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Rumble IPA by Great Divide Brewing Company

I’m sitting on my back deck out in the fresh air of a near 70 degree day in…late November???  Wait…what???  Yep…that is correct…near 70 degrees is the temperature today so I figured why not enjoy beer #363, Rumble IPA by Great Divide Brewing Company, outside.

Rumble IPA is brewed in Denver, Coloroado and is an American IPA with an ABV of 7.1%.  Of note here is according to the label, this is an IPA that is oak aged…I love me some oak.

I broke out my Starr Hill glass for the pour.  The color of Rumble was an amber with orange highlights to it.  It had a nice off-white head.  The nose was very light almost to the point of it not really smelling like anything…odd.  If anything, I got more of a malty, caramel like aroma and maybe a bit of an herbal smell, again all of that was very faint.  Where was the citrus, where was the hops???  The taste was very subdued with a bit of pine and a bit of just a tad sweet caramel malts.  It had an herbal almost vegetable like flavor near the back end.  Very strange.  The bitterness was fairly light in the medium bodied brew and the carbonation was fairly low.

I’m not sure what I was expecting here but I really didn’t get this.  I didn’t get any aromas or flavors of the oak aging…none of that nice woodsy vanilla buttery smooth flavor.  This wasn’t horrible…I just didn’t think it was all that good.

And then there were 2…

Rating: D

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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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Fade To Black Volume 3 by Left Hand Brewing Company

My next beer, #353, has a cool name, Fade To Black Volume 3.  It is also the name of a great, great song by Metallica (Fade To Black).  Left Hand Brewing Company is the brewer and they brew this Foreign/Export Stout in Colorado in town that goes by the name of Longmont.  The ABV comes in at a nice 8.5%.  This is their 3rd beer in the Fade To Black series.

This sucker poured a black color, none more black, with a nice almost two finger width tan head.  I took a whiff…smelled good with  chocolate and smoke and lots of big roasted malts aromas.  With my mouth starting to water, I took a sip.  Holy crap…there is a hot, spiciness here that caught me off guard.  This had the flavor of something like a piece of dark chocolate infused with habaneros or some other type of spicy chili pepper.  There was also a noticeable dark roasted coffee flavor here too and cocoa…but with a bitterness, not sweet at all.  It had a smoky essence to it also that was quite nice.  I loved how this had that spicy pepper burn in the back of the throat also.  There was no sweetness to speak of and it had a nice dry finish to it.  To be honest, the taste put a big smile on my face…dark chocolate, coffee, some sort of spicy pepper…my kind of drink.  It had a medium body with plenty of stinging carbonation but still had a kind of slickness to it…like oil that is.

This was a fantastic beer.  I love how they incorporated the pepper hotness and spiciness into this and how it wasn’t totally overpowering.  For me, it was highly drinkable.  I am a lover of hot and spicy anything…and if you are too, and love Stouts…give this try!  I want a few more of these…and I want them now…wonder if I can convince my wife to pick up some more for me on her way home from work???  And oh yeah…I was listening to Metallica’s Fade To Black as I was drinking this…and now I have a hankering for Thai food…the hotter the better…oh well…enough of my yackin’…

And then there were 12…

Rating: A+

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Autumn Ale by Breckenridge Brewery

When I visited Breckenridge, Colorado a few years ago, I lived on Breckenridge Breweries offerings the entire week I was there.  They had a brewpub right in town that we frequented often.  I seem to remember those beers actually being quite good (and very fresh) but all of their offerings I have had so far have not lived up to my memories.  I must admit, I was in my infancy when it came to craft beer back then and I was looking for something similar to my Holy Grail of beers at the time, Fat Tire.  Lets see if tonight’s beer will live up to those memories or will it fall to the wayside of many an empty bottle I have in my basement of sub-par beer.

Beer #346 is Autumn Ale by Breckenridge Brewery.  Breckenridge Brewery brews their version of an American Brown Ale in the Mile High city of Denver with an ABV of 6.7%

Appearance – Dark brown with no head whatsoever.

Nose – Pretty faint but I did get some roasted malts…a bit like coffee.

Taste – Coffee was the most recognizable flavor here.  It had a smoky & nutty quality to it also.  It was really all about the malts here…hops be damned.  It had a chocolate finish and aftertaste to it.  In a weird way it reminded me of Indian Corn, a take on Candy Corn but with chocolate…I know, weird.

Mouthfeel – Lighter than it looked in the body with low amounts of carbonation.  It was creamy and very smooth.

Overall – Pretty average…there are much better beers in this style.

And then there were 19…

Rating: C

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Polestar Pilsner by Left Hand Brewing Company

Wow…after today’s beer I will be in the home stretch with just 20 beers to go.  So let us crest that hill and begin that long, fun (hopefully), and fast downhill section (mountain biking reference) towards the finish line.

Beer #345 is Polestar Pilsner by Left Hand Brewing Company brewed in Colorado in the town of Longmont.  Their version of a German Pilsner has an ABV of 5.5%.

