Category Archives: USA

de Garde Riesling Ivy

Brewery: de Garde Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 7%
Style: Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A spontaneous Wild Ale with Riesling grapes aged in oak barrels for two years.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.03
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. corked and capped bottle, bottled in March 2021. Poured into a Tilquin stemmed glass.
Appearance: A very nice clear golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass, while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Light tartness, sweet Riesling, with notes of pear, honey, and oak.
Taste: Lightly sour and tart, Riesling grapes, pear, green apple, oak, and a touch of lemon zest.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation (overly so).
Overall: The look and aroma was great, and the taste was nice, but the over carbonation did affect the experience as it was a touch uncomfortable on the palate. I would love to try this again with less carbonation.

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Jester King Farmhouse Ale Refermented with Texas Summer Melons

Brewery: Jester King Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 5.8%
Style: Farmhouse Saison – Fruit
Other Notes: Watermelons, Casaba Melons, Santa Claus Melons, Sugar Kiss Melons

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Farmhouse Ale with Texas Summer Melons seeks to express and preserve the savory, decadent, and highly aromatic character of Texas melons in a way that only wild fermentation with native yeast can do. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.25
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 750ml bottle, batch #1, bottled on October 2020. Poured into a Tilquin stemmed glass.
Appearance: It was a clear straw yellow golden colour, with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly, while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Light funk, citrus zingy, tart, cucumber, melons, and lemon zest.
Taste: Tart, lightly sour, melons, cucumber, lemon zest, with a moderately funky finish.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Light, refreshing and really easy to drink. I’m not familiar with most of the melons involved, but I do generally enjoy melons and this was no exception.

Phase Three Pressed Coffee + Stroopwafel

Brewery: Phase Three Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 12%
Style: Porter – Imperial
Other Notes: Tugboat coffee

Brewer Description: (from Untappd) Imperial porter with Tugboat coffee and stroopwafels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.37
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 7th July 2022 (maybe but hard to read), poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a thin brown head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Light roast, vanilla, milk sugar, caramel, waffle biscuit, with light cinnamon notes.
Taste: Sweet, light roast, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, waffle, with notes of granola and cinnamon, while being a touch bitter on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied, sticky, with soft carbonation.
Overall: If a beer has to be sweet, stroopwafel aromas and flavours definitely work for me, and in this case, it was incorporated very nicely with coffee, making for an enjoyable sipper.

Equilibrium Light at the End of the Tunnel

Brewery: Equilibrium Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 6.8%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA

Brewer Description: (from Untappd) Light At The End of The Tunnel uses Photon as its inspiration with some modifications and upgrades including an all Survivable hop blend for the whirlpool and a large dose of Lupomax Citra in addition to a supersized Photon hop bill. Aromas and flavors of soft pineapple, navel orange, stone fruit, EQ’s rainbow melon, and lime juice radiate with a touch of pine resin at the finish making this beer an easy drinking accompaniment to celebrate the fact that we hopefully have the finish line in site.

My rating: 3-
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.56
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 1 pint can, with no clear canned on or best before date. Poured into a winebar glass.
Appearance: A hazy orange colour with an almost two finger white head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Orange, melon, lime, with maybe notes of pineapple.
Taste: Bitter, orange rind, melon, lime, lemon zest, and a touch herbal, floral spicy.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: It’s drinkable, but generally the aroma and flavours just wasn’t exactly my thing, especially when compared to other Equilibrium NEIPAs that I’ve tried.

Equilibrium x Weldwerks Tera Bitrate Fluctuation

Brewery: Equilibrium Brewery x Weldwerks Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 8.5%
Style: New England / Hazy Double IPA

Brewer Description: (from Untappd) Our collab with Weldwerks amps up the hop bill to near extreme levels. Using the same base with an adjusted hop schedule, Citra Incognito, Citra T-90’s and Idaho7 was added to the whirlpool with a huge dry hop of Strata, Citra, Galaxy, and Bru-1. Tera Bitrate Fluctuation pours with aromas of pineapple chunks, mango, and lime with juicy flavors of pineapple in syrup, ripe mango, lime gummy wedges, fruit punch box drink, and a touch of Anjou pear. Despite the amount of hops, this beer is extremely bright and crushable with a pulpy mouth feel and a dank lime custard note and our #EQjuice finish.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 1 pint can, with no clear canned on or best before date. Poured into a winebar glass.
Appearance: A hazy orange colour with a two finger white head that had good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: A little weak, but there’s pineapple, citrus zest, lime.
Taste: Lime, citrus zest, pineapple, candied citrus.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Aroma was a bit weak, and while flavours were interesting, they weren’t among my favourites.