Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Redhook Long Hammer IPA

With the "Great Hop Shortage of 2008" in full swing, I decided I should take advantage of the availability of hoppy beers while I still could, so today's selection is Redhook Long Hammer IPA. This is the American version of the IPA, which is decidedly more strongly hopped than the English IPA's. Redhook's IPA poured a nice deep golden color with a modest head that didn't last very long. Maybe I've been spoiled by over-the-top IPA's, but this one seemed somewhat subdued. I was expecting more hops! This seemed more like a pale ale than an IPA. Still enjoyable, but not quite what I was anticipating. Cool label at least.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Samuel Adams Black Lager

Samuel Adams Black Lager from the Boston Beer Company, is part of their Brewmaster's Collection. It pours a deep, nearly black color, with a small light-colored head. As you can see in the photo, the head disappeared pretty quickly. It's roughly in the style of a Schwartzbier and is smooth and easy to drink. The flavor is more roasty than a typical lager, and the hop character is much less pronounced than their standard Boston Lager. I really enjoyed this one, and would welcome a six-pack from time to time. This was purchased in their "Brewmaster's Collection", which also included their Brown Ale and Honey Porter.

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