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Hey hey,

So I loved making this blog, I love beer. But I haven’t been drinking for a while now and when I do I usually stick with old reliables. 

So at this point I am taking on a new project which will be a portfolio for graphics I’m working on. The posting will be much slower than it was originally with this blog, but would be glad to see any of you over there:

http://www.tumblr.com/blog/bearabledesigns

Cheers, and until the next beer,

Alexander Cort Bear

Last beer stop on the trip was another visit to Hops and Pie… I must say this time not as enjoyable since the waitress was a dirty skank, but oh well. 

This time I had My Antonia, which is Imperial Pilsner, not a type of beer I’ve had much of, just the Odell.

My Antonia by, Dogfish Head

Thick, rocky snow cap on top of a orange-y, amber-y body.

Lots of hops in the nose with a bit of lemon and a hint of a Belgium-y scent. 

Nice citrus malt blend up front that leads to a surprising amount of piney hops.

Very surprised. Very good… Pizza was good also (topped with beer braised brisket)… just poor service (this time).

How I will truly miss Colorado… but in the second picture you will see I brought souvenirs. 

So we rushed down to Breckenridge HQ and got there just minutes before the tour, and was greeted by “Just grab any beer you want, it’s on me”-awesome tour guide. 

I couldn’t decide if I wanted the Christmas Ale on Nitro (everyone was serving random holiday beers, New Belgium had their Valentine ale, Hops and Pie had a Christmas ale also), or the Chocolate Stout aged in whiskey barrels… luckily Samantha (my gf) got the Christmas one, so I got the Chocolate Stout.

Chocolate Stout aged in Whiskey Barrels by, Breckenridge:

I need some help on this one guys, I have no idea what I drank, I probably could have listened better, but I already had 3 beers by then, all higher ABVs so oh well. All they said was it was their “chocolate beer” aged in whiskey barrels… Well doing some research they are doing some collabs with Stranahan Whiskey, but they have only release an ESB (definitely not this) that has been aged, I have also heard some set the Vanilla Porter, but this wasn’t it either, a lot of chocolate here, not that artificial vanilla… and they just kept calling it their “chocolate” so maybe it could be their 72 imperial that was in the post before… If anyone else has had this let me know. 

It was thinner than expected, jet black, with a thin caramel head. 

Smells of, well chocolate and whiskey. 

Lots of Whiskey and booze upfront, with a nice creamy chocolate, caramel at the end. 

Good stuff, I’ll have some more. 

Christmas Ale on Nitro by, Breckenridge:

Not a bad little warmer. 

Pours an amber color with a huge creamy white head (they had to meet up with us on the tour since it took them so long to wrestle the nitro head).

light bready and spice notes. 

Taste is a lot like the nose, very bready malts ends with the spices (some nutmeg) a little of the 7.4% sneaking through. 

Nice and creamy, Samantha couldn’t finish so I got this Christmas Ale as a little Christmas present. 

Colorado Day Three:

We were trying to decide what to do after this museum we toured, maybe a winery? But my Girlfriend was nice enough to agree to go to another brewery with me, I wanted to goto Great Divide but they were having a sold out anniversary party, so to the next best thing (which turned out to maybe be the best thing), Breckinridge. 

Thunder Stout (nitro), by Breckenridge (bottom left):

Thunder Stout is kinda a funny beer… because it is there Oatmeal Stout on nitro. It’s not like the Oatmeal Stout, it’s not me saying all their beers taste the same, it is literally Oatmeal Stout relabeled for nitro taps. 

Pours a nice deep black with tan bubbles rushing to the top to feed its tight creamy nitro head. Really good lace. 

As you would expect, oats, chocolate, and roasted malts.

Taste has the roasted malts up front with a bitter coffee taste also that ends in the creamiest of chocolates. 

Medium Carbonation, and lighter than what would be expected, drinks fast and easy… would be nice if they start bottling with nitro next.

Breckenridge 72 Imperial Cream Stout (Center):

I’m guessing it is called 72 Imperial since it is 7.2% abv (in my opinion a little weak for an imperial stout).

Pitch black, served with a small creamy chocolate head. 

Can smell the creaminess of the chocolate, kinda cool they paired with the local Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory to use for the dark chocolates. 

Kind of the opposite of the Thunder Stout in order of tastes, it starts out with its creamy chocolate taste that then turns into a bitter coffee taste which I’m sure helps to hide the extra alcohol.

Thicker cream feel than in the Thunder Stout. 

