Catching up on Sheviews

2 Sep

Holy smokes. I’m behind on getting my beer posts up here. Stupid neighbors, moving out and taking their free WiFi with them. Jerks. So, since the boss is gone today I’ll sneak a jubilee of Sheviews in at work!

 Looking over what I’ve got sitting here in front of me, I’m noticing a bit of a theme: Stone Beers. Lets start with their 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA.

Appearance: It’s a pretty orangey wheat color, and it looked a little hazy-but that may have been from the chill. I let it sit for a minute and the haze faded a little but was still there.

Aroma: Very perfumey/flowery. I could also smell the alcohol, which is a little off-putting, but at 8.9% not unexpected. There was also something really sweet smelling that reminded me of a Fruit Punch Lip Smacker.

Texture/Aftertaste: It was more viscous than I was expecting, not too dry. The taste went malty first with a bitter finish that got spicy/peppery and hung out for a while.

Overall: “Not what I was expecting from an IPA, the sweeter maltiness made it a bit drinkable, but it was a little mild for an IPA to me. I plan on cellaring the other 2 bottles I got for a year or so, it will be interesting to see how it changes.” Was my initial musings, but after looking at the British IPA style guide, it’s right on. It didn’t have the citrus piney thing that I’m used to because I’m used to American Hops. Lesson learned.

And a few days later I tried my first Stone Brewing Arrogant Bastard. I know, I know, where have I been, right?Not my picture, thank you, Google Images

Appearance: Has a nice thick foamy head, and is a really pretty red brown color. I want to take a glass in to my stylist and have my hair dyed to match.

Texture/aftertaste: slight dryness with a fun little carbonated tingle. The aftertaste was a serious bitterness that stays around for a long time. But not in the way that arugula makes me never want it in a salad again. I want to keep drinking this, and after a few sips the malt balancing really starts to shine through.

 And finally for today, the collaboration between Stone Brewing, Ballast Point, and North Park Brewing Co. AKA Kelsey McNair: San Diego County Session Ale. I picked it up at Olive Tree Marketplace in 12oz bottles.

Appearance: Really pretty golden color, slightly red with a light head that didn’t stick around for long.

Aroma: From the second the cap came off of the bottle, I could smell the fresh citrus aroma. Pouring it in the glass I got to enjoy the nice bright floral aroma. I could not wait to drink it.

Aftertaste: Very citrusy, nicely balanced with a little bit of bitterness. It was super tasty.

Overall: it is definitely a session beer. Very drinkable, very delicious, and I just wanted more. I even went out an got a few more bottles after that first taste. Sadly, they’re all gone now.

In other beer education news, I have gotten back in the swing on my continuing education. And since I live in Southern California, its perpetually summer and will be continuing Summer School. Up next: Ambers.

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