Bitter American

OK, let's be clear, at 4.4% this is NOT a session beer. Right, now we've got that out of the way, back to the beer itself. 12 oz can, many thanks go out to Beejay for the chance to try this one. Pour is a deep gold color with a pretty spectacular head (if somewhat light), but the lace is very good. Nice retention. The carbonation seems a touch on the high side. VERY strong hoppy aroma which is frankly a bit surprising. The hops threaten a bit at the start of the beer but never really amount to...

Monk’s Blood

12 oz single can from Mac's, Midtown, Atlanta, GA, USA as part of their new "Pick/Mix a Four pack" as opposed to the pick/mix a 6 pack. The beer pours a hazed, reddish-copper color with some cream colored head that does not linger. Not much lace. Nose gives up a little maltiness but to be honest it really is nothing to crow about. Some sweetness and a dash of alcohol but not much else, even on warming. Tastes are pretty sweet which is OK for the style, but follows up with some significant...

Fireside Chat

$1.65 for the 12 oz can from Green's on Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA, USA. A reddish, thin looking body with some brown highlights at the extremities. The head is richer than the body and leaves some nice, dense lace. The beer has very little hint of being a Winter Warmer and frankly no winter spice element that I can detect. It drinks like a thin, acidic, slightly off brown ale that may be on the brink of developing a large infection. Some slight lacto elements, the beer is pretty poor under...

Hop Crisis

11 oz pour at Deckard's. Their menu says 10.8% (new vintage with a different ABV perhaps?). Golden hazed body with relatively low carbonation. Bone white head that is small but well retained and tight. Lace is very pretty. West Coast Pine resin nose. Tastes are simply not as aggressive as the nose might suggest. Relatively subdued for the style, the nose and the ABV. Plenty of lightly warming alcohol and some lovely, peach/grapefruit sting in the middle and back end. Lingering aniseed in the...

Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer

12 oz can. Poured into the Tucher Weizen 500 mL glass, the beer produces a light straw-like color, clouded appearance and a lack of much head at all. Lace is pretty much non-existent. Nose reveals something fruity, although frankly it is difficult for me to distinguish much in terms of watermelon. The tastes add more fruit, and although it is stronger than the nose it still seems more like pineapple or pear to me than watermelon. Definite "estery" angle no matter which way you look at it....