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  • mfloresmflores ChicagolandMembers Posts: 1,426 BST Banned
    I had the Stone Arogant bastxxx last night (bomber) for the first time - easy drinking brown ale. I was impressed and easily could have had another.



    Recently i went on a Three Floyds tear - Alpha King, Gumballhead and Dreadnaught - all definitley worthy of drinking again



    Anybody have any experience with Fantôme Saison? I picked up a bomber last time and am looking forward to throwing this down soon.
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  • rightleftyrightlefty Just trying to be helpful Members Posts: 705 ✭✭
    Was able to find some Ale Smith IPA and man is that stuff good ! But I got something even better i think,....Firestone Walker has a new beer called Wookey Jack, its a unfiltered black rye ipa. Holy cow is it ever good. I love to smell my beer before every sip, and this one has an awesome aroma. If you guys can find it give it a try.
  • Roland of GileadRoland of Gilead Long days and pleasant nights. Members Posts: 596
    edited May 3, 2012 #154
    Bell's makes some good stuff. Their Kalamazoo Stout is decent. Two Hearted Ale is one of my favorite beers, and that means a lot considering I prefer pilsners, wheats and saisons. Oberon is a great light sweet summer wheat beer. I also like everything I've had from Ommegang Brewery, a specialist in Belgian-style beers out of Cooperstown, NY.
  • FATC1TYFATC1TY Getting it up, and down! Members Posts: 5,139


    Bell's makes some good stuff. Their Kalamazoo Stout is decent. Two Hearted Ale is one of my favorite beers, and that means a lot considering I prefer pilsners, wheats and saisons. Oberon is a great light sweet summer wheat beer. I also like everything I've had from Ommegang Brewery, a specialist in Belgian-style beers out of Cooperstown, NY.




    I gave up on Oberon unless it's on tap. The yeast cakes in those **** bottles makes more floaties than I'm comfortable trying to drink. Wigs me out..



    Bells Hopslam is their best beer, IMO. Great stuff.



    If you like a Pils, and want to try something "different"... Go look for some Uinta Brewery's Crooked Line Tilted Smile. It's an imperial pilsners.. Clocks in around 9 or 10 ABV I think, and has some decent balance to it. 750ml corked and caged bottle. Decent stuff!
  • leadfoot_mfleadfoot_mf Members Posts: 170
    Picked up a growler of Southern Tier 2XIPA today. pretty **** good, From the growler stores description, A Double India Pale Ale - not quite an Imperial, but certainly not a standard IPA. It's a hop lovers dream - citrusy and clean with an incredible finish.
  • sefus12sefus12 Members Posts: 1,555 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    FATC1TY wrote:



    Bell's makes some good stuff. Their Kalamazoo Stout is decent. Two Hearted Ale is one of my favorite beers, and that means a lot considering I prefer pilsners, wheats and saisons. Oberon is a great light sweet summer wheat beer. I also like everything I've had from Ommegang Brewery, a specialist in Belgian-style beers out of Cooperstown, NY.




    I gave up on Oberon unless it's on tap. The yeast cakes in those **** bottles makes more floaties than I'm comfortable trying to drink. Wigs me out..



    Bells Hopslam is their best beer, IMO. Great stuff.



    If you like a Pils, and want to try something "different"... Go look for some Uinta Brewery's Crooked Line Tilted Smile. It's an imperial pilsners.. Clocks in around 9 or 10 ABV I think, and has some decent balance to it. 750ml corked and caged bottle. Decent stuff!




    Most of Uinta's stuff, especially the Crooked line, is VERY good. Unfortunately we don't get it anywhere near here so I have to trade for it (or pick it up when I'm on the road in NC). Great stuff regardless.



    Also, anyone looking for a good IPA right now needs to give Schlafly American IPA a go (assuming you can get it). I'm not the biggest Schlafly fan, but this is one **** of an IPA and compares to some of the best i've ever had (and I've had a lot). It's also bottle-dated, so you know how fresh it is, something that is very important to hoppy beers. Get it while you can though, as it's a seasonal and they will only make it through June or July.
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  • mfloresmflores ChicagolandMembers Posts: 1,426 BST Banned
    Bell's Hopslam is PERFECT



    When they released them here in Chicago I stumbled across them on a pallet at a Binnys (think liquor superstore). What intrigued me was the sign that said - 2 six pack limit. So I grabbed them. I had one beer 2 days later and I was hooked. I called back and their sold out - I call everywhere and sold out. I finally stumbled across a place with a case left - but they were limiting them to 1 six pack per customer. So I convinced my wife to drive to grab a sixer and then i went after work to grab one myself.



