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#361 theredtamasrule

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 03:15 PM

Just opened the SA Northern Hemisphere Harvest.

Gotta say I'm a little let down by SA in the two brews I tried this weekend. It's not bad by any stretch but it just doesn't have any flavors that stand out. It's almost too clean; mild aroma, smooth tasting and clean finish...nothing spectacular or outstanding.

Much prefer their Pale Ale.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 04:11 PM

QUOTE (theredtamasrule @ Feb 13 2011, 03:15 PM)
Just opened the SA Northern Hemisphere Harvest.

Gotta say I'm a little let down by SA in the two brews I tried this weekend. It's not bad by any stretch but it just doesn't have any flavors that stand out. It's almost too clean; mild aroma, smooth tasting and clean finish...nothing spectacular or outstanding.

Much prefer their Pale Ale.

I haven't tried this year's batch yet, but the Harvest Ales I've tried on numerous occasions were practically bursting with flavor. Did they have a misstep this year, I wonder.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 04:14 PM

QUOTE (1-0-0-1-0-0-1 @ Feb 13 2011, 04:11 PM)
QUOTE (theredtamasrule @ Feb 13 2011, 03:15 PM)
Just opened the SA Northern Hemisphere Harvest.

Gotta say I'm a little let down by SA in the two brews I tried this weekend. It's not bad by any stretch but it just doesn't have any flavors that stand out. It's almost too clean; mild aroma, smooth tasting and clean finish...nothing spectacular or outstanding.

Much prefer their Pale Ale.

I haven't tried this year's batch yet, but the Harvest Ales I've tried on numerous occasions were practically bursting with flavor. Did they have a misstep this year, I wonder.

Could be. Also...I had a Two-Hearted Ale before so maybe I had palate fatigue because that is damn near my favorite everyday ale.

Usually a big fan of SA brews...their usual stuff: Pale Ale, Porter and Stouts but the Hoptimum and N.H. Harvest are kind of blah.

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 04:09 PM

Made a run to the beer store and made up a six pack of the following (for some serious America IPA taste testing):

Bell's Two Hearted Ale
Stone PA
Stone IPA
Stone Ruination IPA
Dogfish 60 Minute IPA
Dogfish 90 Minute IPA

A six pack of Hopslam!

And upon recommendation from the manager I picked up a lager and a porter from the Okocim Brewery in Poland. She said their porter is the best she's ever had (and who knew Poland produced porters?) and their lager was very nice, crisp and refreshing.

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 04:58 PM

Well I went 0 for 2 last night on the taste testing:

Okocim Porter: tasted more like a stout, a lack of carbonation for my taste and not nearly the mouthfeel I enjoy from a Sam Smith Taddy Porter. Blech. At least I can say I've had a Polish porter.

90 Minute IPA: disappointing after hearing nothing but good things. Not much of an aroma and just a bitter hop taste with a few malts here and there. Could really taste the booze. Not a fan. Hopefully the 60 Minute will be better.  

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 11:31 AM

60 Minute IPA: eh...let's just say I'm not a fan of Dogfish IPA's and leave it at that.

Really enjoyed the Stone IPA and Ruination, also the Bell's Two Hearted Ale is excellent very much similar to the Stone IPA. They all have that nice orange color with hop citrus aromas and good rich flavors.

I forgot that I picked up a bottle of Mad Hatter's IPA...could be the worst beer I've ever tried. Smelled like ass and tasted worse.

Stone: Yes
Bell's: Yes
Dogfish: No
Okicim: No
Mad Hatter: Hell No. Never again. Nobody should buy this beer.

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 03:25 PM

QUOTE (theredtamasrule @ Feb 20 2011, 11:31 AM)
60 Minute IPA: eh...let's just say I'm not a fan of Dogfish IPA's and leave it at that.

Really enjoyed the Stone IPA and Ruination, also the Bell's Two Hearted Ale is excellent very much similar to the Stone IPA. They all have that nice orange color with hop citrus aromas and good rich flavors.

I forgot that I picked up a bottle of Mad Hatter's IPA...could be the worst beer I've ever tried. Smelled like ass and tasted worse.

Stone: Yes
Bell's: Yes
Dogfish: No
Okicim: No
Mad Hatter: Hell No. Never again. Nobody should buy this beer.

I'm pretty sure I saw Mad Hatter in the store recently, and wondered about it. *scratches it off wish list*

I think Stone IPA is my go-to IPA. It is consistently awesome. And you had a good point a while back -- the west coast really does make the best IPAs.

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I think I'm going to pin this thread and unpin the "What are we drinking tonight" one, which isn't busy enough anymore to be pin-worthy.  

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 04:37 PM

Time to revive this thread. This time of year I'm into dark brews such as the porters and stouts:

SA Porter (can't go wrong with this one)
Sam Smith Taddy Porter (always great)
Founder's Breakfast Stout

and.....drumroll....

3 Floyds Alpha Claus Christmas Porter!

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I've been holding to my "go to" porters by Samuel Smith & SA but have added Founder's Breakfast Stout which is nothing short of phenomenal: great mouth-feel, rich and creamy with perfect carbonation and a decent amount of booze which is well covered. A nice one to sit by the fire with.

Tonight I dip into the Alpha Claus for the first time and I just can't wait to taste it.


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