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Old 05-18-2017, 11:27 PM   #6151
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

Went to Jack's Abby with some coworkers after work today. Prob the best brewery spot in Mass in terms of the space. Great food, lots of room, lots of great beers on tap. Their Saxony Lager hit the spot today (it was mid 90s today).

Jack's Abby also has a new spin-off brewery called Springdale... experimental ale program. Their beer names are lol dumb but had a great DIPA called Clerical Error that wasn't too high abv (7.7%), had Nelson and Mosaic. Real nice. My buddy had another ipa from them. I had a sip of it, it was outstanding.

Checked out the springdale space right next door when we left. Younger hipper crowd, pinball machines and skeeball, trivia was gong on. Picked up some cans. Had their wit called Pearly just now. Great beer.

Another awesome brewery making standing in lines seem pointless.
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Old 05-18-2017, 11:55 PM   #6152
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Trying another of their IPAs, But I Digress. Amarillo, Simcoe, Citra. Very, very good. But maltier than the trend these days, maybe some Caramel malts, but the hop profile is great. Grassy, earthy, bit weedy, and citrus.

Really well done.
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:03 AM   #6153
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Kc, agreed I was very impressed with that beer, have been thinking of driving back out and grabbling more

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Went to Jack's Abbey today and the best beer I had was Clerical Error, a DIPA from Springdale brewery which I guess is some offshoot from JA. Really good beer, bought some home to confirm and it's pretty elite imo. Pretty soft and juicy with a small amount of bitterness. Doesn't seem like this is distributed at all but it's worth seeking out if anyone goes out there, I think it's better than any JA hoppy beer except maybe Kiwi Rising. Also had Amirite?! which was pretty decent but not great.
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Old 05-19-2017, 06:56 PM   #6154
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

I think I'm stocked up for the next day or two. Terrible photography but I'm looking forward to some of these. Let me know if anyone wants a TR for anything.

Pales and IPAs



Verdant - Light Bulb
Verdant - Headband
Verdant - I Played Trumpet on that Tune
Magic Rock - Cannonball
Cloudwater - NW DIPA Citra
Magic Rock - Half Cut (collaboration with Other Half Brewing)
Magic Rock - Grower Owned (collaboration with Yakima Chief - Hop Union)
Cloudwater - Equanot IPA
Burning Sky - Gaston
Omnipollo - Arzachel
Alpine - Windows Up
Dugges - Pale Ale Pale Ale Pale Ale (collaboration with Cloudwater)
Lervig - Supersonic
Northern Monk - Patrons Projects 4.02 Pineapple and Grapefruit Juice IPA
Odyssey - The Cult


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Buxton - Trolltunga Gooseberry Sour (collaboration with Lervig)
Elusive - Bright Future (collaboration with Hop Burns & Black)
Wild Beer Co - Wild Goose Chase
London Fields Brewery - Love Not War
De La Senne - Jambe de Bois Tripel
Tempest - Mexicake
Alesmith - Speedway
Beavertown (Tempus Project) - Calvados & white wine barrel aged Appelation (bramley apple saison)
Cloudwater - Ardbeg barrel aged imperial stout
Marble - Lost Your Marbles (pinot noir & forest fruits barrel aged imperial stout)
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:12 PM   #6155
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Kc, agreed I was very impressed with that beer, have been thinking of driving back out and grabbling more
they didn't have any cans left I think. Seems like they're doing pretty well.

Drinking their "Good 'n You?" IPA now watching the Cs get waxed. This is fine but nothing special.

For those near a Yankees Spirits, you can reserve a 4-pack of Night Shift's Dynasty (imperial stout) via their newsletter.
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:23 PM   #6156
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

Thunder,

Very curious about the ardbeg BA stout.

And the pineapple and grapefruit juice ipa.

