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Imperial Red Ale by Epic Brewing Company

It has been 4 days since I mentioned anything about the Yankees as a follower of this blog, Bill, has pointed out.  I really didn’t think I needed to.  They got beat…plain and simple.  I personally think they had a fine season anyways.  No one expected them to finish with 97 wins (including me) with the like of Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon as two of their starting five pitchers let alone win the American League East.  That was reserved for the Red Sox…and we all saw how that worked out.  I have been a fan for a long long time…way before their current run that started in the mid 90’s.  With the money they generate and can spend, they will back…as Craig Carton says ” you can la la lock it up!”.

Beer #317 is Imperial Red Ale by Epic Brewing Company from Salt Lake City, Utah.  This American Amber or Red Ale has an ABV of 7.8%.  It is part of Epics Exponential Series…from their website “Epic’s special line of ales and lagers for the accomplished consumer or the ever-curious.”  OK…now I’m curious.

This beer poured a reddish brown with a thin off-white head.  The nose was very malty with a big caramel aroma.  I also got a nice hoppy smell with a bit of pine and citrus.  Soap…yep…there was a bit of a soapy smell also.  It started off in the taste with those caramel malts…a bit of the toasted side.  About mid mouthful, pine takes over and then it finishes with a white grapefruit flavor and bitterness.  The aftertaste was that of bread.  It had a nice mouthfeel, the body was north of medium but not quite heavy.  It bordered on being a bit stick and syrupy.  It had a decent amount of carbonation but it still managed to be a bit creamy.

This was quite tasty and I enjoyed it to the bitter end…as I did the Yankees season.  Oh yeah…hey A-Rod, Swish, and Tex…take a few notes from what Jorge (Georgie) Posada did in the playoffs this year. If this was his last year as a Yankee…he went out shining like a star.  Cheers to Jorge!!!  Now, how many days before pitchers and catchers report?

Rating: B+

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Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout by Rock Art Brewery

Tonight is the last night of the MLB regular season and the Yankees (in the playoffs…again) are doing their best to eliminate those pesky Tampa Bay Devil Rays….oh…sorry…can’t say Devil now a days.  I wish there was a way the Yanks could also eliminate the Red Sox.  I just have this feeling the Red Sox are going get things going again.  Maybe we will see a Yanks/Red Sox ALCS?

Anyways…on to beer #304, Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout by Rock Art Brewery brewed in Morrisville, Vermont.  This is brewed in the style of an American Double or Imperial Stout with an ABV of 8%.  Of note here is that this is brewed with pumpkin and spruce tips just like in colonial times for flavor and bittering.  I love the little saying on the label…”This ain’t for no mama’s boy or daddy’s girl”.

It poured black as night with a one finger width tan head.  It had a vegetable like aroma (must be the pumpkin) along with the typical Stout smells of chocolate and coffee.  It started off with a pine like flavor from the hops and then got into some roasted, almost burnt coffee flavors from those lovely malts.  There was an herbal quality to the flavor also.  It had a decent bitter bite near the end of it.  I didn’t get anything in the taste resembling pumpkin.  It was lighter in the body that I was expecting being somewhere between medium and light.  The carbonation was fairly low and the alcohol was hidden very well.

For me, this was pretty average.  I was expecting the pumpkin to make a bigger splash here taste wise and it just didn’t.  It showed in the nose though.  I still love Rock Arts use of Kokopelli though.

Rating: C

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90 Minute Imperial IPA by Dogfish Head

Today is a great day.  Why you ask?  Well to start it is International Beer Day.  A day started back in 2007 to celebrate…beer!  Today is also the start of the Yankees vs. the Red Sox at Fenway Park.  A three game battle to see who will be in first place (they are tied for first right now) in the American League East at the end of Sunday.  And last but not least…it is my birthday!  Is it a coincidence that International Beer Day is on my birthday?  I think not…

To celebrate all of these, I will be having beer #250…90 Minute Imperial IPA by Dogfish Head.  Brewed in Milton, Delaware, this American Double or Imperial IPA has an ABV of 9%.

The color of this beer is an amber with an orange tint.  It had a one finger width cream colored head.  The nose was heavy with grapefruit and pine and heavy with caramel malts.  For a higher alcohol content beer, I didn’t pick up any of that in the nose.  It smelled right up my alley.  The taste starts with some big sweet malts which then melts into the even bigger grapefruit and floral flavors of the hops.  Towards the end of the mouthful, you get what I could best describe as what pine needles probably taste like if you were chewing on them. It wasn’t nearly as bitter as I thought it might be.  The mouthfeel was thick and syrupy, bordering on heavy.  It was nicely carbonated but still had a tendency to be smooth.  I didn’t pick up any alcohol in the taste either.

This was another winner from Dogfish.  The only knock I had was that is was a tad bit too sweet.  Other than that…it was damn good!

One more thing…lets go Yankees!

Rating: A

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Woody Creek White by Flying Dog Brewery

Yankees (yeah baby!) vs. the Red Sox (boo)…battle for first place in the American League East.  Good stuff…even better if the Red Sox go home with their tails between their legs.  Lets go Yankees!!!  Time to watch and crack open a beer.

Beer #191 is Woody Creek White by Flying Dog Brewery from Frederick, Maryland.

Stats – Witbier with an ABV of 4.8%
Appearance – Hazy yellow with hints of orange with a small white head
Nose – Citrus, lemon mostly with a bit of orange, herb spiciness, wheat, grains, farm-like…possibly wet hay
Taste – Lemon up front, the spice is there too (coriander according to the bottle), a orange peel bitterness near the end, funky almost sour aftertaste
Mouthfeel – Light body, crisp, moderate carbonation

This was an easy drinking beer, very light in both the flavors and the nose.  A decent Witbier that the wife liked more than I did.  Ahh but what does she know being a Queen and all…Kings know best…don’t they?

Rating: C

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