Monthly Archives: July 2013

Lazy Magnolia’s Timber Beast – The beauty is in the balance.

Purchased at: Dogwood Growlers
Brewery: Lazy Magnolia
Beer: Timber Beast
ABV: 9%
Rating: 4/5
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Lazy Magnolia Timber Beast

 

Personal Review:
The name is fitting. This thing is a BEAST! But not the kind of beast that sneaks up on you in the Siberian forest, rips out your jugular, and then feeds you to it’s young. It’s more like a tamed wolf, loyally at your side, but with a bit of a wild streak. It’s not a pet, more of a partner. Don’t underestimate it, there is a possibility it will turn on you.

 

Technical Review:
This beer pours a light amber color with an orangish hue, white head, and has good head retention.
The aroma is of citrus, orange peel, grapefruit, and has a slight green, grassy smell.
The mouthfeel is smooth and silky.
The taste is surprising after the aroma. It is maltier than expected, but  VERY well balanced. The taste is very sweet and there are hints of caramel.
The finish lights up your senses with a beautiful bouquet of hops, but not too much. The beauty of this beer is truly in the balance.
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Now THAT’s an IPA!

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I have always loved comics. There is something masterful, yet very playful in the ability to make someone smile or even laugh with such limited page real estate. I have drawn comics for fun my whole life and figured I would start combining some of my more recent hobbies. So here is my first comic released to the world! Hope you like it!

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What is a Session Beer?

Beer Terms: “Session Beer”, “Sessionable”
I have heard this question a lot lately. The definition is somewhat of a moving target as it is subjective.

Basically a session beer is defined as a beer that you can enjoy several of in a sitting. You can see why this varies from person to person. To many people a sessionable beer is in the 3-5% ABV range, and is typically malty, and light, but well balanced with only a small hop bite if any. Good examples would include: most Lagers, Killian’s Red, Sweetwater 420, BlueMoon etc.

These are all easy-drinking beers that go down smooth. A session beer is the comfort food of the beer world. The are usually familiar, and easy to get. As you can see from the examples above, session beers cross beer styles. There is such thing as a sessionable stout, Guiness is a very good example. SweetWater 420 is an extra pale ale. It definitely falls into the category of a session beer.


So when you hear someone say a beer is sessionable, they probably mean they enjoy it, its smooth, but nothing about it really knocks their socks off.

What is your favorite session beer? Leave it in the comments!
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Finch’s Fascist Pig – Not your standard Red Ale.

Finch's Fascist Pig

Finch’s Fascist Pig

 

Brewery: Finch’s
Beer: Fascist Pig
ABV: 8%
Rating: 4/5

 

Personal Review:
Need someone to cuddle with? Cozy on up to this malty masterpiece. This red ale is a bit of a rebel, but it has a soft spot. It defies a category of beer filled with generic, overly malty brews, and spices things up with some dry-hops (Palisade and Zythos). One sip and you’ll feel safe in the company of this brew. It will patiently listen to your worries and when you’re done venting, it will give you a light smack on the cheek to knock you out if it.

 

Technical Review:
This beer pours a slightly cloudy, amber color with a surprisingly white head in comparison to the color of the beer.
The aroma is sweet and fruity with hints of citrus accented with biscuit notes.
The mouthfeel is smooth with just a slight thickness.
The taste compliments the aroma. It is sweet with a slight biscuit flavor. You will also notice an apricot fruitiness.

The initial taste steps aside to reveal a nice finish. The finish is light and crisp with an inviting citrus flavor that perfectly follows slightly heavy malt body.

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