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Great American Beer Festival 2010-The Bandit and The Snowman

Friday, September 17th, 2010

   Apparently, there are going to be many examples of well made beers in Colorado this weekend, that are illegal in the state of Georgia.  We’ve got The Bandit and The Snowman headed that way.  When they get to Colorado, they’ll smuggle as many of these fine beers as they can, back to Georgia, in their gullets. 

   Semi-live and fully-drunken updates to follow.  These boys are in ‘Haht pussuit!‘ of some tasty beers!




Here’s an updated picture of our two heroes.  Side note:  This is not a gay porn site.  Repeat: This is not a gay porn site…Not that there’s anything wrong with that.


















Later on, things really got weird…


Terrapin Hopzilla

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

hopzillaHopzilla Imperial IPA-Side Project v.12
10.8% ABV
Terrapin Brewing Co.
Athens, GA (AKA God’s Country)

Color:  Iridescent, golden hue with crisp white foam.
Aroma:  Candied Pine sap.

How dare you question Terrapin’s ability to over-hop a beer!  At 110 IBU’s, the hoppy side of me is very happy, but at 10.8% ABV the malty side of me is happy for the crisp, malty support.  Nice, earthy bitter finish.  I think Terrapin took some heat from hopheads for Hopsecutioner, which I love, not being hoppy enough.  This behemoth should shut them up.  I bet there are thousands of Japanese running from this beer already!  This beer is up there with Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, Oskar Blues Gubna, and Harpoon Leviathan:  All super-hopped beers that seem really bitter at first, but halfway through your first one, you realize, thisisreallygoodbeer!!!

I appear to be losing the ability to type but, moral of the story:

 A. This is the lightest, coolest color, (seriously, the color is like a hologram! Freaky!), of any Imperial IPA I’ve ever had!

B.  There is plenty of hop goodness and complexity in this brew.

 C. This is really, really good beer, and I like you.  No, seriously,  I don’t say it enough.  You know<Hiccup!> I mean, you GET me.  YouknowwhatImean???

“Whoa…No!  I think I’m gonna throw…Throw up Hopzilla! Woo-oooo-ah”
(Sang in the style of Blue Oyster Cult‘s Godzilla, in case you didn’t get it.)

Just kidding, I would never waste a beer this delicious!

Seriously though, I only have one swallow left and I don’t want this beer to end.  Oh well, here goes…

9.75 Bananas


Friday, April 16th, 2010

GubnaGUBNA Imperial IPA
10% ABV
Oskar Blues Brewery
Longmont, CO

Golden Copper with white foam.
Earthy, woody-vegetable aroma.

The East Coast / West Coast feud is over!  This beer is extremely well balanced and at the Toppermost of the Hoppermost.  This is one of the best Imperial IPA’s I have ever had.  Right up there with DFH 90 Minute or (insert any great IIPA here).  This beer is way hoppy throughout with plenty of malt backbone to carry it through.  There is a strong bitter hop finish to remind you where this beer was born.  At 10% ABV you should only have one or two…I had three.  I hesitated at the price, $14.99 for 4, but this masterpiece is well worth it! 


9.98 Bananas!

Thomas Creek Imperial IPA

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

TCIPAUp the Creek Extreme IPA
Thomas Creek Brewery
Greenville, S.C.
12.5% ABV

Deep ruby red color.
Smells like burnt sugar,(I mean that in a good way), candied hops.

Man, I love what these guys are doing.  I haven’t had a Thomas Creek beer yet that I didn’t really like!  I don’t know if everything they’re trying in this beer works, but it is super-fun trying to find out.  I think it does work.  I think it’s all there.  Obviously, at 12.5 % ABV, there is plennnnnnnnty of malty backbone, but there’s a whole lotta bitter in there too.  The wonderfully bitter finish hangs around substantially between sips.  I wonder if it should be called a Barleywine.  Whatever it is, it’s great.


9.4 Bananas.

2 Turtle Doves

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
2turtle2 Turtle Doves
12% ABV
The Bruery
Placentia, CA

Dark chocolate brown with a creamy tan head.
The aroma screams turtle, more than turtle doves; chocolatey, nutty,
caramel-toffee malt and King Bee tobacco.

