Germany is probably one of the great countries for good beer, and could possibly be the oldest too. Germans are the originators of some beers styles, so it is good to go back and try some of these original German styles. One style that has origins not in German but in the town of Pilsen Czech Republic where the style is named after, but then came to Germany where it grew in popularity and the Germans crafted and brewed their own versions of Pilsner. Now we have Czech and German Pilsner. Most American Pilsners are decedents of the German Pilsner. For my birthday I received a rather interesting pint of German Pilsner, Luther Reformations Bier, 4.9% ABV, brewed by Neunspringe Worbis in Wobis Germany. Reformations Bier pours a bright golden color with a two-finger bright thick white head the slowly fades into bright thick whiffs of nice lacing. I found a great amount of light coming through the glass and a big heard of carbonation bubbles. The aroma has a nice light cracker and big buttery biscuit scent about it, and you can feel a light bubble on your nose. Reformations have a nice crisp buttery taste upfront followed by a slight biscuit and faint cracker. But as this beer warms a bit of a spice note comes through. It is sort of a spicy character like an herb. But the entire bottle is in German so I don’t know what it is. I am guessing it. The spicy herd is less present at cooler temperatures but still slightly there. The mouthfeel is light to medium and has a nice crisp but lightly spiced finish, with a nice aftertaste if spiced herbs and a faint buttery biscuit note. I liked Luther Reformations Bier and would recommend this to anyone, and if and when you find it please let me know where. I’d say Luther Reformations Bier Pilsner is a B+. The spiced herbs really add an interesting touch to a German Pilsner and make for a good Pilsner. So go out and try Luther Reformations Bier Pilsner and see what you think. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Westbrook Brewing Orange! Creamsicle Shake India Pale Ale, 7% ABV is another beer in Westbrook’s Shake IPA series that is non-homogenized, and unpasteurized, brewed with Cascade, CTZ hops, dry-hopped with Amarillo, Citra, Conan Yeast, Carapils, Oats, Pale, Wheat malts, Lactose, Vanilla, and orange. Orange! Creamsicle Shake India Pale Ale pours a hazy yellow color with a three-finger thick rocky white head that fades very slowly and gives off creamy citrus orange aromas with nice vanilla and some bitter notes. The flavor is similar to its own aroma with a creamy vanilla orange notes upfront of the mouth with bitter citrus notes on the back of the mouth that finishes with a nive vanilla orange bitterness and has a creamy bittersweet orange creamsicle aftertaste that does linger and Orange! Creamsicle Shake India Pale Ale does have a fuller thick mouthfeel that does somewhat coat your mouth. Westbrook Brewing Orange! Creamsicle Shake India Pale Ale is a solid tasty IPA getting an A. It has a good balance of orangey and vanilla flavors that don’t really interfere with the bitterness on this IPA. I recommend Westbrook Brewing Orange! Creamsicle Shake India Pale Ale if you like bittersweet fruity IPA like this hazy IPA. Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
J. Wakefield Brewing Ponch & Jon Northwestern Style IPA, 6.5% ABV is a beer that I purchased from Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop partly because of the can neat looking artwork, partly because of the CHiPs connection and because I don’t see tomay J. Wakefield beers in my area. Ponch & Jon is brewed with Strata, Idaho 7, & Simcoe hops. This IPA pours a cloudy hazy yellow color with a very slow fading pillowy white fluffy three and a quarter finger head. Ponch & Jon gives off a nice tropical citrusy aroma that is dank and pine with a nice tropical citrusy dake flavor with some pine notes that hit the taste buds in the back of the mouth, that come to a nice thick bitter finish and a nice tropical hoppy aftertaste that linger just enjoy to enjoy and has a slightly thick mouthfeel. I do enjoy this style of IPA but not on the top of my list and J. Wakefield Brewing Ponch & Jon Northwestern Style IPA is good getting a B+. I think that the slight pine notes to be a touch out of place for this IPA style and does not really go all that well with the tropical flavors, but it was not the most terrible thing I’ve had. It had a nice about of good tropical flavors with some nice bitter notes that really were tasty and this was quite an interesting beer if you like New England style IPA I would say, sure go try J. Wakefield Brewing Ponch & Jon Northwestern Style IPA. Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Hopfly Brewing company Bocce Backspin IPA, 7.0% ABV is a Rocky Mount North Carolina Brewed IPA part of Hopflys Adventure Series. Bocce Backspin IPA is double dry-hopped with Citra, Azacca, and HBC 58C hops. Bocce Backspin IPA pours a somewhat thick, for an IPA, yellow cloudy color with a two and quarter white head. Aroma is tropical with juicy tropical fruit bitter notes that takes you for your first sip. Which has a nice juicy tropical fruit like mango with nice citrus orange bitterness that comes on a bit strong but in a pleasant way with a nice juicy tropical finish and a nice bitter orange and tropical fruit aftertaste with a bit lingering bitterness with a full mouthfeel. The lingering bitterness after each sip was just a tiny negative note for Hopfly Brewing company Bocce Backspin IPA but it was pretty good, getting an A-. I like the combination of tropical fruit flavors with a nice orange flavor. I think that this a good beer for you to try if you like bitter tropical IPAs. Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Originally posted on September 21st, 2015.
I have never had the style Bière De Garde before till now. I found one from Fullsteam Brewing from Durham North Carolina. King Basil Bière De Garde, 8.0% ABV is brewed with five types of Basil. King Basil pours a copper/deep gold color with a two-finger white head that stays around long enough for a good look before fading into some halfway decent lacing. Not too much light comes through and with that said not so much of the carbonation could be seen. The aroma is perfume like with nice basil notes and a very faint yeast scent. King Basil has a nice light yeasted flavor followed quickly by a big rush of basil that hits the taste buds nicely. This taste is somewhat similar to Summer Basil but this one has a broader basil flavor. The mouthfeel is light to medium with a nice faint basil finish that leads into a nice floral after taste with little yeast notes. This is a great beer and a refreshing one as well. I say this is an A. I like how more than one type of basil is used in this to really broaden the basil flavor. That really makes this beer good and keeps it from being a stronger version of Summer Basil. I really recommend that you try Fullsteam Brewery King Basil Bière De Garde. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Town Brewing Co. Cruise to Nowhere, 4.8% ABV is a tropical session sour ale brewed in Charlotte, North Carolina, and fermented with mango, guava, passion fruit, blood orange & Hibiscus. Cruise to Nowhere is the 2019 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) gold medal winner. Cruise to Nowhere pours a pinkish-red color with an almost two finger thin white head that fades steadily with fruity tropical aromas that are sour with a touch of tropical flora. Now the taste has a nice tropical fruit flavor of passion fruit which is bigger than that of the mango and guava, and toward the middle and rear of the mouth, you get a nice blood orange citrus fruit. The overall tropical flavor is sour and tart without being too sour that it squinches up your face and finishes with a tropical sour/tartness and with a nice tropical sour aftertaste that is quite refreshing with a lighter mouthfeel. I can easily see how and why Town Brewing Co. Cruise to Nowhere won gold at GABF, it is definitely getting an A here. This sour beer is just the right combo of sour to tropical fruit make for a real gold medal winner that you should not miss out on, it a good beer! Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!