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briang 2,637 April 9, 2005 at 11:53 AM
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I've given my opinion in many places about the beer's i've tasted. Might as well have a thread about it. Feel free to add.

Currently having a Shiner Blonde.

A bit too light for my tastes, but a good Spring/Summer lager. Light, crisp, not too hoppy. Kind of like a hefeweisen without all the yeast. I tasted a little lemon at the first taste. Prett good. On a scale of 1 to 10, i'd give it a 7.

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#1576
Quote from antsmarchn View Post :
Did anyone get their hands on the new release of the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout?
I haven't seen it yet, but I've heard that they're putting out something like 4x the amount of the stuff this year (thanks to A-B)
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#1577
Quote from Monkfish View Post :
I haven't seen it yet, but I've heard that they're putting out something like 4x the amount of the stuff this year (thanks to A-B)
That is true, they have increased production about 4x. Increased distribution and production are the only good things about the AB-Inbev purchase of Goose Island. I just don't think any has made it out of the chicagoland area yet.
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#1578
Glad to see this thread alive again.


Had a Stone 16th Anniversary IPA this weekend. It was very tasty and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Definitely a little deceptive at 10% ABV. Followed that up with Hoponius Union, still have a couple of those left from the 4 pack.

Anything interesting coming out soon that I should be on the lookout for?

Sox
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#1579
Quote from Sox.at.six View Post :
Glad to see this thread alive again.


Had a Stone 16th Anniversary IPA this weekend. It was very tasty and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Definitely a little deceptive at 10% ABV. Followed that up with Hoponius Union, still have a couple of those left from the 4 pack.

Anything interesting coming out soon that I should be on the lookout for?

Sox
Brown Shugga should be hitting MA by the end of the month, and Sucks/Holiday Leftovers shouldn't be too far behind that.

Canadian Breakfast Stout came out last year about this time, so I'm keeping an eye out for that for sure.
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#1580
I wonder what beers will be available at the TX State Fair this weekend. Confused
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#1581
Candia Road/Nepenthe Ales (NH) just came out with a new IIPA called Lotus Eater. It's fantastic - lots of Citra (I think) and a cutting bitterness. If I had to do a "Sophie's Choice" between this and Heady Topper I'd have a really hard time deciding. It's like Maine's "Lunch" was before they changed the recipe/equipment/process, but even better and more bitter.

I think it's NH only at this point (it's made in the backroom of a tiny homebrew shop.)
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#1582
Transferred a 1/6bbl of stone IPA into a home brew keg with 3 oz of citra hops... Delicious!
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#1583
Had a couple of new IPAs this weekend.

Stopped by CBC in Cambridge after work on Friday. Had a White Widow, which is a white IPA made with Pumpkin from their description. It was very good, but honestly I could not taste any pumpkin in it all. I know a lot of "pumpkin" beers mainly taste like pumpkin pie because they throw in the same spices, that I don't really like so I preferred this. I like CBC a lot, but it is always so damn crowded. Mad

Had a Sixpoint Resin IIPA tonight also. It was from a can like most Sixpoint brews I have seen, but it was a 12oz can vs. the normal 16ox cans I usually see. It was pretty good, but not something I would seek out again. I was expecting something like a Ballast Point Sculpin, which I consider very piney/resiny. It was a very similar dark brown pour but the flavor was a little strange, it almost had a raisinish after taste and I do not really like raisins. It is amazing though the variety of flavors that can be found in different IPAs.

Sox
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#1584
Quote from Sox.at.six View Post :
Had a couple of new IPAs this weekend.

Stopped by CBC in Cambridge after work on Friday. Had a White Widow, which is a white IPA made with Pumpkin from their description. It was very good, but honestly I could not taste any pumpkin in it all. I know a lot of "pumpkin" beers mainly taste like pumpkin pie because they throw in the same spices, that I don't really like so I preferred this. I like CBC a lot, but it is always so damn crowded. Mad

Had a Sixpoint Resin IIPA tonight also. It was from a can like most Sixpoint brews I have seen, but it was a 12oz can vs. the normal 16ox cans I usually see. It was pretty good, but not something I would seek out again. I was expecting something like a Ballast Point Sculpin, which I consider very piney/resiny. It was a very similar dark brown pour but the flavor was a little strange, it almost had a raisinish after taste and I do not really like raisins. It is amazing though the variety of flavors that can be found in different IPAs.

