Monday, April 19, 2021

Squeezy Rider

Deschutes Brewing (Bend, OR)

"Chill out with this juicy refresher that's packed with heaps of hops to bring torrential tides of tropical flavor and a dab of dankness.
Big tropical fruit punch aroma, light dank, and melon paired with clean, light malt character. Hop and yeast-driven fruity sweetness balanced with a bitterness that is laid back, leaving you care-less about IBU’s."

Huh, a beer from Deschutes that I really like ... go figure.
Lots of tropical fruitiness and even some melon flavors, but not cloying as some fruity beers seem to be.
A nice note of bitterness on the way out ending with a clean, somewhat dry finish.

ABV 7%
Hops: Cascade, Strata, Mosaic, Galaxy
Malt: 2 Row, Wheat, Munich

Saint Paddy's

Loomis Basin Brewing (Loomis, CA)

"This brown ale is light in body but dark in appearance and pours with a beautiful ivory head. Hints of chocolate and coffee with a smooth malt end."

Pleasantly smooth and malty, but just OK.

ABV 6.5%, 27 IBU 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Mind Circus

Russian River Brewing (Santa Rosa, CA)
"Mind Circus IPA has a mild bitterness and a thick, luscious mouthfeel. This style of IPA is what is being called in the beer world a “Hazy IPA”

Dominantly herbaceous and grassy, with moderate tropical notes as well as some bright citrus.
This unique hazy IPA gains its flavor of grapes and grass from the Nelson hops, and its tropical notes of pineapple and mango from the Strata hops. It is unfiltered leaving a “haze” and some yeast for more texture.
Oats were also used to add to the softer mouthfeel and hazy appearance."

Big citrus presence. More so on the nose than on the tongue. More grass, and herbs than fruit.
Full, almost creamy mouthfeel and a pleasantly bitter kick.
Not quite what I was expecting ... but very good.

ABV 7%

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Fever Dream IPA

Jackrabbit Brewing (West Sacramento, CA)

Hazy IPA
Soft citrus flavors. A velvety mouthfeel and a pleasant slightly bitter finish.
A solid example of the New England-style IPA (and a groovy label).

7% ABV

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Curious Haze

Device Brewing (Sacramento, CA)

A New England Style "Hazy" India pale ale. Straw color. Medium-light body, subtle fruity esters from the yeast, citrusy hop aroma, and low bitterness. "

Smooth, "creamy" and delicious ... I believe I'll have another.

ABV 7%, 25 IBU

Satin Sheets

 Bike Dog Brewing (West Sacramento, CA)

The "other" ingredients gave me pause ... really?!
The results, however, are impressive. Delightfully tart yet sweet citrus flavors with a surprisingly clean finish.
Perfect for this beautiful, warm spring day.

ABV 6.5%,  IBU
Hops: El Dorado, Amarillo
Other: Rock candy, Candied orange peel, and a twist of Myer lemon

Friday, March 26, 2021


Lagunitas Brewing (Petaluma, CA)

"The StereoHopic Series channels our 25+year hop love affair into a spotlight on two special varietals at a time - and the interestingnesss that happens between. This first volume shows what happens when New Zealand's citrus/mango-y specialty, Nelson Sauvin, & one of Yakima's heavy hitters, Mosaic, get together. It's truly the best of both hemispheres."

Well balanced and a whole lot of fruitiness happening. Just the right amount of sweet and bitter. Lots of hop goodness and manages a dry, clean finish.
Not many brewers do hoppy beers as well as Lagunitas.

ABV 7.2%, 65 IBU
Hops: Mosaic, Nelson

Black to Reality

Moonlight Brewing (Santa Rosa, CA)

"We use ingredients and techniques from our two favorite beers to make this uniquely refreshing Black Pilsner. Crisp and clean with a delicate bready malt presence supported by slight roast and a quick, snappy finish."

Yet another winner from Moonlight.
Deliciously bittersweet, roasted malty flavors. Somewhere in the back, I got a little bit of citrus.
Refreshingly clean finish. Certainly a beer I could sit down and really "bond" with.

5.2% ABV

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Mini Horse

Loomis Basin Brewing (Loomis, CA)

Session IPA.
Sharp bitterness, slightly soapy. Pretty good for what it is ... a hop-forward, lower alcohol IPA.

ABV: 5%

Monday, March 22, 2021

Always Good

It's important to use the right tools for the job😉
This is a traditional Bavarian-style Hefeweizen.
A deliciously refreshing unfiltered wheat beer that has the flavor of bananas and cloves. Not added flavors, but rather by-products of the yeast used (hefe in German is yeast. weizen, wheat).
An underappreciated style that you should try ... order a "Hefe" next time you're out.


 Sierra Nevada Brewing (Chico, CA)

"Set out and see where the adventure leads. Roam until your paradise appears—like this juicy, golden sunset of a beer. Take it all in with an aroma of just-picked fruit, bold hop flavor, and a bright burst of nectarine. Enjoy the ride."
*2021 Spring Seasonal

Yes, it is brewed with nectarine puree.
Not my favorite style of beer, but this one is actually pretty good. The initial hit of nectarine is a bit intense but it mellows to a pleasant level.
Seems that 7.5% ABV is higher than needed. If not for that this would be a decent summer sipper.ABV 4.8%, 17 IBU

Hops: Crystal, Mosaic, Azacca
Malt: Two-row Pale, Wheat
Yeast: Kolsch Yeast
Other: Nectarine Juice

Friday, February 26, 2021

Static Projections

 Bike Dog Brewing (West Sacramento, CA)

"Started with static and working towards a clear idea of what the world wants from us. We won't guarantee this beer with help with that understanding bit it'll make the ride more fun, aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruit, key lime, and lime."

Lime comes through on the aroma. Taste is a deliciously complex fruitiness, mostly citrus. Perhaps some tropicals.
Pine and pepper on the finish ... left me a bit "puckered".
Very good. Very, very good.

ABV 7%
Hops: Mosaic, Moutere, Motueka