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Alesmith IPA | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 217

AleSmith IPA used to be known as “Irie Pirate Ale.” However, some nasty patent attorneys think the name is too similar to another brand, so we had to “cease and desist.” It’s a darn shame, but it beats an obnoxious legal battle, in both expenses and Excedrin. Don’t worry though, we won’t change the beer (which is a MUCH better IPA than that “other” brand). It was conceived as an American-style IPA to satisfy the yearnings of the most die-hard hopheads. Its high alcohol content may catch you unawares if you’re not careful, but it’s hard to resist once you’ve tasted it. Appearance: Deep golden to light amber color, and a nice beige head, with good retention when properly served. Flavor: Starts off with strong citrusy, resiny flavors, balanced by a nice malty sweetness, then fades to a dry finish with a lingering hoppiness ... Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Surly Smoke Video Beer Review

I’m joined by fellow BGN member BeerichiTuba for this review. A smoked Baltic Porter. Aged in oak barrels for several months. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: The Bruery Saison Rue Video Beer Review

Belgian Style Ale Brewed With Rye and Brettanomyces Our rustic, deep golden California farmhouse ale is brewed just a few times a year to celebrate the change of the season. Enjoy! Read More »

Dogfish Head Festina Peche | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 216

[google1] A refreshing neo-Berliner Weisse fermented with peaches. Food Pairing recommendations: Grilled chicken or fish, salad. Glassware recommendation: Pint Wine comparable: Pinot Grigio Read More »

Deschutes Black Butte XXIII | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 215

XXIII. So where to next? What’s 2011’s rich, imperial take on Black Butte Porter? Just for kicks, you dream. Orange zest perhaps? From Spanish Oranges. Seville, to be exact. And Chocolate nibs. Pampered nibs from the artisanal alchemists at Theo. Maybe some chilies? Pasilla Negra only, please. That would be crazy wouldn’t it? Welcome to crazy. Get it while you can. Read More »

Sixpoint Brewing Bengali Tiger IPA | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 214

Sixpoint Bengali Tiger is reminiscent of the century-old English IPA. In my perspective, many current IPAs suffer from lacking substance; unbalanced by a hoppy assertiveness that is not substantiated by a strong foundation of rich malt flavors. Our interpretation uses the highest-quality, floor-malted base malt, which lends a full-bodied and rich caramel flavor. We mash at high temperatures and add generous amounts of specialty malts to further emphasize a strong foundation of malt as leverage for our generous additions of hops… Which are indeed generous. We use a total of three different hop strains, and add a total of six different additions throughout the process. The Bengali Tiger has a hoppy snap upfront, but strides at a steady pace, and finishes balanced. The signature characteristic of the Tiger is the aroma… we use massive quantities of whole East Kent Goldings hops to dry hop ... Read More »