This has been my experience with bourbon-barrel beers as well. The bourbon infusion far, far outweighs the beer. It's off-putting to me.I like the beer emoji rating system Dan seems to have adopted. We should make it standard for beer ratings on Cyburbia.
I had a bottle of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale this past weekend. One can definitely taste the bourbon come through. This beer may appeal to those who love good bourbon, but I found the bourbon flavor to be so pronounced and assertive to the point I could scarcely taste or detect any other subtleties the beer might have to offer. Frankly, if I want the experience of drinking bourbon....I'll drink bourbon. Don't get me wrong, this was a good bourbon, but I felt existed outside the plane of what should be beer drinking. I give it 5/10 pints
A couple of friends of mine started a brewery; they make Boatman's Barleywine- the smoothest 12%er you'll ever drink. You get about halfway through a draft and realize you'd better slow down!Ommegang Game of Thrones Hand of the Queen Barleywine. It's from Ommegang, and Ommegang doesn't release shitty beers. 11% alcohol, but you knew this wasn't going to be some easygoing Front Range session beer that would barely ping a breathalizer. Enjoy this one at home, folks. 9/10 mugs, and a healthy burp.
I've noted this myself. I hope the American brewing industry is simply going through some kind of phase, where the novelty of IPA's is being explored and played out (well, nearly exhausted at this point IMHO). Beer admittedly has few ingredients and hops happens to be one them. That fact, however, should not excuse the almost monomaniacal focus the craft brew industry is directing towards this one style. Hops can be added at several different stages in the brewing process, and where/when in that process it gets added produces the character and bitterness flavor profile of a beer. Adding quantities of hops at the end of the process can produce delightfully delicate and intricate notes, but too much and you're left with a curiously overwhelming weedy profile. Maybe that's okay for the novelty factor, but frankly it's already been done to death.
Steelbound Brewing, Ellicottville NY - Subabrew double dry hopped IPA
I'm not a huge IPA fan. New England IPAs, maybe I'll nom nom nom, but it seems like half of the craft/micro six-packs on store shelves around here are IPAs of some kind. Double IPAs. Triple IPAs. Extra hoppy IPAs. East Coast IPAs. West Coast IPAs. Session IPAs. Barrel-aged IPAs. Mosaic IPAs. Pakistani IPAs. It gets boring after a while. Anyhow, this isn't too bad. 6/10 mugs. Now IP, eh?
coughcoughSouthernTiercoughcoughenoughIPAsalreadycoughI enjoy a good IPA as well as anyone but seriously there are many other brewing paths that call for greater exploration.
...and yet IBUs (International Beer Units) is a measure of hoppiness. There's more to beer than this, but this has become a primary measure of beer taste. Not a good sign.That fact, however, should not excuse the almost monomaniacal focus the craft brew industry is directing towards this one style.
There are a couple of beers I see on menus or at the store that have suggestive names that always make me feel uneasy about ordering them. "Bean Flicker" from Odd Side Ales and "The Fluffer" from Kuhnhenn are a couple beers that come to mind that I feel uneasy about ordering. Atwater has one called Dirty Blonde that over the years has changed the label a few times and isn't as racy looking as it used to be I don't feel uneasy ordering that one because it's trash and I just don't order it.Saw a locally brewed cream ale at the neighborhood beer store this afternoon. 16 ounce / 475 ml can with a clear plastic label with white printing , showing a reclining woman, with the text "WE LIKE BIG CANS!". I'm no social justice warrior, but it had me thinking the labeling would alienate half of their potential market. I see a lot of women at the beer store, either by themselves, with other women, or a husband/boyfriend/male friend. They're not buying the fruity stuff in pink cans, based on what I see them looking at. They probably won't be buying that cream ale, either.
Stop. Just stop. (where's the face palm emoji?)The Genny Cream is still doing its job. It’s a “mixed use” beer, to put it in planner’s terms. 6/10 mugs, for its “drinkable but cheap” character, and it’s potential as a substitute for colonoscopy prep. When you reach an age where you start getting junk mail from AARP, it’s a quality you can really appreciate.
Were your Phoenix Suns glasses from Arby's?My glass collection is 2 pint glasses. 1 with Phoenix Suns players and 1 with some obscure Maryland town thanks to one of our own
I also have a nice German stein with the words hops and malt are god sent.