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Fiji Gold

Company info:
Fosters Group


[No website listed]

Alcohol: 4.4%
Standard drinks: TBC

Cap type: Ring-pull

Cost: I picked this up for $TBC AU

Label info: ‘Full Flavour. Full Strength. Less Calories. Less Filling’

What the label really means: Class.

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Label: Not impressive in the least. It’s like holding a pack of Benson and Hedges cigarettes. If they wanted to stick with the whole gold theme, there are better ways to go about it than making the whole blinking can gold. It doesn’t work, it’s not attractive, it made me cringe to be seen holding this.

I give it a label rating of 2 out of 10.

AROMA:  There is a persistent, strong, wheaty aroma that has hints of fermenting apples.

Taste: GLASS – Upon tasting, I immediately notice how mild this brew is. It’s very watery with a dry…

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Waiting forever to move was torture – I couldn’t wait to get in the new house because there was just so much more room and as a stay at home mom I was getting really stir crazy without much room in the house. I love my kids, don’t get me wrong, but there were four of us total and only a CannonSatellite.com package to distract them during the days when I needed to get work done and really get a lot of stuff set up. I love my boys but sometimes they’re definitely more of a handful than I bargained for and this move proved to me that I am not ready for a third kid, I can tell you that with absolute certainty now. Anyway, we got moved and settled without incident but it wasn’t for lack or trying. We ended up baby gating the boys in the foyer for a small time – they loved it and said they were in “jail” and I sort of thought they were right!

Today’s beer is Allagash Blonde Ale.


Bottle size: N/A got it draft

Cost: $6.00 (Purchased at restaurant in Washington D.C.)

Alcohol (ABV): 6.86%

Cap Type: I haven’t seen this beer available by bottle

Brief History (via wikipedia): Founded in 1994 by Rob Tod, Allagash sold its first batch of beer in the summer of 1995. Tod had been working in breweries around the U.S. and recognized a void in the craft brewing movement. While both German and British styles had become prevalent throughout the country, Belgian-style beers were very difficult to find. He established a small 15 barrel brewery initially and began brewing Allagash White, modeled after Belgian Wit beer. This style of beer gets its unique flavor from the use of wheat in place of barley as well as the addition of Curaçao orange peel, coriander and other spices.

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Appearance:  Had a pale yellow color. There was an inch head which lasted for a while.

Scent/Smell: Candied sugar, yeast, some wheat and lemon.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Starts sweet, like bubblegum. Then a touch of barnyard/mild funk. Ends with a dry wheat taste

Mouthfeel: Very balanced, neither the hops or malt are incredibly obvious.

Drink with (food): Thai, brick over pizza, fish, salads.

Grade: A-

I loved this beer. And am definitely planning on drinking this again.

Next: Estrella Damn

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Today’s beer is Hop Stoopid!

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Bottle Size: 22fl ounces/ 650mL

Cost: $4.50 (At a beverage barn)

ABV: 8%

Background information (via wikipedia)Lagunitas “Hop Stoopid” is an American Imperial (or Double) IPA. Hop Stoopid has a alcohol content (ABV) of 8% and comes in at 102 IBUs. It is made with hop extract and oils rather than flowers for stronger hop flavors.

Lagunitas.com “For those mornings when you have to cut right to the chase, this is the one. Sure to blast through just about anything still lingering from the night before, this mouthful of Hops and huge rich Malt has a gaurantee built right into the name!”

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Appearance:  A shade of orange/yellow. Very light haze. Half finger head that fades fairly quickly. Not much lacing.

Scent/Smell: Lots of citrus hops as you would expect from “Hop Stoopid”. Pineapple and grapefruit aromas, in addition to some orange and a touch of lemon. Nice sweet caramel malts as well.

Taste: Very light caramel sweetness at the onset. Then an earthy bitterness with citrus and floral hints hits the tongue, a lot going on here. In the end, there is a piney, grassy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and well carbonated. Quite dry, not the easiest going down.

Drink with (food): Grilled meats, fish, earthy cheeses.

Grade: A

I love this beer, I wish that I could have it on a more regular basis. Lagunitas, good job!

Next: Flat Tire Amber Ale

Today’s beer is Fat Tire Amber Ale!

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Bottle Size: N/A purchased it draft

Cost: $4.00 (At a happy hour)

ABV: 5.2%

Background Information (via NewBelgium): Named in honor of our co-founder‘s bike trip through Europe, Fat Tire Amber Ale marks a turning point in the young electrical engineer’s home brewing. Belgian beers use a far broader palette of ingredients (fruits, spices, esoteric yeast strains) than German or English styles. Together with co-founder, Kim Jordan, they traveled around sampling their homebrews to the public. Fat Tire won fans with its sense of balance: toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors coasting in equilibrium with hoppy freshness.

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: Amber Ale

Appearance: Amber color with a medium-sized, frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some lacing.

Scent/Smell: Has a fruity smell like that of apples or apricots. Has a malty/biscuity scent to it as well. Not much here in the hop department.

Taste: Quite fruity and malty particularly in the beginning. Mild amount of hops throughout. Aftertaste is quite bearable which is always a plus.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with high carbonation which doesn’t make it the easiest going down.

Drink with (food): Beef, fish, chicken, and sharp cheeses.

Grade: B

There is a lot going on with this beer. I was quite surprised. A pretty good beer, hopefully I’ll have a couple more sometime in the future.

Next: Fuller’s London Pride

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