Thursday, May 24, 2012

Jackie's Picks

Stone/The Bruery/Elysian-Citrueille
Although this collaboration between some of the best brewers on the West coast produced a beer that is categorized as a pumpkin/fruit beer, this is no pumpkin pie beer.  You won’t find any nutmeg, cloves or cinnamon.  What you will find in the La Citrueille is an amber ale brewed with pumpkins, yams, rye, toasted fenugreek, birch bark, and lemon verbena. The taste starts with citrus and herbal notes, but then a very smooth roasted malt character comes into play. The yam and pumpkin make their appearance on the finish, with some spiciness and trace maple notes from the toasted fenugreek, combining with hints of birch.
5% ABV / 47 IBU

New Belgium Lips of Faith-Tart Lychee
From the website:
According to Lauren, the imaginator of this pucker-pleasing ale, Lychee Fruit is so insanely sweet and flavorful you almost can’t stand it alone. Sour to the rescue! The combination of our barrel-aged sour beer, Lychee Fruit puree, and cinnamon sticks pours a frothy head of tart perfection.
Just the facts Ma'am...
ABV - 8.5%!!!
IBU - 20
Hops - Target
Malts - Pale, Malted Wheat, Caramel-80, Carapils, Oats
OG - 20
TG - 3

Deschutes-Abyss Stout
A deep, dark Imperial Stout, The Abyss has almost immeasurable depth and complexity. Hints of molasses, licorice and other alluring flavors make it something not just to quaff, but contemplate. Abyss is an appropriate name, since the beer is viscous and so dark it allows no light to penatrate it’s dark body.  33% of the beer is aged in french oak barrels and oak bourbon barrels.  This beer is extremely rich and complex in taste, with hints of licorice playing over smooth oaken tones.
11% ABV

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