Archive for the ‘Ale’ Category

Boddingtons “Pub Ale”

Posted: June 22, 2012 in Ale

I remember the first time I had this beer.  I was at my friend Eric Horne”s house in Portland.  I was still new to the good beer scene.  This beer was unlike anything I have ever had.  It is an Ale, but doesn’t taste like an ale.  It taste like cream (not like from milk cream, it is just really creamy).  I discovered that night that there are beers other than Guinness, that use nitrogen, not carbon dioxide to add the fizz to their beers.  I like this beer, it’s different.  I still haven’t found another nitrogen ale.  I’ve had a few stouts, and even a Irish red with nitrogen, but no other ales.  Funny thing about the word pub, (as in Boddingtons “Pub” Ale), Pub is just a shortening of the title “Public House” which is what bars used to be called back in the day, no, not not Wednesday, a really long time ago.  I thought that tid bit was cool.  Back to the beer, it’s from England which is nice.  Not everything is good just because it isn’t from this continent but in this case it is.  Just the experience of the creaminess from the nitrogen in this beer is worth trying.  What is being into beer if it’s not the willingness to try new things.  Whenever I drink Boddingtons I keep trying to figure it out, I never do, but I keep trying, and that is the fun part.  And besides it comes in Tall Boys, what could be better?

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“You can’t judge a book by it’s cover” I’m sure we have all heard that one.  I have been seeing this beer for a while but never tried it.  I think the label looks stupid.  I didn’t give it another look.  One day I finally picked up a six pack and read the label.  It sounded promising.  Mendocino was founded in 1983 by some home brewers in the aptly named town of Hopland California but operates now in Ukih.  All of their beers are named after birds, thus the stupid label.  As a beer is is very unique.  There isn’t really a defining flavor, just a good balance overall.  There is this flavor that I couldn’t really place until I saw the 8% ABV.  As a beer it is pretty good, it could use more hops but not bad.  It is not a bad one to try, but I don’t think I will get it again.  I will try some more of theirs.  I guess the lesson I learned is look past the label, sometimes good things look bad.

Rogue “Dead Guy Ale”

Posted: May 3, 2011 in Ale

I love this beer.  I have always thought this was one of my favorites.  After I decided to really start trying to explain how I felt about certain brews I saw myself being more and more critical for no good reason.  I guess it would be a little boring if I said “this beer is great” for everything but there is a limit to the praise, and……un-praise.  When I got this 6-pack I really didn’t love the first few like I know I really do.  I thought something was wrong maybe with me, maybe with the world, but I didn’t know.  Today I got home from a pretty hard day at work and opened one and wow was it good.  The second one just proves it.  To be truly honest Dead Guy shows why I like plain Ale beer the best.  There is so much you can do with a beer without putting it in some other category.  There is enough complexity that you need a few to really figure it out and by that time you won’t want much else.  Dead Guy is a great beer, you should go get some right now.  Oh and a quick flavor synopsis.  It is not too hoppy, but has a very nice bitterness which is balanced very well with a light maltiness.  Delicious.

Anchor Brewing Co. “Liberty Ale”

Posted: April 14, 2011 in Ale

I would like to start this one off with a short history.  Anchor was started in 1896 in San Francisco CA.  In 1969 Frederick Louis Maytag III (yes the heir to the Maytag fortune) purchased the company saving it from closure.  It is one of the few remaining breweries to make the California staple “Steam Beer”, it might even be the last.  Louis had to learn the brewing process from scratch, and completely change the beer that was produced there.  Originally the beer was as tasteless as every domestic produced at that time.  He wanted a different product, so he made a better one.  During the 80’s Anchor started receiving national recognition due to the quality, and originality of the small batches it produced.  Anchor is credited as being the first of the modern microbreweries and continues to create one of the finest craft beers in the country.

Anchor has the Liberty Ale which is a beer first brewed not on the anniversary of the founding of the country but rather the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere’s famous ride a year prior on the 18th of April 1775.  It became a regular Anchor product in 1983.  Liberty ale has a delicate balance of hop, malt, and citrus flavors all combining to make a very drinkable, fabulous beer.  It is dry hopped, and bottle conditioned which are keeping with the true art of brewing.  As far as beer goes this is one that every single person needs to drink.  This is where it all started and you can taste the craftsmanship with every sip.