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#621 devilsfan26

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 11:48 PM

Nugget Nectar is good stuff.  I had 75 minute once and thought it was better than all their other IPAs.  I heard the maple flavor really comes to the forefront after about six months of aging, so I'm holding on to the one I have now until the end of the summer to see how it tastes then.


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Posted 12 March 2013 - 08:11 AM

Nugget Nectar is good stuff.  I had 75 minute once and thought it was better than all their other IPAs.  I heard the maple flavor really comes to the forefront after about six months of aging, so I'm holding on to the one I have now until the end of the summer to see how it tastes then.

 

I think I need to run down to Canals to grab another one for storage! Thanks for the tip!


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Posted 12 March 2013 - 09:34 AM

Glad to hear the Sam Adam IPL is good stuff.  Seen alot of it in the local bodega, so I'll have to pick it up.  I'm also an outside fan of Yuengling.  Like many have said, it's a perfectly tasty bridge beer that everybody at the party can enjoy.  Their Black and Tan is actually quite good.  Much better than the Buds and Coors Lights that make up most "red solo cup soiree's".

 

And I agree with corzman, PBR is just fine if you have low funds and a high thirst, especially when it's $3 a pint at your after hockey bar.


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Posted 13 March 2013 - 08:00 PM

Had a growler of Yards Spruce Ale - that was nice.

 

also had Lagunita WilcoTangoFoxtrot it was quite hoppy.  I liked the Yards better.

 

I'm a fan of the growler these days.  I might get over it, but I really like the texture better than bottled or canned.



I agree - it always seems like it should be good too...  :(

 

 

I like the spruce ale as well, we have made it a tradition at the family holiday parties now too.

 

 

 

Good call on the IPL Devsman, picked some up tonight when I couldn't find any 21st amendment in stock. Very tasty without being obnoxious hoppy.


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 01:02 PM

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA is on many local craft beer retailers shelves right now.  I highly recommend you grab a 6 pack if you see it.  It's on the pricey side at $14.99/6 pack but well worth it.  I found it at several local liquor stores including Canals.


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:34 PM

A growler of River Horse Smokey Scotch Ale... mighty fine.  Sad to say I just kind of drank it -- I didn't consider the smoke or anything -- I thought it was slightly syrupy at first, but very good. And I drank it, Oh but did I...  a goblet and 1/2 and I was a little lit :blush:  My sister had 2 pints and then started making her own Manhattans I didn't check in with her the next morning. The guys were a little mortified with us - I think we chugged it by accident.


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 05:21 PM

I don't know how many people on this board like Saranac (or have it available to them, I'm in Upstate NY), but I'm not a huge Saranac fan but their Adirondack Lager is quickly becoming one of my favorite beers. Great blend of that crisp Lager feeling with some light malts to complement.
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Posted 31 March 2013 - 11:42 PM

Glad to hear the Sam Adam IPL is good stuff.  Seen alot of it in the local bodega, so I'll have to pick it up.  I'm also an outside fan of Yuengling.  Like many have said, it's a perfectly tasty bridge beer that everybody at the party can enjoy.  Their Black and Tan is actually quite good.  Much better than the Buds and Coors Lights that make up most "red solo cup soiree's".

 

And I agree with corzman, PBR is just fine if you have low funds and a high thirst, especially when it's $3 a pint at your after hockey bar.

Noooooooooo haha the sam IPL is absolutely atrocious. I just noticed this thread, im a manager for a liquor store down here in hazlet and i try a million different beers. Im a HUGE sam fan, but that IPL was an enormous swing and a miss. You cant give the stuff away, they try and mix an ipa and a lager and its just awful, even my salesman says its awful and the guy is selling it haha. The white lantern they came out with along with the IPL is good if youre into a lighter more floral type of beer. Their maple in the spring thaw variety was outstanding as well. I recently had Magic Hat Burnpile Smoked Porter and it was very good too if you're into that smokey flavor


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Posted 01 April 2013 - 09:20 AM

Noooooooooo haha the sam IPL is absolutely atrocious. I just noticed this thread, im a manager for a liquor store down here in hazlet and i try a million different beers. Im a HUGE sam fan, but that IPL was an enormous swing and a miss. You cant give the stuff away, they try and mix an ipa and a lager and its just awful, even my salesman says its awful and the guy is selling it haha. The white lantern they came out with along with the IPL is good if youre into a lighter more floral type of beer. Their maple in the spring thaw variety was outstanding as well. I recently had Magic Hat Burnpile Smoked Porter and it was very good too if you're into that smokey flavor

 

Eh everyone has different tastes.  It seems everyone in the world loves Founders beers but I think they are nothing special.  It's just what you like and don't like.  I used to dislike IPA's but now love them so tastes can even change over time.

