Reviews

This page collects all of the beer reviews that have been posted as blog posts since dingsbeerblog.com began.

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Beer Review: Seeing Double IPA, Foothills Brewing

Ding Points: 76.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: I’ve known this beer for many, many years and usually I’ve enjoyed it immensely, but this is the first time I’ve had it in the bottle and seems like a very different experience than all of my previous draught encounters. The […]

Beer Review: Westbrook Brewing Co., Weisse Weisse Baby

Ding Points: 70.50 Pour: 40.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: $9.99 for the 750 mL from Growlers, HHI, SC, USA. Bottled 3/29/13. Well this beer has been a long time coming. A few years ago, a few months before Westbrook had even opened, I had the pleasure of meeting Ed […]

Beer Review: Westbrook Brewing Co, Mexican Cake

Ding Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Two separate, approx. (what looked liked) 10-12 oz pours (in undersize Duvel glasses) at The Lodge, Hilton Head Island, SC. I had heard a little about Mexican Cake but would never have sought it out as such. Anyway, strolling into […]

Beer Review: The Wrecking Bar, Ding – The English Bitter

Ding Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: I have not spoken to Bob Sandage about ‘Ding‘, so I cannot comment on its origin with any degree of certainty, but here is what appears to have happened. Recently Bob went to England for a short visit where he […]

Beer Review: Back Forty Beer Company, Freckle Belly IPA

Ding Points: 74.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: I’ve had very little exposure and experience with Back Forty beers, but when I did, I thought they were incredibly average. This is the first one that has made it across the border to GA, and predictably a DIPA. 22 […]

Beer Review: Brewery Ommegang, XV Reserve Anniversary

Ding Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: $15.99 for the tin and the corked bottle. Love me some Ommegang, but even before I open the tin or the bottle I feel that the price here is unlikely to be kind in terms of value. We’ll see. The […]

Beer Review: Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager 1988-2013

Ding Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: So what do we have here? Apparently it’s a Lager, and 5 seconds research tell us it’s a Doppelbock, or at least an amped-up version of the classic Brooklyn Lager – not entirely sure they are the same thing, but […]

Beer Review: Jester King Craft Brewery, Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer

Ding Points: 64.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00 Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: Big thanks go out to Lee for providing me with the original bottle of this back in 2012. That bottle was cracked open on vacation in Hilton Head, SC in summer of 2012. The height of relaxation for me these […]

Beer Review: Victory Brewing Company, White Monkey

Ding Points: 54.00 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth:, 60.00 Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: I hold my hand up here and admit that I screwed up. The thought of Golden Monkey aged in white wine barrels was definitely something that I would be very interested in. I tend to gravitate toward some of the […]

Beer Review: Stone Brewing Co, Enjoy By 04.01.13 IPA

Ding Points: 64.00 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: Dammit. Enjoy by 04.01.13 – that means that once the 4th of January has passed this is going downhill. Oh, hang on, this is America, so actually that’s April 1st. A joke? Maybe, but either way you’re hardly likely to […]

Beer Review: Dogfish Head, Birra Etrusca Bronze

Ding Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Taste: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Pour is a, ‘per the label’ dark bronze color with some initially high head that fades pretty quickly. Retention is not great, and lace is essentially zero. Of course, the name is actually nothing to do with the color, rather […]

Beer Review: Jester King Craft Brewery, Commercial Suicide (Oaked) Farmhouse Ale

Ding Points: 51.00 Pour 60.00:, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 40.00 Tasting Notes: OK, an ‘Oaked, Farmhouse Mild Ale’? Hmmm, I dunno. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and bottle-conditioned, 750 mL in the usual Jester King presentation. The label also refers to something that they call ‘English pub ale’. Needless to say, that worries me a […]

Beer Review(s): The Celt Experience Beers; Bronze, Dark-Age and Golden

Usually I don’t like to review beers in batches, but on this occasion it seemed a little more appropriate for more than one reason. My friend from North Carolina/Yorkshire, Stuart Arnold (of Fortnight Brewing, check ’em out), provided me with this opportunity to hit three organic beers from Caerphilly in Wales. Apparently the Celt Experience […]

Beer Review: Blue Moon Brewing Company (Coors), Proximity (Vintage Ale Collection)

Ding Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Yes, I am fully aware of what this is (and what it is not), but I’ll try anything once, and to be honest the description of this beer sounds like it might be something that I would (potentially) enjoy. I’ve […]

Beer Review: Ranger Creek Brewing, Small Batch Series No.1

Ding Points: 77.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Bottle has black wax which is VERY thick. Quite a pain to open. As Ranger Creek mentions on its web site, it (the wax) does stink a bit! Bottled conditioned, the beer is dated 4.9.12. Oatmeal Pale Ale with Rye […]

Beer Review: Karbach Brewing Co., Yule Shoot Your Eye Out (Seasonal Ale)

Ding Points: 86.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Huge shout-out to @lnashsig for the chance to crack this one. Looking forward to it immensely. Pour is a dark brown/black affair with two fingers of mocha, wispy and bubbled head. Brewed with cocoa nibs and spices. Nose offers some […]

Beer Review: Samuel Adams (The Boston Beer Co.), Latitude 48

Ding Points: 66.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: These notes are an amalgamation of two different bottles, almost exactly 12 months apart, and that is reflected in the two different labels over the course of a year. This year, the bottle was taken from the mixed, ‘Hop Tour’ […]

Beer Review: The Bruery, 5 Golden Rings

Ding Points: 77.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Original Review: 12/07/2013 I always look forward to The Bruery release of the 12 days series, but this one has me wondering how much I will enjoy it. I was hoping for a continuation of the Dark Belgian Ales but […]

Beer Review: Lazy Magnolia, Indian Summer

Ding Points: 61.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: Pour recedes to leave zero head, zero lace. Looks like a lucozade. Really fruity, but not really in an orangey way. Complete clarity. If the wheat was there to any extent it must have been filtered out. No ‘wheat’ feel […]

Beer Review: Jester King Craft Brewery, Thrash Metal Farmhouse ***** Ale

Ding Points: 74.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: What’s the deal with the (apparently) blacked out word between Farmhouse and Ale?? Pour gives an enormous, fluffy head with some good retention and some nice lace. The nose gives some quite hot alcohol and a large peppery element – […]

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada, Oatmeal Stout 2012 Beer Camp #45

Ding Points: 87.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Before purchasing the Beer Camp 12 pack, I was pretty sure that the beer that I would like least would be this one. It turned out that it was the one that I enjoyed the most, and by quite some […]

Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Hard Time Barleywine Style Ale

Ding Points: 71.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Part of the solitary confinement series. I had a few conversations with various folk about the type of Barleywine I could expect, American or English. More than one person suggested that I could expect to find a hybrid. I think […]

