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Review of Oak-Aged Hazelnut Scotch Ale from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/20/2014, 0 ratings
I recently started sampling my way through a very interesting series of beers. Most craft beer fans are familiar with the concept of beer-food pairings. Many of us have even attended special beer-food pairing events. That being said, the Flying Dog B...  more »
 

Review of Imperial Hefeweizen from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/20/2014, 0 ratings
As the craft beer movement soldiers on, its wake becomes filled with an array of sub-interests. At first it was imperial versions, then seasonal selections, then barrel-aging, the list goes on and on. Hell, I've even seen beer soap. One big sub-inter...  more »
 

Review of Secret Stash Harvest Ale from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/12/2014, 0 ratings
One of the coolest aspects of being a craft beer fan is watching beers evolve over time. Much like with wine, the quality of yearly harvests of can greatly influence the tastes of your favorite beers. Some years are better than others, some batches a...  more »
 

Review of Santa Fe Pale Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/23/2014, 0 ratings
Endless variety can be a double-edged sword. This is especially true in the craft beer world where ingredient lists can reach Santa Clause levels. We have grown accustomed to beers with exotic ingredients sentence-long names. They can be fun to drink...  more »
 

Review of J.K.'s The Pair Perry Cider from Almar Orchards  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/22/2014, 0 ratings
A lot of people don't realize that many of their favorite beverages are actually blends. It's a common methodology used to create desired flavors. Wine makers do it. Brewers do it. Even cider makers do it. Case in point: J.K.'s The Pair, a blend of a...  more »
 

Review of Single Hop Imperial IPA - Galaxy from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/21/2014, 0 ratings
When it comes to big bold IPAs, the conventional wisdom over the last decade has been ''bigger is better''. If a brewer can cram insane complexity and truck loads of hop varieties into a single Imperial IPA, then beer geeks will flock en masse to the...  more »
 

Review of J.K.'s Scrumpy Hard Cider from Almar Orchards  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/21/2014, 0 ratings
While the craft beer movement soldiers on at breakneck pace, some other lesser known movements are quickly gaining momentum. One of these is craft cider. Most beer fans can name a handful of common ciders. But these days, more and more are able to id...  more »
 

Review of Hoppy American Wheat from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/20/2014, 0 ratings
In today's craft beer world, it's not uncommon for stylistic lines to blur. It's a ''no holds barred'' world of free interpretation. American brewers thumb their noses at concepts like the Reinheitsgebot (the German Beer Purity Law). They do what the...  more »
 

Review of Trilogy 3: Brewers' Class from BridgePort Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/13/2014, 8 ratings
The BridgePort Brewing Company is considered to be one of the pillars of the American craft beer movement. The company is based in Portland, Oregon and is widely known as state's oldest craft brewery. It was founded in 1984, which means they are cele...  more »
 

Review of Scotia Scotch Ale from Bosque Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/24/2014, 5 ratings
Craft beer fans often find themselves in new and interesting places. We may have a favorite pub, but never an exclusive one. We also love to visit various breweries, brewpubs, restaurants, really anywhere with a respectable beer selection. In today's...  more »
 

Review of Thistly Cross Ginger Cider from Thistly Cross Cider  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/23/2014, 6 ratings
As the American craft beer movement soldiers on, sometimes we forget that big strides are being made in other similar movements. Craft cider is one such arena. We are very fortunate these days to enjoy an assortment of new and unique styles, thanks t...  more »
 

Review of Thistly Cross Whisky Cask Cider from Thistly Cross Cider  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/22/2014, 6 ratings
One hard set rule for any passion is to always be open for new experiences. For craft beer nerds like myself, this is a pretty easy rule to live by. These days, we have a seemingly endless variety of nectar adorning beer store shelves. Sometimes I'll...  more »
 

Review of Matt's Burning Rosids from Stone Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/29/2014, 12 ratings
Good beer can assume many roles. It can be a social lubricant. It can be a relaxation companion. It can be the fruit of a collaboration or the essence of a fundraiser. It can also be a touching tribute. I recently came across a beer called Matt's Bur...  more »
 

Review of Chicken Killer Barley Wine from Santa Fe Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/27/2014, 8 ratings
When beer fans dream of big bold brews, a few particular styles will pop into mind. One of these is the infamous Barleywine. I use the term ''infamous'' here because these monstrous malt bombs are often masked behind sweet and sugary personas. They a...  more »
 

