Bear Republic Mach 10

I drank Bear Republic’s Mach 10 on tap at a new beer and food place that blew me away. Strong Place in Cobble Hill Brooklyn. A half hour before sitting down we bought two bottles of Goose Island Vanilla, so needless to say I was in a good beer mood.

This IPA tones down the typical West Coast hop bombs and actually brings the malty roastiness to the front. It pours amber with good lace and not so good head. Smell is hop citrus/pine. It hit the spot on my drinking profile that evening, so it can stand on it’s own for IPA taste, but at the back end there’s a bitterness that isn’t welcome.

It is an imperial though, and it masks the 8.7abv well within a medium body. That’s probably the reason for the up front malts.

Good, but not great.


Grade: B+ (3.9 of 5)

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-06-2010

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Short’s Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA

I’m having this courtesy of the Michigan beer box my sister brought back for Thanksgiving. Thanks, Em!

Short’s American IPA is a good one. It’s murky amber color sits underneath persistent head and lacing. This is probably the headiest IPA I’ve ever poured. It smells like a standard IPA. Hops, a little roastiness, maybe some citrus tang. Taste is hop forward, like you would expect. Hops finish it too, and the malts try to peek through in the center. It’s a well-built beer.

The carbonation keeps it full in the mouth on a medium body, and it’s as drinkable as any other solid India Pale Ale. Wish it were my style.


Grade: B+ (3.9 of 5)
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Serving: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-04-2010

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Cervecera Mexicana’s La Playa Pale Lager

Out of Cervecera Mexicana, the best thing thing that La Playa has going for it is that it’s sold at Trader Joe’s. The second best thing – as a friend who gave it to me after football pointed out – is that you can mispronounce it and say "Play on Playa". And it’s always good to feel like a player sometimes.

As far as the ratings, this beer is better than Corona, and maybe on par with Miller Lite or Tecate. It looks like straw, smells like nothing – or piss, should you choose to smell your own and compare. I suppose there’s also a nice taste of corn in there, which honestly kinda hit the spot in the moment. There’s not much else.

It’s watery feel and hydrating drinkability made for a nice can of beer post football. And, it’s better than Corona. I swear it.


Grade: D (2.2 of 5)
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type: can
Reviewed on: 12-04-2010

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Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout

Hate to be boring and give this 4 out of 5 in every area, but that seems about right.

Thanks to my sister for bringing this in a Bell’s box to me from Michigan for Thanksgiving.

It pours a lovely brown with quarter-inch head that fades to easy lacing. It remains dark, but it’s not motor oil pitch – maybe just a thinner darkish brown/black. It smells mainly like a stout with coffee and chocolate – typical burnt malt stuff – and not too much of the licorice that it says it’s brewed with. Then again, when was the last time I smelled licorice?

As you drink it, you definitely get the stouty malts, but there’s also a nice bitterness and a tartness behind it. Kinda like putting a sweet tart in chocolate. Maybe that’s… licorice? In terms of the mouthfeel and drinkability, it’s a medium bodied stout at 6.0% abv. It’s not so overwhelming that you have to sip it, but it certainly does feel like pigging out on candy.

I’m a fan, but not going to be craving this tomorrow.


Grade: B+ (4 of 5)
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 12-02-2010

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Surly Hell!

Another extra from cope0021, who is a very generous dude.

This is one Hell of a lager. And a bad joke – because I’m sure it’s been made before.

Nevertheless, I’m enjoying it. Although it’s a very light pour with minimal head, it still maintains solid lacing. Further, the smell has a nice sweetness to it. This is how a good lager smells. You know it’s a lager, you know what you’re drinking. And you’re not disgusted.

It is light on taste too, though. While it does the Keller Bier style with poise, it’s just not really that tasty a style. For being as light as it is, there’s still a bready feel in the mouth that gives you something to look forward to each sip. That – combined with the low abv of it and the ease on the palate – makes this a very drinkable beer. One I would repeat en masse without regret.


Grade: B+ (3.93 of 5)
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Serving type: can
Reviewed on: 12-01-2010

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New England Brewing Company’s Sea Hag IPA

Thanks for the extra, OakedCanuck! This one made its way to me in Brooklyn by way of New England to Texas. Enjoying it while skipping on my schoolwork, because I really don’t understand the assignment.

On the pour from the can I could smell this hag without sniffing. She stinks of hops. Unfortunately, kind of like patchouli, the hops chosen – noble and cascade – are not my bag. The herbal and extra bitter notes stick through the nose into the taste. It’s somewhat balanced by caramel malts, but the end taste is just hop bitterness.

It’s balanced in the mouth, and honestly the carbonation is fine – it helps with the murky amber appearance and keeps nice lacing alive throughout the drink. It’s just not that fun a drink.


Stats:
Grade: C+ (3.25 out of 5)
ook: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Serving type: can
Reviewed on: 11-30-2010

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

Another one on the Thanksgiving beer trip. Wait… family trip.

Enjoyed it at my boy Alex’s while spanking everyone at Jenga.

It pours a rich chocolate creamy dark brown, with a quarter inch tan head that sticks around. Smells like chocolate, malts, and a bit of smoke. Really sweet. When you sip it, there are definitely notes of rich coffee, caramel, and at some point a bit of a tart fruity sweetness. Mostly dark and rich though. It’s body makes sure it’s certainly not the thickest porter, but at this abv point, Great Lakes has made a heck of a drinkable beer. Plus with the great carbonation, you don’t really mind the sometimes watery feel to it.

This is a heck of a porter. Helped my balance, too.


Stats:
Grade: A- (4.03 of 5)
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 11-30-2010
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