Monthly Archives: February 2007

Young’s Special London Ale

If I do another "50 beers before you die" series, Young’s Special London Ale will definitely be on it. This beer is bottled conditioned, which Young’s claims gives a "fuller, fresher flavour." It works. This beer is nearly perfect. Appearance: Looks like what a beer should look like. The color of a dark honey—gold orange. Nice thick creamy almost-white head. Smell: Clean, sweet, caramel, honey, and a bit—just a bit—fruity. Mature hops. Taste: Bitter but … Continue reading →

60 Minute IPA

Of their 60 Minute IPA, Dogfish Head says: Our flagship beer. A session India Pale Ale brewed with Warrior, Amarillo & ‘Mystery Hop X.’ A powerful East Coast I.P.A. with a lot of citrusy hop character. THE session beer for beer geeks like us! At 6% alcohol by volume, I’d debate their claim of a session beer, even for beer geeks. At any rate, it’s an enjoyable beer. I believe they call it "60 Minute" … Continue reading →

Talking about beer labels on a podcast

As I chronicled on my other blog, I was the guest on a local podcast earlier in the week, wherein we talked about beer labels. My friend Brian, who produces the ‘cast, basically asked the question, "Does beer label art make a difference?" You can listen to it (short, just under eight minutes) here. I think I was mostly intelligible, and mentioned two breweries by name who commission artists for (some of) their labels, Deschutes … Continue reading →

Active ferment

Over the weekend I brewed beer, a Poor Richard’s Ale (a variation on my extract recipe here). Five gallons. I’ve been putting the beers in the 6½ (nearly 7) gallon carboy for the primary fermentation, under the (entirely reasonable) assumption that there’s plenty of headspace in the bigger carboy and I won’t have to worry about krausen blowing through the airlock like I would with a five gallon fermenter. Well, I was wrong on that … Continue reading →

Indian Brown Ale

I don’t have access to many of Dogfish Head‘s beers here locally, so when I do find them I make sure to get a bottle to try. I’m liking their beers quite a bit. One of the latest is Indian Brown Ale. Ordinarily, brown ales are a session beer, not too strong, and they can be tricky to get right. Dogfish Head’s comes in at 7.2% alcohol by volume—stronger than I would expect. And I’ll … Continue reading →