Beer Review: Terrapin Beer Co., Liquid Bliss (Side Project #18)

Ding Points: 68.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Here we go with Side Project #18 from Terrapin, a ‘peanut butter beer’. The usual, 22 oz, gold-foiled presentation for the Side Project series. The whole series can be viewed on Terrapin’s web site, here. The beer pours an attractive, […]

Beer Review: Shmaltz Brewing Company, He’Brew Miraculous Jewbelation 8

Ding Points: 74.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: The back story to this beer is that I missed out on it when it was first released (late 2004), but subsequently enjoyed many of the other Jewbelation offerings. As a result, for many years this was on my ‘Want […]

Beer Review: Founding Fathers Brewing Co., Founding Fathers Light Lager

Ding Points: 24.00 Pour: 40.00, Nose: 20.00, Palate: 20.00, Mouth: 30.00, Global: 20.00 Tasting Notes: I really only wanted to review this because of the small conversation that my review of the ‘regular’ Founding Father’s lager provoked. Pour is typical. Color looks pale golden, and comes with a head that dies almost immediately to leave […]

Boulevard Brewing Co., Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest

Ding Points: 85.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Apparently this beer is brewed to celebrate one Bob Werkowitch, Master Brewer, and his graduation from the US Brewer’s Academy in 1947. Nice. Beautiful clarity with a distinctly orange hue, Bob’s ’47 looks like a classic Oktoberfest in the glass. […]

Beer Review: Freetail Brewing Co., Witicus

Ding Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: 22 oz bottle, tanks go out to @lnashsig for the opportunity to try this one. At first glance this seems like an unusual combination. A rye based Witbier? Odd. As I have said on more than one occasion in the […]

Beer Review: Brewery Ommegang, Duvel Rustica

Ding Points: 66.00 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: OK, what are the differences between this and Duvel? The question really seems as though it should be at the forefront of any discussion of Rustica, since it is being declared as Ommegang’s, “American Farmhouse interpretation of Duvel‘. Let’s just […]

Beer Review: Great Divide Brewing Co., Wolfgang

Ding Points: 53.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 40.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: Black body with a thick, creamy, almost old fashioned Guinness like head. The retention is OK, but the lace is not as good as the original , creamy presence (initially) suggests. Nose has a little caramel (but less in the […]

Beer Review: Dogfish Head, 75 Minute IPA

Ding Points: 67.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouthfeel: 90.00, Global 60.00 Tasting Notes: Had a chance to purchase a bottle at the brewpub in March of this year, but I passed. Everything comes to he who waits, and lo and behold here it is on the shelves in GA a few months later. […]

Beer Review: Jester King Craft Brewery, Boxer’s Revenge

Ding Points: 87.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: I have to admit, I am not really predisposed to liking this beer. I’m not a big fan of anything barrel-aged at the best of times, but coupled with a Wild Ale style, I feel you are mixing genres to […]

Beer Review: Ranger Creek Brewing, Small Batch Series No. 2

Ding Points: 88.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Thanks go out to @lnashsig for the chance to try this one. bottle-conditioned, 07.18.12, Batch 001. Here’s the official word from Ranger Creek Brewing. My first interaction with them. Intrigued by the presentation with the 375 mL bottle, capped and […]

Beer Review: Weyerbacher Brewing Co., Seventeen

Ding Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: 12 oz single, Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pretty straightforward here. Very sweet, highly spiced Saison. A few medicinal herbs, but nothing too extreme, mainly because the sweetness keeps them in check. Definitely a mild alcohol burn which could be […]

Beer Review: Brooklyn Brewery, Fiat Lux

Ding Points: 90.00 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: 32 oz growler from AleYeah! Roswell in September, and then about six weeks or so later, as a 32 oz growler from JUGS in Sandy Springs. Most of these thoughts are from the initial growler fill, with supplemental additions on […]

Beer Review: De Proef Brouwerij, Flanders Fred

Ding Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth; 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Always glad to see another De Proef collaboration, this one being the sixth in the series. Some have been great, some less so, but it’s usually pretty interesting – turns out this is no exception. This beer is a result […]

Sweetwater Brewing Co., Danktoberfest

Ding Points: 58.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: The latest in the Dank Tank series. Blue and white checkered motif in a nod to the Bavarian flag. Pretty good looking beer, with a nice, red-amber hue and a decent, off-white head. Retention of the head is pretty average, […]

Beer Review: Brasserie Fantôme, Fantôme Saison

Ding Points: 95.00 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 100.00, Mouth: 100.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Extremely surprised to see this back on the shelf at Green’s in early August of 2012 – extremely. Distribution to GA seemed to have stopped for quite a while, amidst rumors of Dany Prignons’s demise. $12.99 for the 750 mL […]

Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Dead Man Walking

Ding Points: 58.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 20.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: Ahhh, dammit. Such a shame. This beer looks absolutely spectacular when poured into the Tucher Weizen, half-liter glass. The natural light shows a beautiful burgundy color, with a decent tan head and some truly rich hues. It looks great. Unfortunately, […]

The search is over, and at the same time, just beginning

Yesterday was a pretty significant day in my little beer world. Was it a day that was characterized by me finding a long sought after bottle? No. Was it a day that I tasted and reviewed a super-rare beer? No. Was it a day when I reached some memorable milestone of some description? No. So […]

Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Partners In Crime

Ding Points: 72.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Delighted to see a Berliner Weisse. Not really that I’m an especially big fan of the style, but high quality beer of any type under 5.0% ABV is just so difficult to come by in the USA, that almost anything […]

Beer Review: The Lost Abbey & New Belgium Brewing, Mo Betta Bretta Ale

Ding Points: 68.50 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: $13.99 for the 12.7 fl oz in the corked & caged bottle. Yes, I said $13.99! As always with The Lost Abbey, I open with a degree of trepidation. The carbonation is always a worry, particularly with anything in this […]

Beer Review: Stone Brewing Co., 16th Anniversary

Ding Points: 86.00 Pour: 100.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Bottled conditioned, August 2012. OK, the last Stone Anniversary beer that I thought was any good was 13. That beer was superb. 14 and 15 I disliked strongly, and I thought that 14 was simply a bad beer. That brings […]

Beer Review: Boulevard Brewing Company, Rye-On-Rye 2012

Ding Points: 77.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: More thanks go out to @lnashsig. 2012 vintage, bottle number 20081, Batch 2012-2, Best By: 02-2014. 33% ale, 67% ale aged in rye whiskey barrels. Frankly, I’m not a big fan of either rye or whiskey barrel-aged beer, so things […]

Beer Review: Jester King Craft Brewery, Das Wunderkind!

