I’ve had a lot of beers that I haven’t written about. You can always check my beer list if you’re curious as to what I’ve been drinking. I keep that more up-to-date than my posts about beers I’ve had. Anyway, here’s some of the beers I’ve had since I stopped writing about them.
As I posted previously, I picked up a bunch of beer from Rock Art in Vermont. I have since tried their Midnight Madness Smoked Porter and their IPA. The Midnight Madness was awesome. It was nicely smoked and a great all around porter. The IPA, however, was pretty bland. It was light in color, flavor, and body. It didn’t have the hops flavors I’ve come to love in my IPA’s, but it wasn’t really an English-style IPA either. I probably wouldn’t bother with this one again.
One beer I picked up in Vermont that I thought was really solid was Peak Organic’s Maple Oat Ale. This one has a nice hint of maple and the smoothness of the oats. It’s a really great amber ale that I will likely buy again and again (perhaps they’ll find their way down to RI soon).
I rarely give a beer a drain pour. However, I tried the bomber of McNeill’s Summer IPA. It was easily the worst IPA I have ever tried (and being an IPA fan, I’ve had a lot). I drank a full glass, but poured the rest. It was just an unbalanced mess of hops and malt that didn’t make for a drinkable beer.
Another recommendation from BeerRiot was Clipper City’s Loose Cannon from the Heavy Seas lineup. It was good, but nothing special. I’d consider it just an average IPA.
Another disappointment was Founders Devil Dancer. I use the term “disappointment” lightly as the beer was good. It just wasn’t what I expected. They call it a “Triple IPA”. That’s not a true style (not yet at least), but the beer tasted like a slightly hoppy barleywine. It was good and definitely worth trying (and maybe I’ll buy it again), but I wanted a DIPA at the time.
I tried a different Victory beer (and I think I’m just about through with their whole lineup aside from the bigger bottles, like V-12 and V-Saison). I had the Moonglow Weizenbock. It had a nice banana and spice flavor to it, but it wasn’t overly complex. I’ve had better weizenbocks, but this one is still a great weizenbock from a great American brewery.
Finally, the beers I brought back from Canada… I had Picaroons Blonde Ale and Picaroons Yippee IPA. The Blonde Ale was simply fantastic. It was a nice light ale. It was very refreshing, but still had a lot of flavor. The IPA wasn’t quite as good, but it was still a good English IPA. It had this other flavor to it that I couldn’t figure out. The only thing I can liken it to is a slight whisky flavor (perhaps it was aged in barrels). Other than that other flavor, which did make it good, it was a very solid beer. The label made it sound like they were playing around with the recipe with each new batch. I’ll have to look over their Brewer’s Log to see if I can find it. Picaroons is turning out to be a totally awesome brewery. I can’t wait to try the others I bought. I had to add the Blonde and the IPA to BeerAdvocate because they weren’t listed (new styles, perhaps?).
That ends my catching up. I’ll post about the Dogfish Head dinner in a little bit. Right now, I think I need some Mr. Lemon.