Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
I apologize for being MIA as of late, but I've spent the last 2 weekends moving and well the new pad doesn't have the internet yet. I promise you'll get at least 2 more posts out of me this week. I have some surprisingly good beers to review, some of them in my fridge and some that I will be posting this week.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Long weekend this weekend, I've determined that there is nothing worse than a PBR hangover, although I think being slipped that last Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball Ale at 9%ABV is what really threw me over the top. I made another trip to Bukowski's Tavern on Saturday to follow up on that Founder's Red Rye I had tried on my previous trip. That, and my other beers will get reviewed later this week. Finally someone wrote in asking for a baseline for my rankings, suggesting I rate several more popular beers. Unfortunately, this is not something I can do off the top of my head, I'd have to go out and try those beers first to give an accurate ranking. I did try and provide an accurate description of my rankings here, so for now this will have to do.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
The Red Hook Long Hammer IPA is your average run of the mill IPA, just like Ma used to make. It's kine of like in the movie Beautiful Girls when Willie is asked to rate his girlfriend on various qualities and each time he says "Good, solid seven and a half," implying that she is decent, but nothing overly special. That's how I feel about this beer. The Long Hammer has a nice apricot taste, it's hopped well, aside from that, nothing to really write home about. The ABV is 6.51%. The IPA gets a 3.0.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I realize that many of you leave comments that I rarely respond to or do so several posts later so the answers may not get seen by everybody, therefore I've posted these comments and my responses below:
Mike said: “I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Mr. Beer Crusade and European beers don't have a good relationship.”
BC: Interesting thought, are you basing this on the fact I dislike Belgian Ales? Europe is bigger than just Belgium; I don’t think you need to be in Mensa to know that. What about the fact that IPA, a British style ale, is my favorite style of beer? I think you are wrong about my anti-European stance, but this is something we can watch out for.
Jay said: “so how does one one get on the board of directors?”
BC: To be honest the qualifications are still being determined. Reading the blog and commenting is a good start. This will have to be thought out more carefully and will require a more through posting. The idea of a Board of Directors really stemmed from an email from a friend asking if I was at the Harpoon Brewery in the middle of a work day for a work outing to which I wittily responded “I’m at a Beer Crusade Board of Directors” meeting, since there were several people on the email, the idea really snowballed from there.
Bill said: “I heard at Bukowski's if you drink x number of beers you get a mug in your honor that hangs behind the bar. Sounds like something this group would have no interest in but I thought I'd mention it anyway.”
BC: I’ve heard that if you drink all the beers on the menu, you get your own mug inscribed with your favorite writer. This would pose some issues for myself, apparently I hate European beers, thus could never get through all the beers, also who would I choose for my favorite writer? I mean I’ve found bits of Jeff Foxworthy’s biography downright hilarious, or would I go high brow and choose someone like Virgil? Who would your author be?
Myownworstcritic said: “Apropos of everything, you need to add an RSS feed to your blog so I don't have to visit everyday--and can see your posts in my email. There should be an option for RSS feeds within the admin section of Blogger.”
BC: you can subscribe by clicking on the Subscribe to: Posts (Atom) link at the bottom of the blog page. Also would it kill you just to keep www.beercrusade.com as your homepage?
Jeven said: “I love the blog. It's maybe the best blog I've ever read. Can't wait to read your backlog of reviews. This is going to sound very business school, but what about depicting the reviews in "Beer Matrix" with beer type along one axis, and rating along the other? It could be a PDF, printable companion guide to beers that all Crusaders could take with them to the bar.”
BC: I’ve done what I can with the axis on the right so you can choose beer style or rating, however providing a PDF carry around copy may be impossible. Basically, what you need to invest in is a Blackberry or IPHONE so you can access www.beercrusade.com from just about anywhere. Coincidentally, I created the blog so I could go into the liquor store and have an idea of what beers I’ve tried as well as what I wanted to try just by searching on my Blackberry. By the way, starting off your comments like Jeven did above definitely gets you a leg up in the Board of Directors race.
