Beer: Straight to Ale Chardonnay Barreled American Strong Ale
Clear copper with mild carbonation, off-white head which became a ring. Smell is malty sweetness and grass. No obvious sign of Chardonnay yet. Taste is malt sweetness, piney hops, and a dry wine finish from the barrel. The difference with the original strong ale isn't much.User's Overall Rating:3
Beer: Straight to Ale Fresh Hop Doppelsticke
Doppelsticke is a clear, dark copper with a beige head which is leaving a thin film of lacing on the glass as I drink it. I smell sweet toastiness. Taste is bread, pine and citrus, and a bit of caramel tying it all together.
What impressed me most is how clean the aftertaste is. The bitterness and sweetness balance out in such a way to feel really clean in the end.User's Overall Rating:4
Beer: Super Nerd Imperial Pilsner
Slightly hazy gold when I poured it out. A white head grew atop the beer and never quite went away. The bubbles settled down after a few minutes and the beer became clear to look through.
I get a lot of malt sweetness; toffee with some light citrus when I take a deep sniff.
The malt lays a foundation on the taste, but the hops really get my attention more than anything else. The citrus and a ginger-like spiciness jump out to me. The bitterness makes itself know in a sharp manner and then slowly melts away, leaving the sweet breadiness behind for the aftertaste.User's Overall Rating:4
Beer: Westbrook White Thai
I wasn't expecting a lot from this winter and have procrastinated about drinking it a little. It was actually a very pleasant surprise.
Westbrook's White Thai poured out of the can and into the tulip glass a clear light gold and a bright white cap of a head. I can see ample bubbles rising within the beer.
I get some light banana when I smell, but it is mostly covered by the ginger and spices. As it warmed, I started to smell some wine/light fruit traits.
This could be a boring wit, but the spices make all the difference to me. When I take a sip, I get a little banana and wheat, which is quickly washed over by the ginger and spices, and finally the sharpness of the ginger fades. The aftertaste is slightly spicy, but more mellow than you might think after that rush of ginger/spices.
This pairs quite well with the pork carnitas tacos I prepared for lunch.User's Overall Rating:4
Beer: Shakespeare Stout
Rogue's Shakespeare Stout is nearly black in the pint glass with a tan cap of a head which has receded to a ring and is leaving scattered lacing on the glass.
Lots of general roast smells, mostly coffee but some chocolate too. Taste is smoother than the aroma with the oats adding a creaminess to tame much of the coffee bitterness.User's Overall Rating:4
Beer: Straight to Ale West Coast Red
West Coast Red is amber with a white head which left ample lacing on the glass. Quite a bit of piney hops on the nose with a vague sweetness behind it. The taste is pine and bread with a lingering bitter aftertaste.User's Overall Rating:4
Beer: Terminal Station Brown Ale
My bottle of Ghost Train's Terminal Station Brown Ale burst with foam upon my opening it. I quickly poured the contents into my pint glass. The glass ended up being half dark caramel liquid and half thick, bubbly foam which took a while to breakdown. Some lacing.
Smells of caramel and toast; simple and nice. The taste is the same. This is a good brown. It isn't exciting but it seems like a reliable choice for people who tend to like brown ales.User's Overall Rating:3
Beer: The Wimble
Sonoma Cider's rhubarb gose, The Wimble, poured out an apple juice-like gold but with a splash of pink through it.
This cider's smell is really faint. I get a vague strawberry-like smell along with apple.
When I drink some, there is a mild saltiness that seems to explain the gose description. Taste, like the smell, is very subdued.
Not impressed, barely satisfied.User's Overall Rating:3
Beer: Pillar to Post Rye Brown
Pillar to Post rye brown ale poured from the can a dark caramel with a beige cap of a head. It quickly receded to merely a ring that would tease at lacing, but didn't leave any.
Rye, obviously, stands out when I take a sniff. Next to that, I can smell molasses. The taste follows the smell quite closely, only adding breadiness to the mix as a binding flavor for the rye and molasses.User's Overall Rating:5
Popped open my can of Beerito and poured it into my pint glass. It was a hazy amber with a finger-thick white head which stuck around for a while. Some lacing.
Smells of freshly baked bread and grass, but the malt dominates the hops by a big margin. Taste is similar with some plum and spice joining in.
I was familiar with the name and can, but hadn't paid any attention to what the beer inside would actually be like. I came in expecting a Corona-esque offering and was very pleased with this more Oktoberfest-like brew.User's Overall Rating:4
Beer: Silly Sour
I poured a Silly Sour Ale this afternoon. This import from Belgium is a dark amber, nearly mahogany in color.
Think it was a bit too cold when I opened it, not much aroma at all. Later I would get ripe dark fruits, raisin, and slight red wine booziness.
