Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Beer Journal #30: Hop Czar, Ouisconsing Red Ale, Peninsula Porter, Espresso Stout, Scotch Ale & More

Ouisconsing Red Ale
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Amherst, WI

Label info:
With its mellow malty flavor and subtle flowery nose, Ouisconsing Red gets its name for the Algonquin word for the Wisconsin River (or "Red Stone River"). Featuring a range of caramel malts for mild biscuit-sweetness and a warm, rich mahogany color.

On 10/29/14, I gave this red ale a Yes Yes rating. I was so delighted that our Pumpkin Man agreed to hold the bottle for this photograph.

Hop Czar
Imperial India Pale Ale
Bridgeport Brewing Co.
Oregon's Oldest Craft Brewery
Portland, OR

Label fun:
A robust ruler of IPA is here. All hail the king!
This robust golden monarch requires a king's ransom of hops. Brewed with over two pounds of whole leaf hop cones in each barrel.
Hop Czar is brewed with an irresponsible amount of hops and balanced by a robust malt backbone. Bridgeport revolutionized the IPA style and this Imperial India Pale Ale is a worthy bloodline to our award-winning heritage.
"Reach Beervana."

7.5% alc/vol

I consumed this beer on 10/30/14. I gave this IPA a So So rating.

I appreciate the detailing that went into the design of the label. The czar is decked out with hop cones galore, that is, on his robe, as a belt buckle, as a ring and necklace besides atop his sceptor.  
Peninsula Porter
Shipwrecked Microbrewery
Egg Harbor, WI (Door County)

I gave this beer a So So rating on 10/31/14.

The captain with his pipe and mug of beer adorns all Shipwrecked beer bottle labels. We visited this brewery during our visit to Door County in October.

Farmhouse-style Saison
Wisconsin Brewing Co.
Verona, WI

Label fun:
The sun is high, the sky is clear, the mercury is rising--and everything is cool. Because this day has found you in an awesome place. It's summer in Wisconsin, baby, and it only comes but once a year. So ride that heat wave, bask in the glow, let your mood, mind, and spirit soar right up there with that yellow ball in the sky. With one hand, drop your cares and worries and cell phone, with the other, put a kung-fu grip on this farmhouse-style saison, this coriander-and-orange-kissed brew, this delicious golden haze of a beer. Drink it in, take in the view from your personal mountaintop, and smile. Whatever the day brings, you and this brew are gonna' face it together. And it's going to be great.
Our craft. Our passion. Your beer.

5.5% alc/vol

I had this beer on 10/31/14 and gave it a So So rating.

ZENITH #007 is boldly on the label around the neck of this beer.

Espresso Stout
Stevens Point Brewery
Stevens Point, WI

Label fun:
Whole Hog Limited Edition 1857
Beer aged on coffee beans
Handcrafted using a blend of supreme roasted malts, delicately aged on hand-picked espresso coffee beans. Smooth and full on the palate with a roasted finish.

6.5% alc/vol

I drank this beer on 11/1/14 and gave it a So So rating.

I don't usually drink coffee anytime after noon so I was concerned that the caffeine might keep me awake. Fortunately, I didn't find that to be the case. 

Alphorn Pale Ale
Pecatonica Beer Company
Monroe, WI

Label fun:
Like the Alphorn air, this Pale Ale is crisp and refreshing. Relax and enjoy this product of our love for artisan craft beer.
This beer was proudly brewed at the Pecatonica Beer Company, Monroe, WI.

5.9% alc/vol

On 11/2/14, I rated this beer--Yes Yes.

Scotch Ale
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Amherst, WI

Label fun:
Brewer's Reserve
Malt beverage aged in used oak bourbon barrels.
This rich, malty ale has been aged to perfection in our barrel house. Subtle and smooth, this is a decadent display of patience and process. Join us in a toast to good health. Slainte!
I don't enjoy giving beer a No No rating, but that's what I gave this Scotch Ale on 11/2/14.

I drank as much as I could, gave up and poured a few swallows down the drain.

Seasonal Ale
Wasatch Brewery
Utah Brewers Cooperative
Salt Lake City, Utah

Label fun:
Ale brewed with pumpkin and spices
Grownups need treats too, and our pumpkin ale is just the trick. Careful though--this malty amber has more than a hint of pumpkin, and might just put a spell on you.
Food pairings: Bat wings and giblets
Misbehaving in Utah since 1986.

BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red
Anchor Brewing Co.
San Francisco, CA

Label fun:
Red ale brewed with maple syrup
Our fall seasonal, BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red, was inspired by a native California tree, its incredible leaves, its delicious syrup and the colors of fall. Bigleaf maple thrives along the banks of California's mountain streams. Native Californians once made rope and baskets from its bark. Today, artisans handcraft its wood and burl into custom guitars. In autumn, its huge leaves, up to a foot across, can display a full range of color as they slowly turn from green to gold to red. Bigleaf maple sugaring in California dates to the 1800s; yet this tree's unusually flavorful syrup remains the product of a small group of hobbyists. A hint of maple--including bigleaf maple--syrup in every brew perfectly complements the malty complexity, balanced hoppiness, and rich fall hue of BigLeaf Maple Autumn Redd, a red ale like no other.
(All of the above is printed on the narrow label that circles the neck of the bottle!)

6% alc/vol

I gave this beer a Yes Yes rating on 11/4/14.


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