Beer blogger

The independent blog for beer

The Kaiser, Avery brewing

Style: Imperial Oktoberfest Lager
Malt: Two-row barley, Vienna, Munich 10L, m-100, aromatic
Hops: Magnum, Sterling, Tettnang, Hersbrucker
ABV: 10,03%
Home town: Boulder, Colorado
Aroma: ++
Taste: +++
Drinkability: +++
Beerexperience: +++
Total: +++

I have longed to try this beer all the time since I moved to US. The label is very provocative in a silly naive US way with no knowledge of European situations(?). Misunderstand me right as we say in Sweden, the brewery does not know how badly this label would be interpreted in Europe. Avery, if you export this (which I doubt) change your label.

This beer is far too strong in alcohol and way to shallow in taste. Is that what this beer is about? In that way this is genius, politics expressed in a beer even if it is not a positive one. Can Avery be that clever or am I just imagining?

Advertisements

++++ Sierra Nevada, 12th Release Harvest Wet hop ale

Style: Wet hop ale
Malt: ——-
Hops: ——-
ABV: 6,7%
Home town: Chico, California
Aroma: +++++
Taste: +++++
Drinkability: +++
Beerexperience: ++++
Total: ++++


A very bitter and hoppy beer from Sierra Nevada. This beer has ‘fresh’ hops, from that comes the name ‘Wet hops ale’. This is a beer for hop lovers but I had expected a little bit more aroma hops. This is VERY bitter and that is fine but it doesn’t have that sweetness and boldness in the hops as some other beers in the category. Feels very heavy in it’s maltiness and maybe that is why the hops doesn’t stand out as much as I would have liked it. To balance such a high hoppines you either have to be heavy on the alcohol or heavy on the malt and this is definitely the latter. I guess that it is a matter of what you prefer.

++++ 14’er, Avery

Style: Extra special bitter
Malt: Two-row barley, caramel 120L
Hops: Bullion, Fuggle
ABV: 5,0%
Home town: Boulder, Colorado
Aroma: ++++
Taste: ++++
Drinkability: +++++
Beerexperience: ++++
Total: ++++

This ESB from Avery has a very distinct bitternes in the taste. It reminds me of the beer served at London pubs. Quite drinkable but with a lot of bitterness that tingles your mouth for another one. Avery claims that they ‘treat’ their water to simulate English hard water and maybe that is what makes english beer taste so specific. A very nice version of an english ale. Tasty.

++++ Redpoint, Avery

Style: American Amber ale
Malt: Two-row barley, caramel 75L, caramel 120L, Munich 100L
Hops: Columbus, Crystal & Sterling
ABV: 5,1%
Home town: Boulder, Colorado
Aroma: ++++
Taste: ++++
Drinkability: +++
Beerexperience: ++++
Total: ++++

Since this beer is called ‘Redpoint’, I first thought that it was a red ale. I don’t fancy red ale that much and was happy to realize that this is an amber ale.

It has a really heavy maltiness which is perfectly balanced with a high hop bitterness. It has the typical Avery ‘house taste’. It is a little bit too heavy on both the malt and hops to score a high drinkability. This is more the beer to savor in a slow pace. It almost have a little bit of a sweetness coming through which is effectively killed by the hop bitterness. A very balanced ale.

Avery are just the best, as always.

++++ Anglers, Uinta brewing company

Style: American Pale ale
Malt: ?
Hops: ?
ABV: 5,8%
Home town: Salt Lake city, Utah
Aroma: +++
Taste: ++++
Drinkability: +++
Beerexperience: +++
Total: ++++

This pale ale from the same brewery as Trader IPA is actually stronger and maltier than it’s sister. It is also less drinkable and more a beer to enjoy slowly than to quench thirst with. It is surprisingly strong for beeing a regular pale ale. The most dominating is the malt which is kind of thick. I like pale ale when I can smell and taste the hops. It is almost doubtful if I would classify this as a pale ale because it doesn’t have any of the pale ales characteristics.

++++ Trader IPA, Uinta brewing company

Style: American Indian Pale ale
Malt: ?
Hops: Centennial
ABV: 4,0%
Home town: Salt Lake city, Utah
Aroma: +++
Taste: ++++
Drinkability: +++++
Beerexperience: ++++
Total: ++++

Surprisingly light for an IPA. Nice moderate bitterness but only a hint of aroma hops. It pours a moderate light foam crown. This is one of the most drinkable IPA:s that I’ve had and I don’t know if that is good or not. If I want a drinkable beer I would choose a regular pale ale but when I drink an IPA it is a beer that I expect to savor more and enjoy drinking slowly.

This is not a bad beer but it doesn’t stick out. I would have been more happy with it if it would have been marketed as a regular pale ale. I don’t think that I EVER have had an IPA with this low alcohol content, only 4% ABV.

+++++ Wildfire, Uinta brewing Company

Style: American Pale ale
Malt: ?
Hops: ?
ABV: 4,0%
Home town: Salt Lake city, Utah
Aroma: +++++
Taste: +++++
Drinkability: +++++
Beerexperience: +++++
Total: +++++

I found this beer first time on draft at Brewskys in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The female bartender told me that it had a ‘peculiar’ taste and offered me a free test of the beer. I found the beer to be quite hoppy like an IPA but not as malty or high in alcohol. It is a very drinkable beer with a very distinct taste.