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New Belgium Lips of Faith Biere de Mars

Posted by dugpark on August 27, 2009

Another in the Lips of Faith line from New Belgium, Lips of Fatih Biere de Mars comes to us in a bright and pretty orange polka dotted bottle as is the want of the Lips of Faith series.  This tasting is courtesy of The Belly and I offer him my thanks!

The brew is touted as being brewed with spices and you can tell… light orange in color, nose is the most notable in the spice department but the body is where the spices play games with my taste buds.  At  6.2% ABV, there isn’t much kick in the alcohol department, but the spices mess with your throat and leave you a nice sweet finish.  Overall, it is a nice brew but in the end nothing really special like I was hoping for.

JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road


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Victory Hop Wallop Ale

Posted by dugpark on February 6, 2009

Been a little remiss on the blog due to travel (Manila, Philippines), but back in action.  Will have a quick review on some San Miguel in a night or two.

As far as this little 8.5% brew goes, though… I liked Hopdevil a lot and remember it was a hoppy SOB… this one, though… Victory may have taken it to the next level… This beer looks hoppy, smells hoppy, drinks hoppy, and finishes hoppy. There isn’t any messing around, it just comes at you from start to finish. Even doing a little mouth-breathing after the swallow brings lingering hops on the taste buds! Wicked hoppy but nicely done… enough to make it easy to drink. Just be in the mood for hops when going after this one… :)

“Hoppiness is happiness”… enjoy!

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again

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Scuttlebutt Tripel 7 Belgian Style Ale

Posted by dugpark on January 6, 2009

Many beers into the night and Scuttlebutt Tripel 7 Belgian Style Ale came up for review.  This one surprised me a bit, to be honest… I don’t know what I was expecting, but the color and small head just didn’t scream Belgian to me… but hey… you can’t read a book by its cover or judge a beer by the same principle, so we dove in.  There is no doubt about it… this is a Belgian-style beer but they dance on light feet when it comes to the use of yeast.  I would more describe this as a lager-like Belgian-style brew with the crisp clean finish that is probably more suited to the summer months than the cold nights of winter.  That being said, it was a solid ale that puts a different twist on the genre and it is one I would definitely buy again if I saw it in the store.

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again


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He’Brew Jewbelation Twelve

Posted by dugpark on January 5, 2009

I had a super interesting beer the other day… one that I still remember and think of very fondly… He’Brew Jewbelation Twelve.  This dark, ruby red beer comes to us from Shmaltz Brewing Company… makers of the He’Brew line of beers… this happens to be their 12th anniversary beer and for the occasion is riddled with 12’s… 12 malts, 12 hops, and 12 additions… that all add up to beer goodness as far as I am concerned.  The ruddy, slow forming head rises up like it is on nitrous (but it isn’t) and lends itself to a super, super smooth body that coats the inside of your mouth in hops, malts, and alcohol… the finish is clean and crisp and the memory is wonderful in your mouth.  At 12% ABV (had to be), this is no slouch in your belly… a warmer through and through.

I figure that these folks spent their time coming up with enough 12’s that I should be able to as well… so here are 12 adjectives for the folks at Shmaltz:

  1. ruddy
  2. heady
  3. foamy
  4. smooth
  5. complex
  6. warm
  7. tingly
  8. clean
  9. crisp
  10. beery
  11. hoppy
  12. malty

JBB6 Rating: For the Win



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Fish Tale WinterFish Ale

Posted by dugpark on December 31, 2008

A good solid beer to bring in the new year… Fish Brewing Co. brings us another fine ale from their line, the Fish Tale WinterFish Ale.  In a night where the beers were competing with New Belgium La Folie, this one actually stood out against the rest. 

The first notable about this beer was the nose… it was a beautifully fragrant hoppy nose that just pleased the nostrils something fierce.  As “The Belly” noted, “I could snort that beer.”  The body was fruity and there were hints of orange on the tongue and the hops… outstanding use of them in every way.  This belly warmer (7%+ ABV) was great from start to finish.  We particularly enjoyed pairing this with some home made fundge that “The Belly” had cooked up the day before.  The sugary fudge and this hoppy brew were perfect compliments.  This one won’t dissapoint!

JBB6 Rating: For the Win


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Dick’s Dick Danger Ale

Posted by dugpark on December 10, 2008

Been on a tasting kick lately!  Dick’s Dick Danger Ale happens to be next on the list!

This is an interesting offer from Dick’s… as it pours, it looks like root beer, its nose is half malt half hop, it has a nice frothy head and a malty body… the finish is short and crisp.  As I read up about it on their website, even their explanation is interesting:

“The result is a highly drinkable dark ale which bridges the gap between pale and porter.”

Even with it being in an interesting position on the beer chart, that can’t overcome the fact that I wanted it to live somewhere… I wanted it to make up its mind and pick something… as it is, it kind of lives in limbo and its claim to fame for me is simply that it is interesting.

JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road


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Dick’s Double Diamond Winter Ale

Posted by dugpark on December 1, 2008

Dick’s Brewing Company has had a pretty good run on the blog with 4 out of 5 beers hitting Will Buy Again.  Dick’s Double Diamond Winter Ale is in good company, then, as it enters the blog and hits a sweet spot on the winter beer list.

The beer pours a solid amber color, the head froths up accordingly and the nose spells of hard hitting hops.  Drinking this baby cold gives a super clean feel and finish and is refreshing all in one drink.  I actually wish I had one right now it left such a solid impression… at 7.5% alcohol, it keeps you warm on the inside as well… :)

JBB6 Rating: For the Win


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Full Moon Winter Ale

Posted by dugpark on November 21, 2008

I keep buying this line of beer in the hopes that one day it will be good stuff that I will actually want to buy again.  So far it has been dissapointing… and not to be dissapointed about being disappointed again, but I was disappointed. :(  Full Moon Winter Ale lets me down again and leaves now doubt that this line of beers from Molson Coors just isn’t ever going to do it for me.

Full Moon Winter Ale has a dark auburn color, a thick head, and a mild nose.  Its sweet body and short finish don’t leave you much in the area of taste and there definitely isn’t anything wintery about it other than the white-ish label.  I don’t quite know what this beer is trying to be, but it definitely has succeeded at being tasty. 

JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road


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Moylan’s Hopsickle Imperial Ale

Posted by dugpark on November 19, 2008

This particular beer was purchased under the pretense that it was one of the hoppiest beers around… so… we waited until we were ready for it and had it with a suite of other beers just the other day.  Moylan’s Hopsickle Imperial Ale, while definitely hoppy, is also definitely not the hoppiest beer around.

On the pour, there was not much of a nose.  A bit of light fruit, but that is about it.  The brew is very heady and viscous as the bubbles have to struggle a bit to reach the top and their freedom.  Bitter on the back of the throat, a somewhat mild finish takes this one into the drinkable and tasty range, but not outstanding.

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again

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Hale’s Ales O’Brien’s Harvest Ale

Posted by dugpark on November 4, 2008

I have to sneak in a late season seasonal… Hale’s Ales brings us their Hale’s Ales O’Brien’s Harvest Ale for a fall warmer that has some nice intricacies.  This beer pours dark brown with a modest head and provides nice smells of roasted malts and heavy hops.  The body, though, is smooth and slick and easy to drink and the finish leaves you with a delayed bitter hoppiness that completely preps you for more.

A solid brew from Hale’s!

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again

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