Archive for October, 2009

64 – Lagunitas Hop Stoopid

It’s time to get a little stoopid!

Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
brewery:
Lagunitas Brewing Company – lagunitas.com
style: Imperial IPA
abv: 8%
serving size: 22oz
glass used: snifter
price: $11.99

Overview
102 I.B.U. – nuff said

What I think
It’s not as bitter as the 102IBU’s make you think it might be. I actually thought the Sam Adams Imperial Pils was much more bitter.

As you can see from the pour above this beer came out pretty much perfect. The aroma on this is hop punch to the face with mild tones of citrus. The bod was a tad on the thick side but pleasant and the hops. Sweet googly moogly was this a freaking hop DREAM. As my buddy Phil would say “beergasm”!  The hops play around with your palate and a nice malty tent fills the rest of your mouth. The finish was like that moment when you kick back, take a deep breath and say “yeah… life is good”. That’s what this beer is.

Spoon’s rating: A+

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63 – Southampton Pumpkin Ale

The end of our pumpkin series this year and thank God. I don’t know if I could drink any more pumpkin beers. You just see 3 reviewed but these are the best 3 of the over 15 I had.

Southampton Pumpkin Ale
brewery:
Southampton Publick House – www.publick.com
style: pumpkin (fruit/veg beer. whatev)
abv: 5.5%
serving size: 12oz
glass used: pint
price: $3.75

Overview
Southampton Pumpkin Ale is an unique amber-colored brew that has particular appeal during the autumn months and the holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving. We use a generous amount of pumpkin as well as traditional “pumpkin pie” spices to give this unusual brew a definite seasonal character. Available in 22oz bottles and seasonal draft.

What I think
Odd I was able to buy this as a 12 oz. Oh well.

The off white head provided a stylish compliment to and unusually clear body which threw me for a loop since most of the pumpkin beers were a bit hazy. The aroma was straight up nutmeg and pumpkin with a slight malty tone. Smooth to drink but a little too much spice for my liking. The finish was malty and didn’t linger around which was good for me because if that spice stayed I’d have to scrape my tongue. Decent pumpkin beer and good representation of the style.

Spoon’s rating: B-

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62 – O’Fallon Pumpkin Beer

Part 2 of 3 pumpkin beers! O’Fallon just came into the Pittsburgh market in the last 12-18 months and what a delight it has been.

O’Fallon Pumpkin Beer
brewery:
O’Fallon Brewery – www.ofallonbrewery.com
style: pumpkin (fruit/veg beer. whatev)
abv: 5.6%
serving size: 12oz
glass used: pint
price: $3.75

Overview
Like pumpkin pie in a bottle…we add 136 pounds of real pumpkin to the three-barley mash and then season the finished beer with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Available September 1.

What I think
*BOUNCE* *BOUNCE* PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE!PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE!PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE!

The only thing missing was some coolwhip!  Go buy it NOW (the beer… and some CoolWhip)!

Oh OK I won’t rip you out of more details. Not like you paid for the beer. *sheesh*

If they can find a way to make the head creamier that would be killer. The aroma is slight cinnamon and nutmeg put quickly gets lost as you take your first drink. Incredibly smooth, cool and all the characteristics of pumpkin pie without the texture. There was a medium body that covers your palate in pumpkin goodness. Finish was a tad sticky but just drink more.

Spoon’s rating: A– (there would be an “A” if they work on the head a touch)

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2 years of Hump’n – FREE BEER!

On this date WAAAAAYYY back in 2007 I started Hump Day Happiness over on my personal site.

Since then I’ve reviewed 61 beers, made some great friends and traded for some fantastic beers. Thanks to all who have supported this site and of course the Should I Drink That podcast.

Nothing special planned to celebrate but if you see me out this weekend with the other Podcampers you can always buy me a beer 🙂

I do have a present for you! If you follow SIDT (which you should, dont be a jagoff) you know about the fab prize package we’re giving away. A pair of tickets to TWO beer fests in Pittsburgh. Enter now and win your entrance to free craft beer geekdom.

cheers!

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61 – Arcadia Ales Jaw Jacker

And now we get into a style which can cause great anger and yet great happiness in beer drinkers. There is no in between, either you like a type of pumpkin beer or you wish it would die in a horrible crash. If you DO ike pumpkin beers its because of either all spices or pumpkin pie flavor. Personally I like some pumpkin beers.

Leading up to Halloween I give you 3 pumpkin beers to savor and a heads up on what to have for the parents when they need a break from going door to door.

Arcadia Ales Jaw Jacker
brewery:
Arcadia Brewing Company – www.arcadiaales.com
style: pumpkin (fruit/veg beer. whatev)
abv: 6%
serving size: 12oz
glass used: pint
price: $3.75

Overview
Jaw-Jacker Ale is our Fall Seasonal, a celebration of harvest-time and the changing of the seasons.  Using only the finest malted barley and a touch of wheat for mouth-feel, Jaw-Jacker pours a brilliant orange-amber color with truly unique flavors.  Although no pumpkins are used, a blend of nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon work with malty flavors to create a bold flavor reminiscent of pumpkin pie.  A light hop note balances out the beer nicely.

What I think
As soon as I started pouring, the aroma of nutmeg was strong with a hint of sweetness from the malts. The head, well there wasn’t much to talk about there. The body seemed a bit watered down and the flavor matched the aroma… Spice bomb in your mouth. The only saving grace was that the malt came to the rescue but a little too late. Did finish smooth but was rough up till that point.

Spoon’s rating: C

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