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Sunday, August 30th 2009

Moo Thunder Stout
(Butternuts Beer and Ale)

Moo Thunder Stout is from the folks who've brought you such unforgettable beers such as Porkslap Pale Ale, Heinnieweisse Hefeweizen and Snapperhead IPA. This is the darkest of the bunch and one of very few canned stouts currently available.

From the Butternuts site:

"This stout beer pays tribute to the Butternuts Brewery's former life as a dairy farm. It's a more drinkable version of the Stout breed than its heavy, boorish and smelly European sisters. We use lactose sugar for body and mouthfeel; not too strong, not too viscous at 4.9% abv. Unlike a true bovine it has a malty, roasty aroma and a dry finish but no tail or teats, and leaves no unsightly cow pies laying around the yard for you to step in.."


Here we go...


Pour – dark, dark murky brown to black with about 3/4 of an inch of off-white head that slowly sinks away.


Aroma –toasted dark bread and roasted malt. Maybe a little bit of smokiness and dark-roasted coffee gets in there as well. Its got a bit of a morning campfire quality to it.


Taste – very rich and roasty, a lot like an iced black coffee with some of that smokiness coming out as well. Its a bit on the thin side but that isn't entirely a bad thing. The flavors are still very apparent and its very drinkable. There is something about this beer that reminds me a little of Yoo-Hoo.


Overall - tasty stuff and probably one of my favorites from Butternuts. Very simple but well done stout. No complaints, very rich, roasty and toasty. Great stuff for a fall camping trip or a cool summer night.


Note - Butternuts Beer and Ale was founded in 2005 and is owned by Chuck Williamson who is also the head brewer.  The brewery uses a 14 bbl brewing system and produced 2700 bbls in 2009.  Their flagship beer is their Porkslap Pale Ale and craft beer fans can find their beer in 10 different states.


 


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Moo Thunder Stout
Style: American Stout
Brewery: Butternuts Beer and Ale
City: 
Garrattsville, New York  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 4.5%
IBUs: ???
Date: August 30th, 2009

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Sunday, August 30th 2009

Dale's Pale Ale
(Oskar Blues Brewery)

For many this was the beer that made them first realize that good beer could come in a can. For many more others this will one day be that beer. The revolution has only just begun. Regardless of when people realize good beer can be found in cans, Dale's Pale Ale will always be synonymous with what Oskar Blues has dubbed "the canned beer apocalypse."

From the Oskar Blues site:

"We think of it as the perfect, everyday beer for hopheads like us. Dale's Pale Ale's rich flavor has helped us make many new fans, and its numerous honors have helped us kick huge holes in the misconceptions regarding cans.""


Here we go...


Pour – a very pretty dark honey amber color with some nice ruby notes. The head is a very thick and fluffy off-white that really compliments things well.

Aroma –fresh hop aroma, some sweet malt or caramel and some citrus notes.

Taste – some piney and citrus hop flavor pours out along with a very balanced sweet malty backbone. Like Oskar Blues says, this is somewhere between an American Pale Ale and an IPA. Its got the strength and the hop profile to squeak in as an IPA but nothing wrong with it being a very hoppy Pale Ale either. 


Overall - very solid pale ale. Easy drinking that is for sure and perfect for any camping adventure or backyard BBQ. Oskar Blues sells a ton of these little blue cans and for good reason.


Note - Dale's Pale Ale is named for Dale Katechis who opened Oskar Blues in 1997. It was first canned (by hand) in 2002. 


 


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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery
City: 
Lyons, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: European
Hops: Centennial
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: 65
Date: August 30th, 2009

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Thursday, August 27th 2009

Snapperhead IPA
(Butternuts Beer and Ale)

Whereas I'll never quite understand the fish with the old school Walkman adorning this can of IPA, it is very nice to see those 3 letters on a can of beer.

