Beer Review: Ninkasi Brewing’s Sleigh’r

2013-12-27 18.34.32From the label:

A delicious Northwest seasonal brewed with winter in mind. A dark double alt ale, malty and delicious, it’s sure to keep the winter at bay. And yes, Sleigh’r does rock!

From my notes:

Pours a dark brown, caramel with a thick, very fine bubbled head that leaves lace along the glass walls. Not a lot on the nose some malt, some barley. Toasty on the tongue, chocolate, caramel, and cherry notes finishes with some mild bitterness. Smooth considering the amount of alcohol, very little carbonation.

2013-12-27 18.35.33I don’t know if anything is particularly “metal” about this beer… It’s a good altbier but nothing stood out for me. I wish there was just more to it. Well, except for the ABV… Plenty of that in Sleigh’r!

Rating (out of five):

Beer Review: New Belgium’s Accumulation

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From the bottle:

Accumulation White IPA was inspired by the white beauty that falls each winter from our Colorado sky. Flurries of Mosaic and Amarillo hops bring soft fruit and citrus flavor, followed by a layer of bitter.


Piled high in IBUs, Accumulation will make your winter brighter.

From my notes:

 Lots of hop, spice and fruit on the nose. Taste is opposite of how the brewer describes it! I get hops and bitter at first in the mouth followed up with spices, citrus and some pine. Very crisp, with some hints of melon and fruit in the finish.

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I’ve got to say this came as surprise as New Belgium’s other two seasonals (Rolle Bolle and Pumpkick) from this year were pretty bad in my opinion so I was keeping expectations low. Accumulation is a good white IPA; a nice blending of hops and grain, bitter and sweet.

Rating (out of five):

Beer Review: Bison Brewing’s Organic Ginger

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From the bottle:

Our spiced holiday porter is brewed with only a touch of spices for the aroma of fresh baked gingerbread men. The chewy dark malt flavors are sure to smooth out the dinner with the in-laws.


From my notes:

Dark caramel look, nice, thick, foamy, sand brown head. Lots of ginger and spice on the nose. On the tongue there is malt, spices, and nuts. There is a lot more than a hint of spice though!

2013-12-02 20.11.36-2This beer smells like warm baked gingerbread cookies! The taste of the beer delivers on that! Malty, oaty, spicey goodness. It might be a little too on the nose with the gingerbread smell and flavor! I’ve got a soft spot for porters and dark ales and I couldn’t not like this one.

Rating (out of five):


Beer Review: New Belgium’s Coconut Curry Hefeweizen

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From the bottle:

The list of spices in this coconut curry hefeweizen is almost as long as the list of awards bestowed on homebrewer, Remi Bonnart. Together, we brewed up a traditional German-style wheat beer whose fruity esters and spicy phenols pair perfectly with the spicy and fruity character of curry spices. Pour yourself a plateful.

From New Belgium’s website:

The aroma is bold and big with coconut and curry tones and a hint of banana from the hefe yeast. With a vast spice list of cinnamon, coriander, fenugreek, ginger, kaffir lime, and cayenne pepper this beer carries a bit of heat but the alcohol soothes the finish. Coconut Curry Hefe will leave an inquisitive smile on the drinker’s mug.

From my notes:

Lovely opaque strawberry blonde color with a white, large bubbled head and nice lacing. Malt and spices on the nose with a hint of coconut and citrus. Coconut milk comes through in the taste as well as several spices. Things are getting complicated here… A little bitter on the finish.

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I’m not sure if I understand all that was going on with this beer. Both the smell and taste were very complicated and messy, it got hard to tell what I was tasting… Different. Not different bad. But, I don’t know if I could say different good either. This beer tastes almost too like Thai curry to be enjoyable. I’m glad I tried it but I don’t know if I’ll ever want to drink it again.

Rating (out of 5):

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