Jester King Bonnie the Rare

Jester King Bonnie the Rare, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A: pours a golden yellow in color with pale yellow highlights and a nice thin head which left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: funky earhty with spice was noticeable upfront on the aroma with apple, slight pear but with grainy notes and a little tart astringent qualities.

T: the tart character was more prominent on the palate alongside toasty grains, apple fruitiness, some spice, citrusy accents a touch of bretty funkiness.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a funky, mild fruity, spice, grainy, tart and slight dry finish.

O: definitely one of the better offerings from JesterKing but still needs some work.

Six Point Bengali Tiger

Six Point Bengali Tiger, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A: The beer pours a cloudy light amber color with a huge white head that sticks to the glass.

S: Mostly bread and pale malts with just a hint of floral hops and maybe some tea, touch of hops. Just a little bit of citrus peel and that’s about it.

T: The flavor is simple and easy to drink. There is a light bitterness and just a bit of grassy and floral hops. Mild citrus peel notes and a little bit of tea here, too.

M: Medium in body with the carbonation just on the low side of medium.

O: Amazingly smooth for an IPA. I’ve had several good beers from Sixpoint, so this was right on par. Nice guys

Deschutes Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale

A – Poured out a dark brown color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing.

S – It smelled of roasted malt, grasses and pine.

T – It had a nice bitter hop bite with a piney/resiney flavor. Good roasted malt backbone provides needed balance.

M – It had a nice pop and bite on the tongue with a dry finish. Medium bodied and relatively sessionable.

D – This is a good black IPA. Liking the west coast pine aromas and flavor.

Curvee Des Jacobins Rouge

Curvee Des Jacobins Rouge, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A: The red ale is a dark cherry red color, opaque due to the hue, with a small white band of head.

S: The nose is sour cherry, full and sweet, with just a touch of funkiness. The sour aromas are definitely there

T: Sour cherry and vanilla drive the flavor. The flemish red aspects impart the cherry notes, smoothing out acetic vinegar flavors with the sour fruit.

M: The fruit, funk and wood all take their turns, moving from sweet to sour and back again with ease.

D: Weighing in below 6%, with a solid flavor and not too much acetic tartness, what’s there not to like.

Nice beer.

Breckenridge 471 IPA

Breckenridge 471 IPA, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A – Poured a very very clear, bright burnt orange amber. A nice about one inch head graced the top from the very beginning, this slowly faded to reveal just a film across the top. No significant side glass lacing on this one. Decent carbonation could be seen rising up from the bottom of the glass. Nice overall look.

A – Lots of piney citrus likes hops dominated the aroma. But the story was much more complex then that. Lots of balance was present as well. Some good earthy grains and sugar were also present and well represented. Nice balanced smell nothign really blowing you down in either direction.

T – Wonderful. For a strong Double IPA simply great. Super smooth with a delicate underlying malt layer. Lots of sweet orange peel and sugar, a hint of some grapefruit. Very nice fresh cut grass flavor as well. Alot more complex then your typical hop bomb. Very well crafted.

M – Decent carbonation led to a good mouthfeel. Nothing slick or oily.

D – Although the 9% abv by no means feels that strong, you can tell this was one that you just dont gulp down, for sure.

Overall This was a Great brew.

Ranger Creek Small Batch Series No.2: Texas Farmhouse Ale

A: Pours a murky, dark pale orange color. At first a massive white head forms, but recedes to a second to a ring. Not much lace is left behind after a few minutes.

S: Light Belgian yeast, wood, spice, phenols. Mediocre.

T: Spicy and phenolic yeast up front. Light fruity flavors, mostly citrus and lemon rind. Smoke could do with out not very well balanced.

M/D: A medium body that is very effervescent. Crisp and dry, but way to thin for my liking. Not hard to drink. I will finish the bottle, but not something I will come back to.

I found this pretty standard. Especially considering all that went into making this. Like most of Ranger Creeks latest offerings, needs work but better than the last one.

New Belgium Red Hoptober

New Belgium Red Hoptober, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A: Had in a bottle at the lake so couldn’t really tell but I would guess light brown in color.

S: This is dank and spicy: grass, marijuana, citrus, black pepper; some bready and slightly burnt malts but mostly really dank hops

T: Doesn’t taste as dank as it smells; much maltier with that typical, slightly burnt NB malt profile; some grassy hops with a touch of citrus; not bad but not as good as aromas hinted

F: Medium body and fairly creamy; a touch thin on back end

O: This is a nice beer, but man does it smell awesome–I just wish that translated more in the taste. I will have to try this again in a glass for the proper treatment

Serving type: bottle

Trappist Achel 8° Bruin

Trappist Achel 8° Bruin, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A: The pour is a rich amber color with about one finger of head.

S: The nose is quite complex with yeast, caramel, dark dried fuits, and floral notes as well. A very complex nose.

T: Sweet caramel malt and plenty of dark dried fruits. There is some mild spice (clove is what I mostly notice), and a little yeast as well.

M: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: Great mouthfeel and some nice fruit and yeast character to this beer

Serving type: bottle

Russian River/ Sierra Nevada Brux

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest head that fades rather quickly leaving lace behind

Smell: Bready, with orchard fruit (apples, pears and peaches) with a bit of barnyard funk

Taste: Opens with a bready character that persists and grape flavors add tartness; in the background, the orchard fruit adds another angle. The funkier flavors arrive and the Brett dries everything out in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Clearly an entry point to Brett beers for the uninitiated, this beer brings a fair bit of complexity, as well; it will be interesting to see how this develops

Serving type: bottle

The Bruery Saison De Lente

The Bruery Saison De Lente, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

Appearance: Poured a clouded, dirty blonde body with a large, white head.

Smell: Lightly doughy maltiness with notes herbs, green apples, musty leather, sour lemon.

Taste: Crisp malted barley with a mingling of whole grain crackers. Very subdued, very fleeting sweetness. Finishes rather dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice saison but not one of my favorites in the catergory

Serving type: bottle