Perfectly balanced, this authentic version of a German helles-style lager satisfies gloriously. Lean, German malts and fine European hops offer subtle harmony.
Pale straw; white head. Odor is light with a bit of grain. Taste is light with some floral essence. A good session beer.
This dark amber wheat beer features fruity and spicy aromas galore. Significant strength underlies the pleasant citric appeal of this bock beer. Redolent with the flavors of harvest fruit, Moonglow typifies the traditional weizenbock-style so thoroughly enjoyed throughout Bavaria. Left unfiltered, its unique yeast strain gives Moonglow a radiance all its own.
Deep amber with a couple fingers’ worth of head. Lots of fruit and spice in the aroma. Full of flavor, with yeast, malt, and spice.
The tenacious grip of big, juicy hop aroma and character slides smoothly into rich, dark malts. This heavyweight battle between fresh, Yakima Valley hops and dark, roasted malts is resolved harmoniously as the flavors merge to deliver complex satisfaction with a warming edge. Enjoy the ‘twilight’ for the bright and brassy hops!
Medium-dark brown, clear, with a big head. Roasty, malty aroma with grapefruit and pine from the hops. The roastiness and big bitter hops make for an interesting combo. At 8.7% ABV this is a “take it slow” kind of beer.
Ron loves this stout. Why wouldn’t he? It’s big and bold and full of hop goodness.
With a huge, Pacific Northwest hop aroma & character upfront, Storm King subsides into massive, roast malt complexity. More flavor than mere words can adequately describe. Rich and substantial, it will warm your heart.
Dark as midnight on a moonless night, with a thick head the color of coffee ice cream. Aroma is deep, reminding me both of roasted coffee and chocolate covered cherries. Big, complex flavor, with more coffee, roastiness, and a nice hop finish. At 9.1% ABV this will be my only beer of the evening, but I will savor it.
Menacingly delicious, with the powerful, aromatic punch of whole flower American hops backed up by rich, German malts. HopDevil Ale offers a roller coaster ride of flavor, coasting to a smooth finish that satisfies fully.
I am an unapologetic hop-head. How could I not get something called “HopDevil”?
Deep amber with a thick head that leaves some nice lacing. Big spicy hop aroma. Toasty and just loaded with hops. Good.
A full-bodied lager beer of exuberant and robust character. It’s muscle-man body comes from decocted German malts and noble German hops. Lagered long and cold to refine its strong temperament, St. Boisterous emerges smooth and seductive, with a malty sweet charm. This classic rendition of the German ‘maibock’ style will warm your heart.
Light yellow with a white head. Sweet and biscuity aroma. Malty and robust. Not a chugging beer by any stretch. I like it.
As invigorating as the morning rays of the summer sun, Sunrise Weissbier satisfies when the heat is on, too. This unfiltered, Bavarian style ale is true to its origins with all ingredients except for the water having been imported from Germany. It remains unfiltered to feature the tangy, fruity flavors of its unique yeast. The imported German malt contributes greatly to add a crisp, citric snap that makes this beer a superb summertime refresher.
Hazy orangish-yellow with a nice head. A little orange marmalade in the aroma. A little of the banana in the taste and very “wheat-y”. It’s good, for a wheat beer.
A swirling dynamo of flavor, with a steady calm of satisfaction at its heart, that’s Whirlwind Witbier. Offering a tamed tempest of flavors both spicy and sublime, this softly fermented ale greets the nose and tingles the tongue. Imported Belgian yeast charges Whirlwind with an energy all its own. It is a refreshing interpretation of the classic, Belgian ‘white beer’ style.
Cloudy lemonade. Banana and clove and a bit of lemon. Light and subtle, yet refreshing. I’d have that again.
Throughout the sampling of my 40 birthday beers, I am also interleaving some of my normal stock. And, as always, my normal stock contains either something new, or something I haven’t had in a long while.
Victory’s Storm King Imperial Stout was a beer I bought myself to share at my 40th party and we never dipped into it. It is one that I haven’t had in a long time. When I finally got around to having one the other day after recently sampling several great stouts over the past month, I was taken back by how good great this beer is.
Storm King is a stout that can hold up a thick, rich, malt with a bounty of hops. Hop nose and bitterness surrounds this stout seemingly to border on a style of porter I’ve been in search of for so long.
Sometimes I wonder why I keep tying new beers when I’ve already found something I love. But, tastes change and repetition can get boring. In the meantime, Storm King is my “go to” stout, and I’m giving it 4.5+ on the unofficial Hop-Talk scale.
Sorry Guinness, today America takes back the title.