Ding Points: 77.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: For the second time in just about as many days, I find a beer that for all intents & purposes could actually be described as an English cider. Thanks go out to @lnashsig for this opportunity. A blended sour from […]

Beer Review: Founders Brewing Co., Frangelic Mountain Brown

Ding Points: 64.50 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: 25.4 oz bottle, $13.99 Smyrna World of Beverage. Not sure why I bought this. Anyway…. A lighter than expected, reddish hue on the pour. I’m a little surprised at how thin the beer looks. No viscosity to speak of at […]

Beer Review: Brouwerij St. Bernardus Watou, Tokyo

Ding Points: 90.00 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: I originally drank this at the Brick Store on draught. This review is mainly from my experience with the 750 mL corked & caged bottle, with a nod to that original draught offering as well. This beer was brewed to […]

Beer Review: Alpine Beer Company and New Belgium Brewing Co., Super India Pale Ale (Lips of Faith)

Ding Points: 88.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Anything involving Alpine in the DIPA category usually gets my attention, so I was interested to see how this would pan out. The last New Belgium collaboration that I tried (Brett Beer, with Lost Abbey) was woefully disappointing, so I […]

Beer Review: Mikkeller, Open Windows Open Hills Tiger Baby

Ding Points: 61.50 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: I ran into a cacophony of new Mikkeller offerings in the store last week, with all kinds of weird, strange and expensive beer on display. I don’t rate Mikkeller much, and their general loud posturing and ferocious, indiscriminate output tends […]

Beer Review: Green Flash Brewing Co. and Founders Brewing Co., Linch Pin ‘White India Pale Ale’

Ding Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: I’m not a big fan of hyped-up, imaginary beer styles, so this gets off on the wrong foot all around. WTF is a ‘White IPA’ anyway? The BS that we have had to endure over ‘Black IPA’ is bad enough, […]

Beer Review: Cigar City Brewing, Cucumber Saison

Ding Points: 90.00 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: High, fluffy, large bubbled and wispy white head sits above a mid-orange, slightly clouded body. Nose has a light, floral element with some icy, apple notes. Clean.

Beer Review: Mother Earth Brewing, Silent Night (2010)

Ding Points: 89.00 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: If truth be known I have a bit of a soft spot for Mother Earth. The reason is simple. Although I don’t pretend to know Josh Brewer (the Brewer) at all well, I did have the privilege of meeting with […]

Beer Review: Terrapin Beer Co., Samurai Krunkles (Side Project 17)

Ding Points: 47.00 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 40.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 40.00 Tasting Notes: Side Project 17. A quick look at the description of this beer has me interested. ‘Ale brewed with ginger and with green tea added‘. Ginger and green tea are flavor profiles that I enjoy, but of course these are usually […]

Beer Review: Dogfish Head, Positive Contact

Ding Points: 88.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Presented by both Dogfish Head and Dan The Automator (whoever he is), this has farro, cayenne and cilantro added. I like me some cilantro, so I think this has potential. It also has a label with DELTRON 3030 emblazoned on […]

Beer Review: Brewery Ommegang, Biere d’Hougoumont

Ding Points: 72.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Curious that a brewery would pay homage to a Bière de Grade by naming the beer after the scene of an EPIC French defeat, but…… Nice pop on opening. Mid amber pour in strong light gives some deeper red tones. […]

Beer Review: New Belgium Brewing, Tart Lychee (Lips of Faith)

Ding Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouthfeel: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: I tried this in its initial incarnation back in March of 2010 in Raleigh at The Pit. I was impressed then (with The Pit and the beer), but did not write a review on that draft experience, so now this […]

Beer Review: Rogue, Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale

Ding Points: 43.50 Pour: 40.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 40.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 30.00 Tasting Notes: I picked up this 22 oz bottle at a price of $10.99. I finally gave in and purchased it, based largely on the fact that in other places in the last couple of months, I have seen this always higher, […]

Beer Review: New Belgium Brewing, (Lips of Faith) Brett Beer

Ding Points: 50.00 Pour: 50.00, Nose: 50.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: I stopped in at Growlers on my arrival on Hilton Head Island, and saw they had this on tap. The guy was busy ‘educating’ me about, ‘how I’d better like sours’, before I stopped him in his tracks and bought […]

Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Prison Camp Pils

Ding Points: 60.00 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: Very light, straw colored pour. Actually the beer is incredibly pale, almost to macro, low quality standards. Not necessarily an issue, but it really isn’t the best looking pilsner that I’ve seen by quite some distance. The hue is certainly […]

Beer Review: Green Flash Brewing Co., Rayon Vert

Ding Points: 81.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Interesting bottle that reminds me a little of the Australian stubbies. Pour is a mid-orange color with a huge, ice-cream like head. The retention is superb, leaving a thick and creamy head the whole way down the beer, but the […]

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada & Russian River, BRUX Domesticated Wild Ale

Ding Points: 91.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 100.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: 750 mL corked & caged bottle, approx. $15. Are they using the word ‘domesticated’ to classify it is ‘American’??? Next time I see ‘all domestics $2.00 per pint’, I guess I’ll ask for this!! ;-) Mid to dark golden copper […]

Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Beer of The Guards

Ding Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: I’m always very excited to try the latest Jailhouse offering, and this is no exception. I wonder if the pun inspired the beer, or if the style came first? 32 oz growler from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Bière de […]

Beer Review: Jester King Craft Brewery, Noble King (Hoppy Farmhouse Ale)

Ding Points: 88.50 Pour: 100.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 100.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Jester King is a brewery that I have been monitoring carefully over recent months (even though I’m not crazy about the use of the word ‘craft’ in their name). Several people have mentioned them in a number of contexts that […]

Beer Review: Sweetwater Brewing Co., LowRYEder IPA

Ding Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Plate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: I am assuming that this is a re-birth of the Crank Tank Rye’d Ale from the fall of 2010 (I’ve included my review of the 22 oz bottles of that, at the end of this review). I’ve got to be […]

Beer Review: Steinhaus Brewing Co., Mission St. 2012 Anniversary Ale

Ding Points: 69.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: $2.99 from Trader Joe’s who market and distribute the Mission St. beers. The range is brewed by Steinhaus, which are owned by Firestone Walker – this is a complicated arrangement! Apparently this is a blend of three different beers. 22 […]

Beer Review: Guinness Ltd., Guinness Black Lager

Ding Points: 60.00 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: Brown with reddish highlights. Pitted, frothy tan head. Head fades badly with little or no lace. Nose has some mid-caramel notes and not much else. The body here is quite thin but the tastes definitely have some of the typical […]

Beer Review: Minhas Craft Brewery, Boatswain American IPA

Ding Points: 48.50 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 50.00, Palate: 40.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: 22 oz bottle, another Trader Joe’s, el cheapo offering. I’ve had mixed success with these beers, so there’s always a bit of a lottery involved but this is a Minhas beer, so the omens are not exactly good! Copper pour […]

