Hop Ottin’ IPA

Hop Ottin IPA CapHop Ottin’ IPA – the beer brewed by hippies. I have no idea if this was actually brewed by hippies, but the skunky scent that hit me when I cracked this beer made me think the bottle might be packed with gooey high-grade. And, it was brewed in a solar powered brewery. Only hippies want to save the world from oil domination, right? At least this beer doesn’t have hemp seeds floating in it. In all seriousness, we need energy independence. Politics done.

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As I took my first sip of this beer, I thought, “Damn! I just poured hops juice in mouth.” This is a hoppy, hoppy beer. As I adjusted to the shock, I began to enjoy the hops juice. It’s bold though. This is a full-bodied beer that’s a bit overwhelming.

Would I buy this beer again? No, I don’t think so. It’s a bit too much for me. I liked it, but it’s not something I think I’d enjoy repeatedly. Should you try this beer? If you like hops, this will blow you away. If not, try it to remind yourself why you don’t like hoppy beers.

I enjoyed the experience of Hop Ottin’ IPA, but it’s too strong to give more than 3/5 caps to. However, it’s a high 3/5 caps.

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Budweiser Black Crown

Budweiser Black Crown Cap I learned, when I reviewed Budweiser, that I was prejudiced against this brewery. I’m humble enough to admit that I was wrong. There’s nothing wrong with Budweiser’s classic brew, and for the value, I’d actually say it’s a good beer (not fantastic, but good). So I wanted to be fair and try some of the other beers this brewery offers.

I picked up a 12-pack of Budweiser Black Crown. Again, this was a purchase for my father-in-law and myself to enjoy without the pressure of writing reviews. I only have to review one. The other eleven can be enjoyed at our leisure. And, this beer has cool caps. And, chic bottles. …what is this beer?Budweiser Black Crown Bottle

With a name like Black Crown, I expected this to be a dark beer. And it was… compared to Budweiser Classic. It’s kind of like saying your 25 watt light bulb is bright when compared to a glow-in-the-dark sticker. It’s a pretty color, but how about the taste? It’s bitter, but not badly so. Once you get past that, there’s not much else there. It’s unfortunate. It’s not bad, but there’s not much to comment on. It wouldn’t be a bad beer to have in the second cooler after your guests have had a few and are just looking to tie a few more on.

Would I buy this beer again? No, but I wouldn’t turn one down if offered. Should you try this beer? I wouldn’t go out of the way to, but it won’t make you sick or anything. Give it a try when your friends break out their second cooler.

I give this beer 3/5 caps.

Pabst Blue Ribbon

2013-03-29 08.20.31My father-in-law was looking in the fridge for a beer, but all I had were the specialty beers I bought in the mixed packs. Since these had been bought for this blog, he felt guilty taking the Kirin Ichiban. (I’ll have to pick up a new one of those to review.) I felt that we needed something around the house to drink without feeling the need to review, so I picked up an 18 pack of Pabst. But, of course, I’m going to review it.

Pabst Blue Ribbon is an old American beer. The original Pabst Brewing Co. was founded in 1844. Since that time, the beer has fluctuated in popularity. Today, the beer is selling better than it has over the past several decades, and it deserves it.

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Pabst is crisp and dry. It goes down smooth leaving a mildly yeasty, bread-like aftertaste. It’s refreshing and enjoyable. The best part about Pabst is its value. I got eighteen beers for $11. That’s just slightly over 60 cents a bottle!

Would I buy Pabst again? Of course I would. Pabst is a wonderful value beer. Should you buy Pabst? Well, that’s hard to say. If you’re really picky with your beer, the monetary savings might not be enough to convince you to drink Pabst. But, if you like a beer that isn’t pretending to be something else, Pabst is a good, honest selection.

I give Pabst Blue Ribbon 3/5 caps.

La Rossa Birra Morietti

2013-03-29 09.15.10La Rossa Birra Morietti comes from an old brewery founded in 1859. At that time, the region in which this brewery was founded was still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. With the unification of Italy in 1861, this beer developed decidedly Italian features. This heritage undoubtedly lends to this beer’s unique flavor and appeal.

La Rossa is sweet, but it has a dry finish. It’s a very light flavor, almost thin. It’s a vinous beer, wine-like, but not fruity. I thought this might be a good beer for someone who was not a big fan of beer, so asked my wife to try a sip. Although she didn’t gag (about as good a sign as I get from my wife when beer is concerned) she wouldn’t call herself a fan.

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Am I a fan of this beer? No, and I wouldn’t buy it again. It’s not terrible, but it’s not something I’d like to drink. Should you drink this beer? Maybe. If you’re learning about beers, as am I, it’s worth tasting. It’ll be good to have as a comparison to other vinous beers. Who knows? This might be the right beer for your tastes.

I’ll give this beer 3/5 caps. It’s not deserving of less, but in my mind it’s certainly not deserving of more.

Hoppy Feet 1.5

013I hadn’t heard of Clown Shoes Brewery before beginning this blog. Seeing as the Hoppy Feet 1.5 is their first anniversary ale, I understand why. This relatively new brewery simply hasn’t been out there very long.

This beer taught me that I had no idea what a pale ale is. After reading a few things, I learned that it’s the malt that’s a light color, not necessarily the beer. Although the light malt usually results in a light-colored beer, this isn’t always the case. This beer, for example, is a double black India pale ale. As you can see in the picture, it’s anything but light.

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This was quite a beer. It reminded me very much of an oatmeal stout. It was incredibly powerful and bitter to the point of almost being astringent. It was also strongly alcoholic. I think this beer would have gone wonderfully with a burger, but it was a bit too much on its own. I actually had a hard time making through the 1 pint 6 oz of this beer.

Would I drink this beer again? I don’t think so, but if I was ordering a nice buffalo burger, I think I’d want a beer like this. Should you drink it? If you have a supply of meat needing a drink to go with it, yeah. Otherwise, it’s a bit much of a beer.

As it went down, I’d give this beer 3/5 caps, but if it was there to accompany a meaty meal, it might be a cap higher.

Dos Equis Lager Especial

008Dos Equis is a Mexican brewery producing two different beers; a lager and an amber. Although, I could swear that I remember encountering a wider variety over the years. I’ve noticed that their Lager Especial has been appearing in a variety of mixed packs that I’ve seen lately. (I’ve been looking at a number of mixed packs since it seems like the best way to make progress with this project.) In fact, this beer was one of the 18 I received in my 18 Beers of the World mixed box my wife recently bought me.

Coincidentally, I already had a 12-pack of Dos Equis Lager Especial in the refrigerator chilled, which I had bought before the mixed six that I’m currently reviewing. I decided to look at this beer today before moving any of the new international beers to the fridge. After all, I still have four beers from that mixed six-pack to drink. There’s nothing like having a ton of beers lined up waiting for you.

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Pouring this beer revealed a clear, golden brew with a lot of head. It was both crisp and dry. The flavor was very light, almost to the point of being thin. However, the beer was quite refreshing. This would be a great beer to unwind with after a long day of hard work or outdoor play.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably. There’s nothing super special about this beer that would leave me craving it, but it often goes on sale, and a deal’s a deal. Should you try it? Well, if you like a super light tasting beer, sure. It’s a bit too thin to highly recommend, but it’s not bad. And it is very refreshing.

I’d give this beer 3/5 bottle caps.