Thursday, 31 January 2013

Brooklyn Summer Ale !!!

Hey Everyone, It's nearly Friday, which also means its nearly the weekend, I think this is a cause for celebration. Why not celebrate with a few bottles of today's beer on review, Hope you all enjoy :) !!!

Beer Name:
Brooklyn Summer Ale
Brewery:
The Brooklyn Brewing Company
Brewed and Bottled:
The Brooklyn Brewing
Company,
Brooklyn,
New York,
USA




Alcoholic Percentage:
5.0% Vol
Measure:
355ml
Taste:
Slight Sweetness, Citrus, Fruity, Light, Refreshing, Smooth
Colour:
Dark Orange
Odour:
Slight Hops, Citrus


General Thoughts:
Brooklyn Summer Ale is an all round great beer, with a slight bitterness, accompanied with a slight sweetness to provide the consumer with an overall well balanced, light, refreshing beer. This beer has a slight citrus quality to it helping to give the beer that refreshing quality, this is also due to its balance between sweet and bitter. There is also a slight fruitiness to this beer, which gives the beer a new dimension, which makes the beer stand out from the crowd. Brooklyn Summer Ale doesn't have much in the way of a bitter after taste which I feel detracts a beer from the moreish quality that makes you want to keeping going back for more, however this beer still delivers the urge for more as it is such an easy drinking beer. This beer would be absolutely perfect in those summer months as the name suggests and I know its probably a little early to be drinking and thinking about the summer, however its sometimes what we need to help us get through the winter. On the whole Brooklyn Summer Ale is a nice, light, refreshing beer that you would enjoy on a hot summers day, with all your mates. If your looking for a hard hitting, deep, full of hops beer then this isn't the beer for you, however saying that you won't be disappointed with what you get. All in all a nice beer from the Brooklyn Brewing Company.

Price:
€2.75 (Based on Average)

Shane

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Sunday, 27 January 2013

Southern Tier IPA !!!

Hey Everyone, Hope you all had a great Australia Day and had a load of great beer, would love to hear about it, share your experiences of the day (use the comments box below), Today's beer comes from good old New York, Hope you all enjoy !!!

Beer Name:
Southern Tier IPA
Brewery:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
Brewed and Bottled:
Southern Tier Brewing Company,
Lakewood,
New York,
USA






Alcoholic Percentage:
7.3% Vol
Measure:
355ml
Taste:
Strong Hops, Light, Refreshing, Smooth, Slight Sweetness
Colour:
Golden / Amber
Odour:
Strong Hops, Citrus


General Thoughts:
Southern Tier IPA is a really great, light, refreshing beer, with a strong hops flavour. The hops flavour in this beer isn't overpowering, its perfectly balanced with the bitterness from the hops and then the subtle sweetness, just helping to balance the whole beer out. There is little carbonation to this beer and a slight bitter after taste. Southern Tier IPA is a really light, smooth beer that you could find yourself drinking many of as they are easy drinking and delicious. The most outstanding thing about this beer is that it doesn't taste in anyway overly alcoholic or strong, which is a real achievement considering it comes in at  7.3% ABV. On the whole I was really impressed with the Southern Tier IPA as it has the nice strong hops flavour that I look for in an IPA but also balances the bitterness that comes with those hops, to produce a really well balanced, smooth beer that doesn't fell like its going to knock you for six. I would definitely recommend this beer to you all and would advise getting out there and giving it a try, I promise you will not be disappointed. All in all Southern Tier IPA is a fantastic, well balanced, easy drinking IPA, that all can enjoy. 

Price:
€2.50 - €3.50 (Based on Average)

Shane

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Saturday, 26 January 2013

Sunburnt Irish Red - Happy Australia Day !!!

Hey Everyone, Happy Australia Day, I didn't have a chance to go and grab a great Australian Beer for today (to which there are a few), however today's beer review is a great beer and one that you can enjoy all the same on Australia Day, Hope you Enjoy !!!

