Category Archives: USA

Mikkeller San Diego Fruit Face with Cranberry Rhubarb & Orange

Brewery: Mikkeller San Diego
Country: USA
ABV: 4%
Style: German Berliner Weisse
Other Notes: Berliner Series.

Brewer Description: (from can) Berliner style Weisse beer brewed with cranberry, rhubarb and orange.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.71
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A one pint can with a Julian canned on date of 32517 (I think, as it was a bit blurred), meaning that it was canned on 21st November 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy pinkish orange colour with a big two finger white head that dissipated quite quickly while leaving only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Wheaty, orange, mixed berries with a hint of lemon.
Taste: Tart orange and lemon, wheat, with hints of mixed berries and rhubarb.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: This had nice tartness but just a bit too grainy for me.

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Mikkeller San Diego Easy Ryeder

Brewery: Mikkeller San Diego
Country: USA
ABV: 7%
Style: Rye Beer
Other Notes: Hop Series. Keep It Easy

Brewer Description: (from can) Wheat India Pale Ale Brewed with Rye.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.92
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A one pint can with a Julian canned on date of 17355, meaning that it was canned on 21st December 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A clear copper amber colour with an almost three finger off white head that had good retention while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Sweet, pineapple, caramel malt, rye, pine, citrusy orange and grass.
Taste: Sweet, marmalade, mandarin, orange and pineapple with caramel malt, rye and pine lightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Quite a nice Wheat Rye IPA??? (I guess) Although perhaps it felt slightly too sweet at times.

Ballast Point Victory At Sea – Peppermint

Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 10%
Style: American Imperial Porter
Other Notes: AKA Peppermint Victory At Sea. Porter with coffee & natural flavors

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A winning combo of coffee, vanilla & mint. This Peppermint Victory At Sea is a festive take on our popular Imperial Porter. We took our trademark robust porter brewed with Caffe Calabria coffee and vanilla and added a dose of refreshing peppermint. The trio of flavors play perfectly on your palate – the brew’s sweet roastiness balances nicely with a cool, minty finish.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.72
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 22 fl. oz. bomber with a Julian bottled on date of 16292, meaning it was bottled on 18th October 2016. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A dark brown colour with a big two finger tanned head that had pretty good retention while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Peppermint, coffee, chocolate with hints of vanilla.
Taste: Peppermint coolness, roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and vanilla sweetness with some light bitterness from the coffee.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: The aroma of peppermint and chocolate matched well together, however in the taste, the peppermint and coffee flavours seemed to be clashing with each other a bit and didn’t mesh together as well as I would have liked.

Ballast Point Unfiltered Sculpin

Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 7%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 70 IBUs. Exrta-hopped India Pale Ale

Brewer Description: (from website) Our trophy beer, extra-hopped and unfiltered. Our Unfiltered Sculpin IPA packs extra hops into every sip, enhancing the classic Sculpin notes of fresh apricot, peach, mango and lemon with a slight haze and less bitterness. Freshness is key to every beer, but especially true for this extra-hopped IPA—store cold and drink soon.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.85
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 17321, meaning that it was bottled on 17th November 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy bright copper orange colour with quite a bit of floaties slowly settling at the bottom of the glass. There was also a two finger off white head that had great retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Tropical fruit mango, pineapple and apricot at the start followed closely by grapefruit and light pine.
Taste: Sweet-ish pineapple, orange and apricot followed by bitter grapefruit zest, citrus rind, pine and a light touch of biscuit at the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice and easy to drink and an interesting twist on the original. However, I definitely prefer the original and grapefruit version over this. Still worth a try though.

Stone Imperial Russian Stout Chai-Spiced

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 10.6%
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Other Notes: 2015 odd year release. Ale with tea and spices added

Brewer Description: (from bottle) As it stands, the classic version of Stone Imperial Russian Stout is deep, dark , rich, roasty and perhaps even a bit sinful. The “Odd Beers for Odd Years” part of the journey means the coming of each odd-numbered year provides the opportunity to take this traditional beer to new and mysterious places, embarking on an exploratory odyssey enabled by strikingly flavorful elements applied to a lovely onyx canvas. This beer, the latest “Odd” transubstantiation, takes inspiration straight from the spice aisle, incorporating an array of ingredients assembled to emulate the flavors of authentic chai tea. Cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ginger, a dash of black pepper and a dose of black tea combine with Stone Imperial Russian Stout’s incumbent flavors to take it deep into exotic, previously unfathomed territory. Expect a touch of earthiness in combination with a warm, tantalizing spiciness. As a one-time brew with enduring character, Stone CHAI-SPICED Imperial Russian Stout is crafted to be contemplated fresh or cellared under proper conditions for many years so that it may live on not only in one’s memory, but on his or her taste buds as well.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.84
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 22 fl. oz. bomber, 2015 odd year release, bottled on 23rd March 2015. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a thin half finger brown head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the glass, while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Strong cinnamon and cardamom with roasted malts, cocoa and chocolate in the background. There were also hints of ginger and clove.
Taste: Follows the aroma quite closely with lots of spices, cinnamon and cardamom, spicy ginger and clove with hints of roastiness, cocoa and chocolate in the background.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: Almost three years on, and the “Chai” is still dominating the aroma and taste. Personally I would say it was still a bit too dominating while the nice flavours of the base Imperial Russian Stout were overpowered.