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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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Winter Ale by Summit Brewing Company

A Winter Warmer in November?  Even know it is still fall…this just seemed appropriate for the nasty weather day we are having today…and what is that Winter Warmer I speak of?  Why it is beer #359, Winter Ale by Summit Brewing Company from St. Paul, Minnesota.  This beer is brewed in the style of a Winter Warmer as I alluded to before and has an ABV of 6.1%.

Into my pint glass went this very dark liquid…dark brown…possibly black in color.  The head was pretty much non-existent.  I took a smell…lots of chocolate and an earthy, nutty aroma greeted the nose.  So far so good so I took a taste.  It had some decent roasted malt flavors up front with chocolate, a bit of dark fruit raisin like thing and some brown sugar.  Towards the back end it was coffee mixed with cocoa and that cocoa went on into the aftertaste.  Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and highly drinkable was this yummy brew.

I liked this quite a bit though at times I thought of this more as a Porter but it still was nice and tasty.  I’m not sure how this could keep one warm in the winter, I would think the ABV would have to be jacked up fairly high for that.

And then there were 6…

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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Winter Rental Black Lager by East Coast Brewing Company

Watching my Cowboys on TV again thanks to the Giants being on tonight and the Jets playing this past Thursday.  I can’t think of a better time to break open beer #357, Winter Rental Black Lager by East Coast Brewing from New Jersey, then now.  This is East Coast Brewing Company’s 2nd beer they have brewed since founding the company in 2007.  Brewed in the style of a Euro Dark Lager, this beer has an ABV of 5.6%.

It poured a very nice dark ruby red color with an off-white head.  This had a nice light roasted malt aroma with some caramel and coffee.  The taste started off with a bit of a hoppy slightly bitter pine like flavor and then it got into the malts with roasted coffee-esque flavors and a bit of caramel.  This had a body just south of medium and north of light.  It had moderate amounts of carbonation and was fairly smooth.

This was a nice solid beer from East Coast Brewing Company.  I hope they do well and start brewing more styles…like a nice American IPA.

And then there were 8…

Rating: B

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Otto Ale by Victory Brewing Company

Back to Pennsylvania I find myself for beer #356.  I have already had 52 (53 if you include tonights) beers from Pennsylvania in this 365, the most from any state.  Otto Ale is my beer of choice for tonight brewed by Victory Brewing Company from Downingtown.  This is classified as a Smoked Beer and has an ABV of 8.1%  Interesting to note here is this Belgian Dubbel styled Smoked Beer was created based on the experiences Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet (co-founders of Victory Brewing Company) had on their trip to Bamberg, Germany in 1987.

Into my new glass, a Long Trail Brewing Company glass that the fine folks at Oak Tree Wine & Spirits (http://www.oaktreebuyrite.com/) gave to me after my purchase there today, went this dark amber brew with a very nice sized thick tan colored head.  The nose was smoky (think camp fire), malty and a bit fruity with raisins and I thought I got a whiff of some grapes.  It started off with a slightly sweet caramel malt flavor that melted off into a lightly smoky flavor similar to Liquid Smoke (if you cooked with this…you know what I mean).  There was a bit of brown sugar here too.  The fruits I picked up on in the nose didn’t really translate in the taste.  It had a medium body and some very fine light carbonation that made this creamy.  The alcohol was hidden very nicely here.

This was an interesting beer.  I really didn’t get the Belgian Dubbel aspect of this but I do find myself really enjoying the smokiness found in this style.  If you dig Smoked Beers or Rauchbiers, give this one a shot.

Cheers again to Oak Tree Wine & Spirits in South Plainfield, New Jersey as they were my go to beer store for the majority of this 365.  I will be visiting them in the future as their selection of beers is really unmatched where I live.  Team that up with a very knowledgeable and friendly staff and the little things like a free Long Trail & Sly Fox glass that will make them my go to beer store for many years to come.

And then there were 9…

Rating: B

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Mother's Milk by Keegan Ales

And as the beers roll on we find KingBob and his glorious band of adventurers (I’m feeling in a Skyrim mood…look it up) rolling into the state of New York for the next beer, #355, Mother’s Milk by Keegan Ales.  Brewed and bottled in Saratoga Springs, New York, this Milk or Sweet Stout has an ABV of 6%.  According to the label, Keegan Ales is The Hudson Valley’s Brewery.  This is also my first beer from Keegan Ales and that in itself is very cool!

To the pour…and this was another beer that was black in color with a small light brown head.  The nose was a fairly mild malty roasted concoction made up of cocoa, coffee, chocolate, and a bit of a smoky camp fire-esque aroma.  I took a sip and was greeted by a ever so slight sweetness.  I tasted milk chocolate followed by the slightly bitter and a bit course in texture cocoa mixed with a bit of smoke.  It finished with a dark roasted coffee flavor that lasted into the aftertaste.  It had a slightly heavier than medium body with some light tingling carbonation.  It was quite easy to drink.

This was a solid brew that I only wish was a tiny bit smoother and creamier.  Now it is off to plan out my last 10 beers of this 365.  I really am thinking of going all American big brewers like Bud, Miller and Coors for those last 10…I kid.  It will be a cold day in KingBob’s realm before I sink that low.  And now KingBob and his merry band of adventures must pack up and move on to our next destination…where that is I have no idea.  I still haven’t visited my go to beer store to know the answer to that.

And then there were 10…

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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