Sunday, May 31, 2020
I actually do get a little grapefruit on the nose, as well as some light citrus when I taste it. I don’t taste bready, exactly, but the malt does give it a nice bitter finish (which smooths out as it warms up). Very nice.
Friday, May 29, 2020
Thursday, May 28, 2020
“This Double IPA was made in collaboration with Pink Boots Society Indianapolis. Hopped with a special Pink Boots hop blend, made up of Azacca, El Dorado, Idaho Gem, and Loral hops, this beer was created in celebration and support of women in beer.”
There’s something in there I can’t quite place, and it might be floral notes. I’m accustomed to tasting for fruit and pine, but flowers are still somewhat foreign. Definitely some tropical and stone fruit flavor and a finish that is, oddly enough, both sweet and dry. The high alcohol (8.0%) sharpens the finish just a touch—but that will become more pronounced as the beer warms up.
“For this can collaboration, Metazoa Brewing Company is donating 5% of each 16 oz can sale to the Indianapolis Zoo in honor of its latest exhibit: Tembo Camp—a chance to experience the majesty and power of the elephant herd up close. Speaking of majesty, in honor of Tembo Camp’s coronation, we’ve hereby anointed this brew Matriarch. And like the queen leader of the elephant herd, our classic American Pale Ale leads a herd of hoppy flavors and citrus aromas while keeping everything safe from bitterness.”
Very light flavor and mouthfeel, and yet a pronounced citrus taste up front before an echo of pine and a dry finish. I prefer a more aggressive pale, but this is very well done. Also, it is worth noting that Metazoa is currently open for walk-up carry-out; they are not requiring customers to be masked if entering the premises; and they are accepting cash. That complete trifecta is not currently available at either Black Circle or Black Acre, and that is disappointing to me. Oh, and they have an excellent barbecue food truck in their parking lot Thursday through Sunday.
Monday, May 25, 2020
Nice stone fruit and tropical fruit up front, but not overpowering. The high alcohol sharpens the finish a little, but it still doesn’t taste like a beer that weighs in at 9.0%. If you’re having the kind of day that badly needs to be un-fucked, one of these bad boys will do the trick.
Sunday, May 24, 2020
I’m not sure I’m any longer qualified to identify a cinematic beauty, having been out of work for over two months now, thanks to the fucking pussies who run this cunt of a city and this cunt of a state. And this is no pulp fiction, however that might translate to the world of beer. It’s an adequate pale ale, sharp from the alcohol (7.0%) as it warms up, and vaguely tropical. Probably juicy and delightful when it’s cold, but I only have the one—and it’s race day, so it’s hot as fuck up here.
So, it’s…tropical? When I was in Honduras last year, we visited a friend of the people we were traveling with, and the friend’s name was Luis. He’s a tilapia farmer, and he also grows papayas. While we were there, we picked some papayas right off the trees, and then took them back to his house and ate them. Probably the best papaya I ever ate in my life, and I still couldn’t tell you exactly what it tastes like. There might be some papaya in here, but I can’t pick it out. Definitely tropical, but nothing stands out; and musk is another one of those words like dank—words I’m still not sure you want to use when describing your beer.
Amy bought a bunch of candy to make Christmas treats last year, but she didn’t use all of it. One of the bags that she didn’t use was milk chocolate M&M’s with caramel inside, and that’s exactly what this beer tastes like. Pretty bitter on the back end, but I can’t decide if that’s good or bad. Can’t decide if I like the beer, either.
Yes, and an almost perfect beer for quaffing when the sun is shining and it’s humid as fuck. I could go for a little more crisp and a little less sour, but that’s just me. (Or it’s been so long since I had a sour that I’m off my game somewhat.) Black Acre Garden has reopened for dine-in service, and the masked slinger who brought today’s libations told me that there would be multiple fruited versions of ‘Ol Fritz coming along later in the summer.
Saturday, May 23, 2020
First time I’ve ever tasted a beer and thought immediately that what I was tasting was mango, so it’s either a very strong mango flavor, or I’m getting better at this. It also has a very stiff, bitter finish that sort of makes me feel like I should sit up and practice good posture. It also makes me wish I had more of them, but it was part of a random four-pack that contained four different beers. It gets sharper as it warms up, in a way that I don’t really dig. (And I’m sure that’s not really horseradish I taste there near the end—right?) It started out awfully well, but when I poured the last of the can, a shitload of yeast came out. I know that’s not bad, but it’s not particularly appealing, either. I normally love the Indiana City Craft Brew Doodle Crew beers, and I loved this one at first; but there’s so much sludge at the bottom of the mug that I may have to throw out the last little bit of this one. It also tastes much more strongly of alcohol as it warms up, so definitely drink this one very cold.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Saturday, May 16, 2020
The website says that this one is gluten-reduced. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a beer that was gluten-reduced. (I sure as hell don’t care.) The website also says that this beer is supposed to be the little sister (“Lil’ Sista”) of their flagship Fresh Squeezed IPA, and that seems about right—much milder than Fresh Squeezed in every respect, but also much easier to drink.