 

  I bought the spring thaw case from them a week ago and I think the Maple Pecan porter is alright, but nothing great.  I do still think their IPL is awesome and really hits that sweet spot between a Lager and IPA.


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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:34 AM

Being from north England, it has to be bitter or ale. Not sure which of these are available where you are but here goes:

 

John Smith's

Boddingtons

Hobgoblin

Stones's

Black Sheep

Theakston's Old Peculiar

Bombardier

 

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:41 AM

I actually like Boddingtons and John Smith's very much and look for it when I can. Boddys is very creamy!


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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:48 AM

I actually like Boddingtons and John Smith's very much and look for it when I can. Boddys is very creamy!

If you ever get the chance to try Black Sheep I definitely recommend it if you like those two. Boddys is so nice when chilled; goes down nice and easy!


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Posted 01 April 2013 - 11:14 AM

For all you IPA lovers - another current favorite - Ithaca Flower Power IPA. Excellent. Love IPAs with lots of hop-goodness!

 

Oh and tried Avery Maharaja IPA in a 750ml.  A+++ would drink again and again.  Lived across the street from this brewery for 2 years and never was able to try this.  


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Posted 01 April 2013 - 12:33 PM

At an English/Irish bar/restaurant in Montclair, N.J., recently, I tried Fuller's London Pride, an English pale ale, and thought it was pretty good. So I went home and found it in a liquor store near me and bought myself a sixer.


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Posted 24 April 2013 - 12:20 PM

Finally got my hands on a 4 pack of Dogfish head Sixty-One. It's billed as a 60 minute IPA brewed with Syrah grape must.  First couple of sips were very interesting - wasnt sure if I liked it or not.  The more I drank it the more I liked it.  I got three distinct tastes from it - first I tasted the sweetness of the grapes, the middle had a very subtle hop taste and the back end was malty and bready to me.  The grape must definitely dulls out the hops of the original 60 minute IPA.  My girlfriend and I agreed that this brew would be good at picnics and BBQs due to it's lighter body and slightly fruity taste.  

 

On a side note has anyone here tried any of the beer apps out there? (Pintly, Brewgene, Untappd)  I'm looking for a way to keep track of all my tastings and such.  


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Posted 24 April 2013 - 01:40 PM

I don't know if anyone ever gets a chance to go into NYC, but if you do, you must check out a really cool bar called Rattle 'N' Hum a couple of blocks down from MSG on E. 33rd St. The place is a craft beer lover's delight. It has ranked at or near the top of a few different online lists of Best Beer Bars in NYC. I went there on Saturday, my third time ever. It hasn't let me down yet. I also checked out its sister bar Beer Authority, which opened up just over a year ago across the street from the Port Authority.

 

http://www.rattlenhumbarnyc.com/


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Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:22 PM

I don't know if anyone ever gets a chance to go into NYC, but if you do, you must check out a really cool bar called Rattle 'N' Hum a couple of blocks down from MSG on E. 33rd St. The place is a craft beer lover's delight. It has ranked at or near the top of a few different online lists of Best Beer Bars in NYC. I went there on Saturday, my third time ever. It hasn't let me down yet. I also checked out its sister bar Beer Authority, which opened up just over a year ago across the street from the Port Authority.

 

http://www.rattlenhumbarnyc.com/

 

 

Been there a few times over the years.  One time went on one of their "beer tour events" a couple years back.  The one I was on was to Dogfish Head.  Basically you get there early in the morning either 6 or 7AM and board a bus with the other people.  They have a keg on there (usually of beer from the brewery you are visiting that day) and you drink the entire way down.  When you get there you take a tour and have a tasting and a lunch.  Ours was a nice BBQ lunch and got to try a ton of different beers from there.  Then you get on the bus with another keg and drink the entire way back to NYC and you get to Rattle n' Hum at about 5-7PM.

 

Great but make sure someone who is sober is driving you back home from the bar.


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Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:43 PM

That sounds awesome.  What kind of bus is it and how many people were there?


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Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:47 PM

That sounds awesome.  What kind of bus is it and how many people were there?

 

It was a coach bus so it was pretty nice and confortable.  Ride each way was approx 3-3.5 hours. so plenty of time to get sloshed lol.  I didn't drink on the way down as I just have this thing about not drinking in the morning.  It's just too early for me.

 

The bus was almost full, so approx 40 -50 people.

 

Also tickets were about $100 each.  Not 100% sure on this but I can look back and see if I still have something from it if I remember to look later lol.


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Posted 24 April 2013 - 06:59 PM

That sure does sound like a lot of fun.

 

I saw that Newjerseycraftbeer.com took a bus trip to Dogfish Head recently. They posted a bunch of photos on the NJCB website. I wish I had known about it beforehand. It's definitely something I'd like to do.


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