The Chico, CA half of the pack included: Firestone Walker Torpedo Pilsner, Ballast Point Electric Ray, New Glarus There And Back, Cigar City Yonder Bock, Oskar Blues Canfusion, Ninkasi Double Latte Milk Coffee Stout.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.
Undercover Investigation was the kind of beer that’s right in our wheelhouse — a big, bold, thick ale, with a heavy ABV. This was not an ale for the faint of heart, and as Lagunitas said in their notes, it’s “Unforgiven and Unrepentant.”Read more
Class of ’88 Barleywine was a limited edition commemorative ale, so no reason it shouldn’t be bottled in a special sized 25 oz bottle, complete with wood cork and muselet.Read more
Old Foghorn was hefty enough, but not overly filling, with a smooth mouthfeel. This barleywine maintained a perfect balancing act between maltiness and sweetness.Read more
I wanted to try Trooper just for the rare opportunity to say I drank an Iron Maiden beer. Who knows if it was going to be a one-time import? Or if it would even be any good for that matter…Read more
Looking for an alternative to “regular old beer” during a heatwave, we stumbled upon Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer. It seemed like a good way to beat the heat, and we had never tried ginger beer before. Well, at least any that had alcohol in it…Read more
This beer is brewed in Alaska, and salmon comes from Alaska — so we thought we’d try to set the couple up for dinner. This light-bodied Kölsch style ale paired well with our salmon dinner, but we found ourselves wishing the beer itself stood out a little more on its own merit.Read more
Olde Ale was packed with malt, to the point that it resembled a hearty barleywine. And it was just as filling – after an 8 oz glass I was feeling very satisfied.Read more
The official name of this beer is “American Strong Ale”, but I think it might also be known as “1st Anniversary Strong Ale”. If they aren’t the same brew, this one is a variation on the 1st Anniversary recipe. Next time we go to the tasting room, I will inquire, and post an update if needed.Read more
New Belgium Sunshine Wheat Beer was extremely thin bodied, almost like a Helles. I was expecting a bland beer for the shiny color, and lack of aroma, but I was pleasantly surprised. Its light weight, low carbonation, and sprinkle of citrus notes make Sunshine Wheat beer a very refreshing choice during the summer months.Read more
I know I’ve had a few of these along the road, but never for review. Going into the tasting my mindset was Summer Ale couldn’t be that great if I had drank it before, and don’t make it a point to keep buying it.Read more
Lately Newcastle has been releasing more seasonal / limited edition beer, and they have not been very good.
Their Founders Ale comes to mind, but luckily Newcastle Bombshell Blonde is a better effort than that one.Read more