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.
Tag Archives: New Belgium
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 is an American IPA/White IPA with a 6.2% ABV and 70 IBUs. Continue reading
Here is another beer that I drank earlier this summer during a short respite from the craziness of my day job. A Saison on a warm summer day, what more could you want?
My love for all things Lips of Faith is well documented around these parts. As is my (bad) habit for sitting on beers. This review gives you the best of both worlds!
COCOA MOLÉ is a chili beer in New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series. It clocks in at a hearty 9% ABV (prior to aging). Continue reading
American wild ale is a very wide-ranged category. This can be a good thing, but it can also be a bad thing. I like the idea of knowing exactly what I’m getting when I purchase a beer, but I love being blown away by a beer that I wasn’t expecting. This is why these open-ended categories can cause headaches. That and the fact that I’m a finnicky little girl. But I digress. I’m here to talk about a collaboration between two of my favorite breweries: The Lost Abbey and New Belgium.
A while back I reviewed the Lips of Faith beer GRAND CRU and was impressed with it. Now the time has come to talk about what I assume is it’s (more super) older brother.
I’ve went on and one about my love for New Belgium and their Lips of Faith series, so I’ll refrain from beating that horse again. What I will talk about his the folks over at Alpine Beer Company. For the past couple years their IPAs have been garnering quite a bit of attention from the craft beer world. However, with all that hoopla surrounding them I had never tried one of their beers. Until now.
SUPER INDIA PALE ALE is a collaborative effort from Colorado’s New Belgium Brewery and California’s Alpine Beer Company. This Imperial IPA has a hefty 9% ABV.
I’ve stated before my love for the Lips of Faith series, so I’m just gonna jump straight into this review.
GRAND CRU ABBEY ALE is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale with a 9.5% ABV.
I’ll admit that I’m not really a lager type of guy. Usually I’ll look for an ale when I’m thirsty for a beer, but occasionally I find myself without the option. This time I purposely chose to drink a lager. New Belgium Brewery is one of the most consistent breweries in the U.S. and I’m always on the look out for new beers from them. So when I heard that they were going to produce a Pale Lager I knew I was gonna have to give it a try and I’m glad I did.
SHIFT is an American Pale Lager with 29 IBUs, a 5% ABV and 134 calories per 16 oz. can. Continue reading