Beer Is Good – Sierra Nevada Summerfest

Summer season from Sierra Nevada, blurb saying its a Czech style lager. Pours a clear bright yellow with small head. Some floral hop aroma, but not strong. The hop bitter stays even and lingers. Pretty light and bright beer, with a likewise moderate mouthfeel.

It’s odd how I wasn’t impressed with the first bottle, then found myself liking it on a later day on next bottle, and then with this bottle wavering somewhere in between. I guess I’ll give it just making 3 out of 4 monkeys. A nice “session” beer and something to have as you’re cooking up some food.

Beer Is Good – Guinness Generous Ale

Finishing off the Guinness variety pack is this “Holiday Ale”. Pours a dark clear amber with strong head. There’s an initial bit of fruit, but not citrus. Kind of some dark stone fruit, like prune or cherry. It feels like there’s some of the alcohol aroma, even though at 5.6 ABV it’s pretty low. The dark roast flavor is very subdued and bitterness pretty low key and even. Mouthfeel is pretty light, not something you’d expect from a dark beer from Guinness.

All in all quite pleasant, 3 out 4 generous monkeys.

Beer Is Good – Smithwick’s Winter Spirit

Another selection from the Guinness variety pack, this pours a deep red brown with strong head that quickly subsides. A touch of peaty aroma and taste of a red beer. The subtle smoke lingers throughout. This may be dark, it’s actually quite low in bitterness. Not much of a hop note. There isn’t actually a whole lot going on with flavors. It’s probably a good introduction, a gateway dark red beer if you will, but on the flip side it’s not a complex beer. It’s also a low ABV at 4.something.

I’m not sure how many monkeys to give this, I don’t think it quite rates a 3, but it’s better than a 2 monkey.

Beer Is Good – Hopworks Urban Brewery Hef Hop

A new beer that has shown up in Foodland over the past few weeks, they had a product promo girl tonight giving tasting samples. No, she was not hot, but she knew her product well. This is this Oregon breweries version of a Heffe. Pours a very cloudy medium dark yellow with light head. As promised, this is stronger on the hops than your usual heff, however the aroma is not too strongly floral. It’s more citrusy with a bit of bitter bite, even though the IBU isn’t extreme. The wheat and grain flavors are pretty subtle and hard to detect. Touted as a “session” beer, it’s ABV is low, at below 4%. Medium mouth feel.

Not sure how much I like the hop forward heffe, but it’s not objectionable. I’ll give it just making 3 out of 4 hop confused monkeys.

“Beer” Is Good? Occulto

I fell for the clever marketing. It had a cool label and I never saw it before. Upon closer look I saw the “blue agave infused” blurb. Pulling the pack off the shelf I saw that it was in clear bottles. Almost put it back but decided, the heck, might as well try it. Pours a clear light yellow with small head that dies down quickly. Aroma? There’s so little detectable hops that being in a clear bottle is maybe not a problem. That also keeps it low on bitter. There’s another blurb on the label, “blended with beer aged on tequila staves”. “With beer”. That’s right, this isn’t beer. If you try really hard you might detect some beery grain notes lingering in the middle. As for the barrel staves part? I can’t tell. There might be some tequila like notes there, or its just the marketing placeboing you into thinking so. Light mouthfeel. At 6% ABV its middle of the road for beer, enough to feel it on an empty stomach. Yes folks, this is not beer, it’s a malt liquor quite like Zima, remember that? You might call this a beer cooler, what wine coolers are to wine, this is to beer.

As a beer this gets one monkey, as a alcoholic drink maybe a generous 2 monkeys. It’s not abjectly horrible, I can actually finish it. There have been a few beers in my lifetime where it was so bad I could not finish them and threw it away. But on the other hand, why waste good money and time on this when there’s many other better alternatives. And yes, the pricing was in line with other microbrews. I’d much rather have a case of Speights for a couple bucks more than a six pack of this as a knock back while manning the grill bevy kind of thing.


Buri Daikon

Kinda amusing that an anime would influence my meal choice for tonight. Ala Kofuku Graffiti I made buri daikon tonight.

Beer Is Good – Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale

In the Guinness variety pack. It’s a pub draught can with the nitrogen capsule so pours with extremely strong creamy head, initially looks a light amber but that’s from all the bubbles. As it calms down, it becomes a clear brown with amber tint. Perhaps my sense of smell hasn’t recovered yet, but there isn’t a very strong aroma signature. There’s some of the roast and subtle hops that comes in the middle leaving a slight bitter to linger on the tongue. Medium heavy mouth feel. Smooth and easy drinking.

3 out 4 nitro monkeys.

Non-snow Days

This SLC trip we took two non-snowboarding days, not counting arrival and departure days. Park City discontinued their free day pass with same day flight ticket deal so no incentive there. on Tuesday we went to the Hill Aerospace musem. It was pretty neat, lots of aircraft including a SR71 Blackbird and A10. Thursday we took a long drive to Nine Mile Canyon, which actually is somthing like 40 miles. We only got through maybe half of it. The main attraction are the numerous native petroglyphs and rock art sites. We couldn’t find a couple that had us hiking around in search of, but we found a bunch of others, pretty cool!

i will update with pictures later.


Saturday at Powder Mountain turned out to be good. Flurries broken by periods of sun throughout the day. Not deep powder as exclaimed by some skier who rode past, not even close, but it was welcome and good.

woke up this Sunday morning to see our flight has been delayed. Hey we could go ninja in a few hours at Brighton which reports 8″ over last day in addition to the previous 12. I’m sure it’s all tracked out though. Looks like we’re going to be hanging out at SLC airport.

Snow, finally

Friday at Brighton was actually not bad. Not powder pounding by any stretch, but enough to have some freshies. The snow showers continued through the night, then web reports brighton had 8″ over the day, 12″ total. So the debate this morning was to hit Brighton again, or pound PowMow which reports only 3″. In the end, anti-crowd has won out. We figure all of Utah is going to be at Brighton as it reports the highest snowfall, it’s been over a week since last snow, and it’s the weekend. We had a good day at Brighton so figure give PowMow another chance.