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.


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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 abita.com): 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


Today’s beer is Terrapin Rye Pale Ale!

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Bottle Size: N/A purchased it draft

Cost: $5.00

ABV: 5.5%

Background Information (via Terrapin Beer): By using an exact amount of rye, a grain seldom found in other micro brewed beers, the Rye Pale Ale acquires its signature taste. Made with five varieties of hops and a generous amount of specialty malts, it offers a complex flavor and aroma that is both aggressive and well balanced – a rare find among beers. The Terrapin Rye Pale Ale was released in Athens, GA in April of 2002 at the Classic City Brew Fest. Six months later this beer which was sold only in Athens was awarded the American Pale Ale Gold Medal at the 2002 Great American Beer Festival, the most prestigious competition in North America. We hope you will agree with our peers in the brewing industry that this is truly one of the best pale ales in the country.

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Appearance: Pours a kind of brownish golden color with a pretty foamy head.

Scent/Smell: Very malty, hints of honey and rye, but very light hop profile.

Taste: Sweet malts, honey, and somewhat grainy. Not a lot of depth here in terms of taste, but not a bad tasting beer either.

Mouthfeel: Very easy going down. Average carbonation level. No qualms here.

Drink with (food): This beer cries out for spicy foods to match it’s hoppy flavors…jerk chicken to shrimp and grits. And Gruyère or Manchego cheese.

Grade: B

Depending on what you’re looking for this could be an “A” quality beer. However, when I put all the pieces together from what I expect out of a beer this just lacks the depth I expect from an “A” beer.

Next: TBD