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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Beer Review: Victory Golden Monkey

       Victory Brewing's Golden Monkey is both the first Tripel and first Victory beer I've reviewed, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. If you are unfamiliar with Tripels, an excellent definition can be found on BeerAdvocate's website. This particular Golden Monkey was bottled on November 18 of 2010. Poured from its 750ml bottle into a glass, it's hazy and straw-colored with a white one-finger head that is soft and fleeting. The aroma is very yeasty with citrus, banana, honey and floral notes. It smells quite sweet and a bit spicy.
       Golden Monkey's flavor is a bit less complex than the nose would imply. It tastes strongly of over-ripe banana with hints of lemon and clove. It's spicy with a slightly bitter finish. As it warms, the spiciness intensifies. Overall, the flavor profile of this brew seems very similar to Sierra Nevada's Kellerweis Hefeweizen, though not as bready. At 9.5% ABV, it's warming but not overwhelmingly boozy. With a medium body and moderate carbonation, I wonder if I'd do better to buy a fresher bottle. l doubt I'll ever find out. If I'm in the mood for banana and clove, Kellerweis continues to be my top choice. Rating: B-

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Beer Review: Dogfish Head Black & Blue

        Dogfish Head Brewery's Black & Blue is described on the bottle as a "malt beverage fermented with black raspberry and blueberry purée." The label is lovely, featuring a gentleman with a black eye. The brew pours strawberry-colored and very hazy with an ivory two-finger head. The aroma is strongly berry with bready malts. It's slightly boozy on the nose. The flavor of this brew is huge. It's very tart with a bit of sweet malt. It's by far sweeter in scent than in taste. Again, the alcohol is very present but not overpowering. Black & Blue is well-carbonated and crisp. It verges on refreshing but has a slight stickiness. Fruity brews have always appealed to me, and this one is no exception. 10% ABV. Rating: A-

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Cruisin' the Coast

I've been waiting for this week all year. It's finally time for Cruisin' the Coast! As of today, there are over 5000 antique, classic and hot rod vehicles registered for the event.  That's over ten times the number of vintage automobiles I've ever seen in one venue. I had originally planned to go with my family for the weekend, but got a bit impatient and headed over with my husband yesterday. Here's some of what I've gotten so far:

many more to come soon...