Beer #196 Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head 75 minute IPA

Dogfish Head 75 minute IPA

Name: 75 Minute IPA

Style: I.P.A.

Brewery:  Dogfish Head Brewery  website

Country: USA

Region: Milton, Delaware

ABV:  7.5% abv

How served:  750ml capped bottle poured into a Dogfish Head snifter.

My Overall Opinion: Very Good 4 Stars a

I paired this beer with:  Hot chicken wings grilled with the “extra hot” sauce for dipping.

Tasted on:  Wednesday February 27, 2013

Notes:  A bottle conditioned India Pale Ale with Maple Syrup.

This beer poured a hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger off white head which left a thin lacing on the glass.      

The nose was very pleasant with strong piney & citrus notes upfront with some mild caramel sweetness poking through.           

The taste kicks off with a very pleasant yet intense grapefruit and piney notes which then transitions to sweeter tropical fruits and a mild caramel/ bready sweetness to balance this beer out, which kept the bitterness level from going over the top  I only picked up a hint of the maple syrup.  There was some mild warmth in the finish from the alcohol and this beer ended on the dry side.

This beer had a medium slick body and excellent carbonation level.

Overall the drinkability was fantastic and paired very well with my “extra” hot sauce as the hops helped intensify the heat I love, yet there was enough balance with the malts & maple syrup to “cool” things down.  I’m looking forward to having this beer again as I’m now a fan of this brew!

On the Label:  There are some situations when 90 is too much.  There are other situations when 60 is too little.  There are many situations when 75 is juuust riiight.  Bottle-conditioned with pure maple syrup for complexity and dry-hopped out the bejeezum boards.

From their website:  Availability:  Limited

Blend two Dogfish Head favorites, add maple syrup and carbonate the mixture naturally. What do you get? 75 Minute IPA.

The carbon dioxide trapped during bottle conditioning gives 75 Minute IPA a soft and velvety mouthfeel. Dry-hopped with whole-leaf Cascades, this complex IPA has been known to inspire pilgrimages to our brewpub.

Now we’re sharing this animated blend of 60 Minute and 90 Minute with the rest of our fans, 750 milliliters at a time.

We currently send this beer (when available) to our wholesale partners in the following states: AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, VA, VT, WA

To find where our wholesalers have delivered this beer in the past 60 days, check out the Fish Finder (you can search by beer and by zip). As a reminder, it is always best to call and confirm a retailer still has the beer before making any treks!

Original Release Date:  01/2012

Food Pairing Recommendations:  Burgers, grilled meats, avocado.

Glassware Recommendation:  IPA glass

Wine Comparable: Chardonnay

Bon Beer Voyage

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Beer #195 Cigar City Criterium Ale

Cigar City Criterium Ale

Cigar City Criterium Ale

Name: Criterium Ale (2012)

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Brewery:  Cigar City Brewing  website

Country: USA

Region: Tampa, Florida

ABV: 5.0% abv

How served:  750ml capped bottle poured into a Franziskaner weizen glass.

My Overall Opinion: Good 3 Stars a

I paired this beer with:  Grilled salmon and grilled asparagus.

Tasted on:  Monday February 18, 2013

Notes: Wheat Ale Brewed With Bitter Curacao Peel.  Bottled on January 30, 2012.  So please note and take into account that I am drinking and reviewing this beer which is now past its prime

This beer poured a clear golden color with a large 3 finger billowing head and left an nice thick lacing on the glass.       

The nose was very light with hints of bready yeast and orange zest.          

The taste started off with a light sweet wheat bready tasted then quickly bites you with some bitterness from the hops and orange zest taste.  This beer had a medium long finish which was a moderately strong leaning towards the dry bitter side.

The body was crisp with a light to medium body with a moderate level of lively carbonation.

Overall the drinkability was good, but I wish I drank this brew 9 months ago.

On the Label:  Ever see bikes move faster than cars?  You will on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in Tampa’s Downtown!

Criterium – style bicycle racing – like stock car racing on two wheels.   Hang out at tampa’s Longest bar with a beer.  Grab a bite from a food truck or sidewalk café. Run in the 5k race.  Sports enthusiasts, cyclists of all types, families and foodies with all find something to enjoy at the largest one day bike event in the state.  www.tampacrit.com

From their website:  ABV: 5%  IBU: OG:  SRM:

March 31, 2012- – –

Ever see bikes move faster than cars? You will on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in Tampa’s Downtown!

Criterium-style bicycle racing – like stock car racing on two wheels. Hang out at Tampa’s Longest Bar with a beer. Grab a bite from a food truck or sidewalk café. Run in the 5k race. Sports enthusiasts, cyclists of all types, families and foodies will all find something to enjoy at the largest one day bike event in the state. www.tampacrit.com

Criterium Ale is a beer that we plan to change every year for the Cigar City Brewing Criterium & Street Festival. This year’s Criterium Ale is an American wheat ale with bitter curacao peel added.

