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 Post subject: What do you think about what you had last night?
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Thought this would be an interesting and popular thread idea. List some of the beers you had last night and if possible some of your thoughts on them.

FFF - Pride and Joy: Wonderful American hop aroma and a bready/biscuity malt aroma as well. Just a really pleasant session beer. I'm extremely happy I bought a case of this last time I was in IN. I enjoyed it so much I almost want a glass right now!

Surly - Furious: Another beer I picked up at DLD. I was a bit disappointed by the aroma, I didn't pick much up at all. Perhaps it was a bit too cold. The flavor was much better after letting it warm. It had a big, bold malt profile and a piny hop flavor. Good beer, but not one of my favorite IPAs.

I also had a couple of my American APAs last night. I think the hops are starting to fall off a bit, but it is starting to get a bit more clear. What did you have?

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Mothership Wit: Soo refreshing on a sticky humid day. One of my very favorite renditions of Wit from a craft brewer. Not over-spiced like so many of them. Great balance all around, and very versatile with food as well.

Stone IPA: One of two beers I brought back from my weekend in Michigan (Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout being the other). This is the one Stone beer I'm really a fan of. Terrific hop/malt balance. Lighter on its feet than Two-Hearted, but just (about) as delicious. This would definitely be in my regular rotation if it was easily available.

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i had nothing last night... :cry:

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I didn't have a thing last night (see my thread on being a weekend drinker), but I am tonight (an exception to the rule). I'll edit this post with my thoughts.

Planning on New Glarus Berliner Weiss. A friend picked up this limited edition for me, so we'll be tasting it tonight.

Also, North Coast PranQster. The friend is a big fan of Duvel, so we'll see how this one works.

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I had a Boulevard Bully! Porter. It wasn't sweet enough, and was too hoppy, if you ask me. I've been trying different porters lately, but I haven't liked any as much as the Arcadia London Porter (I think...) that they had on tap at Mattingly's when we did the STL Hops meet-up.

The "Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout" listed above sounds awesome.


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I had a Schlafly Kolsch and a Scrimshaw Pilsner yesterday.

Arcadia London Porter is great, I've got one of those waiting in the fridge.


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A Lagunitas IPA. Whenever I drink this, it brings back pleasant memories of a second honeymoon my wife and I took to San Francisco and the Sonoma Valley a couple of years ago.


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Red's Rye draft, Hazed and Infused draft and a 5 day draft

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I wanted a 5 Day IPA but Pi was out so I had the Griesedieck Bros Pils...crisp, cool and refreshing. I have to branch out...I have been loving on the O'Fallon 5 Day so much recently......

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Griesedieck Bros Pils and Left Hand Sawtooth. Both on draught. Both were beautifully well-balanced, refreshing, and flavorful.


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Mothership Wit: Soo refreshing on a sticky humid day. One of my very favorite renditions of Wit from a craft brewer. Not over-spiced like so many of them. Great balance all around, and very versatile with food as well.

Stone IPA: One of two beers I brought back from my weekend in Michigan (Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout being the other). This is the one Stone beer I'm really a fan of. Terrific hop/malt balance. Lighter on its feet than Two-Hearted, but just (about) as delicious. This would definitely be in my regular rotation if it was easily available.

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i ride Stones nuts pretty hard but i thought the IPA was rather weak. now ill have to drink one to make sure im not crazy

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bigelo1016 wrote:
Red's Rye draft, Hazed and Infused draft and a 5 day draft


reds rye draft? holy shit i need to try this

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yesterday was simple-

Alesmith - summer Yulesmith - this SOB kicked my ass. lots of scent from the bottle and the snifter, smooth going down with a bitter hop flavor that lingers in your throat. i found their regular IPA to be intense for a regular IPA and wondered just how they could create a double IPA. now i know, and i bow down. Alesmith is my new favorite brewery. i was not as fond of the ESB though, i may trade it if anyone is interested. 22oz'r.

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reds rye draft? holy shit i need to try this


On tap at Bigelos in Edwardsville. Stop in have a few Red's and a bite to eat, then walk a block down the street to Erato and sample their killer beer list

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oberon from a 5L keg- nice on a summer day
Dark Horse Special Reserve- a damn nice porter!
Port Santa's Little Helper- not too bad, not as complex as my favorite imp stouts, a bit boozy


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I had a 22 oz. Tornado Alley Amber Ale from Charleville - only 2.99 from Provisions!


