Blimp (Clown Shoes Brewing Company)

Blimp (Clown Shoes Brewing Company) Style: Imperial Red Ale aged in Chardonnay Barrels 11% ABV From: Ipswich, MA Brewery’s Note: “Look there, floating over idyllic Belmont, that’s a non-rigid airship. it’s got metric tons of helium packed in an inflatable envelope, it’s the Clown Shoes Blimp! This Imperial Red Ale was aged in CA Chardonnay barrels for two of the best human beings: Kate and … Continue reading Blimp (Clown Shoes Brewing Company)

Mermaid’s Red (Coronado Brewing Company)

Style: American Amber Ale 5.70% ABV 50 IBU’s Malts: 2-Row, Cara, c-45, c-77, Chocolate, Cara Hell, Carafa III Hops: Northern Brewers, Cascade Yeast: California Ale From: Coronado, CA Brewer’s Note: “Mermaid’s Red™ bucks the shallow mid-range red ale stereotype. Loaded with Cascade hops, it delivers a fresh floral aroma and sharp bitter notes, all while delivering a solid kick of roasted malts that fades seamlessly … Continue reading Mermaid’s Red (Coronado Brewing Company)

Red Wheelbarrow (Maine Beer Company)

Style: American Red Ale/India Red Ale 7.0% ABV OG: 1.070 Malt: Weyermann Munich 1, Briess 2-Row, Victory, Chateau Special B, Chateau Abbey, Briess C-80 Hops: Columbus, Amarillo, Falconer’s Flight Bottled On: 11/12/13 Brewer’s Note: “Like many of our beers, Red Wheelbarrow (which started out as a pilot batch brewed by Brewer Dan Roberts) doesn’t fit neatly into a style category — think of it as … Continue reading Red Wheelbarrow (Maine Beer Company)

Bozone Select Amber Ale (Bozeman Brewing Company)

Style: American Amber Ale 5.4% ABV 29 IBU’s OG: 12.5° Plato FG: 2° Plato From: Bozeman, MT Brewer’s Note: “The local favorite, this flagship light amber is all about balance, with medium body, a hint of hops, and a refreshing finish that leaves you beckoning for more. Bozone Select Amber Ale is the flagship offering from Bozeman Brewing Company, made with Montana Brown and malted … Continue reading Bozone Select Amber Ale (Bozeman Brewing Company)

Comparison: Zoe vs. Nugget Nectar (Battle of the Hoppy Reds)

Zoe (Maine Beer Company) Style: Imperial/Double Red/Amber Ale or India Red Ale 7% ABV Vs. Nugget Nectar (Troegs Brewing Company) Style: Imperial/Double Red/Amber Ale or India Red Ale 7.5% ABV So I’ve decided to do a side by side comparison of these two great hoppy amber ales/India Red Ales/ Whatever you want to call them…  Zoe is a personal favorite in my book, and possibly my favorite beer of … Continue reading Comparison: Zoe vs. Nugget Nectar (Battle of the Hoppy Reds)

Tröegs Nugget Nectar (Tröegs Brewing Company)

Style: Imperial/Double Amber/Red Ale or India Red Ale 7.5% ABV 93ish IBU’s Color (SRM): Straw / Orange Malts: Pilsner, Vienna, Munich Hops: Nugget, Warrior, Tomahawk, Simcoe, Palisade HopBack Hops: Nugget Yeast: Ale Brewer’s Note: “Squeeze those hops for all they’re worth and prepare to pucker up! Nugget Nectar Ale will take hopheads to nirvana with a heady collection of Nugget, Warrior and Tomahawk hops. Starting … Continue reading Tröegs Nugget Nectar (Tröegs Brewing Company)

Red-oric – 2012 Imperial Red Ale Beer Camp #65 (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

Style: Imperial American Amber/Red Ale 8.0% ABV   See Review of Oatmeal Stout for my review of the Beer Camp labels.   The beer pours a deep dark candied red, bordering on brown with a nice clear body and a good flow of carbonation bubbles.  The head is big, rocky, and mountainous, with sticky fat globs of lacing moving up the sides of the glass … Continue reading Red-oric – 2012 Imperial Red Ale Beer Camp #65 (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)