. 7.5%
mikkeller all others pale (denmark) 16.9 oz. 6%
jolly pumpkin bam noire (michigan) 25.4 oz. 4.3%
beersel lager (belgium) 12 oz. 6%
bink blond (belgium) 25.4 oz. 5.5%
bink bruin (belgium) 11.2 oz. 5.5%
bink triple (belgium) 25.4 oz. 9%
drie fontienen doesjel old lambic on oak 12.7 oz. 6%
achel extra (belgium) 25.4 oz. 9.5%
achel blonde (belgium) 12 oz. 8%
achel bruine (belgium) 12 oz. 8%
northbridge extreme
brasserie de la senne zinnebir (belgium) 25.4 oz. 6%
brasserie de la senne stouterik (belgium) 12 oz. 4.5%
brasserie de la senne taras boulba (belgium) 12 oz. 4.5%
de ranke cuvee (belgium) 25.4 oz. 7%
de ranke guldenberg (belgium) 25.4 oz. 8.5%
de ranke noir de dottignies (belgium) 25.4 oz. 9%
de ranke kriek (belgium) 25.4 oz. 7%
cantillon gueuze (belgium) 12.7 oz. 5%
cantillon iris (belgium) 12.7 oz. 5%
cantillon cuvee de champions (belgium) 25.4 oz. 5%
cantillon lou pepe geueze (belgium) 25.4 oz. 5%
ridgeway bitter (england) 16.9 oz. 4%
ridgeway ipa (england) 16.9 oz. 5.5%
ridgeway blue (england) 16.9 oz. 5%
the bruery papier (cali) 25.4 oz. 14.5%
olfabrikken porter (denmark) 16.9 oz. 7.5%
struisse mikkeller double ipa (denmark) 12 oz. 9%
fantome pissenlit saison 25.4 oz. 8%
dieu du ciel rigormortis (canada) 12 oz. 10.5%
haandbryggeriet norwegian wood (norway) 16.9 oz. 6.5%
oppigards well-hopped lager (sweden) 16.9 oz. 5.3%
struisse 2007 pannepot (belgium) 11.2 oz 10%
nogne imperial stout (norway) 16.9% 9%
jandrain saison IV (belgium) 25.4 oz. 6.5%
haandbryggeriet odin's triple (norway) 16.9 oz. 11%
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:44 AM   #1743
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there are so few canning lines, so used ones are more scarce,
Talking to the owner's at Southern Star, this seems to be very true. They actually started canning just 2 at a time, and they've just now been able to find a used canning line that fits their needs. I can't remember how much capacity, but it has to be a lot better than 2 at a time.

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Yeah and this is the biggie IMO. The good thing is it seems more and more breweries are canning good beer like Oskar Blue's, Ska, Steamworks (meh), Southern Star, and of course a lot of the UK beers like Guinness, Murphy's, Belhaven, etc. If only someone like Sam Adam's would make the switch, you might see a change in perception since it seems like they are kinda the face of craft brewing to your average beer drinker.
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Man, when I was there we thought they had a brewpub, so we drive into this industrial section on the east side of the river, south of the main part of the city and it's just this warehouse that is closed. I saw some empty cloth bags of hops next to the garbage though
Heh, yeah, it's kind of a crappy place for a brewery. If you're back anytime he is planning on opening up a brewpub within a few months, starting with just beer and eventually moving to food & beer.

Also if you give them a call ahead of time they will almost always try to be there to give a tour/samples etc.
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Old 11-20-2009, 06:31 PM   #1745
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Haven't seen anyone mention it here, but I'm recently digging the Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada.
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Old 11-20-2009, 06:58 PM   #1746
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wish i knew this thread before sooooo mutch sweet beer reviews, awsome
i bet maybe someone has mentioned this but if not heres a awsome beer documentary

:http://www.watch-movies-online.tv/movies/beer_wars/

dont care off the 6.8/10 rating if you like beer is a h..off an interresting movie.
Thanks for the link. Just started watching.
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Do I get extra points for spotting Phil Gordon in that Beer Wars film..?
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Haven't seen anyone mention it here, but I'm recently digging the Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada.
That's a big IPA. I think it's considered a double, not sure though. Good stuff though, and It's like $7 for a sixer here.
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If only someone like Sam Adam's would make the switch, you might see a change in perception since it seems like they are kinda the face of craft brewing to your average beer drinker.
New Belgium putting Fat Tire in in cans is the closest to it I've seen. And I'm always tempted to buy that twelver of FT cans even though why would I want to drink Fat Tire when there are so many other, untried beers out there?!

Tried the Victory Yakima Twilight tonight, and it was good. Interesting. 8.7% ABV, kind of tasted like a big India Brown Ale. Dark amber, pretty light tan head of good size. Nice malt upfront with a touch more sweetness than maltiness, with plenty of hop bracing and bitterness, especially on the end. I couldn't tell from the packaging whether it was actually a wet hop/harvest beer or not. Overall, it was ok, definitely well-made, but it didn't blow me away. This one just showed up in town earlier this week along with their barleywine, Old Horizontal. Can't wait to try that one as I've liked just about everything they make.
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:14 PM   #1750
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Here drinking my last Bell's Two Hearted, sad, trying to play some blues likcs in the Pentatonic Scale (I suck at guitar), thinking that this has to be my go to beer. Honestly, one of the best IPAs around imo.
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