Beer Review: Dogfish Head, URkONTiNeNT

Ding Points: 84.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: OK, here we go with another Dogfish Head experiment. The second one, Noble Rot being the first, that I have tried in their newly designed bottles. Brown, slightly garnet colored pour with a thin, smooth, nitro-like mocha head sitting atop […]

Beer Review: Dogfish Head, Tweason’ale

Ding Points: 63.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: From notes. Purchased as a 12 oz single form the beer store a few miles north of the Dogfish Head brewpub (Atlantic Liquors?) in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Anyway, interested to try this. Apparently so-named because it will appear ‘between’ their […]

Beer Review: Founding Fathers Brewing Co., Founding Fathers Lager Beer

Ding Points: 50.00 Pour: 50.00, Nose: 50.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: This is a ruse, right?? It’s Yuengling, marketed by Rolling Rock, surely?? Even if that’s not the case, in a nutshell, this is still Yuengling. I’m generally not in the habit of dismissing beers with such an apparent lack of […]

Beer Review: Sweetwater Brewing Co., 15th Anniversary (15 Years of Heady Beers, 1997-2012)

Ding Points: 68.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: If the truth be known, I didn’t like this much when I first tasted it, immediately after it came out, but thought it might be a beer that could change quite quickly, so I put one aside and am now […]

Beer Review: New Belgium Brewing Co., Cocoa Mole (Lips of Faith Series)

Ding Points: 71.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Chestnut pour from the 22 oz bottle, with a small, white head but some better than expected lace. Lots of red highlights. Looks like a solid brown ale in the glass. Sugary vanilla and cinnamon on the nose. Initial tastes […]

Beer Review: Tommyknocker Brewery, Nice Saison Seasonal Ale

Ding Points: 48.00 Pour: 50.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 40.00, Mouth: 40.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: Tommyknocker is a brewery that has flattered to deceive me over the years. One of my earliest experiences with them was their Imperial Nut Brown Ale that, at the time, I thought was fantastic. Since then, almost every, single beer […]

Beer Review: Terrapin Beer Co., Phlux Capacitor (Side Project 16)

Ding Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Here we go with Side Project 16, Phlux Capacitor. Label says ‘Oak Aged, American Ale’ and declares 9.8%, so I suppose I should be expecting something like an Oaked Arrogant Bastard. Not exactly my favorite beer, but we’ll see how […]

Beer Review: Olde Hickory Brewery, Death By Hops

Ding Points: 19.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 00.00, Mouth: 00.00, Global: 00.00 Tasting Notes: Purchased on a recent trip to Raleigh at Bottle Revolution. An attractive pour with a good clarity on a light copper color. Unfortunately, that’s as good as it gets, the rest is frankly awful, truly awful. The nose offers only […]

Beer Review: Dogwood Brewing Co., Youngblood’s Imperial Porter (BrewMaster’s Series 1)

Actually, less of a beer ‘review’ this time, and more a few cellar notes on this 2004 gem. This particular bottle was consumed on 04/29/12. The sad (and somewhat ironic) thing about Brewmaster’s Series #1 from Dogwood, was that this, new-dawn-great-promise-of-things-to-come beer, was released to almost perfectly coincide with the brewery closing in the late […]

Beer Review: Clown Shoes, Clementine

Ding Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Beer looks like a glass of orange juice with a head (the picture below doesn’t quite do it justice)! Head that lacks much retention or lace. Enormous orange whiff meets the nostrils when the cap is taken off but this […]

Beer Review: Samuel Adams, Tasman Red

Ding Points: 71.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Label has this declaring itself as a ‘Red IPA’ – more nomenclature nonsense that doesn’t really help, although by the end of the beer I kind of know what they are trying to say! This is the second beer I […]

Beer Review: Anheuser-Busch Inc., Shock Top, Wheat I.P.A.

Ding Points: 49.00 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 40.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 40.00 12 oz single bottle, Buffalo Wild Wings, Hiram, GA. Classic macro disappointment with an initially decent head that fades dramatically to nothing. Perhaps a little more color than expected, at least in terms of it being orange rather than pale yellow. Nose […]

Beer Review: Oskar Blues, Deviant Dales India Pale Ale

Ding Points: 77.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: 32 oz growler from Hop City rather than a can from the 16 oz, tallboy 4-packs. Official word on the beer from Oskar Blues. Shiny copper colored pour with some decent white, sticky lace. Nicely put together as expected, with […]

Beer Review: Finch’s Beer Co., Golden Wing Blonde Ale

Ding Points: 54.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: Finch’s beers have been in Atlanta for a few weeks now but becasue I am SICK TO DEATH of the can hysteria which has been obscuring the infinitely more important factor of the beer in the container, I have been […]

Beer Review: Terrapin Beer Co., 10th Anniversary Ale

Ding Points: 80.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Into the Terrapin snifter it goes. Modest head and modest lace on opening and pouring and virtually neither remain after 2 minutes of sitting (all to be expected given the ABV). Bright, profoundly orange/golden body with some delicate carbonation. Bready […]

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada, Ruthless Rye (2012)

Ding Points: 44.00 Pour: 50.00, Nose: 50.00, Palate: 40.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 40.00 Tasting Notes: Chill hazed, clouded brown body with a very disappointing head. Some spotty film, but no retention or lace to speak of. Drab and ugly looking. Nose offers typical peppery, medicinal notes with a strange, additional blue cheese note. Smells a […]

Beer Review: Samuel Adams, Alpine Spring

Ding Points: 63.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: Hazed, lemon, orange and golden pour with some nice white head and decent lace. Unfiltered look is attractive, and offers some nice, light yellow colors (the photograph suggest more orange elements than are obvious to the naked eye). Nose does […]

Beer Review: Shmaltz Brewing Company, Funky Jewbelation

Ding Points: 41.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 20.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 30.00 Tasting Notes: Barrel Aged Release#6, apparently a combination of; Jewbelation 15 (3 months old), Vintage Jewbelation (9 months), Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA (1 month), Origin (14 moths), Reunion ’11 (7 months), Messiah (14 months). 73% Rye Whiskey Barrels, 27% Bourbon Barrels. Pours as […]

Beer Review: Ommegang, Art of Darkness

Ding Points: 76.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: The usual Ommegang Limited Edition series presentation. Cork pops with modesty. Brewery Ommegang says, ‘A spellbinding homage to brewings’ dark arts’. Really? Who brewed this? Harry Potter? Nice dark brown color which gives away a slightly olive green hue. Head […]

