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Clinical lab scientist by day, beer geek by night.

Firestone Walker Double Jack Imperial IPA | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 154

The next installment in the Reserve series from Firestone Walker. I have had nothing so far but great beers from them and this one proved to be no exception. For their first Imperial IPA they nailed it! Check it out and let me know what you think. Cheers! Double Jack IPA is our first ever Imperial IPA. It features a big malty middle to cloak the high alcohol and mouth puckering hop bitterness. Huge tangerine, grapefruit and juicy fruit aroma blossom over the herbal blue basil and malt earthiness of this aggressive beer. Best enjoyed in moderation. Read More »

21st Amendment Bitter American | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 153

I am always on the lookout for a new session ale to try. It might not seem it but I do get tired of only drinking 10-13% beasts of beers so a nice hoppy session ale is just what the doctor ordered. Check out my review to see if 21st Amendments Bitter American fits the bill. Cheers! If you’d been rocketed into space against your will, you might be a little bitter too. Bitter American is our long-overdue tribute to unsung, unwitting heroes everywhere. This American session ale packs a lot of hop and malt flavor into a refreshingly lower-alcohol brew, making it the perfect beer to have on hand when you have a little history to make. Bitter American is our late winter seasonal beer available from January through March in six pack cans and on draft. This extra pale session ale has ... Read More »

Founders Double Trouble Imperial IPA | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 152

Here is a review for the last of the 3 big hop bombs of the season. Founders Double Trouble is one of the first imperial IPA’s that I ever tasted and to this day in my opinion remains and underrated gem. An imperial IPA that was brewed to turn your world upside down. Hops have got you coming and going. Pungent aromatics up front paired with a malt balanced backbone and a smooth bitter finish. 86 IBUs. Read More »

Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 151

I have gotten a ton of requests for this beer so I finally got around to shooting it! Its a really interesting barrel aged beer from a great American Belgian style brewery. Check it out and let me know what you think. Cheers! In October of 2004, we released the first beer in our series of Barrel Aged beers, Allagash Curieux. To make the Curieux (French for “curious”), we age our Tripel Ale in Jim Beam barrels for 8 weeks in our cellar. During the aging process in bourbon barrels, the beer is totally transformed, and many new flavors and aromas develop. Most notably, the beer picks up soft coconut and vanilla characteristics…and also a hint of bourbon flavor! Read More »

Double Trouble, Hopslam, Nugget Nectar Blind Taste Test | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 150

Here is EPisode 150!! I decided for this one to do something a little different and let you guys vote for what review I should do for this episode. So I posted a few ideas on the BGN facebook page and this is what you guys voted for! This is a “blind” tasting of Troegs Nugget Nectar, Founders Double Trouble and Bells Hopslam. We had no knowledge of what beer was in what glass and we went from there. Some of the results were surprising some were not. Let me know what you think! Cheers Read More »

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 149

This one kind of surprised me, not in a real good way either. Check it out to see what I mean. A group of hop-heads and publicans challenged our Beer Camp brewers to push the extremes of whole-cone hop brewing. The result is this: a 100 IBU, whole-cone hurricane of flavor. Simply put- Hoptimum: the biggest whole-cone IPA we have ever produced. Aggressively hopped, dry-hopped and torpedoed with our exclusive new hop varieties for ultra-intense flavors and aromas. Hops, hops and more hops are the stars of this big, whole-cone Imperial IPA. Resinous ‘new-school’ and exclusive hop varieties carry the bold and aromatic nose. The flavor follows the aroma with layers of aggressive hoppiness, featuring notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar and tropical fruit – all culminating in a dry and lasting finish. Beer specs: ABV: 10.4% Original Gravity: 22.8 Plato Final Gravity: ... Read More »

Deschutes The Abyss 2010 | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 148

Does The Abyss live up to the hype machine that propels it to the top of many best of lists? Watch my review to find out! The Abyss: Stout brewed with licorice and molasses with 33% aged in oak and oak bourbon barrels. It’s dark. It’s deep. It’s mysterious. Aged in French Oak and Bourbon barrels, this special brew has immeasureable depth inviting you to explore and discover its rich, complex profile. The flavor of molasses and licorice draw you in further and further with each sip. The Abyss beckons. Enjoy the journey. Read More »

Cigar City Humidor Series Jai Alai Cedar Aged IPA | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 147

Getting home from Orlando, FL was a shock to the system. We left Orlando in 70 degree sunny weather and landed back in Harrisburg to a cold 15F snowstorm! Oh well at least I got to have some great beers while I was there. This is the first of 2 beer reviews I did while in the great state of Florida. Cheers The Humidor Series is a rotating offering of Cigar City Brewing beer aged on cedar. Cedar has a more subtle effect on beer than more traditional woods like oak. But, we think that once you taste it you’ll agree that cedar deserves a place alongside oak in the brewer’s wood-aging toolbox. Read More »

Bells Hopslam (Bottled on 1/12/2011)| Beer Geek Nation Beer Reviews Episode 146

So here it is. One of the most sought after beers of the year. This bottle is from batch 10127 which was bottled on 1/12/2011. Does it live up to the hype? What the review to find out. Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell’s Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell’s repetoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style. Read More »

Troegs Nugget Nectar | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 145

This is one of my favorite seasonal’s as well as one of the beers that got me into craft beer. Check it out and see what I thought. Squeeze those hops for all they’re worth and prepare to pucker up: Tröegs’ newest single batch brew, Nugget Nectar Ale, will take hopheads to nirvana with a heady collection of Nugget, Warrior and Tomahawk hops. Starting with the same base ingredients of our flagship HopBack Amber Ale, Nugget Nectar intensifies the malt and hop flavors to create an explosive hop experience. Read More »