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Casks: 1 | On Tap: 40 | Bottles: 114 | Cans: 9
On tap. Having experienced this before I saved it for the closing act on an afternoons 'tastings'. The maple & oak aroma that greets you at the outset is tempered by the reality of the liquid in the tongue. The ensuing sweetness is not transported via aroma so the tactile experience not only substantiates the initial contact, it transports from the ethereal to the real. What you thought you were smelling is indeed coursing over your tongue & buds & substantiates the illusion. If you don't appreciate oak aging or are averse to male anything, run away because this is a pretty assertive brew.
On tap. Nice & smooth. Slight bitterness. Lacing on the thick side. At the top end of my hop threshold, which is pretty low by todays standards. I like it, but one is enough.
On tap. First impression is a lack of body. Maybe I'm spoiled w/nitro laced stouts but methinks they are prevelent in the field for a reason. Coffee flavors border on espresso strength. Very slight head w/delicate/wispy lacing. Virtually no aftertaste. Bottom line: this is a perfect example of how flavor is not all it takes for a brew these days. There is a substantial flavor but it's seems one dimensional especially without a robust texture to match.
On tap. Looking at brown ales a lot more lately I find this to be just shy of the mark. Nice flavor, with some chocolate & a pleasant aftertaste but this seems to be a day that I'm looking for texture as well as flavor. This only gets mideal marks as the flavor doesn't compensate for the lack of body. Pick it if the field is shallow.
On tap. Full bodied & less bitter than the famous weiss these guys do. Very good & goes down too easy. Thank goodness it's a mere 5.1 ABV.
From bottle. It's not you it's me. Famous last words that we have probably all heard. In this case it's my aversion to hops that cleaves the divide. The label says "It's everything we love about West Coast IPAs." Well, it's everything I dislike about West Coast IPAs. Too many different types in too big quanties. Hop overkill. I've had worse & I've had better. The lack of balance & care slams through. All the more for the hops heads, I guess. To each his zone.
On tap. Not the worst but not the best. One commenter said they were glad to be drinking it at Shea Stadium. I'd have to agree with that because I know what has been offered in the past. Funny how in the early days of baseball most of the teams were owned by brewers. They're probably rolling over in their graves...or sloshing in their barrels...or...well you get the idea. P.S. Just noticed the ABV is a mere 4.3.
Just a taste...but I had to make note. This goes into the WWTT file (What Were They Thinking). Upfront I should confess to not being a big hops fan, but the effrontery of the rye negates any nuances. I'm not big on slamming a beer but I'm leaving this 'message in a bottle' so I don't ever get caught up in the mystery of the name of this brew again. Might be rye-ght for some...but I'm not that guy.
On tap. This time it's winter's end & this still hits the spot. Mind you, it makes me wish for about +40F outside, but it'sice to remember what life can be. I would say "sunshine in a glass" but this is not a commercial. Get real. I'm in a bar & wishing it was in FL between here & mt apartment, but it ain't...snap out of it.
On tap. Very nice stuff. Shows how a well behaved member of the hop family of brews can please and I am very pleased. Wonderful balance. Smells hoppier than it tastes. Good cold. Doesn't look like I'll get try it at room temp. At 6.5% this should be monitored carefully as it very desceptive & delish.