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Three Cheers for the Red, White & Blue

Happy Independence Day!

An obvious theme for the 4th of July in America: Red, White and Blue!
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Red: Mikkeller Raspberry Tripplebock

An ale brewed with raspberries, this pours opaque brown with a coffee ice cream head. It has a roasty nose of raspberry cream and chocolate. The flavor is momentarily roasted malt, then immediately tart raspberry soda, then back to roastiness with chocolate malt. It’s not a sour but it is quite tart, a bit like a roasty version of a tart lambic. It has a pretty long “lambic” finish. Danish, brewed in Belgium, 13% ABV

White: Gulden Draak

Golden amber in the glass with a buttermilk head, then a rich malty sweet nose with a tint of spicy hops. The flavor is of caramel malt, rich and slightly roasty. There’s a fruitiness, stone fruit , and a creamy mouthfeel. Despite the caramel there’s a crispness leading to a long sweet finish, never cloying, with a tiny hint of hops drying the end of the finish. From Belgium, 10.5% ABV

Blue: Wachusett Blueberry

This is a wheat beer, pouring golden straw with virtually no head. The nose is of light cracker malt with distinct blueberry. The flavor is “essence of blueberry” first and last with mild malt in between. The finish is brief and malty. Westminster MA, 4.5% ABV, 10 IBU

What’s that you say? A Danish brewer in Belgium, an outright Belgian, and only finally an American from Massachusetts? Not red, white and blue enough? All right, let’s distill it right down.

Dales3Red, White & Blue: Dales Pale Ale

Rather dark amber for a “pale” ale, with a medium off white head. The aroma is hoppy with bread malt, then the flavor is caramel with slight roastiness, hoppier than an English IPA, hoppy with citrus and floral notes. It gives a long finish of malt and hops, very satisfactory by–and in–the pool. This is from Oskar Blues, originally from Colorado, but this brew is from North Carolina. 6.5% ABV, 65 IBU

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Some tasting notes, after aging one month

Just some tasting notes that have been lurking in my drafts folder for exactly one month.  I visited Ramsey Wines & Liquors, and despite the name, for me their beer has become the main event.  Their beer selection is huge, and several times recently I’ve gone on the “beer finder” for one or another brew, and up pops Ramsey. Anyway, they have “mystery” 6-packs in a stapled brown bag, with two sorts at the moment.  One is “Even More Hops” and the other is some name like “New for Spring.”  Since I’m on a hop kick I picked up one of the former last week, and tried again this week.  To my very slight disappointment, the latest one is exactly the same as the previous one, but that’s not much of a complaint.

dalesOne that I discovered and mentioned last week is Dale’s Pale Ale from Oskar Blues in Colorado.  As I said before I would have been put off by the fact that it’s in a can, but more fool I.  Good stuff, and now I have another.  Perhaps more importantly, I got the mystery 6-pack for $13.47 (how they pick that number I don’t know).  Well, I saw Dale’s Pale Ale at Stew Leonard’s this week . . . for $9.99 per can!  Can you say, “quite a deal”?  I knew you could. *

Another one in the 6-pack is Ballast Point Sculpin West Coast IPA, and as I mentioned, the funny thing was that the night before I bought the first mystery six, I had the Ballast Point Sculpin at The Dog & Cask.  Excellent, rich IPA.  That IPA is from San Diego, like Stone, a brewery of which I’m very fond.  However, another item in the 6-pack is Stone’s Go To IPA, and I was disappointed by that one.  It struck me as all hops and little else. [Note that my impression was quite different, one month later.]

I had another one last week, Lasso from Great Divide, also in Colorado.  This one I didn’t find very memorable, quite drinkable but not one I would choose again . . . but now I have the opportunity to see if I change my mind

Today I had a Lancaster Hop Buggy Amish Grain Amber Ale.  This was pretty nice, good hops with a slightly nutty edge. Not a favorite, but I won’t mind having another.

SamichlausMeanwhile I took a detour, a very unusual brew from Austria called Samichlaus Classic from Castle Brewery Eggenberg.  They note on the label that it’s brewed only one day each year, December 6, then aged for 10 months before bottling. However, it may then be aged for several years before release.  I have to say I’ve never had anything quite like it. My very first impression was chocolate, followed by molasses, and the very viscous quality emphasizes the molasses.  It coats the palette and the finish goes on and on.  I don’t know how they age it during those ten months, but I find a hint of oak giving a touch of toast and vanilla. That could come from something else entirely, of course.  They recommend storing and serving it at cellar temperature, so I only left it in the refrigerator for an hour or so.  This pays off in depth of flavor.  They call this a malt liquor.  I don’t know—yet—what distinguishes a malt liquor from an ale. It’s obviously a long way from the cold brewing and storage of a lager.

* To be fair, that was $9.99 for the large can, not the 12-oz.

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