Beer Review: Blue Moon Brewing Co. (Coors), Blue Moon Spring Blonde Wheat Ale

Ding Points: 36.50 Pour: 50.00, Nose: 40.00, Palate: 30.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 30.00 Tasting Notes: 12 oz single; I think I paid 89 cents – I may have been had! Another Blue Moon Seasonal, and I have a feeling this is replacing the now longer brewed ‘Rising Moon’ which was a terrible, terrible ‘Amber Ale’, […]

Beer Review: Shmaltz Brewing Company, Hop Manna IPA

Ding Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: I have to say that I approach Hop Manna with a little trepidation, since although I generally have really enjoyed Shmaltz beers over the years, all of their power seems to have been wielded at the malt end of the […]

Beer Review: Samuel Adams, Harvest Pumpkin Ale

Ding Points: 76.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: This is approx. 3 months old so certainly not quite as the brewer intended, but still drinking absolutely fine. The pour is a really nice, rich looking mahogany affair with some significant red tinges. Head is modest and not especially […]

Beer Review: Crown Valley Brewing, Black Cabin Smoked Ale

Ding Points: 52.50 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 50.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: Strange one, this. Pour is a light amber, slightly hazed color with absolutely no sign of the black malts mentioned on the label. Head and lace are both quite poor, and beer fairly rapidly becomes relatively lifeless in the glass […]

Beer Review: Clown Shoes, Lubrication (American Black Ale)

Ding Points: 58.00 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: I suppose it’s worth stating right off the top that I detest the name, ‘Black IPA’ and generally I like the tastes of these beers just about as much, so do with that what you will, full disclosure has occurred. […]

Beer Review: Good People Brewing Company, Brown Ale

Ding Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: 12 oz can from Vulcan Beverage, Birmingham, AL, and also at the brewery tap room. the picture below shows the brown ale on the far right alongside the IPA and the Stout. Unlike the IPA, there seemed to be less […]

Beer Review: Sam Adams Longshot Cat. 23, Honey B’s Lavender Ale

Ding Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: BJCP Style 23 is ‘Specialty Beer’ which really means a dumping ground for beers that do not fit into other categories. Light, chill-hazed pour. Scant head and lace. Nose gives a really large whiff of lemon, and in that respect […]

Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Reprieve (Saison, French-Style Ale)

Ding Points: 68.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: I had this a long time ago (almost immediately after it came out) and was somewhat disappointed. As I was passing through the Olde Crabapple Bottle Shop a couple of days ago, I saw it and thought it time to […]

Beer Review: Full Sail Brewing Co., E.S.B (Extra Special Barney)

Ding Points: 90.00 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 90.00 Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Brewer’s Share series. Right off the bat I am extremely annoyed by the abuse of the ESB moniker, and although utterly trivial to some people, I feel it deserves more respect and abusing it serves to misinform the public. Pour […]

Beer Review: Sixpoint Craft Ales, Bengali Tiger

Ding Points: 75.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Had this a couple of weeks ago at The Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA and when I opened that can there was an overwhelming smell of burning rubber – really overwhelming, and truly odd. So this time I was […]

Beer Review: Sixpoint Craft Ales, Sweet Action

Ding Points: 62.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: 16 oz can from The Foodery, Northern Suburbs in Philadelphia, PA. Bought this along with the Bengali Tiger that I had tried a few days earlier. Pour is a dark, rust colored affair with a solid, pitted, inch-and-a-half head that […]

Beer Review: Green Flash Brewing Co., Summer Saison

Ding Points: 86.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: 22 oz bottle. Lemon, hazed pour with a minimal head. Nose and tastes have more hoppy bitterness and less sweetness and spice that I was expecting. Hops generate a small degree of bitterness that I wasn’t expecting. The nose gives […]

Beer Review: Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn, TAP X Mein Nelson Sauvin

Ding Points: 70.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: It’s an attractive presentation in the dimpled, very heavy, olive green bottle, and at $16.99 I KNOW this contributes to the price (I’m not naive), but I like the look with the hanging neck label and paper-sealed, cap. A ‘bottle […]

Beer Review: Unita Brewing Company, Hop Notch IPA

Ding Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth 70.00:, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Pretty standard all-American IPA here. Reviewed from the bottle, but notes from at least one other tasting on draught has also gone into this review. A light, chill-hazed pour with a orangy golden hue. Actually, on closer inspection this looks […]

Beer Review: SKA Brewing Co., Euphoria Pale Ale

Ding Points: 63.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: From the 12 oz can, the beer pours a lot darker than I was anticipating with a quite significant mid-amber color. Head and lace are not substantial, but there is some nice, sticky lace that forms. A little chill-haze forms […]

Beer Review: Sam Adams, Cinder Bock Rauch Bock

Ding Points: 69.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: In a nutshell, I think it’s worth saying that if a hybrid beer should taste like a combination of the styles, then this beer absolutely nails it. In that regard I am pleased by Cinder Bock. It’s also true that […]

Beer Review: Sam Adams, Thirteenth Hour

Ding Points: 55.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes In the impressive, corked & caged bottle. Part of the Barrel Room Collection. Jet black with half-finger head. No lace, but ultimately a pleasing, spotty tan head. Sour notes in the nose, in fact almost sinus clearing. The sour, lacto […]

Beer Review: Wild Heaven Craft Beers, Let There Be Light

Ding Points: 60.00 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes I think that Wild Heaven are a bit confused with their marketing, and no I’m not only talking about the unhelpful use of ‘sessionable’! The name and marketing suggests that they are trying to tempt the light beer drinkers market, […]

Beer Review: Kona Brewing Co., Koko Brown

Ding Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes On-tap at Deckard’s. Rich, brown body, off white head, decent lace. Fades to a slightly disappointing tiny collar. Held to the light, there’s some pronounced, red clarity in the body. Bakers chocolate & light cocoa on the nose. Light in […]

Beer Review: Dogfish Head, Noble Rot

Ding Points: 83.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: It’s strange how coincidence works out sometimes. I had heard about the new, embossed and differently shaped Dogfish Head bottles were about to come out, and apparently Noble Rot is the first beer in these bottles to make it to […]

Beer Review: Sweetwater Brewing Co., Dank Tank 420 India Pale Ale

Ding Points: 81.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes. OK, so I suppose this setting out to be a combination of 420 and IPA, merged for the latest in the Dank Tank Series. The usual presentatin for the series, this time coming with a sort of retro-blue and yellow […]

Beer Review: Cains, Cains Finest Bitter

Ding Points: 71.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Having had this from the can several months ago, I wanted to refrain from reviewing it until I could at least get the kegged version (given that I was pretty sure that I’m never likely to see the cask presentation […]

Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Hop Riot

Ding Points: 73.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Surprised to find this at Hop City on Friday. I didn’t even realize this was coming out as the next beer in the Solitary Confinement series. Not a favorite style of mine, so we’ll see. Described as an Imperial Pale […]

