April 22, 2021

April Beer Review (#52)

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Beer/Brewery City, State Tasting Notes Style ABV % IBU Cal On Style Look Smell Taste Mouth Feel Total Rating Pic
Sea Foam, Galveston Bay Brewing Dickenson, TX

Clean smell,  nice taste.  Great name for a brewery named after a bay. Could be the best cream ale I have had. I should note that tipically I am not a fan of the Cream Ale style but this is one to try!

This style was populat before Prohibition. This is a style that is not done much these days

This style is often fermented like an ale, then stored at colder temperatures like a lager. Some brewers use both ale and lager yeasts to brew their cream ale. ... Unlike Kölsch beercream ales contain rice and/or corn adjuncts to achieve that light body and smooth mouthfeel.

Cream ales have somewhat more bitterness, sometimes more alcohol, and are often lightly fruity.

Cream Ale 5.2% 13   4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 Pic

Viking Space Probe, Stone Brewing Co.

Escondido, CA

A huge mix of tropical fruit, especially pineapple and sweet guava, along with lime zest and a hint of cilantro. Fruity smell,  very hoppy, extreme hop after taste, it’s hazy as per style, this is a pallet killer so drink this after you have had more lighter beers. This is a new beer for Stone released March 1, 2021.

Ella and citra hops.  Never had Ella befor and I am not a fan of citra.  Ella™ is the little sister of the Australian superstar Galaxy™. 

Note the Bottle I had appeared to have floaters so I carefully poured the beer as not to desturb the bottom and then poured the bottom in to a glass to let it settle. After carefule examination I determined that it was yeast. Yeast sediment has no real effect on the beer and is infact good for you. (Note I have notified the brewery.) Most likely this was a bottle from the last of the run. (Bottle with floaters)


Hazy Double IPA 8.5% 80   4 4 4 4 4 4 Pic
The Highest Fives Blonde, Backfish Brewing Pearland, TX

Clean smell, crisp clean smell, made from pilsner malt and a hint of spalt hops.

This would be a good warm weather beer or session beer.

Blonde Ale 5 15   3.9 3.9 3.9 3.9 3.9 3.9 Pic
Crispy Business, Real Ale Brewing Blanco, TX

A very unique taste nit sure if I like it.  Not a fan of the hops.

German pilsner malt gives subtle malt sweetness, while Callista hops provide an enticing, modern hop aroma of apricot, peach and blackberry.

Not a fan of apricot and not a fan of callista hops.

This is a Helles which is a style not often done in the US. “Helles” means “pale in color,” as these beers are often golden. The German-style helles lager is a bit rounder or fuller-bodied than light lager and even all-malt pilsners. Helles lager beers offer a touch of sweetness that balance a measurable addition of spicy German hop flavor and light bitterness.

This is a seasonal so if you want to tyr it now is the time. Worth trying.

Helles 4.5 26   3.2 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.2 Pic
Road Trip Snacks, Panther Island Brewing Fort Worth, TX

I had high hopes for this beer since it is made with Beaver Nuggets. Yes Beaver Nuggets from Buc-ee's.

Smells like beaver nuggets but saddly the flavor is not beaver nuggets. All I could tase was surp. I found it way to sweet surp taste. This is a one and done for me.

On a positive note I love the lable.

English Brown Ale 5% ?   3? 3 3.5 2 3 2.9 Pic