MOA Brewing Breakfast Ale

MOA Brewing Breakfast Ale, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

Appearance: A Hazy light-golden yellow with a strong fizz and a thin layer of white foam. Both of the MOA beers I tried seemed over carbed.

Smell: Sweet, floral, fruity aroma with a hint of tartness. Cherry flavor is there, candy like.

Taste: Slight malt backbone with a sweet, aspartame-like flavor. Cherry flavor present. Unfortunately, there’s quite a bit of artificial-ness here, not a good thing here.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with a huge carbonation.

Overall: Interesting beer with some qualities I don’t like. As with most flavored beers, not a winner.

21st Amendment Sneak Attack Saison

Its been a while so I guess its time to get back on the hog, I have quite a queue of beers to go. Onward…

A -A bright hazy straw yellow with a 1/2 inch of fizzy white head.

S – Smells of subdued spices and some cardamom, light bittering hops, and some wheat.

T – Not a traditional saison but pretty damn good. Needs more wild characteristics and maybe some brett flavor.

M – Light and bubbly, went down quicker than a Saison should.

Will definitely pick this one up again.

Maui Brewing Liquid Breadfruit

Maui Brewing Liquid Breadfruit, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with a small white head, rather foamy that reduces to a nice cap on top with some pretty nice lacing all around the glass.

S: Some light tropical fruit on the aroma, mostly passion fruit with a bit of lemon/lime citrus and some bready malt.

T: Not as fruity as the aroma, definitely a bit breadier. There is again a bit of passion fruit/papaya, but the citrus isn’t really there. A heavy dose of fresh bread comes through in the middle.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty clean.

O: Pretty good beer, a little fruitier on the flavor profile would have done it for me. was expecting something great here…

St. Arnold Brewing Icon Red

St. Arnold Brewing Icon Red, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A: Pours pale golden/orange color with a bit of haze. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Plenty of lace is left behind.

S: Definitely crystal malts. A cereal grain aroma with a light sweetness. A light bitterness that fades to a grassy/floral aroma. Finishes with a dry yeast character. Some light peppery phenols.

T: Pretty much follows the nose. Some cereal, bread and biscuit. Even some dry cracker flavors up front. A light sweetness after that. Grassy and floral hops. Then phenolic and peppery yeast in the finish.

M/D: A medium body and good carbonation. This finishes dry and crisp. Smooth at the same time. Easy to drink.

Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy

Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A – The beer pours with one and a half fingers of off white head on top of a copper colored body with good clarity. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves little lace.

S – Musty/fruity hop aromas of pineapple, mango, and onion. Some caramel malt in the background.

T – Pine hops up front with some bready malt. More pine hops in the middle with a hint of mango and some toffee. Finishes with moderate bitterness and sweet caramel malt as well as spicy pine hops.

M – Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D – Pretty nice, certainly drinkable enough. The hop aroma is enjoyable but a bit subdued while the flavor is kind of one dimensional.

New Belgium Brewing Co. Frambozen

A – Poured out a somewhat opaque, reddish, brown color with a foamy, one-finger, off-white head. It left some trails of lace.

S – It smelled of raspberries, caramel and some vanilla.

T – Tasted very sweet with raspberry dominating the roasted caramel maltiness. Almost too sweet at times.

M – It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D – This is pretty good. I found it to be more enjoyable with a meal (a good steak) compared to drinking it alone, but I continue to buy it in the season.

Brewery Ommegang Duvel Rustica

Brewery Ommegang Duvel Rustica, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A – Poured a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S – Fruity and yeasty with a bit of funkiness.

T – Nice spicy bite up front with a sweet caramel backbone. Good fruity sweetness, too.

M – Crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O – This is a very tasty Belgian-style ale. I forget how good Ommegang can be.

New Belgium Lips Of Faith – Biere De Garde

A – Poured out a clear, pale gold color with a one and a half finger of off-white foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S – Smelled of orange, grains and floral notes.

T – It tasted of lots of orange flavor with a fruity bite. Nice sweet caramel with a subtle bitter bite of grasses and pine.

M – It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish and sneaky potency.

O – This is a very tasty Belgian style ale. It really doesn’t seem to fit any style but it is tasty.

Serving type: bottle

Stone Brewing Enjoy By: 12.21.2012

Appearance: Pours a clear amber-infused golden color capped by an inch or foam that leaves some nice lacing behind

Smell: Grapefruit, pith and a hint of onion

Taste: Strong grapefruit and citrusy hop flavors, up front, with just a hint of a malt base underneath; a bit of onion creeps into the mid-palate, but it adds an angle rather than dominates; citrusy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Glad to have snagged 3 bottles from the release. Rare something like this makes it to SA. Very good, will be buying future releases.

Serving type: bottle

Woodchuck Farmhouse Select Hard Cider-Original ’91

A: Pours a light straw in color with minimal head or lacing

S: A little bit of wood and faint apple aroma. Smells more like a white wine than cider.

T: Tastes kinda like it smells, not too much apple and a lot of white wine.

M: Very dry, lightly carbonated

O: Cant say I would buy this one again. I was expecting great things in a Reserve like this especially with the story it had on the label but it didn’t live up.