Archive for the American Craft Brews Category

Titan IPA, Great Divide Brewing

Posted in American Craft Brews with tags , , on February 16, 2011 by alexis2


First time I have this Titan IPA by Great Divide Brewing from Colorado. Shows a copper to golden colour. Intense nose of fresh almonds and orange zest, some caramel. On the palate a hefty bitter-hoppiness which is nicely caught up by the fruity aromatics of the beer. Carbonation maybe a bit low but it doesn’t bother much. This is a bit above IPA judging from its strength, rather close to imperial IPA level. All in all, a very enjoyable IPA with much going on for the taste-buds.
Oh, just saw on the label they have some food match recommendations: Grilled Halibut, Thai Curry, strong/soft cow’s milk cheeses . I could do with that, especially with the cheese – in that case I would probablx pick a Roquefort or other strong blue cheese though! But concerning Thai Curry: I guess I’d still prefer to accompany it with a refreshing Lager .

lots of info on the label

Brooklyn Local N°2, Brooklyn Brewery

Posted in American Craft Brews, Brooklyn with tags , , , on January 6, 2011 by alexis2


So here it is! Now available in Germany. Garrett Oliver‘s specialty beer N° 2, made with lots of knowledge and closed-up with a fancy cork. The style is inspired by Belgian strong dark ales. Inspired only, because Garrett obviously wants to do better than limitating himself only to Belgium. His ingredient list unites the finest a global brewing world has to offer: Belgian dark sugar, German and English hops, German Pilsner malt and English Chocolate malt. A total hybrid thus, considering these ingredients.

And its taste. Very good. Smooth in texture with a just right carbonation. A good measure of sweetness, not exagerated, just matching the velvet-like mouthfeel. A very aromatic head. A beer to sip only, given its 9% alcohol.
Well done! Garrett rules!


Anchor Steam Beer

Posted in American Craft Brews with tags , , , on October 31, 2010 by alexis2


You wouldn’t believe it but this is actually the first time I have a steam beer. It has been praised by many as one of the top American brews, demonstrating creativity and savoir-faire of American craft breweries.
What I know is that it is a low fermenting beer, or let’s say a low fermenting yeast used to make the beer, but it actually ferments at higher temperatures, making it somehow a hybrid beer.

Before tasting the beer I’ve read quite a few about it, also some clone recipes and thus I had some precise expectations.

To make a long story short, I was at first sip, disappointed! But that was maybe linked to my expectations. I thought it would be fuller in taste and also that the hops would come out stronger. Actually I read that Cascade hops are used in it, but that seems to be wrong.

Nevertheless drinking the beer anew without prejudices I must say that it is quite solid. Nice head retention. Quite malty in the nose with slight fruit esthers reminding banana.

In the mouth it appears much thinner that I would have thought but not without appeal. Nice maltiness, complexity with some flowery notes and also the malty sweetness, hops are in the background, but this makes it a really balanced beer with a hint of sweetness also in the finish.

Still thinking of what would pair well with this, or is it best drunken on its own with a good football game (Right now it is, and my club just scored! yeehah!)