Episode #224: Laid To Waste

Dan finally samples the gift beer from Europe (Pilsen to be exact) that came via his sister-in-law, Elaine…Pivovar Raven Laid To Waste Double IPA.

Pivovar Raven Laid To Waste Double IPA

So apparently this brew was named and brewed for a thrash metal band. Rock on. This American-style double IPA weighs in at 9% ABV and stocks a hefty 82 IBUs. Translation states, ” a deodorant mingle with the delicate aroma of sweat and dried blood.” Right…

Also, if you’re in NYC over Christmas and want to do a little drinking on Boxing Day (aka the 26th), join Dan and Dad On Tap and more of the crew for the Boxing Day Pub Crawl! Contact Dan for details.

Appearance

Tremendous carbonation and huge fluffy and fast-dissipating head, with an orange/copper color. Left interesting lacing on the glass as it warms up.

Aroma

Delicate, floral bouquet with a hint of mustiness from the hops.

Taste

Finish is sweet, with bitterness attempting to fight back. I could not taste the 9% ABV, more like 7%.

Mouthfeel

Medium, more hop syrup-like body.

Overall

A European version of an East Coast Double IPA if was to try and nail it down for a comparison. Very intriguing, as it shifted a little as it warmed up. The translation of their site indicates a “top-secret brutal metal American mix” for the hops. If you happen to run across it, please give me your thoughts.
Cheers and remember:

Life’s a tap…drink up ’til it’s dry.

All music on this show came to us from the now defunct Music Alley.
Intro: “Meet Me At The Bar” by The Beer Drinking Fools
Outtro: “Bubblegum and Beer” by The Supersuckers

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Episode #223: White Birch Raspberry Berliner Weisse

Taking a break from cleaning on a Thursday night, Dan seeks refreshment with White Birch Raspberry Berliner Weisse, a year-round offering from the NH brewer.

White Birch Raspberry Berliner Weisse

This year-round offering from White Birch was referred to as the “Champagne of the North” by Napoleon’s troops due to its refreshing and elegant poise. They use raspberry puree during fermentation to build in fruit flavor instead of use of a traditional syrup. It weighs in at 5.5% ABV and I sampled a canned release.

Also, if you’re in NYC over Christmas and want to do a little drinking on Boxing Day (aka the 26th), join Dan and Dad On Tap and more of the crew for the Boxing Day Pub Crawl! Contact Dan for details.

Appearance

Golden straw in color like others in the style, with a fluffy white head and medium-sized bubbles of carbonation.

Aroma

A kiss of raspberry fruit on the nose, blended with a tart note.

Taste

Lovely and refreshing, but not bone dry. A little higher in ABV than most others, but you cannot taste it. The fruit is not overpowering, more of an injection for balance.

Mouthfeel

A slightly bigger (medium) body than expected with the fluffy bubbles of carbonation.

Overall

Not too much tartness, so it would be rather approachable for even non-beer drinkers. Better for the spring and summer, but if you enjoy warmer weather for longer (or wish that it would stay despite being buried in snow), then the fact that it is year-round really rocks.
Cheers and remember:

Life’s a tap…drink up ’til it’s dry.

All music on this show came to us from the now defunct Music Alley.
Intro: “Meet Me At The Bar” by The Beer Drinking Fools
Outtro: “Bubblegum and Beer” by The Supersuckers

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Episode #222: Softly Spoken Magic Spells

Fresh back after being sick for about a month, Dan jumps straight back in with a Double IPA from Singlecut Beersmiths, Softly Spoken Magic Spells. With his vortex manipulator on, his palate is actually taken on a hop/malt ride.

Singlecut Beersmiths Softly Spoken Magic Spells

Created from their brewmaster’s recipe, Softly Spoken Magic Spells features a Scottish Malt and 130 IBU Pacific Northwest hop bill to weigh in at 8.6% ABV.

Also, if you’re in NYC over Christmas and want to do a little drinking on Boxing Day (aka the 26th), join Dan and Dad On Tap and more of the crew for the Boxing Day Pub Crawl! Contact Dan for details.

Appearance

Golden, yellow/orange in color with a fluffy white head, large bubbles of carbonation and some residual lacing.

Aroma

Beautiful nose which I want to wear as a cologne. Pacific Northwest brings a pine and citrus blend with a hint of resin in the back.

Taste

Tremendous balance. Hops and malt battle it out with former eeking out the win on the finish. The hops are not overbearing at all and the ABV is virtually undetectable.

Mouthfeel

Medium body with the large bubbles of carbonation adding to the dryness on the palate. It totally makes you come back for more.

Overall

Totally want to have a spicy Thai salad with this. That being said I like having this by itself to dissect the nuances from the brewmaster’s recipe. Wish I had more bottles to share!

Cheers and remember:

Life’s a tap…drink up ’til it’s dry.

All music on this show came to us from the now defunct Music Alley.
Intro: “Meet Me At The Bar” by The Beer Drinking Fools
Outtro: “Bubblegum and Beer” by The Supersuckers

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