From the Butternuts site:

"Our India Pale Ale packs typical IPA balls but strikes a better balance between dryness and drinkability. It’s every bit as rich but a little less bitter than other American interpretations of the breed, and here’s why. We are smarter, better looking brew masters. It also doesn’t hurt that we use 2 row barley with no goofy processing. And then we employ a 2 week dry hop process before we put it in the can, with love for you, our beer loving friends. There is no fish or fish flavor in Snapperhead. We chose this cartoon figure to represent the brand in a somewhat random marketing process we call ’non-sensical ideation’."


Here we go...


Pour – a deep dark golden/orange color with lots of bubble action creating a pretty creamy looking white head.

Aroma –mainly a syrupy sweetness, caramel along with some citrusy hop aroma. Its not a sharp or strong hop smell and actually it lemonade-esque sort of thing going on but there is definitely some hop presence.

Taste – there is a nice malt start to this with some astringent hop bitterness in the follow through. Its not overpowering and is a rather light, floral flavor. There is some tongue-drying going on along with a bit of syrupy sweetness. This is a pretty straight forward beer without a lot of oomph to impress. I dig their pale ale a lot more personally. 


Overall - not a bad IPA but its not one to write home about. Easy drinking that is for sure but with so many other great IPAs in cans nowadays I'd be hard pressed to say this one stands out.


Note - Butternuts Beer and Ale was founded in 2005 and is owned by Chuck Williamson who is also the head brewer.  The brewery uses a 14 bbl brewing system and produced 2700 bbls in 2009.  Their flagship beer is their Porkslap Pale Ale and craft beer fans can find their beer in 10 different states.

 



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Snapperhead IPA
Style: American India Pale Ale
Brewery: Butternuts Beer and Ale
City: 
Garrattsville, New York  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.8%
IBUs: ???
Date: August 27th, 2009

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Wednesday, August 26th 2009

Porkslap Pale Ale
(Butternuts Beer and Ale)

Porkslap is a name you're sure remember. The image of two pigs that look like they're slam dancing will also be something you won't easily forget. Put those unforgettable things together and you've got yourself a fine farmhouse brewed pale ale from Upstate New York.

From the Butternuts site:

"Porkslap is a new interpretation of the English Pale Ale with a hint of fresh ginger spices (and without their tendency toward cross dressing). It’s balanced, not overly bitter, easy to drink and incredibly refreshing. We brew PorkSlap with two row barley and a little chocolate malt for color. It pours orange and crystal clear with a frothy white head. If your nose is working, you might get a little malty whiff that soon gives way to pure thirst quenching goodness and happy satisfaction. The finish is clean, crisp and dry, and it plays really nice with spicy food like tex-mex, bbq or hot wings. Go ahead. Slap that pig."


Here we go...


Pour – a dark amber color with some nice peachy colors thrown in. It looks unfiltered as its rather dense looking and somewhat opaque. The head is a good size and pretty dense. Not bad right out of the can.


Aroma – sweet orange and ginger. There is some grainy smells as well but mostly its a spicy ginger aroma that I am getting. Quite unique as ginger is not advertised anywhere on the can nor in the description.


Taste – a big sip and all I can say is this is a very easy drinking pale ale. Its got some maltiness up front, some citrusy hop bitterness on the tongue but overall its the nice subtle ginger spiciness that really gets me. Its such a nice touch and maybe some of you purists will think I am crazy, but I really like it. There are some unique flavors going on here and if you are looking for traditional pale ale flavor you'll find some of that but not all of that. I like it, a lot.


Overall - Porkslap really does its own thing and I commend Butternuts for that. It seems there is a fine line between being creative and being commended for it and being creative and being asked "why would you do that?". Ginger is a great addition to this beer, so don't be afraid. Try this one with an open mind and "go ahead slap that pig".


Note - Butternuts Beer and Ale was founded in 2005 and is owned by Chuck Williamson who is also the head brewer.  The brewery uses a 14 bbl brewing system and produced 2700 bbls in 2009.  Their flagship beer is their Porkslap Pale Ale and craft beer fans can find their beer in 10 different states.


