Ommegang For The Throne

Style: Ale

Brewery : Ommegang

Grade: A

Ommegang Brewery (Cooperstown, NY) somehow got the license from HBO to make Game of Thrones branded beers. They have several varieties. Given the season premiere tonight, I thought it would be a good opportunity to try one, so I picked up the “For the Throne”. It’s billed as a “Strong golden ale fermented with Pinot Grigio and Viognier grape juice”. I’ll be honest; I didn’t think I would like it. I’m not a big wine drinker, and I never like pinot, and I thought those flavors might overwhelm the beer. They really did a good job of balancing everything however. The grapes give it a hint of sour, and a good amount of complexity. It’s very drinkable though, with a lot of the complex notes coming in just in the aftertaste. This isn’t something you’re going to want to drink ten of. It’s definitely worth a try though. The wine-influence on the flavor is totally unique, and for this, it totally works.

Recommended. (get one for next Sunday)





Stone Fear.Movie.Lions

Style: Double India Pale Ale

Brewery : Stone Brewing

Grade: A-

What can I say? A new beer by Stone brewing, bound to be damn near perfect. And it was. I don’t really understand the name. I first read it as “Fear Moves Lions”, then saw how it was stylized:
///Fear.
Movie.
Lions

And assumed the maybe the first line (“Fear”) was commented out? I guess it’s just supposed to be Movie. Lions.
Anyway, it’s 8.5% alcohol, as you can probably tell by now, but Another. Solid. Offering. In. The. Stone. Lineup.

This one didn’t really blow my mind the way the last couple I tried from them have though. But it’s still very good.

Definitely Recommended.





Brewdog Hazy Jane

Style: IPA

Brewery : Brewdog

Grade: B+
The Hazy Jane by Brewdog bills itself as a New England style Pale Ale with “intense juice fruit character”. They then go on to list about 4 different fruits which are supposed to be present in the beer. I didn’t get all that. Maybe the brewer was thinking about oranges when he added the hops to the recipe or something. After reading that, you might notice a slightly fruity aftertaste, but that is all. All that said, this is a pretty solid IPA, more on the sweet side than average. Very drinkable.

Recommended





Kingfisher Lager

Style: Lager

Brewery : United Breweries Group, Bangalore

Grade: C-
Someone just brought me one of these Kingfisher lagers from India. Apparently, they are pretty big there, although you can get it in the US also. Anyway, the taste is very light, almost like a pilsner. It has the crispness of a Peroni, but what kills it is the aftertaste, which is very similar to Budweiser. It’s very easy to drink, but after a couple of sips, I found myself hurrying to finish it so that I can grab something else.

Not recommended.





Stone Ripper

Style: Pale Ale

Brewery : Stone Brewing

Grade: A
The Stone Brewery has never been one to disappoint. I didn’t think I would like this one when I saw it however. The label says it’s made from grapefruit and passion fruit, and I’ve always thought that fruit usually doesn’t belong in beer. In this pale ale though, it totally works. Possibly because it’s not overpowering. Possibly because it’s still dry-hopped to perfection. Either way, the Ripper is another entry in the amazing Stone catalog, and you should probably not miss this one.

Recommended.





Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier

Style: Wheat Beer / Octoberfest

Brewery : Hofbräu München

Grade: A

This is an Octoberfest beer imported from Germany. Brewed in Munich, it’s one of the six breweries allowed to provide beer, or bier, for the official Oktoberfest celebration in Bavaria. I tried 3 or 4 different Octoberfest style beers this fall, mostly from American brands (Sam Adams was one particularly underwhelming entry), and this one is by far the best. It’s got a really well balanced flavor, and is extremely drinkable. If you can find this beer, then buy it. You won’t be disappointed.

Definitely Recommended.





Wyerbacher Wit

Style: Wit / Wheat Beer

Brewery : Wyerbacher Brewing Company

Grade: A

I can drink this beer all night. And I just might. It’s a Belgian-style wheat ale that is so light and crisp, it’s astoundingly refreshing. 4.6% ABV, which is right around the sweet spot for a good session-type beer. It has hints of citrus, you can taste the wheat, but nothing overpowers anything else. This really reminded me of Allagash White, which is another great wheat beer. All in all, pretty fucking great!

Enthusiastically Recommended.





Founders Centennial IPA

Style: India Pale Ale

Brewery : Founders Brewing Company

Grade: B-

The Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing is a little difficult to describe. It has a pretty good flavor, but not outstanding. It has a pretty standard bouquet and mouthfeel. It’s more or less a standard IPA, not great but not bad. Overall, I guess I would say it’s forgettable, but still worth drinking if you come across it.

Recommended.





Shiner Wicked Ram IPA

Style: India Pale Ale

Brewery : Spoetzl

Grade: A

The Shiner Wicked Ram IPA from Spoetzl Brewery is a very well done IPA. It’s bitter and crisp, in a good way. It has a brilliant, smooth finish. It’s very drinkable. It has a relatively light ABV at 6%, but it is not light on flavor.

Definitely Recommended.





Hacker-Pschorr Weisse

Style: Wheat Beer

Brewery : Hacker-Pschorr

Grade: B

Hacker-Pschorr’s Weisse out of Munich is a traditional German wheat beer. It has a light body and a crisp finish. Not the best wheat beer out there, but not the worst. It leaves a slightly sour aftertaste, reminiscent of something cheap, like a PBR. All in all though, it is very easy to drink, and a decent, but not great, choice for any drinking session.

Recommended.