Now that’s a decent sized bottle of beer! Today we have Slot Machine from Brew Dog. A red rye IPA at 5.2%.
Now this might sound odd but the smell is definitely a Brew Dog beer. Not sure if it’s just me but I have found there is a distinct smell to all their beers. The taste is hoppy and sour. I will be interested to see if the “rye spiciness” mentioned on the label surfaces as I get further down the bottle.
Another from the Pressure Drop brewery in London, Bosko, a retro IPA at 6.5%. Chosen because it reminded me of an episode of Seinfeld. My criteria for buying beer isn’t exactly complex.
It’s hard to notice unless you hold it up to the light, but there is a lot of stuff just floating in this one. Not much to the smell and the taste is mainly hops with a slightly sour after taste. The tasting notes on the bottle mention caramel, zest and pine but I’m noticing any of these.
In another first, this is being written from the pub. Today’s drink is passion fruit Seacider at 4%.
This is more like fruit juice than a cider. I would put it in a group with the Old Mout ciders. Very much the taste and smell of passion fruit. If you didn’t know this was alcoholic, it could be dangerous. Not that anyone would be dumb enough to get drunk on what they thought was fruit juice *cough Scott cough*.
Up today we have Mojo from Robinsons. A pale ale at 5.5%. There is a stick figure cartoon of a person describing the drink and says it “tastes tropically”. Don’t think I’ve had a tropical beer before.
The smell is remarkably sweet and slightly tropical, so the beer is living up to it’s description. It’s a clean taste and it doesn’t linger. Though no where near as tropical as the smell.
This snowy evening (well at least in north London) we have Safe Word from Weird Beard. It’s a chokeberry IPA 6.6% (I will admit I had to look up chokeberry as I had no idea about it).
Quite a clingy taste to this one, bitter, sour and quite hoppy. Not bad, but I won’t be raving about this one. There is a light citrus smell which is quickly becoming a theme for this year.
As we were in the same place recording the next installment of the Beercast, we decided to combine forces and drink our advent calendars drinks together. And talk some Doki Doki Literature Club. Enjoy.
Amidst the chaos
Yep, this was bought due to the bottle art. Beardo by Robinsons. An IPA at 6%. Not much to say about this one but hops, hops and hops. Both the smell and taste are hops. Leaves a surprising sour after taste as well. Not bad, but nothing to write home about either.
Also, Bayonetta 3 is in production for the Switch. YAY!
Well it had to happen at one point. Caught a cold and can hardly smell/taste so that will make for a great tasting. Today we have Goose 312, an urban wheat ale at 4.2%, from Goose Island Beer Co in Chicago.
Try as I might I can barely smell it (while trying to void my nose running into the glass). There is lemon to the taste while also being clean with a little sourness to the aftertaste. It is very drinkable though.
After some checking, it turns out this was my December 2nd beer in 2015. Seems I liked it more this time around.
Weird Beard in collaboration with Lervig’s The Frog Is Fired is today’s beer. This is where I should pay more attention and not just pick up the bottle in the shop as I’ve had some good beers from the brewer before. A gooseberry pale ale (not a fan of that fruit) at 4.4%.
The citra hops make the beer smell nice. There is a sourness to the taste as well. I failed to notice the pouring instructions that tell you “pour carefully to ensure the yeast stay in the bottle”. Whoops. Overall, not a bad beer, just not too much to it.
Yesterday was overflowing, today is sediment. Lots of sediment. I ended up using a coffee filter on it. Not something you do every day. Up today is Domino Topple. A mosaic IPA from Pressure Drop in London.
The back of the bottle mentions using the mosaic hop as it packs a fruity punch. The beer smells of mango so the hop is doing its job. There is a sourness to the taste I wasn’t expecting based on the sweet smell. There is a light fruitiness to the taste but not much else.
Another note, it’s also a fairly strong one at 7.2%.