Tasting Notes

Malt Monday: The Warrior

18 May 2010
By Richard Pliny
Malt Monday: The Warrior

by Richard Pliny, Beer Correspondent Roosterfish Brewing  Hop Warrior Style: Double IPA  Color: dark orange-amber ABV: 8.7%  Price Point: $7 for 22oz  Technical Notes: OG 1.081    TG 1.015    Color 14.68  IBU 120.2 Hedonic Notes: The pour is a slightly hazy orange amber color with a light caramel colored crown of foam.  The bubbles fade quickly, but...
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Malt Monday: Out of This World!

10 May 2010
By Richard Pliny
Malt Monday: Out of This World!

by Richard Pliny, Beer Correspondent Style: “Blended IPA” Color: Orange-straw ABV: 9% Price Point: $8 for 22oz Technical Notes: From the Southern Tier website, “High in the winter sky, two parallel stick figures are visible & known as “the twins,” or the constellation Gemini. The astronauts of the 1960s flew as teams of two...
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Malt Monday: For Your Eyes Only

4 May 2010
By Richard Pliny
Malt Monday: For Your Eyes Only

by Richard Pliny, Beer Correspondent Style: “Chocolate Stout” Color: Black ABV: 10.6% Price Point: $22 for 750 mL Technical Notes: From the bottle, “Brooklyn Black Ops does not exist. However, if it did exist, it would be a robust stout concocted by the Brooklyn brewing team under cover of secrecy and hidden from everyone...
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Malt Monday: Yes We Can

29 March 2010
By Richard Pliny
Malt Monday: Yes We Can

Butternuts Beer & Ale’s Porkslap Style: Pale Ale Color: amber ABV: 4.3% Price Point: $7 for 6-12 oz cans Technical Notes: From the Butternuts Beer and Ale Website:  “Porkslap Pale Ale is brewed with 2 row North American barley and English crystal malt. The beer is flavored with crystal hop and a touch of fresh...
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Malt Monday: A Good Habit.

22 March 2010
By Richard Pliny
Malt Monday: A Good Habit.

Ithaca Brewing Company’s Old Habbit Style: Oak Aged Rye Ale Color: Deep Ruby ABV: 9.0% Price Point: $12 for 750 ml bottle Technical Notes: From the Ithaca Beer Company Website:  “A Robust American Ale brewed with four different Rye Malts, fresh Centennial and Crystal Hops and our proprietary Ale Yeast. It is partly fermented in Tennesee...
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Malt Monday: Flower Power

8 March 2010
By Richard Pliny
Malt Monday: Flower Power

Ithaca Brewing Company Flower Power IPA Style: India Pale Ale Color: Amber ABV: 7.5% Price Point: $8 for 6-12 oz bottles Technical Notes: From the Ithaca Beer Company Website:  “Enjoy the clover honey hue and tropical nose. Simultaneously Punchy and soothing with a big body and a finish that boasts pineapple and grapefruit. Flower power...
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Malt Monday: X Marks the Spot

1 March 2010
By Richard Pliny
Malt Monday: X Marks the Spot

Middle Ages Brewing Co.  X Imperial India Pale Ale Style: Double Pale Ale Color: Amber to Red ABV: 10% Price Point: $10 for 22oz Technical Notes: From the Middle Ages Brewing Co. Website:  “Brewed in the style of an American Double IPA in celebration of our 10th anniversary. This beer is golden in color,...
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Malt Monday: Striking Gold

22 February 2010
By Richard Pliny
Malt Monday: Striking Gold

Ithaca Beer Company Excelsior! White Gold Style:“Rustic Pale Wheat Ale” Color: Pale to Amber ABV: 8% Price Point: $10 for 750 mL Technical Notes: From the Ithaca Beer website: “A Belgo-American Ale brewed with domestic barley and French wheat malts, the finest Continental and U.S. grown hops, and fermented with Belgian, English and Wild...
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Chambourcin for my real friends, real boursin for my sham friends…?

20 February 2010
By Tom Mansell
Chambourcin for my real friends, real boursin for my sham friends…?

Pinnacle Ridge Winery Chambourcin Reserve 2007 Appellation: Lehigh Valley (Pennsylvania) Grape: Chambourcin (pronounced sham-bor-SAN with that uppity French nasal “in” sound) ABV: not determined (labeled “table wine”), but given Brix at harvest, I would guess around 13% Price Point: $16 Closure: Natural cork Technical Notes: {Brix} at harvest: 23.5-24. pH: 3.95, TA 6 g/L...
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From out of the bleu

12 February 2010
By Tom Mansell
From out of the bleu

Ithaca Beer Company Excelsior! Le Bleu Style: Wild American Ale with Blueberries Color: A translucent red stream leaps from the bottle, recalling a Lambic almost instantly. Pinkish foam forms with large bubbles and dissipates quickly. ABV: 5.0% Price Point: $17 (Note: this beer was very limited production. I am told that it is sold...
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