Wednesday, June 18, 2008
The Beer of Things To Come - Beer Reviews For July, 2008
Here you are privy to the latest and tastiest...the numerals are ratings, 5 being the pick of the (kitty) litter, 1 being the scum of the Earth. Unnastand?
SPRECHER BREWING - MAMMA MIA! PIZZA BEER (Michigan, USA) - 2
Seriously, this one's not as bad as you might imagine, but it is an odd and unusual beer that's probably best described as a novelty (or 'extreme' beer). This golden ale infuses oregano, basil, tomato, and garlic into the mix for a 'pizza' kind of flavoring. The aroma (basil and oregano) is appealing, and the taste (more of the tomato and garlic) is strange, but drinkable. Nonetheless, not something you'll be chugging anytime soon. Worth a try, at least, and points for, umm, originality!
CLIPPER CITY - HOLY SHEET UBER-ABBEY ALE (Maryland, USA) - 5
Wow. This is a hella-potent (9% ABV) brew that pours a deep, bourbon-like amber. Definitely not the usual Belgian-style here, as this strong and sturdy brew has a very sweet, malty taste (kinda fruity) that attempts to mask the strong alcohol presence. Good stuff for the experienced drinker.
NEW HOLLAND - LUCID KOLSCH STYLE (Michigan, USA) - 4
This cloudy, but well-balanced beer is smooth, with a very even, consistent followthrough. A kolsch is kind of a middle-ground between ale and lager, so this one would be a good 'beer tour' type for someone looking to branch out from the mainstream. A solid mix of hops and malts, and a tasty drink.
MICHELOB HONEY LAGER (St. Louis, USA) - 3
A nice, sweet bouquet, and a crisp, clean appearance. Prominent honey infusion. A palatable and agreeable lager, and there's nothing wrong with that.
BODDINGTON'S PUB ALE (Ludon, England) - 1
The novelty of the pressurized can wears off as soon as this ultra-fizzy, bland, plain beer hits to palate. Ugh. The weak, artificial taste just kills this one. Nasty stuff.