This beer had a slightly cloudy golden color to it with just a small white head.  There was some really nice bubble action going in here also…it is kind of cool to stare at.  I took a whiff, the nose was very bready and grassy.  Mix in a bit of citrus…lemon I believe…and there you have it.  It was a bit sweeter than I expected in the taste department.  Malts are upfront with a very grain like and bread like flavor.  Towards the back end was where I found the lemony goodness, much bigger here than in any other German Pilsner I have had.  It had a bit of bitterness and was quite crisp.  The body was smack dab in the middle of light and medium and it had average amounts of carbonation.  This was actually quite smooth and super easy to drink.

This reminded me of summertime…it was quite refreshing and quite good.  I liked it quite a bit…can I say quite anymore?  Oh yeah…Happy Election Day everyone!!!  Get out there and vote…it is your duty as an American citizen (if you are an American citizen that is…if not ignore this) and your right.

Rating: B+

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Never Summer Ale by Boulder Beer Company

Beer #325, only 40 more to go, is Never Summer Ale by Boulder Beer Company from Boulder, Colorado.  This Winter Warmer (I know…it is only autumn) has an ABV of 5.94%.

Appearance – Clear amber with a reddish tone with a off-white head.

Nose – Caramel malts, toasted bread…nothing else.

Taste – Very much like the nose…caramel and toast with a bit of a spicy, peppery flavor and pine hop thing near the back end.

Mouthfeel – Medium body, light carbonation, slight bitterness.

Overall – For a Winter Warmer…it didn’t warm me up at all.  I was expecting a bit more spice here and a bit more alcohol presence…something to remind me of winter and keep me warm on those long cold New Jersey winter nights.

Rating: D

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Small Patch Pumkin Harvest Ale by Tommyknocker Brewery

Another day, another Pumpkin Ale.  Beer #285 is Small Patch Pumkin Harvest Ale by Tommyknocker Brewery from Idaho Springs, Colorado.  Their version of a Pumpkin Ale has an ABV of 5% and the IBUs are even on the label coming in at 15, which means a beer low in bitterness.

You have probably noticed multiple uses of my Cowboys pint glass, and today was no exception.  Into said glass went this dark brown brew with no head.  The nose was more molasses than pumpkin but you still could pick out the pumpkin, even know it was a bit faint.  There was a bit of nutmeg also in the aroma.  This was one of the better Pumpkin Ales nose wise I have had.  It was quite malty tasting with roasted caramel and a bit of sweetness from the molasses making up a big part of the flavor.  This had more of a raw pumpkin flavor mid drink with a nice earthy thing going on.  It finished with a slight nutmeg flavor and it left an odd aftertaste.  Not horrible…just odd.  The carbonation was quite low, the body was medium and it was a tad bit creamy.

This was a decent Pumpkin Ale.  I would have liked it a bit more sweeter but overall…not too shabby.  One thing I did like about this was that it reminded me of fall…which seems like it is coming on ever so quickly.

Rating: B

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Tundrabeary Ale by Tommyknocker Brewery

Beer #257 comes to me from Colorado, Idaho Springs to be exact.  Tundrabeary Ale is brewed by Tommyknocker Brewery in the style of a Fruit Beer.  The ABV is fairly light at 4.7%.

It poured a clear amber with really no head whatsoever.  The nose was very light with a generic berry like aroma…and that was about it.  The taste was odd, it had a bitter fruit juice thing going on.  There was maybe a bit of raspberry buried in there but it was truly hard to tell…again…like the nose…I would say a nondescript berry flavor.  Very light body with low carbonation didn’t make this satisfying at all.

I think this is one of the worst Fruit Beers I have had.  It reminded me of my wine cooler days that are thankfully very much in the past.  If you see this on the outside…steer clear.  There are so many other better beers in this style to choose from that I just don’t see why one should waste their time with this one.

Rating: F

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471 IPA by Breckenridge Brewery

It was an absolutely beautiful day here in NJ…shame I had to spend the better part of it inside…working.  Such is the life of a Working Man…nice old Rush tune reference there for the uninitiated.

I think I’m going to enjoy beer #255 while hanging outside in front of the grill cooking & smelling ground beef…burgers it is.  Is there anything finer than the smell of burgers grilling up?  The beer I will be enjoying is 471 IPA by Breckenridge Brewery from Breckenridge, Colorado.  This American Double IPA has an ABV of 9.2% and is part of their Small Batch series of beers.  Sounds good to me!

I loved the color here, a nice amber with lots of orange to it.  The head was decent, fluffy and white.  The nose was classic DIPA, at least the way I like it…lots of grapefruit with a nice malty aroma to it.  Those hops started off the taste with grapefruit, pine, and maybe a bit of orange.  About mid-mouthful the hop flavors mixed into a nice caramel malty flavor with a breadiness near the end.  Nice and bitter this was right on though to the aftertaste.  I love when an IPA gives me the sensation that I’m drinking white grapefruit juice and that is exactly what this is like, just not as ‘juicy’.  It had a medium body leaning towards being a bit heavy and syrupy.  Carbonation was on the low side and this was quite smooth.  The alcohol was hidden really well.

Fantastic DIPA from the Rocky Mountain (high…Colorado) State!  I enjoyed this thoroughly and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.  This is my type of beer for sure!

Rating: A+

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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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