Beer # 93 Victory Wild Devil

Victory Wild Devil Ale

Name: Wild Devil Ale

Style: Belgian IPA

Brewery: Victory Brewing Company website

Country: USA

Region: Downingtown, Pennsylvania

ABV: 6.7% Abv

How served: 750ml caged and corked bottle poured into an Oerbier glass.        

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: Publix lemon pepper rotisserie chicken (chicken in a bag).

Tasted on: Wednesday March 31th, 2010. 

Note: This beer was bottled on Jun 11 2009. This is a great twist on HopDevil, and reminded me a little of Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, but with a bit more “funk”.  Victory hit a home run on this Belgian style ale. 

On the Label:  It’s arguable that our menacingly delicious HopDevil has always been ‘wild’.  Though the India Pale Ale style that he represents was born in Great Britain, we approached the style with German malts and whole flower American hops, making a unique ale of him, indeed.  But what has made him truly wild is a change of yeast.  Brettanomyces yeast has given many a Belgian ale its soulful character of sharp tang and deep funk.  Fermented completely with brettanomyces, WildDevil features the greatest flavors of Europe and America combined.  Floral, aromatic hops still leap from this amber ale, but a whole host of new flavors are intertwined with the citrus and pine flavors of these hops, making WildDevil a sensation that is wild, worldly and wonderful!

From their website:

ABOUT: Bold, spicy, menacingly delicious HopDevil takes on an entirely new dimension when subjected to a ‘wild’ yeast fermentation. A sharp, tart edge has been added by this fermentation that plays into the caramel sweet malt deliciously and creates complex interplay with the citrus accented hops.

COMPOSITION
Malts:Imported, 2 row German malts
Hops:Whole flower American hops
Yeast: 100% laboratory grown Brettanomyces
Alcohol by Vol: 6.8%

AVAILABILITY
750 ml bottle conditioned bottles year round; limited draft times

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Beer #92 Southampton Biere De Mars

Southampton Biere De Mars

Name: Biere De Mars

Style: Bière de Garde

Brewery: Southampton Publick House website

Country: USA

Region: Southampton, New York

ABV: 6.5% Abv

How served: 12oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass.        

My Overall Opinion: Good.

I paired this beer with: Grilled turkey burgers topped with grilled portabella mushrooms.

Tasted on: Tuesday March 30th, 2010. 

Note: This is a very drinkable beer.  I didn’t find much wrong with it, but nothing stood out to make me give it more than a good rating, as I have had many Bière de Garde’s which I’ve liked better.   I believe this beer would be a great cross over beer for craft beer novices or for you to offer to someone that you would like to introduce to the craft beer scene.   

On the Label:  Biere de Mars (French for “March beer”) is a special style of beer created at farmhouse breweries in northern France.  Brewed in winter with a fresh crop of malt and hops.  It was always the brewer’s favorite.  True to tradition, Southampton Biere de Mars is an artfully crafted amber ale with subtle complexity and a crisp finish..

From their website: Southampton’s Biere de Mars is brewmaster Phil Markowski’s classic interpretation of an authentic French farmhouse-style Biere de Mars. Our version is brewed with a blend of wheat and barley malts and a generous amount of continental hops. It is cool fermented and aged to give it a clean, smooth, lager-like character.

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Beer #91 Lost Abbey Red Poppy Ale

Lost Abbey Red Poppy Ale

Name: Red Poppy Ale

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Brewery: Port Brewing Company. website

Country: USA

Region: San Marcos, California

ABV: 5.0% Abv

How served: 375ml caged and corked bottle poured into a La Chouffe glass.        

My Overall Opinion: Amazing.

I paired this beer with: nothing.

Tasted on: Monday March 29th, 2010. 

Note: Well a Flanders Oud Briun is one of my favorite styles and Red Poppy Ale did not disappoint me!  This beer is tart, but not over the top tart. You get a sour cherry flavor without the cherries being in your face.  A very refreshing beer.   I will age my other bottles as I am sure this will age very very well.   This was a 2010 vintage & this  bottle states a 5.0%abv while the website states a 5.5%abv.

On the Label:  Malt Beverage Brewed with Cherries Aged in Oak Barrels.

From their website: Perhaps no country embraces the use of fruit in beers more so than Belgium. Numerous traditional as well as regional specialty ales are infused with every sort of fruit imaginable. In this way, the flavor of the fruit becomes especially prominent.

Red Poppy Ale is a veritable celebration of Sour Cherries in an explosion of aromas and tastes. Brewed from a brown ale base and aged in our oak barrels for over 6 months, this beer is not for the faint of heart.

The Golden Poppy is the state flower of California and the Red Poppy is found in Flanders Fields where our inspiration for this beer comes from. This beer is 5.5% ABV and is available in 375 and 750 ml bottles and on draft at inspired locations.

ABV: 5.5%

Availability: Mid-winter release

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Beer # 90 Flying Dog Road Dog Porter

Flying Dog Road Dog Porter

Name: Road Dog Porter

Style: Porter

 

Brewery: Flying Dog Brewery. website

Country: USA

Region: Frederick, Maryland

ABV: 6.0% Abv

How served: 12oz capped bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.         

My Overall Opinion: Very Good. 

I paired this beer with: Smoked grilled tilapia.   The smoked tilapia paired very well with this porter.

Tasted on:  Wednesday March 25th, 2010. 

Note: This is one of the easiest drinking porters you can find.  I picked up a slight chocolate taste to go with a hint of smoke, which made it a good match with the smoked tilapia I had with it.

