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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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Allegheny Pale Ale by Pennsylvania Brewing Company

For nights I’m not feeling it…like tonight, I will be going back to a blogging style I used briefly.  I call it the ANTMO style.  Appearance, Nose, Taste, Mouthfeel, & Overall.

Beer #319 is Allegheny Pale Ale by Pennsylvania Brewing Company.  Another brewed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this American Pale Ale has an ABV of 5.6%.

Appearance – Amber color, no head..boo, hiss, boo.

Nose – What nose?  Very little scent of grass or possibly hay.

Taste – Oh…there is the malts but they are very underwhelming with a bready flavor.  Hops kick in the with a citrus orange rind like flavor and bitterness.  Funky aftertaste I couldn’t place.

Mouthfeel – Medium body, decent carbonation, a bit smooth.

Overall – Ehh…this did absolutely nothing for me.  Below average, forgettable but not truly horrible.  I finished it…I guess that is a good thing.

Rating: D

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Stranger by Left Hand Brewing Company

As I sit and compose this blog, the rain is coming down gently.  And in the distance I can hear the local church bells playing a very relaxing song that I know I know but I can’t quite put my finger on.  That in combination with the light rain, to me, is very soothing.

Beer #248 is Stranger by Left Hand Brewing Company.  From the Rocky Mountain State of Colorado comes this American Pale Ale with an ABV of 5%.

The color of this beer was a clear amber with orange tones to it.  It had a skinny off-white head.  The nose was quite subdued, there was just a hint of citrus, more orange than anything else and a touch of herbal and grass notes.  The taste was pretty simplistic, citrus hops up front with a bit of caramel malts bringing up the rear.  It had a medium feel to the body and was well carbonated.

This was a decent brew.  Compared to the last two days, it seemed rather ordinary.  I wouldn’t pass it up but then again I wouldn’t go seeking it out.

Rating: C

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Hopped Up 'N Horny by Horny Goat Brewing Company

Day #2 of the Horny Goat Brewing Company fest.  Lets hope this will be better than yesterdays.

Beer #235 is Hopped Up ‘N Horny, an American Pale Ale with an ABV 5.3%, is brewed in Wisconsin by Horny Goat Brewing Company.

Hopped Up ‘N Horny poured a clear orange amber with a small, and I mean small white head…more like a ring.  Lets take a sniff…shall we?  The nose was very light with a touch of malts…like bread actually.  The taste had a bit of a grapefruit flavor up front and then the malts took over, lightly of course, with some grain and bread flavors.  It had a slight bitterness overall.  There was a decent amount of carbonation in this medium bodied brew.

This was better than yesterdays Horny Goat…but not by much.  It was like I was drinking a light APA.  Nothing to see here folks…move along.

Rating: D

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