Showing posts with label American Pale Ale. Show all posts
Showing posts with label American Pale Ale. Show all posts

May 2, 2018

3 Floyds Space Station Middle Finger American Pale Ale


Recently a friend sent me a text after returning from a road trip. It said "Just got back from a road trip. Picked you up a souvenir while passing through Munster, Indiana." I wonder what it might he might've of gotten to give me. A copy of the NWI Times? A t-shirt that says Calumet Shoreline on it?

No and No. You say Munster, Indiana to any good beer loving denizen on the planet and there's only one thing that comes to mind.

That is, of course, 3 Floyd brewery. In the land where Smashin' Transistors sit, their beers are not at all distributed. Because of that, the chance of getting to taste one is pretty uncommon. It's always a special day when they can be. I hadn't had the Space Station Middle Finger before so away we go.

Bright orange and slightly hazing in color, a soft pour produced a slight head the stuck around as a light cap for a while. Tart and tropical were big on the aroma agenda. Grapefruit, pineapple and mango all came to the forefront when giving it a sniff. Back those up were wafts of white pepper, honey and pine.

The grapefruit is pretty huge in the flavor department too. Not a tongue piercer or anything but definitely bringing a bit of a pucker up front. Melon, pineapple, mango and apricot notes hang around the middle bringing something a little sweet and slightly musky. As the beer breaths, characteristics of honey and freshly baked biscuits come to the fore. The neat complexities close out with some dashes of ground pepper and lemongrass. The finish is crisp and slightly astringent but not sticky.

If you're an aficionado of beers with a bit of a juicy fruit profiles or dig some hop bite in your brew but are a bit burnt out on some of the ones out there now where the hops bomb everything in sight decimating nuances like, y'know malts and grains, this is one to seek out and enjoy.
Flip the bird and sip the brew at 3 Floyds

Jun 1, 2012

Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale

     "YOU DON'T PUT CRAFT BEER IN CANS."
     I have heard that said many times now. Sure, the belief of such is a legit one. When a person thinks of canned beer they think of beer gutted old guys knocking back clear yellow, adjunct grained, light lagers while yelling at the TV, their kids, their wives and et cetera.
     They think of shotgunning tons at underaged parties, puking their guts out and then getting grounded, or worse, by their folks the next day.
     Most beer snobs will think of many, many things when it comes to brews in a can but usually not "Oh man! That stuff is so awesome."
     Over the last few years though some breweries have been doing their best to change that assumption. Oskar Blues in Colorado comes to mind instantly though there are others that can be mentioned of course. Another one that be added to the list is Southern Star Brewing out of Conroe, Texas.
     Cloudy clover honey in color and a thick and creamy head that hangs tight for awhile until melting into sticky film lacing the glass sight along this is not some old guy beer that the corner store always makes sure it has lots of stock on when the social security and pension checks come in.
     The beers name rings true in the aroma as the hops waft with a morning walk through the pine woods scent. It's not a jump out at you kind of bouquet but is obvious as it mixes with a smell of fresh baked biscuits from the strong malt backbone.
     On first sip the malts are the first thing the tastebuds notice. A bit of toast and caramel first are then followed by a tartness that of green apple and mango. Interestingly enough though is like how the piney hop nuances where floating around in the scent of this modestly carbonated, medium mouthfeel brew but not glaring is also how they come out in the flavor. They wait to almost the finish to make their presence known bringing out some pepper and spice that becomes more pronounced with each sip. It then ends with crisp and clean with the sour fruit undertones that were noticed in the middle.
     Say what you want about beer in a can but the stigma's about it sure get a bad rap at times when it comes to companies putting things with interesting complexities such as this brew in them. Can's are just a storage and shipping vessel anyway. Pour it into a glass to drink it. While you are at it-grab and pour me another one of these too. Good stuff.
http://www.southernstarbrewery.com/

May 7, 2010

Tap Room No 21's Moe's Backroom Pale Ale

So I am Kroger the other day picking up some groceries needed to get through the weekend. I don't usually peruse the beer aisle there normally though but they do carry a few things (some Bell's, Great Lakes, Sierra Nevada, the occasional New Holland) that strike my fancy especially when they're on sale. None of the above were any of the featured deals but this pale ale was. I'd never heard of it so I was instantly suspicious of it being another megabrewery stab at trying to appear like a little upstart that somehow fought it's way on the the giant grocery store chain shelves. The bottle didn't give me any clue at all but, with being on quite a budget these days thanks to Michigan's completely tanked economy, the price was right so I figured it was worth giving it a shot either way.
Light amber in color with quite a bit of visible carbonation in the glass. The head was fizzy, had absolutely no firmness and depleted very quickly. I could've swirled the brew around in the glass for minutes on end and there'd still be no lacing also (Yes, I tried to make it happen too by doing just that). Not off to a good start at all. The aroma showed something wrong too. At it's best it reminded me of Abita's Christmas Ale (which out of all the Christmas Ale's/Winter Warmers I tried that past season stuck out in my mind to never bother trying again). That's at it's best and me being nice about it though. It actually smelled closer to a stale Labatt's Blue that some one tried to fancy up by adding a handful brown sugar to it and then filtering it through a box of corrugated cardboard.
The taste is mostly metallic, aluminum foil to be exact, with a trace of sickly sweet malt. There is a little puff of something for a second in the back end that may be hops but they taste almost artificially enhanced and disappear as soon as they appear. The aftertaste was what it smelled like.
I did some checking around on this and though the label says it's brewed in Rochester, NY the parent company is City Brewing of La Crosse, Wisconsin. I hate to bag on Wisconsin because as any reader of this blog knows some of my favorite people, music and things come from that state. I started to make a joke that maybe City Brewing was a microbrewery version of former La Crosse mass contract cheap beer brewing company G. Heileman only to find out that City Brewing IS the company that purchased the original G. Heileman brewery a couple years back.
There are some in the beer geek world that say the big breweries shouldn't be knocked for trying to make "craft style" beers because it may introduce folks to something better than they usually drink leading them to be more adventurous and trying some of the actual honest to goodness real microbrews out there. I'm cool and fine & dandy with that but if this was someone's introduction to what else is out there other than macro adjunct lagers I would not blame them if they just wanted to stick with what they can find at any given mini-mart. I've toughed my way through some beers that I didn't care for eventually finishing the 6 pack over a few weeks. This is the first time in a long time I've dumped 4 uncapped beers (Yeah, Two is all I could stand. Seeing them in my fridge kept making me shudder) down the drain. If I ever see this Moe guy in his backroom I am going to make him give back my $7.49 plus tax and deposit.
http://www.taproom21.com/