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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Gewürztraminer? I barely know her!

12 February 2010
By admin
Gewürztraminer?  I barely know her!

Sheldrake Point Gewürztraminer 2008 Appellation: Finger Lakes Grape: Gewürztraminer ABV:13.6% RS: 0.5% Price Point: $18 Closure: Natural cork Technical Notes: Tons of info, courtesy of the website. Bravo to Sheldrake for transparency and geek info! TA: 6.3 g/L, pH: 3.53. Hand harvested at 23.2 Brix, 6.7 g/L Ta, 3.7 pH. “The fruit was destemmed,...
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