Revolution Anti-hero IPA
Lots of classic IPA nose and crisp citrus up front. Very prominent malt for an IPA, to the point that the finish is way more biscuity rather than bitter. Really reminds me of a Lauguntias but with less bitter at the end.
Hop Cuvée pale ale from Bison in Berkeley.
Nice drinkable beer. Quite thin. Nicely balance hops with a pleasant malt body hiding there in the middle. Lots of citrus and a bit of pine.
Spot the difference. Esther’s Stout and barrel-aged Esther’s stout, from Elevation 66.
They look the same but it’s amazing how different they taste. The regular stout has a soft milk-chocolate sweetness with a rich mouthfeel. The barrel-aged replaces that with a thin almost astringent sourness up front, with hints of the chocolate at the end.
I’m a fan of sours in general, but here I prefer the regular stout.
7/10 and 5/10.
Kermit, an Organic DIPA from Bison
Nicely stated classic west coast hops, sticky body but not overpowering. Clean finish.
A very well chilled Lauguntias IPA
Black Diamond Amber, on draft at Elevation 66.
A good beer. Pretty hoppy, nice carmel and biscuit malt. A bit drier than I’d like.
Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co. straight out of Cleveland, Ohio
Better than I expected for a small regional brewery. a pretty good no-frills IPA. None of the catty or overly resin hops you often see. Deceivingly sweet and mellow for a 7.5% beer.
Russian Married Guy III, from the home brewery. Very cloudy (this is the first pint pulled from the keg mind), but otherwise pretty solid. The yeast had a wild ride temperature wise - we had a cold snap that my little ferm chamber heater couldn’t handle - but the flavor doesn’t seem too badly affected.
Guest blog by the wife:
Sierra Nevada Knightro, 4.6% ABV, 24IBU, boring in a fantastic way. Very Guinness-like in taste and texture. Smooth and easy to drink. 8/10
Torpedo Room, round two with a guest appearance from The Wife
Bigfoot, 9.6% ABV, 90 IBU, herbal and floral yet surprisingly good. More interesting than anything. May not be able to drink a whole pint, but great in 4oz tasters. Dry hopped (according to pete) and a little bitter. 6/10