Posts Tagged fizzy

Brew With a Twist

Twisted Manzanita Pale AleWell, not really, but it sounded kind of snazzy. This is a new one for me, as I hadn’t really seen them in stores before. This brew is from Twisted Manzanita Ales, a brewery located in “beautiful” Santee, CA, in eastern San Diego county. These guys do can their beer, but I still prefer bottles, despite the purported advantages of canning. I’m always up for trying something new, so let’s get to it.

The Prospect Pale Ale poured a rich golden color with quite heavy carbonation and very thin head that didn’t really stick around long. It is billed as being “citrusy,” though I found it had strictly floral aromas and literally nothing else. The taste was definitely floral up front, with the bubbles adding a refreshing quality to the whole experience. A bit surprising was the somewhat thick mouthfeel for such a “sessionable” beer. It finished very clean with the ever-present floral notes. There was a somewhat unpleasant stickiness after the swallow, followed by a IMG_2123mysterious sourness.

Some of the characteristics were a bit odd. Overall, I would rate this beer:

3

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Dead Ringer!

Oktoberfest

My personal celebration of Oktoberfest 2014 continues, this time with a beauty from Ballast Point.

IMG_2129Dead Ringer is their Oktoberfest offering (duh) and it’s a good one. It poured a dark red-brown, which surprised me a bit, as I usually think of these beers as a bit lighter. It had light fizzy head that dissipated quickly. It smelled very caramelly, with a light fruity sweetness  and a little spicy undertone. I don’t mean that it smelled spicy, as if it were made with chili peppers, but more in the way a cider might be described as “spiced.”

The taste was heavy on the caramel up front and mild, with lots of malty flavor that didn’t overpower the other tastes that followed. The carbonation was enough to break that up a bit, even though the maltiness came back right after the tingle of the bubbles left my tongue. Then came the spice notes with a nice fizzy finish in the back of my throat.

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I enjoyed this beer, as it was a great example of the many different takes on a beer style I thought I knew so well. While I expected the maltiness, the light-to-medium sweetness and carbonation were a bit of a surprise, but did not take away from the experience of this beer.

Overall, I would rate this beer:

5

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Wünderbar Summer Beer

IMG_2071I have finally committed to calling one brewery my favorite and it’s Ninkasi Brewing Company. That decided, I saw this and had to have it. Although I don’t know that much about the Kölsch style, I do know that it makes a refreshing summertime drink. Come to find out, it used to be made exclusively in the town of Cologne (“Köln” in German), Germany. Traditionally, they were all-barley pale ales, but this one was made with the ever-popular German spalt hop variety, giving it a nice mild, easy drinkability.

First, the pour: light and slightly hazy with very active carbonation. The bright head was very light and dissipated very quickly. The first smell to hit me was a sourness; not overpowering, but I didn’t really remember that from any other kölsch I had before. I got lemon, grass and a light flowery scent from this beer.

IMG_2070The taste first made me think I was drinking a wheat beer, with a faint dry, grainy character that is normally reserved for hefeweizen styles, though the large bubbles in the carbonation helped lighten it up quite a bit. After the wheat experience, I was greeted with very mild, fresh taste of lemon and grass. Afterward was a slight sourness, with reminders of the lemony grassiness.

A great summer refreshment overall, I would rate this beer:

4

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