Other work responsibilities have sadly kept me from writing about beer as much as I like, but I’m back.
And although I wasn’t writing about beer frequently, I was still drinking beer. Here are some quick and easy reviews of some new beers to help you decide if you want to spend your hard-earned money on some of these.
First up is the Dogfish Head Brewery’s Rhizing Bines.
Rhizing Bines is a collaboration beer brewed with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. It is a double IPA, but it tastes different than many double IPAs.
Rhizing Bines is brewed with a heirloom winter wheat and combines the continuously hopped method used at Dogfish Head and the Torpedo process used at Sierra Nevada. It also uses a yet-to-be names experimental hop.
The beer itself is medium-bodied, with a nice bready, caramel aroma from the malts, with some floral notes from the hops. It’s creamier than most IPAs, and the caramel flavor continue. The hops add some grapefruit and other citrusy flavors.
I really enjoyed this beer, despite the $13.50 price tag.
Unfortunately, another beer in the same price range didn’t do it for me – the Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Butter Ale.
I like all three main flavors. But together, in this beer, it just didn’t work. The banana tasted fake, and the peanut butter tasted like peanut butter. But, I discovered peanut butter is not a flavor I want to drink.
I can see some people liking this beer, but I barely could stomach it. A beer like this would be better in a 12-ounce bottle, the 750 ml was a chore to get through.
Next up is the new Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL, or India pale lager. Now, being in Massachusetts, we have access to the best IPL on the market today, Jack’s Abby Brewing’s Hoponius Union, so the Double Agent has a lot to live up to.
Is it as good as the Hoponius Union? Well, no, but it is a really solid beer. The lager yeast really lets the hop flavor shine through. It has plenty of body, and it’s only 5 percent ABV. And the best part, it should cost around $7.99 a six pack. Definitely a solid pickup.
The Smuttynose Brewing Company has released its latest Short Batch Series beer, called ParadoX. The ParadoX is a 5.3 percent ABV beer IPA.
The beer is brewed with an experimental hop called 01210. The hop is lemony, and I was worried that the beer would have a Pledge-like taste. Thankfully, I was wrong. The lemon comes through, but it’s not a dominant flavor. It blends well with the other citrusy flavors.
If you want this one, search it out quick – only 960 bottles are available.
And finally, let’s take a look at the latest “Odd Beers for Odd Years,” beer from Stone Brewing Company – the Stone Old Guardian Oak-Smoked Barley Wine.
This beer is phenomenal. The Old Guardian is one of my favorite Stone beers, and they added two things to it that I really enjoy – smoke and oak.
The smoke is really nice, not overwhelming, but definitely noticeable. The oak adds a nice vanilla flavor that blends well with the toffee-like malts. I loved this beer.