Thanks for reading and taking the time to write.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
First off, I think I've answered the accusations, that I haven't been posting enough, quite well the past few days, so I hope you naysayers are satisfied. Second, I've received a random request that I could not answer so I thought I'd throw it out to you all to see if you can help out, I received a question regarding Black Horse Ale which was apparently brewed in Medford, MA in the Sixties and then bought by Gennessee Brewery in the 70's. If Anyone knows anything about this beer please call John Walsh, er I mean email me or post in comments. I'd appreciate the help.
And for everyone else, I have a few things to post the next few days to lead you into the weekend.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
The Old Scratch Amber Lager is a delightful lager, that can be confused as an ale (as Bukowski's labeled it). The lager is medium bodied and has a coppery look when poured into a glass. The taste is a hybrid of caramel and coffee flavors that provide a smooth all around gustatory appeal that is enjoyable. The beer's 5.5% ABV is expected for this type of beer and it rates a 3.5
Monday, July 7, 2008
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Steve Stewart’s Firth of Forth Ale – This beer was like a Guinness Light, not a light beer, but not overpowering like Guinness can be, i.e. it wasn’t like drinking a loaf of bread. . The beer was full bodied, but was chocolate malty smooth. Unlike Guinness, it didn’t end with that metallic aftertaste, so I actually enjoyed the beer. 5.4% ABV and was rated a 3.0.
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Old Rusty’s Red Eye Ale – This is a spicy rye ale that comes of as a very acidic brown. The rye added a dimension to the beer I hadn’t tried before and it really threw me off. My review probably can’t do this justice in just 4oz, but it came off unfavorably. The beer is a 6.5% ABV and got a 2.5.
Harpoon Brown Session Ale – Nice caramel taste. The beer is slightly carbonated which takes away from the enjoyment as I tend to prefer smoother brown ales. The ale has a 4.3% ABV and rates a 3.0.
Harpoon Ale – This ale is lighter than I remembered in the past. There is an apple fruitish taste that hides behind the hops. This beer definitely surprised me and I may need to add it to my regular rotation. I’ll hold off on that though until I get to enjoy it out of the bottle. The beer has a 5.0%ABV and gets a 3.0 with a bullet!
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Triticus Ale – This is more of a wheat wine than a beer. The Jujy Fruit smell is overpowering and knocks you over. The Triticus has a silky feel to it as it glides over your palette. The beer is very fruity, and alcohol intensive packing either a 14.3% (Brewery) or 11.5% (website) ABV depending on whom you want to believe. This is definitely a one trick pony beer, because if you have more than one you’re basically stuck on your couch until your body begins to function after processing all that alcohol. Definitely worth trying if you can find it. It was actually brewed by some lesser famed Boston beer blogging brothers whose name I now forget. Definitely a 3.5, possibly more if I could try it again.
Overall I definitely recommend attending a Harpoon tasting, or for that matter a HarpoonFest. The beers are all very good, with some being exceptionally so. Of course the tasting is held right in the Harpoon Store, so you may have a few too many sips and end up with a Harpoon Cycling shirt you’ll never wear, but it’s all in good fun. I also learned a few things while at the Brewery, the first being that I now have a Board of Directors and people are interested in being a member, and two an acquaintance of mine who happens to work at Harpoon is apparently Mr. Harpoon. He’s won every company award it seems, so congrats to you fine sir, keep up the good work.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Round 1: Anderson Poleeko Gold Pale Ale
Round 2: Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber Ale
Round 3: Carlsberg Elephant
Round 4: Stone’s Arrogant Bastard Ale
Round 5: Delirium Tremens (Wheel of Decision Winner)
Round 6: Brubaker
Reviews of course will follow in time. If you are in the area and looking for some a wide variety of beers. I definitely recommend this place.
Just wanted to let everyone know there will be a lot posted in the next few days once I get a few minutes to do so. I spent the last two days at Bukowski's Tavern, Harpoon Brewery and the Junction sampling all sorts of good and bad beers. I should be knocking back about 9 reviews. Good times.