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Sunday, July 29, 2012

7/29/12 New Castle Summer Ale

Last night I sat down and had a New Castle Summer Ale. This was one of the beers I picked up in North Carolina. It had an average head when poured into a pilsener glass that came in at 2". The head appearance was white and foamy with excellent lacing. The head dissipated slowly and had a soft carbonation with flat clarity. The color was gold with a floral aroma and cereal taste. The flavor was light with an average finish length and a watery mouth feel. The tongue hit was towards the back with fair body lacing. Overall it was a good beer that was easy to drink with a good flavor. Thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly.





Information from New Castle


Don’t let its light, golden-yellow color fool you. Our Summer Ale packs a secret punch that’s just as bold as it is refreshing. It’s crisp with a touch of caramel, medium sweet in the middle, with a deliciously dry, hoppy finish that’s just the thing for a warm summer’s day. Or any time you’re feeling summery, really.

AVAILABLE APRIL -JULY 2011

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Shock Top Lemon Shandy

Last night I had a Shock Top Lemon Shandy. I had a long day at work and was looking for something in the fridge to drink and was thinking I should start drinking up my summer beers to make room for my fall beers. I have been really lazy with writing because of being sick, being on vacation and long stints of working in a row. So for a little while my reviews will be kinda short. So far this has been my favorite summer seasonal beer. Even with being lazy and having it out the bottle a usual no no. It was just great. I left my wife have a taste and the first thing out of her mouth was oh that is good go get me one. This almost never happens so I know it was a good beer. It had a light lemon flavor that just gave it this great taste that was super easy to drink. Thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly.

Nutritional Information from myfitnesspal.com


Nutrition Facts

Anheuser-Busch Inbev - Shock Top Lemon Shandy

  1.   
Calories126Sodium0 mg
Total Fat0 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs3 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber0 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars0 g
Trans0 gProtein0 g
Cholesterol0 mg  
Vitamin A0%Calcium0%
Vitamin C0%Iron0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Information from Shock Top


SHOCK TOP LEMON SHANDY
Our Lemon Shandy is a unique take on the classic Shandy that is distinctly Shock Top.
Brewed with two row and six row malted barley and five different types of hops, this Belgian-Style Wheat Ale is then combined with citrus peels, coriander, natural lemonade flavor and a hint of sugar for a subtle sweetness. The end result is an incredibly refreshing, crisp and smooth beer that hits the spot as the thermometer heats up. We suggest you don’t wait to try it for yourself, as Shock Top Lemon Shandy will be gone at summer’s end.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

7/24/12 Harp Premium Lager, Florida Lager and Pilsner Urquell

I've been on vacation for a while so I wasn't allowed to do any reviews but I did have a couple of new beers. I went to Florida and brought home some new beers along with pink eye, mosquito bites and an upper respiratory infection. The first night I had Pilsner Urquell which tasted a lot like Yuengling Chesterfield so I thought it was pretty decent. The next beer I had was Florida Beer Florida Lager which was pretty decent but not at all what I was expecting. This beer tasted nothing like a traditional lager. It had a more sweet and spicy taste to it. The last beer I had was Harp Premium Lager which tasted exactly what I thought it would. It was just a good beer that was very enjoyable and finished off my vacation nicely. Thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly.






Information from Florida Beer



Information from Pilsener Urquell

For generations our dedicated, passionate brew masters have ensured that Pilsner Urquell with its distinctive darker shade of gold and snow white head has maintained its uncompromised purity of flavour.Since 1842 we have used only the purest, most natural ingredients to create a beer of golden opulence. From the soft crystal clear waters, to the superior Bohemian and Moravian barley and noble hops from the Saaz region. Even our yeast has a centuries-old pedigree…   Considering this, it would of course be inconceivable to simply drink our pure golden pilsner. This brewing icon, coveted by the discerning, is a lager to be slowly savoured and relished.Look…Catching the light, the clear golden amber colour and creamy head beckons… Inhale…Whirl gently to release the floral aroma, raise the glass to your mouth and inhale deeply. Relish for a moment the aromas of fresh baguette, earthy hops and honeysuckle. Savour…And now it is time… Don’t hurry. Drink deeply. Slightly sweet, somewhat malty, the honey nut flavour sparkles on the tip of your tongue, and slides into your mouth where tart citrus flavours and warm caramel bitterness builds quickly before slipping down your throat full of rich body, thoroughly refreshing... And … the aftertaste… the sharp, distinct bitterness overlapping with caramelised sweetness lingers and develops on your palate. Who could resist another tingle tongued deeply gratifying swirl, savour and swallow when the first was so superb? Pilsner Urquell – the pure pilsner from Pilsen.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

7/11/12 Leinenkugel Honey Weiss and Classic Amber

On Monday night I headed up to my usual destination of Dorko's in Mount Carmel, PA for team trivia. The RZA had a rough night after coming out of the gate strong we struggled with getting all of the YUM brand restaurants and it went south from there. All in all it was a pretty good day, I got to add two new beers to my list and I swam 60 laps for the first time in a long time. The two beers I sampled were Leinenkugel Classic Amber and then I had Honey Weiss. The Classic Amber was the first beer I sampled. It had a great taste but nothing to unusual. It was a typical lager and just a good beer. It had a small head at about 1" that appeared fizzy white and it dissipated quickly. It had excellent lacing and little carbonation with a gold color and a normal clarity. The taste and aroma was grain with a light flavor and an average finish length. The mouth feel was watery with a middle tongue hit and excellent body lacing. The second beer I had was Honey Weiss. I liked this beer a little bit more because it had a different quality about it. The head was small at 1" with a white foamy appearance. The head lacing was excellent and it had a light flavor with a sweet almost cherry like taste. The finish length was average with a middle tongue hit and excellent body lacing. There was no carbonation and the mouth feel was watery with a head that dissipated slowly. Overall both beers were very good and I would easily have them again with the nod going to the Honey Weiss. Thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly.







