Appearance: Pours an almost clear honey color with a modest, but frothy head that leaves a reasonable splashing of lace
Smell: Pumpkin pie spice, vanilla sugar.
Taste: Opens with a rich pumpkin and spice flavor, which becomes increasingly spicey by mid-palate; after the swallow, the cornbread flavor builds, sweet and buttery; the finish has some alcohol on it
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; some warmth coming in at the end.
Drinkability: A big, flavorful pumpkin brew; a bit sweet but good.
A: Pours a dark burnt orange with a small soapy white head. Good retention for the style, no lace.
S: Pumpkin spice. Some flesh, lots of cinnamon, nutmeg.
T: Spice dominated. The overall pumpkin flavour is light. Cinnamon and clove heavy taste. Clove especially on the back end.
M: Medium-bodied, soft crisp carbonation. Light aftertaste. Thin at points.
O: A solid pumpkin beer.
Another Amazing beer from Stone Brewing. No need for a review, I feel like its minor tweaks on a great DIPA
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.
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.
Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color and a fluffy white head that leaves great lacing
Smell: Nice citrusy grapefruit aroma
Taste: Grapefruit flavors dominate the taste buds with a subtle amount of caramel malt in the background; the finish is long and resinous
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Very smooth and surprisingly flavorful for a 6% beer; exceedingly drinkable fruity IPA
A: The pour is a cloudy golden orange color with an huge white head that eventually dies down and leaves some nice lacing.
S: The nose is driven by the cracker and bread malt aromas along with a strong yeast presence. Some light citrus zest along with some pepper and banana. Not all that much that says saison.
T: The flavor is similarly boring. The intense carbonation mutes what flavor is there. Again, this beer is mostly wheat bread and yeast (almost doughy) with a light citrus component.
M: Over-carbonated to say the least. The body is medium, but the intense carbonation is just a bit too much.
D: This is a rather mediocre beer. North Coast gets a lot of notoriety because of Old Rasputin and Old Stock, but I’ve found most of their other beers to be mediocre.