Beer Review: The Caledonian Brewing Co. Ltd., (Newcastle) Founders’ Ale

Ding Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: This is the third or fourth time I have this in the last couple of weeks, a few times on draft and now this bottle. More silly text on the neck label (‘A Blighty Good Brew’, after the Winter IPA’s, […]

Beer Review: Boulevard Brewing Co., Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

Ding Points: 95.50 Pour: 100.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 100.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Part of the usually tremendous, Smokestack Series, the beer pours with a magnificent, bright, golden orange marmalade colored pour with a huge head in the Duvel chalice. Looks wonderful. Smudged dot-matrix ‘Best By’ date on the neck is unreadable, along […]

Beer Review: Brewery Ommegang, Seduction

Ding Points: 87.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Dark brown (close to black) pour with a modest, pitted, light beige colored head. Lace is medium, retention OK as the beer settles to a pleasing film and collar on, and around, the surface of the beer. A LOT of […]

Beer Review: Monday Night Brewing, Eye Patch Ale

Ding Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00 , Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: I wrote these original notes on August 11th, 2011. It’s my understanding that the Monday Night Brewing beers first saw an unofficial light of day at a special event at Leon’s in Decatur, GA a few months ago. I […]

Beer Review: Dogfish Head, ta henket

Ding Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: 750 mL bottle, $10.99 from Mac’s, Atlanta, GA, USA. I don’t think a huge amount of this came to Atlanta, at least not in the first wave of distribution, maybe more to follow. Yellow dot-matrix on neck says, ‘BOTTLED IN […]

Beer Review: Samuel Adams (BBC) Weinhenstephaner, Infinium (2011)

Ding Points: 68.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: Having had this last year at Thanksgiving and been lukewarm on it, I thought I would try it again this year. People seemed to be saying that the ‘2011 vintage was better’, but I don’t think there has been a […]

Beer Review: Clown Shoes, Tramp Stamp

Ding Points: 61.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: So, thanks to some more shenanigans related to distribution, Total Wine in GA gets in a bunch of Clown Shoes beer and some other Mercury Brewing Co. products too. Obviously Total Wine wouldn’t do anything illegal, but there’s also some […]

Beer Review: The Bruery (with Dogfish Head), Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder (Collaboration Series)

Ding Points: 88.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: The first thought was, whoops this is an expensive beer for a lager shandy, but luckily that passes pretty quickly. ‘Very attractive hazed orange pour with a high, fluffy head and some nice retention and lace. Nose offers some lemon […]

Beer Review: Crown Valley Brewing, Oktoberfest

Ding Points: 83.00 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Surely the final Octoberfest of the 2011 season – surely? 12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is an attractive, mahogany, dark copper/amber affair with a nice looking four finger head. Leaves some nice, sticky lace and […]

Beer Review: The Bruery, 4 Calling Birds

Ding Points: 87.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: OK, here we are with a beer that I’ve been looking forward to for some time. Definitely a beer in a style that I enjoy very much, and despite my own protestations, The Bruery has managed to provoke quite a […]

Beer Review: Moylan’s Brewery, White Christmas Spiced Winter Lager

Ding Points: 47.50 Pour: 50.00, Nose: 60.00:, Palate: 40.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: Damnit. One of the most disappointing beers I’ve tasted in a LONG time. The big problem here is the level of expectation that I had, since the advertised combination of orange peel and spices sounded exactly like something I would […]

Beer Review: Samuel Adams (BBC), New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection)

Ding Points: 87.00 Pour: 100.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Never thought I would see this on shelves in GA. Love the presentation in the corked and caged, unique bottle. Pour is pretty impressive. After the huge pop when the cork leaves the bottle, the beer pours with a massive, […]

Beer Review: Bridgeport Brewing Co., Summer Squeeze

Ding Points: 71.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: I’m a big fan of lemongrass in all kinds of contexts and beer is no exception. I like the crisp, fruity element that it can bring. Of course it is a tricky thing to deal with, since the balance can […]

Beer Review: Ridgeway Brewing, Reindeer Droppings

Ding Points: 76.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Very hazy, orange pour. Very nice, bubbly head that offers plenty of sticky lace with very good retention. Nose offers plenty of sweet, grainy, almost earthy notes. A hint of alcohol but not much.

Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Misdemeanor

Ding Points: 86.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Bought a growler of this a few weeks ago but left it in my brother-in-laws fridge by mistake. This is on tap at Taco Mac, Prado, Sandy Springs/Atlanta, GA. Had a few 16 oz glasses. Understated, subtlety in a glass […]

Beer Review: Stone Brewing Co., Vertical Epic 11.11.11

Ding Points: 64.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: Every time that I pick up a VE bottle I am annoyed by the fact that the series is not a ‘vertical’ at ALL, but I suppose that’s a conversation/post for another day. Decent legs, nice, solid copper colored with […]

Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Witness Protection

Ding Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: On tap at Taco Mac, Metropolis, Atlanta, GA, USA. $6.00 for 16 oz. Solid black pour with a small, creamy, taupe colored head that produces a persistent, one-eighth of an inch, creamy layer that sits for ages. The lace is […]

Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Insanity Plea Ale

Ding Points: 68.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: More Jailhouse goodness? I hope so. Not sure if ‘plea ale’ is a play on words (pale ale), but from the tap handle it looks like this might be branded as a ‘fresh/wet hop’ IPA, well see. All the initial […]

Beer Review: Lagunitas, Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale

Ding Points: 63.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: Pours with a slightly washed out, pale gold color with some haziness but not chill haze. A large, pitted, two finger head that looks good, but fades quickly. However, some nice, sticky lace in a west coast hop-based manner.

