Archive for August, 2011


Horny Goat Brewing Company

Steven’s Point, WI

Stacked Milk Stout

ABV – 4.0%

IBU – Unavailable

It’s funny, the Horny Goat website describes Stacked Milk Stout as “full bodied and drinkable”. I’m not sure either of those adjectives actually apply to this ale.

 I poured the dark brown ale into a pint glass and watched as an off-white head formed and rapidly faded.

 The aroma was a bit deceiving. When I held the glass to my nose, I was immediately hit by a rich, roasted malt intermingled with chocolate and the slightest hint of coffee. With an aroma like that, I couldn’t help but think…”this is going to be good”.

 However, Stacked Milk Stout simply did not deliver. It was strangely bitter with a watered down, somewhat vague malt flavor that fades to a strangely sour finish.

 Horny Goat’s description of Stacked states that it is creamy and smooth. Really? Creamy? Are you sure? Do they know what creamy actually means?

 I’m not even sure it is really a stout. Stacked seemed more like a sort of watered down brown porter.

 I’ve been drinking beer a long time. In that time, I’ve drank a lot of crap. Horny Goat’s Stacked Milk Stout is without a doubt among the crappiest beers I’ve ever drank. I will never…I mean it…NEVER have another.

 I’m sure some of you probably will disagree with me…and that’s fine…but I think there are far better beers out there for you to spend your money on.

Cheers.

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

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Sasquatch Stout

Pangaea BeerCompany

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

www.pangaeabeers.com

ABV – 7%

IBU – 60

Pangaea’s Sasquatch Stout combines two of my favorite things…Bigfoot (yeah that’s right…Bigfoot, Nessie, little green men from outer space…I believe in them all) and beer. This is not just any beer either. Sasquatch Stout is black…black and opaque. If not for the creamy tan head and the steady stream of bubbles rising from it’s murky depths, you could very easily convince yourself that you were about to drink a glass of tar. Yes…it’s that dark.

Sasquatch Stout smells wonderful…all roasted malt with hints of chocolate. I bet the real Sasquatch wishes he smelled like this…might make it easier for him to pick up the girl Sasqatches if he smelled like roasted malt and chocolate instead of Sasquatch BO. Sorry that was an unexpected tangent, huh. Caught me by surprise too…won’t happen again.

With Sasquatch Stout, Pangaea created a brew that is thick, rich and creamy. The roasted malt tastes as awesome as it smells and the chocolate and coffee tones come through beautifully. The strangest thing is sort of a surprise hoppiness that comes in the backdoor and sticks around for a bit between sips. It actually seems a bit like an oatmeal stout, but I haven’t seen it defined anywhere, so who knows for sure. I guess its a mystery just like Sasquatch himself.

I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from Sasquatch Stout. I’ve had a couple of Pangaea’s other brews and found them less than impressive. So I was a little apprehensive when it came to my first bottle of Sasqatch.

Sasquatch Stout is actually quite a complex beer. Personally, I think it would make an awesome session ale…but at 7% ABV, a few people might disagree with me on that one.

Without a doubt, you need to go pick up some Sasquatch Stout.

Cheers…

Josh Frank

Featured Brewers/Breweries?

Hey there. Over the next couple of months, I’ll be putting together a “featured brewers/breweries” segment.  Ideally, I’d like to meet up with some of the brew masters at the “featured breweries” for an interview as well as some insight into the beers they are producing.

If you can think of any brewers that you’d like to see featured or if you are a brewer and would like to participate, drop me a line at jfrank2264@gmail.com and we can set something up.

Cheers.

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

Victory Brewing Company

www.victorybeer.com

Downington, PA

 Hop Devil IPA

IBU – Unavailable

ABV – 6.7%

Hop Devil IPA is an amazing beer, and it’s has been a favorite of mine for quite a while. Victory makes some awesome beer…just give their Storm King Imperial Stout a try if you don’t believe me.

Hop Devil IPA is a rich golden ale. When I poured it into my tulip glass, a thick white head formed that lingered for several minutes.

