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Always good...

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Been debating on picking up some Dark Horse stuff when I see it at the store.. So i should obviously hop on it? Had anything beside their stout?
post #9932 of 10831
Dark Horse is great. Crooked Tree and Double Crooked Tree are both top notch IPA's. Haven't had a bad beer from them yet.
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sip of sunshine
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similar to sunshine but less concentrated. Having them back to back, this is basically sunshine junior. The local shop has it, so I'll be looking to stock up.
post #9935 of 10831
hi, can you send me some of that please?
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A New-Zealand staple.. Brilliant as always!.. Long live 50cls bottles...

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A quick San Diego beer roundup: didn't make it to all of the places that I wanted, but was still pretty impressed by what I found there.

 

Started out the weekend with some beers that my family had hanging around.  While I've become a bit leery of Stone, this one really lived up to its name:

 

I'd wanted to try this one from AleSmith for a while.  It didn't do that much for me, however.  A bunch of malt, but not that much interesting.

 

Meh.  And I'm just realizing that I may have had this before -- I think my wife brought it back from some trip to California.  I probably even posted it above.  Oh well, it wasn't in this huge can then at least.

 

Went to the Stone brewpub by Petco Park.  Generally I'd relent and not post a photo of nondescript glasses (lord knows I've done that enough to this thread in the past), but two of the beers here were noteworthy enough to require inclusion.  The first was Stone's Mocha IPA which is just a unique beer.  The smell was totally dominated by the mocha / chocolate / coffee scent, as was the initial taste.  Then it went all to hops.  I'm not sure if I even liked it that much, but it was just so unusual and weird that it was a huge surprise.  The other was Stone's half of the NXS collaboration with Sierra Nevada, an IPA aged in gin and whiskey barrels.  I found that the gin barrel really came through and worked very well with the IPA.  I'd like to grab a bottle of the NxS and see how it works as a whole.

 

Next up: sone bottles that we grabbed at the Best Damn Beer Shop and Bottle Craft in San Diego.  Both had impressive selections, although the former wins hands down for sheer volume and its impressive array.  That said, the latter had a really great tap list, as shown in the second set of photos.  I got to try two separate Lambickx on tap, plus Fantome's Saison D'Erezee Hiver and Societe's The Pupil (which I didn't get to visit).  They were all impressive.  Please pardon all the ciders below -- my wife is experimenting a bit right now.  Also, we drank a couple of these while in town. The Drake's Hopocalypse was really good; I had to have the Pretty Things Jack D'Or for old times' sake; and the Modern Times Floating World was nothing special.  I left the Monkish, New English, and Black Albert in Southern California as a parting gift.

 

Finally, I made it out to Culture Brewing and Lost Abbey's Confessional.  Tried a bunch of Culture's IPAs and was particularly impressed by their Keyhole and Double (or maybe that was the Mosaic; it was hard to keep the glasses in order.  Both were super fruity and good.  The other two I tried there weren't particularly impressive.  At Lost Abbey I had the Carnivale and the Hop Freshener Series Dank and Stick.  I enjoyed them but didn't find either to be anything particularly noteworthy.  Grabbed a couple of small bottles there too, though, along with a Alpine Duet at the market next door.

 

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nice write up. thanks for that
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Finally, I made it out to Culture Brewing and Lost Abbey's Confessional.  Tried a bunch of Culture's IPAs and was particularly impressed by their Keyhole and Double (or maybe that was the Mosaic; it was hard to keep the glasses in order.  Both were super fruity and good.  The other two I tried there weren't particularly impressive.  At Lost Abbey I had the Carnivale and the Hop Freshener Series Dank and Stick.  I enjoyed them but didn't find either to be anything particularly noteworthy.  Grabbed a couple of small bottles there too, though, along with a Alpine Duet at the market next door.

 

 

 

So jealous.

 

The Lost Abbey/Port Brewing is my favourite brewery (along with Mikkeller) - in fact I am currently drinking a 10 Commandments. However, the Hop Freshener series and Carnevale were my least favourite offerings - as you say nothing special.

