Its a morning beer update so that must mean I’m inbetween night shifts. Today’s drink is Christmas On The Beach by Fyne Ales. It’s a south pacific lager at 5.2%. My nose is still blocked so I can’t get much of the smell. Taste wise, there is a light hoppy taste to it. I can’t seem to find the kiwi the bottle mentions in the taste but that’s probably me. Though as I drink more, there is a twang of sharpness to the aftertaste. Not heavily carbonated for a lager as well, which is nice. While nothing special, its a nice, drinkable beer. Though I’m not sure I’d want to spend Christmas on a beach in the UK, it would be bloody freezing.
After a few gaming entries, its back to the beer! First up is Old DanDescribed on the bottle as “mellow with chestnut hues and smooth finish” and stands a a fairly high 7.4%. Personally I didn’t taste chestnut, but as previous posts like this show, I don’t have a great knack for noticing flavours. There is a slight twang to the after taste but nothing unpleasent. As for the smooth finish, its not in the same vein as something like Caffereys. Nothing special but by no means bad.
Next up – Boilermaker
A Welsh Whiskey IPA from Brains. I got this for two reasons, first, its a Whiskey IPA and second, the company is called Brains (yes, my brain is still that childish). I’ve had Brain’s ale before visiting a friend in Cardiff but I still find the name amusing. At the Olympia Beer Festival I had a beer that had been brewed in whiskey barrels, this one has been brewed with whiskey infused oak chips. There is a hint of whiskey in the after taste which I rather enjoyed. The inital taste is slightly tart but I found this dissapeared over time. As the glass slowly emptied, it became smoother and smoother, clearly a force not to be underestimated. This was easily my favourite of the ones in this post.
Lastly, we have Lucky
As can be seen, the bottle is freaking sweet (sadly it doesnt come out great in the photos). Its a lager from Qiandaohu, China. Sadly, the contents is far less impressive. A little bit on the sour side with a taste I cant quite place. It does taste very similar to some of the beers I have had in Korean restaurants. Not something to go out of your way for.
This looks really fun. Shame that if I find it, i’ll be playing with Scott. And he is much better at fighting games than I am.
(Scott here: Good job its not a rhythm game or I’d never get a beer versus you)
Credit where its due – I found this on Eurogamer.net
For Christmas my parents bought me a book, 300 Beers To Try Before You Die! So I managed to pick up a couple and thought I’d comment on them as well as a few others I’ve tried recently. Now I’m no where near Scotts level for detail and some of these were drunk a little while ago but I will do my best. The first two are from the Beer book and the last two are random ones I picked up.
First up – Brooklyn Lager Now for a lager, the colour is quite dark, almost like an ale (although there is also a Brooklyn ale). The taste is nice and pleasent but there is no real distinct taste. Kind of an easy drinker.
Next – Duvel
Now this looks darker in the photo that it is in real life. Its a Belgian golden ale with a bit of a twang to its taste. Its something I cant put my finger on. Its also a fairly strong one at 8.5%. Not in a hurry to try again but I wouldn’t say no to one.
Now for the randoms – Badger Blandford Flyer
Luckily it doesnt live up to the Bland part of its name. Might be hard to see on the photo but on the neck of the photo it says “A bite of spicy ginger”. This isnt immedietly noticable when I started the drink, but I certainly noticed it by the end! This is probably just me though as i’m a wuss with spices. I was suprised to find there are notes for sight, smell and taste on the back of the bottle but given the beer, they are mostly just stating ginger and spice.
And by no means lastly – Punk IPA
Now this rather fine ale is quickly becoming a favourite of mine. It has a nice hint of fruit to both its smell and its taste. Well to be more specific, citrus fruit. My flat mate said grapefruit and I’m inclined to agree. It just really appeals to my taste, which I find interesting as I generally dont gravitate to IPA’s. Definetly interested in trying more of the Brew Dog ales.