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Discussion in 'GMD Social Forum' started by King Richard, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. V.V.V.V.V.

    V.V.V.V.V. Houses Ov Mercury

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    They sometimes charge boutique prices, particularly at their locations closer to fancier areas, but mine is very reasonably priced for the location it's in, and I'm decent buddies with the guys who work there, and they're always happy to talk beer with me so I'd consider it a fair trade anyway.

    Anyway, just digging into Fortunate Islands first. This is their Citra/Amarillo dry-hopped wheat pale ale. Great smell; mild tropical fruit, bright lemon and orange with a slight dank quality. Citra is just such a goddamn great hop (Amarillo is a classic and no slouch either though), and one of the best dry-hops you can use... so punchy and in-your-face but weirdly delicate too. This is pretty juicy and, at 5%, it feels perfectly drinkable and crushable. The slight malty bite at the section of each sip right before the dryness and puckering hop kick get to the tongue is so well-balanced. This kinda reminds me of some Hill Farmstead pale ales I've had that focus on bright and apparent hops with a very dry yet full-bodied malt base. Super clean, refreshing and very tasty. I look forward to drinking the saison which is also in the fridge!
     
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    TechnicalBarbarity -TheNightsBane-

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    :kickass: Fortunate Islands is my go to Modern Times beer. And yeah, it's super juicy. Cheers!

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  3. unknown

    unknown fuck ftagn

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    Same. Fortunate Islands is just a go-to beer for me period. Their Black House on nitro is also fucking tits. I have a major hardon for Modern Times

    I also have a major hardon for Beachwood's week long sour fest. Today I got to bask in the leftovers of Crooked Stave night. Flor d'Lees was absolutely amazing. A light, straw colored sour ale with super bright and tart acidity. I could drink 20 of them. Nightmare on Brett aged in Leopold Bros whiskey barrels was another highlight. It reminded me a lot of Russian River's Consecration. Dark, winey, and just a sexy sour beer. So good. In the past year, Crooked Stave has become one of my favorite (sour) breweries. They just hit the nail on the head. Even their shelf beers are fucking killer (especially Vielle and the St Bretta series).

    Saturday is Shelton Brothers night. Cantillon, 3 Fonteinen Framboos, Jester King, Hill Farmstead...it's gonna be a shitshow. Can't wait
     
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    New Belgium Brewing's Cigar City Collaboration Ale is surprisingly good. I was lucky to find it in a store that I visit occasionally. Too bad that they couldn't come up with a better name for the beer.
     
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    KafkaX Mr. Self Destruct

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    Stopped at Libertine Brewing a few days ago, and now im on my way to Drakes in Oakland.

    Gimme dat denogginizer!
     
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    Good call on Libertine. I joined their Society for next year. They put out some fantastic sour beer. I feel like I've had so much goddamn beer this week. Yesterday was Shelton Brothers day at both Beachwood locations. Had the following:
    Cantillon Iris (10 oz)
    Cantillon Kriek (10 oz)
    Jester King Boxer's Revenge (5 oz)
    Jester Kinger Das Uberkind (5 oz)

    The Iris was fucking great. Kriek was okay. The Jester King beers were somewhat disappointing, which sucks because I love Jester King.

    Today, I'm going to one of my favorite local breweries, Phantom Carriage. They're having a bring-your-own vinyl day, and the owners are big metalheads. So I'm brining Thantifaxath, Drudkh, and Agalloch (one of the owner's favorites). Looking forward to it
     
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    dwellerINTHEdark Curator of the mausoleum

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    Went to Witch's Woods last night and was pleased to see the restaurant there had Westmalle Trappist Tripel. Never had it before and it was mmmm mmmm good.
     
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    KafkaX Mr. Self Destruct

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    This is very cool.

    How did it go?
     
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    unknown fuck ftagn

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    Fucking awesome. Sleep, Sabbath, Teeth, Pallbearer and the shit I brought. They're thinking about doing it every week
     
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    KafkaX Mr. Self Destruct

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    Thats so legit.

    Let me know if that sticks, id love to roll out there with some choice cuts and drink some hoppy goodness.
     
  11. V.V.V.V.V.

    V.V.V.V.V. Houses Ov Mercury

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    Damn, sounds awesome.

    btw Koger I agree that Cantillon kriek is just okay. Not sure what it was, but something about it wasn't doing it for me.
     
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    yeah. I'd take Rose de Gambrinus over the Kriek...regardless, I would MUCH rather have 3 Fonteinen kriek. Their schaerbeekse kriek is one of my all time favorites. Then again, I prefer 3F anyway
     
  13. V.V.V.V.V.

    V.V.V.V.V. Houses Ov Mercury

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    I actually love Hanssens' Oude Kriek the most I think.
     
