77 / 100
Ah, I love craft beer in cans. Above and beyond all other reasons, they never ever break in my luggage from the US to Australia, which makes them easy to share with my bros back here. Anyway, to the beer...
Pours a really bright and lovely yellow-orange colourâin fact it almost looked lurid out of the canâwith a very fine, filmy but tight-bubbled head of pure white. It looks bright and healthy. Body is quite fluid and light, but it forms some quite amazingly anarchic tiny bubbling when tilted. Looks really lovely.
Nose is fresh and bright with citric and mellow hop characters, giving squeezed lemon and zesty orange pith characters. A slight hint of vegetal brightness gives it more depth, without outplaying the citric crispness. Really genuinely based on the sharp citric fruit, without the reliance on the grushed vegetation or pine needle character that often forms. Very nice.
Taste is smooth and light, and, to be honest, rather disappointingly drinkable. Bitterness is dialled back severely from what I expected, leaving an aromatic malt character through the centre flanked by some mild smooth citric and vanilla notes around the edges. On inhalation, there's the weird aromatics of gingerbread. There's a flash of boozy heat early on, but it falls back and integrates with the rest of the palate.
Feel is smooth but light, leaving a touch of heat on the finish, but otherwise, pretty unobtrusive.
It's a genuinely nice IPA, especially an IPA of this weight. But for some reason, I wanted it to aggravate me more. Give me a bit more bitterness, a bit more intensity, a bit more of a challenge. This was disappointingly smooth and drinkable, when it should have been spitting in my face.
I feel if it did that, it would have been phenomenal.
70 / 100
355ml can brought back from California to Australia to share with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.
Pours a translucent, slightly hazed amber orange colour, not particularly red, with a very fine head of thin off-white foam. Body is pleasantly thick, but silky and slick. Speckled lacing that sits up rather prominently when swirled. Very fine carbonation. It's a good looking beer. I'd love a bit more of the genuine red hue, but otherwise really nice.
Nose is clear with fragrant, fruity hops, mellowed with a nice malty basis, giving caramel undertones to the nose. It blends to create a genuinely pleasant American Red aroma, perhaps without the slight hint of roasted characters you get in some. Some boozy notes come through, but they just add a little sharpness to the crisp hop aroma.
Taste is very smooth, with a malty, strong character coming through more prominently. This leads the way for nutty, grainy malt to be prominent. Very little in the way of hop bitterness, but there is a little, which, mingling with the sweet malt, gives characters of stewed oranges. It's nice enough, but I feel it errs a little too much to the side of sweetness, and doesn't bring the nicely binary nature of the brew together as well as others.
Feel is full but smooth. It's quite pleasant. Indeed, it could do with a little more carbonation, but I appreciate the silky nature of this type as well.
A nice American Red, but I've had better. This is just a little bit too sweet for my tastes, and doesn't have that classic skill of combining but keeping separate the grainy malt and the fresh, sharp hops.
75 / 100
Pours out of the can with nary a whisper of carbonation, although a slightly coarse-bubbled head forms in loose rings of beige. Minimal lacing. Body looks very thick, a deep reddish brown colour. Looks pretty tasty though.
Nose is musty and a little sweaty. Leather comes forward on the front, with some sweet grain flavours and a slightly metallic, boozy hit. It's pretty raw and rugged, but that's what you want from the style.
Taste is quite sweet, with big grain notes crescendoing through the centre of the palate leaving a burgeoning symphony of dark sugar and molasses. A hint of metallic bitterness tries to add a zing, but it's like tiny flashes of lightning through an enormous cloud of volcanic ash. Finish is incredibly long and very sweet, the absolute opposite of what I would call dry. Feel is extremely chewy and thick. Pretty good.
Pretty tasty beer all up, rich and heavy and with some robust, manly flavours that will put hairs on your chest. Good effort.
49 / 100
Pours, unsurprisingly, yellow bodies, with masses of fine carbonation and a crackling head of white coarse-bubbled foam. Head leaves something to be desired, but the streaming carbonation is mesmerising. And why is it that I usually associate pilseners with green rather than yellow? Yellow makes it sound as though it's off.
Not a particularly sharp nose. Vague wet grain and slight bread yeast characteristics. Light vegetal bite somewhere in there, but it's very weak, very slim on hops, especially for a pils.
Taste is a little better, in that there is a noticeable, if not particularly fresh and fragrant hop bitterness through the centre. Unfortunately, it's surrounded by more of that slightly sweet wet grain character. No harshness on the back, although a lingering sweetness is unwelcome in the style. Mouthfeel sparkling and crisp.
I bought this on the back of the excellent Ten Fidy, and being a fan of a good pilsener, but unfortunately, this is not a good pilsener. While it's perhaps sharper and cleaner than some of the worst generic swill, it seems largely to be cut from the same block.
85 / 100
Bought from Whole Foods Market in Chelsea, New York. Carried back with loving care to Australia and shared with my bro @laituegonflable.
Dark opaque black colour, with just the hint of brown at the edge. Head is a creamy and delicious smear of chocolate coloured foam across the top. Quite turgid and frothy, with amazing lace. Looks extremely dark and exceptionally full bodied. The tiny bubbling in the head is exceptional - it's bordering on creamy without the gimmick of pure creamy-headed stout. Really awesome.
Deep, dark and boozy notes of fresh licorice, charred grain, leather and (almost) smoked fish. It's incredibly smooth and complex, with so many dimensions cavorting around. But despite this, it seems so well integrated, as though I'm viewing it from far away, and the radically different elements are all part of one succinct and coherent whole. Quite remarkable.
Smooth and creamy on the palate, and certainly not as intense as it could have been. Roasted notes of high-cocoa chocolate, vienna-roast coffee and smooth bourbon vanilla make it rich, but approachable. Finish is full and rather sweet, despite the carbonised coffee bean rawness; and the smoky tessitura just accentuates the otherwise full-bodied rounded character that makes up its bulk. Mouthfeel is smooth, but slightly more tingling from the alcohol than expected.
A very robust and complex but enjoyable impy stout. It packs a punch, but is unexpectedly drinkable given the ABV and the style. This is a really good and extremely layered beer - extremely worthy of appreciation.
(Without a doubt, the best beer I've yet had from a can).