Monthly Archives: August 2008

Colorful Beer Week: Final thoughts

Wrapping up another Theme Week with some stats and musings… By my rough count, here’s the breakdown of colors that I’ve reviewed here (including this week’s): Amber 2 Black 3 Blue 4 Brown 4 Gold(en) 4 Green 1 Red (incl Crimson) 5 White 3 Most of these are colors you’d pretty much expect—especially if they’re tied to styles (reds, ambers, browns). Doing a quick survey of more unusual colors, "purple" shows up only ten times … Continue reading →

Colorful Beer Week: Full Sail Nut Brown Ale

Full Sail Brewing periodically releases their "Brewmaster Reserve" series of beers, and their Nut Brown Ale is one of the more recent (released in March originally). This is a pretty straightforward Brown Ale, nice and nutty, and comes in at 6% alcohol. (Remember, even special releases don’t have to be monster beers, despite what some trends might indicate!) Appearance: Ruby-tinged brown with a creamy tan head. Smell: Sweet and nutty with coffee notes, but also … Continue reading →

Colorful Beer Week: Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale

The Special Golden Ale (2008 vintage) is the other Gordash Beer Company beer that I tried while in Florida last week. It’s brewed in the style of a Belgian strong ale, and settles in at 8.5% alcohol. With that strength and the vintage note on the bottle, the brewer notes (like for their Mack in Black) that the beer is suitable for aging. (Sitting in a hotel in Florida, leaving the next day, I decided … Continue reading →

Colorful Beer Week: Blue Boar

Even though the label itself claims "Pale Ale", Henry Weinhard’s Blue Boar could be considered different styles, depending on where you look. BeerAdvocate says, for instance, that it’s a Cream Ale. The Blitz-Weinhard site itself claims a "light, Irish-style ale." And RateBeer backs up the Pale Ale assertion on the bottle. It’s also the only Weinhard’s beer to be bottled in green glass. I suppose that’s to make it more distinctive? But it’s an odd … Continue reading →

Colorful Beer Week: Red Thistle Ale

Red Thistle Ale is the flagship beer from Oregon’s excellent Golden Valley Brewery (read my review). Their site describes it as a "Celtic Ale" but it’s really an American Amber in style, nicely drinkable at 5.4% alcohol. Notes from their site: The Hops added to the kettle are Chinook, Liberty, Willamette, and Tettnanger with Fuggles used in the steep for aromatics. The use of imported Crystal, Carastan, Roast, and Chocolate malts as well as domestic … Continue reading →