September 25, 2010

Beers We Like

The Beers (and a couple of ciders):

1 - William's Sir Perry Pear Cider (England) $7.99 - This is crisp and refreshing! It uses varieties of pears that are less sweet than our traditional eating pears. The earliest reference to pears being used to make cider is Pliny. Named for Sir Geoffrey Perry, the man responsible for bringing pear cider to England in the 1500's. 4-pack, 16.9 oz. cans. 6% alcohol.

2 - Blackthorn Fermented Apple Cider (England) $7.99 - Crisp, dry and refreshing! Made from traditional cider apples - which are not as sweet as eating apples. Before Prohibition, 80% of the apples grown in the USA were used to make hard cider. 4-pack, 16.9 oz. can. 6% alcohol.

3 - Erdinger Hefe-Weizen (Germany) $9.99/6-pack, $3.99/16.9 oz bottle - This is a lighter wheat beer. It has a pretty white head and a coppery/orange color. The flavors and aromas are a little lemon citrus, orange peel, wheat and banana. It has a creamy mouthfeel. 5.3% alcohol.

4 - Rock Art Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout (Vermont) $3.99 – this is an unusual beer! It uses spruce tips rather than hops (our colonial forefathers did this when hops weren’t handy – which they often weren’t). This does not taste like pumpkin pie. It’s big and dark! 22 oz bottle. 8% alcohol.

5 - Red Racer IPA (British Columbia) $10.99 – This comes in cans. More and more microbreweries are turning to cans. They’re the perfect way to package beer – no light and no oxygen inside the can! Hops, hops and more hops! 6-pack, 12 oz. cans. 6.5% alcohol. 98 points, Ratebeer.com

6 - North Coast ACME IPA (Northern California) $9.99/6-pack – Golden orange color with a thick, creamy head. Aromas and flavors of hops, lemon/lime citrus, barley, bread and more. Medium weight. 6.5% alcohol.

7 - North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stout (Northern California) $7.99/4-pack - Like motor oil in color, only darker. Dark tan head with good lacing. Aromas and flavors of caramel, toffee, malt, chocolate, dark fruits and more. Medium dense in weight. 9% alcohol. 100 points, Ratebeer.com

8 - Thomas Hooker Oktoberfest Lager (Connecticut) $9.99/6-pack - This is a hoppy Octoberfest! Definitely has that hoppy taste upfront. Then you get the malty sweetness to balance out the hops. Amber color with a white head. 6.1% alcohol.

9 - Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock Lager (Connecticut) $9.99/4-pack - This has a beautiful brown color….nicely dark without being stout-dark. Off-white head with good lacing. Aromas and flavors of molasses, chocolate, dark fruits and more! 8.0% alcohol. 98 points, Ratebeer.com; "Top 10 Beer in America," Beer Advocate

10 - North Coast Le Merle Ale (California) $ 9.99 - a Belgian-style Saison Ale. This has a golden color with an off-white head. Aromas of lighter malts, earth, lemon peel and something sweet. Flavors of lemon, fresh bread, earth, herbs and more. Nice combination of sweet and sour. 25.4 oz. bottle. 7.9% alcohol.

11 - North Coast Brewing "Brother Thelonius" Belgian Strong Ale (California) $9.99 - This is a dark brownish red. Aromas of apples, cherries, figs, brown sugar, molasses and alcohol. Flavors of caramel, toffee, raisins, bread and more. Not overly hoppy. Proceeds from this beer go to support jazz musicians. 25.4 oz. bottle. 9.4% alcohol.

12 - Serafijn Tripel Golden Abbey Ale (Belgium) $12.99 – This is a pale, blond ale with nice malty flavors and a good hoppy, slightly bitter finish. It’s refreshing! No idea why they call this a Tripel? 25.4 oz. bottle. 8% alcohol.

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