 

However, Agave Maria and Track #10 are immense and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Angel's Share is way too boozy and I wish I had cellared mine for a few years to smooth the edges - almost like a barley wine with bourbon poured in whereas Agave Maria and Track #10 are both excellent fresh and hard to beat for their respective styles.

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Yeah I actually had a couple LA beers that I found to be way too boozy... Need to pick up the Track 10 though... 8 was pretty good...
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So jealous.

The Lost Abbey/Port Brewing is my favourite brewery (along with Mikkeller) - in fact I am currently drinking a 10 Commandments. However, the Hop Freshener series and Carnevale were my least favourite offerings - as you say nothing special.

However, Agave Maria and Track #10 are immense and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Angel's Share is way too boozy and I wish I had cellared mine for a few years to smooth the edges - almost like a barley wine with bourbon poured in whereas Agave Maria and Track #10 are both excellent fresh and hard to beat for their respective styles.

Thanks! I've had a bottle of Angel's Share sitting in my fridge for over a year now. My initial plan had been to compare the two to see what some age does but, if it's that over-the-top new, I may age this one too. Definitely excited about the other two, though, especially the Agave Maria.
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Always good, but never blows my mind...

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Thanks! I've had a bottle of Angel's Share sitting in my fridge for over a year now. My initial plan had been to compare the two to see what some age does but, if it's that over-the-top new, I may age this one too. Definitely excited about the other two, though, especially the Agave Maria.


​Agave Maria is superb. A massive and unique ale with so much complexity. I'll be interested to hear what you make of it.

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I've been reading but haven't posted in here in a while, whoops! Not going to post everything but here are some highlights. A lot of beer (Click to show)

New batch of Apricot Stonington was delicious. I was really happy to be able to buy 4 bottles. I actually drank my last one on Sunday. So here's hoping the release a new batch soon


Really enjoyed this - kind of a take on a fruited berliner. Very heavy on the wheat but overall very good.


Never grow tired of this one.


Had high hopes for this Gin Barrel Aged Clara but it was just a little too strange for me. Very earthy and bitter - kind of overpowered anything else.


Probably the best bourbon barrel aged stout I've ever had. Some of you would argue with me about that - but for my personal taste this is the sweet spot. Not too hot, not all sugar. Heavy heavy mouthfeel. Just picked up the Maple version of this which I'm very excited to crack.


Won this box in a charity raffle thing on instagram. Felt very lucky that day.


Excellent beer. I've had 3 Side Project beers so far and they've all been outstanding.


Couple awesome boxes from @hc4thehc showed up. Always the best.




Finally opened this one and shared with a friend. Pretty dang amazing. We opened a Gray Monday that night too... and a BA Double Negative. Did not feel well the next day.


Thanks again to @ocooney for hooking me up with this. (I have some stuff set aside for you next time I see you!) One of the more interesting beers I've had lately. Fruity from mangoes but not overwhelmingly so. Tart but not super sour. Good funk. Definitely a sucess but unlike anything I've ever had before.


Been hard to keep up with all the good stuff coming out of Hill Farmstead lately without being able to make the trip up. Thankfully, I've made a couple new trade partners who've really hooked it up.

One of these BA Everett's is for hc4thehc. Also that Maple Syrup is really good.


Also got to try this one, another one from HF that is unlike anything I've ever had. Maybe the closest comparison I could make is that it's like their version of Iris - but with a different hop thing about it and not really tart but sweet from the oak.


Pretty gimicky but I enjoyed it quite a bit.


Califonia friend sent me a crazy box.


Wasted no time christening this new glass.


Probably my favorite Rare Barrel beer I've had but I'm also a sucker for anything Apricot.


Very pleasant surprise to find this and Barrel-Aged BOMB! in a local store. Still need to crack that one. (Before you ask Eli, I was only able to grab one of each - otherwise I definitely would have hooked you up)


Best Gueuze I've ever had hands down. Very excited to have more coming my way!



That's pretty much all the highlights - not pictured are a ton of Trillium hoppy beers. Past couple weeks I've been on a real hop kick - mostly have only had IPAs.
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