Friday, July 15, 2011

A Firkin of Smells Like...

So a local tavern has "firkin Fridays." I've never partaken. Partook? (Seriously, which is correct? I really want to know). What's a firkin again? A 1/4 barrel, often encased in wood. It contains 72 pints of cask-conditioned ale. Usually a specialty ale left to complete the fermentation process in the barrel, producing a fresh and evolving product. On this particular "firkin Friday" they were tapping a barrel of "Smells Like Weed" by Dark Horse Brewing Company. Obviously an alluring name to many, and when I arrived at 5 minutes prior to tapping time, there was already an eager group of people surrounding said firkin.
It poured surprisingly dark and murky. It looked like very cloudy apple cider with a big sudsy light brown head. The nose was...mild. Pleasant. Floral hops. So far, not too exciting...
Okay, but do not fret! The taste made up for it. This is a good IPA. Strongly floral and citrus hops. In particular pineapple and mango. Strongly bitter hop notes were off-set with just a touch of sweet malts. Then there was a slight banana flavor along with a slight unique flavor I can only describe as "funk." Strong, good flavors for those of us who like strong and bitter IPAs.
"Smells Like Weed" was kind of thick and oily. I asked a couple of guys sitting by me what they thought. Their sentiments: "It doesn't smell like weed, it doesn't look very pretty, but it tastes really good." That pretty much sums it up!

Overall a solid IPA that I would try again. B+

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Beer Art (Bart?)

This is a pretty amazing print. 89 beer varieties, appropriate glassware, and examples. I think I could get lost in the beauty of it for a while.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

Ahhh, the infamous and mighty Edmund Fitzgerald. Yeah I never heard of it either. But apparently it sunk in Lake Superior in 1975. What I had heard of was the beer named after it created by Ohio's Great Lakes Brewing Company. This beer has won lots of awards, and is highly scored on both BeerAdvocate and Ratebeer. And I gotta say...This is good stuff.

This is an attractive beer. Pitch black with a sudsy brown head, good retention, moderate lacing. The first word that came to me when smelling it was "soft." Softly chocolate and roasty. Same with the taste.
Chocolate and coffee notes with a solid roasted grains and flavor and enough hops to keep this more bitter (or bittersweet) than sweet.

Smooth, creamy, medium-bodied, low carbonation. Again, "softness" comes to mind.
This is a solid beer. Well-balanced, tasty, flavorful, & not overwhelming.