Review of Mustachio Milk Stout from Tractor Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/25/2014, 7 ratings
Sometimes beer speaks to you. Not literally. Unless of course you're stark raving drunk, then maybe. What I mean is that beer fans purchase their suds for a variety of reasons: flavor, mood, tradition, locale, loyalty, etc. When I came across the Mus...  more »
 

Review of Moonray from Terrapin Beer  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/22/2014, 9 ratings
Time for a ride in the way-back machine. When I was in college, there was no such term as ''craft beer'', even though the pillars of the movement were slowly gaining momentum. Fancy beers went by names like Samuel Adams Boston Lager or Sierra Nevada...  more »
 

Review of White Monkey from Victory Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/15/2014, 11 ratings
Perhaps one of the most dangerous beers on the market is the Golden Monkey by the Victory Brewing Company. Card carrying beer geeks know exactly what I'm talking about. This 9.5% ABV Belgian Ale is smooth as silk and drinks like a dream. It's one of...  more »
 

Review of Malpais Stout from La Cumbre Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/14/2014, 10 ratings
To adequately critique the quality of any beer, you have to drink it outside of its comfort zone. What I mean by this is that most beer styles cater to certain situations. If you're relaxing under a flannel blanket next to a roaring fireplace, chance...  more »
 

Review of Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/12/2014, 8 ratings
When beer fans find themselves in strange new lands, exploring the local beer scene can seem a bit daunting. Who is the landmark brewery? Who is the wild child brewery? Who is the dependable brewery? You know what, screw all that. Let's just start wi...  more »
 

Review of Farmer's Tan Red Ale from Tractor Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/11/2014, 7 ratings
Craft beer has come a very long ways in a few short decades. Every now and then I will have an encounter that reminds me of this. I recently moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Part of any beer fan's transition is the hunt for local brews. I was in a g...  more »
 

Review of Buddha's Hand from Breckenridge Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/11/2014, 10 ratings
An unshakable sense of adventure has become the heart and soul of the American craft beer culture. American brewers as a collective tend to lampoon things like the Reinheitsgebot, Germany's rigid beer purity law, and instead embrace a carefree attitu...  more »
 

Review of Duvel from Duvel Moortgat Brouwerij  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/18/2014, 12 ratings
It's fair to say that today's craft beer world is infinitely complex. At this point, there is quite literally something for everyone. In a vast and growing sea of variety, it can be incredibly difficult for a beer to maintain its status as a supersta...  more »
 

Review of Dogma from BrewDog  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/17/2014, 11 ratings
As the new season of Brew Dogs starts up on the Esquire Network, I cannot help but think back on my recent visit to Scotland. For any certified beer nerd, Scotland means one big thing: BrewDog. Both the main brewery and a number of pubs adorn the Sco...  more »
 

Review of Red Kite Ale from Black Isle Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/14/2014, 8 ratings
Discovering a great beer can be a magical experience. Let me set the stage for you. I recently had the distinct pleasure of visiting Scotland. One of my days was spent exploring the gorgeous Scottish Highlands all the way up through Inverness. Part o...  more »
 

Review of J.W. Sweetman Irish Red Ale from J.W. Sweetman Craft Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/3/2014, 8 ratings
I readily admit that I feel somewhat bad writing this review. The conundrum is quite simple: how do you compare damn fine apples to other damn fine apples? I recently had the pleasure of visiting Dublin, Ireland. Yes, the land of authentic Irish Red...  more »
 

Review of Plain Porter from The Porterhouse Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/3/2014, 10 ratings
Allow me to paint you a picture. You're in Dublin, Ireland. You find yourself at the Porterhouse, a brewpub located in the heart of the city's famed Temple Bar district. Above the bar, a sign reads ''Welcome to the Home of the World's Greatest Stout'...  more »
 

Review of Agave Cerveza from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/1/2014, 9 ratings
Sometimes it's not the beer fan that finds the perfect beer, but the perfect beer finds the beer fan. Such was the case when I came across the Agave Cerveza, part of Flying Dog's always delectable Brewhouse Rarities series. Why was this the perfect b...  more »
 

Review of Black Isle Blonde from Black Isle Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/6/2014, 8 ratings
Enjoying great beer is about much more than simply popping the top on a quality product. There are countless other factors to consider, each with the power affect the taste of your beer. Environment is a big one that often gets overlooked. A crisp an...  more »
 

