Author: Jonathan Goodall
Title: The Bluffer’s Guide to Beer
Publication Info: Bluffer’s (2013)
Summary/Review:I received this ebook through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. Presented as a guide to faking knowledge among beer snobs, this book presents a snapshot of the beer brewing process, insights into different beer cultures around the world, and a bit about each of the most notable styles of beer. It’s full of fun facts and suggestions for enjoying new types of beer. While full of comical suggestions on how one might interject beer facts into conversation, this book is actually full of a lot more detail than I’d ever remember (especially if I’d been drinking for a while). It makes a good introduction to beer and beer culture.
Recommended books: Beer: Tap Into the Art and Science of Brewing by Charles Bamforth
Beer: Big Butt Doppelbock
Brewer: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Source: 12 oz. bottle
Rating: ** (6.0 of 10)
Comments: I like this beer, and a I cannot lie. Well, punning aside, it’s an okay beer. It’s a nice dark mahogany with a creamy head. The scent is bready, and the beer has a dry roasted flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and the flavor not too strong, but it’s drinkable. Leinenkugel beers kind tend to be good, but not great, and this is no exception.
Beer: Dark Vine
Brewer:Ithaca Beer Company
Rating: ***(7.6 of 10)
Comments: A dark brown/black beer with a finger-width of mocha-colored foam. The smell is a sweet caramel with fruity scents. The flavor is bold with hoppiness and a roasted, burnt sugar flavor. At 9.50% ABV, Dark Vine packs an alcoholic punch.
Beer: Peak Organic Fresh Cut
Brewer: Peak Organic Brewing Company
Source: 12 oz. bottle
Rating: *** (7.5 of 10)
Comments: Hoppy. But pleasantly so. Straw-colored, bubbly and foamy, Fresh Cut has a grassy/grainy aroma with a spicy/hoppy flavor. I like it.
Beer: Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Brewer: Weyerbacher Brewing Company
Rating: **** (8.0 of 10)
Comments: Enjoyed a pint of this during prime pumpkin ale season and it is among the best of its type. Pouring an amber orange, the beer gives off a sweet cinnamon scent. The flavor is clearly pumpkin with ginger, and a strong taste of alcohol to boot (it is 8% ABV). A yummy treat.
Beer: Cambridge Uncommon (100 Barrel Series, session #51)
Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
Rating: *** (7.8 of 10)
Comments: These limited edition Harpoon beers are often brilliant, I wish they were around longer. Batch 51’s official description: “This hybrid style balances IPA aromatics with a classic Pilsner base. Czech tradition meets American hops.” The beer is golden and bubbly with a grassy aroma, and a grainy orange flavor balanced with bitter. I like it. Get it while it lasts.
Beer: Sculpin IPA
Brewer: Ballast Point Brewing Company
Source: 12 fl. oz. can
Rating: ** (6.6 of 10)
Comments: Poured from a can into a jam jar (not your usual presentation), this beer appears cloudy orange with a thick, big bubble head. The aroma is a musty apricot, with apricot, mango, peach and other fruit flavors balancing out the typical IPA bitterness. A nice, well-rounded beer