I’m sitting on the couch at my local pub drinking a fine normal locally brewed amber ale and knitting my second mitten and listening to the room full of people and it is 35 outside, all is right in this piece of the world, at least in this moment
All the beer bunnies! These were a lot of fun to do, as I super duper love good beer, and there’s a lot of variety! Though I must say, I did not put a lop bunny in this set and that is UNACCEPTABLE. We’ll let the lop bunnies class up the eventual wine bunny set I think.
I will have postcard sized prints and long 10x30″ prints of these guys with me when I’m at @geekgirlcon this coming weekend (October 8th and 9th)! After that I will put any remaining prints up on my Storenvy page, and also put them up for shirts/mugs/etc on my Teepublic page.
I should be fair. I never said everything posted would be good. I posted PBR for God’s sake. And I haven’t tried absolutely everything, a few are submitted by others. But for the most part, I know what I like, and I can generally tell up front.
Yes, it’s THAT balcony. Call her Juliet, Giulietta, Julia, Julieta or
everybody knows her balcony and her story, and everybody dreams of traveling at least once in the lifetime to her statue and fondle her right boob. Women, children, they will go through it as well because hey, it’s a frat world out there and the fun must be real fun. Then they will stick a ceremonial wad of chewed gum to one of the thousand years old walls of the courtyard on the Via Capello and will go on, to soil some more beauties of Verona. The pink relationship padlocks and love sorrow post-it letters look in comparison like childish attempts at getting unhoped-for help in a place where there seems to be only derision left… Next year will probably bring mooning from the balcony, make your bets. So should I be surprised they also sell Romeo and Juliet themed beer? And against all expectations, La Cotta di Giulietta e Romeo brewed an unquestionably
pleasant amber - unctuous smooth and savory malt with just a bit of sting. I only hope the great Will and the old Capulets will pardon me for indulging in their legendary courtyard.
In January of 2013, the ocean off the
coast of Onslow, Australia, turned into
a giant beer. What looked like a huge
wall of foamy, amber-colored ale was
actually just a thunderstorm, which had
picked up so much dust that the wind
and rain dumped it all out as it blew by. Source
Cinder Cone is an Amber (Red) Ale, which is available throughout the year in 22 oz. bombers. Aromas are characteristic of the style with evident caramel sweetness, along with hints of roasted grain husk. Hop notes give an immediate impression of sour orange zest. Floral, herbal undertones come in the form of grass and evergreen.
The palate is initiated by a supportive backbone of caramel and bread, which remain steady for the entire duration. In terms of style, the barley roast grows to be quite robust. Amarillo hops take the lead in a citrus character, which is dominated by orange and tangerine. Mild fruity overtones then wash over. Tettnang hops fall to the back in a unique combination of flowers, grass, and spice. A bitterness of 55 IBU’s settles comfortably on the aftertaste, where sour highlights continue to radiate. The mouthfeel brings a creamy texture over standard body weight, leaving behind moderate astringency with a crisp, clean departure.
Amber Ales were my first favorite beer style, because the hops typically aren’t overbearing on the bitterness, yet still provide some of the more pleasant flavors. An agreeable ratio of sweet, bitter, and sour tastes in accordance to proper style guidelines. It’s got enough West-Coast flare to suit modern taste, so in order to like it, you must have at least some tolerance to hops. Deschutes aren’t known for drawing outside the lines, so it resides within obvious parameters, and generally won’t impress you with much novel flavor. I find it a bit strange this is exclusively sold in bombers, but I guess this makes sense, because Deschutes have an extensive lineup. Cinder Cone is a well-balanced, easy to drink brew that was designed for those of you who like the malts just as much as the hops. I recommend it.
Once upon a time, not so long ago, I was ambling along the aisles of this remarkable shop kinda thing that instead of selling just say, meat, or fruit and veg, or fish, or trumpets, sold a bewildering array of stuff that made me go all o_0 so yeah ‘twas well good. Srsly, if you see one of these places be sure to venture upon it, you’ll be well chuffed. Ummm. I’m pretty sure I had a point to make… Oh yeah! 'Twas here that I first laid eyes upon the charming stylized leaping leporid of Bath Ales, memories of Watership Down and the Black Rabbit of Inlé immediately surfaced and I just had to have the bottle of amber ale it decorated. As it turns out, the critter in question wasn’t a rabbit at all but a hare, and was designed to resemble ancient English hill carvings. Fair enough. It also turns out that Bath Ales aren’t located in the pretty spa town of Bath at all, but rather the nearby town of Warmly, on the outskirts of Bristol. Okay. The beer was however, delicious, and became a frequent visitor to my humble abode along with others from the same brewery, so after all this time I thought I’d share a trio of their more readily available examples with you.