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I had a 22 oz. Tornado Alley Amber Ale from Charleville - only 2.99 from Provisions!


how was it?

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I had a 22 oz. Tornado Alley Amber Ale from Charleville - only 2.99 from Provisions!


how was it?


This was actually my second bottle and the taste is a little flat compared to what I got at the brewery and Cicero's. It still had a good caramel/vanilla taste to it though.


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I love the Tornado Alley. It's got a really nice balance of sweet and roasty.


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I didn't have a thing last night (see my thread on being a weekend drinker), but I am tonight (an exception to the rule). I'll edit this post with my thoughts.

Planning on New Glarus Berliner Weiss. A friend picked up this limited edition for me, so we'll be tasting it tonight.

Also, North Coast PranQster. The friend is a big fan of Duvel, so we'll see how this one works.

Until tomorrow...


I didn't realize the Berliner Weiss was a sour beer?!? I poured the bottle into the glass and took a big sniff. I had a considerable phenolic smell, but I didn't pick up on the sour until I took my first sip. Wow! That's sour, baby! I'm glad I have more.

The PranQster was very good. It seemed to have a little more residual sweetness compared to Duvel, but it's been a while Belgian Strong Golden is one of my favorite styles, so I had no objections.


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Yeah, you should check out Jamil's BrewingNetwork podcast about brewing a Berliner Weiss and how he suggests getting the sour notes.

Le Mer from North Coast is a pretty good saison- rather peppery, and I've heard they use the same yeast as Pranqster. I could be spreading rumor, though. I have some saison brewing with yeast cultured from Le Mer right now, we'll see how it goes.


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New Belgium Mothership Wit: Great refreshing beer, well balanced spices. I have a feeling this will become my grilling beer as it warms well and isn't too heavy. It also feels nice to support a brewery that is completely wind powered and encourages its employees to ride bicycles.

Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter: I haven't had much luck with this brewery, generally I find their offerings bland, but this one gives me hope. Thanks to Andy's recommendation I picked this up at Whole Foods and do not regret it. I haven't had a ton of Porters, but I will say this is one the favorites of what I have had. From the smell to the taste Chocolate and dark fruits rule the land. I don't think I could handle more than one or two of these in a night, it carried a nice little kick for the 9.2% ABV.

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I had a couple of pints of belgian strong golden that my friend gary brewed. I ended up spinning and needing a cold shower.

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Oskar Blues - Old Chub - I was surprised just how dark this beer was, so brown it was becoming almost black. Very malty aroma with no discernible hop smell. The flavor matched the aroma, big bold malty caramel flavor . Low carbonation, but that fits the style. Great beer, can't wait to pick some more up to bring back with me after GABF.

Left Hand - Deep Cover Brown Ale - Real big chocolate flavor on this one in the first sip. Well balanced and very drinkable.

DHF - Aprihop - I think I can officially say that I do not like apricot flavored beers. Every single one I've had reminds me of shampoo, and that's not a flavor I want in my beer.

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Well balanced and very drinkable.


Pretty much sums up the whole Left Hand regular lineup (haven't had any of the specials yet), IMO. Solid, solid stuff there.

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O'Fallon Cask IPA: Had 2 pints at Dressel's last night. Hoo boy, were these good. I hate to admit that my taste for IPA's has waned due to me oversaturating my taste buds with high alcohol, high IBU IPA's, but man was this a refreshing beer. The cooler weather helped, too, I suppose, but the cask ale really hit the spot. As was noted elsewhere, the distinct lack of carbonation and slightly-below room temperature aspect of the beer was really well-received. And it was relatively cheap (at least compared to their other beers) at $4.25 a pint.


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I'm heading over to Dressel's tonight to have a few pints myself.

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Anderson Valley Pale Ale - I was hanging concrete backer board all evening so i was parched. This hit the spot and was amazing. perfect pale ale.

Stone IPA - def not my fav ipa out there, not even close. good though but for some reason just didnt seem balanced.


i agree on the DFH aprihop. i thought it sucked big time.

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I was on my way to a wake last night, and someone handed me a Xingu black beer

I am not very familiar with black beers, but this one was very drinkable, with a nice roasted malt flavor and not to heavy. A very dark beer fitting for an evening at the funeral home

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sierra nevada - southern hemi fresh hop ale - i cannot get enough of these. at $3 a pop, its pretty much perfect.

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