Posted in Witbier, tagged Alaska, Anchor Brewing Company, fall, Peasant Fare, Salsa El Mariachi, Six Mile Run Reservoir, Whiteout Wit, wine, Witbier on November 5, 2011 |
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Whiteout Wit by Anchorage Brewing Company
It was a lovely fall day so we took a hike through Six Mile Run Reservoir. This is normally where I ride my Salsa but I wasn’t sure if the trails we would be OK after the snow we had a week ago. They were indeed OK and it was quite lovely walking through the woods. It was a much different experience then riding through at a much higher rate of speed. It was very relaxing.
When I got home, I decided to pop open beer #342, Whiteout Wit by Anchorage Brewing Company. Another beer and probably my last from Alaska, this Witbier has an ABV of 6.5%.
It poured a pale yellow or gold with quite the large foamy white head. My first thought on smelling it was it had a sour smell to it. Wheat was the other thing I smelled along with wood (makes sense…this was aged in oak barrels). The taste is more of that sourness with some lemon..with a bit of the bitterness like you get from chewing on the lemon peel. It had a bready flavor to it along with a buttery, almost wine like thing going on. The body was between light and medium and the carbonation fairly low. It was quite easy to drink.
This was an odd bird for me. It was quite unique with some of the qualities more like a white wine than beer. At times, I thought I was drinking a lightly carbonated wine. I’m not quite sure I liked this all that much…my wife enjoyed it much more than I did. Ehh…send it to the peasants.
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Posted in American Double Stout, Imperial Stout, tagged American Double Stout, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, Imperial Stout, mocha, Mokah, mountain biking, New York, Salsa El Mariachi, Six Mile Run Reservoir, Southern Tier Brewing Company on October 10, 2011 |
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Mokah by Southern Tier Brewing Company
I’m a biking fool lately…thoroughly addicted I am to the trail, my bike (Salsa El Maricahi), the sounds of nature, and the solitude. Oh yeah…the speed one can get going down inclines is quite thrilling also. I happened on a hawk or possibly an owl in my riding today that had an unfortunate victim (rabbit?) in its talons as it flew skyward. Another 16 miles at my favorite place to ride, Six Mile Run Reservoir, made me a happy camper.
Beer #316 is Mokah by Southern Tier Brewing Company. I have been looking forward to this American Double Stout or Imperial Stout brewed in Lakewood, New York for quite some time. The ABV clocks in at a heavy 11.2%.
Mokah poured black with a very thin brown head. The nose was fantastic…chocolate and coffee and cocoa. It smelled like hot chocolate or more like a mocha coffee drink…yum! It tasted exactly like it smelled with the coffee and the chocolate mixing together very nicely. There was a bit of vanilla mingling in with some nice roasted malty flavors. It reminded me of how I like my mocha coffee drinks, not overly sweet with a nice bitter cocoa/chocolate flavor. It had an excellent aftertaste of cocoa powder…damn good. It had a heavier body but not really thick. It was quite smooth and creamy with lower amount of carbonation. I thought the alcohol was hidden fairly well for such a high ABV brew.
I loved this…it was quite delicious! Coffee and chocolate lovers should seek this out. This is by far my favorite Southern Tier brew I have had so far!
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Posted in American Porter, tagged American Porter, Cricket Hill Brewing Company, mountain biking, New Jersey, Nockamixon State Park, Peasant Fare, Reserve Ale BBA Porter, Scarlett Johansson, Six Mile Run Reservoir on October 8, 2011 |
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Reserve Ale BBA Porter by Cricket Hill Brewing Company
You know…it has been almost 5 days since I hinted that Ms. sex-pot Scarlett Johansson should give me a ringie ding ding. I have yet to hear from you…I’m not really sure why. I am a King after all, I have the #1 blog all across the land (well maybe not), and I am drop dead gorgeous. Just ask anyone…
Anyways…what a beautiful October day it was and there is more of the same for tomorrow, Monday, and Tuesday. If you didn’t get out today and you live in NJ, NY, PA, etc…shame on you. Over to New Hope we ventured for a ride on the canal then I had my wife drop me off at Six Mile Run Reservoir and I rode some sweet singletrack there and to top it off…I pedaled my ass home on the roads(boo). All in all…another 21 miles today and with the 20 I did yesterday…my ass is sore. So what better thing to do then sit at my PC and blog about another beer. I think I need a pillow on this chair…and maybe for my loving wife to spread some A&D ointment all over my buttocks…
Beer #314 is Reserve Ale BBA Porter by Cricket Hill Brewing Company from Fairfield, New Jersey. They brew this American Porter with an ABV of 6.7%. The BBA in the name stands for bourbon barrel aged and the Reserve means that these are special beers Cricket Hill brews. They only brew 4 Reserve Ales a year. I have another lined up for tomorrow, an American Brown Ale.
This beer poured a dark brown, it could have been black. The head was light brown and quite large and very fizzy. The nose was very woodsy with loads of vanilla. Did I mention this was aged in bourbon barrels? Well it was and it smelled like bourbon/scotch/whiskey. Take your pick for they all kind of smell similar to me but then again…I’m not a connoisseur of those types of alcohol. It tasted exactly like it smelled with the inclusion of a bit of chocolate. It had a very slight burnt ending to it. It was a bit thin body wise for my liking for an American Porter and was quite harsh mouthfeel wise with a nice amount of stinging carbonation. Even know it smelled quite like the alcohol bomb…that was not really the case.