All three of the above beers are traditional-ish English pale ales, and I’ll start with Golden Hare (4.4% abv), a super refreshing and mildly bitter golden ale that's floral and zesty up front thanks to the Goldings used, and delivering a long lasting nose bag of sumptuous, delicious, caramelised honey roast nut-like finish from the floor malted Maris Otter barley. Lovely stuff. Gem (4.8% abv) is the beer that caught my eye all those moons ago, a beautiful amber coloured bitter that’s zesty and mildly spicy from the Goldings and Challenger hops with *Mmmmm* inducing toffee and roast nuts flavours from the malt. A mild early sweetness develops into a decent bitterness as it goes down, the silky smooth mouthfeel an absolute delight. The dark bitter, Barnsley (4.5% abv), rounds things off. Whole bramble bushes with their dark fruit and woodsy flavours tantalise the tongue courtesy of the wonderful Bramling Cross hops, and lead into predictably delicious, luscious, nutty, and lingering Maris Otter malt finish. It’s moderately bitter at the end, balanced and restrained throughout.
As much as I love an intense beery flavour bomb there are times when I just wanna relax with a few easy drinking beers, and quite honestly, in all my world wide beer adventures I’ve never found session beers I prefer to a good homegrown English pale ale. Whether it’s golden, amber, tawny, brown, bitter, or mild, if it’s done right, with balance the key, it’s a winner in my book. And these guys do it right. Cheers!
Nugget Nectar is a seasonal Amber/Red Ale, available in 22 oz. bombers from February through March. Again, we find another label reading “Imperial Amber Ale,” though this style doesn’t officially exist. Obviously, the industry likes how the term suggests a bigger beer (despite the same, standard ABV). I’d like to thank Holly George of Pittsburgh, PA for her donation of this bottle. You can see Holly’s amazing taste for yourself by visiting herbeer blog.
Aromas open up with juicy hops that come across a little bit like nectarine, other stone fruits, and hints of tropical fruit. Grassy, herbal, pine-based hints on the back-end. Malts bring out a toasted bread character with heavy sweet notes like caramel and honey.
The palate makes its introduction with sour grapefruit juice and sweet toffee, all held over toasted grains that carry bready tendencies. Floral notes descend toward a big body of dank, grassy hops as bitterness advances. Hop oils coagulate into hints of pine. The heavy weight of the hops falls into a secondary pool of sweetness, where to two intertwine, departing with a flavor like orange zest. Mouthfeel provides gentle carbonation with equal parts wet and dry, boasting a medium-full body. Drinkability is superb when considering the overall weight of the beer.
Hops are the leading force here, as you should have guessed, but I find considerable balance thanks to the unrelenting foundation of malt. I was surprised to find an IBU placed at 93, because although it is indeed bitter, it really doesn’t comes across near that harsh, due to the tilting of weight as sweet malts slowly exchange with herbal hops. As for this style, I think Nugget Nectar outperforms most of its competition. Even with its sturdy malt backbone, and big hop delivery, I don’t find this worthy of the term “Imperial.” Regardless of the label, this is a great tasting beer with all the hop flavor you’d expect to find in an IPA, but with the rich malt presence and drinkability of an Amber Ale. I recommend it!
Known Malts: Pilsner, Vienna, Munich
Known Hops: Nugget, Warrior, Tomahawk, Simcoe, Palisade
Cheeky that it is a Indiana Amber Ale, but a Red Ale. It is certainly red in color - but it really doesn’t feel like a ruddy red ale, drinks much more like your prototypical amber ale that you’d want to have any time you’re in the mood to have greater than two beers. It is a beer that pretty much anybody could handle - not hoppy at all, not overly malty. This is a Goldilocks beer - it is just right - a real crowd pleaser.
And that is the Hoosier in a nutshell if you ask me. They are just a pleasure to know and it’s hard to find much, if anything, wrong with them. The only fault is they are too damn nice.
Enjoy it if you can find it though - this is a serious locals only micro-brew out of Greenwood, Indiana. I happen to date a Hoosier and she’s gall-darn nice enough to bring me back beer after her trips home.