Beer Name:
Sunburnt Irish Red
Brewery:
Eight Degrees
Brewed and Bottled:
Eight Degrees Brewing
Company LTD,
Dublin Road,
Mitchelstown,
Ireland




Alcoholic Percentage:
5.0% Vol
Measure:
330ml
Taste:
Strong Hops, Slight Citrus, Refreshing, Deep, Full Flavoured
Colour:
Light Brown, Slight Cloudiness, Red Tint
Odour:
Slight Hops, Slight Citrus


General Thoughts:
Sunburnt Irish Red is a great tasting beer, with its deep, full flavour. There is a strong hops flavour to this beer, with a slight hint of citrus coming from the hops varieties that have been used in the beer. This slight citrus note gives this beer a great, refreshing feel and flavour which makes it a pleasure to drink. This beer really packs a punch in flavour, more so than I was expecting from an Irish Red beer, the flavours are deep and well rounded, not overly bitter or overly sweet, but delivers a perfectly balanced, well rounded beer. Sunburnt Irish Red also has a moreish quality to it making you want another as soon as you have finished the one in your hand. This to me is a great quality in a beer, this beer has little carbonation, which means that you don't get overly bloated on it and can enjoy one after another. This is a great, well balanced, full flavoured beer, that can be enjoyed at any time of the year, be it in the cold winter months when your looking for something deep and full of flavour, or the summer months when your looking for something refreshing in the hot sun. I was really impressed with this beer and would highly recommend giving it a try. Another great tasting beer from the Eight Degrees Brewery. 

Price:
€1.99 (Based on Average)

Shane

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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Crew Pale Ale !!!


Hey Everyone, Apologies for no posting in the last couple of day's its been mad busy, but were back. Tonight's review is from the Crew Alewerkstatt, Hope you all enjoy !!!

Beer Name:
Crew Pale Ale
Brewery:
Crew AleWerkstatt
Brewed and Bottled:
Fraunhoferstraße 9,
80469,
München,
Germany






Alcoholic Percentage:
5.6% Vol
Measure:
330ml
Taste:
Slight Bitter, Hops, Refreshing, Smooth, Light.
Colour:
Golden / Amber, Cloudy
Odour:
Strong Hops, Citrus


General Thoughts:
Crew Pale Ale is a smooth, light, refreshing beer with slight hops flavours. There is a slight bitterness to this beer, however this is balanced out with a slight sweetness, making this an easy drinking beer. This beer isn't as strong as other pale ales out there, the hops flavour isn't as prominent in this beer as in others, which is a shame as I really like a stronger hops flavour to a beer, therefore this beer is slightly lacking there. Crew Pale Ale has a medium carbonation, giving it that nice coating on the tongue and refreshing quality. There is also a slight cloudiness to this beer. There is also a slight citrus flavour to this beer, coming from the hops used in the beer. Overall Crew Pale Ale wasn't what I was expecting, especially after trying and reviewing the Crew IPA which is really fantastic, don't get me wrong this is a nice beer, easy drinking and nice flavoured, it just didn't pack as much of a punch as I was hoping for in a Pale Ale. This is a pleasant beer, one that you could drink many of, however it just doesn't stand out for me, but I would recommend people give it a try and I would buy it again. 

Price:
€2.50 - €3.50 (Based on Average Price)

Shane

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Saturday, 19 January 2013

East India Pale Ale !!!

Hey Everyone, its's Saturday, the weather may be cold but why not stay indoors in the warm and crack open a few great beers among friends, today's review is from New York, Hope you all enjoy !!!!

Beer Name:
East India Pale Ale
Brewery:
The Brooklyn Brewery
Brewed and Bottled:
The Brooklyn Brewing Company,
Brooklyn,
New York,
USA






Alcoholic Percentage:
6.9% Vol
Measure:
355ml
Taste:
Strong Hops, Bitter, Slight Citrus, Bitter after Taste
Colour:
Dark Orange
Odour:
Strong Hops, Slight Citrus