On the Label:  We spent four long years in court fighting for our first amendment right to display the phrase “Good Beer, No Shit” on every bottle of Road Dog.  In honor of sticking it to the man… This shit is some dark, rich and malty shit.  The best shit you’ll ever try and that’s no bullshit.

From their website: Blessed by Hunter S. Thompson… Road Dog Porter was our first beer to be illustrated by Ralph Steadman. This is a dark, rich and malty beer, with hints of chocolate and licorice resulting from the use of four prized malts. We also defended Road Dog’s honor when the Colorado state liquor board tried to ban us from selling it because “Good Beer, No Shit” was on the label. It took 5 years, but we won.

Brewers Breakdown:

ABV: 6.0%

Plato: 14

IBU’s: 31

Specialty Malts: 120L Crystal, Chocolate, Black

Hops: Warrior, Cascade

Process: A swam of bats often hovers over the brewhouse during brewing!

Road Dog Goes Well With:

  • · Grilled steak and salmon
  • · Desserts
  • · Anything with chocolate
  • · Dried fruits
  • · Dark and rich food

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Beer #89 Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye

Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye

Name: Hop Rod Rye

Style: Rye IPA

Brewery: Bear Republic Brewing Co. website

Country: USA

Region:  Healdsburg, California

ABV: 8.0% Abv

How served: 22oz capped bomber poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series glass.        

My Overall Opinion: Amazing.

I paired this beer with: Nothing.

Tasted on:  Wednesday March 24th, 2010. 

Note: To keep it simple…THIS BEER IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Great nose, tastes starts off with a heavy dose of hops then is balanced quickly by the malt or should I say the rye. 

On the Label:  Hop Rod Rye is a high performance, turbo charged, alcohol burnin’ monster ale with dual overhead hop injection, made with 18% rye.

BREW MASTER NOTES: Don’t drink & drag. Sediment at bottom of bottle may be a result of the truckload of hops in this non-filtered ale.

From their website: Rye IPA   ABV: 8.0% IBU: 80 Color: Amber
A high gravity IPA brewed with 18% rye malt. Hop Rod Rye has a floral hop aroma and subtle caramel notes with a slightly earthy and spicy rye character.
2009 California State Fair – GOLD
2003 California State Fair – GOLD
2002 Real Ale Festival (Chicago) – GOLD

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Beer # 88 Hair of the Dog Blue Dot

 

Hair of the Dog Blue Dot

Name: Blue Dot

Style: Imperial IPA

Brewery: Hair of the Dog Brewing Company website

Country: USA

Region:  Portland, Oregon

ABV: 7.0% Abv

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

My Overall Opinion: Amazing. 

I paired this beer with: Grilled and smoked turkey breast.

Tasted on:  Wednesday March 17th, 2010. 

Note: This bottle is a winter 2010 release.  WOW!! Blue dot drinks like Pliny the Elder.  Until today Pliny the Elder was my favorite DIPA (Imperial IPA), mostly because of its lower ABV of 8%abv, its great nose and its amazing flavor.  Well at 7.00% Blue Dot is more drinkable with as good of a nose and maybe even a bit more flavor.  Just to be sure, I pulled out what was my 2nd favorite DIPA, Hop Slam, and drank it immediately after.  Well as much of a Hop Slam fan I am, I thought Blue Dot was better!!! It is a different beer, at different abv’s, but IMHO Blue Dot is just the beer to have it you want a DIPA and then another.  GET SOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  But as with any hoppy beer,  freshness might be an issue.

My new favorite DIPA is Blue Dot??

Remember I just had within the last few days: Hop Slam; Pure Hoppiness; Exponential Hoppiness; Nugget Nectar & IMHO Blue Dot is better!!

On the Label:  Blue Dot is named after our planet:  we are only a pale blue dot in this universe.  Made with Organic Pilsner malt, Rye malt and s combination of intense hop varieties.  Pour slowly to allow the sediment to remain in the bottle.  Make every day Earth Day.  Do something nice for your mother.

Hair of the Dog Brewing Company is dedicated to providing the beer lover with new and unusual beer styles.  To learn more about the Dog Brewing Company and our beers styles, please visit us at http://www.hairof the dog.com

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Beer # 87 Alpine Pure Hoppiness

Alpine Pure Hoppiness

Name: Pure Hoppiness

Style: Imperial IPA

Brewery: Alpine Beer Company website

Country: USA

Region:  Alpine, California

ABV: 8.0% Abv

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

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: Fish taco’s made with grilled & smoked tilapia with a spicy salsa.  This beer matches very well with the spiciness of the fish taco.

Tasted on:  Sunday March 14th, 2010. 

Note:  This drinks more like an IPA then an Imperial IPA.  It is a very good Imperial IPA, but I’ve had better, including Alpine’s Exponential Hoppiness which I had yesterday.   Drinkability wise, Pure Hoppiness is more drinkable then Exponential Hoppiness, so if you’re going to have more then one, drink Pure Hoppiness over Exponential Hoppiness.

On the Label: This mega-hopped, west-coast style India Pale Ale will take you to hop heaven!  We’ve used hops in the boil, more hops in giant hopback, and added to that, an incredible amount of dry-hopping for that cutting edge “hop bite”.  Once you’ve tasted this unique beer, all others pale in comparison.   Drink better beer so.. DRINK ALPINE ALE or GO TO BED!

From their website: West Coast Double IPA.  So mega-hopped it will take you to hop heaven. We’ve used hops in the boil, more hops in the giant hopback, and added to that, an incredible amount of dry-hopping for that cutting-edge “hop bite.” Once you’ve tasted this unique beer, all others pale in comparison. 1.072 OG Classified IBU 8%ABV

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