?

Log in

No account? Create an account

johnlikesbeer

Six Point's Resin

Jun. 1st, 2012 | 06:16 pm
posted by: xcheeseman in johnlikesbeer

Head: Good. Slightly small, bubbly, and somewhat poor retention, but still not bad for a 9.1% ABV.

Aroma: Very good. Lovely piney hops with a bit of resiny malts.

Taste: Very good. refreshing bitter hops finishes with grapefruit and tangerine. The malts are there, but they do little tame this hop beast. There isn't much too the hop flavor though. It's just bitter.

Mouthfeel: Good. Crisp, dry, and slightly chewy.

Overall this is a good beer that still has plenty of room for improvement.

Cost: $8.99 for 4 12oz bottles, making it $0.19 per oz.

BA public: 87/100 B+, My score: 88/100 B+

Link | Cheers! | | Flag

johnlikesbeer

Central Waters Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout

May. 5th, 2012 | 02:19 pm
posted by: xcheeseman in johnlikesbeer

Head: good. Actually pretty big. Thick and milky, okay retention.

Aroma: excellent. Toasty chocolate and coffee with nice strong malt aroma... or is that bourbon sourness?

Taste: excellent. Strong coffee with a hint of chocolate, vanilla, and with a long strong malt + bourbon finish.

Mouthfeel: good. Medium-full and milkshake-like with tiny carbonation bubbles.

Nicely works the bourbon into the flavor as a whole. Well done!

Cost... can't find it.

BA public: 91/100 A-, My score 93/100 A

Link | Cheers! | | Flag

johnlikesbeer

Bear Republic Pete's Brown (Tribute Ale)

Apr. 30th, 2012 | 07:28 pm
posted by: xcheeseman in johnlikesbeer

Head: very good. Pretty big, somewhat craggy as it recedes.

Aroma: good. Smells like a brown ale.

Taste: very good. Sweet molasses with only a bit of a sour tang. Some malts, but mostly molasses.

Mouthfeel: very good. Medium with chewy sugars.

Not bad, but doesn't have any "wow" qualities.

BA public: 88/100 B+, My score: 86/100 B

Link | Cheers! | | Flag

johnlikesbeer

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA

Apr. 22nd, 2012 | 09:53 pm
posted by: xcheeseman in johnlikesbeer

Head: excellent. Medium-big, very good retention, heavy lacing.

Aroma: very good. Some citric hops but mostly comprised of nice rye spice

Taste: very good. Bitter and clean up front that slowly fades to robust malts. Grapefruit with rye and spice throughout... and actually a little too much rye and spice for my liking. I could use more balance. The flavor is big, but... a bit too ruthless, I guess.

Mouthfeel: very good. Plenty of small-bubbled carbonation with a pretty full body, but overall dry.

I loved this as first, and then the bitterness got old. Still, it's a big, bold beer and I love big beers!
Seems a bit odd that BA counts this as an IPA and not a rye.

Thanks to Jeremy for the bottle!

Cost: $7.99 for 6 12oz bottles, making it $0.11 per oz.

BA public: 88/100 B+, My score: 90/100 A-

Link | Cheers! | | Flag

johnlikesbeer

Ska's Buster Nut Brown Ale

Mar. 8th, 2012 | 10:43 pm
posted by: xcheeseman in johnlikesbeer

Head: poor. Small, weak.

Aroma: very nice. Enjoyable pumpernickel bread, and the rest is ale.

Taste: good. Not very big. Smooth and malt dominant.

Mouthfeel: good. Sort of light but with a bit of syrupy chewiness.

The name makes me giggle.

This is certainly a worthy beer, but it could be so much better. I do like the aroma, though.

Cost: $8.99 for 6 12oz bottles, making it $0.12 per oz.

BA public: 79/100 C+, My score: 78/100, C+

Link | Cheers! | | Flag

johnlikesbeer

Snake River's Zonker Stout

Feb. 10th, 2012 | 04:22 pm
posted by: xcheeseman in johnlikesbeer

Head: good. A little light, but okay for a stout. Good retention.

Aroma: very good. Molasses, smoke, maybe a hint of vanilla.

Taste: very good. Coffee, roasted malt, and just some hop bite. Drinkable.