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Porkslap Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Butternuts Beer and Ale
City: 
Garrattsville, New York  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: 2-Row North American Barley, chocolate malt and English Crystal Malt
Hops: Crystal
ABV: 4.3%
IBUs: ???
Date: August 26th, 2009

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Friday, August 21 2009

Heinnieweisse Weissebier
(Butternuts Beer and Ale)

One of the four brews that Butternuts is currently canning. Heinnieweisse has a name you won't soon forget, much like the other three beers that they've released!  

From the Butternuts site:


"Traditional Hefeweizen from Germany usually taste like cardboard because by the time you drink them, they're not fresh anymore. Chuck brews Heinnieweisse with Bavarian yeast and a 67% wheat grist approximately 5000 miles closer to your mouth than Germany giving it a rich, fully fresh palate. Pour it and see the wheat cloudiness, smell the notes of estery aroma. At 4.9 % abv you’ll taste the effervescent, sweet yet tart freshness that no farty old German can boast. And what does an Alien have to do with any of this? Ever notice how a hop looks like an Alien's head? Look again."


Here we go...


Pour – a golden straw color that is clean and clear with two fingers of stark white fluffy head thats nice and thick. Not a bad looking pour by any means.


Aroma – slight clove, banana and bready yeast. All the typical hefe smells are apparent. Coming from a can, the aroma is quite fresh and strong.


Taste – a little thin yet crisp and refreshing. The spiciness from the yeast is not overpowering and the clove and banana flavors come out nicely.


Overall - despite a rather thin mouthfeel, this is one hell of a drinkable can of wheat beer. I have to admit, I sort of assumed I wouldn't like this but I really did! One of the better canned wheat beers that I've had. This is a great beer to bring with you on any outdoor activity on a warm day, its super easy drinking, light and refreshing and yeah, I guess a hop does kind of look like an alien's head...


Note - Butternuts Beer and Ale was founded in 2005 and is owned by Chuck Williamson who is also the head brewer.  The brewery uses a 14 bbl brewing system and produced 2700 bbls in 2009.  Their flagship beer is their Porkslap Pale Ale and craft beer fans can find their beer in 10 different states.

 


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Style: Hefeweizen
Brewery: Butternuts Beer and Ale
City: 
Garrattsville, New York  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 4.9%
IBUs: ???
Date: August 21st, 2009

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Thursday, August 20th 2009

Black Noddy Lager
(Buckbean Brewing Company)

Black Noddy lager is the second canned member of the Buckbean Brewing Company family. They've now canned four of their brews with hopefully more on the way!

From the Buckbean site:

"This is a traditional Schwarzbier with a smooth, rich malt flavor, black color and medium body. The mild roastiness and malt complexity is perfectly balanced with a moderate hoppiness for an exceptionally clean finish."

Here we go...

Pour – pours dark, almost pitch in color, but them again the word "black" appears in the name of this beer! When held to the light it has some of those ruby red hues that you can see in a glass of stout. The head is a good inch of coffee colored foam that tops this one quite nicely.

Aroma – a boatload of dark roasted malt, brown bread, iced black coffee and some sweet caramel. Mostly this is toasted and roasted malt.

Taste – first sip is surprisingly light in flavor and actually reminds me a bit of a hoppy porter. Its got a nice carbonation level that makes it quite refreshing. The dark, roasted malt flavors are definitely at the forefront but there is, like the can says, moderate hoppiness. Its got a nice bite to it that works to balance things out.

Overall - Not bad, not bad at all. We definitely liked this one more than their Original Orange Blossom Ale.

Note -  The name, Black Noddy, refers to a type of bird, a seabird that is part of the tern family to be more specific. Considering that the bird itself is not native to Nevada, its a mystery as to why the brewery chose that name for their beer. Please chime in if you have some insight.

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Style: Schwarzbier
Brewery: Buckbean Brewing Company
City: 
Reno, Nevada  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.2%
IBUs: ???
Date: August 20th, 2009

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Tuesday, August 11th 2009

Brooklyn Lager
(Brooklyn Brewery)

    

Brooklyn Lager is truly one of the few American lagers that I really, really enjoy. What you see here are both 12 and 16 oz. cans of an American lager that makes 99.99% of the macro-canned lagers look and taste like crap. 

