January 23, 2012

Beer Review Double Feature: Boulder Beer's Flashback & Great Divide's Nomad


Time to do an update since I have been dragging my feet, so here is a double feature review!  I will be reviewing Boulder Beer's Flashback and Great Divide's Nomad.

Let's begin, shall we?

I will start with Boulder Beer's Flashback Brown-IPA Ale.  Previously this was known as their "anniversary ale", but I guess they have decided to do something new for their anniversary and they are re-branding this beer as a brown ale/IPA.  

This was a 12 ounce bottle that I acquired from Total Wine & More in Huntersville, NC.  The brown beer bottle is marked in yellow ink "best by 24 Nov 2011".  Oops.  I hope this doesn't affect the beer taste.

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a super thin head.  Aroma is hops with light malt and nutty aroma.  The taste is all IPA hops with no trace of the brown ale and the aftertaste is all hops as well.  

Very easy to drink but it seems to me that this beer is better when fresher.  I cannot give this high marks until I get a fresh beer.  I rate this beer a 3.4 out of 5.

Okay, beer two:  Great Divide's Nomad Pilsner.

This was a 12 ounce bottle that I acquired from Total Wine & More in Huntersville, NC. The beer label is marked "bottled on 12/12/11", so I know this beer is fresh.

This beer pours a golden color with virtually no head.  Aroma is corn and wheat, a little grassy.  Taste is all corn and hops with a mild hops aftertaste and a small amount of bitterness.

This was a typical pilsner that had been given a little bit of extra care.  I rate this beer a 2.7 out of 5.

And just like that, my double feature is complete.  I will return with a rating of Saranac's White IPA and maybe one more, if I'm feeling 'frisky'.

Thanks for reading.


January 18, 2012

At Long Last: Anderson Valley Winter Solstice


At long last, I am finally posting my review of Anderson Valley's Winter Solstice.  I've been 'sitting' on this review for over a week now, really no excuses to be made.

So, let's start with the review and then I will move along to the NEXT six beers I will be reviewing.

"12 ounce single bottle from Total Wine in Huntersville, NC. 

This beer pours a cloudy copper color with a thin tan head. Aroma is light with malt, spices and some sweet notes are present. 

Taste is honey, malt, spices and a lingering sweetness. Lingering malt aftertaste is present. A very refreshing beer.  I rated this beer a 3.9 out of a possible 5 mugs.  Disagree?  Say so in the comments area.  I know you're out there reading (at least when I make posts on time you are).

Now then, on to my next SIX beers to review and rate.  They are (in no particular order to rate):

Saranac White IPA (brand new!)

I'll be back tomorrow with a new beer review.  Thanks for being patient and see you then!!   

January 14, 2012

First Post for 2012...Two Weeks Late.

Photobucket Image Hosting Yeah. That's me, a slacker. 

I've had a few beer reviews to post to the site, and I just have not gotten around to it.
Totally my fault.

So, I will be posting all of my overdue beer reviews tomorrow (Sunday).

I have not played any poker lately, so nothing new to report there.  I have dabbled a little on Carbon Poker with play money, but that's it.  Donkeys galore on that site.

Tomorrow morning:  I finally post my review for this great beer (Spoiler!) Anderson Valley's Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale:

See y'all tomorrow!