Archive | January, 2013

breaking the silence

16 Jan

Some of you may have noticed it has been pretty quiet here on taphandle. Brian went and gave up beer for the month. I don’t understand that concept, so I will let him explain it when he gets back online next month. As for myself, I’ve been taking it easy after all the holiday parties and cookies. But of course, I’m not totally crazy so I’m still enjoying tasty beverages when I want to indulge a little. I’m home alone this evening enjoying the instant streaming from Netflix, and I find a nice glass of beer in my hand. It’s been a while, so why not go all out with an Imperial Stout.

This one, Karl Strauss’ Wreck Alley Imperial Stout, came to me from my Cousin Mike down in California. And oh, what a treat! Rich and delicious. Full bodied with a slight chew. Chocolate and coffee all the way. My favorite. There is a slight burnt sugar or toffee quality and a hint of biscuit too. It’s slightly sweet, but balanced with a gentle bitterness and bold roast that lingers nicely. Super smooth and with 9.5% ABV, this should be a nice night cap.

Thanks Cousin Mike!

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One Hop Wonder

11 Jan

20130107_3625While watching Alabama eviscerate Notre Dame this Monday, I got to drink Knee Deep Brewing‘s (from Lincoln, CA) Citra Extra Pale Ale.  A single hopped pale ale, with Citra hops only of coarse, that clocks in at 6% ABV and 45 IBUs.  As I usually do for a tasting, I pulled the bottle out of the fridge 30 minutes before I popped the top.

This is the first beer from a large collection of beers brought to us by an old family friend of Miranda’s, Mike, from California.  Thanks Mike!  This is one of the beers he brought that I really wanted try as I have not heard of Knee Deep Brewing before and single hopped beers are a fickle bunch. Calapooia’s Simcoe and Double Mountain’s Clusterf#uck were excellent beers but so many others just were not worth remembering.  Which side of the line was this extra pale ale going to fall? Continue reading

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