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Beer Review: Mikkeller It’s Alive!

mikkeller it's alive

I went on a bit of a Mikkeller spending spree recently so you may see a few more of their beers pop up soon. I previously reviewed a couple of Mikkeller’s brother’s beers (Evil Twin) but this will be my first Mikkeller review. This one is called “It’s Alive” and the only information that I have on it is that it’s a “Belgian Wild Ale” and that it’s 8% ABV. Here we go! Mikkeller It’s Alive! Producer: Mikkeller Beer; Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium Beer Name: It’s Alive! Price Range: $14.99/750 ml Style: Belgian Wild Ale ABV: 8% Appearance: Dark straw, almost copper, cloudy Aroma: Straw, grass, sugar, spice Virginia Pour House Review: The beer is a dark amber, cloudy with a foamy white head. The aroma is interesting, with notes of straw and grass, a little sourness from the Brettanomyces, and a sweetness with a little spice hiding beneath. It’s very complex. The taste is ... Read More »

Beer Review: Ommegang Valar Morghulis

ommegang valar morghulis

When the hit HBO series Game of Thrones started gaining popularity, Ommegang partnered with the show’s creators to brew a series of beers with ties to the series. So far, the series has given us a great Belgian blonde ale in Iron Throne Blonde, a mediocre Belgian stout in Take the Black Stout, and an interesting red ale with some pepper spice in Fire and Blood. The latest entry in the series is derived from the High Valyrian phrase, Valar Morghulis, meaning “all men must die.” Time for a review! Ommegang Game of Thrones: Valar Morghulis Producer: Ommegang Brewery; Cooperstown, NY Beer Name: Game of Thrones: Valar Morghulis Price Range: $12.99/750 ml Style: Abbey Dubbel ABV: 8% Appearance: Deep red, almost burgundy or chestnut, nice foamy caramel-colored head Aroma: Sweet, caramel, candi sugar, toffee, fruit Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a deep reddish brown color with a nice foamy caramel-colored head. ... Read More »

Beer Review: Stone Stochasticity Project: Hibiscusicity

Stone hibiscusicity

Stone Brewing Company started an experimental line of beers in the last year called the “Stochasticity Project” (see Wikipedia for definition). It’s a way for them to experiment with different ingredients and make some off-the-wall beers, trying out some new ideas along the way. The series has already given us a gem in Grapefruit Slam and two other mediocre offerings in Varna Necropolis and Quadrotriticale. The latest offering is a beer called Hibiscusicity (say that three times fast). It’s a Belgian ale brewed with hibiscus flower and orange peel and clocks in at 7.4% ABV. Review ahead! Stone Stochasticity Project: Hibiscusicity Producer: Stone Brewing Company; Escondido, CA Beer Name: Stochasticity Project: Hibiscusicity Price Range: $9.99/22 oz. Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale ABV: 7.4% Appearance: Hazy pale pinkish orange, foamy white head Aroma: Belgian spice with hints of hibiscus and orange Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a hazy pale pink-orange with a ... Read More »

Beer Review: Green Flash Citra Session IPA

green flash citra session

Green Flash Citra Session IPA Producer: Green Flash Brewing Company; San Diego, CA Beer Name: Citra Session Price Range: $5.99/22 oz. Style: Session IPA ABV: 4.5% Appearance: Bright orange-yellow, mostly clear Aroma: Citrus – orange, lemon, mango Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a bright orange-yellow and is mostly clear with no head. The aroma is strong with citrus, namely orange and lemon with hints of mango. There is a lot of citrus in the taste, with lemon and orange notes standing out. The body is thin but that is to be expected with a session IPA. It has a good amount of carbonation and finishes dry. There is a lot of flavor in this beer for a session with less than 5% ABV. It is definitely one of the most flavorful that I have had and the bright citrusy Citra hops are front and center. It might not be enough to turn ... Read More »

Dogfish Dash 2014

Dashing for beer!

I was recently in Rehoboth Beach, DE for my annual late September “beach” vacation. The last weekend in September every year is the Dogfish Dash, Dogfish Head’s 5k/10k race. This year was my fourth in a row of running the race and the event has been growing amongst my group of friends every year. The first year it was just a few of us, but this year we had enough people to rent two houses between about 15 of us. We came in on Saturday morning and after spending some time in Rehoboth watching college football, we decided to head to Dogfish Head Brewing and Eats for dinner. Who else is sitting at the table next to us than the man himself, brewery owner Sam Calagione. We weren’t going to bother him during his dinner with family, but my brother-in-law simply gave him a quick “thank you” as he walked ... Read More »