Re: The Beer (n' Politics) Thread
posted at 3/18/2014 3:07 PM EDT
In response to WhatNowDoYouWant's comment:
Whale's Tail Pale Ale: Very well balanced; crisp, but with some hints of a brown or golden ale thrown in.
Pretty Things Jack D'Or: A bit more robust than Whale's Tale; very good.
Oxbow Farmhouse Pale Ale (Maine): Simply perfect.
Maine Beer Company - Peeper Ale.
Stone Brewing puts out some great ones, but they're generally very aggressive and not for everyone, whether it's hops (IPA; Ruination IPA) or hops/malt (Arrogant B_____d)
I've lately fallen in love with Flemish Sour Ales. Trouble is finding them...
The occsasional Old Rasputin or other imperial stout is a treat, but not for everyone either: thick pitch-black elixirs with rich earth/chocolate/coffee/etc tastes.
Though I'm in a bit of a rye whiskey / bourbon phase these days. Current favorites within affordable price ranges: Michter's Rye (uncommonly rich and smooth for a rye), Rittenhouse Rye (sharper, taste fades to peat), Sazerac Rye (outstanding), Buffalo Creek Bourbon.
Best bourbon I've had was Pappy Van Winkle 20yr. Godly. But I'm not a corporate lawyer so I can't really justify buying a bottle of it.
I like some whiskeys/ryes/bourbons, but not enough to distinguish between most. (Maker's Mark is a fave, but I usually go for the Jameson's.) Single-malt scotch is another story.
One of my favorite trends in craft beer is using spirit casks for aging beer. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and the Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Stout are both exquisite examples. Innis & Gunn is one of the pioneers of the style using whisky, scotch and rum barrels for aging.
My most recent homebrew batch was an american IPA brewed with 25% rye malt and ample portions of chinook and cascade hops. The rye adds a smoky, spicy character which belies the 5.9% ABV.