Charging Hippo: Zombie Jesus Dark Ale (when is he going to get a real website???)
Another win for me for scoring a pre-release bomber of charging hippo’s easter release beer. i am glad i know kyle because these surprise freebies are worth listening to him talk about comic-cons. he brewed this with some cadburry eggs—which i hate—so i never wanted to try it. but… im glad i got this one—and i think its the last one!!!?!!! im sorry you all have to wait until next zombie jesus day to get a try this (hopefully he brews it again next easter when the brewery is 100% up and running)
Tasting Notes: Bourbon, Hank Williams Jr, Sammy Davis Jr, Carls Jr. (and not jesus)
Can’t believe I missed out on this one.
Fremont Brewing Summer Ale
Grade: Killer (new grading scale?)
It’s been months since my last review, but that’s not because I haven’t been drinking beer. I’m primarily just too lazy to write. So from now on, reviews will be much shorter, unless I get drunk enough to write a novel.
Fremont Brewing makes some incredible beers and this one is perfect for after mowing the lawn on a summer afternoon. It’s crisp, clean and dry. Lots of floral notes and some interesting spiciness. I’m so glad this brew is back and I can’t wait to get my growler refilled. BTW, thanks for the free beer dumfukr.
Tasting notes: ginger, almonds, peppers, The Outfield’s Play Deep
Boulevard Brewing Company: Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ)
OMFG ITS FULL OF STARS
no words can describe how much i love this beer. i had no idea i was so into bourbon aged beers until earlier this year, but man, its now my thing—and this one is KING! so much of everything i love about a beer is here:
-blond girls dancing around naked
its pretty perfect for me. i wish i could make a beard out of this beer, and wear it.
tasting notes: bourbon, dates, rye bread, buttermilk pancakes, nylon string guitars, getting really drunk with no hang over.
This is killing me. Boulevard represents KC well and I dig bourbon barrel aged brews. I haven’t been able to find this yet.
Cascade Fresh Hop Porter
Have I ever given any beer less than a B+? Maybe that’s because I don’t feel the need to write about shitty beers. Anyway, this review will quick cause I’m almost through the entire growler I bought. A great porter! Nice and balanced with some cocoa up front paired with some delicious hops. Goes down slightly sweet, unlike some porters.
Tasting notes: walnuts, cocoa, merino wool sweaters, The War on Drugs
FUCKING TUMBLR LOST MY REVIEW!! ! (HERES THE OTEHR FOTO)
learning to love dark beers
this is great
fremont brewing is awesome
draft/growlers are the best
Tasting Notes: Caramel, Smoked Almonds, Apricot, Bacon… (oh wait, making some bacon now, sorry)
Had this on tap at Brouwers and it was fucking awesome!
had a locally produced (seattle) beer pairing/dinner party last sunday… almost 3 gallons of beer were consumed… (all from growlers picked up that morning)
First Course: Silver City: Whoop Pass IPA
i really like this one, and on draft, its far less sweet, and more hoppy… everyone loved it (as it got them buzzing pretty fast)
we paired it with:
Truffle Salted Almonds (snack)
Rye Toast with Pickled Plum Jam
Pigs in Down Comforter (puff pastry wrapped sausages)
had a nice salad after this and between the next course of beer
2nd Beer: Hilliards: Regimental Scottish Blonde
Everyone LOVED this beer. it was a great example of a scottish ale, and was picked by my wife to pair with the main course (which it did perfectly). i guess hilliards is a really new setup out in ballard, and i really wanna check out their place after having this beer.
Bag Baked Salmon over Spinach
Chanterelle and Blue Cheese Ravioli
Finally, the dessert course…
This beer is aged in burbon barrels, and it totally tastes like it! if this is your sort of thing, GO BUY IT NOW IF YOU CAN. it wont be around for longer then this season.. again, everyone went NUTS for this beer, and it paired so well with the dessert, our guests were crying tears of joy.
Well done. Only one question. Why wasn’t I invited?
