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Victory Whirlwind Witbier

Posted in Uncategorized, Wheat with tags , , , , , on August 16, 2012 by Steve

Victory Whirwind Witbier – Brewed by Victory Brewing Company out of Dowington, PA – 5.0%

First, I apologize and hope Victory doesn’t mind me stealing their picture. I took one and it seems like my phone deleted it along with all my other beer pictures. Bastard.

Whirlwind Witbier was voted 2005 Best of the Mid Atlantic / Southeast Belgian Wit (vit) at some competition or other. It smells like a wheat beer with its lemony citrus goodness and I guess that is to be expected since it is a wheat beer. Immediate thoughts after my first sup were that it’s not too bad, but I’ve had better. It’s a pretty light, sessionable beer and goes down quick, but I think when it comes to a wheat beer, I want more flavor or more, I don’t know, something. It’s lacking something that puts it above other wheat beers. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing either. Maybe I was just expecting more from Victory as a number of their other brews are downright delicious.

I see no reason most people wouldn’t enjoy this beer. It’s light, citrusy, and it doesn’t taste horrible. Just think it’s a little too light for my tastes. I almost wonder if there is too much citrus overwhelming any other possible flavors. Who knows, I’m no expert and my palate is suspect.

Final Rating –  (3.5 pints)

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Heavy Sea’s Gold Ale

Posted in Uncategorized on October 23, 2011 by Steve

Heavy Sea’s Gold Ale – Brewed by Clipper City Brewing Company from Baltimore, MD (aka, High Sea’s) – 4.5% alcohol

Nice, smooth ale. Not too hoppy with a tiny bit of fruity flavor and real good drinkability. First one I drank didn’t stand a chance. I really enjoyed it.

Second time around, still as good, and some more of the fruitness is coming out. Great beer. Real tasty, complex, and real flavorful.

Final Rating – (4 pints)

Widmer Brother’s Original Drifter Pale Ale

Posted in Ale, Pale Ale, Uncategorized with tags , , on October 21, 2011 by Steve

The Original Drifter Pale Ale – Brewed by Widmer Brother’s Brewing from Portland, OR – 5.7% alcohol

Funny story: I onced seeked this beer out a couple years ago due to the review it received in Maxim Magazine’s beer issue. I believe it took 2nd over Pork Slap. When I finally found it after a few months of looking, I got excited, rushed home to stick it in the fridge. When they were cold, I grabbed one out, opened it and…..hated it. I was so disappointed. There was something telling me that I was really going to like this beer. I was still in my Bud Light phase and not very experienced in other beers yet. Segway to very recently…

My girlfriend decided to surprise me with a 6 pack of beer to do a review on, and not remembering that I had tried this brew before, she picked up some Drifter Pale Ale. Since I was a little more cultured in beers this time around, I said hell with it and tried it again. One word: Wow.

This beer is delicious and I don’t know what the f@#$ I was thinking. Even the girlfriend likes it. She hates pale ales. She hates most beers, honestly. There’s such a presence of citrus in this, but it’s not strong and overbearing and it definitely helps mask any bitterness that may be in it, because you taste absolutely none.

I’ve been reserved on giving out 5 pint ratings, and even though I love this beer….I don’t know if it’s that top tier 5 pint beer I’ve been seeking out. Still, if you see this anywhere, GET IT! It’s rare from what I can tell so you won’t see it often, and you won’t be disappointed.

Final Rating – 4.5 Pints (4.5 pints)

Ringwood Brewery – Old Thumper

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 22, 2011 by Steve

Ringwood Brewery’s Old Thumper – brewed by Shipyard Brewing Company from Portland, Maine – 5.6% alcohol

You may be confused since I said it was brewed by Shipyard, yet it’s called “Ringwood Brewery”. I’m not sure if I have the story correct, but Ringwood Brewery was a brewery in England and the brewer there was the mentor of the brewmaster at Shipyard. I guess to keep the beer alive, Shipyard decided to reproduce the brew in honor of him (or something like that…)

So Old Thumper….a beast of a beer (it says on the label, I didn’t just come up with that). It’s another beer with that stout-like taste. It’s classified by our friends over at Beer Advocate as being an ESB (extra special/strong bitter). It’s not a bad beer at all. Has a nice full taste, and would be a great dinner beer. I like it.

Wow, another short review…sheesh.

Final Rating – (3 pints)

Troeg’s Sunshine Pils

Posted in Uncategorized on September 22, 2011 by Steve

Troeg’s Sunshine Pils – brewed by Troeg’s Brewing Company from Harrisburg, PA – 5.3% alcohol

This is a nice, crispy, hoppy pilsner. I’m not sure if pilsner’s are supposed to be hoppy or not, but if they aren’t, Troeg’s dialed it up and said “rules were meant to be broken”.

The little but of bitterness and bite it has takes away the ability to really chug this thing. It’s a real light, smooth beer that would make for a perfect drinking summer beer. It’s a good beverage and I enjoy it.

Final Rating –  (3.5 pints)

Shipyard IPA – Fuggles India Pale Ale

Posted in IPA, Uncategorized with tags , on August 21, 2011 by Steve

Fuggles IPA – Brewed by Shipyard Brewing from Portland, Maine – 5.8% alcohol

Let me first start by saying I FINALLY went through the trouble of finding out why its called an India Pale Ale (not really, my beer of the month club comes with little newsletters and this was a tidbit in it): The IPA came about when the British royals were living in India during the 1800s. They demanded that their favorite beers be shipped to them, but the month-long ocean trip destroyed the beer. A British brewer created an ale with more alcohol (hence why IPAs are stronger) so that they could last the month-long trip…. and there you have it; the India Pale Ale.

Ok, now Fuggles. This came in a variety pack I bought (bought 2 in one day…I was feeling ambitious). After opening it, it definitely smells like an IPA. Lots of hops, and to me, it carries the bitterness from start to end. It’s a stronger IPA, not something you should start out with in the IPA field if you’ve never had one before. If I wasn’t experienced in IPAs, I probably wouldn’t like it, but overall, it’s not that bad.

Strong at first, but after a few gulps, it gets easier. Definitely has some citrusness and your typical IPA tastes and smells. I dunno, I’m a little up in the air about this one. It’s good, but not…it’s one of those beers you really have to be in the mood for. The day I tried this just wasn’t one of those days.

Overall rating – (3 pints)