Avalanche Ale (5.41% ABV)

There are a number of problems that I have noticed with the different Amber Ales that are on the market. If they are something like Killian’s, they may have a decent flavor but possess no (or incredibly little of a) bite. However, those that are a little too happy when it comes to including hops may make something that is much too bitter to properly appreciate. Breckenridge’s Avalanche Ale is able to come forth with a great blend of bitter and sweet, making for a solid beer that one can put away.

The Avalanche Ale is a perfect palette cleanser, as the somewhat sharp hop side will wash away any beef or pork; it’s eclectic flavor allows it to also be paired nicely with chicken or fish. The hop bite present in Avalanche Ale is fairly assertive but does not tend to stick around. Each subsequent sip with re-introduce imbibers to this nuanced flavor, which links citrus, grain and woodsy elements together.

Keep an eye on Breckenridge in the months to come – they have some interesting efforts that either have or will be hitting storefronts. Any fan of Amber Ales should search out Avalanche Ale; the unique qualities of this beer should make it a mainstay in a refrigerator.

Rating: 8.5/10

Avalanche Ale (5.41% ABV) / Breckenridge Brewery / http://www.breckbrew.com/

Philadelphia Pale Ale (4.6% ABV)

I feel that a great number of the microbreweries that are currently in operation make beer that is ultimately forgettable. However, there are a few intrepid breweries that are able to push forward and create unique beers that should be checked out. Yards Brewing Company has done just that in their Philadelphia Pale Ale. There is a nuanced taste to the beer that will be tremendously compelling to those that are not typically fans of the Pale Ale style; the different fruit notes that are present in the beer moderate the hop bite in a good form.

No matter where an individual is at in a bottle of the Philadelphia Pale Ale, there is a refreshing quality to the beer that works admirably as a palette-cleanser. What results in the Philadelphia Pale Ale is a beer that should replace any “working” beer (Bud, Coors) in terms of what one can sit back, have a few of, and just relax. The much more flavorful style of the Philadelphia Pale Ale will make drinking something that one can appreciate, rather than just being a way to get messed up. If you find yourself in a place that has any Yards efforts, make it a point to pick them up.

Their brilliant work in creating new and fresh tastes while touching upon currents and styles that are time tested are precisely why the brewery is at the top of its game. Check them out today.

Rating: 9.0/10

Philadelphia Pale Ale (4.6% ABV) / Yards Brewing Company / http://www.yardsbrewing.com/

Homunculus Beer Review

The beer comes out with a very yellow-orange color and an opaqueness that immediately establishes the effort as pretty unique. The whitish-yellow head that pours out added to the slightly astringent nose provide imbibers with a few hints about the beer, but it does take a few solid swigs to get a better appreciation for the beer. There is some sweetness to be had, but it is moderated substantially by the presence of a slightly more bitter, hop-laden flavor profile.

The enjoyable range of temperatures for Homunculus is fairly substantial, as different characteristics of the release come out at different levels. Where a great many efforts of the “Golden” variety seem to have little in the way of a backbone, the hoppy bite of the Homunculus makes this beer into the perfect palette cleanser. This sharpness will be loved by some and may be a little too assertive for others – I believe that having a few bottles of the Homunculus and allowing it to rest in the bottle will provide a fully different experience in 2012, 2013, or whenever one can get to before cracking open the bottle.

Regardless of when this happen, what individuals should expect when it comes to this beer is a complex experience that blows the top off of what one should expect from the “Golden Ale” designation. Make sure to buy Homunculus before August, as the Farmhouse Ale will look to replace it as the current offering in the “Big Beer Series” lineup.

Homunculus / Smuttynose Brewing Company / http://www.smuttynose.com
Rating: 8.3/10

Monk’s Blood (Beer)

Since we have started the beer reviews section at NeuFutur. I feel that our love for the stuff has drastically decreased. This is likely due to the fact that a great number of breweries create efforts that are not too terribly offensive. However, we have received a beer in the 21st Amendment Brewing’s Monk’s Blood that really recreates our love for the stuff.

This beer comes out of the can extremely dark, with a coloration that provides the beer with its name. There is little lacing present; the head pours with a much darker color than many. I believe that the softly-stated top of the beer shows that all the bells and whistles usually associated with beers have been placed into the flavor profile. What is perhaps most surprising about Monk’s Blood has to be the taste given its 8.3% alcohol by volume; there are hints of fruit alongside vanilla and other spices. Monk’s Blood’s flavor changes slightly dependent on whether individuals drink it at room temperature or cold.