General Thoughts:
East India Pale Ale is a really nice, deep flavoured beer, strong in hops flavour, which I think is fundamental in a Pale Ale, the more hops flavour the more depth for me. This beer has a bitterness to it, giving it that moreish quality, the quality that makes you sit and think about the beer long after you have drunk it and makes you want to go back for more. This is a smooth beer, with little to no carbonation, making it a really easy drinker, especially as you are not left feeling bloated after you drink it, this also means you feel like you can drink more of them. This beer also has a slight bitter after taste, along with a slight citrus note coming from the hop varieties that have been chosen for this beer. The citrus notes help to give the beer a refreshing quality, thirst quenching. East India Pale Ale is strong in flavour and has depth to it, there is not an overwhelming taste of alcohol to this beer, which is a great surprise considering it comes in at 6.9% ABV. This beer doesn't taste as strong as it is which shows there is a real balance to this beer also. On the whole East India Pale Ale is a really nice, enjoyable beer, deep and full in flavour, leaving you refreshed with a slight warming quality coming from the alcohol content. Overall I really enjoyed this beer and would recommend this to you all to try. 

Price:
€3.00 (Based on Average Price)

Shane

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Friday, 18 January 2013

Bigfoot Ale (Barley Wine Style) !!!

Hey Everyone, so today's beer comes all the way from the USA and the Sierra Nevada Brewery, Hope you all enjoy !!!

Beer Name:
Bigfoot Ale (Barley Wine Style)
Brewery:
Sierra Nevada
Brewed and Bottled:
Sierra Nevada, 
Chico, 
CA, 
USA






Alcoholic Percentage:
9.6% Vol
Measure:
355ml
Taste:
Strong Hops, Bitter, Sultana / Raisins, Smooth 
Colour:
Red / Brown
Odour:
Strong Hops, Citrus, Sweetness


General Thoughts:
Bigfoot Ale is a really different and interesting beer. This beer is made in a Barley Wine style which accounts for its high alcohol strength, coming in at 9.6% ABV. This beer has a bitter quality to it, along with a developed, strong hops flavour. This beer has a hint of fruitiness to it, one of the main flavours I got from it was a flavour of sultana's or Raisins. This gives the beer an interesting character that you may not expect from a beer. Now to say this beer packs a punch is an understatement, so if your not used to drinking, deep, full flavoured, strong beers then I would advise working your way up to this as it is really strong in flavour and alcohol content. Bigfoot Ale has little carbonation to it, which is perfect for drinking this beer at a slow casual pace. This would not be a beer for a session or for drinking fast, this is definitely a beer to be savoured and drunk slowly, this will allow you to really enjoy its deep flavours. All in all Bigfoot Ale is a deep, full flavoured beer, with fruity characteristics. This may not be a beer to everyone's tastes, as it is so strong and deep in flavour, however saying that I would recommend giving this a try if your looking for something very different that you maybe want on a cold winters evening as it has that warming quality that comes with its strong alcohol content. On the whole I enjoyed this beer and would recommend as a beer to try. 

Price:
€2.50 - €3.50 (Based on Average Price)

Shane

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Dogma !!!

Hey Everyone, So today's beer review comes from the familiar brewery of BrewDog, I think they are an exciting brewery with a huge range to offer, so I hope you enjoy today's post : ) !!!

Beer Name:
Dogma
Brewery:
BrewDog
Brewed and Bottled:
BrewDog, 
Fraserburgh,  
AB43 8UE,
Scotland






Alcoholic Percentage:
7.4% Vol
Measure:
330ml
Taste:
Chocolate, Coffee, Slight Sweetness, Bitterness
Colour:
Black
Odour:
Malt, Honey


General Thoughts:
Dogma is a really deep, full flavoured beer, with a real dynamic depth of flavour to it. There are flavours of coffee and chocolate coming from the roasted malt in the beer, but there is also a slight sweet edge, a taste of honey, giving this beer an incredible balance. This beer has a bitter after taste, giving you that moreish quality, which I think is key to a great beer. There is a coffee lingering after taste, a real malty depth to the beer, which is a pleasure to drink. Dogma doesn't taste overly alcoholic, which is a great surprise considering it comes in with an ABV of 7.4%. This plays in the beers favour massively as you don't feel that you are drinking something with a real kick to it, due to its perfect balance of bitter and sweet. This is a very rich, indulgent beer, which is great for a beer that could be cracked open on a special occasion. On the whole Dogma is a really great, deep, rich, full flavoured beer, with complex bitterness and sweetness to help make an overall balanced beer. This is definitely a must try beer, but I also think its one to be savoured for a rainy day, it will bring a smile to your face, especially with its warming quality. All in all a fantastic beer that will leave you not only feeling refreshed, but also deeply satisfied. 