Review of Watt Dickie from BrewDog  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/3/2014, 9 ratings
I live my life by a few key principles. First and foremost: never stop learning. I like to think of my brain as a skull muscle, and without regular exercise, it will waste away and become useless. My second life principle is to always try new things....  more »
 

Review of Trilogy 2: Aussie Salute IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/2/2014, 7 ratings
Beer has been regionally isolated for most of brewing history. Brews would acquire the distinct aspects of ingredients found in their particular area, many of which can still be identified today, such as the sweet bready qualities of Belgian yeast. T...  more »
 

Review of Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/29/2014, 11 ratings
There are several legends in the craft beer world that get perpetuated over and over by beer fans. One of the most popular is that a pint of Guinness tastes better in Ireland. This tale actually serves many educational purposes, the most obvious of w...  more »
 

Review of Dead Rise OLD BAY Summer Ale from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/21/2014, 8 ratings
Ah summer, that enchanting time of year when the giant ball of fire in the sky bakes your tender skin to a crisp. Did I say enchanting? I meant exhausting, especially for those like myself who live in sun-drenched bowls of unbearable humidity. Beer p...  more »
 

Review of Easy IPA from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/29/2014, 9 ratings
In the craft beer world, good ideas spread like wild fire. For many years now, big IPAs and barrel-aged beers have been the brain teasers of choice. But today it seems that beer geeks are growing a little weary of punishing their palates with every p...  more »
 

Review of Mint Chocolate Stout from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/16/2014, 9 ratings
Sometimes a concept is so obvious that it pains you not to have thought of it first. Two flavors that enjoy a harmonious marriage in the beer world are chocolate and stouts. Darkly roasted malts can easily impart notes of chocolate all by themselves,...  more »
 

Review of Even More Jesus from Evil Twin Brewing  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/3/2014, 11 ratings
Becoming a certified beer nerd is an intellectually stimulating hobby, but it's important not to take yourself too seriously. After all, one of the biggest differences between a nerd and a snob is perspective. Laughing with friends and sharing experi...  more »
 

Review of The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/1/2014, 8 ratings
I must admit that this particular beer review was a little painful to write. As a passionate beer geek, I am a loyal supporter of local breweries and grassroots beer movements. Goose Island has been a staple of mid-western craft beer since the 80s. T...  more »
 

Review of Spontankriek from Mikkeller  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/31/2014, 9 ratings
Trying new things is not only encouraged in the craft beer world, it is somewhat of a requirement. After all, you can only gather perspective by expanding your palate. Craft beer is an ever expanding universe and it takes a lot of time and effort to...  more »
 

Review of Altbairisch Dunkel from Ayinger Brewery  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/31/2014, 9 ratings
An inevitability of every craft beer journey is the discovery of a mind-blowing brewery. Any beer fan can find a brewery they enjoy or admire, but bowing to your first world-class brewer is a humbling experience. I remember feeling confident about my...  more »
 

Review of Barleywine Batch #1 from Breckenridge Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/17/2014, 10 ratings
When craft beer fans start to hone their imperial palates, it is inevitable that they will cross paths with the barleywine. These boozy malt bombs are some of the most complex and rewarding brews on the market. These are the beers that teach us about...  more »
 

Review of Buchanan from Mystery Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/6/2014, 7 ratings
It's astounding to me how much craft beer has transformed over the last few decades. What was once a more flavorful choice has become a canvas for thematic artistry. Brewers have broken their industrial chains to craft beers that evoke emotion and so...  more »
 

Review of White Oak from The Bruery  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/5/2014, 8 ratings
I have been really enjoying barrel-aged blends as of late. Brewers seem to have received the message that barrel-aged beers can be a little overpowering at times. After all, there is a reason that beer drinkers drink beer. They tend to like, you know...  more »
 

Review of Pangaea from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/4/2014, 10 ratings
At this point I like to describe Dogfish Head as the South Park of craft breweries. What I mean is that when creative geniuses are left to their own devices, which may seem bizarre or downright wacky, they reliably produce gold. Some artists need an...  more »
 

Review of Smokestack Series: Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/2/2014, 9 ratings
When the American craft beer movement started gaining traction a few decades ago, it was seen as little more than a flavorful alternative to the glut of bland fizzy yellow lagers. The craft beer pioneers offered a small array of higher quality baseli...  more »
 

