The end result was one pissed off bastard that packed a wallop at 12.7% ABV. This barrel aged monster (err… gargoyle) was not for the faint of heart, and I will admit I underestimated it to start.Read more
Actually, several types of ales including blondes, ambers, and strong ales should be classified as pale ales.
Then there are other beer styles that slip through the cracks, and don’t have a true category.
Blondes, ESB, Strong Ales and Barleywines can be found in this section, as well as more experimental brews using pumpkin, herbs/spices, and fruit.
Bière de Garde, or “keeping beer” is a pale ale native to France, very similar to a Saison from its neighbor in Belgium. Both styles are brewed at farmhouses, then cellared after bottling.Read more
This HUGE ale was brewed to celebrate AleSmith’s 20th anniversary, along with the grand opening of their enormous new facility on AleSmith Ct in Miramar.Read more
This ale shared several traits in common with cognac: color, aroma, the need to sip it slowly, and a chest warming sensation after each drink. It was hard to tell if Rumpkin was a weak spiced cocktail, or a strong-ass beer!Read more
We chose to review Almanac’s Pluot release, since that’s our daughter’s favorite fruit. As referenced in the Brewer’s Notes above, a pluot is a genetically engineered crossbreed between a plum, and apricot.Read more
With summer turning up the heat, we wanted to review Karl Strauss Mosaic Session Ale to share one of our favorite session ales, that we feel deserves more attention.Read more
Welcome to Ballast Point’s latest bottled offering, Calm Before the Storm “Cream Ale with Coffee and Vanilla.” A little sister to their Victory at Sea Imperial Porter.Read more
We were not sure how to approach Small Town Brewery’s Not Your Father’s Root Beer – a hard root beer (soda), or a beer with spices in it?Read more
Fireside Chat was right in our wheelhouse, with several attributes we love about winter style beer: a strong ale, and spices. As 21st Amendment puts it — “a subtle blend of hand-selected spices for just the right festive flair.”Read more
Our Special Ale was medium bodied — a much lighter consistency than you would expect from its rich, mocha color. The mouthfeel was creamy, with tongue tingling effervescence at the end of each sip.Read more
Winter Solstice featured a very creamy mouthfeel, and as a matter of fact, it almost tasted like there was cream added to it. The ale packed a rich, sweet, dairy-like finish akin to sweet cream or caramel.Read more
Obviously Hell or High Watermelon is brewed with (drum roll please) — watermelon… This was a fruit beer ingredient we had never heard of being used before, and were looking forward to trying it for that reason.Read more