Archive for July, 2011


Day #211 – Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale

July 31, 2011

I’ve finally got a beer from the great state of Hawaii and I’m shocked I haven’t reviewed anything from this brewery before! They have several things available in our area, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale


Kona is brewed in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. As I mentioned previously they have several products available in our area. This one is their pale ale. It rings in at 5.9% ABV.

This beer pours a very clear, dark orange color with a frothy white head.

Aroma is sweet grapefruit notes and hops. Sweet malts and other dry fruity notes.

Flavor is sweet malts, with a dry grainy flavor. The hops impart a bitterness that can be felt on the finish. Pretty standard.




Day #210 – St. Bernardus Abt 12

July 30, 2011

Great, great beer for today! In fact this is probably one of my favorite beers of all time. So pay attention!

St. Bernardus Abt 12


St. Bernard is a brewery in Belgium. (yes I realize I left off the ‘us’). It is not an abbey like some might believe and therefore cannot be a true Trappist Ale, but this is certainly a great beer.

This beer is classified as an Abt. This is the name that was given to describe high in alcohol abbey ales. This is very similar to a Quadrupel but quads are a little lighter in character. This particular beer fits right into the Abt category at 10.5%.

Pours a very murky maroon brownish color that cannot be seen through. It has a beige type bubbly head.

Aroma is super dark fruits. Lovely notes of grape, cherries and dates. Slight woody notes, but mainly sweet.

Flavor is superb! Lovely notes of big time grape juice, sugar, Belgian fruit and cherries. This finishes like it started which is amazing. One of the best beers on the market; no doubt.




Day #209 – Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison

July 29, 2011

Out at the Moth today; figured I would drop in and try something new. Lo and behold they had something new I had never tried!

Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison

Sierra Nevada is based out of Chico, California. This particular beer was a collaboration between Sierra Nevada and the Abbey of New Clairvaux. It is classified as a saison at 7% ABV.


This beer pours a very lovely shade of orange. The appearance is slightly hazy with a light amount of carbonation on top. White bubbles.

Aroma is light when it is cold but begins to emerge more as it warms. The biggest notes I pick up are definitely citrus and Belgian fruit. Light grain and funk.

Flavor is big time grains and funk. Belgian fruit and dry yeast. Finishes dry. Almost tart but not quite. This is very much a saison. Very clean.



Day #208 – Deschutes Black Butte Porter

July 28, 2011

Apparently this month was Oregon Craft Beer month. I didn’t find this out until recently and feel a little bad that I didn’t feature more beers from Oregon for my blog. I’ve got one today, and it’s a good one!

Deschutes Black Butte Porter


Deschutes is based out of Bend, OR. This beer is classified as a porter and has 5.2% ABV.

This beer pours a dark brown color with slight highlights of red. Big creamy beige head that shot up immediately.

The aroma is big notes of burnt chocolate and toasted coffee ground. Dark malts and roast. Nice.

Flavor is roasted malts right off the bat. Like fat toasted coffee ground. There is a sweetness near the back but it leaves a bitter roasted aftertaste. Cool.




Day #207 – Redhook Long Hammer IPA

July 27, 2011

Got an IPA for today. I’ve only had it once and it was long long ago. I remember not liking it at all, but that was also before I developed a taste for IPAs. I’m looking forward to trying this guy again.

Redhook Long Hammer IPA


Redhook is based out of Woodinville, WA. The brewery is owned by the Craft Brewers Alliance which is a conglomerate of a few craft breweries. Kona, Redhook and Widmer are a part of this group. Redhook very recently redesigned their bottles to reflect their earlier roots. I think they look pretty cool. This beer is classified as an India Pale Ale and has 6.5% ABV.

This glass is actually a Redhook glass, even though there isn’t a logo. The logo is etched in the glass near the base. It is really heavy and is one of my favorite glasses.

This beer pours a very clear golden color with a very large foamy white head. Head response was immediate and lasted awhile.

The aroma is very nice. Lots of sweet, fruity hops. I can smell grapefruit notes, citrus and some tropical notes. Great hoppy smell.

Flavor is also hoppy with more of a bitter tone that fruity. Dry finish with a lingering tingle. Some sweetness and grain but mainly spicy hops. Good! Man I don’t know what I was thinking back then.




Day #206 – Franconia Alt

July 26, 2011

Sorry for the late post. Last night was a little crazy.

Franconia ALT

Stopped in for my usual Ginger Man night and found a new Texas beer on tap. It’s from Franconia which makes this a new DFW beer! It is classified as an Altbier at 4.7%.


This beer pours a slightly hazy rich orange color with a light layer of white head.

The aroma is laid back and easy. Light notes of grassy hops with some earthy notes and grains. Subtle I would say.

Flavor is upfront hops and grassy tones, with a grainy body and slick mouthfeel. Light malts but has a bitter finish. Could use a little more sweetness I think.



Day #205 – Delirium Tremens

July 25, 2011

Quick review today as I got home really late from work and just want to hit the sack.

Delirium Tremens

Solid Belgian beer today. This is a Belgian Strong Ale at 8.5% brewed by Brouwerij Huyghe. This beer is known for it’s classic pink elephants! You’ll notice them on the glass and bottle. Hope I’m not seeing pink elephants after I finish!


This appearance is less than appealing. It pours a rusty golden color with a big foamy head. The head subsides quickly enough. What is so unappealing about this are the chunks of yeast sediment suspended in the beer. I tried to keep most of the yeast in the bottle but couldn’t stop all of them. Be careful with this pour!

Aroma is spicy and bready. There is a big bread aroma, some Belgian fruit, obvious yeast notes and some hints of alcohol.

Flavor is fairly tasty. Fruit notes of banana, light citrus and grapes are tasted upfront. Also apple. There is a big tingle on the palate. Bready grainy flavor.


Definitely worth the try. Cheers!