And lost your marbles.
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Old 05-21-2017, 08:29 AM   #6157
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thunder,

of what I've had of those, the highlights are Mexicake and Trolltunga. Arzache really disappointed me for an Omnipollo, and Light Bulb and Headband are far from some of the better Verdants unfortunately. Hell of a haul though, there must be going on £100 in the stout/sours alone!
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Old 05-21-2017, 10:20 AM   #6158
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

this is a local beer but anyone in the minnepolis area can find it pretty easily. i had a can last night and while it's a bit strange i could see myself slamming these on a hot day on the golf course or at the lake. it's a beer that's supposed to mimic a gin and tonic:

Crazy Aunt is an ale brewed with juniper, coriander, lime juice, and tonic water. We’ve pushed the limits with this beer and brewed it to taste just like a gin & tonic

i definitely got the tonic and lime but it was a little light on gin notes, i'm wondering if it would have been better with a more hop forward (something herbal and piney) base beer to stand up to the extra ingredients, definitely worth a try though if you see it

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Old 05-21-2017, 05:26 PM   #6159
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

Finally pulled the trigger on some M-43 by Old Nation. MI brewery and this is the first beer I've heard about from them and it's all been rave reviews. It's a NE style IPA and damn, it's unlike anything I've ever had and it's delicious. $14.99 for four 16 oz cans.
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Old 05-21-2017, 06:32 PM   #6160
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Can fans,

Some new cans I haven't seen before (though I think someone posted the biscotti break here):

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Old 05-22-2017, 09:56 AM   #6161
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brewing beer to taste like gin and tonic sounds like a fun idea, but begs the question of...why not just can a gin and tonic.
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Old 05-22-2017, 11:12 AM   #6162
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El d is the target? Surprised Alesmith cans cost the same there as they do here.

Really don't know why they put huge stouts in huge cans, but the pricing on the evil twin stouts is at least amazing. Alesmith the price hasn't really shifted and you're still stuck with a lot of a 10+% beer.
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Old 05-22-2017, 03:21 PM   #6163
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have had a few OK beers from them. I'll keep an eye out.

Had a Skreeeech! from 18th street last night that was really good. DDH IIPA that was hazy, but not true NE style. maybe a bit on the sweet side.

also scored a bottle of 17 Dark Lord yesterday, so excited to try that.


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Old 05-23-2017, 05:44 AM   #6164
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

Some news: The Bruery announced they sold a majority stake to an east coast private equity firm. They were like "this will help us expand and grow and blah blah" but there's a lot of speculation in the BA thread that they're just a middleman to eventually sell to InBev or another giant for a profit down the line.

Random question: I'm in Stockholm for a few days, any cool beer stuff here? Just came from Amsterdam where there was a great beer bar with a solid selection around the corner, and we visited Brouwerij 't Ij (probably spelled wrong) which had some good stuff, both American and Belgian styles.
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Old 05-23-2017, 07:53 AM   #6165
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Random question: I'm in Stockholm for a few days, any cool beer stuff here? Just came from Amsterdam where there was a great beer bar with a solid selection around the corner, and we visited Brouwerij 't Ij (probably spelled wrong) which had some good stuff, both American and Belgian styles.
Two places you should definitely visit:

Akkurat. They have an amazing selection of vintage bottles and a lot of great stuff on tap as well (always at least one Cantillon). Their selection covers pretty much everything but they specialize in lambics. The pub itself has a British feel to it.

Omnipollo's hatt. Has a steady rotation of great stuff on tap, meaning I haven't tried a lot of what's currently on. Noa Pecan Mudcake is a great staple stout of theirs and Stigberget's IPAs are are always worth checking out. The place itself is small and will usually get crowded in the afternoon.

They're both located in Södermalm (southern district), as well as the majority of good Stockholm beer bars. So take the subway to Slussen and explore from there.

Edit: I'd also recommend Pressklubben (located close to the central station) and Mikkeller Bar.
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Old 05-23-2017, 10:32 AM   #6166
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Yeah, never been but Akkurat seems like the obvious answer based on everything I've read. I don't think I ever want to know how much I might spend there.

On a related point, when KBS came out this year, I was all, "I'm not going to try to chase the 12 oz bottles, and no way I'd buy a 750 for $20 or whatever". And I did not end up buying any 12 oz bottles (because I didn't see any). But I was at Penn State last week and happened to stop by a bottle shop that had the 750ml bottles for $23. Did I buy one? Of course I did.
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Old 05-23-2017, 04:21 PM   #6167
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there are still random 4 packs on shelves in Indy, which has not been the case in past years. $24/4pack is good value imo.
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Old 05-23-2017, 07:45 PM   #6168
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Thunder,

Very curious about the ardbeg BA stout.