For me…this didn’t work as an American Porter. I just didn’t dig this at all. It was more like a bourbon flavored beer. I like a coffee flavor in my porters but this had none of it and it was just a bit too thin. Lets hope tomorrows from Cricket Hill is better.
Oh yeah…I am really contemplating doing another mountain bike ride tomorrow at Nockamixon in Pennsylvania. They are having their grand opening of their newly cut trails. Free food, free drink, and awesome riding. I’m there…I just hope my derriere can take it…
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Posted in Bock, tagged Bock, Bock Beer, CamelBak, Hurricane Irene, Lakefront Brewery Inc., mountain biking, Princely Potion, Salsa El Mariachi, single track, Six Mile Run Reservoir, Wisconsin on September 5, 2011 |
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Bock Beer by Lakefront Brewery Inc
It is amazing what a difference a week makes. At this time last week, we were getting hammered by Hurricane Irene. Today I decided to strap on the spandex shorts (with baggy shorts over them…no…I’m not one of those), don the bike helmet, fill up the CamelBak, and hit the local trails with my Salsa El Mariachi. Six Mile Run Reservoir (funny thing is that there is no reservoir here) was in fine form other than a few blown down trees. They are nothing a chainsaw can’t make short work of. Cheers to the gents over at Halters Cycles (www.halterscycles.com) who organize trail maintenance to keep this awesome park open for biking and hiking.
After putting in 12.55 miles of fun tongue sticking out single track, it was time for beer #281, Bock Beer by Lakefront Brewery Inc from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Brewed in the style of a Bock, this beer has an ABV of 6.7%.
Into my Stella glass went this iced tea colored brew. The head was amazing, huge and tan colored. I dipped my nose in the glass and was greeted with lots of toasted caramel malts, slightly sweet. There wasn’t any hop component that I could pick up on but I did get a slight boozy aroma. The taste was much sweeter than the nose led me to believe. The toasted caramel malts were the star here…and they were quite sweet. There was also a dark fruit thing, like raisins, along with a nutty thing going on here. The nutty thing came on at the finish and into the aftertaste. This was quite smooth and creamy with low carbonation. It had a medium body.
This was a solid beer. If you like Bocks, give this one a try.
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Posted in Belgian Strong Dark Ale, tagged Belgian Strong Dark Ale, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Local 2, Haro Mary, mountain biking, New York, Princely Potion, Six Mile Run Reservoir, Somerset on July 10, 2011 |
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Brooklyn Local 2 by Brooklyn Brewery
88 degrees here today…sounds like perfect weather (though I didn’t check the dew point…I will leave that for Dr. DewPoint) to go mountain biking. Over to Six Mile Run Reservoir with my single speed Haro Mary for my typical out and back of 10 miles had me hot and sweaty and hankering for a beer.
Enter beer #224, Brooklyn Local 2 by Brooklyn Brewery from where else…Brooklyn, New York. 9% ABV was in store for me in this Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Lets see how this compares to Local 1 which I had a little over a week ago.
Local 2 poured an opaque dark brown with a huge off-white fluffy head with some fantastic lacing. Lets take a whiff, shall we? The first thing I got was apples and alcohol. At times I got a bit of chocolate…odd. Fig Newtons make an appearance here in the nose also. This is quite a bit more malty in the nose than Local 1 with a sweet molasses thing going on. Sure enough the taste of raisins and Fig Newtons along with maybe plums and grapes…yep grapes…appear first. The malts take hold after the fruits with some caramel and molasses type flavors. Alcohol rears its head towards the back end of the sip. It had a medium body with some heavier stinging carbonation. I had to take my time with this…sipping…sniffing…swirling…generally enjoying the experience.
A very nice beer but I didn’t like it as much as I liked Local 1. It was a tad bit too sweet for me, odd…since I like sweet things. Still worth a look if you like Belgian style brews. One last thing, my last after ride brew was Brooklyn Local 1. I’m sensing a Brooklyn Brewery after ride thing going here. Maybe I will have to try Brooklyn Sorachi Ace after my next jaunt through the deep dark woods of the kingdom of Somerset. Till we next cross paths…
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Brooklyn Local 1 by Brooklyn Brewery
A day off on a beautiful summer day for me usually involves mountain biking. Off to Six Mile Run Reservoir for some nice twisty, flowing singletrack. There is nothing to technical here other than a few log piles, roots and a few man made log bridges over streams. It rides fast and has good flow. After 12.5 miles of grinning like a fool in the woods (including one tumble into a small ravine filled with sticker bushes), I was hungry. I love burritos and a beer after a ride, so I picked both up.
The beer I chose today for #215 is Brooklyn Local 1 by Brooklyn Brewery. They brew this Belgian Strong Pale Ale in Brooklyn, New York and it has an ABV of 9%
Into my tulip glass it went with a nice orange/gold color. The head was glorious being white, fluffy, and huge. The head seemed to go on forever and it left some really nice lacing behind. This had a really nice and complex nose with aromas of orange, cloves, lemon, floral, tropical fruit, and a bit of banana. It tasted liked it smelled with the inclusion of a nice peppery flavor along with a breadiness. This had a lot going on in the taste. The alcohol was hiden nicely but started to make an appearance as it warmed up. It finished a bit dry and had a bitterness in the aftertaste that tended to linger on. It had a nice medium body with a smooth and creamy feel with ample carbonation.
Overall an excellent beer and maybe my favorite from Brooklyn Brewery. This was a great after ride drink and a great way to start the holiday weekend to celebrate the birth of the the USA.
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