When you read something is unique, you may not know if the object is "good" unique or "bad" unique. In the case of Wiconsin's Bad Hare Red Ale, it's "good" unique. This is a great example of America's new found love of craft beer. Original unique taste.
This ale was unlike any beer I have previously enjoyed. It has a medium malty flavour with a touch of sweetness that isn't really there. In reality, this slight sweetness takes the edge off of the malt.
I thought that I really liked this beer. Originally, I thought this was going to be a 4 burper, but as I drank it down my views began to change. I'm not one for sweetness in beer, and this just started to get to me. By the end, I changed my mind to a solid 3 burp rating. I like it, but I didn't like it a lot.
Carolyn was in the same boat. She said her initial taste was quite enjoyable, however, with every other swallow, she liked it less and less.
Don't get me wrong. This is a different beer with a different taste and it's definitely worth trying.
Try Rhinelander Brewing Company's Bad Hare Red Ale and let me know what you think.
As soon as I saw the can of Guinness Blonde, I knew I had to try it. I love Blonde beers, and I like Guinness. I knew it had to be good, and I wasn't disappointed.
It wasn't until I got home and looked at the can that I realized that this blonde beer's full name included "American Lager". Upon closer inspection, the beer isn't even made in Ireland. True to it's name, it's made in America. Pennsylvania to be exact.
When I poured the beer, the first thing I noticed was the beautiful amber colour. I was anticipating a pale yellow like many American lagers, but this Blonde beer looked tasty. And, its looks didn't disappoint. This was one tasty beer.
It had a nice hoppy taste. Not to strong or overpowering. As Carolyn commented, she could understand why people would like this beer. It was very well rounded. It had good flavour, but not to much. I found it went really well with hot wings. It cut the heat easily and left a nice refreshing taste in my mouth.
I could drink a bunch of these while sitting on the deck on a warm day. Guinness Blonde American Lager went down easy yet it had a somewhat complex taste. Nothing to say bad about this beer. That's why I give it four burps.
I'd been saving my bottle of Black Butte Porter for just the right time. I have to be in the mood for a porter to truly enjoy one, and this one came in such a large portion size, I didn't want to open it unless I had a hankering.
Last Saturday, that hankering came. I didn't know what I wanted for lunch, so I decided I would just drink this big bottle of porter. At 1 pint 6 ounces, I knew this beer would satisfy my empty belly.
I knew I was going to enjoy this beer as soon as I poured it. It had a deep black colour, and a nice thick, fine bubbled head. It wasn't as creamy as a Guinness but it's close. Upon drinking, I immediately noticed a strong coffee taste, and later on, I could taste a hint of chocolate in the finish.
Many people may think this is a thick, strong tasting beer from looking at it, but it isn't. It was quite smooth tasting without a bitter aftertaste. Carolyn quite liked it. She said it was almost sweet.
I knew after the first couple of swallows that this was a 4 burp beer. By the time I got to the bottom of the glass, my opinion hadn't changed. I give Deschutes Brewery's Black Butte Porter four solid burps!
Drinking the world.
One beer at a time.