The description at the Victory Brewing site says that Hop Devil is packed with whole American hop flowers, which I guess would technically make it an American Pale Ale…

The aroma was sweet with intense grassy hop tones.

Hop Devil IPA is intensely intensely hoppy with dry bitter finish. I would love to know the IBU on this ale, not that it really matters. Hop Devil is definitely a stand out among IPA’s and is easily among my top 10 IPA’s if not in my top 10 favorite beers, period.

This is one that you should definitely seek out. It is fantastic. It’s actually really awesome on draft as well if you can find it.

Cheers

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

Hey there everybody!!

We’re down to about three weeks from the Great Lakes Brewfest in Racine, WI (Sept 16th and 17th).  I’m bouncing off the walls with excitement…as I am every year at this time.

The Kilties really put on a fantastic brewfest.   Really a nice, safe environment.  Everyone is always really cool and we’ve never seen any fights or any of the other craziness that is often associated with lots people drinking.  It’s a blast year after year.

 

This year, there is a slight change.  The Great Lakes Brewfest is moving from the festival grounds it has traditionally occupied in downtown Racine to the Racine Zoo…so I’m actually really looking forward to that.

 

Anyway, as the anticipation is building…I just had to say something otherwise I might burst.  I just can’t wait

 

If you’ve never been to it before and wanna check it out, tickets are available at www.greatlakesbrewfest.com

 

cheers

 

Josh Frank

Squatter’s Beers

Salt Lake City, Utah

www.squatters.com

Hop Rising Double IPA

9% ABV

75 IBU

Two words. Mother’s Milk, plain and simple. Or perhaps a hop-a-riffic nectar of the gods.

I poured this fine beverage into my Goose Island tulip glass…not really sure what to expect. I’d enjoyed Squatter’s IPA and had high hopes for Hop Rising, their Double IPA.

Hop Rising is a golden, honey-colored brew. When I initially poured it, a one inch off-white head formed, but it quickly dissipated leaving a thin white film.

Hop Rising has a wonderful piney hop aroma coupled with the slightest maltiness (is maltiness actually a word?).

This lovely ale is sweet at first with the slightest alcohol flavors. At 9%, some alcohol flavors are to be expected…so not a big deal. The initial sweetness is quickly overtaken by an intense though quite pleasant hoppiness.

Hop Rising is crisp and clean, but with a fantastic complexity that challenges your senses. I personally found it thirst quenching as well as the perfect remedy to the stress of a long day.

Squatter’s Beers’ Hop Rising Double IPA is a beer that I will definitely seek out as often as I can. At 9%ABV, its far from a session ale. It is more a beer that you might start an evening with so that you can really enjoy the flavors and aromas.

I find myself quite impressed with Squatter’s Beers and along with their brew am eager to track down some merchandise for purchase as I would be proud to wear a Squatter’s Beer’s t-shirt.

I’m looking forward to sharing some Hop Rising with my dad as well as turning my friends on to this fine beverage.

Drop me an e-mail at jfrank2264@gmail.com if you’d happen to know where I can get my hands on a Squatter’s Beers t-shirt. As of the writing of this review, their site appears to be having some issues, but hopefully it will be back up soon.

I suggest you stop what you’re doing and run out right now to grab yourself some Hop Rising Double IPA. No worries. BeernShtuff will be here when you get back with more beer reviews and other cool beer stuff.

Cheers.

Josh Frank

Cool Mug…

Squatter’s Beers

Salt Lake City, Utah

India Pale Ale
 55 IBU

6.5% ABV

 

I poured the Squatter’s IPA into my Goose Island tulip glass Honestly, I’ve yet to find a better glass when it comes to sipping an IPA than my trusty Goose Island tulip.

 Squatter’s IPA is certainly a pretty ale. It’s on the darker side of golden, edging slightly toward amber. It’s white head dissipates quickly leaving little more than a thin film floating atop the beer.

 The aroma is citrusy hop goodness all the way. I had to force myself to stop smelling it long enough to actually take a sip.  At one point, I may have gotten my nose a little too close as I came away with beer dripping from the end.