Review of Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier from Weihenstephan  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/27/2014, 11 ratings
It is a common misconception in the beer world that a light shade of yellow is synonymous with low quality. But once budding beer fans acquire some basic beer knowledge, it is soon apparent that color plays almost no role in quality or strength. Take...  more »
 

Review of Trilogy 1: Crystal Dry-Hopped Pale Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/27/2014, 8 ratings
When entering the wonderful world of craft beer, hops mean one and only one thing: bitterness. But as time progresses and palates expand, hops take on a seemingly infinite number of roles. Bitter, herbal, spicy, sweet, earthy, woody, fruity, grassy,...  more »
 

Review of 1/2 Ale (Session Saison) from Brooklyn Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/21/2014, 7 ratings
Trends play an important role with any popular product. They can be useful barometers for predicting staying power. If a new product is both trendy and innovative, then it has a serious chance of securing permanence after the heights of its popularit...  more »
 

Review of Dark Intrigue from Victory Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/19/2014, 10 ratings
Hunting down precious gems in the craft beer world is a lot like you see in the movies. You know the scene. An unscrupulous looking customer wearing sunglasses approaches a dingy shop counter. A cigar-smoking shop keeper looks him up and down. The cu...  more »
 

Review of Blonde Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewing Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/18/2014, 6 ratings
Every successful company needs a niche, a hook, something unique that distinguishes them from the pack. In the craft beer world, this can take many forms. Some breweries focus on image. Others focus on quality or innovation. Gordon Biersch has manage...  more »
 

Review of Jackie Brown from Mikkeller  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/14/2014, 8 ratings
Finding things in common will always bring people together. This is especially true in the craft beer world, a place where camaraderie is a core component. Hop heads look out for each other and will often bond over their mutual love of bittery goodne...  more »
 

Review of The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/13/2014, 7 ratings
It's amusing how unrelated aspects of your life can cross paths from time to time. Craft beer fans make their beer store selections for a variety of reasons. Some are loyal to a particular brewery. Some are loyal to a particular region. Some are draw...  more »
 

Review of Smokestack Series: Rye-On-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/13/2014, 12 ratings
Sometimes you come across a new beer that is so obvious in concept that it makes you slap yourself in the forehead and boast ''Why didn't I think of that?!'' Such was the case when I came across the Rye-On-Rye, a delectable barrel-aged beer from the...  more »
 

Review of Ommegang XV from Ommegang Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/31/2014, 12 ratings
In the wonderful world of craft beer, it's very important to highlight achievements. Craft brewers work tirelessly for their passions and often their biggest reward is just staying in business. While a strong sense of camaraderie is always present in...  more »
 

Review of Doom from Founders Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/23/2014, 11 ratings
There are some breweries out there that flat out demand your attention. Not because they are reckless, whimsical, or beat you over the head with million-dollar ad campaigns, but rather because they brew fantastic beer with a boldness that can punish...  more »
 

Review of New Year Stout 2013 from Frankenmuth Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/23/2014, 9 ratings
Explore the craft beer world for long enough and some unexpected opportunities will present themselves. Most craft beer fans have at least a small tendency to hoard their prized nectar. Beers that age well, like imperial stouts and barleywines, tend...  more »
 

Review of New Year Stout 2012 from Frankenmuth Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/22/2014, 9 ratings
In the craft beer world, special occasions require special brews. When my birthday rolls around, I always select a special beer to mark the occasion. When my wedding anniversary arrives, my wife and I always like to share one of our mutually favorite...  more »
 

Review of Ophelia Hoppy Wheat from Breckenridge Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/22/2014, 11 ratings
The concept of hybrid beers can be a bit confusing to the average craft beer fan. More often times than not, we start our craft beer journeys with relatively simple versions of simple styles. Maybe a good pale ale or a wheat beer. Because of this, hy...  more »
 

Review of Marble Double White from Marble Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/16/2014, 9 ratings
It's not enough to brew great beer in today's craft beer culture. You need something more, something fresh, something innovative. This is why you see so many hybrid brews on the market these days. It's an ''anything goes'' environment that often spaw...  more »
 

Review of Marble IPA from Marble Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/16/2014, 10 ratings
The Marble Brewery in Albuquerque, New Mexico is arguably the region's most popular brewery. This can be attributed to many things. First of all, they craft really great beer, the hallmark of any notable craft brewery. Secondly, they bottle and can b...  more »
 

