Category: Beer Reviews

Posted on: August 10, 2023 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 1

The Great’er Pumpkin (Heavy Seas)

The Great’er Pumpkin is a Heavy Seas effort that vanquishes a great many of the faults associated with the pumpkin ale style and creates something that is heavy, intense, and fun all in the space of each 12 ounce bottle. The ale pours with a dark brown, mahogany to orange coloration and small wisps of a lightish-tan head that tenaciously remains on top of the glass. There is a powerful…

Posted on: July 25, 2023 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 1

Richard the Whale (Big Grove Brewery)

Iowa’s Big Grove Brewery has created a decidedly-dangerous brewery with their current vintage of Richard the Whale, a Russian Imperial Stout. Clocking in at over 12% ABV, Richard the Whale is able to bring the heat while showcasing some of the most sublime smoothness that we’ve ever experienced with that style. The RIS pours with a dark brown, mahogany-ish coloration and with only the slightest amount of tannish head. There’s…

Posted on: July 23, 2023 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Nine Realms Baltic Porter (False Idol)

North Richland Hill’s False Idol Brewing has released their Nine Realms, a Baltic Porter. The beer is a gem which tantalizes the taste buds with its rich and complex flavors. As a beer enthusiast that loves all forms of dark beer styles, I must say this one stands out among the crowd. With a moderate 7.5% ABV, it strikes a perfect balance between potency and drinkability, making it a must-have…

Posted on: July 6, 2023 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 1

Backwoods Bastard (Founders Brewing)

Over the last few years, finding Backwoods Bastard has been a difficult feat to the point that this eedition is the first time we’ve been able to procure a bottle. Backwoods Bastard is Founders’ Dirty Bastard (a Scotch ale) that has been placed into oak barrels for a year. The time spent in these barrels boosts the overall ABV from 8.5% to 11.2%. Backwoods Bastard pours with a rich, deep…

Posted on: June 30, 2023 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Stopping by Flying Heart Brewery (Bossier, LA)

Over the course of the last few years, we have stopped by a few Bossier/Shreveport breweries. Flying Heart was particularly popping on the weekend, and we decided to settle in and try a few of their efforts. While they had just cashed their Milk Maid Stout, we had a chance to try our their porter, Barrel 52. Pouring with a dark brown to nearly-blackish coloration and little in the way…

Posted on: May 12, 2023 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Sensible Chuckles (Sixth Sense Brewing)

Sensible Chuckles, the New England India Pale Ale from Sixth Sense Brewing in Jackson, Ohio, is a delightful brew that captivates the taste buds. With its enchanting yellow-hued appearance, this beer is a feast for the senses. As the beer is poured into a glass, one immediately notices its radiant yellow hue. This vibrant color is reminiscent of sun-kissed summer days, evoking a sense of warmth and relaxation. The intensity…

Posted on: May 10, 2023 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

2023 Moon Room Series: Altbier (Ecliptic Brewing)

Ecliptic Brewing’s Altbier (part of the 2023 Moon Room Series) is a delightful brew that showcases the brewery’s mastery of traditional German beer styles. With an ABV of 5.3% and 30 IBU, this beer strikes a harmonious balance between malty sweetness and subtle hoppiness. Pouring a deep amber to mahogany color, the Altbier entices the senses with its inviting appearance. The aroma reveals notes of toasted malt, caramel, and a…

Posted on: May 1, 2023 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Navel Gazer (New Heights) Beer Review

We were gracious enough to receive a beermail from Nashville, Tennessee’s New Heights Brewing Company. Enclosed (along with some coozies, stickers, and coolers) were the brewery’s imperial stout Navel Gazer (and a Coffee/Coconut variant) as well as their Rye India Pale Ale Tryestar. I recently had the pleasure of indulging in Navel Gazer imperial stout from Nashville’s New Heights Brewing Company. This rich and flavorful beer packs a punch with…

Posted on: March 25, 2023 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 1

StaRPM IPA (Ecliptic + Boneyard)

The StaRPM India Pale Ale has just dropped down here. The new collaboration between Ecliptic Brewing and Boneyard beer pours with a hazy yellow coloreation and a fair amount of off-white head. There’s a small amount of astringent and floral notes that issue forth from the IPA, while the initial quaff will link together both piney and more apricot-y notes. There’s a great amount of balance here that ensures that…

Posted on: March 23, 2023 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Lightpoint Functional White Ale (New Holland)

New Holland Brewing Company’s Lightpoint beer is a refreshing and low-calorie option that is sure to please beer enthusiasts who are looking for a healthier choice. This beer has a unique mouthfeel that is light and crisp based on its inclusion of coconut water, orange pael and honey. The ale has a clean finish that is perfect for those who enjoy more subdued beer notes. The effervescence of Lightpoint beer…