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Christmas Beer Stash in review. Part 1…

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January 4, 2013 by 250 Beers

I pondered on how to mention/review all 31 of my Christmas beers without dragging it into February and perhaps beyond – by which time the shops will stocked with Christmas stuff in preparation for Christmas 2013.

I’ve decided that instead of posting 31 individual reviews on this blog, I’ll do a brief write-up on each beer (using my notes compiled at the time of drinking), collate them together in groups and then publish them on my blog. This will reduce the quantity of posts and reduce the amount of boredom that might set in amongst you. The beers will be mentioned in the same order in which they were consumed – in chronological order.

Here goes then. Part 1…

Sat 22nd Dec 2012

Beer Camp #43 Imperial Pilsner – Sierra Nevada (USA) 5.6%

3.5StarI didn’t quite know what to expect with this as I’d never experienced an Imperial Pilsner before and I’m not usually a fan of pilsners per say. The term ‘imperial’ traditionally got added to Russian Stouts that contained a high hop content as well as a higher-than-usual alcohol content giving us the Russian Imperial Stout. It’s been fashionable in recent years for brewers to add ‘imperial’ to many classic beer types that weren’t necessarily strong before. Hence an Imperial Pilsner coming to the fore. Although 5.6%doesn’t seem that strong to me? Anyway, enough of the history lesson. I’m quite happy to give this beer a 3.5 star rating. It poured a delightful golden colour with a flimsy white head. It possessed a very distinctive European zest – an ideal sessionable pilsner which left me wanting more. Pity I didn’t have any more.

English Red Ale – Kooinda Boutique Brewery (Australia) 4.7%

kooinda english red ale

3.5StarThe English Red Ale is only the third Kooinda brew to have made my beer list so far (after the Belgian Witbier and Black IPA). Although the head disappeared rather quickly, the red glow and malty/nutty/caramel vibes did enough to nudge this from a 3 to a 3.5 star rating. Sadly, the over-carbonation kept it from peaking to a 4 star.

It certainly didn’t do enough to bowl me over but I do happen to enjoy a decent ale that claims to be English in style. It slid down and I’d drink it again no question.

Sun 23rd Dec 2012

Beer Camp #53 Floral IPA – Sierra Nevada (USA) 5.9%

sierra nevada beer camp 53 floral IPA3StarI can’t hide the fact that I love a good IPA. No doubt about it. This was my second 2012 Beer Camp beer from Sierra Nevada and it was just a bit too ‘floral’ for my liking. It certainly wasn’t offensive and it poured wonderfully but the floral potency ruined it a bit for me. I know it says ‘floral’ on the bottle and I should have been anticipating a floral hit but I wasn’t expecting such a huge smack in the face by a bunch of daffodils. In all seriousness, it is what it’s labelled as. 3 stars.

Beer Camp #65 Imperial Red Ale – Sierra Nevada (USA) 8.1%

3.5StarMy third Beer Camp beer of 2012 from Sierra Nevada and another ‘imperial’ and yet another very solid 3.5 star rating from me. Alas, I do not have a photo to share but I can assure you of a nice looking ruby red colour. It contained a simple, mild hop content which was well balanced by a feint sweet body and medium carbonation. I loved that the taste and after-taste didn’t let on that I was sipping on an 8.1% abv beer. Again, bad luck that I only had one bottle. Note to self – next time do not split the cost and contents of a Beer Camp carton with friends.

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