From the Brooklyn site:

"Brooklyn Lager, the Brewery's flagship label, is New York's "hometown" beer, brewed to a pre-Prohibition recipe that dates back to the days when Brooklyn was the brewing capital of the East Coast. Brooklyn Lager has won numerous awards."

Here we go...

Pour – a nice, deep, dark amber color. Hey, its not pale yellow and almost clear! The head on this is so thick and fluffy it really is a sight to behold. It leaves quite a bit of lacing along the inside of the glass. Great looking beer in a glass, from a can, the bottle or on tap. You can't go wrong.

Aroma – quite hoppy for a lager in my opinion. Lots of noble hops going on with some nice floral notes. There area also some hints of honey and some caramel. Nice rich malty aroma as well.

Taste – crisp, refreshing and delicious. This is what a lager should taste like! I'ts got a nice delicate hoppiness to it that gives it a nice bitter and sharp finish that combines nicely with the carbonation level and dryness from a lager. 

Overall - this is an excellent lager that has taste, body and complexity. Brooklyn has done good by putting this offering this in a can.

Note - Brooklyn cans their famous Brooklyn Lagerin both 12 and 16-oz. cans and are now canning their Summer Ale as well. Perhaps more are on the way? We'll have to wait and see...

 


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Brooklyn Lager ~ 12 oz.
Style: American Amber/Red Lager
Brewery: Brooklyn Brewery
City: 
Brooklyn, New York  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. and 16 oz. cans
Malts: American Two-Row Malts
Hops: Hallertauer Mittelfrueh, Vanguard & Cascade
ABV: 5.2%
IBUs: ???
Date: August 11th, 2009

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Tuesday, August 11th 2009

Siamese Twin Ale
(Uncommon Brewers)

This beer has been on my radar for a while. Not only because its another amazing beer that comes in a can and that its from Santa Cruz, California, a town I called home during high school BUT also because of its ingredients. Siamese Twin is truly a beer that is pushing craft beer in a direction that is exciting. Its not a super hopped IPA or a super strong Imperial Stout, instead its an organic Belgian-style Dubbel brewed with some very unique ingredients. I am really looking forward to this.

From the Uncommon Brewers' site:

"Siamese Twin is a traditional Belgian-style Double seasoned with coriander and entirely uncommon Thai spices. At first surprising, the floral notes of lemongrass and sharper bite of kaffir lime blend with the deep malt of this double to produce a dangerously drinkable beer."


Here we go...


Pour  pours a murky brownish/orangish/rubyish color, its sort of viscous which is a sign of that high alcohol percentage. It slightly resembles an unfiltered fresh apple cider. The head is pretty thing with lots of little tiny bubble uniting to form a half-inch layer of stark white foam. When held to the light this one glows brightly and looks absolutely delicious. 


Aroma – a lot of sweet fruit initially (apples, pears) but there is also some watermelon perhaps a bit of that kaffir lime adding a citrus note. Its a very aromatic beer that is truly inviting. 


Taste – a nice big sip. Lots of flavor complexity. There is definitely the dark fruit that you get with a Belgian dubbel or quad, the apples, pears, prunes etc...but along comes a lime/citrus bitterness in the finish. Its an interesting mix of flavors, one that I can't say I've really experienced in a beer before. Its very refreshing and the high ABV really isn't noticeable. Its just about the perfect beer for 10:30 on a very hot and humid night here in New England. I am truly impressed. 


Overall - Siamese Twin is truly an "uncommon" beer and that is what makes it so great. I truly wish I had a few more of these as I am absolutely loving it.


Note - Uncommon Brewers also puts out some draft only brews that I'd love to try, especially their Baltic Porters. Cheers to you Uncommon Brewers and to all the "uncommon" beer drinkers out there that yearn for something new and refreshing!