Friday, May 15, 2020
That bitter’s not just in the finish; it’s pretty much holding your hand the whole way, but that’s not bad. It lets those tropical fruit flavors bounce around a little bit without actually running the asylum. It also masks the moderate alcohol (7.6%) somewhat, I think. (But then again, it took me almost two hours to drink two of them—so maybe it just wore off.)
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
I have no idea what dandelion is supposed to taste like. I get more of a hint of the farmhouse yeast than I did in Dystopian Game Show, and less of the sharp grapefruit flavor. Still not quite funky, exactly, but definitely more in that direction—almost to the point of masking the fruit flavors, which are pretty subtle. I’m not sure if I like it or not; I might need to have a second in order to make up my mind, but two in a row doesn’t sound all that good to me at the moment. (And I still don’t know what dandelion is supposed to taste like.)
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Yeah, I didn’t know what I was getting into with this one. At Stoney’s, you step up to the door and tell someone standing behind a card table what you want to buy. You can’t go in anymore because fuck Eric Holcomb. Just inside the door, to the right, is a stack of cases of 16-ounce four-packs on sale for $4.99. Sometimes you can tell what they are, sometimes you can’t. Sometimes they are a mixed bag. I got a couple the last time I was there, and one of them turned out to be this Alpine white lager. It’s not bad, it’s just not really my thing. It’s got a light, peppery-coriander thing going on, and a nice orangey finish. This might be just the thing on a hot, sunny day after I mow the lawn; but today is not that day.
Saturday, May 09, 2020
Well, super. (I didn’t plan for #200 to be something as pedestrian as Sierra Nevada; that’s just the way it turned out. My bad.) Bitter can be hard to nail in just the right way, but I think they get it here. They actually get it really well. That’s one of the best bitter finishes I’ve ever tasted. That pine is really nice, too; and it leads down to a ripe, ruby red grapefruit flavor right at the end. Holy crap.
Friday, May 08, 2020
I swear I’m not making it up. That’s what's on the can and on the website—word for word. Those charming-looking polyps at the top of the foam are what can happen when you pour an overcarbonated beer into a mug. There’s an anise or fennel flavor in there, and it tastes strongly of alcohol, even though it’s only 7.0%. There’s something else in there, but I can’t quite place it—maybe that shit they put on your teeth at the dentist for an extra $24 that insurance won’t cover?
I came back to this one a day later, after popping one open and leaving it in the fridge right before we went to hike in the Yellowwood State Forest—but almost six hours later, it was still too carbonated. However, the anise-or-fennel flavor was no longer present. It’s probably more like tropical fruit and citrus, but still tastes strongly of alcohol. It’s also unfiltered as fuck, so there’s a shitload of yeast at the bottom of the can. That might be what’s making this one taste a little bit chalky, but I’m not sure.
Wednesday, May 06, 2020
Remarkably similar to the New Holland beer I just had—but more interesting, in a way that I can’t quite pin down. Starts and finishes almost exactly the same, but the fruit is tropical and non-specific, with a little bit of lemon there as it starts to warm up.
That had me expecting a sweet, heavy fruit bomb; but it's drier and lighter than that. In fact, it’s almost deceptively light when it’s cold, and the moderate alcohol doesn’t really announce itself until the beer begins to warm up. The tangerine flavor is very nice—strong, but not overpowering.
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Citra, Simcoe, and Cascade with this one, so basically your standard hop configuration for an IPA—but it’s subtle, which is another surprising thing to say about Voodoo Ranger. I suppose that’s mango in there, but I think it could also be pineapple. Just doesn’t work for me the same way American Haze did.
The George W. Bush presidency left me with something of a sour taste in my mouth when it comes to the word “freedom,” at least as it pertains to instances in which it is thrown around like this—so it’s probably a good thing that the description wasn’t on the can and I had to wait until I got home to look it up, otherwise I might have passed on it. I was intrigued by the 5.0% ABV notation on the can—when it comes to the Voodoo Ranger series, that’s practically a session. None of the hops listed on the website has “pine” as one of the flavors they impart, but I taste strong pine up front and then a swirling mixture of tropical and citrus fruits on the back end. The Voodoo Ranger series is usually a bit too aggressive for me, but this one is just right.
Sunday, May 03, 2020
This seems like the sort of thing that I would like, but the orange and vanilla flavors are just too strong. They work well with the malty backbone of Sunlight, but I get almost none of the Sunlight flavor that I love.