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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Brew Free! or Die IPA (21st Amendment)

Back in September/October I took a trip up to the bay area. After leaving Sierra Nevada one evening I stopped at a local liquor store to grab some beers for the hotel room. Since I was in a new market I figured I’d grab something we don’t have access to down here in SoCal. Several weeks later I finally reviewed one of those beers. And a couple of months after that I wrote this review.

Brew Free or Die IPA logo smallBREW FREE! OR DIE IPA is one of the year-round beers that 21st Amendment puts into cans. This American IPA has 70 IBUs and a 7% ABV.

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