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    KMADD The Ancient Metalhead

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    [​IMG]. last night I had a chocolate peanut butter porter from horny goat brewery out of Wisconsin at The Sinking Ship and it was quite delish.
     
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    KMADD The Ancient Metalhead

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    [​IMG] older pic because my laptop crashed but I know the hate on pumpkin ales but this and Schlafys version is the bees knees
     
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    Krow Garbage Connoisseur

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    I've had a few horny goat beers and they were disgusting. The pinnacle of bleh being a vanilla IPA.
     
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    KMADD The Ancient Metalhead

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    Well at least I thought that porter was good and other patrons agreed. It's cool.
     
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    Krow Garbage Connoisseur

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    I'll say I've never had the porter and I tend to be a sucker for peanut butter in my beer so it could be a winner.
     
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    Spending the night at my homebrew buddy's house and brewing a grisette tomorrow, to be eventually aged in a bourbon barrel with lacto and a newly-introduced Brett culture (probably an Omega Labs one)! Should be fun stuff. Tonight, we split a bunch of stuff...

    Kent Falls Shower Beer, a gose with lime zest... juicy and tangy with the slight salty bite expected from a gose. I assume this was intended to be a little like a margarita but <5% ABV. Kent Falls is definitely on my radar, though. At Zwanze Day, we tried a sample of a friend's glass of their Coffeemaker, a Brett coffee IPA, which was insanely good. Dry, funky, lots of coffee flavors and just the right amount of neutral (yet satisfying) bitterness. Hoping to check more from them soon.

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    Otter Creek/Lawson's Finest Liquids Double Dose... this is the third year in a row I've had DD and I still feel that it is a great DIPA but slightly under the mark of what it could be. At this point, seeking out and buying at least one bottle of Double Dose is more a ritualistic undertaking than a truly enjoyable beer experience and that is both cool and disappointing. I feel privileged to be able to acquire such a highly-rated and well-received beer, but also a little bothered by its rather-apparent genericness. Seriously guys, this is just a super-bitter double IPA with some fancy, invisible "eliteness" attached to it. Very traditionally "West Coast" in its big, pine-y attack and a New England-y tropical citrus juiciness working its way ever-so-slowly through the depths. It's... good, and I will always buy at least one bottle when it's released, but if you can't/don't get Double Dose I wouldn't worry about it or trade for it unless you're really fiending for it in particular, or in order to get those sweet, sweet ticks (bleh).

    Modern Times Lomaland and Blazing World. Granted, I have had both before, in the last week... but this was my first time splitting with friends. Impressions? Lomaland is very Belgian pale ale-ish to me. Doesn't feel much like a saison; too plain and low-alcohol to really pushy the farmhouse esters. It's good, though... but I had to think of it as a "Belgian single" instead of as a true "farmhouse" ale, if that makes sense. If not, fuck you. Blazing World is quite good, though not quite as "amber" as it advertised. Regardless, can we talk about how amazing that hop combo is? Nelson, Simcoe, Mosaic... damn. Lots of dank pine resin and tropical notes but also a bit of exotic berry and white wine thanks to the Nelsons. Damn... so good. Wish I bought more.

    Glass Bottom Brewery Pu-erh Pale Ale. Yeah, an American style pale ale brewed with pu-erh tea! Fermented Chinese dark tea with a very mushroom-y/fungal, earthy quality, for those not in the know (my buddy calls it "swamp tea"). I have been a fan of this type of tea for a few years, but have only very rarely seen it in use in beer. This was weirdly good, actually. I'm not sure how they got it to work, but the tea lends a natural and seemless sweetness and complexity to the (assumedly) boring base beer. Definitely interesting, but I'd probably never buy it myself. This is what bombers are made for, though!

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    Captain Lawrence Golden Delicious... DAMN! Now this is craft beer. So, we apparently just got this in MA a few days ago and I'm just now having it for the first time. This is goddamn fantastic. For those who don't know, the base beer is apparently a tripel (Belgian golden ale with a decent amount of residual sugar, some spice notes from fermentation with certain yeasts as well as a rather-viscous mouthfeel) but it's then aged in American apple brandy barrels and dry-hopped with American hops. This is awesome. Tons of heady liquor in the nose and on the tongue, backed up by a huge tropical and stone fruit blast and finishing with a peppery spice and lots of ester notes. This is fucking fantastic. AND, at about $14 a 4-pack (it's 11% btw) it's not even a bad deal, per ounce anyway. Gotta buy more of this and hoping to get more weird Captain Lawrence shit soon! EXCITING.

    CHEERS! Hopefully keep this thread up to date about our brewing process tomorrow.
     
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    That sounds good. A buddy of mine is brewing some mead for me. (I know it's technically not beer but I can't wait)
     

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