And the pineapple and grapefruit juice ipa.

And lost your marbles.
Yeah, me too. Couldn't resist something that combined an Islay distillery with Cloudwater. Chances are that I'll reach the juice IPA pretty quickly and the other two not so fast, but who knows.

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thunder,

of what I've had of those, the highlights are Mexicake and Trolltunga. Arzache really disappointed me for an Omnipollo, and Light Bulb and Headband are far from some of the better Verdants unfortunately. Hell of a haul though, there must be going on £100 in the stout/sours alone!
I really thought I'd love Trolltunga but it didn't quite do it for me. Very sharp/lime and not so much gooseberry, but I'm going to get another one and see if it was a bad bottle. As for Verdant I had a Roy I Want A Hilux recently and liked it a lot, so figured I'd give the rest of the brewery a shot. I've heard v good things about Mexicake. Also, if you've not tried Cloudwater's Equanot IPA then do so. It's not one of their showstealing big hitters (like the DIPA v series or the NW DIPA Citra) but I've had several cans now and I think it's a pretty great go-to IPA. Equanot/Equinox makes a nice change from Citra etc imo.
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Old 05-24-2017, 10:49 AM   #6169
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Two places you should definitely visit:

Akkurat. They have an amazing selection of vintage bottles and a lot of great stuff on tap as well (always at least one Cantillon). Their selection covers pretty much everything but they specialize in lambics. The pub itself has a British feel to it.

Omnipollo's hatt. Has a steady rotation of great stuff on tap, meaning I haven't tried a lot of what's currently on. Noa Pecan Mudcake is a great staple stout of theirs and Stigberget's IPAs are are always worth checking out. The place itself is small and will usually get crowded in the afternoon.

They're both located in Södermalm (southern district), as well as the majority of good Stockholm beer bars. So take the subway to Slussen and explore from there.

Edit: I'd also recommend Pressklubben (located close to the central station) and Mikkeller Bar.
Thanks for the tips! We were walking around Södermalm this afternoon so we just stopped by Omnipollos briefly (Akkurat too but it was closed for a couple hours) and tried the rum BA imperial stout w marshmallows - tasted quite boozy for 11% but had a nice flavor to it. We'll probably head back to one or both later after eating.
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also, was planning on going up to Portland next Weds due to needing to be in NH that day anyway, and Bissel Bros is doing some remodeling and won't have any cans. LAME.
Doing my bachelor weekend in Portland. Have had all the beers from up there but never been. Report back after your trip.
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Old 05-24-2017, 01:49 PM   #6171
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there are still random 4 packs on shelves in Indy, which has not been the case in past years. $24/4pack is good value imo.


FYI - Indiana City Brewery's 4th Anniversary is this Saturday. Releasing a couple BBA Stouts and a new NEIPA.


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Saw that. No chance they are getting me to pay $23/4 pack for their NE style IPA when there last one was a complete joke. I may grab the BA stout if it gets good reviews.
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Saw that. No chance they are getting me to pay $23/4 pack for their NE style IPA when there last one was a complete joke. I may grab the BA stout if it gets good reviews.


I didn't have the last one. No good eh? That's disappointing. Hopefully #2 turns out better.


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yeah, it was called Boom Juice. I took a flier at $20/4pack since it said it was "NE Style", "unfiltered", DDH, etc. It wasn't hazy at all, not juicy, in fact pretty bitter. still probably have 1 or 2 in the back of my fridge.

Did you have Fruity Nuggets from 450 North recently? That was fantastic. It wasn't NE style, but was DDH citra/mosaic/el dorado. Just a super crushable IPA.
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yeah, it was called Boom Juice. I took a flier at $20/4pack since it said it was "NE Style", "unfiltered", DDH, etc. It wasn't hazy at all, not juicy, in fact pretty bitter. still probably have 1 or 2 in the back of my fridge.



Did you have Fruity Nuggets from 450 North recently? That was fantastic. It wasn't NE style, but was DDH citra/mosaic/el dorado. Just a super crushable IPA.


This one is called Boom Juice #2 so my expectations are low.... I haven't had a thing from 450 North. I'll be sure to pick some up next time I go to the liquor store.


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