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The Meaning of Life…

Just a random thought…since its been a long time since I’ve written anything at all here.

I don’t think we should accept any Grand Unified Theory that does not fully explain the seemingly magical power of beer.  I could be wrong…

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In case…

 

In case your wondering who this idiot is, that is bashing your favorite beers…that’s me on the left there…what a schmuck, right.

Jack Stout

Wild Onion Brewing Company

Barrington, IL

www.onionpub.com

ABV – 6%

IBU – Unavailable

The first time I ever had a can of Wild Onion’s Jack Stout, I was sitting by a campfire in Door County Wisconsin. I was surprised at how good it was as microbrew from a can is still a shock to me…so I was astounded that anything from a can could really be so good.

 Several weeks later, I found time to sit down with a second can. I poured it into a pint glass and watched as a creamy tan head formed atop the blackest of ales.

 Holding the glass to my nose…or maybe my nose to the glass, I was greeted by the aroma of roasted malt mingled with coffee and chocolate.

 Jack Stout is quite tasty. It is rich and creamy. Slightly sweet with intense coffee flavors.

 Maybe its the creaminess, but there are moments where Jack Stout reminds me just a bit of Guinness.

 Jack Stout is smooth and quite drinkable. It would make for a good session ale…perfect for a night of playing cards or just hanging out.

 If you enjoy a good stout, Wild Onion’s Jack Stout is the beer for you. For my Guinness hating friends out there…don’t worry…while the creaminess is certainly reminiscent of Guinness, the intense flavors and complexity of Jack Stout leave any similarity to Guinness in the dust. So give it a try pick up a Jack Stout. I think you’ll like it…and once you’ve had one, cans # 2 and # 3 won’t be far behind.

Cheers.

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

IPA

Stone Brewing Company

North County San Diego, CA

http://www.stonebrew.com

ABV – 6.9%

IBU- 77

 I’ve personally enjoyed many of the beers I’ve tasted from Stone Brewing Company, but I never understood how they’ve garnered such a devoted following. I honestly went into this review with a much more critical eye…hoping for some flaw…but it was not to be.

Stone IPA is golden in color with a frothy white head.

It had a floral hop aroma that is intermingled with what smells a bit like toasted malt.

Stone’s IPA is crisp and satisfying. The grassy hop notes hit immediately while a subtle malty sweetness fades in behind it. The finish is bitter and leaves you longing for the next sip.

Stone’s IPA is a well-balanced ale. It’s quite tasty actually. I think now I finally understand the hype. I enjoyed the experience from first sip to last…and I think you will too. So…if you haven’t had the opportunity to try Stone IPA, what are you waiting for? Get off your butt and go get some!

Cheers.

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

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

Bitter Woman IPA in Tulip Glass

Sorry it’s been a while, I’ve been camping in Door County in Wisconsin…and will actually have a bunch of new reviews related to that trek in the coming days…but here is my latest review.

Bitter Woman IPA

Tyranena Brewing Company

www.tyranena.com

Lake Mills, WI

IBU – unavailable

ABV – unavailable

Tyranena Brewing Company calls Bitter Woman IPA a “Wisconsin version of an IPA”. It is named in honor of an early Lake Mills, WI resident named “Aunt Cal” who was romantically linked to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

 I grabbed my trusty tulip glass and poured my bottle of Bitter Woman. The ale was golden, almost orange in color, sporting a thin white head that clung to the glass.

 The aroma is sweet yet with a strong floral hoppiness. Not to get too sappy here, but I sometimes think that if there’s a heaven, I hope it smells like Bitter Woman IPA.

 The first thing to hit your tongue is the sweetness of the malt…which is quickly swept away by an intense hoppy bitterness that lingers in your mouth, teasing the goodness that awaits you in the rest of the glass.

 This IPA has long been one of my favorites. I think I’ve recommended it to everyone I know that drinks beer at some point. It’s a beer that hopheads will love instantly but might be a little bit intense for those that are new to the style.

 Bitter Woman IPA is a beer that I personally look forward to drinking on tap every year the Great Lakes Brewfest. It is a beer that I know I can count when I am in need of a crisp, refreshing IPA.

In my opinion…this is a 5 star beer.

Track it down, give it a try. I think you’ll love it.

Cheers.

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

 PS.

If you have any beers you’d like for me to check out and review here, drop me a line with the name of a  shop where I can find a bottle or two

by the way…

As you have time, check out the Scary Ales Brewing Company shop at http://www.zazzle.com/scary_ales_brewing

There’s some cool beer merch and paraphenalia out there.  T-shirts, bumper stickers, and even a mug or two.