The first sip had a metallic, slightly sour flavor. I was concerned as I’d had such high hopes. However, the metallic flavor was quickly replaced by a nice hoppy citrus. The beer is crisp, clean and nicely effervescent. It finishes dry and the hop bitterness lingers on your tongue.

I am pleased to say that after the first sip, the metallic/sour flavors never returned.

 Squatter’s IPA is a great beer. I’m hoping to pick up some more to share with my dad as well as some of my other hophead friends. I’m curious to see if the metallic flavors turn up in other bottles of it was just a fluke.  It actually seemed hoppier than a mere 55 IBU’s, but I’m not complaining.  To steal from a coffee ad, it was “Good to the last drop”

I think it is safe to say there is more Squatter’s IPA in my future.

Cheers,

Josh Frank

 

 

 

Hey there…

I need some help with a ratings system.

The stars thing is wearing a little thin.  I’m also trying to figure out if I need a ratings system at all of if I should just give the facts, end with my opinion of the beer or my recommendation and leave it at that.

Since starting on this process a few weeks ago, I’ve found the stars system a little unfair.  So I’m sort of stuck.  A letter grade seems a little weak as well.  This is all my opinion without any right or wrong…so I don’t know exactly what to do.

I’m way more comfortable drinking a beer and explaining it than grading it.   I really am hoping over the course of this to expose myself to some beers and styles I might not have tried and along the way to turn you all on to some things you might not have tried before either.

What do you think?  I’m curious to hear what you have to say.

Also, any home brewers out there…

if you want to send me a bottle one of your creations,  I’ll taste it and do a write up here.  I’m a home brewer too and always love the response the first time someone tries one of my beers.   So if you’re interested, drop me an e-mail at jfrank2264@gmail.com and I’ll pass along mailing address.  Ales, lagers, dark, light, malty, hoppy, whatever you all are creating…I’m eager to try it out.

cheers everybody.

josh frank

Shipwrecked Brewing Company

 Egg Harbor, WI (Door County)

 www.shipwreckedmicrobrew.com

Cherry Wheat Ale

IBU – Unavailable

ABV – Unavailable

When I read that Shipwrecked Brewing Company’s Cherry Wheat Ale is brewed with fresh Door County cherry juice I was a bit frightened. We were just up in that neighborhood camping last week and we ate cherries until we nearly burst. That said, I know just how sweet they can be. The thought of a beer with that sweetness made me cringe. Wine coolers should be sweet. Beer should taste like the malt, the wheat or the hops with just a hint of other flavor. This is my opinion anyway, but it is why I don’t drink a lot of those fruit/wheat beers. Sorry.

 Have I rambled long enough? Good. Let’s move on.

 I poured my glass of Cherry Wheat Ale. It was golden in color, though I swear my eye caught the slightest bit of red. I could be imagining things. Now that I’m getting older, my mind tends to wander.

It had a nice white head that was about an inch thick and it seemed to linger a while and caused me to get bit of a “beer foam mustache”.

 Cherry Wheat Ale smells malty with a strong cherry aroma. The first thought to pop into my head was Kool-Aid. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Trust me…some of my fondest childhood memories involve an ice cold glass of Kool-aid.

 The first sip was sort of odd. I was expecting and even dreading a ridiculously sweet, cherry flavored beer, but the first thing to hit my tongue wasn’t cherry at all, but a pleasant sweetness, a bit of the sort of rich wheat flavor that sometimes is reminiscent of banana…and the slightest hint of cherry that seemed to sneak in the backdoor.

In case you couldn’t tell from my babbling at the start of this, I don’t care much for Fruit/wheat concoctions. However, Shipwrecked Brewing’s Cherry Wheat Ale was enjoyable and was actually a pleasant surprise. I’d say it’s probably a 3 and a half star beer as I’m not sure that I would have another…I’d much rather have a pint of the Shipwrecked IPA or even their Peninsula Porter, but I think Cherry Wheat Ale is a good beer.

Cheers.

Josh Frank