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Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA

Posted: July 31, 2014 by Kenny in Craft
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twisted thislteI grabbed this in Florida because a) it was made by Belhaven, and I liked the other one I had and 2) it’s an IPA.

The bottle was clear, so I knew it was a dark IPA colour going in. When I opened it, it smelled like some sort of medicine, not a good start. There was no head on the pour, which concerns me sometimes, and it smelled like meds even more now!

The first taste was, yup, like medicine. This is going to be a long drink! Luckily, I had lots of time to drink it, so it sat there, getting warm. And you know what? It got better as it did, which is odd for an IPA. It got creamier and the hops became hoppier.

All things considered, it was not bad.

Country of Origin:  Scotland
Alcohol Content:  6.1%
Sequence:  First
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

 

Mill Street Belgian Cherry IPA

Posted: July 31, 2014 by Kenny in Craft
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mill-st-belg-cherry-236x300Ken:
The second new beer that came in the Mill Street Summer Sampler, and it’s a bit of an odd one. It’s a Belgian Cherry IPA, so three very different beers all together. Belgian beers usually refer to wheat based (see… ,.. …), cherry beers are part of the fruit category and IPAs are, well, my favourite style. Lately, there has been some mixing and matching of two out of the three styles (Hopfenweisse, or Éphémère Cherry) but all three?

It poured out golden-yellow with a giant, foamy head. It smelled kinda like a kids medicine or old school Vick’s cough drops.

I remember them being in the shape of the logo...

I remember them being in the shape of the logo…

It tasted very different from any other cherry beer I’ve had. It was like a cherry compote or the icky stuff inside a powder Timbit (Timbit’s are the original Donut Holes, ‘Merica!)

It wasn’t a horrible beer, it’s just not something that I would call “good”

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Mark:
Way too sweet. It masked any IPA that was in there. As it warmed up, the booze came out even more, but the sweet never mellowed.

Borderline Hells No

Country of Origin:  Canada
Alcohol Content:  7%
Sequence:  First
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

beer_bottled_gl_edmund_fitzgeraldKen:

This is the beer that we were looking forward to drinking the most and, since we were drinking our way up the SRM Scale, this was last. Mark was talking about the 95+ ratings that it has gotten on BeerAdvocate and Untappd and the near perfect score on Rate Beer, so I just assumed it was going to be a great beer. I didn’t know it was a porter until I took it out of the fridge.

We were going have a porter as our last beer on a day full of drinking? This sounds like a great idea!

Right from the first sip, it was all smooth, robust porter. That’s when things went from decent to a whole new holy-crap level. There was a great hop kick in the booty. From out of nowhere! The left over hop flavour from the last taste was added to the porter flavour from the next and on and on. Sorcery! I was in awe of this beer the entire time I drank it.

Untappd suggested Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, Deschutes Black Butte and Founders Porter as similar beers….not even close! All good in their own right, but this is a head-and-shoulders above them!

I agree with Mark, we need to a) find more of this and 2) drink it on tap!

It was so good, that I wasn’t paying attention when I grabbed my pizza from the cooking pit. I dropped it on an open flame, then picked it up and dropped it in the ashes, then picked it up and dropped it in the grass (you see, it was pretty hot). Didn’t spill my beer at all…

And still ate my pizza.

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Mark:

Ok, truth time, this beer is why I bought the pack. I am a huge Gordon Lightfoot fan. Then, after buying the pack I looked into this (US) Great Lakes and read a lot of great reviews about this beer.

They were well deserved! This was a robust porter with a great balance of sweet and coffee. This beer rivals the best porters I have ever had. I would love to find it on tap somewhere.

OK, THIS is my favourite of the pack

Country of Origin:  United States
Alcohol Content:  5.8%
Sequence:  Can’t remember +3
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Bottle

burning riverMark:

The (U.S) Great Lakes pack is going quite well. Moving on to the APA, it smells light and hoppy, with a hint of citrus. It tastes as good as it smells. This is my favourite of the pack, very refreshing with a strong hoppy bite, but no harshness. The citrus keeps it crisp and satisfying.

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Ken:

So named for the, what I can only assume was awesome, Cuyahoga River fire in 1969, Great Lakes made this to be bold. Even in the bottle, you can smell the hops.  It tasted amazing. It was exactly what we needed, sitting out by the fire. After the initial blast of hops, it mellowed into a citrusy booty. It was great.

PS (you may notice that the posts are getting shorter. That’s because our notes are illegible due to the drunkedness)

Country of Origin:  United States
Alcohol Content:  6%
Sequence:  Can’t remember +2
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Bottle