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.

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen



Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A – Poured out a clear, amber color with golden highlights. It had a thick, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S – It smelled of sweet caramel, some grass and subtle spice.

T – It had a toasty maltiness with sweet caramel. There was a nice bitter hop character, not overpowering but just enough to add some balance.

M – It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied, easy drinking lager.

D – This is a really solid Oktoberfest. Cheap at the store and crazy at the bar. Tell me why its $3 and change at the store and $11 at Saucer? I dont get the markups.

Ommegang Abbey Ale



Ommegang Abbey Ale, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A: Seems to be burgundy in color, although maybe a bit more “brownish”. A lot of foam initially, but it subsides quickly.

S: Smells sweet, a nice aroma of fruits with lots of figs and some dark cherries, a noticeable alcohol scent as well.

T: The fruit (especially the figs) come through, with notes of plums and cherries as well. A caramel type sweetness is present as well.

M: A nice amount of carbonation on the tongue, and good body.

D: A delicious Dubbel, and another fine beer from Ommegang.

Deschutes Brewing Co.Chainbreaker White IPA

A – Poured a cloudy, yellow color with golden highlights. A two-finger, rocky, white head of foam left sudsy patches of lace on the glass.

S – It smelled fruity and yeasty with a touch of wheat.

T – Good fruity bite from the Belgian yeast. Nice cracked wheat flavor with citrus notes.

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

O – They’ve really combined an American wheat beer and a Belgian IPA. Really cool would be a great summer beer

Russian River Pliny the Elder

Russian River Pliny the Elder, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A – Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange color with golden highlights. It had a small, thick, foamy head that left soapy trails of lace.

S – Tons of grapefruit aroma; really amazing! There were mild notes of pine and caramel.

T – It hits you with a tart ruby red grapefruit taste and sweet orange peel flavors. The burnt toast caramel flavors add balance to the strong fruit taste.

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

D – A very hyped beer, very good but not worth all the hype although I feel like I need one every time I see it.

Serving type: bottle

Russian River Blind Pig



Russian River Blind Pig, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

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

Russian River Supplication



Russian River Supplication, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A: Pours a copper/ruby color with a nice two-finger head that is ever-so-slightly pink. Plenty of lacing initially as the head recedes, and some nice legs as it goes down.
S: A good amount of cherry in addition to a hefty amount of lactic sourness. Some oak. The cherry itself isn’t overpowering at all. Also detecting a very modest amount of earthy funk.
T: The cherries bring this beer to a completely different level. Absolutely beautiful how they are integrated–both sweetness and tartness–with the lactic sourness of the base beer. A bit of brown malt underlying the entire brew.
M: Fairly low carbonation on a medium body. Not terribly mouth-puckering, but fairly dry with a nice acidity.
D: Very drinkable, especially considering the style. Good carbonation levels, beautiful fruit, and a beautifully-balanced sourness.

Stone Saison de Buff



Stone Saison de Buff, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest head that leaves some spots of lace

Smell: Fruity and herbal, with floral lemony taste and rosemary, thyme and herb dominant

Taste: The floral lemon/lime elements kick off the flavor fest with the peppery yeast and herbal (rosemary, thyme and sage) aspect developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the herbal tone grows medicinally bitter

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: A very interesting brew, but the aftertaste is too medicinal and leaves it lacking compared to the other versions of this beer

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale



Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A: I poured the bottle picked up from Specs into my Lost Abbey Teku glasses. It poured a clear, light brown color with a two finger off-white foam.

S: Not that much going on in the nose. I primarily pick up a yeasty and doughy aroma with some notes of spice.

T: The taste is much better than the nose. Nice notes of cinnamon and all-spice, and a solid pumpkin flavor. Not as sweet as many other pumpkin beers which is a nice break.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. The carbonation helps to keep things a little bit lighter.

D: It’s definitely a solid offering, and one of the best pumpkin beers I’ve had.