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New DogTown Pale Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company

Super early review as I will not be around for most of the day as we celebrate out Turkey Day today.  So lets get drinking…before noon…

Beer #362 is New DogTown Pale Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company.  This American Pale Ale is brewed in Petaluma, California and has an ABV of 6.2%.

Looks good…sporting a clear amber color with a small white head.  The nose was quite fruity, citrusy and floral…nice and hoppy.  Wow…quite tasty with pink grapefruit being the star here.  Pineapple, a light semi-sweet caramel flavor and bread crust near the back end of this medium bodied with a moderate amount of lightly stinging carbonation make this brew an easy drinker.  And that is what I needed drinking this at 10 am.

Overall…a very tasty brew that I enjoyed on this fine morning.

And then there were 3…

Rating: B+

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Hazed & Infused by Boulder Beer Company

 Beer #358 finds me swilling down something called Hazed & Infused by Boulder Beer Company from Boulder, Colorado.  The ABV of this American Pale Ale comes in at 4.85%.

It poured a nice golden amber color with a fluffy white head.  Excellent lacing did that head leave behind.  The nose was a bit on the light side with gentle aromas of citrus, some pine and soap.  Yep soap.  The taste was not soapy at all thank goodness.  It had some nice hoppy, heavier flavors of orange, tangerine, and pine mixing with caramel malts.  The body was fairly light, it had a gentle bitterness and with lower amount of carbonation that made this quite smooth.  It was quite drinkable and was gone quite fast…quite.

“Close your eyes look deep in yourself step outside yourself and let your mind go frozen eyes stare deep in your mind as you die”

This was quite enjoyable.  I enjoyed the higher concentration of citrus, hoppy flavors here.  It was quite a refreshing beer…quite.  What the heck is up with me today with all the use of quite???  Oh well…till we meet again…

And then there were 7…

Rating: B+

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Hopivore by New Holland Breweing Company

I am feeling better today and the Dallas Cowboys are winning and winning big…good day indeed.

Beer #350 is Hopivore by New Holland Breweing Company.  This American Pale Ale is brewed in Holland, Michigan and has an ABV of 6%.  According to the label, this is brewed with Michigan grown hops and they are used wet-hopped…which means they are added fresh and not dried.  Interesting…

Appearance – Amber color with hints of red when held up to the light.  The head was tiny and white.

Nose – OK…I know I’m coming off of being sick but I couldn’t smell much of anything other than the faintest aroma of malts..caramel possibly?

Taste – Again…pretty much nothing.  There was maybe a bit of a bitter pine flavor but other than that there was nothing distinguishable here.

Mouthfeel – A bit north of light in the body with a low amount of carbonation.

Overall – Horrible…there was nothing here that would make me recommend this to anyone.  Skip this.

And then there were 15…

Rating: F

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Pale Ale by Troegs Brewing Company

I hate being sick…nothing tastes right or smells good.

So this will be another non-review but I will drink it…it shouldn’t react with DayQuil or Zicam right…right???

Beer #349 is Pale Ale by Troegs Brewing Company from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  This is an American Pale Ale with an ABV of 5.4%.

I poured it, I drank it.

Maybe tomorrow I will feel better…I hope…

And then there were 16…

Rating: n/a

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Humming Ale by Anchor Brewing Company

I happened to glance at the night sky on my way home tonight…the moon was out and it looked beautiful.  It was full and there were clouds partially blocking it…it was quite a sight.  On to beer #347.

Humming Ale by Anchor Brewing Company is brewed in San Fransisco, California.  Anchor has been brewing this American Pale since 2009.  The ABV comes in nicely at 5.9%.

Appearance – Clear golden with tiny white head.

Nose – All hops…grapefruit, oranges, & earthy.

Taste – Ahh…there are the malts giving it a nice bready flavor and the citrus, grapefruit in particular, were evident in this lightly bitter brew.

Mouthfeel – Medium body, lively stinging carbonation.  It was quite crisp.  Very refreshing.

Overall – Solid beer that was refreshing and easy to drink.

And then there were 18…

Rating: B

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Hop Hazard by River Horse Brewing Company

From Philly we find ourselves just slightly north back in to the old Garden State, New Jersey.  Lambertville is the town and River Horse Brewing Company provides us with beer #344, Hop Hazard.  This is an American Pale Ale with an ABV of 6.5%.

I actually have a River Horse glass for the pour and into that glass went a dark, murky amber colored brew with just a small off-white head.  The nose was a decent mix of caramel malts and a hoppy pine scent and an aroma very similar to tea…odd.  It tasted just like it smelled with the addition of a bit of white grapefruit both in flavor and bitterness.  I thought the hops were a bit more noticeable in the flavor…the pine in particular…than the malts.  The carbonation was average in this medium bodied brew.  It was a fairly smooth beer that I finished really quick.

This was a solid beer from River Horse and one more beer for me in the long line towards 365.

Rating: B

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Stone Pale Ale by Stone Brewing Company

It was a very nice day here in NJ.  Shame I damaged my arm in a freak curtain hanging incident or I would be out again on the trails riding my trusty steed.  Recently polished desk (makes it really slick), socks, and not paying attention led me to a fall where I came down and overextended my arm at the shoulder as I was trying to brace myself.  I need to rest it…good thing it wasn’t my beer glass drinking arm…

Beer #330 is Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Company.  Escondido, California is where this American Pale Ale is brewed and it is brewed with an ABV of 5.4%.  I am generally a fan of Stone, so let us see how this beer fares.

Appearance – Amber color with a trace amount of a white head.

Nose – A bit more maltier than I was expecting with nice strong notes of caramel and bread.  The hops were there also but in a subdued way with some faint grapefruit aromas.

Taste – The malts are up front here with a slightly sweet bread like flavor.  Then the hops come on, much more pronounced then in the nose, with a nice, and for a Stone brew, not overly bitter grapefruit taste.  Definitely more malty than hoppy.  It had a nice crisp finish to it.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation make this quite drinkable.

Overall – A very, very good beer from Stone.  I could see this being a nice session brew for football Sundays.  I may have to pick myself up a six pack of this for just that reason to break away from my usual, much more citrus and hoppy, American IPAs.

Rating: B+

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