Brewery: Evil Twin Brewing
Style: Double IPA
Other Notes: Brewed at Two Roads Brewing Company, Stratford, CT, USA for Evil Twin
Brewer Description: (from bottle) Did you like Before, During and after Christmas, maybe you thought it poured brilliantly, the alcohol was admirable will hidden and you loved how the arrogant amounts of hops numbed your mouth. This beer will knock your tongue off – it’s a tour de force in hoppiness and by far one of the craziest beer ever made by Evil Twin Brewing.
My rating: 1
My beeradvocate.com rating: 2.43
My ratebeer.com rating: 2.3
Intro: Poured from a 12oz bottle into La Chouffe tulip glass. 169:14 is printed at the bottom of the neck of the bottle so I assume that bottle date is the 169th date of 2014 which happens to be 18 June 2014.
Appearance: It poured a nice orangey gold colour with less than one finger head which receded quite quickly leaving some lace on the glass.
Aroma: Sweet malts with some light citrus and orange coming through.
Taste: Sweet. Too sweet. Like lightly carbonated orange cordial, some honey and maybe bubblegum. One thing going for it is that even at 13%, you don’t notice the alcohol at all. Some of the hoppiness does creep through the sweetness at times but not much.
Mouthfeel: Sticky, full bodied, light carbonation.
Overall: Now around 9 months from date of bottling, maybe some hoppiness was lost? But this was way too overly sweet for me. At first I thought that maybe I could enjoy half a bottle every so often, but the more and longer I think about it, I really couldn’t. Way too sweet.
Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Brewer Description: (from back label) Inspired by the mysterious creature that dwells in the deepest Arctic seas, Narwhal Imperial Stout is midnight black and bold with notes of baker’s cocoa and dark roasted coffee. This massive imperial stout is incredibly complex and explores the darkest depths of malt flavor.
My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.28
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.4
Intro: 12oz bottle packaged on 6 November 2014 as per the back label. Poured into a Westmalle goblet.
Appearance: It poured pitch black with minimal head and low retention.
Aroma: Mocha chocolate with hints of espresso at first but followed by some alcohol.
Taste: Bittersweet chocolate with some coffee. Later on some booze does show.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and velvety. Very light carbonation.
Overall: I thought that this was a decent stout. Taste wise its not the best of its style but it is certainly solid. I’ve also heard that it ages well so I may have to find another bottle to age a few years.
Other Notes: IBU 70
Brewer Description: (from Brewfist website) Orange colour West Coast style IPA. Dry and very hoppy. Grapefruit and peach nose with fruity and citrus aroma. Very American beer…
My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.12
My ratebeer.com rating: 2.9
Intro: Best before 30 May 2015 as stated on the back of the bottle. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a La Chouffe tulip glass.
Appearance: The beer poured a nice copper orange with some haze caused by some small particles suspended. One finger white head.
Aroma: Citrus aromas hit first with some light pine and light caramel malt.
Taste: Bitter and malt with light grapefruit and some other citrus. Interestingly leaves a mango aftertaste. However the fruit flavours were not really strong and did not last long which was unfortunate.
Mouthfeel: Light body with medium/high carbonation.
Overall: The beer poured nice and smell kept me interested but I think the taste failed to live up to expectations from the initial pour. The taste just seemed to be missing something which was unfortunate as everything else seemed pretty good… except that taste is probably the most important… I probably wouldn’t buy this again.
Brewery: Deschutes Brewery
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Citra, Mosaic and Nugget hops. 60 IBU
Brewer Description: (from bottle) This mouthwateringly delicious I.P.A. gets its flavor from a heavy helping of citra and mosaic hops. Don’t worry, no fruit was harmed in the making of this beer.
My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.33
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2
Intro: A friend brought this bottle to Hong Kong for me as its not available there yet. A 12oz bottle poured into a La Chouffe tulip. Best by 22 May 2015.
Appearance: Poured a deep amber orange colour with slightly less than one finger head. It’s darker than most IPAs but appears clear.
Aroma: It has a nice aroma but its not exactly leaping out. When it does appear though, its with nice tropical fruits and pine.
Taste: Mango, pineapple, more tropical fruits, pine, so good… with some grapefruit bitter ending.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, slightly sticky, medium body and medium carbonation. Feels great in my mouth.
Overall: A very nice IPA which I would definitely buy again if I could somehow get my hands on more.
Brewery: Birra del Borgo
Style: Fruit Beer
Other Notes: 21 IBU
Brewer Description: (from website) A romantic love story in a shade of pink between raspberries and our Duchessa. A passionate adventure made of spontaneous and controlled fermentation, passion, time. An extraordinary plot, to be sipped until the last drop. Rubus idaeus – raspberry – is the main character, our spelt beer Duchessa is the starting point. 100 grams of fresh fruit are added for every liter of beer; they start a wild fermentation that gives the beer a unique profile with a marked sharpness, well balanced by the berries’ smell. It perfectly substitutes a pink sparkling wine as an aperitif.
My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.98
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8
Intro: A unique bottle shape and raspberries practically sold itself to me. A 330ml bottle poured into a La Chouffe tulip glass. Label on the back says best before October 2016.
Appearance: Poured a pinkish copper (rosa according to their own website), small amount of haze and very light head
Aroma: First thought was apple juice, then lots of tart raspberries
Taste: Definitely sour, acidic, tart raspberries and strawberry
Mouthfeel: Very crisp, light body, light carbonation but a bit sticky at the end
Overall: Went down easy like drinking juice. I like the sour tart raspberry flavour but would have preferred more carbonation