Price:
€3.00 - €3.50 (Based on Average Price)

Shane

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Sunday, 13 January 2013

Affligem Blonde !!!


Hey Everyone, Apologies for no post yesterday I was having a dinner party with @e_boyler and @BoyleMeetsWorld, thank you guys was a really nice evening. The Beer on review tonight is actually one that was brought to the dinner party last night, Hope you all enjoy !!!

Beer Name:
Affligem Blonde
Brewery:
Affligem Brewery bds
Brewed and Bottled:
Affligem Brouwerlij bds,
Ringlaan 18,
1745 Opwijk,
Belgium






Alcoholic Percentage:
6.8% Vol
Measure:
330ml
Taste:
Slight Bitterness, Slight Fruitiness, Smooth, Slight Yeast, Bitter after Taste
Colour:
Amber / Blonde Beer
Odour:
Slight Hops


General Thoughts:
Affligem Blonde is a very nice, refreshing beer, which is light and mellow in flavour. There is a slight hops flavour to the beer, but not overly. This beer also has a fruity quality to it, with a slight citrus note to it. This beer is of medium carbonation, which gives it that refreshing quality along with the citrus notes. There is a slight yeast taste to the beer, which to me comes from the second fermentation that the beer goes through in the bottle, this also means that when you first open the bottle it can be quite carbonated, so watch out it doesn't go everywhere. Affligem is a really enjoyable beer, its biggest surprise is that it doesn't taste overly alcoholic considering it comes in at a 6.8% ABV. You would expect it to be very strong, however it is a really well balanced beer, with slight bitterness and a slight sweetness to bring the whole thing together. On the whole Affligem is a really nice, refreshing beer, with a slight bitter after taste, giving that moreish quality to the beer. This is a very enjoyable beer and one that you would find yourself drinking a good few of. All in all a very good, enjoyable beer, that I would recommend giving a try.

Price:
€2.50 - €3.50 (Based on Average Price)

Shane

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Friday, 11 January 2013

Tom Crean's Fresh Irish Lager !!!


Hey Everyone, So tonight's beer review is from the lovely Dingle in Co.Kerry, I really hope you all enjoy as Dingle holds a place in my heart :) !!!

Beer Name:
Tom Crean's Fresh Irish Lager
Brewery:
Dingle Brewing Company
Brewed and Bottled:
Dingle Brewing Company,
Dingle,
Co. Kerry,
Ireland






Alcoholic Percentage:
4.2% Vol
Measure:
330ml
Taste:
Slight Bitterness, Crisp, Refreshing, Smooth
Colour:
Amber / Golden
Odour:
Very Slight Hops


General Thoughts:
Tom Crean's Fresh Irish Lager is a really light, refreshing beer, with an all round crispness to it. This beer is very clean on the palette and leaves you with a nice refreshed feeling. This is a very enjoyable lager and it holds a place in my heart coming from the Dingle brewing company, from such a lovely part of the world. This beer doesn't pack a huge punch in flavour, however it is everything that you would expect from a lager and is full of flavour for a lager. Tom Crean's Fresh Irish Lager has a very subtle flavour and is not overly strong in alcohol taste. This is a respectable beer coming in at 4.2% ABV, which doesn't let you down in flavour or an overall experience. This is a mellow beer, with little carbonation. On the whole this beer is a very enjoyable beer,that provides a fresh, crisp taste, that makes you want to keep drinking it. This beer provides so much more than other main stream lagers would provide, this beer stands above other lagers and this is another reason why I would pick this beer over main stream lagers. On the whole this is a great, refreshing beer, that I would recommend to everyone.

Price:
€2.50 - €3.50 (Based on Average Price)

Shane

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