    All of it was worth it - hopefully they make this seasonal part of their lineup.
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  • itw419itw419 Clear Eyes, Full Hearts.... Members Posts: 1,701 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    I just had Dogfish Head Noble Rot. It is really outside of my wheelhouse. I am normally a hoppy beer or stout drinker. Although I think it was a little over priced it was pretty good. Very carbonated and light tasting for 9% abv with a sour taste on the back end. It is made with grape must from grapes used to make viognier wine and then aged in the wine barrels. Another odd beer from Dogfish Head that I would recommend.
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  • heggyheggy Members Posts: 157
    When I drank, it was nothing but Surly and Summit.
  • rightleftyrightlefty Just trying to be helpful Members Posts: 705 ✭✭
    I happened to come across a new beer collaboration between Greenflash and Founders called linchpin. I thought it was good but not great. Anyone else try this beer yet,...what did you think ?
  • FATC1TYFATC1TY Getting it up, and down! Members Posts: 5,139
    itw419 wrote:


    I just had Dogfish Head Noble Rot. It is really outside of my wheelhouse. I am normally a hoppy beer or stout drinker. Although I think it was a little over priced it was pretty good. Very carbonated and light tasting for 9% abv with a sour taste on the back end. It is made with grape must from grapes used to make viognier wine and then aged in the wine barrels. Another odd beer from Dogfish Head that I would recommend.




    It's 10% ABV, which is really surprising. Doesn't really let the booze come through. I was given a bottle by a co-worker. He LOVES that stuff, and I think he's drank an entire case of it in the last 2 months.



    I like it, it's a bit too light and sour for my tastes, but I think it's a win on the whole "odd beer scale" from DFH.
  • FATC1TYFATC1TY Getting it up, and down! Members Posts: 5,139
    rightlefty wrote:


    I happened to come across a new beer collaboration between Greenflash and Founders called linchpin. I thought it was good but not great. Anyone else try this beer yet,...what did you think ?




    Haven't had that. Greenflash doesn't distro. here, but Founders does.



    White IPA right? I remember the press release said something about belgium yeast. Not my cup of tea, but worth trying.
  • FATC1TYFATC1TY Getting it up, and down! Members Posts: 5,139
    Oh, and for those of you who like Hoptimum.. and had trouble finding it, it's starting to trickle back out from SN.



    I picked up a case of it yesterday, and was STOKED. Ended up coming home with way to much **** beer.
  • FATC1TYFATC1TY Getting it up, and down! Members Posts: 5,139
    Oh yeah.. made a decent haul yesterday.



    Case of SN Hoptimum

    DFH URkontinent

    Widmer Raspberry RIS

    GD Chocolate Yeti 2012

    GD Espresso Yeti 2010

    Stone RIS '12 - Growler

    Southern Tier 2XIPA- Growler

    Abita Strawberry

    SN Porter

    Terrapin Easy Rider

    Lakefront Brewery Fuel Cafe Stout

    Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA

    Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer

    Terrapin Plux Capacitor Side Project 16





    I'm sure there were a few others, but thats all off the top of my head without going through the stash or fridges.
  • jumrobejumrobe Members Posts: 44
    I like a lot of different varieties, but I have some favorites.



    IPA: Founders Centennial or Sierra Nevada Torpedo

    Stout: Victory Storm King and Founders Imperial Stout

    Amber: Troegs Hop Back

    Misc: Founders Red's RyePA and Tommy Knocker Black IPA
  • FATC1TYFATC1TY Getting it up, and down! Members Posts: 5,139
    jumrobe wrote:


    I like a lot of different varieties, but I have some favorites.



    IPA: Founders Centennial or Sierra Nevada Torpedo

    Stout: Victory Storm King and Founders Imperial Stout

    Amber: Troegs Hop Back

    Misc: Founders Red's RyePA and Tommy Knocker Black IPA




    Good list there! Haven't had any of the Rye's or the Black IPA you mentioned though.
  • jumrobejumrobe Members Posts: 44
    edited May 14, 2012 #168
    FATC1TY wrote:

    jumrobe wrote:


    I like a lot of different varieties, but I have some favorites.



    IPA: Founders Centennial or Sierra Nevada Torpedo

    Stout: Victory Storm King and Founders Imperial Stout

    Amber: Troegs Hop Back

    Misc: Founders Red's RyePA and Tommy Knocker Black IPA




    Good list there! Haven't had any of the Rye's or the Black IPA you mentioned though.




    Thank you, I had some friends do a very good job of "teaching me the ropes" of craft beer.



    I really like Red's RyePA by Founders. It has more hops than the IPA, but isn't over powering. The Tommy Knocker Black IPA is good, but a great alternative is 21st Amendment Back in Black.
  • itw419itw419 Clear Eyes, Full Hearts.... Members Posts: 1,701 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    jumrobe wrote:

    FATC1TY wrote:

    jumrobe wrote:


    I like a lot of different varieties, but I have some favorites.