Mouthfeel: very good. Full with smooth carbonation.

An all around solid stout I'd be glad to enjoy anytime!
Snake River Brewing Company is named after the river in Jackson Hole... and I'll probably never see it outside of Jackson Hole. Oh well.

Cost: I got it at the airport, serious. I think I saw it for $10, so that's $0.14 per oz.

BA public: 93/100 A, My score: 88/100, B+

Link | Cheers! | | Flag

johnlikesbeer

Victory's Hop Devil IPA

Feb. 9th, 2012 | 10:48 pm
posted by: xcheeseman in johnlikesbeer

Head: good. Big, but with mediochre retention.

Aroma: very good. Hop forward with a strong showing from malted barley in the background. Hints of cocoa? Huh?

Taste: very good. Robust, spicy hops that blend well with roasted caramel malt that shows up midway and into the finish. Somewhat sweet for an IPA.

Mouthfeel: very good. Full and slightly chewy and medium carbonation, and somewhat dry. Well done!

Not bad! The spicy hops on this could give an old favorite, Three Floyd's Alpha King, a run for the money.
I went on BA as usual to see what people are saying about it, and to my surprise this beer has some hype around it. I got it from a choose-your-sixer sampler!

Cost: $9.99 for 6 12oz bottles, making it $0.14 per oz.

BA public: 91/100, A-. My score: 89/100, B+

Link | Cheers! | | Flag

johnlikesbeer

Deschutes' Hop Henge Experimental IPA

Feb. 4th, 2012 | 12:03 am
posted by: xcheeseman in johnlikesbeer

Head: excellent. Huge. I don't have my normal pint glass, and this is a narrow tumbler I'm pouring into, but I'm quite sure this gets a huge, very bubbly head. On this glass it got a freakin' mountain of head.

Aroma: very good. Citric hops dominate with piney hops in the background. Notes of pear, perhaps? Could be more pungent, though. That's the only fault I can give it.

Taste: excellent. Yummy hops! Juicy like fruit juice, hell even orange juice, faint bubblegum on the finish that lingers for quite a while. For such a hop wallop, it's actually quite sweet. I wonder what this is balanced with, because I don't really taste malt.

Mouthfeel: excellent. Full bodied and syrupy, the carbonation is medium.

I'm very impressed! This joins the top echelon among DIPAs, my second favorite style. It has an excellent flavor profile for the style, as DIPAs, hell, pale ales tend to be a pretty straightforward kick in the mouth.
Man, I love Deschutes. I wish they shipped to Illinois.

Cost: $6.50 for a 22oz bottle, making it $0.30 per oz.

BA public: 91/100 A-, My score: 96/100 A

Link | Cheers! | | Flag

johnlikesbeer

Odell's Cutthroat Porter

Feb. 1st, 2012 | 05:26 pm
posted by: xcheeseman in johnlikesbeer

Head: very good. Pretty big, especially for a porter.

Aroma: good. Roasted malt, hint of coffee. Pretty much a typical porter.

Taste: good. Roasted malt with coffee notes and a hint of grass. Quite smooth.

Mouthfeel: very good. Medium full and creamy with light carbonation. A tad watery.

Not bad, but nothing exceptional.
BA's ratings are much higher than mine. The BA bros gave it a 100/100. Wut.

Cost: $10.20 for 6 12oz bottles, making it $0.14 per oz.

BA public: 91/100, A-; My Score: 86/100, B

Link | Cheers! | | Flag

johnlikesbeer

Clown Shoes' Supa Hero

Jan. 27th, 2012 | 10:43 pm
posted by: xcheeseman in johnlikesbeer

Head: very good. Big, fluffy, and some lacing.

Aroma: good. Hoppy citric dominant with a hint of... peppermint? I noticed the peppermint only once.

Taste: very good. Medium hop dominant with what I think are Cascade hops up front which quickly gives way to a bitter hop taste and finishes with an astringent bitter aftertaste. Not very drinkable, but good.

Mouthfeel: good. Medium with a generous amount of small-bubbled carbonation.

I want to see more of this Massachusetts brewery, if only for the name!

Cost: $6.49 for a 22oz bomber, making it $0.30 per oz.

BA public: 84/100 B, My score: 88/100 B+

Link | Cheers! | | Flag