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Passport 51 - 75

Passport 51 - 75

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51. Brooklyn Blast
Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
American Double/imperial IPA / 9% ABV
From the web site: Apparently nothing, they say nothing about it, other than that it exists so at least I'm not THAT crazy.
Amity usually provides good descriptions of each beer on tap, this one only said "The best beer I have ever tasted." I don't know if I would go THAT far, but it was good.

52. Sierra Nevada Life and Limb
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, CA
American strong ale / 10% ABV
From the web site: "They say there are no second acts in American life, but this beer is living proof that sometimes-if we are very lucky-we get another shot at bringing something great into the world. In the fall of 2009, Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada created Life & Limb to celebrate our extended brewing families. That beer was so popular that it sold out nationwide in less than two weeks and proved once-and-for-all, that the wild and wonderful world of craft beer was healthy and vibrant." (There was more, but it was all stupid Flash. Suffice it to say that it's a dark beer and it is fecking strong. And it has maple syrup and birch syrup in it.)
Holy CRAP. This is almost as good as the Southern Tier Choklat. OMG, I was wrecked. This is dangerous.

53. Bronx Pale Ale
The Bronx Brewery, the Bronx, NY
American-style Pale Ale / 6.3% ABV
From the web site: "This deep amber, American-style pale ale is brewed with five different barley malts, generous additions of Cascade and Centennial hops, and a unique strain of yeast. The British, German and American malts used provide a blend of caramel, biscuit, and nutty malt flavors. The hops provide a gentle, pleasant bitterness with an intense floral and citrus aroma. It is dry-hopped, unfiltered and unpasteurized."
Boring, but solid. And it's from the Bronx.

54. Victory Festbier
Victory Brewing Company, Downington, PA
Märzen / 5.6% ABV
From the web site: "Seductively smooth, this medium-bodied amber beauty is akin to the great Oktoberfest beers of Munich. All German malts and whole flower European hops make this lager true to style."
I might have gotten this only to hear the Irish bartender say it back to me. It was good. I think a lesson I have learned is that I can almost always depend on Victory.

55. Penn Oktoberfest
Pennsylvania Brewing Company, Pittsburgh, PA
Märzen / 5.6% ABV
From the web site: "A rich, deep golden-colored lager fest beer that is exceptionally smooth and mellow. Uses two-row malted barley and a combination of roasted malts. Highly rated by the National Tasting Institute.
This was awesome, it was hearty! There is something substantial about it that I liked.

56. Goose Island Harvest
Goose Island Beer Company, Chicago, IL
American Extra Special Bitter / 5.7% ABV
From the web site: "Brewed in honor of the Harvest season this copper colored ESB is made with Cascade hops and the richest Midwestern malts. A fruity American hop aroma and a toasty malt character make Goose Island Harvest Ale an extra special beer worthy of your devotion."
Not bad, not especially memorable.

57. Sierra Nevada California Common
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, CA
California Common - Steam Beer / 6.5% ABV
From the web site: I don't know, apparently it's from the Beer Camp, which has the most annoying web site ever. Double plus ungood!
Decent, enjoyable, although it didn't really stand out for any reason. Plus, I was also shoving cheese curds into my face at this point.

58. Cottrell Oktoberfest
Cottrell Brewing Company, Pawcatuck, CT
Märzen / 5.0% ABV
From the web site: A mahogany-colored beer with a distinctive and complex malty flavor and aroma, with a "sweetness and toastiness."
I thought this was very tasty.

59. Arrogant Bastard Ale
Stone Brewing Company, Escondido, CA
American Strong Ale / 7.2% ABV
From the web site (can I bring myself to copy what is already right on the bottle? It seems so ... affected.): "This is an aggressive ale. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory–maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it’s made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beverage will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make things taste better. Perhaps you’re mouthing your words as you read this. "
I have liked this ever since having to drive around aimlessly around the Hudson Valley in a snow storm in search of a convenience store that was open late while on a surreal work trip. I still like it.

60. Wurzburger Festbier
Wurzburger Hofbräu, Wurzburg, Germany
Märzen / Does no one care about the consistency of my reporting, other than me?
From the web site: I think maybe Germany has not caught up with the intrawebs yet.
This tasted like fish food smells.

61. Point Special Lager
Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point, WI
American Lager / 4.66% ABV
From the web site: "The brewery's flagship brew since 1857, Point Special is a well-balanced, full-bodied classic American-Style lager. This award-winning pilsner is highly praised for its pleasant hop aroma and smooth, hearty flavor."
This was nice, I liked it. Also, the web site was very clear on the fact that this beer has been brewed since before the Civil War. Before the Civil War!

62. Brooklyn IPA
Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
IPA / 6.8% ABV
From the web site: "Our East India Pale Ale is a deep golden beer brewed from British malt and a blend of hops featuring the choice East Kent Golding variety. It is traditionally dry-hopped for a bright aroma of hops, lemongrass, pine and citrus fruit, and has a robust bitterness, a warming malt palate and a clean hoppy finish."
I just got finished telling someone how I was never that wild about IPAs, and then I liked this a lot.

63. Andygator
Abita Brewing Company, Abita Springs, LA
Helles Dopplebock / 8% ABV
From the web site: "Andygator, a creature of the swamp, is a unique high-gravity brew made with pale malt, German lager yeast, and German Perle hops. Unlike other high-gravity brews, Andygator is fermented to a dry finish with a slightly sweet flavor and subtle fruit aroma. Reaching an alcohol strength of 8% by volume, it is a Helles Dopplebock."
Confusing name! But it tasted very good.