Sox
If you like sours on the cheap find a can of Sixpoint's Apollo. The rep last week said that their hefe has morphed into a sour now that it has some age to it. She said that it was made with Weihenstephaner dregs.

I tried it and it's a very servicable very cheap sour IMO (though I'm far from an authority on good vs. bad sours.)

Yeah, even fresh Resin was pretty underwhelming (file under Deviant Dale's)
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Transferred a 1/6bbl of stone IPA into a home brew keg with 3 oz of citra hops... Delicious!
just dry hopped a zombie dust clone with the same!
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just dry hopped a zombie dust clone with the same!
nice! does your clone taste similar to the real beer? whats the grain bill/hops look like? Ive always wanted to try zombie dust
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nice! does your clone taste similar to the real beer? whats the grain bill/hops look like? Ive always wanted to try zombie dust
I can't say how close it is, i've never had the real deal, but when i got my hands on a few lbs of citras, i figured this clone was a good way to put em to use. my OG was 1.064 and FG was 1.015 which put it at 6.5%...smells phenomenal and tasted great when i dry hopped...i'll be kegging it soon...

Here's the recipe i used:

Recipe Specifications
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Boil Size: 6.98 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.98 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.063 SG
Estimated Color: 8.5 SRM
Estimated IBU: 67.5 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 65.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 68.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt Name
12 lbs Brewers Malt 2-Row (Briess) (1.8 SRM)
1 lbs Munich 10L (Briess) (10.0 SRM)
8.0 oz Carafoam (2.0 SRM)
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM)
8.0 oz Melanoiden Malt (20.0 SRM)
0.75 oz Citra [13.00 %] - First Wort
1.00 oz Citra [13.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min
1.00 oz Citra [13.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min
0.50 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins)
0.50 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 5.0 mins)
1.00 oz Citra [13.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min
1.00 oz Citra [13.00 %] - Boil 1.0 min
1.0 pkg SafAle English Ale (DCL/Fermentis #S-04)
3.25 oz Citra [13.00 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days
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#1588
Quote from square_one View Post :
I can't say how close it is, i've never had the real deal, but when i got my hands on a few lbs of citras, i figured this clone was a good way to put em to use. my OG was 1.064 and FG was 1.015 which put it at 6.5%...smells phenomenal and tasted great when i dry hopped...i'll be kegging it soon...

Here's the recipe i used:

Recipe Specifications
--------------------------
Boil Size: 6.98 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.98 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.063 SG
Estimated Color: 8.5 SRM
Estimated IBU: 67.5 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 65.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 68.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
------------
Amt Name
12 lbs Brewers Malt 2-Row (Briess) (1.8 SRM)
1 lbs Munich 10L (Briess) (10.0 SRM)
8.0 oz Carafoam (2.0 SRM)
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM)
8.0 oz Melanoiden Malt (20.0 SRM)
0.75 oz Citra [13.00 %] - First Wort
1.00 oz Citra [13.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min
1.00 oz Citra [13.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min
0.50 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins)
0.50 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 5.0 mins)
1.00 oz Citra [13.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min
1.00 oz Citra [13.00 %] - Boil 1.0 min
1.0 pkg SafAle English Ale (DCL/Fermentis #S-04)
3.25 oz Citra [13.00 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days
looks tasty! the grain bill is nearly identical that one of my homebrews...same 2 row amount, same munich, same melanoiden amount, and i mix the crystal Lovibond around... then i use carapils to add body and head retention... i think carafoam is the same as carapils... then my hops for my recipe is bitter with magnums, flavor with centennials and simcoe, then a 50% mix of simcoe and amarillo in the dry hop.
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#1589
Dammit, I missed Bearfeast at Flying Saucer last Sat. Did anyone attend it?
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#1590
Quote from square_one View Post :
just dry hopped a zombie dust clone with the same!
Cool! I did a ZD clone a couple months back (I've never had the real thing either). It was fantastic at first, but after 3-4 weeks the Munich malt really seemed to take over a lot. The same thing happened with my Union Jack clone (even faster in that case.)

That's a big dry hop - that's going to smell fantastic.
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