La Roja (Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales)

Style: American Flanders-Style Red Ale/American Wild Red 7.2% ABV Blend 11 Bottled on: 04-26-2013 Brewer’s Note: “An artisan amber ale brewed in the Flanders tradition.  Deep amber with earthy caramel, spice, and sour fruit notes developed through natural barrel aging.  Unfiltered, unpasteurized and blended from barrels ranging in age from two to ten months. ” The beer’s label gets a different review from me every time … Continue reading La Roja (Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales)

FV 13 (Allagash Brewing Company)

Style: American Wild Ale/ Flanders-Style Red Ale? 8.9% ABV Aged in an Oak Foudre From: Portland, ME Brewer’s Note: “FV 13 marks our first venture into the world of foudre beers. Foudres are giant oak tanks used for aging (this one holds 2700 gallons.) FV 13 is a blend of wild yeast and bacteria, a base beer with lots of malt character, and about four … Continue reading FV 13 (Allagash 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)

Smithwicks (Guinness Ltd.)

Style: Irish Red 4.5% ABV For the uninitiated, the beer is pronounced “Smit – Icks,” not “Smith – Wicks.”  The label is mass produced, obviously, but actually has some class, and I really like the gradient green background, in all honesty.  The Smithwick’s fonts are all relatively boring, and the castle spire is a little simplistic for a label, but honestly, I dig simplistic, and … Continue reading Smithwicks (Guinness Ltd.)

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)

Zoe (Maine Beer Company)

Style: American Amber/ Red Ale 7.2% ABV Bottled On: 05/31/2012 This bottle is minimalism at its most perfect.  From the thick recyclable paper of the label to the simple childish smiley face and the very plain font and black and purple letters, this bottle says a lot with very little.  I love how environmentally conscious this company is, as it makes me feel even better … Continue reading Zoe (Maine Beer Company)