Took my first stab at brewing this weekend and also tried out a bunch of new beers. I'll go in chronological order.
Friday night I tried Surly Abrasive Ale
at Stub and Herbs. Very Surly attempt at a double IPA and definitely lives up to its name. As far as doubles go this is like the opposite of Hopslam. Huge piney/hoppy flavors, very bitter. Like with Furious there is definitely some distinctly grapefruit flavor. Still manages to be creamy and not too dry. Great beer, 4.5/5
While there I also tried Great Divide Hercules on tap. I didn't order one though, so no full review, but still loved it.
Saturday a friend and I decided to spend the day brewing a beer for an upcoming party we are having (his wife and I share a birthday so we are having a joint birthday party in about a month).
This was his 2nd attempt and my first ever experience with brewing.
We were just doing a kit that was put together by Midwest Brewing Supplies
and Surly. The kit was called Ferocious and the hops smelled deliciously of Furious.
Before stopping by Midwest we also went to a craft brew store called The Four Firkins
. Cool little store. Literally only sold craft brews, a couple wines, port, hard cider and some expensive sodas. Not a single light beer in the store. I ended up trying 3 new beers, one of which it appears Wookie was drinking at about the same time as me:
Originally Posted by MrWookie
I haven't done a review in a long time. But tonight, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, 13% ABV, and I have no idea how much I paid for it:
It pours jet black with virtually no head.
The wood is immediately apparent in the aroma. Also vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and the alcohol. That alcohol scent is actually a little odd, almost smelling of bourbon, but that's the only negative in the aroma. Damn, this beer is really good. It's not too woody, but it's very rich with more chocolate and caramel and less alcohol than I expected. This isn't too hoppy, but it's not lacking in bold or complex flavors. It might even have a hint of anise. This is an excellent beer. and a half . I'll post pics later.
I didn't get any pictures but it was delicious. The smell of Bourbon was very noticeable but even at 13% it didn't taste
too strong. Really excellent. The fact that I told the guy at the store that I wanted a good stout and he suggested this earns them some more points. Anyway, I'll second Wookie's 4.5
The second beer we had was Victory Hop Wallop
. I don't think I've ever had a beer that tasted as much of fresh hops as this one. Smelling it almost made my eyes water. I'm going to give this 3.75/5
. It was a very good beer but not in the top tier of double IPAs that I've had.
Finally we had a 6-pack of cans from 21st Amendment Brewery.
I'd never heard of this brewery before Saturday. Apparently it is a pretty popular brewpub in San Fransisco that is canned in Cold Springs MN. We had the Brew Free or Die IPA
. Between the brewery name and the name of the beer I knew I had to try it.
Overall it was a very basic IPA. Good, but not exciting. A little bitter, a little sweet, etc. 3/5