Beer Review: Thomas Creek Brewery LLC., Banana Split Chocolate Stout

Ding Points: 60.00 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.0, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: $10.99 from Arbor Place Beverage for the 750 mL, (plastic, yuck!) corked, (crappily) caged bottle, that was next to impossible to open as the cheap, shitty cage wire just about disintegrated in my fingers, and fight with the hideous, plastic […]

Beer Review: Terrapin Beer Co., So Fresh & So Green, Green 2011 (Challenger)

Ding Points: 80.00 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Single hop beers (or even multi-hop beers that are dominated by only one hop) are OK, IF the hop that is being featured is one that is suitable, and can cope with being on its own or heavily featured. Some […]

Beer Review: New Glarus Brewing Co., Uff-da Bock

Ding Points: 70.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: 12 oz bottle form Kevin – thanks, man! Dark chestnut pour, quite close to black. BIG, ice-cream like, creamy head that has some super retention and some exquisite lace. The appearance may be the best part of this beer, and […]

Beer Review: Sweetwater Brewing Co., Fresh Sticky Nugs (Fresh Dry Hopped Double Red Ale)

Ding Points: 91.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 100.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: 22 oz bottle, the latest in the Dank Tank series, this time with a red, yellow and green motif. It’s difficult to keep up with the amount of beer being produced of late, especially in the what has now become, […]

Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Community Service

Ding Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Jailhouse’s collaboration with O’Dempsey’s and that makes me a little nervous because it brings together a brewer that I have been incredibly impressed with (Jailhouse), along with one that has done largely the opposite for me. Reddish, mahogany color on […]

Beer Review: Anchor Brewing Co., Brekle’s Brown

Ding Points: 72.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: The highly recognizable, ‘Anchor shaped’, 22 oz bottle that reminds me of their ‘Small Beer’ every time that I see it. Neck label along with the classic oval. 1GV on the rear gives the usual Anchor code in raised, dot […]

Beer Review: Port Brewing, Older Viscosity

Ding Points: 87.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: 12.7 fl oz corked and caged bottle. Vintage 2011, dot-matrixed on the neck. Even though this beer is in no way supposed to be highly carbonated, the lack of pop on a corked & caged Port/Lost Abbey beer always has […]

Beer Review: New Belgium, Lips of Faith Series – Clutch

Ding Points: 80.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Mmmm, interesting. A sour stout rather than a ‘sour dark’  – I guess I should have researched that properly in the first place. Never mind. The beer pours with the appearance of thick, robust stout, but in reality it is […]

Beer Review: Birra del Borgo, My Antonia (Italian version)

Ding Points: 73.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: 12.7 oz bottle, 7.5% ABV. Not any easy bottle to get into with medium thick, black foil and a cap that is quite tricky to prise off. $7.99 from Green’s on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. It’s an elaborate bottle in […]

Beer Review: New Belgium, (Lips of Faith) Kick

Ding Points: 88.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: More beer in the Lips of Faith Series. This one brewed in association with Elysian, it’s a blended beer. Relatively low carbonation on the initial pour, but the beer still has plenty of life in the glass. Mid-orange pour with […]

Beer Review: Terrapin Beer Co. & Left Hand Brewing, Peaotch (Midnight Project Collaboration #4)

Ding Points: 58.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: The latest in the Midnight Project Series (brew four) from the Left Hand and Terrapin collaboration. More, somewhat juvenile naming. Label describes this as “Ale with Peaches added’. Brewed with peaches form Georgia and Colorado. They grow peaches in Colorado? […]

Beer Review: Fort Collins Brewery, Hellesbock

Ding Points: 78.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: 22 oz beer purchased from Arbor Place Beverage in Douglasville, GA, USA for $5.99 where I know for an absolute fact, that this beer has been on the shelf for over a year. This is definitely the 2010 release, although […]

Beer Review: Full Sail Brewery, Sanctuary

Ding Points: 88.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes It never ceases to amaze me, how a fairly limited set of ingredients, plus the brewing process and the brewers intent, can so often produce a beer that does something quite different to that intent, and seemingly something significantly different […]

Sierra Nevada & Dogfish Head, Life and Limb 2

Ding Points: 72.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes I wasn’t crazy about the original Life & Limb, which of course came with plenty of hype, but this version seems to have slipped in with a little less fanfare. I am assuming there are some differences (apart from the […]

Beer Review: Vanberg & Dewulf (De Troch), Lambrucha

Ding Points: 77.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: An interesting one since this appears to be a beer that is blended in Belgium (at De Troch) for Vanberg & Dewulf who seem to be an importer based in Coopertown with ownership in Chicago. The addition of Kombucha interests […]

Beer Review: Full Sail, Elevation

Ding Points: 75.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: The 22 oz bottle is adorned with a bright orange label which seems appropriate for the contents. The beer reflects both the color on the label and the typical DIPA color which is pleasing on both fronts. Head is small […]

Beer Review: Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V., Brigand

Ding Points: 43.00 Pour: 50.00, Nose: 50.00, Palate: 40.00, Mouth: 40.00, Global: 40.00 Tasting Notes: Stubby, 11.2 fl oz bottle with an attractive sky blue colored cap. Label says ‘Bottled on 070717’ which seems a little strange; maybe a ‘best before’ date instead? Not sure why the St. George’s Cross appears on the label but […]

Beer Review: Red Brick Brewing, Dog Days Ale

Ding points: 52.50 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 50.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global 50.00 Tasting Notes: I am reliably informed that this beer is essentially the same recipe as the 2010 Summer Ale that Red Brick put out last year. Looking at my notes from previous tastings of that beer, this does seem different to me, […]

Beer Review: Boulevard Brewing Co., Long Strange Tripel

Ding Points: 92.50 Pour: 90, Nose: 80, Palate: 100, Mouth: 90, Global: 90 Tasting Notes: A beer, which on the one or two other occasions I have drunk it, I enjoyed it so much that I never got around to reviewing. I just didn’t want the experience of drinking it to be interrupted by note […]

Beer Review: Three Floyds Brewing, Apocalypse Cow

Ding Points: 83.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: 22 oz bottle from Binny’s in Clybourn, Chicago, IL. $11.99 (I think). Pour is a very attractive, orange/golden clear pour with decent carbonation. The head is good, and the lace attractive. A very attractive beer all around, actually. The lace […]

Beer Review: New Belgium Brewing, Somersault

Ding Points: 76.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: 12 oz single from Mac’s, Atlanta, GA as part of their mixed sixer. The second time I’ve had this, the other occasion being on draught at The Wild Wing Cafe on Hilton Head Island, SC. There was definitely a danger […]

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Best of Beer Camp #37 – Weizenbock

Ding Points: 88.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Had you asked me in advance of tasting any of the Best of Beer Camp Beers, I would have predicted that the Weizenbock would have been my favorite, so let’s see if the theory is born out in the practice […]

Beer Review: Moylan’s, Extra Special Bitter Ale

Ding Points: 80.00 Pour: 80, Nose: 80, Palate: 80, Mouth: 80, Global: 80 Tasting Notes: Every time I see an American brewed beer with the ESB moniker, my heart sinks. On nearly every occasion that I recall, the resultant beer has been dreadfully disappointing, mainly because it has been so far away from the genuine […]

Beer Review: 21st. Amendment Brewery, Hell or High Watermelon

Ding Points: 50.50 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 50.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 40.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: 12 oz can as a single from Mac’s. New style can with different colors from the first time I had this (used to be green, orange and white, now baby blue is the dominant color). Hazy but VERY bright orange […]

The ‘Grand Pooh-Bah’ is dead! Long live the ‘Ding’!