Information from Leinenkugel about Honey Weiss


Since its introduction in 1995, Honey Weiss has created quite a buzz. Brewed with Red Valley Wheat, Yakima Valley Cluster hops and a touch of real Wisconsin honey. Leinie's Honey Weiss has a crisp, clean perfectly balanced flavor. Top your Honey Weiss off with a lemon wedge, sit back and enjoy.


In 2000, 2004 and 2006, Honey Weiss won Silver at the World Beer Cup® and Gold in 2002 in the American-Style Wheat Beer category. In 1998, it won Silver at the Great American Beer Festival® in the American Style Wheat Ale or Lager category.



Malts:Wheat and Pale
Hops:Cluster
Other:Real Wisconsin Honey

Pairings: The perfectly balanced taste of Honey Weiss is the official beer of the Friday Fish Fryand also complements Mexican dishes like nachos con carne and beef burritos.

Information from Leinenkugel about Classic Amber
The brilliant amber color, premium blends of malts and subtle, yet unmistakable citrus hop complexity make Classic Amber a 100% all-malt masterpiece.
Malts:Pale, Caramel 60, Munich
Hops:Cluster, Hallertau®, Mt. Hood and Cascade
The clean hop finish, mild bitterness and subtle citrus taste of Classic Amber cuts right through decadent 
foods like venison, steak and burgers.

Nutritional information from myfitnesspal.com

Leinenkugel's - Honey Weiss Beer

  1.   
Calories149Sodium5 mg
Total Fat0 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs12 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber0 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars0 g
Trans0 gProtein1 g
Cholesterol0 mg  
Vitamin A0%Calcium0%
Vitamin C0%Iron0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Leinenkugel Classic Amber Beer - 1 Bottle

  1.   
Calories162Sodium0 mg
Total Fat0 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs0 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber0 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars0 g
Trans0 gProtein0 g
Cholesterol0 mg  
Vitamin A0%Calcium0%
Vitamin C0%Iron0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Friday, July 6, 2012

7/5/12 Ska Brewing Ten Pin Porter

The other night I decided to crack into one of the beers I got from a colleague at work who had taken a trip down to North Carolina and picked up a bunch on great beer for me. I had heard about Ska Brewing a while ago and then seen that I couldn't purchase it PA or any states that were close. So when my colleague said he was going down to North Carolina I remembered that this was one of the states you could get beer from Ska Brewing. He ended up getting me the Ten Pin Porter so that is what I had on Tuesday night. The temperature was 30.9 degrees and I had it in my Blue Moon Pilsener. The head size was average at about 2" with a foamy dark brown appearance. The head lacing was excellent and it dissipated slowly. The carbonation was lively with a dark clarity and a black color. The taste and aroma were a burnt coffee. The flavor was moderate and the finish was long with a dry mouth feel and a front tongue hit. The body lacing was excellent and overall it was a pretty solid beer. Thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly.






Information Ska Brewing

ABV: 5.5%
ISU's: 46
SRM: 36

Pairings: Great with steak. Also good with Mexican and Cajun foods that are often full of their own roasty flavors. Oysters are also ideal. Can stand up to stronger cheeses such as sharp cheddar and blue.

Nutritional information from myfitnesspal.com


Ska Brewing - Ten Pin Porter

  1.   
Calories165Sodium0 mg
Total Fat0 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs0 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber0 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars0 g
Trans0 gProtein0 g
Cholesterol0 mg  
Vitamin A0%Calcium0%
Vitamin C0%Iron0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Monday, July 2, 2012

7/1/12 Flashback India Style Brown Ale from Boulder Beer Company

Last night it felt like a Digiorno and Flashback India Style Brown Ale night. I have had a couple different types of beer from Boulder Beer Company so I thought that this style would go well with the heat from the buffalo chicken pizza I was having. It wasn't a bad combination considering this was my first IBA. In my opinion I didn't really notice a huge difference from an IPA other than the color. I had this beer at 45.7 degrees and it poured a large 3" head into my newly acquired Blue Moon pilsener glass. The head had a foamy light brown appearance with excellent lacing. The head dissipated slowly and the carbonation was soft. The clarity was normal with a ruby color. The aroma and taste were a mix of citrus and barley. The flavor was heavy and the finish was average with a dry mouth feel. The tongue hit was towards the middle with excellent body lacing. Overall I didn't notice any huge difference from most of the IPA's I have had in the past and didn't really taste all the notes that were described on the bottle but it may have been impacted by the heat of the buffalo sauce. Thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly.





Information from Boulder Beer Company
ABV: 6.88%
Description: Citrusy with a prominent hop aroma. Finishes clean, crisp and dry with roasted flavors from the biscuit and chocolate malts perfectly complimenting the bountiful cascade hops.
Grains: Belgian Biscuit malt, chocolate malt, pale malt, gambrnus honey malt
Hops: Cascade, cascade, cascade, cascade and cascade (five hop additions)

Nutritional information from myfitnesspal.com


Boulder Beer Co. - Flashback India-Style Brown Ale

  1.   
Calories204Sodium0 mg
Total Fat0 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs0 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber0 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars0 g
Trans0 gProtein0 g
Cholesterol0 mg  
Vitamin A0%Calcium0%
Vitamin C0%Iron0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.