    IPA: Founders Centennial or Sierra Nevada Torpedo

    Stout: Victory Storm King and Founders Imperial Stout

    Amber: Troegs Hop Back

    Misc: Founders Red's RyePA and Tommy Knocker Black IPA




    Good list there! Haven't had any of the Rye's or the Black IPA you mentioned though.




    Thank you, I had some friends do a very good job of "teaching me the ropes" of craft beer.



    I really like Red's RyePA by Founders. It has more hops than the IPA, but isn't over powering. The Tommy Knocker Black IPA is good, but a great alternative is 21st Amendment Back in Black.




    Red's RyePA is a very good beer. Since I am in Michigan some of the big grocery stores carry it and you can get it pretty cheap when it goes on sale. (not that its an expensive beer to start with)
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  • fore_lifefore_life Swung too hard, hit it too pure. Members Posts: 10,427 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    I was able to try some of the green flash palate wrecker ad loved it! I want to try some of their other stuff now.
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  • rightleftyrightlefty Just trying to be helpful Members Posts: 705 ✭✭
    Anyone get a chance to try the Firestone Walker, Wookey Jack, black rye IPA yet ?
  • itsernstitsernst Digital Genius & wanna be golfer Members Posts: 434 ✭✭
    fore_life wrote:


    I was able to try some of the green flash palate wrecker ad loved it! I want to try some of their other stuff now.




    This stuff is true to its name. It punches you in the mouth.
  • NinerTXNinerTX Members Posts: 110
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    Anything from Hops and Grain brewery in Austin. Their Alteration is legit




    And...it just won a Gold Medal at the World Craft beer competition ( or whatever it's called:)). First entry ever for the company!
  • fore_lifefore_life Swung too hard, hit it too pure. Members Posts: 10,427 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    rightlefty wrote:


    Anyone get a chance to try the Firestone Walker, Wookey Jack, black rye IPA yet ?






    Just picked some up today, I'll let you know my thoughts. Also got the green flash barley wine and double stout, about to crack one of those open. Palate wrecker still isn't out in bottles here image/sad.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':(' />
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  • fore_lifefore_life Swung too hard, hit it too pure. Members Posts: 10,427 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    So the wookey jack was pretty **** tasty, it has a really earthy smell to it, kinda like some stuff you have to have a medical card to obtain haha but I was surprised by the taste.



    The barley wine was tough to drink, a pint of it is ok but the flavor starts to be a bit much after that.
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  • TJMACTJMAC Members Posts: 155
    I snagged a couple of 6 pack cans of Big Sky Moose Drool & Trout Slayer Wheat Ale. Thoroughly enjoying them.
  • itsernstitsernst Digital Genius & wanna be golfer Members Posts: 434 ✭✭
    Just enjoyed some Allagash Curieux. Aged in Bourbon barrels; A golden trippel with an 11% bite.
  • FATC1TYFATC1TY Getting it up, and down! Members Posts: 5,139
    I was in NC and cashed in on some goods while in Asheville..



    I picked up a limited bottle of Greenman Dweller.... pricey bottle, don't know when I want to crack it.



    Nantahala Brewery's Noonday IPA is killer when the heat is cranked up though. I killed two growlers that weekend alone.



    Anyone here homebrew? I've got a 8.4% Imperial IPA that half is bottle conditioning right now, and the other half is being dryhopped to death with some whole cone Citra. I've got the other fermenter full of a batch of a Sweetwater 420 Pale Ale clone, it's got a few more days on it before I'm going to lightly dry hop it with some Centinnial and Cascade.



    Next up will probably be a nice light summer wheat with maybe some orange in it, and then I'm going to fire up a Founders Breakfast stout and then age it on some medium roasted american oak that has been soaked in Woodford Reserve Bourbon. That one will be aged and done by the holidays.
  • fore_lifefore_life Swung too hard, hit it too pure. Members Posts: 10,427 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    I don't home brew but I'm curious to try, my buddy made an awesome pumpkin ale plus I saw a recipe for home brew cafferys lol
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  • TJMACTJMAC Members Posts: 155
    Felt like having some IPAs tonight, so I grabbed a mixed 6 pack of:



    Stone IPA

    Firestone Walker Union Jack

    Mendocino White Hawk

    Big Sky IPA

    Lagunitas IPA

    Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA



    Also snagged a Stone Vertical Epic 11-11-11 & Stone Sublimely Self Righteous IPA
  • rightleftyrightlefty Just trying to be helpful Members Posts: 705 ✭✭
    I have tried all thoes and the Unoin Jack is my favorite. I actually have all but the white hawk in my frige right now. Last weekend I went down the the Firestone Walker Brewery and did a tour. Really impressive, and they have some beers there for tasting that you cannot currently buy.



    They also have just released a new beer called 805 its a blonde ale and they will not sell it anywhere except in the 805 area code. It was very good for a lighter beer.



    They have a new restaurant that just opened across the street from the brewery, it was very good as well. Just really had a great time.

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