Butternuts Beer and Ale PorkSlap Pale Ale Secondary Review by Z.P.

Butternuts Beer and Ale
PorkSlap Pale Ale
ABV – ?
Appearance – Slightly cloudy amber color. Very nice lace.
Smell – Pineapple. Very pleasant.
Taste –  Mellow hops at first followed by a nice malty middle with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Mouthhfeel – Simple.
Drinkability – Very Smooth, I could easily drink more than one
Closing Notes – This beer is quite good. I tried it a few weeks ago and plan on visiting their brewery in a few weeks. I would like to drink a few, but I imagine I would be Porkslapping(see the picture on the can) the people I wad with after a few of these.
Overall – 4.0

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Butternuts Beer and Ale Snapperhead IPA Secondary Review by D.P.

Butternuts Beer and Ale
Snapperhead IPA
ABV – ?
Appearance – Pours nicely,  a bit cloudy, honey colored, nifty brussels lace.
Smell – Strong floral notes and tropical fruits.
Taste – Sweetness at first,  pleasant middle.  The taste of grains peek through at the finish,  followed by an interesting,  barley infused,  mildly bitter yet lingering aftertaste.
Mouthfeel – No complaints.
Drinkability – Try it,  if you like IPA’s,  you won’t be disappointed.
Notes – This beer is like the Led Zeppelin song, “Achille’s Last Stand”.  It starts out with the rolling drums and thumping bass which are soon joined by Robert Plant’s rocking vocals.  The finish is an overlay of instruments,  lyrics and background ah, ah, ahAH’s,  and crescendo-ing oh oh oh oh oh oh oh’s.  The lingering aftertaste is the guitar moaning out the last mournful notes which slowly fade into oblivion.  You are left wanting more.
My call – 4.5

Tagus Original Secondary Review by D.P.

Tagus
Original
ABV – 4.5%
Appearance – Golden,  sharp.  Impressive effervescence.  Rich head.  A nice looking beer.
Smell – Malt and green vegetables.
Taste – Sweet, honey-like taste,  start, middle, and finish.  Very mild sense of bitterness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel – Not bad.  Maybe a bit syrupy.
Drinkability – Sure,  why not?
Notes – The honey flavor prevails but is not overpowering.  The 8.45 oz. bottle is cute.  Just a touch too sweet for my liking,  kind of like the annoyingly nice and condescending woman who answers the phone when you call to complain about a utility bill.
My call – 3.0

Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA Secondary Review by Z.P. and D.P

Dogfish Head
120 minute IPA
Review by Z.P,
Appearance – Copper colored with some light sediment.
Smell – Straight up hops. It even smells a little alchololy.
Taste – Alcohol at the start then there are some very complex hop flavors in the middle the end is very earthy with a slight woodiness. The aftertaste is just a lingering hoppiness but not bitter.
Mouthhfeel – Thick, slightly cloying.
Drinkability – I imagine this is amazing on a hot day in the sun or while golfing.
Closing Notes – I have been after this beer for a couple years now and I am pleased with it. It is a very complex beer with a ton of flavors. It is certainly something to drink on special occasions at $10+ a bottle.
Overall – 4.5

Review by D.P.

ABV – 15% – 20%
Appearance – Medium  amber color,  slightly cloudy,  nice foamy head,  suspended sediment.
Smell – Very strong….smells like paint thinner.
Taste – Sweet at first,  incredibly powerful hop sensation,  alcohol,  somewhat fruity oddly enough.  No strong bitter aftertaste at all.
Mouthfeel – Smooth as silk.
Drinkability – Pretty awesome,  but for sipping only.
Notes – It took forever to get my hands on one of these,  but it was worth the wait.  Happy to try it,  but honestly there are plenty of other beers I’d rather drink.
My call – 3.5

Attending the Winter BrewFest this weekend.

For anyone who is looking for a beer event this weekend in the Albany Area, there is the Winter Brewfest happening at the Polish Community Center this Saturday the 11th of February 2012.  I will be there at the night session from 6 P.M to 9 P.M.  I will be attending with D.P. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door.  I have never been to this event before so I have no idea what to expect there is a list of some breweries who will be there on the website http://www.albanywinterbrewfest.com/ Hope to see you there, if on some off chance you are looking for us I will be wearing a Black Oneonta State Baseball Cap with white OSC Lettering on the front and a white dragon on the side of it.  Hope to see some people there, and possibly a reader.  I apologize for the lack of updates of late, I am really going to get better about this process, I swear.

Z.P. Signing off.

 

 

Hoegaarden Secondary Review by D.P.

Hoegaarden Witbier
ABV – 4.9%
Appearance – Very light straw color,  attractive, zillions of tiny bubbles clinging to the inside of the glass.
Smell – Smells yummy,  yeasty, like expensive candy.
Taste – Delicious,  nice tanginess with hints of spice and citrus undertones.
Mouthfeel – Exquisite.
Drinkability – I highly recommend it.
Notes – I shall fashion a breastplate from ladybug wings and forge a broadsword from 20,000 discarded bottle caps.  I will live in a castle built exclusively of shark teeth and my domain shall be populated by elven folk, beautiful naiads, and mythical creatures.  My faithful steed shall be a triceratops cloned from ancient DNA. Visiting lords shall ache to be seen in my presence and they shall supply me with great casks of Hoegaarden which I shall drink from a chalice made from the petrified egg of a pterosaur and which shall quell the thirst of my countrymen.  I shall decree this the beer of choice and none shall question my judgement.
My call – 5.0

Full Sail LTD Series Recipe #05 Limited Edition Lager Secondary Review by D.P.

Full Sail LTD Series
Recipe #05 Limited Edition Lager
ABV – 5.6%
Appearance – Nice,  sparkling copper color.
Smell – A little like asparagus.
Tasted – Grain sweetness strikes first.  Intense carbonation burns the tip of the tongue.  This is followed by a blast of alcohol and a pleasant, candy-like (caramel, I suppose) aftertaste.
Mouthfeel – A little bit harsh,  almost too much carbonation.
Drinkability – Worth a try.
Notes – Not your typical lager,  that’s for sure.  I’m not quite sure why you would go to such lengths to make a lager with so many ale characteristics.  It’s like trying to make a fork lift out of a plow truck.
My call – 3.0