Six Pack Sunday

Hello everyone! This is my first post on this blog and I would like to kick it off by introducing six pack Sunday! This is where I will review and discuss six different beers. Now I’m not doing this every Sunday as that would be an awful lot of a good thing. So look at it as a little treat that will pop up randomly at any time. So long as it is a Sunday. So let’s get started.

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Guinness Irish Wheat

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Poured from a 12oz bottle

Abv. 5.3%

Ibu. Unknown

This beer pours very light and slightly cloudy as you would expect from a wheat. It has a quarter inch slightly off white head that doesn’t hang around very long. On the nose it has a slight citrus sweetness with hints of banana. The banana doesn’t come through on the taste but initially you get the citrus that hangs around and evolves from sip to swallow. In conclusion it is an all around solid wheat but….. anyone could have made this. Why did it have to be Guinness? As a proud Guinness fan I just can’t abide this decidedly non- Guinness addition to their line up. As its own brew I give it a solid 4/5 but as a Guinness I have to admit that I’m disappointed.

Breckenridge Brewery Oatmeal Stout

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Poured from a 12oz bottle

Abv. 5%

Ibu. 36

It pours a rich soil brown with a strong head that hangs around for a while and laces the glass as you drink. The nose is strong with coffee and chocolate. There is a light earthiness as well. The taste…… HOLY SHIT IS IT CHOCOLATY!!! (disclaimer: I don’t believe in censorship so there may be course language. If any kids are reading this do your homework this is a blog about beer you shouldn’t be here!) Following the taste of pronounced chocolate is an acidity and light bitterness of black coffee. As this warms the sweetness of the chocolate mellows and the bitters open up adding complexity to this brew. In conclusion I loved this beer. I would give it a five but i also dont believe in perfect scores. There is always room for improvement. 4.75/5.

O’Fallon Bottlehouse Brown

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Poured from a 12oz bottle

Abv. 4.9 %

Ibu. 20

This pours with a tan head that holds through the first sip. Like other English browns this has a strong earthy, nutty, woody scent. Thicker than a kolsch much thinner than any porter or stout worth its salt. It has a strong zingy carbonation that is a good representation of this style but in my experience O’Fallon brewery does a good job of capturing the essence of any style. I like to describe the English brown style as dirty and stepped on. In a good way! This libation follows in that mold. It has a nutty earthy character that sweetens as it warms. (editor’s note. If you aren’t experienced in a variety of styles, here is a general rule of thumb. If the beer in your glass is dark, sip it and as it warms over time it will slowly reveal its true character to you. If however it is light, drink that fucker while its ice cold because it will assault you when its warm.) Over all O’Fallon does its usual trick of providing a good baseline on a style without bringing much that is new to the table. That isn’t an insult. If you pick up an O’Fallon brew, you are getting a solid beer without any of the fuckery that could ruin it. 3.75/5

New Holland Full Circle Kolsch

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Poured from a 12oz bottle

Abv. 4.9%

Ibu. Unknown

I was completely unfamiliar with this brewery. The first on this list so far. It pours with a pure white bubbly head that fades a fast as it came. This is one of the clearest beers that I have tried. It’s like the ghost of a beer. Not much on the nose. Maybe a little pine, but that could just be my imagination. The taste is crisp and clean with a bit more body than I expected. Strong carbonation adds to the refreshing nature of the beer. All and all this isn’t a beer to write home about but it would be a great addition to a beach party or a BBQ. 3/5

Goose Island Fulton and Wood My SHOUT Sparkling Ale

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Poured from a 12oz bottle

Abv. 5%

Ibu. 32

Untapped has this listed as an Australian Sparkling Ale. I have to admit I have no experience with this style, but let’s give it a try. Pours with a white head that sticks around for about 30ish seconds and sticks to the side of the glass. It is a light orange color in the glass. On the nose i’m getting light pine hops which worries me. (full disclosure: I’m not a fan of hoppy beers. I’m much more drawn to rich malty stouts. So you won’t find many posts on this blog about IPAs) The taste is watery but not in a bad way. You get the pine right up front but in the middle and end there is something unique. What is that? It’s slightly tangy but not in the way an orange is. The bottle says “hints of apricot” so maybe that’s it. Whatever it is I like it. Over all I was surprised by this beer. It isn’t nearly as hoppy as the aroma led me to believe. 4/5

Alright, last one and to reward myself I’m baking brownies. Which should pair well with…..

Deschutes Black Butte Porter

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Poured from a 12oz bottle

Abv. 5.2%

Ibu 30

Pours with a thick creamy head that goes away surprisingly quick but leaves remnants along the edge of the glass. This beer is black as the night is long. I admit I am getting a bit of interference from my brownies baking but putting that aside I’m not getting a lot on the nose. A bit of malt, a bit of roast. But that’s about it. Oh shit the brownies are ready! Be back in a sec……… OK I’m back. While I was away I took a drink of water to give this beer a fair shake because my mouth is a ridiculous mix of styles at this point. Giving this beer a fresh sip I can definitely taste the roasted grain on front street but following that I get a strong acidity. This Acidity balances the dark roasty quality nicely. All and all I’s say that I’ve tried much better porters than this but I’ve also had blander fare in my day. 3/5

Well that’s it. If you are reading this, thank you for hanging with me to the end of this post. Be sure to check back in soon. We have more beer reviews, Posts about my own home brews, Recipes on what to do with all that spent grain instead of throwing it away and lots more to come! Good night and drink some water before you go to bed!

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Author: Alexander

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