Fortunate Islands (Modern Times Beer)

I originally heard about this particular beer via Reddit, and to a lesser extent Beer Advocate. People online were praising this beer and chastising the brewers for calling what they had deemed a Session IPA an American Wheat Ale. In their eyes this appeared to be hophead suicide. With all of this back and forth going on in the forums I knew I had to try it so that I could throw my 2 cents into the conversation. Who was right? Read on to find out…

Fortunate Islands labelFORTUNATE ISLANDS is an American Pale Wheat Ale with a sippable 4.8% ABV and a seemingly contradictory 46 IBUs. Continue reading

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Fruet (The Bruery)

Over the past few months I’ve really been on a Bruery kick. It started with first real trip to their tasting room in Placentia, California (I had been there once before to pick up a bottle of Black Tuesday, but I didn’t get to drink anything that time). Then it was a bottle of Hottenroth on a brew day and my roommate sharing with me a glass of his Rueze. And now here we are. I bought this bottle back in 2012 when it first came out and I’ve been sitting on it ever since. I was waiting for the right time to open it and, as they say, there’s no better time than the present…however if that was true then I wouldn’t have sat on it for a year and a half, but I digress.

Fruet labelFRUET was the Bruery’s 4th anniversary beer and was released in May of 2012. It’s an Old Ale with a massive 15.5% ABV and 45 IBUs. Continue reading

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Blazing World (Modern Times Beer)

Modern Times has recently blazed on to the craft beer scene. And before you ask, yes, I hate myself as much as you hate me for that horrendous turn of phrase. Buzz about the quality of their products had been growing exponentially online, but it wasn’t until a few months ago that their beers actually started showing up in my neck of the woods (Los Angeles). Factor in my growing love for canned beers and I knew I had to pick up a four-pack as soon as I saw it. This wasn’t the first Modern Times beer I’d had, but this one will get the first review.

Blazing World labelBLAZING WORLD is a hoppy Amber Ale with 85 IBUs and a 6.8% ABV.

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Batch 1000 – Bryeian (The Bruery)

The Bruery is one brewery (that feels redundant, but I couldn’t think of a better way to put it) that keeps reeling me back in. Even if I didn’t enjoy the last x number of beers of theirs I tried, I’ll still get excited when something new hits the shelves/taps. This holds doubly true for anything that could be considered a “one off”. And that is exactly what this beer is.

Bryeian labelBATCH 1000 – BRYEIAN is a Cascadian Dark Ale/Black Ale with a 7% ABV that was brewed to celebrate their 1000 batch of beer. Continue reading

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Chronic (Port Brewing/Pizza Port)

Pizza Port has been a staple of the Southern California craft beer scene for the past 22 years. Even though their bottled offerings have been available for a while now, it wasn’t until recently that they started canning a few of their more popular offerings. It was my knowledge of the quality of their product and the very affordable price point that made me decide to pick up a sixer of one their classics.

Chronic can logo smallCHRONIC ALE is an Amber Ale with a sessionable 4.9% ABV.  Continue reading

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Tart Lychee (New Belgium Brewing)

I’m going to use this time to “complain” about something that I really shouldn’t “complain” about at all: the use of odd ingredients in beer. Don’t get me wrong, this is something that I love as a beer consumer. As a beer reviewer it’s a whole different story. More often that not when a brewery has made a beer using some unique ingredient like lychee, yarrow, or some other fruit/plant I’ve never heard of it both excites me and annoys me. I love weird ingredients creating a unique take on a beer style that I’ve tried 100x before, but when it comes to reviews I hate not knowing what I’m looking for or how to detect said flavor/aroma. There’s been numerous times where I’ve found myself saying something along the lines of “I don’t know what this weird smell/taste is, so it must be that odd ingredient I’ve never tried before”. This is frustrating, especially for someone like myself who is always trying new beers. Now I do realize that my “annoyance” should be with my unrefined palate and not with the brewers/beer, but self-reflection is not my strong suit, that is what the blog is for. Where was I going with this? Oh, yeah, a new beer review. A beer using a fruit that I’ve never had because I’m a plebeian. Check it out.

PrintTART LYCHEE is part of New Belgium Brewing’s ‘Lips of Faith’ series. This American Wild Ale clocks in at 7.5% ABV.

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Accumulation (New Belgium Brewing)

New Belgium has added another new beer to their rotating lineup. This one is a winter White IPA. Since this is a relatively new style, and one that you don’t see that often, I figured I had to give it a go.

 

Accumulation packageACCUMULATION is an American IPA/White IPA with a 6.2% ABV and 70 IBUs. Continue reading

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Campfire Stout (High Water Brewing)

I had originally picked this beer up to drink at movie night with my friends, but after reading the description on the label I realized it would be best suited for a time when I could actually enjoy it (ie a time where I wasn’t already three sheets to the wind). Was it worth it? Let’s find out.

Campfire Stout labelCAMPFIRE STOUT is an American Stout with a 6.5% ABV and 38 IBUs.

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Class of ’88 Barleywine Style Ale (North Coast/Rogue/Deschutes)

I love the idea behind these “Class of ’88” beers. A bunch of breweries who were all founded in 1988 have gotten together to created a commemorative recipe. They then go to their respective brewery and brew said recipe. The result being the beer I’m here to review.

Class of 88 Barleywine labelCLASS OF ’88 BARLEYWINE STYLE ALE is a collaboration between North Coast, Rogue, and Deschutes. This particular version was brewed at North Coast and has an even 10% ABV.

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Chocolate Sombrero (Clown Shoes)

Clown Shoes, out of Ipswich, Massachusetts, has a reputation that precedes them. Some of this is because of the quality of the beer, some of it is due to the “conversations” that erupted on Beer Advocate due to their beer names. Either way, I was glad their beer was finally available on the West Coast so that I can judge it for myself.

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CHOCOLATE SOMBRERO is an Imperial Stout with a 9% ABV.

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