Profile of keal

Profile of keal






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Joined 16 years ago
From Maui, HI, United States
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Friday evening, sharing beers and cheese with the lady of my life, relaxing on the front porch with the cats birds and chickens, listening to some nice music and a lazy weekend ahead of us. Gotta love it!

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  • Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Poured into a pint glass, this has a nice presentation with a dense foam. Color is like a pilsner or lager, very yellow. In a craft ale that's a nice rarity, looking like a cheap American beer. Aroma is thin with a wheat overtone. Gives the impression of an easy-on-the-palate pilsner. Taking a sip, it's all carbonation, little flavor until you swallow. The tail has the bitter hops. Nice experience! There's citrus in the end, making it pleasing from start to finish. The strength if this ale is that you can nurse it, and even drinking it close to room temperature, it has the same taste profile as ice cold. A great basic beer in the vein of bud, coors, heineken, corona, etc. But best in class. Recommended for your next outdoor get-together!

  • Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale
    rated 4.1 8 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A solid beer with great appearance. The overall taste of this ale is like many of the classic craft brews like Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale or Redhook Brewery's ESB (the original version, not the new recipe) where you get the unique yeast taste at first, then a burst of the other flavors on swallowing - in this case there seems to be some nice bright citrus tones (like the more expensive Ballast Point Sculpin ale), and then the tail (the taste that lingers) which is pretty smooth. Most craft beers fall flat on the tail. There's often a lingering odd taste, and it's what makes a beer undrinkable as it gets closer to room temperature. This ale is fairly easy to drink if you let it lose its chill. Very well made. I often make note of craft beers that are good to give to friends who never had one, and this is one of them. Appearance-wise, this beer has a nice, long-lasting foamy head if you pour it into a pint glass vigorously (don't tilt the glass and pour it right into the bottom center) and it looks great when you're pouring it for guests with a nice dinner. Recommended!

  • Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout Beer
    rated 3.0 8 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    If you're a fan of the Sriracha sauce, the bottle of this beer is a collectible. It's painted red, and is a great replica of the original label. The Safeway supermarket in my area has a display of this beer next to the original hot sauce, and it confuses a lot of people because the labels look so similar. Aside from that, here's what I got from this beer. Knowing that the Sriracha sauce is hot from the chili peppers and sweet from the sugar, I assume that the sugar was totally broken down in the making of this beer. The beer is a really solid stout with no strong tastes of either chocolate or coffee. Real middle-of-the-road stout. But very well done. The tail of the drink, which is after you swallow, is where the heat kicks in. I got a chili pepper heat. No real taste of the pepper, just the heat. So you drink it, taste the dark stout flavor, then get a hot tail. My impression was, it didn't have to be Sriracha. Tasted like a generic hot pepper. There's absolutely no sweetness that's present in the original sauce. Most likely all the sugars were broken down during the fermenting process. So, nice bottle, worth getting if you love Sriracha. Tastewise, it's a solid stout with a hot tail. Costwise, not worth the money. So buy a bottle to drink, keep the bottle, and it's up to you but I won't be wasting my money on another one of these. Recommended once. VERY average stout.

  • Off Color Troublesome
    rated 3.6 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    The beer pours a little cloudy with a a foam head that seemed to last the entire drink. Tastes like a wheaty, yeasty Belgian beer with a slight hint of lemon. There's sediment in the bottle, and I had half the beer in my glass before swishing and adding the stuff to my drink. It didn't really change much. This is a funky tasting beer, I'd recommend it if you're used to drinking Trappist ales or the typical funky wheat Belgians. Might be disappointing if you're only used to lagers and standard craft beers. Pricey, but worth a try. I really like the hand-drawn artwork on the bottles and the 4-pack carrier, which has a cheeky, funny statement on the underside. Nice packaging, nice beer, give it a go. I'd buy it again.

  • North Coast Old Stock Ale
    rated 3.7 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    I have a pack of the 2014 batch, and this is January 2015, so the beer is a little on the fresh side (I have some 2012 bottles aging so I'll taste those in a few years, yay) and the ABV is 11.8% according to the label. Aroma is fruity, but not bright like citrus. More of a dried apricot and dates kind of scent. Appea rance-wise, the head isn't powerful on pouring, and dissipates rather fast, leaving a glass of foamless, brown, cloudy liquid. It looks appealing, regardless. Mouthfeel is rather shallow, feeling carbonation on the tip of the tongue at first, and no tail, this one disappears rather fast, but it's a pleasant experience. Flavor is caramel-like, but just slightly sweet, with something like apricot. Overall, this is a nice beer to pair with a meal, maybe pork or chicken with a light gravy. This is a great beer for aging due to its inherent high alcohol volume (5 years or more) and then sharing with friends over a good dinner. I have yet to try it after cellaring for a few years, but I'll get to that in due time :) Recommended :)

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