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Style: Belgian Dubbel
Brewery: Uncommon Brewers
City: 
Santa Cruz, California  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 8.5%
IBUs: ???
Date: August 11th, 2009

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Tuesday, August 11th 2009

Brooklyn Lager (16 oz.)
(Brooklyn Brewery)

Brooklyn Lager is truly one of the few American lagers that I really, really enjoy. What you see here are both 12 and 16 oz. cans of an American lager that makes 99.99% of the macro-canned lagers look and taste like crap. 

From the Brooklyn site:

"Brooklyn Lager, the Brewery's flagship label, is New York's "hometown" beer, brewed to a pre-Prohibition recipe that dates back to the days when Brooklyn was the brewing capital of the East Coast. Brooklyn Lager has won numerous awards."

Here we go...

Pour – a nice, deep, dark amber color. Hey, its not pale yellow and almost clear! The head on this is so thick and fluffy it really is a sight to behold. It leaves quite a bit of lacing along the inside of the glass. Great looking beer in a glass, from a can, the bottle or on tap. You can't go wrong.

Aroma – quite hoppy for a lager in my opinion. Lots of noble hops going on with some nice floral notes. There area also some hints of honey and some caramel. Nice rich malty aroma as well.

Taste – crisp, refreshing and delicious. This is what a lager should taste like! I'ts got a nice delicate hoppiness to it that gives it a nice bitter and sharp finish that combines nicely with the carbonation level and dryness from a lager. 

Overall - this is an excellent lager that has taste, body and complexity. Brooklyn has done good by putting this offering this in a can.

Would I buy more of it? - definitely.

Note - Brooklyn cans their famous Brooklyn Lagerin both 12 and 16-oz. cans and are now canning their Summer Ale as well. Perhaps more are on the way? We'll have to wait and see...


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Brooklyn Lager ~ 16 oz.
Style: American Amber/Red Lager
Brewery: Brooklyn Brewery
City: 
Brooklyn, New York  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: American Two-Row Malts
Hops: Hallertauer Mittelfrueh, Vanguard & Cascade
ABV: 5.2%
IBUs: ???
Date: August 11th, 2009

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Monday, August 10th 2009

Original Orange Blossom Ale
(Buckbean Brewing Company)

It's a hot night so this will do just fine. Buckbean started just two years a go when the owners, Douglas Booth and Daniel Kahn, set out to "create a new kind of microbrew appealing to both male and female beer drinkers". We can dig that.

From the Buckbean site:

"The Original Orange Blossom Ale isn't a fruit beer, despite its name. This bright, zesty ale is build from caramel malts, American hops and orange flower water, which lends rich and refreshing aromatic notes."

Here we go...

Pour - a very bright amber, almost red color with a very, very thin head that quickly says its good-byes and sinks back into the beer itself. Carbonation levels looks fairly low for this one or maybe its just the head taking it out of this beer as well.

Aroma - the smell is quite interesting. Sort of sweet like honey and some malt but also a fragrance that is not altogether orange or altogether perfume-y, its somewhere in between. Very floral but also a bit like soap or shampoo (but good soap or shampoo). 

Taste – a bit soapy and sweet, much like the aroma (soap/shampoo, perfume, floral and orange-y). Its got a certain flavor that really sticks in my mouth, its a sweet and citrusy flavor that is quite refreshing. It has a certain flavor of orange bubble gum that I remember from when I was a kid actually.

Overall -  decent brew but I'd have like to have more of the hops backing up the sweetness of this beer OR have it be below 5% abv and just be nice, light and refreshing. It's a bit too sweet for my tastes BUT I might not be the target audience for this one.

Note - Buckbean has released four of their beers in 16 oz. cans so far and on a personal note this was the first beer I've ever had from the state of Nevada.

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Original Orange Blossom Ale
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Brewery: Buckbean Brewing Company
City: 
Reno, Nevada  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: 2-row Pale, CaraVienne, Munich and Honey
Hops: Palisade, Ahtanum, Vanguard and Select
ABV: 5.8%
IBUs: 35
Date: August 10th, 2009

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