All right, this beer is special by itself, but do NOT open this bottle without some type of dark chocolate to pair with it.  I had it with a chocolate lava cake, from Domino’s.  Shut up!  Unless you’ve had one of these cakes, don’t judge!  It is a hard, crunchy brownie, dusted with powdered sugar, and filled with a dark chocolate filling.  For what it is, and where it comes from, it is amazing…Seriously.  I have had the cake with two chocolate loving beers, and it pairs perfectly.  Anyway, I digress.  This beer definitely lives up to the promises given by the aroma.  There’s chocolate, nuts, pepper, fig, caramel, dried tobacco…You name it.  Everything you would expect from a beer of this size and billing.  But make sure you have some delicious dark chocolate to go along with it.  If you don’t, call Domino’s!

9.4 Bananas



Lips of Faith : Sour Brown Ale

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

LipsofFaithLips of Faith
Sour Brown Ale
6% ABV
New Belgian Brewing
Fort Collins, CO

Deep ruby, dark brown color.
Smells like sauerkraut and mustard, faint vanilla and charred Oak.

I couldn’t remember if I had ever tried a sour beer before…I definitely had not.  To quote Joey Lawrence from the hit show Blossom, “Whoa!!!” 

This beer is exactly what it says it is, Sour!  When I was a kid, we used to pick Ragweed and chew on the stem.  This beer tastes a lot like that Ragweed, super sour!  There are some smoky, woody and malty notes, but this beer is predominately acid sour, start to finish.  If you like beer adventures, climb on board!

A pickle faced Saaalut!!!

9 Plantains, (sorry, this beer is too sour to even be compared with bananas!)

Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve

Friday, November 20th, 2009

santaSanta’s Private Reserve Ale

Rogue Ales

Newport, Oregon


Dark Amber color.

Sweet malt aroma with a touch of Spruce.

This beer is Christmas.  There are plenty of nice, warming Winter Ales out there with their heavy malt, their warming alcohol, and their cloves and spices.  All of these ales do comfort in Winter, but this offering from Rogue is a Christmas Beer.  It is huge and malty, warming and delicious, and stirred with a Christmas tree.  They used just the right type and amount of hops to remind you that this is Christmas, this is a Christmas beer.  I now understand how Santa gets it all done in one night…He’s gotta get back home to this!  I have a new holiday beer.  Go get yourself one…or six.  I’ve seen it available in 22’s and six packs.  Where are the half gallon growlers?  Now there’s a festive holiday gathering.  This is a wonderfully well balanced beer that leans toward the hoppy side. 


9.5  Bananas!

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA

Friday, November 20th, 2009

ysnowYellow Snow IPA

Rogue Ales

Newport, Oregon

Pale golden color, cloudy from dry-hopping.

Citrusy, piney hop aroma.

I knew what I was getting into with an IPA from Rogue, but whoooweee!  That is hoppy!  I know there is malt in here somewhere, but this beer is all about the hops.  It’s hops in the front, middle and back.  Not for the hop dabbler, this is full blown bitter.  I know there is plenty of alcohol in here, (a little tipsy after half a 22), but them boys out’in the Northwest know how to manip-ulate their hops.  Good stuff, but not for the feint hopp-ed.  As it warms in my glass, I’m starting to see where the name came from.  If you can’t get enough hops, then try this…You will.


8.7 Green Bananas

Sweetwater DT6 Wet Dream

Monday, October 26th, 2009

DT3[1]Dank Tank VI
Wet Dream
7.5 % ABV
Sweetwater Brewing Co.
Atlanta, GA

So the guys at Sweetwater made this great beer and threw in lots of fresh-ass Chinook hops, straight off of the vine.  This is called wet hopping.  Most beers are made with dried hops, using wet hops brings in a more earthy, woody flavor.  This is a nice, malty red ale loaded with Chinook hops from the front to the middle to the back.  Great hop aroma up front, sweet and bitter first impression.  Woody hop flavor throughout with a piney, white pepper finish.  Delish!  This is a hop lover’s dream.


9.2 Bananas

He’brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah 13th Anniversary Ale

Monday, October 26th, 2009

HB13He’brew Jewbelation
Bar Mitzvah 13th Anniversary Ale
Shmaltz Brewing Co.
Saratoga Springs, NY
13% ABV

Dark brown to black with brownish tan head.
Big malty mess, chocolate and molasses aromas.

Mmmm!  If you like big malty beers with good hop balance, you’ll love this.  Sweet molasses, dark chocolate, with a lingering hop bitterness reminding you this is a beer.  I believe Yahweh had a hand in creating this one.  Go get yourself one!


9.75 Bananas