Posted on February 24, 2009 by beearl
I know. It’s been a while. But I’ve been going through a whiskey phase and I haven’t been tasting very many new beers. It’s something that I mean to remedy, and I started last night. Purchased a couple of new six packs for an Oscar viewing party. OK…it was more like Gia and I drinking a few beers and having snacks while I live-blogged the Oscars. Anywho.
Sirius is a Spring Release Ale from Lagunitas Brewing in Petaluma California. A Cream Ale with an ABV of 7.60%, so it is on the strong side when it comes to drinkability.
It poured an almost bright orange color (ok…copper) with a distinctive pine hops aroma. I was actually confused by that because I wasn’t sure what the distinction of a “cream ale” was going to be. Malt or hops?
Turned out to be a delicious combination of both. A smooth mouth feel with a bitter hop taste (not too strong) on the finish. It definitely had a creamy flavor as it sat on the tongue. That sounds a bit disgusting, doesn’t it?
I had it with some stuffed cherry peppers (prosciutto and provolone) and horseradish hummus. Sounds good, right? So I would suggest pairing it with those items, and only because I am too lazy to figure out what else it would taste good with. Or you know what? Just drink it on it’s own. It’s damn fine either way.
My Rating: 8 out of 10
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Posted on September 4, 2008 by beearl
I think I messed up.
I’ve had beers out of Stone Brewing, Co.from California before, and I’ve really enjoyed them. So when I saw the Vertical Epic last week at the local distributor, I didn’t think twice about giving it a go. What I didn’t know then was the back-story to the Vertical Epic line of brews from Stone.
Starting in 2002 they have produced a very, very small batch of ale (I’ve read in the neighborhood of 300 cases or so) that they would release on a special day. 2/2/2002, 3/3/2003, 4/4/2004 and so on. Each individual brew was designed to be aged in the bottle until 12/12/2012 when the beer aficionado should try each with a group of fellow enthusiasts in a “vertical tasting”. Everything from the 11-year old 2002 brew to the un-aged 2012 ale. That was the design. I didn’t know that. You can read about it here, if you prefer.
Not that it would have changed when I drank the ale. No, beer is more of an immediate thing for me rather than something I would choose to wait 11 years to quaff. However, if I had known about the design of the ale I probably wouldn’t have purchased it in the first place. The version I purchased was the 07 vintage. Which means that it was probably sitting on the shelf of this beer store for the better part of the past year. So I don’t know if it was supposed to taste the way it tasted or if it was ruined by a year in the warmth and light of this particular beer store.
Because it was nasty. Almost un-drinkable. Way too much of an alcohol taste for my liking without any of the sweetness or mellowness of a great malty ale. The aroma, the inital taste, the aftertaste…nothing was good. It was just plain awful.
I hope it was only my bottle that was ruined after a year in the store, and I ain’t waiting until 2012 to try a fully aged bottle. But I usually like the offerings from this brewery. Without another bottle to test it against, I gotta call foul on this one.
My Rating: 2 out of 10
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