Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Beer Journal #20: Snake Dog IPA, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, Alaskan IPA, Leinie's Creamy Dark, Billy Bock and More

Snake Dog IPA
Flying Dog Brewery
Frederick, Maryland

Label fun:
"It snakes down the throat like a faithful friend."  --Anna Steadman

He slithers through the city in search of his face. No place too seedy, no place too fake--they're all on the menu tonight. And of course she'll find him irresistible, for it's the forked tongue she prefers.

"Good People Drink Good Beer." --Hunter S. Thompson

7.1% alc/vol

My rating on 9/18/14: So So

Honey Ale
Brewed and bottled by Gray Brewing Co.
Janesville, WI

Label info:

Ale brewed with 100% pure honey

My rating on 9/19/14: So So

Pumpkin Wheat
Belgian-style wheat ale
Shock Top Brewing Co.
St. Louis, MO

Label info:
Belgian-style wheat ale brewed with pumpkin and spices

5.1% alc/vol

My rating on 9/19/14: So So

Sawtooth Nitro
All-American Ale
Left Hand Brewing Co.
Longmont, CA

Label fun:
Brewed on the banks of the Mighty St. Vrain
Super smooth nutty malt flavors balanced by herbal hops.
Enjoy at: 40-45 degrees F in a pub glass
1. Pour hard  2. Admire & enjoy

5.3% alc/vol

My rating on 9/19/14: Yes Yes

Alaskan IPA
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Juneau, AK

6.2% alc/vol

My rating on 9/20/14: So So

Creamy Dark
American Dark Lager
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.
Chippewa Falls, WI   Milwaukee, WI

Label fun:
The pride of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin since 1867.
Carefully brewed by the Leinenkugel family for five generations.

My rating on 9/20/14: Yes Yes

Imperial Pale Ale
New Belgium Brewing
Fort Collins, Co.

Label fun:
That craving for hops starts to take over in this RAMPANT Imperial IPA proliferating with heavy peach tones, herbal sweetness and aromatic complexity.
New Belgium's Employee Owners would love you to stop by the brewery! 500 Linden, Fort Collins, CO

8.5% alc/vol

My rating on 9/21/14: So So

Memory Lane
German-style pilsner
O'So Brewing Co.
Plover, WI

Label info:
Join the fight against Alzheimer's!
5% of proceeds of this beer helps support the Alzheimer's Association of Wisconsin. To learn more on how to help out go to www.alz.org/gwwi

My rating on 9/21/14: Yes Yes  

Fighting Billy Bock
Minhas Brewing Co.
Monroe, WI

Label fun:
HELP DISPEL THE CURSE. The curse can easily be dispelled by showing a sincere fondness for Billy Bock. It fights only to maintain its dignity. What does "=" sign mean? It explains the relationship between BOCK and TASTE. Simply put BOCK = TASTE. Chill Billy Bock to 45 degrees F (7 degrees C), call over 3 of your best buddies and help dispel the curse.
Union Made

5.5% alc/vol

My rating on 9/22/14: No No
(I did drink all of it but wouldn't care to do so again).

Jockamo IPA
Abita Brewing Company LLC
Abita Springs, LA

Label fun:
Jockamo is an American IPA brewed with pale, red and caramel malts. This copper-colored ale is liberally hopped and dry hopped with Willamette and Columbus hops. The flavor is bold like the "Mardi Gras Indians" who march through New Orleans in suits of feathers and beads.
Live It  Abita.com  Love It

6.5% alc/vol

My rating on 9/23/14: Yes Yes


Wrapping up this review:

The humanitarian beer award goes to: Memory Lane
The most entertaining label award goes to: Snake Dog
The highest alcohol content award goes to: Rampant
The best tasting beer awards go to: Sawtooth Nitro, Memory Lane, Creamy Dark and Jockamo IPA
The worst tasting beer award goes to: Fighting Billy Bock


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