New Belgium Brewing, Tour De Fall Pale Ale, Craft Beer Geek Review EP.289

The Craft Beer Geek reviews New Belgium Brewing’s Tour De Fall, a Pale Ale from Fort Collins, Colorado.
• 6% ABV

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Brew Bus Brewing, Double Decker Porter, Craft Beer Geek Review EP.288

The Craft Beer Geek reviews Brew Bus Brewing Double Decker Porter, an English Style Porter from Brew Bus Brewing in Tampa, Florida (Brewed at Cigar City Brewing).
• 6.5% ABV
• 34IBU’s

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Vichtenaar Flanders Red Ale, Craft Beer Geek Reviews EP.287

The Craft Beer Geek reviews the Vichtenaar Flanders Red, a Sour Red Ale from Verhaeghe Brewing in Belgium.
5.1% ABV
From The Brewers Website:
The “Vichtenaar” is a beer that is brewed on the basis of deeply burned malt, spicy and fruity hops, yeast and soft water pumped from a well with a depth of 172 m, which is a guarantee of the quality and the purity of the water. After the main fermentation and the second lagering the “Vichtenaar” undergoes a third fermentation in oak casks for several months. The oak casks are large vats with a capacity ranging between 5000 and 25000 liters.
The “Vichtenaar” is a traditional and typical beer for West Flanders, in the Northwest of Belgium. The taste of the “Vichtenaar” can be described as slightly acidic and complex and this through the long fermentation in oak casks. The fresh taste of the “Vichtenaar” makes it a particularly thirst-quenching beer, especially during the summer months.
The “Vichtenaar” is also one of the last old-Flemish red-brown beers which are matured in oak casks and is especially appreciated for its authenticity by the beer connoisseur. In 1958 “Brewery Verhaeghe” obtained for its beer “Vichtenaar” the first prize in the international contest for beers in Ghent.
• Type of beer : West-Flemish red brown ale
• Color : reddish brown
• Fermentation : mixed fermentation
• Alcohol : 5.1 % alc. vol.
• Wort extract : 14 Hl°Plato
• Packaging, bottles : 25cl, 33cl
• Packaging, kegs : 15l, 30l

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Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast Stout, Craft Beer Geek Review EP.286

The Craft Beer Geek reviews the Rauch Geek Breakfast, a Smoked Oatmeal Coffee Stout from Mikkeller Brewing in Copenhagen, Denmark.
7.5% ABV

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Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, Oatmeal Stout, Craft Beer Geek #285

The Craft Beer Geek reviews the Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller Brewing in Copenhagen, Denmark.

An oatmeal stout with 25.0% oat-based ingredients and a nice touch of gourmet coffee. A beer that goes extremely well with breakfast! Also good for the afternoon and the evening…
Good hints of coffee and smoke as well as dark chocolate and roasted malts. A Mikkeller classic!

7.5% ABV

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Inlet Brewing, Monk IPA, Review #284

The Craft Beer Geek reviews the Monk IPA from Inlet Brewing in Jupiter, Florida.

Monk IPA is a hop forward Belgian inspired India Pale ale. Copious amounts of the freshest American hops deliver an array of citrusy, piney, tropical flavors and aromas balanced by the distinctive Belgian yeast. This bonafide combination of styles exemplifies the age old saying “in life, balance is everything!”
6.0% ABV 75 IBU’s

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New Belgium Brewing, Summer Helles Lager, Review 283

The Craft Beer Geek reviews the Summer Helles Lager from New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado.
ABV
5.0
IBU
31
YEAST
Lager yeast
CALORIES
155
HOPS
Target, Tettnang, Hallertau
MALTS
Pale, Schill Pils
Light, bright and easy drinking, now is your chance to drink in the festival season. First brewed to celebrate 40 years of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, it has since become Planet Bluegrass’ signature New Belgium offering (under the name Summer Bliss). This Summer Helles pours a brilliant gold, with soft, white foam. The aroma is fresh grains and honey with a spicy-herbal twang. This danceable lager carries the pleasant sweetness of pale and German Pils malts, and levels off with the light and noble bitterness of Hallertau and Tettnang hops. Summer Helles finishes crisp and dry, and is sure to refresh even the thirstiest reveler. Grab your banjo, crack a bottle and let the pickin’ shine.

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, Yonder Bock, with Cigar City Review 282

Yonder Bock is part of Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Beer Camp, a series of 12 collaboration Beers with 12 American Craft Breweries. Yonder Bock is a Tropical Maibock Brewed in collaboration with Cigar City Brewing from Tampa, Florida.
ABV 7.7% 45 IBU’s
Tampa is a long way from our home base in Chico, but the guys down yonder in Florida sure can brew a great beer. Our friends at Cigar City find inspiration in the Cuban roots of their hometown, and that Latin-inspired flair is evident in Yonder Bock. This tropical take on the Maibock adds a Latin island flair to this traditional German style beer.
Enamored with the Latin roots of their Tampa home, Cigar City always tries to channel a bit of local history into their beers, e.g. the Humidor Series whose beers age on Spanish cedar as an homage to Tampa’s cigar making roots. Only five years old, this brewery deserves the fast praise that’s come its way.

http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/beer/cigar_city_brewing_llc

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, Canfusion with Oskar Blues, Review 281

CANfusion is part of Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Beer Camp, a series of 12 collaboration Beers with 12 American Craft Breweries. CANfusion is a Rye Bock Brewed in collaboration with Oskar Blues Brewing from Longmont, Colorado.
ABV 7.2% 45 IBU’s
Our friends at Oskar Blues pioneered great beer in a can and, as mutual members of the canned craft club, this partnership was a perfect fit. CANfusion is a coming together—a fusion, if you will—of flavors from across the spectrum of brewing: spicy rye, tangy wheat and a bright citrusy hop aroma.
Oskar Blues is the granddaddy of canned craft beer. Like us, they have a fun-loving passion for the outdoors and bikes. It was a natural fit for them to adopt cans as a portable, durable way to tote their favorite beer on the trail, and in the process they paved the way for all other craft brewers to follow.

http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/beer/oskar_blues_brewing_company

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, Electric Ray IPL, with Ballast Point Review 280

Electric Ray is part of Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Beer Camp, a series of 12 collaboration Beers with 12 American Craft Breweries. Electric Ray is an India Pale Lager Brewed in collaboration with Ballast Point Brewing from San Diego, California.
ABV 8.5% 70 IBU’s
As ever, San Diego’s Ballast Point looked to the sea for the inspiration behind Electric Ray. A play on the fish’s scientific name—Torpedo californica—this beer pays homage to our mutual home state, as well as to our Hop Torpedo, the source of much of the big flavor in this high voltage, hop-forward Imperial Pale Lager.
Ballast Point brought their homebrewing dreams to the big leagues and started brewing professionally, but they never forgot their roots. They still run a successful homebrewing supply shop in San Diego. A love for hops and the ocean inspire incredible brewed and distilled offerings, and their one-of-a-kind labels boast some beautiful, and sometimes gnarly-lookin’, fish.

http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/beer/ballast_point_brewing_company

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