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India Pale Ale by Climax Brewing Company

I was jonesing for something a bit different than all the Oktoberfest and Pumpkin beers I have had…so I chose an American IPA.  I am also hoping for a bunch of other things like a win by the Yankees tonight, a loss by the Phillies, the Mets to finally decide they are nothing better than a Minor League team, & Scarlett Johansson (sexy as all get up) deciding she wants to live with me & my wife in a faux-polygamist marriage.  Wait…what?  A man can dream…no?

Anyways…I pulled out all the stops for a Yankee win tonight as you can see in the above photo.  My Don Mattingly Yankee jersey, my well-worn Yankee cap, my Yankee hefeweizen glass, my Yankee underoos…OK…you can’t see them in the photo but trust me…I have them on.  Can you tell I’m amped up for this game tonight?  I think I need a beer to calm myself down…

And that beer, #310, is India Pale Ale by Climax Brewing Company from Roselle Park , New Jersey.  Their version of an American IPA has an ABV of 6%.  I wonder if I should have picked up a beer from New York?

Into my Yankees hefeweizen glass went this hazy amber with a bit of orange color to it brew.  The cream colored head was massive & fluffy and left excellent lacing behind.  I dipped my nose into the glass…pine  and caramel and floral and bread and citrus and even some grass greeted said nose.  I took a sip…first thought was yum…white grapefruit.  There was a nice slightly sweet caramel maltiness and a bit of a bread like flavor that mixed well with the slightly bitter hops.  Towards the back end of this it had a pine like flavor and it finished with the same taste and acidic sensation (not truly acidic..something similar) as you get when drinking white grapefruit juice.  It had a medium body and coupled with lower amounts of carbonation made this quite smooth and creamy.  This was extremely drinkable…I know they make this in growlers and I think I wouldn’t have any issues finishing one off.

Quite simply…this was very, very good.  This is my type of beer for sure.  American IPAs FTW (for the win)!!!  Oh yeah…lets go Yanks!!!  And Scarlett…if you are reading this (I know you are)…call me…

Rating: A

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Cerise by Founders Brewing Company

“Ballgame over!  Yankees win!  Theeeeee Yankees win!”.  If you listen to the Yankees on the radio, you know the previous quote is from John Sterling, Yankees radio play-by-play announcer.  The Yanks beat those pesky Mets for the 2nd time in two days (going for the sweep tomorrow) which also means they have won the 2011 version of the Subway Series.  Yeah baby!

That being said, today was also a day for beer #216, Cerise by Founders Brewing Company from Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Cerise is a Fruit Beer with an ABV of 6.5% and that fruit it is brewed with is cherry.  What does Cerise mean you may ask…why it is the French word for cherry.

This brew had an amber color with a slight reddish tint to it and thin white head that disappeared very quickly.  The nose was very light but what did show up was of course cherry and a bit of a malty bread like aroma.  It had a nice pleasant tart cherry taste with that nice malty backbone running through it. What I liked was that this wasn’t that fake cherry flavor like Nyquil has…that is just plain nasty.  The more I thought about it when drinking this was that in an odd sort of way it kind of reminded me of cherry pie, a liquid cherry pie so to say, with the malts almost giving that crust like flavor and the cherries the filling. It finished very clean with no aftertaste whatsoever.  The body was just north of light and just south of medium with some lively carbonation.

I tend to be a sucker for these Fruit Beers so I was sort of digging this one as I found it refreshing and easy to drink.  If you like cherries or cherry pie…give it a go…you just may like it too!

Rating: B

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale by Samuel Adams

Looks like I will have to wait a few weeks for Derek Jeter to get hit #3000.  On to the 15 day disabled list he went today.  Although, looking at the schedule, it sets him up nicely to get #3000 in New York…at Citi Field, home to those cross town bums called the Mets.  Actually, that would would be pretty sweet.  I can’t stand the Mets and I despise them almost as much as I do the Red Sox.  It could be a good thing for the Mets and their money troubles though…they could keep the ball, steal his bat, and auction them off to the highest bidder.

