Sampling from May 3, 2018

It’s been a fairly busy Memorial Day weekend, with family in town, smoking meat, small gathering of family friends. I figured that I would take the opportunity to play some catch up. I have a couple of weeks’ worth of notes and pictures that I have been saving up.

I noticed that the blog is beginning to fill up with all of my reviews. So, I figured that I would also create a summary page of everything to date. It will be a quick reference for reviews. The summary will be in a different blog entry.

Here we go:

RH Double Spook HillDouble Spook Hill

Brewer: Red Cypress (Winter Springs, FL)
Style: Pale Ale (Imperial)
ABV: 10.7%
IBU: ?
Served: Draft
Glass and Serving Size: 10oz Tulip
Rating: OK

I have liked most of the beers that have come from the Red Cypress Brewery. My favorite to date is the Percolator 2, which is an excellent Imperial Stout. So, here we have an Imperial Pale Ale, from the same brewer.

The beer pours a clear light brown in color with a light white head. The aroma is hoppy with strong citrus. In the mouth the beer was definitely thick and coating. The flavor was strongly hoppy, with a fruitiness that wasn’t exactly citrus. There was a slight bitterness to the finish. In all, the beer was what I call slightly boozy, or that it you could definitely sense the increased alcohol.

I think it was the bitterness and the booziness of the beer that kept it from being ranked higher. If there was a way to make it a little less boozy, I would say that this would be a good beer. It’s not that it’s a bad beer, it’s just that I would drink something else if it was available.

 

7thSun Cat DaddyCat Daddy

Brewer: 7th Sun (Dunedin, FL)
Style: Milk Stout
ABV: 5.5%
IBU: ?
Served: Draft
Glass and Serving Size: 10oz Tulip
Rating: OK

Stouts and Porters are my wheel house beers. In my opinion, it’s a hard beer to make poorly. It’s also a hard beer to improve upon. The Cat Daddy is a fairly average Milk Stout, meaning that 7th Hill got the formula right, but unfortunately, there was nothing too special about it.

The beer was poured dark with a thick mocha head. The aroma was sweet first with dark malty following. The flavor was dark roast followed by the sweetness, with a hint of chocolate in the finish. In all, it’s a descent beer that I would drink again.

 

SP HiResHi-Res

Brewer: Six Point (NY, NY)
Style: Triple IPA
ABV: 11.1%
IBU: 115
Served: Draft
Glass and Serving Size: 10oz Tulip
Rating: OK

I think was my first Triple IPA. Kind of like the Imperial, it seems that it’s about more hops and more alcohol. For me, maybe the hops is a way to win my heart, but the more alcohol needs to be balanced with other qualities of the beer.

The Hi-Res pours a dark golden color with an off-white creamy head. The aroma is bitter above all else followed by a strong hops. The flavor follows the aroma, bitterness first, followed by citrus and a fruity finish. If it wasn’t for the bitterness, I think the beer would have been more to my liking. It’s not that I didn’t like it, rather, it wasn’t one of my favorites.

 

OB TenFidyBourbon Barrel Ten Fidy

Brewer: Oskar Blues (Boulder, CO)
Style: Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel)
ABV: 12.9%
IBU: 75
Served: Can
Glass and Serving Size: 5oz Sampler
Rating: Great

Of the Imperial Stouts, the Bourbon Barrel Ten Fidy is quickly turning into one of my favorite Imperial beers. The biggest problem is that it goes down too easy, and with an ABV of 12.9% that means trouble. The second problem is that it’s pretty expensive. I have made it one of my beers to close out the night, when it’s available. It’s such a favorite that it’s popular among most of the crew.

The beer pours dark with a creamy mocha head. The aroma is strong of roasted malt, with hints of bourbon. The flavor is sweet dark roast with a bourbon finish. In the mouth, the beer is thick, rich and coating. It’s simple and does a lot of things right. I thought it would be hard to improve the standard Ten Fidy, and here it is.

In Summary

In all, it was a good night for beer. I didn’t have any beers that I particularly disliked, which is always a good thing. Another good thing is that this was the night that we starting wrapping up with the Ten Fidy. I think one of my biggest issues is that some of the beers were busy trying to be harder and bigger, without necessarily being better.

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