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Below is a link to a cool T-shirt from Seven Summits Brewing Company…I’m intrigued by the descriptions of their brews at the Seven Summits Beers Page and would love to taste these brews for myself…particularly the Mount Rainier and the Kilimanjaro…

If anyone knows these guys, have em drop me a line at jfrank2264@gmail.com …

In the mean time, check out their T-shirt  here

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Cheers!!

josh

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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

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

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

Upland Dragonfly IPA in a Pint Glass

 

Upland Brewing Company

Bloomington, IN

Dragonfly IPA

6.5% ABV

50 IBU

Upland Brewing Company’s website states that Dragonfly IPA features 7 hop additions. On paper, that’s enough to make any hophead drool. In reality, Dragonfly really was a bit of a let down.

 I poured my Dragonfly IPA into one of my favorite Great Lakes Brewfest pint glasses. It is golden in color and had a little bit of white foam on top that dissipated rather quickly. It appears to be unfiltered though I can’t find any reference to that on the Upland site or on the bottle.

 The aroma is malty and sweet with a citrusy hop tone beneath.

 Dragonfly IPA is light and crisp, but the initial flavor to hit my tongue is a slight metallic taste. However it quickly fades to a malty sweetness with sort of grassy hop flavor and has a dry finish.

 This is not an IPA that I will be drinking more of. It may be the right beer for someone…and really is not a bad example of an IPA, but when a brewer makes a point of saying that a beer has had 7 hop additions, that sets certain expectations and Dragonfly let me down. I’d say this is probably 3 stars, but it is not the beer for me. I certainly will not be recommending it to my friends. Should they find it on their own…they can proceed at their own risk and form their own opinions.

Left Hand – Milk Stout in a Pint Glass

Left Hand Brewing Company

Longmont, CO

Milk Stout

5.3% ABV

25 IBU

Today marks my first Left Hand Milk Stout, but I assure you it will not be my last.

 I’ll be honest. I was first attracted to the psychedelic cow on the label. Is that so wrong?

 I opened the bottle and poured it into a pint glass, not really knowing what to expect. The stout was black, nearly opaque with a thin beige head and I could smell it’s roasted malty goodness before my nose got anywhere near the glass. Holding the glass under my nose and inhaling deeply, I was greeted by coffee and hints of chocolate. It was just this sort of heavenly aroma that first drew me to stouts back in college.

 The thick, creamy liquid was sweet and had intense coffee flavors. There was a slight bitter aftertaste, but it was not at all unpleasant and it’s finish was a bit dry.

Left Hand’s Milk Stout is a simple well-balanced beer. Silky and smooth, but not at all heavy as stouts can often be. I would say it is a 4 star beer and I would especially recommend it to someone who is new to the style as this would make a fantastic introduction to the world of stouts.

Cheers

josh frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

Wasatch Beers – Polygamy Porter

 

Polygamy Porter

Wasatch Beers

 Salt Lake City, Utah

7.0% ABV

I opened a bottle of Polygamy Porter and poured it slowly into a pint glass. The porter is dark brown, nearly black with a creamy beige head that clings to the glass with every movement. A cascade of carbonation bubbled up from the depths of the ale.

 The aroma was mostly of roasted barley but gave hints of chocolate and held the promise of a nice flavorful porter.

 The first sip brought only disappointment, as did each sip thereafter. There are the slightest coffee tones, but beyond that the flavors seemed vague and watered down. If only Polygamy Porter could have tasted half as good as it smelled…or maybe not smelled so good to begin with.

 If we’re sticking with the stars motif, I’d have to say that Polygamy Porter is two stars.

Cheers.

josh frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

Potosi Snake Hollow IPA in the Glass

 

Snake Hollow IPA

Potosi Brewing Company

Potosi , WI

ABV – 7%

IBU – 70

I’m new to writing about my beer drinking experiences…so bear with me.

 When I initially visited the Potosi Brewing Company site and read the brief summary on Snake Hollow IPA, I thought maybe I was in for an exercise in extreme beer-drinking. The brief description talked about how the IPA was hopped “plentifully in the kettle” and then hopped again prior to being aged. It is described as a “sturdy beer” that is sure to “satisfy the many hopheads among new-aged beer aficionados”. The hophead in me couldn’t wait

 I cracked open a bottle of Snake Hollow…sniffed the bottle…poured it into a tulip glass and inhaled deeply. The aroma was fantastic. I may have drooled on myself in anticipation. The slight smell of citrus intermingled with just a touch of pine. What more could a hop-lover ask for, right.

 The beer itself is golden, almost amber in color. Nicely carbonated with a fluffy, white head atop the ale. The head actually lingers for quite a while…so overall, nice head retention.

 The first sip was quite a surprise. I’d expected hops to the extreme. Snake Hollow IPA is mellow, well-balanced and complex from first sip to last. The first thing to hit the tongue is a pleasant malty sweetness followed by citrusy hop tones. The finish is slightly dry and grassy…and left me craving more. I was sad to see the glass empty.

 Potosi Snake Hollow IPA is one tasty beer. I can see it becoming a regular in my fridge and it is certainly a beer that I would recommend to a friend. I’m not exactly sure what the rating scale is going to be on my reviews here…

 If this was a star based system with 5 stars being the tops…I’d have to say Potosi Snake Hollow IPA is at least 4 and ½. This is a fantastic beer that I will definitely be revisiting over and over again.

 Cheers

josh frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

PS

These reviews are only my opinion.   In the end, you should check this breweries out for yourself.