Samplings from June 16, 2018

Central 28 LogoI missed another Thursday. This time, I was in training out of town. I received a number of texts asking where I was. Sigh.

So, I decided to go sampling on yet another Saturday. I figured that I had nothing better to do, so why not go up to the Taproom, grab a bite, swig a couple of beers, and watch a little World Cup Soccer. Unfortunately, the World Cup got disrupted as a fierce lightning storm blew through and screwed up the Dish TV. But, that’s ok. I had some good beers from a couple of different breweries.

For once, I am caught up with my reviews. Woo hoo.

It’s a short lineup for today. Here we go.


C28 - IdeiaIdeia!

Brewer: Central 28 (DeBary, FL)
Style: Coffee Porter
ABV: 9.5%
IBU: 40
Served: Draft
Glass and Serving Size: 10 Ounce Tulip
Rating: Good

After last week, it felt good to get back to a dark beer. The Ideia happened to be the featured beer for the weekend. Fortunately, this beer worked fairly well for being a high ABV porter. I think I have had more imperial porters that were a No than there were a Yes. This one was definitely a yes.

The Ideia pours dark with a creamy mocha head. The aroma is suffused with roasted malt and hints of coffee and a little sweetness. The beer is very thick in the mouth, almost syrupy. The flavor is a pleasant blend of coffee and dark roast followed by what seemed like a touch of vanilla. Definitely a nice beer to start the day with.


Stone - Enjoy byEnjoy By 7/4/2018

Brewer: Stone Brewery (Escondido, CA)
Style: Unfiltered Double IPA
ABV: 9.4%
IBU:  9-
Served: Draft
Glass and Serving Size: 10 Ounce Tulip
Rating: Good

Back to IPAs, not that it’s a bad thing. This one reminded me a little of the Sixpoint Hi-Res. The beer was pretty dangerous because it was good and highly alcoholic. Reading a little bit more about the Stone Enjoy By line, it’s not meant to be consumed past the listed date. Looking at the website, there is a countdown clock indicating when this beer should be pulled.

The Enjoy By appears as a light golden with a creamy white head. The aroma is a definitive lemon citrus up front with a strong hoppy tail. The beer starts off with a slight bitter followed by a hit of hops and then a citrus finish. The overall experience is quite enjoyable, like the Hi-Res. Definitely need to try this one before it expires.


Boulevard - Hibiscus GoseHibiscus Gose

Brewer: Boulevard (Kansas City, MO)
Style: Gose (Sour Ale)
ABV: 4.2%
IBU: 11
Served: Can
Glass and Serving Size: 10 Ounce Tulip
Rating: Good

I was talking to the bartender about how I seem to be enjoying sour ales a bit more than a couple of years ago. I also explained that one of the nicest ones lately was the Boulevard Tequila Barrel Finished Lime Gose, which is quite delightful. She said that they had another Boulevard Gose that was pretty good and that I should try it. Twist my arm. Needless to say it was pretty good. Unfortunately, the next person through the door asked for the same beer, and I had the last one. Score! Hahah.

The beer pours a deep gold with a light white head. The aroma is hard to place. It’s tart and sour with hints of fruitiness. The flavor is tart up front with a floral finish. In my notes, I caught a slight hint of spice in the finish. Not really sure which spice, but it was very subtle. In all, a delightful sour ale, though not quite as good as it’s Tequila Lime cousin.



Not sure why I stopped at three beers this day. It may have been the break in the rain. It may have been that I was exhausted after a rotten two days of playing airport shuffle to get home.

What I do have to say is that it was another good day for beers. It was also one of the more unusual varieties that I have had in a while. Really? A Imperial Porter, a Double IPA, and a Gose. My tastebuds should have been blow. Maybe they were. Still, it was a good day.


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