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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Tue Jun 30, 2015 4:53 pm

For a more traditional drink, I really enjoy Firestone Walker's "DBA" and "805" light ales. I don't know if you can get the 805 up there; it was originally only available in the 805 area code, where the brewery is located.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:25 pm

If you are used to heavier English-style beer (I guess you yanks call it ale), then IPA is a nice refresher, lighter weight but still with good bitter flavor. But If you are used to American light-weight fizzy drinks, then IPA probably has a bite that you're not used to. On the other hand, in these more cosmopolitan times, it may be fairer to say that IPA has to compete with lager beers (which weren't around in England when IPA was invented), and for a lot of people, even the best IPAs can't hold a candle to good lager. Personally, I'm in the middle. I think good lager is probably better than good IPA, but there's an awful lot of bad lager around, and a good IPA supplies some actual flavor by comparison.

Meanwhile, I'm drinking Rhum Barbancourt (from Haiti) and Jamaican ginger beer.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:55 am

I'd like a recommendation for a beer that is full-bodied and flavorful without bitterness.

Light beers taste like piss. IPAs are too bitter/ascerbic. Stouts are like eating a whole loaf of bread.

I like my beers like I like my women.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:16 am

Try this. Best drink I've ever tasted.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:29 am

I'll look for it.
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I like my beers like I like my women.
Full-bodied but not too heavy, with a good head, memorable character, intoxicating but not overwhelming, not bitter, bubbly, flat bottomed, available, enhances any meal, won't come back on you later, warm at night and icy cool on a hot day, looks good in something transparent.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Tue Jul 07, 2015 3:41 pm

NoCoPilot wrote:
I like my beers like I like my women.
Goes down easy. (and big tits. does beer have tits?)


My wife brought home a new beer for me to sample. It's New Belgium Skinny Dip, a seasonal beer. It has a nice, hoppy flavor, just a bit reminiscent of IPA. I've mentioned that I don't like IPA, but the slight sort-of-IPA flavor of this is quite nice, so don't be put off by the first sip (or swallow, or glug). It will never be one of my favorite beers, but it is really quite nice, just for a bit of a change.

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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Tue Jul 07, 2015 3:50 pm

I believe I've had that before.  I seem to remember it's a lot like the Sam Adams Summer Ale.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Tue Jul 07, 2015 3:58 pm

I tried the Summer Ale. Didn't care for it. Seemed bland, if I recall correctly (and there's no reason why I should). In fact, I don't think I've liked any of the Sam Adams brews I've had.

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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Tue Jul 07, 2015 4:13 pm

_Howard wrote:
NoCoPilot wrote:
I like my beers like I like my women.
Goes down easy. (and big tits. does beer have tits?)
No, but it can have a long neck, a little sweat, and an open mouth.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:41 pm

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My wife brought home a new beer for me to sample. It's New Belgium Skinny Dip, a seasonal beer.
Yesterday I bought a New Belgium "Folly" sampler half case:
* 4 bottles of New Belgium Somersault
* 2 bottles of New Belgium Fat Tire
* 2 bottles of New Belgium Snapshot
* 2 bottles of New Belgium Blue Paddle
* 2 bottles of New Belgium Slow Ride

I just had a Somersault. VERY smooth and velvety, not a trace of bitterness.  Possibly my new favorite beer.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:21 pm

My wife couldn't find the Somersault when she went shopping last week.
The Fat Tire is also very good. One of my favorites.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Tue Jul 14, 2015 5:42 pm

New Belgium Blue Paddle.

Listed as a Pilsener (isn't that usually "Pilsner"?). Big family resemblance to the Somersault, similarly velvety, similarly well behaved under pressure. Just a skosh more bite and body to it, what I think of as Ale Balls.

Nice combination. A good beer for drinking instead of a meal.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Tue Jul 14, 2015 5:58 pm

A fly fell into my glass while I was typing the above, and drowned. I don't think he was as fond of it as I am -- I fished him out and finished the glass.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Tue Jul 14, 2015 6:50 pm

New Belgium Slow Ride (with dinner). It is what's called a Session IPA.

Has the distinctive flavor of dandelions, or kale, or something.  Not one of my favorites.  2/3 of it went down the drain.

Reviews online speak of "pine" and "citrus" highlights. Nope: dandelion greens all the way.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Thu Jul 16, 2015 12:03 pm

New Belgium Snapshot, listed as a wheat beer.

Unlike the other New Belgiums this one is cloudy, with a bit more body to it. It's still pretty smooth and mannered, but you get the sensation this is a food not a beverage. I'm having it with a Thai chicken wrap and frankly, it's too much to drink all at once. I'll finish it later.

Tastes good though.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Sun Jul 19, 2015 9:01 am

Yesterday I accidentally drank one of the New Belgium Fat Tires.

I've had it before, it's good. Very similar to the Blue Paddle.

I was reaching for a Raspberry Ginger Brew (from Reed's) but it was behind the milk and I didn't notice what I had til I poured it out. I drank it, but it wasn't what I was in the mood for.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Sat Aug 08, 2015 12:33 pm

Brooklyn Summer Ale. It's not actually brewed in Brooklyn, but it's not too far away (upstate a bit, in Utica NY). Anyway, quite floral and citrussy, seemed quite appropriate for a warm afternoon sip.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Sat Aug 08, 2015 12:36 pm

Bought some Amstel this week. Figured the beer in Holland was pretty good, and everything else at the grocery store was an IPA.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Sun Aug 09, 2015 5:45 pm

It is.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:20 pm

Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron.

It's a malt beverage. Quite sweet, but not cloyingly so.
And at 12% alcohol, it's a great time saver.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Sat Aug 15, 2015 3:26 pm

Firestone Walker §ucaba.

Last of the bottle. Yum, yum. But easy does it: 13.5% alcohol.
If God was real, he would drink nothing else.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Sun Jan 03, 2016 5:14 pm

Old Numbskull.
It's a barley wine, so it's eleven percent alcohol. It will get your skull numb; no doubt about that.

Not my favorite by any means, I have had much better from the same brewery. But still enjoyable.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Sun Jan 03, 2016 5:31 pm

When I finished the sixpack of Henry Weinhard Private Reserve, I went looking for something to replace it.

I came home with another Sixpack of Private Reserve. It's not a very ambitious brew, but it's very solid and pleasant. I'm still not in the mood for an IPA so Private Reserve is perfect.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Mon May 23, 2016 12:53 pm

After the Private Reserve I bought a Sixpack of Sam Adams Boston Lager, another reliable but not very ambitious brew.

Yesterday, having finished almost all the Sam Adams, I brought home a sixpack of Shiner Bock because it was on sale.  I don't think I've had it before.  It's very good.

Dark amber in color, but not heavy like a stout.  It feels very light on the tongue, almost like a light beer, with essentially no aftertaste.  It has just a touch of that ale bite to it, but because the body is so light it disappears in your mouth before the bite takes hold.

I'm liking this.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Mon May 23, 2016 1:00 pm

Yesterday, me wife brought me some New Belgium Black Lager.

Your description of Shiner Bock fits the New Belgium perfectly.
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