Samantha Had a Vanilla Porter next but I already reviewed that already here, and am not the biggest fan. So lets skip to:

Apis IV Quad by, Elevation:


Elevation is a brand new brewery, they just started this year, and I can’t be a huge judge since I’ve only had this one, and have just looked at the others on their sight, but I think they can become a pretty damn good brewery.

This one pours a very deep brown with a small light brown head.

Smells of bread and caramel, and a bit like an American strong (a bit of the booze).

I love quads because of the lack of the belgium yeast taste, since the amount of alcohol usually drowns it out… This one though is great because it does not really have either. It almost tastes like a well balance brown ale with little alcohol, so you would have to be careful to not drink five of them, because the 10.7% will know you down. 

I really hope to see more out of Elevation, and hope they get out of Colorado (in distribution) soon. 

Well Breckenridge’s website does not mention brewery tours, but we rushed to Breckenridge’s HQ after finding out they do have them when we got our check, to get in on the last tour of the day. Next time. 

Colorado Day 2 part deux:

After making it back from Fort Collins we looked on Yelp to see where we should eat, you know what is the number one restaurant in Denver… a hot dog stand… really… go check. 

We went to the resturant rather than the stand, because: they serve beer.

I had an Alaskan Reindeer Brat and my girlfriend had the wild boar, both of us having fried mac & cheese as a side. The freezer behind the counter had a nice collection of Great Divide, but I was excited to see they had Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro which we don’t get in Missouri but have heard a lot of good things about. 

Milk Stout Nitro by, Left Hand

This is the best effect I have ever gotten out of a bottle, when poured hard it pours a very dark brown with with a tight tan head that would only come from a nitro tap. And the lacing…you can hardly see through it… thick!

The nose is lighter in the nitro bottle than in the regular bottle, but coffee notes are still coming through. 

Sweet caramel along with coffee. and such a light (in color, rather than in presence) milk chocolate taste that gives it that milky taste. 

The feel is perhaps the best part with it being nice thick and creamy.

Well my girlfriend took the camera with all the Colorado pictures on it so no vacation post today, but I’ll post another Colorado beer, one that’s a little easier to get here in Missouri. 

Isolation Ale, by Odell 
Pours a murky copper color with a finger of tan head.
Light smell of spices and caramel malts.
Isolation has a crisp taste of a sweet caramel and bready malts with a slight hoppy taste to follow.
Not a bad brew, just a bit bland compared to other Odell brews. 

Well my girlfriend took the camera with all the Colorado pictures on it so no vacation post today, but I’ll post another Colorado beer, one that’s a little easier to get here in Missouri. 

Isolation Ale, by Odell 

Pours a murky copper color with a finger of tan head.

Light smell of spices and caramel malts.

Isolation has a crisp taste of a sweet caramel and bready malts with a slight hoppy taste to follow.

Not a bad brew, just a bit bland compared to other Odell brews. 

Day two did not offer much (if anything) in way of beer, just in personal advancement, so we will skip to day three. 

Day three was a day trip to Fort Collins where we visited New Belgium Brewery. What a great tour they put on. We first got a free glass of whatever we wanted: For me it was their Cocoa Molé, and for my girlfriend it was Tart Lychee. 

Cocoa Molé:


Cocoa Molé is a Chile Ale that is full of pepper scents and flavors, but not as much as with other pepper ales since their mixtures of multiple chocolate malts take the foreground. 

Tart Lychee:


Maybe another bad choice since this was one they gave us on tour. It is brewed with the Lychee fruit which is a very sweet strawberry like fruit, the lychee ale is then mixed with one of their countless brews fermenting in their barrels (as seen in the last picture), this one happens to be a sour. Both these are blended perfectly in the taste. 

First brew on the tour was their Belgo IPA.

Belgo IPA:

They are called New Belgium for a reason and this is a good example, this is their take on Belgium’s take on an American brew. The nose and taste are one another’s opposite. The nose is very strong in banana and grapefruit scents with a some what subdued hoppy smell, luckily for me the taste had a strong bitterness from the countless hops within, with a slight taste of Belgium yeast in the background. 

The next beer was Biere de Mars:


This one has mainly a nose of brett with a bit of caramel. The taste is a complex mixture of citrus fruits, piney hops, a smooth Belgium yeast backbone a bit of the caramel in there. 

The Next one was the Tart Lychee, then Fat Tire which does not require much of an explanation, then finally Ranger IPA out of a can, which was canned that day. 