Beer #198 is Samuel Adams Summer Ale by Samuel Adams from Boston Massachusetts.  This was served in a large glass on draft from Ruby Tuesdays.

Stats – American Pale Wheat Ale with an ABV of 5.3%.
Appearance – Pale straw yellow with a white head.
Nose – Kind of light with grains, wheat, lemon.
Taste – Wheat and grains up front finishing off with a lemon zest like flavor and bitterness.
Mouthfeel – Medium body, nice prickly carbonation, refreshing.

Not too shabby.  This was a pretty good beer that was super easy to drink. Mine came with a slice of lemon.  I’m not a huge fan of fruit slices in beer as I think they usually cover up bad tasting beers (Corona for example) but the lemon here complimented the beer.  I could see this as a good backyard BBQ type beer on a hot summer day…add that slice of lemon and it could be quite refreshing.

Rating: B

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La Fin Du Monde by Unibroue

I took a look up into the sky today and was amazed by what I saw…a yellow globe radiating heat and light.  Interesting…rumor on the street was that the globe was the sun.  Seems like forever since it has shown itself here in good old New Jersey.  Why not celebrate with some good food (Thai) and a beer.  That beer, #174, is La Fin Du Monde by Unibroue and is a Tripel with an ABV 9%. This beer is from Canada and brewed in Chambly, Quebec.  I do believe this is my first beer in the 365 from Canada.  Sweet!

Sorry for the root beer style mug this went into, but it was all the Thai restaurant we went to has for boozer like myself.  They are BYOB which is a good thing.  The color of La Fin Du Monde was kind of a hazy golden yellow.  It had a nice frothy white head.  The nose was really, really nice…apples, spiciness similar to pepper, flowery, banana, a bit of orange, and a slight grain bread like aroma.  I took a taste before the spicy Thai food got to work on me.  One word…delicious!  Lot of stuff going on here in the taste but for me it all started with an apple like taste.  Lots of  other fruit  (citrus, possibly peach, banana, pineapple) abound here along with a spiciness such as clove and pepper.  The mouthfeel from the carbonation made it very bubbly and prickly.  It had a medium body.  Highly drinkable in part because of how it tasted  but also because for a 9% ABV beer…that alcohol was virtually undetectable…until after the bottle was gone, then I felt it and the wife had to drive home from the restaurant.

Absolutely fantastic beer that is one of the best I have had.  I highly recommend you give a try.  I don’t think you will be disappointed.  I wasn’t and as I typed this last line, Tex (Mark Teixeira) just went deep for the Yanks with El Capitan on base (Derek Jeter) off of some hobo from Flushing, New York (Flushing…really…a town with a toilet reference…guess it is appropriate for the Mets) giving the Yanks the lead.  Yeah baby!

Rating: A+

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Vacationland Summer Ale by Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

TGIF!!!  And boy do I need it this week.  Also it is the start of Interleague play, MLB style.  What does that mean…well it means the 2011 version of the Subway Series, Yankees vs. the cross town stinkers…also known as the Mets.

To celebrate I figured a nice “Summer Ale” for beer #173.  Vacationland Summer Ale by Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company from Portland, Maine is an American Blond Ale with an ABV of 4.9%.

I broke out my Mac’s Grill pint glass that my mom “borrowed” from their establishment in Auburn, Maine many many moons ago.  Into to it went this light amber liquid.  It had a creamy white head (that creaminess comes through in the tasting too) of about one finger width in size.  It had a nose of grains, a very bread like aroma.  Throw in some grass like smells and you pretty much have the nose.  It had a sort of sweet malty taste up front with a bit of  wheat that finally finishes up with some slightly bitter citrus similar to lemon.  The body was somewhere between medium and light with the carbonation on the lower side.  It was very easy to drink this brew while listening to the ballgame streaming through the old internet.

Not too shabby.  I liked this and felt that the hoppy lemon flavors give it that summer feel.  I could see myself enjoying this out on the old back deck on a hot summer day listening to the Yanks.  Let go Yankees!!!

Rating: B

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