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Beer Is Good – Sam Adams Tropic of Yuzu

Next in the summer variety pack is this “ale brewed with spices with yuzu juice added.” Pours clear light amber, medium light head. Citrus aroma, subtle spice. Definite yuzu aroma. Slightly more hop and bitter than the other selections in the pack, but not strong. The bitter does linger a bit more. Some grain in the finish. At 6% ABV it packs a tiny bit more punch than the others of this pack.

Perhaps not a great beer, it is the most interesting of the pack. Maybe makes 3 out 4 yuzu monkeys. Oh yeah, someone tell the label artist yuzu does not look like a lemon.

Beer is Good – Sam Adams Berliner Weisse

Pours cloudy light yellow with moderate head. Does not have a strong initial aroma, it is quite tart. Thankfully not strongly floral and hoppy. Some of the wheat character. This is part of their summer variety pack so it seems the aim is lighter, crisper, easy drinking beers, which this fills in pretty well. Apparently Berliner is supposed to be even more sour than this, I guess I’m glad this isn’t entirely faithful to the style? Too sour doesn’t appeal to me in a beer.

This isn’t quite good enough for a 3, so its 2 out of 4 sour monkeys.

Beer Is Good – Sam Adams Hefeweizen

From the summer variety pack. Pours cloudy medium yellow, medium strong head. Citrus aroma touch of the hops comes through, but low bitter. Wheat character doesn’t come through, just a touch of grain in the finish. Medium light mouthfeel, clean and dry. Call it a heffe-lite.

This is one of those inoffensive beers, but also lacks character that makes me like it either. I’ll have to give it 2 out 4 monkeys.

Cliff Peanut butter banana bar

When i was a kid, would love having peanut butter and banana toast. Picked up this new flavor to try out. Pretty good, but it doesnt evoke any of those memories. Like Cliff’s nut butter bars, the flavor is much mutted, i didnt get any banana flavor until almost my last bite. I suppose thats better than being loaded with artificial banana flavor.

3 out 4 banana coveting monkeys.

 

 

Beer Is Good – Sam Adams Summer Ale

Seasonal from Samuel Adams. Pours cloudy bright yellow, light head. Musky hop aroma, citrus notes, wheat finish. Low bitter, crisp, light mouthfeel.

The hops are hovering on the edge of skunk, if it avoids that then its an easy drinking crisp beer. Keep it out of the sun and it just makes 3 out 4 summer monkeys.

 

 

 

Beer is Good – Lagunitas Doppel Weizen

The first beer I’m trying from Lagunitas, I bought it because it’s not a IPA. “Bavarian style ale” pours a cloudy medium yellow, medium head. Strong floral hop aroma. Fruit and citrusy notes, sweetness, mild bitter note on the finish. Fairly thick mouthfeel.

Wasn’t sure what to expect, I did not expect the hop forwardness of something labeled a weizen. It’s actually not terrible, but beer to me is a grain drink.

2.5 out of 4 doppel monkeys.

Beer is Good – Sierra Nevada 2017 Summerfest

Sierra Nevada seasonal, pours bright yellow, medium light head. Fairly strong hop aroma, but not overly flowery. Touch of sweet with the hop bitter. Nice malt grain finish. Strong carbonation keeps mouthfeel crisp. Nice pilsner style.

3 out 4 summer monkeys.

 

 

Beer Is Good – Samuel Smith Taddy Porter

After the Alaskan let down, time for some redemption. An oldie but goodie, Samuel SMith’s Taddy Porter, pours extremely dark brown with strong head. Dark malt aroma, tones of dark fruit. dark roast bitter. Strong carbonation keeps the mouthfeel medium, cleaner than you would expect from something so dark.

Solid 3 out 4 taddy monkeys.

 

Beer is Good – Midnight Sun Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter

Next in the lineup, a coffee porter from Alaska. Pours opaque dark brown, light head. Immediate coffee aroma.  Strong bitter of coffee, not a whole lot else.

Medium thick mouthfeel. Coffee is all fine and good, but this is too much coffee, not enough porter.

Not terrible, but I don’t especially like it either.

2 out 4 coffee infused monkeys.

 

Beer Is Good – Full Sail Imperial Stout

Dang he wasn’t messing around, yet another imperial stout gift! This one from Oregon’s Full Sail. Pours opaque dark dark, practically black, brown, very light head. The dark kinda peaty smoke aroma immediately detected from opening the bottle. Bourbon and cask detectable from the start. Dark malt, but surprisingly not that heavy on the roast flavor, bitter pretty modulated. The astringent stays on the tongue for a little while, but it doesn’t have the bite of a heavy hop. The 9.5% ABV is not as masked in this as the other imperials I just had, it doesn’t have as much sweet covering things. Mouth feel is medium, not as heavy as might expect, but the carbonation is light. Like most good stouts, it takes well to warming, but doesn’t seem to really bloom much either. Oh myyyy, that ABV is kicking in now!

A solid 3 out of 4 casky monkeys.