Category Archives: USA

Mikkeller San Diego When Hazy Met Sally

Brewery: Mikkeller San Diego
Country: USA
ABV: 10%
Style: American Triple IPA
Other Notes: Hop Series

Brewer Description: (from can) Triple dry-hopped, New England style, Triple India Pale Ale.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.86
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 1 pint can with a Julian canned on date of 18066, meaning that it was canned on 7th March 2018, ‘I’ll have what she’s having’. Poured into a tumbler glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark orange colour with a slightly less than two finger white head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Over ripe mango, guava, light citrus, dankness, lactose, yoghurt.
Taste: Sweet, mango, apricot, light citrus bitterness, dank, resin, grass with some light alcohol booziness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: This was ok with good tropical fruit aroma and flavours, but the combination of sweetness and light booze together, just wasn’t the best for me.

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New Belgium La Folie

Brewery: New Belgium Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 7%
Style: Belgian Flanders Oud Bruin
Other Notes: 2016 vintage. Lips of Faith Series. Sour Brown Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Seriously sour, this Flanders-style reddish brown ale was aged 1-3 years in French oak barrels for mouthpuckering perfection.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.08
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 22 fl. oz. bomber, 2016 vintage, bottled on 19th December 2015. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A dark reddish brown colour with a two fingered creamy tanned head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart cherry, vinous, wine with hints of plum, raisin, oak and vinegar.
Taste: Tart, sour, cherry, plum, vinous and oak with hints of green apple. A good lasting sour finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A nice and great tasting Oud Bruin.

New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red

Brewery: New Glarus Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 4% (I think… the bottle and website don’t state this)
Style: Fruit Beer
Other Notes: Wisconsin Ale brewed with cherries

Brewer Description: (from bottle) You hold the marriage of wine and beer. Belgian Red is a tapestry of flavor. This ale is brewed with whole Montmorency Cherries, Wisconsin farmed wheat and Belgian roasted barleys, balanced by hops we aged in our brewery one full year, and then aged in oak vats. Over a pound of Door County Cherries in every bottle makes this ale uniquely “Wisconsin”. So unique, in fact, that we applied for a patent. Expect this ale to be ruby red, with a medium body that is highly carbonated and intense with cherry flavor & bouquet. Serve your friends Belgian Red in a brandy sniffer or champagne flute and toast life with ale from the land of Wisconsin.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.7
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.5

Intro: A 1 pint 9 fl. oz. bottle with no bottled on or best before date (but I think 2017 designed labels). Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A cloudy deep purple red with a big two finger beige head that had decent retention while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Tart, cherry, artificial candied cherry with hints of oak and almond.
Taste: Tart, lightly sweet, lightly sour, cherry, oak and almonds.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with low to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Wonderful as the tart and sour balanced out the sweetness leaving behind cherry and almond fruity goodness.

New Glarus Serendipity

Brewery: New Glarus Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 4% (I think… the bottle and website don’t state this)
Style: Fruit Beer
Other Notes: Wisconsin Ale brewed with apples, cranberries & cherries

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Severe drought, we shared the farmer’s horror as Wisconsin’s cherry crop failed! Dan bought what cherries he could. The apple crop fared better. Then joy! A grand Wisconsin cranberry harvest. What will Dan brew with apples, cranberries and cherries? Oh my! You hold the happy accident of Wisconsin’s favorite fruit aged in oak with an almost magical wild fermentation. Serendipity is a wondrous celebration that sparkles your senses and dances across your palate. A kaleidoscope of flavor discovered by accident in a sour ale! Cheers to the unexpected.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.53
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 1 pint 9 fl. oz. bottle with no bottled on or best before date (but I think 2017 designed labels). Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark reddish brown colour with a big three finger beige head that had decent retention while leaving some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Sweet, jammy, cherry, apple juice, cranberries.
Taste: Sweetarts, sweet and lightly tart, cherry, oak, apple and cranberry.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.
Overall: Although sweet, I think the apple/apple juice flavours balanced out that sweetness really well, and I easily preferred this over Raspberry Tart which was almost too sweet. Very drinkable goodness!

New Glarus Raspberry Tart

Brewery: New Glarus Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 4% (I think… the bottle and website don’t state this)
Style: Fruit Beer
Other Notes: Wisconsin Ale brewed with raspberries

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Treat yourself to a rare delight. The voluminous raspberry bouquet will greet you long before your lips touch your glass. Serve this Wisconsin framboise very cold in a champagne flute. Then hold your glass to a light and enjoy the jewel-like sparkle of a very special ale. Oregon proudly shares their harvest of mouth watering berries, which we ferment spontaneously large oak vats. Then we employ Wisconsin farmed wheat and year old Hallertau hops to round out this extra-vaganza of flavor. Life’s too short to wait for dessert. Enjoy!

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.12
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 1 pint 9 fl. oz. bottle with no bottled on or best before date (but I think 2017 designed labels). Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A cloudy deep dark grape red colour with a nice big three finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some sticky lacing.
Aroma: Tart, jammy, raspberry, mixed berry jello.
Taste: Sweet, tart, raspberry jam, raspberry jello with a touch of oak.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: Great aromas, but tastes probably too sweet for me. The raspberry jammy and jello flavours were nice, but because of the over sweetness, this turned into just a sipper for me.