64. In Heat Wheat
Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick, MD
Hefeweizen / 4.7% ABV
From the web site: "Huge banana and clove notes." (That's all it said, but that's all it really needed to say.)
Meh, it had a moldy/clovey taste that I thought was overpowering. It overpowered me.

65. Penn Kaiser Pils
Pennsylvania Brewing Company, Pittsburgh, PA
German style Pilsner / 5% ABV
From the web site: "A crisp, clean, and bitter beer a with pronounced Noble hop aroma."
I caught myself describing this as "a good beer for lunch hour," like I need to have a good beer for lunch. It's thin, but not unsubstantial.

66. Weihenstephaner Hefeweiss
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan, Freising, Germany
Hefeweizen / 5.4% ABV
From the web site: "Nothing refreshes more than this naturally cloudly weissbeer with its wonderfully rich yeasty taste. Goes very well with light meals which are not too strongly flavored, veal sausage in particular."
You've got to love those Germans with their light meals of veal sausage. This was nice.

67. Abbey Brown Ale
Dubbel / 6.5% ABV
Corsendonk, Oud-Turnhout, Belgium
From the web site: Translation issues strike again, it is unclear which of their products is the Brown Ale in English.
Lovely! Sort of honey/nutty, it reminded me a little of those old lady Luden's honey throat lozenges, but not in a medicinal way.

68. Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale
Smuttynose Brewing Company, Portsmouth, NH
Pumpkin Ale / 6.0% ABV
From the web site: "Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale is our homage to the craft and heritage of America’s brewers. Recipes calling for the use of pumpkins in beer date back to early colonial times, when brewers sought to extend their supply of costly imported malt with locally grown ingredients, such as squash and "pompions." In that spirit, we brew our ale with the addition of pumpkin to the mash, along with traditional spices to create a delicious American original."
Ugh, this was like chewing on a Festive Fall potpourri from Bath & Body Works.

69. Blue Point Blueberry Ale
Blue Point Brewing Company, Patchogue, NY
Fruit Beer / 4.6% ABV
From the web site: "Who knew that throwing some blueberries into a batch of beer one day would have worked out so well? While there’s no Oompa-Loompas involved in its production; there’s definitely something special that makes Blueberry Ale one of our top-sellers. First brewed in 1998, this delicious golden ale quickly became a year-round favorite. Our fresh Blueberry Ale offers an unusual twist on brewing that turns out to be a wonderful blend of fresh blueberries matched with a distinctive, thirst quenching ale. We carefully add 732 pounds of fresh, plump and juicy, handpicked, USA Northern Highbush Blueberries to every batch. Even before your first sip of Blueberry Ale, a strong, refreshing sweet fruit aroma emanates from the bottle, kicking your taste-buds into overdrive."
I'm not into the fruit beer thing, but this was pretty mild fruit-wise all things considered. It does smell really good.

70. Liquid Gold
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Pleasantville, NY
Belgian Pale Ale / 6.0% ABV
From the web site: "Brewed with imported German malts and US-grown hops, this beer is a full-flavored introduction to craft-brewed beer. We add the hops late in the boil, allowing you to enjoy the flavor and aroma of the hops without an aggressive bitterness. Aromas of orange, spice, and green grass. Clean malt-dominated flavor, with a subdued bitterness playing in the background of the aromas of this beer."
This was one of those beers that was just on the line for me between tasting good and having too much spice muckiness.

71. Narragansett Lager
Narragansett Brewing Company, Providence, RI
American Lager / 5.0% ABV
From the web site: "We brew our lager with six row malt, seedless hops, corn from Iowa, our lager strain (the same one the brewery has depended on since just after Prohibition), and the purest water from Lakes Ontario and Hemlock. This beer is brewed just right for drinking—crisp and refreshing. It’s got more flavor than other premium lagers, yet it’s one of the most drinkable beers in the world."
This was SO GOOD, although part of that may be that at the time, I REALLY wanted a beer.

72. Mild At Heart
Wandering Star Brewing Company, Pittsfield, MA
English Dark Mild Ale / 4.4% ABV
From the web site: "Dark Mild’ English style session beer with the ABV and color of an Irish Stout but a nuttier, softer mouthfeel from crystal and chocolate malts, and a finishing dryness from aroma hops. Brewed for drinkability to extract the maximum complexity and flavor from a relatively ‘light’ beer, warm fermented to accentuate dark fruit and roast malt notes. Conceived for cask and perfect served as a Real Ale. Hopped with Cluster and Perle."
This was delicious! The perfect dark beer for when you have to go back to the office. (However, did someone's 14 year old cousin make their web site?)

73. Freshtracks Wet Hopped Ale
Boulder Beer Company, Boulder, CO
American Amber / 4.9% ABV
From the web site: no, it's not on their web site. I wish people would stop doing that.
This was a little too grassariffic for my personal taste, but overall it was okay. I liked it a lot better at the end than at the beginning.

74. Muddy Creek Lager
Defiant Brewing Company, Pearl River, NY
American Amber / 5.6% ABV
From the web site: their web site has defeated me.
This wasn't bad but it wasn't doing it for me.

75. St. Nikolaus Bock
Pennsylvania Brewing Company, Pittsburgh, PA
Bock / 6.5% ABV
From the web site: "Our special Christmas beer, very malty, dark, delicious and strong. A very rich, dark, bock beer. Dark ruby in color with subtle tones of chocolate and burnt malt. St. Nick will warm you on a cold winter night and brighten your days."
This was so good! And festive! Way to start off the winter seasonals!
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