Tastes very much like a slightly sour fruitcake with varied fruits and a sugary breadiness. Gets more complex as it warms.User's Overall Rating:4
Beer: Victory Blackboard Series: Berliner Weisse with elderflower
It is a shame that this is a limited release and not in regular rotation. This is one of my favorite sours now.
Victory's Berliner Weisse with elderflower pours a hazy straw with a thin white cap of a head which melted away in a couple of minutes. No lacing while drinking.
Sour fruits fill my nose with each sniff, I get a lot of citrus and floral notes.
The taste follows the aromas with tart fruits which inspire a slight puckering of my mouth. That merely causes my tongue to have more of the beer to roll over it and adds greater appreciation for the flavors intermingling in this brew. The carbonation is lively and helps to clear the palette leaving little aftertaste when all is said and done.User's Overall Rating:5
Beer: Henry's Hard Orange Soda
Henry's Hard Soda Orange looked just like an orange soda when I poured it into a small glass. I took a sniff and it smelled of orange soda. I took a taste...and that is where it struggles a bit. Yes, there is the orange syrup you expect from the soda, but the alcohol doesn't just disappear. The alcohol seems to tame the carbonation which hits my tongue and leave a slight boozy aftertaste.
Highly recommend that you don't drink out of the bottle. Use the smell to help overcome the deficiencies with the taste. Also, drinking ice cold is essential. Once this gets warm, the taste really takes a dive.User's Overall Rating:4
Beer: The Anvil (Bourbon)
Sonoma Cider's The Anvil poured into the glass a clear gold with ample carbonation but no head forming.
This smells of apple pie and a vanilla candle. The vanilla starts as a strong part of the apple pie smell, for me, but then became its own distinct smell the more I sniffed.
The taste is quite enjoyable. For me, there was a bit of a disappointment with the flavor. The bourbon traits seemed a bit inconsistent in my glass with fluctuations in the heft of the vanilla. I also seemed to taste vanilla and not so much other bourbon traits such as some liquor burn, caramelized sugar, and some smokiness would have been nice.User's Overall Rating:4
Beer: Westbrook Gose
Westbrook's Gose poured a hazy gold into my glass. There was a white cap of a head while I poured and for about 10 seconds after that.
Citrus and salt are what I smell, but the lemon comes out stronger when I take a drink. The salt is there but not as strong as I recall it being previously. I think I'm tasting the coriander more. I do mostly taste salt when I lick my lips.
A good Gose but one I'm going to want to repeat, more of a safe sour option when buying.User's Overall Rating:3
Beer: Straight to Ale Dry-Hopped American Strong Ale
Was served a glass of Straight to Ale's Dry-Hopped American Strong Ale at the new brewery in Huntsville. The beer was a clear gold with a thick, foamy white head. Some lacing. It smelled of sugar, grapes, and a strong presence of grass from the hops. The taste came right out with the grassy, herbal hops and then had a muddled sweetness from the malt slide in - vague sugar/honey flavors. Not bitter, but definitely hop-forward.User's Overall Rating:3
Beer: Hi-Wire Hibiscus and White Grape
Hi-Wire's Hibiscus and White Grape Saison was a slightly pink-toned copper with a bright white head which quickly faded to a thin ring at the 12 South Taproom. This smells of white grape juice with a raspberry like tone. The taste is similar with grape juice, white wine flavors, and fresh herbs. I know I've mentioned grape juice twice, but this isn't quite as sweet as a glass of Welch's white grape juice...kind of closer to a sweet wine like a Riesling.User's Overall Rating:4
Beer: Woodchuck Gumption
Looks like a normal cider - no head, clear and an apple juice-like color.
Aroma is typical of a cider - dominated by apple. I have hard time distinguishing this from an ordinary Woodchuck, but I don't have them back to back, so maybe there is a difference.
Flavor wise, Gumption has both a bit less sweetness and a dryer finish - both characteristics I very much like. The apple flavors are both sweet and slightly tart, with a bit of an apple pie-like flavor. A nice balance of flavors, and they lower overall sweetness makes the flavors stand out all the more.
I much prefer this subtly sweetened cider to some of the more sickly-sweet versions, and the dry finish lets this cider blend well with all sorts of food - from tailgating to a fancy dinner!User's Overall Rating:4
Founder's ReDANKulous came from the tap at the 12th South Taproom and Grill in Nashville a caramel color with a beige head which shrank to a film on the beer and a thick coat of lacing on the glass.
I get mostly grapefruit with some pine when I smell. Those traits carry over to the flavor, but some bread is added in.User's Overall Rating:4
Beer: Chimay (White) Cinq Cents
Chimay Cinq Cents was poured from the bottle a copper color with an off-white head which melted away a little faster than I expected.
Lots of plums, candied sugar, and a bit of booze in the nose. The taste is Belgian sugar, some grassiness, and what tastes of a blend of both dark and light fruits (lots of plums but also white grape). I don't usually associate tripels as having much dark fruit flavor.User's Overall Rating:4