Sound Brewery Humulo Nimbus Double IPA
Super short review on this one. Chuck at Chucks on 85th recommended this one to me. After tasting it and a few others he had on tap, I thought this one was the best out of those I hadn’t tried. This is a nicely balanced IPA. It’s a deep golden pale color. Wonderful balance between the malt and hops. It smells sweet and has a slightly sweet taste, but nice and hoppy. This one isn’t as sweet as an Avery Maharaja or some of those CA IPAs. Again nice balance and a true northwest IPA. Great find!
Tasting Notes: lots of citrus, grapefruit, pine, poulsbo, trailer parks
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Not many beers come with as much hype as Dogfish Head’s 120 IPA. So I should temper this review just a bit. I think I expected this beer to make my balls tingle and solve world hunger at the same time. I’ve looked for this beer for well over a year now. The batch brewed in late sumer made it to Washington state, but not to any of the places I frequent in Seattle. So I was excited to hear recently that there was another round going out soon. This time, one of my favorite places, Full Throttle Bottles, tweeted its arrival around 11am on a weekday. Luckily for me I happen to work down the street. But when I stopped in around 2pm I found out that they sold out within ten minutes. Craziness like that just made me want it even more. Later in the week, I stopped by Chucks on 85th around the time that his shipments come in and I scored one 12oz bottle. I wish I could have grabbed another because I’d like to cellar one for a year. If there’s one thing this brew can guarantee it’s that it will get you drunk! It weighs in at a whopping 17-20% (alcohol may vary).
It poured pale gold with a fair amount of soapy head. It’s not overly carbonated and that works nicely with the boozy goodness. First sniff was sweet and heavy on the alcohol. A couple of swirls and another sniff brought out some juicy peach and apricots with the floral hops. It’s an IPA buts it’s not a hop bomb. In fact it’s pretty sweet up front. It was a different kind of sweet though. That sticky sweet flavor converts quickly to some wonderful hoppy goodness before it finishes like a fine bourbon that leaves a little spicy bite.
I wish I had another one to either cellar or just drink now because I’m sure I could find some hidden gems in there.
Tasting notes: Pine, Bourbon, Licorice, Cloves, The opening riff to Can’t You Hear Me Knocking
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What a great beer to celebrate International Stout Day! It’s getting colder and the days are getting shorter, so for me that means more dark beers. This was a great find. I believe Pelican just made its way to the Seattle area recently. This stout pours deep black with a thick espresso-like head. Just the right amount of carbonation. It has a sweet cocoa nose with a hint of vanilla, caramel, and roasted nuttiness. But don’t let the nose fool you. This isn’t a sweet stout. It’s also not too bitter. For me, it really strikes the perfect balance. At first you’re hit with some malty goodness, but that transitions quickly to some nice dark chocolate tones, and then it finishes with a great green hoppy bite. I don’t like it when a stout lingers or is too syrupy and this one doesn’t have either of those qualities. It has perfect carbonation and the nice bite at the end makes for a perfectly dry finish. Overall, this is one hell of a stout!
Tasting notes: Dark chocolate, roasted nuts, slight caramel, and the Oregon Coast in the winter
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So I stumbled on to this by chance when I stopped by Chuck’s on 85th Saturday looking to fill my growler full of something besides an IPA. I tasted a few beers on tap, including this one, but settled on Sound Brewing’s Belgian Style IPA (it was okay, but not worth reviewing). The little taste of Hop Juice sparked my taste buds and led me back to Chuck’s the next day. A half a growler later and I’m not overly impressed. This IPA is similar to just about every other CA Double IPA, except for Pliny which is in a league of it’s own. It’s full of hops and and malt. Unlike some others, the malt isn’t too overwhelming. It’s starts off bold and in your face with floral goodness. Then finishes with sweet malty nectar. Unlike some other IPAs heavy on the malt, this one doesn’t linger or cling to your tongue. It actually finishes quite crisp. It pours a deep golden color with little to no haze. It has a cool crispness that other “west coast IPAs” are missing. It’s not the king, but it’s a solid choice, full of flavor.
Tasting notes: citrus, dandelion, pine, Light Grenades
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