Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Let's do this right! T-shirt Tuesday

I can't believe I haven't posted this shirt yet! I found this one at Target a few months ago, may the force be with you, always.

53  shirts listed and 312 to 365?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Flying Dog: Snake Dog IPA

As beer distribution changes, and it inevitably does, some of my old favorites have become difficult for me to find around Knox Co. My cherished Flying Dog; Stray Dog twelve-pack and the Magic Hat seasonal twelve-packs are nearly a thing of the past. I do have a few of these beers cabineted away and recently revisited a few bottles of Snake Dog IPA.

As the photo indicates, Snake Dog pours a clear, copper with plenty of carbonation. The first sip is well balanced between the pale malt and citrus like hops. The fruity hops are dominant but remain mild for an American IPA.

Overall, a craftily, if not masterfully balanced IPA. The Snake Dog logo is pretty scary too. I need to stat up this beast for some random encounters.

   Grade: 4.25 of 5 pints.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Brooklyn Brewery: Pennant Ale '55

Since this one is called Pennant Ale I made the assumption that it would be a Summer Ale style. Brooklyn Pennant Ale is not a Summer Ale style but I'm certainly not complaining. Brooklyn Brewery has unique ideas for this tribute to the 1955 Dodgers.

Pennant Ale pours a clear amber color with moderate carbonation and light, bubbly head. The first sip is well balanced but with more hops than a Summer Ale. This is a very traditional Pale Ale, certainly not over hopped, a very palatable and enjoyable beverage.

Grade: 4 of 5 possible pints.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Yuengling Premium Lager

Here's a new drink from the good folks at Yuengling. Apparently "premium" doesn't mean what I think, in regards to beer. I would think that "premium" would mean excellent, or superior, but, in regard to beer, I believe it indicates the beer is brewed with premium cereal grains. ( I gonna look this up when I finish writing this review.)

Yuengling Premium is not the first premium lager which I have sampled. Perhaps the use of "premium" on the beer labels is just code for "Buy this beer Chris!" I can't say that the beer style disappoints me but all the "Premium" beer labels might as well read, "Lite Beer by Miller," as they all seem to be made with light malts, corn and rice and no noticeable barley.

Yuengling Premium seems to be a good example of this style, it's just not one of my favorite beer styles.

Grade: 2.5 out of 5 possible pints.