Review of Pater's Pale Ale from La Cumbre Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/15/2014, 9 ratings
For craft beer fans, changing things up is essential to keeping experiences fresh and interesting. Case in point: when I ordered the Pater's Pale Ale at the La Cumbre Brewing Company pub, I wasn't necessarily craving a Belgian Pale Ale. I had just po...  more »
 

Review of Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/15/2014, 11 ratings
Sometimes a beer is so good that it makes you stammer. I recently had one such experience when I visited Albuquerque, New Mexico. I had picked out several breweries to visit, one of which was the La Cumbre Brewing Company. Whenever I sit down at a ne...  more »
 

Review of Vanilla Cream Ale (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Chama River Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/15/2014, 8 ratings
Even the famed Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster and one of the world's foremost experts on beer, notes that ''barrel aging is the current hot trend in American craft beer''. And just like with anything else that gets overly trendy, most ba...  more »
 

Review of Jackalope IPA from Chama River Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/15/2014, 9 ratings
One of the most exciting aspects of craft beer comes in the form of travel. You may very well live in a region that is chock full of high quality local craft beer. I certainly do as a resident of Durham, North Carolina. But in order to fully apprecia...  more »
 

Review of It's Alive! (White Wine with Lychee Edition) from Mikkeller  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/27/2013, 9 ratings
When you get to the more adventurous side of craft beer, the phrase ''sure, why not'' becomes a common refrain. Bacon Double Pale Ale? Sure, why not. Smoked Banana Cream Stout? Sure, why not. Pickled Pepper Triple IPA? Sure, why not. After all, an ad...  more »
 

Review of American Blonde from Frankenmuth Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/27/2013, 8 ratings
If I had to pick an ideal bridge builder into the world of better beer, I would probably choose the blonde ale. These light and sweet beers are the perfect compliments to hot summer days, yet they retain enough flavor and complexity to warrant year-r...  more »
 

Review of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Weihenstephan  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/23/2013, 12 ratings
The Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan is the world's oldest brewery. They were founded in 1040 and have been brewing beer for almost a millenia. Let that sink in for a monent... a thousand years. To put this in perspective, America's oldest brewer...  more »
 

Review of Blue Moon Blackberry Tart Ale from Blue Moon Brewing Co. / Coors  (Repulsive)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/23/2013, 12 ratings
There is an unfortunate trend in the modern beer world that doesn't seem to be losing any momentum. The equation is simple: take a bland boring beer, add something generically appealing. This is why you see an endless variety of fruity light beers on...  more »
 

Review of Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room from Evil Twin Brewing  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/23/2013, 9 ratings
Oh the weather outside is frightful, and the beer is so delightful. And since we've got no place to go... let's drink! It's that time of year once again. And while frantic shoppers continue to make asses of themselves, I opted for a more civilized ap...  more »
 

Review of Monk's Revenge from Terrapin Beer  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/23/2013, 7 ratings
One of the best aspects of the modern craft beer movement is its adventurous spirit. Brewers have been experiencing a Renaissance of delectable new beer styles. And as with anything untried, some work and some don't. I sincerely doubt that we're goin...  more »
 

Review of St. Bernardus Witbier from St. Bernardus Brouwerij  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/19/2013, 11 ratings
As the craft beer movement soldiers on, Big Beer companies have been taking notice of its growing popularity. Their response is a predictable combination of cash grabs and product bastardization. One particular beer style that is getting stripped of...  more »
 

Review of Taurus Tripel from Bull City Burger and Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/18/2013, 8 ratings
Ah, the Belgian Tripel, the beer equivalent of a ninety pound ninja. These beers are notorious for their high accessibility and equally high alcohol content. When beer novices have their first unexpected shellacking, it is often at the hands of a Tri...  more »
 

Review of Dobber from Marble Beers Ltd  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/18/2013, 9 ratings
If you were to find yourself in the heart of France, what would you be excited to try? Wine of course. If you were to find yourself in Colombia? Got to have some coffee. New York? Pizza. Regions are often defined by what they do better than anywhere...  more »
 

Review of Giddy Up! from New Belgium Brewing Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/18/2013, 8 ratings
One of the unfortunate realities of today's craft beer world is that as variety grows, wow factors drop. Take New Belgium's ''Giddy Up!'' for instance, an amber ale brewed with lemon peel and espresso. There was a time not too long ago when a beer li...  more »
 

