Beer # 75 Lagunitas Hop Stoopid


Lagunitas Hop Stoopid

Name: Hop Stoopid Ale

Style:  Imperial IPA

Brewery: Lagunitas Brewing Company website

Country: USA

Region:  Petaluma, California

ABV: 8.0% Abv

How served: 22 oz capped bomber poured into a Samuel Adams glass.      

My Overall Opinion: Amazing.

I paired this beer with: nothing, just your old fashion after dinner beer. 

Tasted on:  Thursday February 11, 2010.

Note:  Hop Stoopid is a well balanced double IPA which wasn’t way over the top hoppy.  This had a very nice and strong “California” hop aroma.  I picked up both a grapefruit rind and pine taste.  As it wasn’t extremely hoppy the drinkability factor is very high for me.

 On the Label:  102 I.B.U. 4U. 

“Clean this mess up or else we’ll all end up in jail…those test tubes and the scale…just get ‘em all outta here…”  He was referring to the complex super-critical-CO2 hop extraction equipment set up on the table in the lab across from the brewhouse. Hop extracts are for the BIG brewers, he thought- suitable only for crummy sub-standard and barely-passable industrial lagers, not the subtle and elegant craft beer made here.  But wrong he was.  The New Brewer does not eschew any possible inputs.  In this case the extract will replace the mountains of hop vegetative material in the kettle thus creating cleaner hop flavors and preventing the otherwise spinach-like mess of a kettle full of  super-hopped wort from clogging up a pump or worse.  The sensuous honey-like amber ooze was administered intravenously to the wort kettle and the sacrament was complete.  Another kettle of Hop Stoopid is once again raised up and fermented on high.  Call us @ 707-769-4495! Cheers!

From their website:  Sold As: 22-Ounce Bombers and Kegs
Net contents:
Malt, Hops, Yeast, and water

Hop Stoopid Ale: For those mornings when you have to cut right to the chase, this is the one. Sure to blast through just about anything still lingering from the night before, this mouthful of Hops and huge rich Malt has a guarantee built right into the name!  Alcohol 8% by volume

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Beer # 74 Nøgne Ø Brown Ale

Nøgne Ø Brown Ale

Name: Brown Ale

Style:  English Brown Ale

Brewery: Nøgne Ø Det Kompromisslose Bryggeri A/S website

Country: Norway

Region:  Grimstad

ABV: 4.50% Abv

How served: 500ml capped bottle poured into a Kastaar glass.      

My Overall Opinion: Good.

I paired this beer with: Publix lemon roasted chicken aka chicken in a box. 

Tasted on:  Thursday February 11, 2010.

Note:  This brown ale like most brown ales has the ability to be a fine session beer.   This one had a pleasant & mellow sweetness.  If you enjoy a brown ale, be sure to try Brown Ale by Nøgne Ø.

On the Label:  “The name Nøgne Ø means “naked island”, a poetic term used by Henrik Ibsen to describe any of the countless stark, barren outcroppings that are visible in the rough seas off Norway’s southern coast, where the brewery sits.  The founders gave Nøgne Ø a subtitle- “ The Uncompromising Brewery” – a plain statement of their mission to make ales of personality and individuality Brewing in traditional styles, but thoroughly inspired by the boldness of American brewing these Norwegian brewers fearlessly chart their own course.

From their website:  BROWN ALE 11°P, 27 IBU, 4,5% ALC/VOL

A dark brown English ale, in which classic English malts meet the spicy hoppiness of the new world.  Recommended serving temperature 8°C/45°F. Goes very well with ‘pub grub.’ 

Ingredients: Maris Otter, wheat, chocolate, brown, amber, and caramel malt; Crystal hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

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Beer # 73 Lost Abbey 10 Commandments

Lost Abbey 10 Commandments

Name: 10 Commandments

Style:  Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Brewery: The Lost Abbey website

Country: USA

Region:  San Marcos, California

ABV: 10.00% Abv

How served: 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.      

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: Bow-tie pasta, with tomato sauce which had baby spinach and rosemary added.  

Tasted on:  Monday February 8, 2010.

Note:  This beer started off with a bang for me.   The raisin and rosemary taste was very apparent.  What I enjoyed most was the “smoked” flavors I picked up.   As I was drinking this beer I was thinking how great this beer would be to cook with.  When I 1st poured this beer it was at 49° and I thought it was an amazing brew. However as this beer warmed up, contrary to most Belgian Strong Dark Ales I’ve had in the past,  didn’t improve but started to go downhill rapidly, therefore I gave it a the very good rating instead of amazing.

