Style: India Pale Ale
Kegged: June 2013
Size: 16oz glass
Bottle Count: n/a
Another solid pale ale from the Cycle crew. A little spicy from the rye, short dry finish. It’s not quite as bitter as Fixie and Freewheel, and it doesn’t quite smell as great, but it’s really nice going down. Low ABV so you can drink a ton of it, too. This stuff is great for the hot weather.
Style: Berliner Weisse
Kegged: April 2013
Size: 10oz snifter
Bottle Count: n/a
Just a little taster to get me in the mood to drive up to Gainesville for the BA Roosevelt release. This is actually the beer that Mrs. Asshole and I served at our wedding. Doug also served a wine-barrel version of this at this year’s Berliner Bash (and I think it was one half of the Nooner blend from last Dec’s release). I love this stuff. Lots of raspberry and strawberry. Very, very light too, although you can’t tell because this was the last of the keg, so it looks like a smoothie. I could drink this all day.
Lucky enough to snag an early taste last night since I can’t make it to the restaurant today. This stuff is fantastic. Big nutty aroma and flavor, a touch of bourbon, and a short, although somewhat bitter, finish. I could drink it all day. Truly wish I was heading up there right now for the formal tapping, but sadly I’ll be out of town doing family stuff. *sniff*
Style: American Pale Ale
Kegged: Feb 2013
Size: 16oz pint glass
This is the sister beer to Freewheel, essentially the same beer but with different hops. It’s also the better of the two by far. Light and hoppy, with a finish that drops off a cliff, you can crush this stuff all day. Doug has (another) solid brew on his hands with this.
Yup, this is pretty much why I started doing this blog. Single-day brewery-only release, 300 growlers in the wild of this ultra-hyped beer. The release ended up being one of those all-day blurry bottle sharing affairs that ended with a hundred people lined up to get a small handful of growlers to take home and gloat about to their fellow beer nerds.
I missed out on this one when they served it at their pre-Hunahpu Day release last year, so I was pretty happy to get at it this time. It’s legit, one of those beers that does a good job of living up to the (insane) hype. It’s rich, heavy, and full, with light carbonation, fitting for the style. Tons of roast, marshmallow, toffee, vanilla, and rum, with just an echo of hoppiness in the background. Almost no alcohol burn, and more sweet than dry. I could drink at least another gallon of this without getting tired of it. Can’t wait for this year’s pre-Hunahpu.