Review of IPA Is Dead - Simcoe from BrewDog  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/17/2013, 10 ratings
As the craft beer movement continues to expand, so do its beer drinker palates. Beer fans have grown a lot more sophisticated over the last few decades and just identifying a beer as ''hoppy'' isn't enough anymore. Nowadays beer geeks can name the ac...  more »
 

Review of White Chocolate Moo-Hoo from Terrapin Beer  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/17/2013, 11 ratings
Every now and then a beer can make you squeal in delight. Well, in this case, more like ''moo'' in delight. One of my favorite seasonal brews is the Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout, a savory winter ale from Terrapin Beer out of Athens, GA. Moo-Hoo is on...  more »
 

Review of 1000 IBU Light (Ultramate) from Mikkeller  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/16/2013, 9 ratings
Only Mikkeller could look at a monstrous 9.6% ABV Imperial IPA clocking in at an insane 1000 IBUs and think to himself, ''Hmm... I bet I could make a light version of that.'' And he did. He calls it the Ultramate, and boy is it ultra strange. His ori...  more »
 

Review of Manchester Bitter from Marble Beers Ltd  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/12/2013, 9 ratings
As an American beer fan, I find the pub scene in the UK to be a fascinating experience. Pubs overseas almost always have more history and personality than those in the states. Our scene is dominated by sports bars and pitchers of piss water. But on a...  more »
 

Review of Sixty-One from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/11/2013, 8 ratings
Popping the cap on any Dogfish Head beer is an exercise in patience. These beers are rarely predictable, often adventurous, and sometimes downright strange. Whether recreating ancient ales or continuously hopping monster IPAs, the Dogfish Head motto...  more »
 

Review of Blast! from Brooklyn Brewery  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/11/2013, 9 ratings
It would seem that the craft beer world is in somewhat of a transition. For the better part of a decade, it was the big bold Imperial IPAs that led the charge. These were the trailblazing ''test your might'' beers that were more conquered than enjoye...  more »
 

Review of Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager from Brooklyn Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/10/2013, 12 ratings
I would like to take a few moments to reflect on the ''craft'' aspect of craft beer. Beer is a savory art form and today we are experiencing a Renaissance of brewing. Artisans of all kinds have made water, malt, hops and yeast their canvases. And lik...  more »
 

Review of DirtWolf Double IPA from Victory Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/20/2013, 12 ratings
In today's craft beer world, the Double IPA is king. At this point it's easier to name the breweries that do not craft one. And like with any popular product, they come in all shapes and sizes. Some are smooth and flavorful, some are needling and agg...  more »
 

Review of Secret Stash Harvest Ale from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/19/2013, 10 ratings
Follow the craft beer movement for long enough and you will start to notice amusing idiosyncrasies. It takes both time and attention to notice them, but once you do, you cannot help but smile. One of the most enduring aspects of good beer is that it...  more »
 

Review of Citra Burst from Alechemy Brewing Ltd.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/18/2013, 6 ratings
As a beer geek, few things get me more excited than exploring a new craft beer scene. Before visiting any new place, I always make it a point to scope out the local beer scene. I recently visited Manchester, UK, and one craft beer destination that ke...  more »
 

Review of John Smith's Extra Smooth from Caledonian Brewery Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/18/2013, 8 ratings
From the perspective of America's craft beer culture, the English pub scene can seem a bit strange. Not so much in atmosphere because we're all friends at the bar, but more when it comes to selection. English Bitters are the brew of choice and they h...  more »
 

Review of Dead Pony Club from BrewDog  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/17/2013, 9 ratings
Mention the name BrewDog to the average craft beer fan and you're bound to get a good story. This Scottish brewing outfit is well known for their face puckering, taste bud scorching, nostril singeing power nectar. Big and bold are terms people use to...  more »
 

Review of Farmhouse IPA from Marble Beers Ltd  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/16/2013, 7 ratings
Beer is a worldly product. Yes, an obvious thing to say, but consider the following statement. This review focuses on a hybrid between a Belgian Farmhouse Ale and an India Pale Ale that is crafted in Manchester, UK. This is one of the many things I l...  more »
 