On the Label:  Ale brewed with Honey, Raisins & Rosemary.

10 Commandments:

The most imaginative beers are our crusade.

We believe we are all in this together.

We strive for honesty and integrity in our lives like you.

Fresh beer is great.  Aged beer is better.

Now that you have found us, help us spread the message.

There is good and evil in the world.  Our beers are good.

Passion isn’t something you can buy at the corner store.

We believe an inspired life is worth living.

Life is about choices.  The Lost Abbey is a great choice.

We are not perfect, but no one is.

From their website:  A stronger version of our Lost and Found Abbey Ale brewed to a more contemplative alcohol content. Massive in every stretch of the brewing way possible this is the sort of beer that will remind a beer drinker who considers themselves a saint that even saints stray as sinners from time to time.

Not for the faint of heart, this beer weighs in at a heavenly 9% ABV and is available in 750 ml bottles and on draft at select locations.

ABV: 9% (note, on the label of my bottle the abv is listed as 10%) 

Availability: Late Spring Release

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Beer # 72 Port Brewing High Tide Fresh Hop IPA

Port Brewing High Tide Fresh Hop IPA

Name: High Tide Fresh Hop IPA

Style:  IPA

Brewery: Port Brewing Company website

Country: USA

Region:  San Marcos, California

ABV: 6.5% Abv

How served: 22oz capped bottle poured into a Hennepin glass.     

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: 2nd half of the Super Bowl game

Tasted on:  Sunday February 7, 2010.

Note:  Great quality IPA & great example of what an IPA should taste like.  Go get some & try it, I’ll bet you’ll like it.

From their website:  High Tide Fresh Hop IPA  (Port Brewing Fall Seasonal)

Each and every fall, we experience a coastal experience in San Diego known as the “Super High Tide.” This happens later in the Fall Season when the tidal swings reach a range of about 8 feet in difference between low and high tides. When this happens, there are days when the tide just gets too high and flattens out the surf. The lineups shut down and surfers are left to wait until the High Tide recedes.

While waiting for the tides to shift in your favor, might we suggest a High Tide IPA? Brewed only once each year to coincide with the Hop Harvest in Yakima Washington, High Tide IPA is made with 180 lbs of Fresh Hops per batch that are plucked from the vines and sent straight to our brewery. We skip the whole drying and processing stage which means the hops are ultra fresh and full of flavors we can’t normally get. Like grapes, Hops are only harvested one time each year and as such, we make what we can when we get them.

The recipe is very simple and basic with an emphasis on the variety of hops we select each year. Lately, we have selected Centennial and Chinook hops for our High Tide IPA. We used Centennial at the end of the boil and Chinook for the Dry Hopping. Now that we have brewed High Tide, we will sit and wait for the ultra High Tides of Fall to arrive knowing full well that we have sufficient stocks of great beer to get us through the flattest of sessions. We hope you’ll stock up too.

Malts- Two Row
Kettle Hops- Amarillo Pellets
Whirlpool- Centennial Fresh Hops
Dry Hop- Chinook Fresh Hops
Yeast- White Labs– Port Brewing Proprietary Yeast Strains

Original Gravity- 1.062
Terminal Gravity- 1.012
6.50 % ABV

Draft- Available in Southern California and Arizona 22 Oz Bottles and Cases- At Port Brewing San Marcos and Pizza Port Carlsbad, San Clemente and Solana Beach and wherever better beers are sold.

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Beer #71 Mikkeller Not Just Another Wit

Mikkeller Not Just Another Wit

Name:  Not Just Another Wit

Style:  Witbier (but don’t expect it to taste like one)

Brewery: Mikkeller website

Country: Denmark

Region:  København

ABV: 8.0%

How served: 750ml corked & capped bottle poured into Duvel glass.     

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: Mushroom & sausage stuffed pizza

Tasted on:  Sunday February 7, 2010.

Note: This was Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium. 

 If you were to buy this beer expecting your normal “wheat” beer, well you are out of luck.   As the name says, this not your normal “wheat”.    This did not pour like a wheat beer, as it had a nice head, but didn’t have that “normal” wheat huge head.  This beer had an orange grind taste, which make it taste more like an IPA the your typically sweeter “wheat”.  As the label says this is 8.0& abv, not like your normal “wheat”.    If you buy this beer, do not expect it to taste like any “wheat” beer you’ve had before!

