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. “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


Today’s beer is Brooklyn Blast Pale Ale.

Bottle Size: N/A purchased it on tap

Cost: Two beer tokens (approx. 7 dollars)

Alcohol (ABV): 8.0%

Background Information (via wikipedia): Brooklyn Brewery was started in 1987 by former Associated Press correspondent Steve Hindy and former Chemical Bank lending officer Tom Potter. Hindy learned to brew beer during a six year stay in various Middle Eastern nations such as Saudi Arabia and Syria, where possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages were forbidden. Upon his return to his home in Brooklyn in 1984, he and Potter, his downstairs neighbor from Park Slope, quit their jobs and founded the brewery. The pair hired graphic designer Milton Glaser, best known as the creator of the logo for the I Love New York campaign, to create the company logo and identity.

Originally all their beer was brewed by contract by Matt Brewing Company, and the pair started their own distribution company and personally transported and marketed their beer to bars and retailers around New York City.In 1996, they acquired a former matzo factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and converted it into a functional brewery.

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: Imperial IPA

Appearance: Pours a  light amber. A 1 finger white head which goes away quickly and laces the glass.

Scent/Smell: Got a wood like smell combined with citrus (grapefruits and oranges); a little bit of malt as well with some slightly bitter hops.

Taste: Similar to the taste, full of fruity undertones. it does carry a lingering bitterness after done. Not as strong in the taste department as you’d expect from a double IPA. Simple.

Mouthfeel:  Quite well carbonated with a medium body. Quite easy going down, particularly for a brew with its ABV.

Drink with (food): Fish, other grilled meats, and various cheeses.

Grade: B+

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, although I wish I didn’t have to spend two beer tokens on it. It’s taste more like a basic IPA than an imperial IPA. If and when I visit the Brooklyn Brewery again, I am sure I will have another glass of this brew.

Today’s beer is Turbodog!

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Bottle Size: N/A purchased it draft

Cost: $4.00 (Happy hour)

Alcohol (ABV): 5.6%

Background Information (via Founded in 1986, the Abita Brewing Company is nestled in the piney woods 30 miles north of New Orleans. We brew over 109,000 barrels of beer and 6,000 barrels of root beer in our state of the art brewing facility. Our lagers and ales are brewed in small batches, hand-crafted by a team of dedicated workers with only the highest ideals of quality. This pride, along with our brewing process, is what creates our great brews.

In Abita, we are blessed with the purest of water. Drawn from our deep wells, our pristine water is not altered in any way.

Abita Beer has no preservatives, additives or stabilizers and is cold filtered. The result is beer that is the finest and freshest tasting as proven by our loyal customers and great chefs of the south who use Abita Beer in their recipes.

Turbodog is a dark brown ale brewed with Willamette hops and a combination of pale, crystal and chocolate malts. This combination gives Turbodog its rich body and color and a sweet chocolate toffee-like flavor. Turbodog began as a specialty ale but has gained a huge loyal following and has become one of our flagship brews.

This ale pairs well with most meats and is great served with hamburgers or sausages. It is a good match with smoked fish and can even stand up to wild game dishes. Turbodog is also great for marinating and braising meats and cooking such things as cabbage and greens. Colby, Gloucester, Cheddar and Blue cheeses go nicely with Turbodog. It’s perfect with spicy Louisiana jambalaya or Spanish paella. Some even like it paired with chocolate!

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: English Brown Ale

Appearance: Dark brown with a white head. Some lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell/Scent:  Chocolate is the first thing that comes to mind; in addition, I picked up some bready, toasty smells as well. Chocolate is definitely the driving force in the scent department. 

Taste:  It is very sweet at first on your tongue. Some toffee is definitely present. The more you drink you start to taste a dark chocolate with bready flavors; don’t get a lot of hops here either. Nice overall taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and medium carbonation.Very smooth and easy to drink, could easily drink a few of these in one sitting.

Drink with (food): Hamburgers, sausages and smoked fish.

Grade: B

Not my favorite style of beer, but this is a good one. I’m sure at some point I’ll enjoy another one.

Next: Harp Lager

Today’s beer is Chelsea Checker Cab Blonde Ale!

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Bottle Size: N/A Got it as a draft (House of Brews)

Cost: $7

ABV: 4.5%

Background Information (via Chelsea Brewing Company): “The Crisp, Pale Golden Ale is made in the style of northern GermanyKolsch beer. The finest imported Noble Hops varieties & 10% Wheat malt gives this brew a dry finish with a complex and yet delicate hop flavor and aroma. A Totally Bodacious Blond Ale.”

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: American Blonde Ale

Appearance: Pale, clear gold with a frothy  white head which dissipates quickly .

Scent/Smell: A buttery aroma, with a faint hop and malt smell.

Taste:  A malty taste with a light, crisp honey aftertaste. Very light.

Mouthfeel: Very easy going down. I call this a college style beer, meaning you can chug it. Although the beer isn’t too popular so the carbonation could be off.

Drink with (food): Italian food, salads, and fish.

Grade: B

Depending on who you ask, you view of this beer varies greatly. This is likely due to it often being served on tap and not a popular beer at that which means that it can get flat which obviously changes the overall taste and quality of the beer.

Next: Empire Amber Ale

Today’s beer is Chimay Rouge!

Bottle Size: 11.2fl ounces/ 330mL

Cost: $10 (At House of Brews in NYC)

ABV: 7.0%

Background Information (via gasko-meyer): The Chimay Brewery (“Bières de Chimay“) is one of the best known Trappist Breweries in the world. The Belgian brewery was founded inside the abbey Notre-Dame de Scourmont, in the Belgian municipality of Chimay in 1863. The brewery produces three widely distributed strong pale ales and one medium strength pale ale (which is not sold outside the abbey). The brewing plant was updated in 1988, and now produces 120,000 hectolitres annually annually. Since 1876 the monastery has also made, and currently offers four, cheeses. Like many strong Belgian beers, those produced at Chimay age well and can be cellared for at least five years while maintaining quality. The Chimay Blue can be aged for upwards of fifteen years.

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: Dubbel

Appearance: Copper like color with a white creamy head.

Scent/Smell:  It has a light aroma with hints of apricots, bananas, cloves, plums, some spice and breadiness.

Taste: Taste is rich and strong, containing caramel, dried cherry fruit, cloves, and sweet malts. There’s also a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and well carbonated.

Drink with (food): Beef and buttery cheeses.

Grade: A-

I LOVE THIS BEER! I plan on going out tomorrow and getting another bottle at the House of Brews!

Next: Chelsea Checker Cab Blonde Ale