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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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Double Stout Black Ale by Green Flash Brewing Company

Wow…driving home from work tonight and I saw a house with Christmas decorations setup and lit up.  Really?  It isn’t even Thanksgiving yet…

Beer #351 is Double Stout Black Ale by Green Flash Brewing Company from San Diego, California.  This American Double/Imperial Stout has an ABV of 8.8%.

Appearance – The color of night…black.  The head was huge and creamy and light brown.

Nose – Dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, vanilla and a bit of smoke.

Taste – It starts off bittersweet with dark chocolate.  It had a nice dark roast, slightly sweetened coffee flavor towards the back end…almost like a bitter mocha coffee drink from Starbucks.  There was a very subtle burnt or smoky thing here also…but it was really in the background.  The ABV was hidden very nicely here.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, light carbonation, & quite smooth.

Overall – This was very nice.  With dark chocolate being my favorite of all chocolates and my love of coffee, this was right up my alley.

And then there were 14…

Rating: B+

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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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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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A Little Sumpin' Wild Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company

Heard a really good song today…Watch Over You by Alter Bridge.  It is amazing how a song can make you feel or the memories it can invoke.  For me, the singer is the key…with the voice being, in my humble opinion, the greatest instrument in the world.  I really appreciate when I can truly feel the emotions a singer is trying to express with their voice…couple that with a nice melody and for me you have a winner.  Of course it doesn’t hurt if there is a soaring guitar (2nd greatest instrument) solo or crunchy, chunky overdriven rhythm guitar parts…the louder the better.

Beer #326 is A Little Sumpin’ Wild Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company from Petaluma, California.  This Belgian Strong Pale Ale has an ABV of 9.4%…yowzers!  Lets see how it compares to A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin Ale that I had a few days ago which was absolutely fantastic.

Appearance -Golden orange color with a tiny white head.

Nose – Citrusy…nice orange aroma.  Some honey and pine and spices such as cloves.  A tiny bit of banana.  A funky Belgian style yeast smell also.

Taste – Spicy…pepper and cloves come to mind in the taste first.  There is a slightly sweet caramel malt backbone here that I didn’t get in the nose.  Pretty fruity mid-drink with orange and even the rind of the orange flavors.  The bitter pine goodness of the hops is apparent towards the back end.  Lots going on here but it all mixes really well.  The alcohol is hidden really well also…I wouldn’t have guessed it was 9.4% ABV.

Mouthfeel – Medium body, slightly sticky.  A decent amount of tight, tingling carbonation.  Excellent bitterness throughout.

Overall – Another delicious brew from Lagunitas…man they are making some good beer in Petaluma!  I like the citrus qualities infused into this Belgian Strong Pale Ale.  If you can find it…definitely give it a try!

Rating: A

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company

Beer #324 is A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company from Petaluma, California.  Their version of an American Pale Wheat Ale has an ABV of 7.5%.  There is just something about the name of this that makes me smile.

Appearance – Golden in color with a small cream colored head.

Nose – This smelled so good…very hoppy with lots of citrus.  Pineapple, grapefruit, pine, oranges…right up my alley!

Taste – Very fruity…with the pineapple, orange & grapefruit (both white and red) being the stars here.  There was a decent pine flavor and bitterness here also more near the end. Add in a bit of bread like wheat flavors and this is one delicious brew.

Mouthfeel – Medium body leaning a bit towards being sticky and syrupy…in a good way.  The carbonation was fairly low and that made this quite creamy.

Overall – This was one of the best beers I have had.  It was absolutely delicious.  It was like an American IPA mixed with a Weissbier.  I’ll tell you one thing…I’m going back to where I got this and buy up whatever they have left…it was that good!

Rating: A+

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Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale by Stone Brewing Company

Lets go Yankees!!!  Game 5…do or die.  Win or go home (even know they are home).  Should be a good one and I know exactly where I will be at 8:07 pm tonight.  For the time being though, it is time for my next beer.

Beer #312 is Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale by Stone Brewing Company.  You have to love those names Stone gives their beers.  This American Black Ale is brewed in Escondido, California and has an ABV of 8.7%.

It poured a very dark brown, it could have been black.  When I held it up to the light it had a faint ruby red color.  It had a nice light brown head sitting atop of it.  The nose was pine and grapefruit.  It had a very nice floral smell to it also.  Throw in a lesser aroma of dark roasted malts similar to coffee and I thought it was one fine smelling beer.  It started with the malts in the taste with a nice bitter black coffee taste with a bit of vanilla.  It worked its way to being quite hoppy with pine being the biggest flavor.  The coffee comes back at the end and into the aftertaste.  It was nice and bitter but not over the top like some of Stones offerings.  The body was leaning much more to the heavy and sticky and syrupy side.  It had an ample amount of carbonation.  For the high ABV, this was quite drinkable with the alcohol content hidden very nicely.

This was an excellent brew.  This was very yummy…I really enjoyed the mixing of the dark roasted malts with the IPA qualities.  Find it…drink it…enjoy it!!!  Oh yeah…go Yanks!!!

Rating: A

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