January 11, 2013 by 250 Beers
Here goes then. Part 3 of my 31-strong Christmas Beer Stash reviewed…kind of…
Wed 26th Dec 2012 – Boxing Day
Hopinator Double IPA – Holgate Brewhouse (Australia) 7.0%
I started my Boxing Day ‘sesh’ with a DIPA from Holgate mainly because I happen to enjoy a decent IPA. I wanted to start my Boxing Day drinks with a beer that I’ve wanted to try for a while.
I wasn’t let down and I must state that this is almost as good as it gets for me. 4.5 stars.
I loved it. It poured a very inviting red/brown and the whiff of hops immediately hit me. Same thing happened upon tasting. A very brutal hit of bitterness followed by a sense of soft malty caramel. This is an extremely tasty and sessionable IPA in my opinion. It left me wanting more…
Hop Rod Rye Ale – Bear Republic (USA) 8.0%
The Hop Rod Rye is the first Bear Republic brew to have made it’s way onto my beer list. I’ve been teased for some time by some great reviews of the brewery and thought it was about time I tried one. I opted for this Rye IPA mainly because of those 3 favourite letters of mine…..an ‘I’, a ‘P’ and an ‘A’.
This is quite an intense IPA and, at 8.0%, so it should be. The amber/ruby colour was topped by a semi-decent head. I was immediately impressed with the way the sweetness was well balanced by the hop hit. I thoroughly enjoyed the earthiness to this beer and the undertones that the rye brought to it. I’d certainly give this another seeing to. 4 stars.
The Boxing Day beer session was brought to an abrupt end due to the arrival of some spirits. No, you crazy fool, I wasn’t taking part in a seance! Merely, I started tucking into some bourbon, rum and scotch instead (not in the same glass though obviously). Tomorrow is another day…
Thursday 27th Dec 2012
Australian Ale – Bridge Road Brewers (Australia) 4.4%
Check out that glass of absolute amber heaven! Just the look of this Australian Pale Ale made me want to guzzle it down in one go. Despite the temptation I didn’t. I sipped it and enjoyed it properly.
Bridge Road‘s original brew, this beer really is the epitome of what I think an Australian Ale should be – easy on the nose, easy on the palate, very drinkable, not too heavy and not too light, gentle tastes and very well balanced. If you’re looking for all of these characteristics for any occasion then go grab yourself some.
Reserve Amber Ale 2011 – Endeavour Beverages (Australia) 5.2%
I’d managed to pour quite a few bottles of Endeavour‘s Pale Ale back in November 2010. I loved the drinkability of it so I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to hook the Amber Ale. Anyway, that issue is now rectified and I can proudly say that I’ve tried all 3 of Endeavours brews. The most recent addition of course is the Growers Ale.
As the name suggests, the beer pours a deep amber colour (slightly cloudy) with a minimum head. Strong malt tastes help keep the complexity throughout and the hops ensure a spicy bitterness. I have no doubt that I’ll drink this again – with or without the assistance of a snow globe.
Beer Camp #45 Oatmeal Stout – Sierra Nevada (USA) 9.0%
When it comes to breakfast, if you put a plate of bacon and eggs in front of me and bowl of oatmeal or cereal you can bet your house on the fact that I will ALWAYS nudge the bowl aside and rip into the bacon and eggs. Always. Forever and ever. Amen.
So, when I saw the word ‘oatmeal’ in the name of a Sierra Nevada beer I shuddered. However, I was surprised at the result.
This is my 4th and final 2012 Beer Camp beer and it’s a good stout. Not a great stout. Just a good one. Perhaps it should have been called an imperial oatmeal stout as it’s a bit of a big boy at 9.0% abv? Check out the thick ‘n’ chunky, robust head above – full of creamy bitterness. The tastes are predominantly that of roast malts with hints of chocolate with not too much oatmeal at all to be honest. Like I said, a decent stout but I won’t be running around naked screaming from the rooftops that stout lovers must try this one. 3 stars.