Ranger IPA:

This one has kind of a cool name on how it was named… New Belgium calls their sales crew, who goes out and talks with the liquor stores and bars, rangers, and they kept coming back again and again begging them to brew an IPA since that is what everyone was asking for, this was of course before Belgo, and finally they did and they named it after them.. the Rangers. 

I usually start off these posts after long hiatuses with an apology and a “I’ll do better this time”… well I’ll save you from all of that and we will just see how it goes… In the mean time I just got back from a beer pilgrimage to Colorado and have so pretty exciting things to share, so lets take this day by day.

Day One:

Drove in around 5:30p just in time for traffic and starvation mode to kick in. That night we (myself and my girlfriend) went to a place called Hops & Pie. Hops and Pie is a nice little hipster-esque pizza shop with a ton of craft brews especially IPAs… which is good because I’m a hipster-esque kinda buy who loves pizza and craft brews, especially IPAs. 

Right when I looked at the beer menu I knew this would be a great trip because first brew I noticed was Pliny The Elder… a godsend to us from Kansas and Missouri who never get ANY Russian Rivers… and I did not even have to search for it like in San Diego Link

Then came time to make the hard decisions, another Pliny which I only get once a year and LOVE or a brew I may never get again… I decided to get Linchpin IPA, which I could not pass up since it was a collab between Founders and Green Flash. 

May have made the wrong decision.

Linchpin White IPA, by Founders and Green Flash

The Menu did not mention it was a WHITE ipa and I do not know if I have mentioned this before but I just can not stand Belgium yeasts… I know, I know… a sin amongst the beer community. So I could barely smell the floral hops past all the saisoniness. 

Sadly there was a lot more yeast in the taste. Luckily the bubblegum and banana notes were accompanied by nice spices and floral bitterness.

The final picture is of an IPA Mac & Cheese, I know nothing about how to describe a food past “it was good”… and it was good (maybe a little to many peas). 

Pizza and the staff was also great, the waitress did not even charge me for the Linchpin without me asking. 

drinkipa asked:

Thanks for the feedback! Sarcasm aside... i personally feel that i should post more often and I'm trying to do that but i drink a lot of different beers so i try to post every IPA i drink. But with that said its also about quality of the post and not so much about quantity right?

I can speak on neither subject with authority. My posts have been few and far between with this job hunt I have engaged in, and when I do post the quality is not what it once was. Hopefully these will both change soon. 

I think you’re doing a damn good job at posting quality stuff regularly lately, not that you were doing something different before.  

Alright news on my favorite beer… ever. Of course this is Boulevard’s Bourbon Barrel Quad. So I was told it would be released on December 6th. After everyone telling me I was crazy because it had not even made it out of the barrels yet.
So I did not even bother checking back the next Tuesday. I went in on December 16th and the only thing people at the stores could tell me was “you’re about three days to late.” And “We’re not getting anymore in, maybe next year.”
Needless to say I was pissed. So the next two days was filled with me traveling to every liquor store I passed by. I was crushed. I gave up all hope. I thought I might try and call in a favor to Boulevard for giving them so much talk up in the blog… But I want to save that for dire need…. Which this was becoming close to one (remember this is my all time favorite)
But I was getting pizza from this place that is next door to a little corner liquor store called Mr. T’s (not known for craft beers by any means) and told my GF I would try for the hell of it… Before I knew it I was walking out with five bottles (pictured above is 3 of the 5). Thank Goodness.

Well review is nigh. 

Alright news on my favorite beer… ever. Of course this is Boulevard’s Bourbon Barrel Quad. So I was told it would be released on December 6th. After everyone telling me I was crazy because it had not even made it out of the barrels yet.

So I did not even bother checking back the next Tuesday. I went in on December 16th and the only thing people at the stores could tell me was “you’re about three days to late.” And “We’re not getting anymore in, maybe next year.”

Needless to say I was pissed. So the next two days was filled with me traveling to every liquor store I passed by. I was crushed. I gave up all hope. I thought I might try and call in a favor to Boulevard for giving them so much talk up in the blog… But I want to save that for dire need…. Which this was becoming close to one (remember this is my all time favorite)

But I was getting pizza from this place that is next door to a little corner liquor store called Mr. T’s (not known for craft beers by any means) and told my GF I would try for the hell of it… Before I knew it I was walking out with five bottles (pictured above is 3 of the 5). Thank Goodness.

Well review is nigh.