Showing posts with label New Belgium. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Belgium. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Ranger IPA (New Belgium)

Ratebeer 3.54 94th percentile
Beer Advocate B+

Taste +4

With a big nose with pine, roast and a slight resin your know this in an IPA that means business. This is backed up by an assertive pine, toasted and resinous hop presence. This sweet hop lineup is supported by a continent of caramel and bready malts. It is mostly pine. The mouthfeel was sticky and left a gloriously sweet and bitter tongue coating. If you are keeping track; it has 70IBU.

Aftertaste +2

The mouth puckering and tongue coating aftertaste was all pine bitterness.

Alcohol Content +1 6.5%

6.5% seem to be the magic number for big IPAs

Value +1

Sure to be a hop-head favourite.

Ingame Enhancement +1

Still in Seattle loving the great beer selection

Overall 9/10

New Belgium has once again shown that there is no hop shortage with the flavours in this beer. It is big with pine and resin with just enough bready malts to make it enjoyable.

Brew Free or Die IPA
Broken Halo IPA
Diamond Knot IPA

Sunday, December 20, 2009

New Belgium Trippel

New Belgium Trippel

Ratebeer 3.62 93rd percentile
Beer Advocate B+

I am about to tell you about the coolest restaurant in Seattle, Cyberdogs. The Misses marked this as a must visit vegetarian restaurant. This place is small with very little seating. But the gourmet veggie hot dogs with custom toppings were amazing. They even had a great beer selection. I plan to make this a regular stop whenever I am in Seattle.

Taste +5
The nose was hard to get through the neck of a bottle. I did notice a vague sweetness with apricots, citrus and yeast. It reminded me a lot of Orval. Each sip was very smooth with fresh, pale fruits, spices (coriander), yeast and citrus.

Aftertaste +1

It was slightly warming with a citrus and yeasty dry ending.
Alcohol Content +1 7.8%

You would never know it.

Value +1

Delicious. Definitely will buy again.

Ingame Enhancement +1

As you can see in the photo, I played a little old school Ms. Pac Man.

Overall 9/10

A great Belgian trippel that does not have to cross and ocean. It was sweet, dry, fruity and strong.

Phillips Surly Blonde

St. Bernardus Tripel
Tripel Karmeliet

Sunday, May 17, 2009

More Science and 1554 Black ale

Flavius: I have a new life goal.
Meterman: Don't you mean first?
F: I shall prove to the world that drinking beer is good for you.
M: That should make brewers very happy.
F: Take this for example. In the April 2009 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, men who consumed 1-2 beers a day had greater bone mineral density compared to those who drank more or none at all. A low bone mineral density is a risk factor for developing osteoporosis. These same results were not seen with similar intakes of hard liquor, which suggested protective effects caused by something besides ethanol. It is thought that the silicon present in beer may contribute to the increased bone mineral density.
M: So does this mean that if I drink enough beer I can re-caulk my bathtub?
1554 Enlightened Black Ale (New Belgium)

Ratebeer 3.51 87th percentile
Beer Advocate B+

Taste +5

Well the nose is no surprise for a beer this dark; burnt toast, charcoal and peat. Dear goodness me, the taste is way off. Flavours of smoke and cherry malt sweetness are everywhere. One can also pick out hints of vanilla and caramel. The flavours are different every time you take a sip.

Aftertaste 0

Sadly this beer finishes clean with no aftertaste. I was hoping to pick up new flavours on the way out, but there was nothing. NOTHING.

Alcohol Content 0 5.6%

Value +1

A 650ml bomber set me back $3.29US. This is one of the oddest beers I have ever tasted.

Ingame Enhancement +1

This is the second time I have tried this beer. The first was while gazing at the nighttime Las Vegas strip from my 30th floor window. Life can be good with an expense account.
Overall 7/10

Whenever you think you have tasted every kind of beer; grab one of these.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Fat Tire Amber Ale and Mistaken Identity

Meterman: So how did the Shire real life meet go?
Flavius: I have never met a bigger group of dysfunctional, whining pukes in my entire life.
M: I can't believe that.
F: All they did was whine about how they lost their jobs, homes, families and lives. They all kept saying their names even though they were wearing nametags. They also got really offended when I asked where the bar was.
M: You idiot, show some empathy and read the sign on the door. You walked into an AA meeting!
F: That explains why they never talked about cars or vacation packages.
M: That's AAA you dipshit. Triple A.

Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Ratebeer 3.07 49th percentile
Beer Advocate B

Taste +3

A very peculiar nose of green apples and vomit acidity. One can also pick up sweet malts, floral and yeast. This is a very drinkable pint; you can taste a nice bread/malt at the start. Soon after it is balanced with a slight hoppiness and bing cherries.

Aftertaste +1

It quickly fades away with a dry finish; similar to apple cider.

Alcohol 0 5.2%

Value +1

This is nice beer; I pick up a six-pack whenever I see it. I always order a pint if it is on tap.

Ingame Enhancement 0

Thanks to Shifty at the shire for pointing out my enhancement omission on original post. Obviously I spend the night alone in a darkened room without playing L4D this night.

Overall 5/10

This is above average beer, not superb. It has reached cult status in many areas of the world. Check out the company's website. They are doing great things with sustainability and the environment. I prefer their Mothership Belgian Wit.