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Northern Lights IPA – Brew Review

Happy Friday internet! A few hours separate you from 2 days of rest, relaxation, coke binges, whatever floats your boat. To kick off the weekend, enjoy today’s Brew Review: Star Hill Brewery’s Northern Lights IPA.

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Star Hill Brewery was founded in Charlottesville, VA in 1999 and their beers can be found throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southern states. Their Dark Starr Stout has won 6 awards, including 3 gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival. It’s like the Michael Phelps of beer, except with fewer Subway endorsement deals and bong hits.

Northern Lights IPA pours a orange-amber color with a tan head. The smell is a mixture of sweet malt, floral hops, and tangy citrus. Taste-wise, it has a decent amount of hop bitterness, a little citrus, and a malty finish. The beer smooth, crisp and refreshing.

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Should I Drink It?

Overall, Starr Hill’s Northern Lights is a decent IPA. I don’t know if it’s the number of robust beers I’ve been drinking lately, but this one was a little subdued for my taste. All the standard elements that make an IPA great were present and blended well together, but I wish it had just a little more “oomph”.

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout – Brew Review

I believe it was the English playwright William Shakespeare who famously said, “Friday, Friday. Gotta get down on Friday”. It could be Keats. Either way today is Friday, and what better way to “get down” than with a good beer? Start your weekend off right with today’s Brew Review: Dominion Oak Barrel Stout.

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This stout is brewed by the Old Dominion Brewing Company of Dover, DE. Founded in 1989, the company is home to a great collection of year-round and seasonal beers, as well as a very popular root beer recipe made with locally sourced honey. The company’s Oak Barrel Stout was named “Best Beer in Delaware”  by the Delaware News Journal in 2011.

Dominion Oak Stout 2As a side note, the label looks like aged paper, as if it were an old map.
This made me feel like Lewis and Clark, but more “drunk” and less “dysentery”.

The Oak Barrel Stout pours a deep black with a thick porous head the color of toasted marshmallows. Has a rich, nutty aroma of roasted malts, with vanilla and cocoa notes. It’s smooth and light, with warm coffee and vanilla flavors upfront and sweet chocolate and caramel notes in the finish.

Should I Drink It?

This particular beer hits all the notes a good stout should; it’s smooth, dark, and lets the flavor of the roasted malt shine through. It doesn’t have a strong oak presence in the smell or the taste, which is a little disappointing, but overall it’s a good beer.



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BBC Coffeehouse Porter – Brew Review

Sorry readers reader mom, posts have been pretty light this week because I’ve been traveling. I made a trip home to visit my brother, so I haven’t had a lot of time to dedicate to drinking.

ImageOn the plus side, I got to see my cat.

I finally went to grab a beer yesterday, and decided on trying the BBC Coffeehouse Porter. Brewed by the Berkshire Brewing Company of South Deerfield, MA, this porter is one of over 15 beers the microbrewery makes, along with Pale Ales, IPAs, and even a German Kolsch.

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The Coffeehouse Porter is an oily brown/black with a dense ivory head. It has a bold roasted coffee and malt aroma, with some bittersweet chocolate notes. The flavor is very coffee-forward but not it’s not overwhelming, with the nuttiness of the roasted malts and some vanilla and chocolate notes balancing out the beer. It’s creamy and full-bodied, with just a bit of carbonation.

Should I Drink It?

This is a solid porter, with the coffee enhancing the natural flavor of the roasted malts without overpowering them. Unless you hate coffee, I say give this one a try.

Note: If you hate coffee you are probably a replicant.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale – Brew Review

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The weekend is here and the weather is awful, which I am using as an excuse to watch Say Yes to the Dress and drink beer all day. First on the list: Tripple Belgian Style Ale by New Belgium Brewing. Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, the brewery was founded in 1991 and as of 2010 had grown to the 3rd largest craft brewery in America. Their most popular beer is the amber ale Fat Tire, but the company also brews 8 other beers year-round as well as a handful of seasonal and special varieties.

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What is a Trippel?

A trippel (or tripel) stems from the Trappist beers of Europe. This type of beer uses up to 3 times (or triple) the amount of malt in a standard Trappist beer. This particular style uses coriander, a spice most commonly found in Asian food and Indian curries. Before you start worrying that this stuff tastes like the #9 special at Taste of Bombay, you should also know coriander is also used in several types of Belgian beer, including the very popular Blue Moon.

The beer is a clear golden color with a solid white head that dissipated quickly to a thin sheet. There is a definite coriander bump in the smell, along with some nice floral and yeast notes. The taste is sweet and spicy, with malts balanced out by the bite of the coriander and a little bitterness from the hops. It is crisp and pretty carbonated, with a touch of alcohol in the finish.

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Should I Drink It?

This is the first Trippel I can remember tasting, so I can’t speak to whether it’s a good representation of the style. I will say that the coriander gives it a unique flavor that might be a little jarring to people only familiar with the standard American lagers, but if you’re not afraid to take a risk then go for it. The carbonation and spices make the beer refreshing without being forgettable.

Don’t forget, next week is American Craft Beer Week!

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Young’s Double Chocolate Stout – Brew Review

Confession: I am a woman. I love all stereotypical lady things; Catherine Heigl comedies (will she find love?), adorable cat videos, adorable cats, and men in suits with a bouquet of roses. But nothing compares to my love of chocolate. Those sweet, cocoa-laced morsels set my estrogen-filled heart aflame like I’m a freaking “Cathy” comic strip. The only thing that could make chocolate better would be if I could somehow combine it with my love for craft beer.  Which brings me to today’s brew review, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout.Youngs Chocolate Stout

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout is brewed by the Wells and Young’s Brewing Company. Located in Bedford, UK, it is the country’s largest private brewing company, and makes some of the most well-loved beers in the nation. Founded in 1875, Wells and Young’s now brews over 20 different types of beer, many of which are exported around the world. Their Double Chocolate Stout has been received several awards over the years, including the Brewing Industry International Awards Gold Medal in 2000.

What is a Stout?

A stout is a type of beer made with roasted malt or barley. This gives the beer a rich, nutty flavor that can also resemble coffee or chocolate flavor, depending on how long the brewer roasts the malt. First brewed in the 1720’s, the most popular stout in the United States today is Guinness. Typical characteristics of a Stout are a dark color and a thick, dense head that hangs around like a douchebag in an Ed Hardy shirt at the bar; way longer than you expected, and after you’ve actually finished the beer. This head takes a long time to settle, so it’s important to let the beer sit for a few minutes before you start drinking it.

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Young’s Double Chocolate Stout is the darkest brown with a thick, tan head that dissipates but never dies off. The smell is rich and chocolately, with some nice coffee scent thrown in there for good measure. The taste has just enough chocolate for a beer, with some nutty espresso flavor cutting through. It’s not sweet but not bitter; a mellow, smooth stout that was, as the can boasts,  “pure luxury”.

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Should I Drink It?

Fair warning before you heed my suggestion: first, I love stouts more than any other beer, and secondly, I would probably stab someone for chocolate. That being said, I would absolutely recommend Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. It’s smooth texture and rich flavors make it a wonderfully drinkable beer.

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