From their website:  Not just another wit bier. The style taken to another level. Strong and hoppy. The world’s first IPW?

Ingredients :
Water, malt (pale and amber), unmalted wheat, flaked oats, hops (goldings, amarillo, saaz and cascade), spices (orange peel and coriander seeds) and yeast.

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Beer # 70 Fantôme Hiver


Fantôme Hiver

 Name: Fantôme Hiver

 Style:  Saison / Farmhouse Ale

 Brewery: Brasserie Fantôme website

 Country: Belgium

 Region:  Soy

 ABV: 8.0%

 How served: 750ml corked & capped bottle poured into La Chouffe glass.     

 My Overall Opinion: Very Good. 

 I paired this beer with: Nothing today.  I had this as an after dinner digestif.

 Tasted on:  Wednesday February 3, 2010.

 Note: Brasserie Fantôme is one of my favorite breweries.  

On the Label: Fantôme is a classic artisanal farmhouse brewery in the heart of the Ardennes forest.  It’s brews are in the robust, flavorful ‘saison’ style, and are often made with unusual spices, herbs and other mysterious ingredients that recall the early days of Belgian brewing.  Brewer Dany Prignon is known for his regular “Fantôme” saison (rated a perfect 10 in a recent book on Belgian brewing) and for the creative and adventurous brews he makes to mark each of the four seasons.  The recipes, with special ingredients to evoke the particular season, changes every year, but don’t ask what makes them so tasty… the Fantôme never gives up its secrets.

From their website:  SAISON d’EREZEE : à l’inverse d’autres brasseries, nous créons des bières de type
“Saison”, variant en fonction de celles-ci ! … Nous avons donc sous l’appellation
“Saison d’Erezée” (notre commune) diverses bières aromatisées avec du tilleul, de la camomille, du jus de pomme, ou encore du genévrier,… il y a donc une bière de Printemps, Automne, etc… Toutes différentes…
Le degré d’alcool pouvant varier de 6 à 9 %

Translated into English reads:  SEASON of EREZEE:  contrary to other breweries, we create beers of the type of “Season”, variable according to those! … We thus have under name “Season of Erezée” (our commune) various beers aromatized with lime, chamomile, juice of apple, or of juniper,… they are thus a beer of Spring, Fall, etc… All different…
The alcohol content can vary from 6 to 9% 

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Beer # 69 Bruery Orchard White

Bruery Orchard White

Name: Orchard White

Style:  Witbier

Brewery: The Bruery website

Country: USA

Region:  Placentia, California

ABV: 5.7%

How served: 750ml capped bottle poured into a Augustijn Grand Cru glass.     

My Overall Opinion: Good.

I paired this beer with: Steamed Tilapia marinated in lemon and butter, yellow squash & green beans.

Tasted on:  Wednesday February 3, 2010.

Note:  The Bruery has just become available in the S. Florida area for the 1st time last week.  This is great news as I have had to have their beers shipped in from out of state, including their highly rated Black Tuesday.   Now this witbier is very refreshing and would be great to drink during a hot Florida summer day, but I feel it lacks the complexity of other Belgian & Belgian style witbiers I have had in the past.  Orchard White should still be on you “wants” list, as it is worth a try.  I will re-visit this beer on a hot summer night & who knows, that just might be enough for me to raise my rating to a very good.

On the Label: Unfiltered Bottle-Conditioned. Belgian-Style  Ale.  Brewed with Spices, Wheat & Oats.  Our unparalleled California White Ale offers flavors of fresh citrus, bready wheat and a hint of lavender. Enjoy!   Our White Ale is best enjoyed fresh.  Until then, please store in a cool, dark place.  Ideal serving temperature is 45° f (7° c) in a dark place.  Best served in a tulip or wine glass.  For chef recommended food pairing  and recipes, please visit our website.

From their website:  Orchard White is an unfiltered, bottle conditioned Belgian-style witbier. This hazy, straw yellow beer is spiced with coriander, citrus peel and lavender added to the boil and whirlpool. A spicy, fruity yeast strain is used to add complexity, and rolled oats are added for a silky texture.

ABV: 5.7%, IBU: 15, SRM: 3, Release: Year Round

BeerAdvocate Magazine, October 2008, “A” Rating

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