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Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0 Video Beer Review | San Diego Beer Vlog EP 589

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Stone Ruination IPA was the first full-time brewed and bottled West Coast double IPA on the planet. As craft beer has evolved over the years, so too have techniques for maximizing hop flavors and aromas. For the second incarnation of our groundbreaking India pale ale, we employed dry hopping and hop bursting to squeeze every last drop of piney, citrusy, tropical essence from the hops that give this beer its incredible character. We’ve also updated the name to reflect the imperial-level intensity that’s evident in every sip. Join us in cheering this, the second stanza in our “Liquid Poem to the Glory of the Hop.” Read More »

Traquair Jacobite Ale Video Beer Review | San Diego Beer Vlog EP 588

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The famous Bear Gates guarding the approach to Traquair House, near Pebbles, have been closed since 1745 – when the last person to pass through them was Bonnie Prince Charlie. Now, 250 years later, the ancient Traquair Brew House celebrates the Jacobite cause by producing this potent spiced ale to a traditional fine recipe. Sip slowly and remember the old toast to the “King O’er the Water.” Read More »

Bell’s Saturn (BA Barleywine) Video Beer Review | San Diego Beer Vlog EP 587

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The fifth release in the Bell’s Planets Series is strong, robust and complex. Saturn is a bourbon barrel aged barleywine loaded with notes of toffee, caramel, oak and vanilla that finishes with a warming touch. The first beer brewed for this series, Saturn has been aging in casks since July 2014. True to its name, this beer is well suited for vintage aging. Read More »

San Diego Beer Vlog: Modern Times Black House w/ Cocoa Nibs & Coconut Video Beer Review

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Stout with coffee, toasted coconut and cocoa nibs added. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter Video Beer Review

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We’re ever watchful in developments of whole-cone hops, and Hop Hunter features a rare varietal that’s new to brew kettles. We’re captivated by its pronounced aromas of blueberry and blackberry that precede a bright and lemony flavor with a semi-dry and smooth finish. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: AleSmith San Diego Pale Ale .394 (Tony Gwynn Tribute) Video Beer Review

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AleSmith dialed in the recipe resulting in an extremely drinkable 6% ABV Pale Ale with light bitterness and accentuated hoppiness designed to fill the gap between AleSmith X Extra Pale Ale and AleSmith IPA. This San Diego Pale Ale will showcase abundant piney and citrusy hop aroma and flavor from an intense dry-hopping schedule. A balanced malt profile will round out these hoppy flavors with a biscuity finish to enhance drinkability throughout the innings. The name “394” (.394) references the highest single-season batting average Gwynn set back in 1994. Ready to be released at the June 6th Padres Beerfest, San Diego Pale Ale 394 will reflect the commitment to excellence shared by the legendary Tony Gwynn and the AleSmith team. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Indio Video Beer Review

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Beyond its dark character and due to its key ingredient of caramel malt, Indio obtains a mild sweet taste that reduces its bitterness, achieving a perfect balance that makes it very drinkable. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Karl Strauss Five Wee Heavy Bells Video Beer Review

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“Five Wee Heavy Bells, like a fine scotch, is perfect for this holiday season and will get even better with age. This malty scotch ale weighs in at a smooth 9.5% ABV and packs a deliciously warm finish. Rich caramel flavors provide the perfect backdrop to the beer’s pronounced scotch character. “We took a traditional Scotch Ale and aged it on scotch-soaked American oak chips,” says Paul Segura, Brewmaster, Karl Strauss Brewing Company. “The scotch flavors balance the malty sweetness of the beer, and the whole process inspired us to call this bad boy a Scotch on Scotch ale.” Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: GABF 2014: Denver and Ft. Collins

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I shot hardly any footage from the floor of the 2014 Great American Beer Festival but I did shoot some footage on my trip up to Ft. Collins when visiting Funkwerks and Horse & Dragon. Missing from my visit was video of Crooked Stave, Odell, Trve Brewing, Tap & Handle, Falling Rock, and the GABF Awards Ceremony. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Coronado 18th Anniversary Ale Imperial IPA Video Beer Review

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This August, Coronado Brewing Company will commemorate 18 years of brewing with its 18th Anniversary Ale. The company will also toast a banner year with an 18th anniversary party to be held on August 2nd at the company’s tasting room on Knoxville Street in San Diego. The year’s successes included medaling for the first time ever for its Black Sails IPA, from the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, CO where Coronado won a Silver in the American-Style Black Ale category. At the World Beer Cup, Coronado also triumphed as the champion among mid-size brewers, as it received the highly coveted Champion Brewery/Champion Brewmaster Award, arguably the most prestigious award in craft brewing. The brewer netted a Gold award for their Islander IPA and a Silver for Old Scallywag. Part of the brewer’s Crown Series, the 18th Anniversary Ale is a double IPA ... Read More »

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