Tasting Notes

This American wheat ale is light gold in color and has a slight haze from the use of wheat. Criterium Ale is a crisp wheat beer that has a refreshing hop flavor that is contributed by New Zealand and Australian hop varietals. Motueka, Galaxy and Pacifica lend a complex melange of citrus character and mesh beautifully with bitter orange peel to provide a full flavored yet light refreshing beer. Pair this beer with food truck fare and cycling while sitting at the world’s longest bar.

Bon Beer Voyage

Beer #194 Blue Mountain Mandolin

Blue Mountain Mandolin

Blue Mountain Mandolin

Name: Mandolin

Style: Tripel

Brewery:  Blue Mountain Brewery  website

Country: USA

Region: Afton, Virginia

ABV: 9.0% abv

How served:  750ml corked and caged poured into my Piraat snifter.   

My Overall Opinion: Good + 3 Stars a 1/2

I paired this beer with:  Crab cakes with mango pineapple salsa and watermelon arugula salad.

Blue Mountain Mandolin with dinner

Blue Mountain Mandolin with dinner

Tasted on:  Thursday February 14, 2013

Notes: Best by March 2013 stamped on the cork

There was a muted hiss as the cork was pulled out of the bottle.  The poured a mostly clear golden-amber with a 1 ½ off white head which left almost no lacing on my glass.       

The nose had hints of yeast, pepper, apples, sweet malts and earthy tones.         

The taste started off a bit earthy, spicy and peppery.   Midway thought I picked up some light apple and citrus notes as well as some sweetness.  The finish was clean and dry with no evidence of the 9% abv.

The body was medium and slightly tacky as the carbonation level was lower than anticipate.

Overall the drinkability was good and paired well with my dinner.

On the Label:  A deep golden beer born of a single malt. Balance derived from whole-flower hops. Created from water drawn deep beneath the feet of the world’s oldest mountains. Flavor driven by a faithful dedication to excess. All brought to life by yeast from a holy place. Great beer is a riddle that does not need to be solved!

100% bottle refermented.  Store cool and upright to keep in peak condition and avoid disturbing naturally settled yeast.

STATISTICS

Alc 9% by Vol.  34 IBU’s  21.6° Plato

Proudly brewed and bottled in the heart of Virginia.  Blue Mountain Barrel House, LLC

495 Cooperative Way Arrington, Nelson County, Va 22922

Sister Beer:

Steel Wheels E.S.B.   What’s this? Find out at www.bluemountainbarrel.com

From their website:

Mandolin Artisanal Ale

24° Plato, 50 IBUs, and 10% ABV

(Note different Plato, IBU & %ABV listed on bottle)

A pale beer born of a single malt. Balance derived from whole-flower hops. Created from water drawn deep beneath the feet of the world’s oldest mountains. Flavor driven by a faithful dedication to excess. All brought to life by yeast from a holy place. Great beer is a riddle that does not need to be solved!

Available as long as each batch lasts, March-July.

Bon Beer Voyage

Beer # 193 De Molen Lief & Leed

De Molen Lief & Leed

De Molen Lief & Leed

Name: Lief & Leed

Style: Sour Ale

Brewery:  Brouwerij De Molen   website

Country: Netherlands

Region: Bodegraven

ABV: 6.2% abv

How served:  750ml corked and caged poured into my La Chouffe tulip glass.

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.  4 Stars a

I paired this beer with:  Roquefort cheese and a hard Italian salami.

Tasted on:  Sunday February 03, 2013

Notes: Bottled on 29 June 2012

The 1st time I tasted this beer was on tap during our tour at Brouwerij De Molen in October 2012.  My initial impression was that of a souped-up Rodenbach Grand Cru (Flemish Red Ale).  I liked the beer so much at that time that I purchased a few bottles to bring home, including to one I’m having now.  Can’t wait to return to De Molen in October were we will be having a tour of the brewery as well as a beer paired dinner! 

 This beer poured a hazy brownish-orange with a 1 finger off white head which left a thin lacing on my glass.

The nose included berries, leather, woody, funk and barnyard aromas with a hint of sweet and sour.        

 The taste of this brew starts off tart with some sweetness to balance it out.  Like with the nose, I picked up some berries/cherries as well as some woody notes.   The tartness and funkiness  of this beer made you feel very refreshed and wanting more. It finished on the dry side.

The body was light to medium light and had a low level of carbonation level. .

The drinkability was very good especially with what was paired it with.

It will be interesting to see what a few years of aging on my other bottle will add to this beer.

On the Label:

Sour Ale.  Strong beer/Bière forte.

12.5° Plato , EBC 52, 10 EBU

Ingredients: water, pale, cara and roasted barley malts, saaz hops (bittering), yeast (top fermenting).

Enjoy within 10 years. Keep cool and dark.

Recommended drinking temperature 7° C.

Product of the Netherlands/Produit des Pays-Bas.

Produced by/Produit par:

Brouwerij de Molen, Doortocht 4, NL-2411 DS Bodegraven.

please drink responsibly

bottled on: see back label

no deposit please recycle

unpasteurized

6.2% ALC./Vol  75cl/750ml

 From their website:  Nothing here on this beer.

  Bon Beer Voyage

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