Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Coronado Brewing Company Guava Islander Tropical IPA

RATING: 4/5



Watered down wheat flavor with a shot of citrus at the end. Not bad, but I definitely didn’t taste that much guava. I detected more of an orange rind flavor. While traveling years ago in South America I came across a place that served beer mixed 50/50 with orange soda. This tastes a lot like that, except this is about 3 times as strong.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Stone Ghost Hammer IPA

RATING: 4.5/5



A very solid offering from Stone. It has a surprisingly fruity taste, like a beer fruit punch. Okay it's not that crazy, but it was definitely not what I expected. It'd be great if Stone started selling half IPA, half Ghost Hammer twelve packs. It'd be nice to go back and forth between the two brews, switching between the bold and bitter IPA and the lighter sweeter Ghost Hammer.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Kona Longboard Island Lager

RATING: 4/5



A good summertime beer that pairs well with summertime food. Light malty-sweet flavor. I can't help feeling that if this beer wasn't in such a cool bottle, it'd be "just okay." But aesthetics count, and the whole presentation is cool, including but not limited to the Hawaiian islands raised in the glass.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Green Flash Sea to Sea Lager

RATING: 3/5



Smooth like carbonated water. A weak beer with a weak flavor. Nothing to make it stand out. This could be the most average beer I've ever drank.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Knee Deep Brewing Company Breaking Bud

RATING: 4/5



Pssst. Do you want to know a secret? I'm just now watching Breaking Bad. I'm trying to keep this on the DL because I'm sure that if I tell anyone they are going to ruin the ending for me. Anyway, I drank this beer while watching Breaking Bad (and while cooking meth!!!!!). Talk about an immersive experience!

This beer smells like weed, and tastes like weed. I actually checked the label to see if I had accidentally purchased some type of beer/weed fusion drink. It's piney smooth flavor would pair great with a blue cheese burger and fries. If it was cheaper I could see myself putting it into my regular beer rotation.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Mission Brewery Shipwrecked Double IPA

RATING: 3/5



This novelty act tastes nothing like an IPA. Shipwrecked Double IPA has a distinctive stout taste with hints of tobacco, coffee, and dark chocolate followed by a stinging "what did I just drink--is this carbonated motor oil?" aftertaste.

The fact of the matter is that this beer isn't bad, but is way too expensive and tastes way too much like a stout to get a higher rating from me. With the strength of 9.25% ABV, and sold in a 32 ounce can this thing should come with a bottle of Tylenol taped to the side. Pairs well with dehydration and regret.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Anderson Valley Hobnelch'n Hoppy Saison Ale

RATING: 3.5/5



In addition to having a title that will break your spellcheck, Hobnelch'n Hoppy Saison Ale serves up a citrus explosion for your face mouth! Fizzy up front with a bold lemon zest. At first blush, this beer tastes like bubbly lemonade that's been strained through a pile of fresh barnyard hey. After a while though, it starts to grow on you.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Busch

RATING: 3.5/5



Although Busch has long been seen as inferior to the Budweiser/Coors/Miller triumvirate, I say it's gotten a bad rap. Busch is a refreshing mellow beer with a slightly sweet finish. Perfect for summertime barbecues and poolside drinking. And at a price point cheaper than its domestic competition, Busch deserves a second look.