I wanted to draw a line under my beeradvocate.com experience once and for all, but couldn’t realistically do that to my own satisfaction until I had collected all of the reviews that I had contributed to the site over the years. As best I can tell, at the time of my ban, I had approx. […]

Beer Review: Avery Brewing Co., Eighteen

Ding Points: 74.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose; 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: If the truth be known I’m really not a big fan of the bitter, grating unrelenting tastes that rye tends to impart to beer, nor have I been a huge fan of many of the Avery anniversary beers in general, […]

Beer Review: Weyerbacher Brewing Co., Sixteen

Ding Points: 81.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Obviously a relatively unusual style, especially in the form of an anniversary beer, but nonetheless a welcome one. Darker than expected pour with a nice beige head. Small retention but some really nice creamy stuff is left on the surface […]

Beer Review: Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Co., Red Poppy Ale 2011

Ding Points: 78.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: 12.7 oz bottle that is REALLY heavy. Very thick glass on this one. Annoyingly hard to remove cork under the cage, eventually meant that I had to extract it with a ‘Lazy Fish’ corkscrew. Decent pop – at least we […]

Beer Review: Heavy Seas/Clipper City Brewing Co., Letter of Marque 2011

Ding Points: 76.00 Pour: 70, Nose: 80, Palate: 70, Mouth: 70, Global: 80 Tasting Notes: If the truth be known, over the years I have found the Mutiny Series a pretty average collection of beers, and I’ve said as much in my reviews. Underwhelming taste profiles have led to some pretty disappointing efforts in my […]

Beer Review: Red Brick Brewing, Double IPA

Ding Points: 64.00 Pour: 80, Nose: 60, Palate: 60, Mouth: 70, Global 60 Tasting Notes: God bless ’em, Red Brick (aka Atlanta Brewing Co.) just CANNOT get their packaging right! Despite a whole bunch of recent attempts to re-brand, it still doesn’t seem right to me. Anyway, I guess that’s another rant so back to […]

Beer Review: Lost Abbey/Port Brewing, Anniversary Beer

Ding Points: 81.50 Pour: 90, Nose: 80, Palate: 80, Feel: 80, Global 80 Tasting Notes: 22 oz bottle, $7.99 form Smyrna World of Beverage, Smyrna, GA, USA. Bottled on 5/5/11 with an additional dot-matrixed ‘5212’ on the neck in yellow ink. Shock, horror! This is a big, bold, hop-bomb without any excuses or any pretense. […]

Beer Review: Brasserie De Saint Sylvestre, Gavroche French Red Ale

Ding Points: 79.50 Pour: 70, Nose: 80, Palate: 80, Feel: 90, Global: 80 I’m fairly sure that this is a bottle with a significant amount of age on it, but at the same time I’m pretty confident that this type of beer will mature well, and perhaps equally importantly it will mature in a manner […]

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., The Best of Beer Camp #8 California Common

Ding Points = 80.00 Pour: 80, Nose: 80, Palate: 80, Feel: 80, Global: 80 Tasting Notes: My first of the Beer Camp Series. Picked this up at Mac’s in Atlanta, along with two of the three others from the Beer Camp mixed pack. Put into their mixed sixer. Clear, golden color with a nice degree […]

Beer Review: Spoetzl Brewery, Shiner Ruby Redbird

Ding Points = 72.00 Pour: 50, Nose: 70, Palate: 80, Feel: 80, Global: 70 Tasting Notes: OK, the cap for this beer has “The Perfect Summer Beer” emblazoned across it so it is certainly not afraid to declare where it thinks it is in the grand scheme of things. I like the confidence, I wonder […]

Beer Review: Sweetwater Brewing Company, Waterkeeper hefeweizen ale

Ding Points = 73.50 Pour: 70, Nose: 80, Palate: 70, Feel: 70, Global: 80 Tasting Notes: Another 22 oz, one-off (presumably) offering from the Sweetwater Brewing Co., that for my money have eclipsed Terrapin in their ability to produce a consistent, high quality special release beers. The usual Sweetwater presentation with screen printed bottle; at […]

Beer Review: Stevens Point Brewery, Burly Brown

Ding Points = 60.00 Pour: 60, Nose: 60, Palate: 60, Feel: 60, Global: 60 Tasting Notes: Not a brewery that generally sets the pulse running, but I’m always open to trying the next beer from any brewer, so when this one literally fell out of the DBF on to the floor and started leaking, I […]

Beer Review: Brasserie de Cazeau, Saison Cazeau

Ding Points 87.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: I spent an hour or so chatting with Crawford Moran (the genius brewer at 5 Seasons Westside in Atlanta) yesterday, and really enjoyed drinking his Provence Saison that is brewed with Lavender. Coincidentally I had picked this up at Hop […]

Beer Review: Heavy Seas/Clipper City Brewing Co., Aarsh Irish Red Ale

Ding Points: 75.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Feel: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: I’ve been dreadfully disappointed over the years with the mutiny series, even to the point where I have stopped buying several of them, so to be quite frank my expectations have been significantly lowered. Pour offers a pretty nice looking […]

Beer Review: Heavy Seas/Clipper City, Dubbel Cannon

Ding Points = 50.50 Pour: 60, Nose: 50, Palate: 50, Feel: 40, Global: 50 Tasting Notes: 12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. The pour produces a somewhat disappointingly lifeless beer, with head, retention and lace all significantly lacking.

Beer Review: Terrapin Beer Co., Side Project 15 Indiana Krunkles

Ding Points = 45.00 Pour: 50, Nose: 50, Palate: 40, Feel: 60, Global: 40 Tasting Notes: 22 oz gold foiled (neck) bottle with the usual Terrapin Side Project presentation; this is #15 in the Side Project series.

Beer Review: Stillwater Artisanal, existent American Farmhouse Ale

Ding Points: 68.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: 750 mL capped bottle with matt, black foil on the neck with a brooding sepia and black label with additional Nietzsche quotes. It’s all trying a bit too hard for my liking. Anyway….

Beer Review: Dogfish Head, Robert Johnson’s Hellhound On My Ale

Ding Points 60.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 50.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: 750 mL capped bottle in the usual DFH presentation.

Beer Review: Brewery Ommegang, Gnomegang

Ding Points: 90.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 100.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 90,00 Tasting Notes: 750 mL, corked & caged in the usual Ommegang bottle. Pop on opening is modest, with a little gun smoke. Pour is a beautiful golden clarity, with a smallish head. Lace is present but not tremendous. Considering the ABV all […]

Beer Review: Mikkeller, Rauch Geek Breakfast (AKA ‘Beer Geek Bacon’)

Ding Points = 60.50 Pour: 80, Nose: 70, Palate: 50, Feel: 60, Global: 60 Tasting Notes: Purchased at Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. 500 mL bottle.

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