I personally felt that many of the flavors that come out when the beer has been chilled are muted at a warmer temperature, while being at room temperature leads to a more nuanced experience. The Monk’s Blood does a great job in ramping up the alcohol content, keeping heavy flavors down, while providing imbibers with something that is considerably different from what the vast number of other independent breweries are currently doing. Look for the Monk’s Blood at your local beer store; the 4-pack will run about $10 and should be seen as worth every penny. Simply put, this is perhaps the best beer that we have had so far in 2011.

Rating: 9.3/10

Monk’s Blood (Beer) / 21st Amendment Brewing / http://www.21st-amendment.com

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Boulevard Pilsner (4.8% ABV)

This beer begins its pour in a tremendously effervescent way, which will ensure a solid inch-plus head in a pilsner glass, no matter how carefully individuals pour. The continual bubbliness of the beer is a sight to see, while there is little in the way of nose to speak of. The first taste of the Boulevard Pilsner provides imbibers with two distinct sides. First off, there is a decidedly run-of-the-mill American-style beer taste to be had, meaning that fans of Schaefer, Piels, or even Pabst Blue Ribbon will be happy. However, Boulevard has given more experienced beer-drinkers something to chew on – in each sip of the Pilsner, there is a slight bite towards the end that replaces the overwhelming sweetness of some of those aforementioned beers. Continue reading “Boulevard Pilsner (4.8% ABV)”

Breckenridge Summerbright Ale (Beer)

After we opened up the beer side of the alcohol review section, I found myself in a serious quandary. We were receiving some seriously full-body beers, and were not getting too much in the way of more mild or properly seasonal types of efforts. The Summerbright beer is the perfect middle ground between these tremendously deep and full-bodied beers and the more familiar, macro styles of portable bread. Saying that, there is a tremendous versatility present in the Summerbright Ale that allows individuals of all (legal) ages, beer familiarities, and tastes to enjoy this. Continue reading “Breckenridge Summerbright Ale (Beer)”

Avery: The Reverend (Quadrupel Ale)

This beer retails at around $6-7, and it provides quite a kick considering that it clocks in at 10%. Take that into consideration with the fact that it’s a bomber, and one has essentially 4 beers under one’s belt after killing this bottle. The light coloring of the beer itself belies this heavy alcohol content, as the head quickly dissipates. The Reverend comes through with a decently light nose, one that showcases the more fruit-based taste of the beer while hiding a great deal of the alcohol content. Continue reading “Avery: The Reverend (Quadrupel Ale)”

Mothership Wit (Beer)

For those crunchy individuals, New Belgium’s Mothership Wit is the brewery’s first organically-crafted beer. Where it seems like in the last few years that companies have been more than happy to slap an organic tag on a shoddily-produced or crafted good, New Belgium has made one of the best beers that I’ve had this year. The white head and incredibly lightly-colored yellow of the beer itself hide how delectable the Mothership Wit turns up being. Continue reading “Mothership Wit (Beer)”

India Pale Ale (6.30% ABV)

It just strikes me that a number of IPAs have not been done right in the slightest. The bitterness that I have experienced form some of these efforts nearly put me off to the style, but Avery has done much with their IPA to bring me back into the flock. Upon pouring this beer, there is a clearish gold tint to the beer itself, while the inviting foam of the head pours pretty lightly. I know that I still will prefer a darker beer whenever it is placed in front of me, but there are a number of reasons why individuals that are wishing to experience a great IPA should pick up a sixer of Avery’s contribution to the style. Continue reading “India Pale Ale (6.30% ABV)”

Out of Bounds Stout (5.1% ABV)

There is a nice, light tan head that pours with decently thick lacing, with a very light nose present outside of the bottle. The initial taste is a blend of toasted coffee and chocolate, having more in the way of bite compared to other stouts. Where the Out of Bounds Stout weighs in as a lighter ABV than a number of microbrewery stouts and heavier than some traditional (English, Irish) ones, there seems to be a distinctive, unique taste that really distinguishes the Out of Bounds Stout as something special. Continue reading “Out of Bounds Stout (5.1% ABV)”