Review of Devine Rebel from BrewDog  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/25/2013, 12 ratings
Let me ask you a serious question. What do you get when you combine BrewDog, Mikkeller, and an insatiable desire for malty goodness? That's right, you get a 13.8% ABV barleywine from hell. They call this collaborative creation the Devine Rebel. Beer...  more »
 

Review of Paradox Port Dundas from BrewDog  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/24/2013, 10 ratings
If you're a certified beer geek like me, then you've probably been following the new Brew Dogs series on the Esquire Network. The show follows BrewDog owners James Watt and Martin Dickie as they tour the American craft beer scene and brew up their si...  more »
 

Review of Olde Hickory Oktoberfest Lager from Olde Hickory Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/16/2013, 7 ratings
Beer seasons come and beer seasons go. Regardless of your in-season shenanigans, you want to greet a season in style and send it off with a bang. Oktoberfest can be a difficult season to get right because it is so beloved by so many beer fans. It's o...  more »
 

Review of Seeing Double IPA from Foothills Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/9/2013, 12 ratings
At this point I have been writing BrewChief reviews for several years now. I differentiate the reviews I write as BrewChief reviews in order to distinguish them from other websites' bullet point reviews. Appearance? Bullet point. Aroma? Bullet point....  more »
 

Review of Hop Harvest from BridgePort Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/9/2013, 9 ratings
The Imperial Pilsner is a mysterious beast in the craft beer world. It's a relative newcomer as a beer style and can impart some seriously disorienting flavors. After all, the entire appeal of the pilsner style is that of a light, crisp, and refreshi...  more »
 

Review of Westoberfest from Mystery Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/8/2013, 7 ratings
Ah, Oktoberfest. That wonderful time of year when beer fans morph into giddy school girls. Oktoberfest is a glorious German tradition that is celebrated world-wide by, you guessed it, drinking a lot of delicious brew nectar. The festival dates all th...  more »
 

Review of Beer Fest Beer (Collabeeration) from Bull City Burger and Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/4/2013, 8 ratings
Collaboration beers can be some of the most exciting experiences in the craft beer world. The concept is to combine the strengths of different breweries to form a super-brewery in order to craft a one-off batch of specialty beer. You can think of the...  more »
 

Review of Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/19/2013, 8 ratings
Some flavors go very well together and it's not really obvious as to why. There are a lot of these marriages in the craft beer world, one of my favorites being roasted malts and chipotle peppers. It's odd because the specific type of pepper tends to...  more »
 

Review of Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/19/2013, 7 ratings
It's that time of year again beer fans! Yes, that most glorious of beer seasons is upon us. I am of course talking about Oktoberfest. Breweries all over the world are releasing their delicious European Amber Lagers and beer fans will be slugging them...  more »
 

Review of TriUmphant from NoDa Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/16/2013, 7 ratings
It is often said that true connoisseurs embody their passions. This same nugget of wisdom can be applied to the craft beer world. The more and more I learn about great beer, the more and more I want to partake in the world it lives in. I like to visi...  more »
 

Review of Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/11/2013, 8 ratings
It is the dream of every humble brewer to craft a golden beer. That special brew where ingredients and process mesh perfectly to create a uniquely appealing creation. ''Appealing'' being the key word here because it's really difficult to craft a rich...  more »
 

Review of Evil Genius (IPA-Style Mead) from B. Nektar Meadery  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/10/2013, 8 ratings
There are times when even reputable companies deserve sighs of disappointment. I hate that I have to come down on the B. Nektar Meadery, especially since they are true pioneers in their field. I completely support their business model of crafting new...  more »
 

Review of The Truth Imperial IPA from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/19/2013, 10 ratings
Albert Einstein once said that ''anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.'' This is what popped into mind when I tried The Truth Imperial IPA, Flying Dog's latest year-round brew. This beer owes...  more »
 

Review of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/13/2013, 12 ratings
Does anyone remember that short lived television show Brew Masters? It aired on the Discovery Channel a few years ago and featured Sam Calagione, President and Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. The concept of the show was simple and engrossing:...  more »
 

Review of Ryan And The Beaster Bunny from Evil Twin Brewing  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/12/2013, 8 ratings
What's in a beer name? To Evil Twin Brewing, apparently a lot. With beer names like ''Even More Jesus'' and ''The Talented Mr. Orangutan'', you can't help but wonder what goes through the mind of brewmaster Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø when it comes time to...  more »
 
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