So I guess this week I'm gonna drink six beers from the same brewery, Other Half. Other Half is a Brooklyn brewery that makes some seriously killer IPAs. Tonight I am going to try to drink six of them, I say try because I started work at 430 this morning and most of these beers are above 8 percent. So this is also a battle against sleep. Anyways here we go.
Beer 1 - 8:37 pm Boogie Board Stunts
The Mets are winning and I'm not in a truck anymore which is a plus. The beer I'm drinking is a kolsch, which you can definitely tell by the signature kolsch yeast taste, which some might find off putting but I think works out great with this beer. The taste is lightly masked by hops which makes for a lightly hoppy beer with a German twist. Not a lot of hip breweries will brew a kolsch beer and this beer doesn't sell as well as it should but I respect Other Half for making it. The logo is really cool and they made a hat out of it which I bought and I wear a lot. My boss at work makes fun of me because it's purple but it's hip and I like it. Anyways I'm not that tired yet. I'm feeling confident that I can finish this off, I might try and watch Ant Man tonight.
Beer 2 - 9:14 pm Nelson Sauvin Motukea
Beer 3 - 9:40 pm Space Diamonds
Beer 4 - 10:22 pm All Citra Everything
Beer 5 - 10:57 pm Green Diamonds
Beer 6 - 11:31 pm All Green Everything
So before I drink this beer I will say that previously I have not liked this beer. A triple IPA is an insane concept and I've thought that this beer is too hot. Almost too much hops, it's so alcoholic that it can't be enjoyed so I let this beer sit a month to see if it's better now. That being said I'm pretty drunk, I've had 6 high abv beers and I'm texting friends that I haven't talked to in a very long time out of possibly lonely nostalgia. That also being said I made it, I am not asleep after 5 beers and a 15 hour shift so take that haters! Did you hear me you stupid fucking haters! TAKE IT. Anyways the beer, it's still pretty hot, there's so many hops up front that you almost can't distinguish anything. My pallet should have been destroyed by the 5 previous heavily hopped beers but still I am reeling in hop taste. It's pretty crazy guys am I right, guys, Bueller, Bueelller? Oh that's right I'm drinking six beers alone on a Wednesday. Cool. Anyways it looks like Wilson Fisk is still pulling the strings to get at Matt Murdoch even though he's in jail. I can't wait to not remember this enough when I attempt to start the next episode. There Jimmy I did it, I stayed up way longer that I realistically should have to drink beer for some blog thing. If I had a nickel for every jackass that comes with some hyped up Nokia camera to a canning run and calls themself a beer blogger I would start my own brewery. I like this review thing though it's way less contrived then most idiot bloggers. I hope everyone on the west coast can enjoy my review of a brewery that only distributes in New York. Yeah well at least you assholes don't have winter. Ok that's all for me stay tuned for Chris with sports on the 2s and 7s.
Beer 1 - 8:15 am
Beer 2 - 5:29 pm
Beer 3 - 7:36 pm
Barrel aged Toadstool Stout. Yeah so that guy who ditched didn't ditch and we went to firefly hollow brewing company in Bristol CT. This is a phenomenal stout. My friend insists that it's a bourbon barrel aged beer which I didn't believe at first but after I drank half I could taste a little bit of bourbon, but it wasn't overwhelming. Which is actually refreshing, most bourbon barrel aged beers are so boozy this was a nice balance. Honestly a good beer. Nice, well balanced, beer. Prolly keep going here, it's a nice place.
Beer 4 - 7:54 pm
Beer 5 - 8:42 pm
Beer 6 - 9:16 pm
Extra 7th Beer! - 10:45 pm
Consumer Friendly Keg Mover. I tried to sneak this beer before bed but my girlfriend yelled at me and insisted I'd snore if I drank it so she finished it. First 4 sips were great, she said she liked the rest so I'll give it my seal of approval.
Evan did a beer review last night and I got jealous so I am doing one tonight. They're a fun time. I don't have to be in early tomorrow for work. Yankees are playing the Red Sox and we got Thursday Night Football on. Perfect night to drink a six pack. I was walking down the aisle perusing my options when one jumped out at me. Total Domination IPA. A very cocky name. Excited to see if it lives up to the hype.
Beer 1 - 6:29
First sip.... super flavorful. Heavy on the hops. Most of the flavor is in the beginning and then it just carries on. No bite at the end. A touch of citrus lingering around in my mouth offering to clean up from the party but I'd rather them just bounce. My biggest complaint after beer number one is I don't think the mountains on the label jive with the taste of the beer.
Beer 2 - 7:06
"In 2006, founders Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge spent 18-hours brewing the very first batch of Ninkasi beer. The result? Total Domination IPA – a citrusy, floral IPA and a testament to Jamie’s love for Amarillo and Crystal hops. With a great malt backbone and fresh, citrus hop flavor, this beer finishes with a desire to return"
I'm not one for I told you so's but that sounds like what I said after my first couple sips. Almost word for word. Bizarre.
Beer 3 - 8:05
Full disclosure...the Yankees just lost a a heart breaker and I am sad. The night went from fun drinking to sad drinking quickly. The beer is alright. As I let the remnants sit in my mouth I continue to pick up more and more of the citrus flavor. Almost tastes like a blue moon now. I used to crush blue moons when I was younger. These days I'm not a fan. I'm hoping I can drink some water and wash away the citrus build up that's developed. Is that a thing that is possible? Or did I make it up? Guess I'll let you know.
Beer 4 - 8:59
Water trick didn't work. Probably should have ate a cracker like they do in the Pepsi vs. Coke challenge. I did that once at a Pepsi booth at the food fair in Chicago. I chose Coke as the better one. This beer is still fruity. The more I drink it the more I'm not enjoying it, which is not the common theme of the 6 pack challenges.
Beer 5 - 10:06
My sad drinking has gone to happy/silly drinking because I just filmed a rap parody video alone in my bedroom. Read back that last sentence one more time....... what a nightmare my life is huh? But that's what makes me happy so I have to do it. Kind of like these reviews or this entire blog in general. "Do what makes you happy," that's my life motto. Well... my second life motto. Right behind "try your hardest. Do your best".
Anyways, back to the beer... fruity! foamy! Don't like it that much.
Beer 6 - 11:11
Since I'm not really enjoying this beer and I've run out of things to say I'm going to see how fast I can drink it again. I did this with the Icy Bay IPA and I think I got 16 seconds and touched the bottle with my lips four times. It's not chugging. I'm terrible at chugging. I'm good at quick mouthfuls. Huge difference according to my stomach because chugging makes me upchuck. Okay time to beat is 16 seconds.
Crushed it! Granted a little spillage on that first mouthful but whatever. Final thoughts on the beer are... it got worse as it went on. The citrus just kept building and building and then my mouth was a citrus swamp.
TWO OUT OF FIVE
Tonight I will be drinking a 6 pack of the Finest Kind IPA by Smuttynose Brewing Company, located in Hampton, NH.
I will be baking a loaf of banana bread while I drink these beers.
Beer 1 - 7:37PM
First sip! A little bland. A little underwhelming. Plenty of hoppiness hitting my tastes buds at the end, which I like. It should be mentioned that the only reason I chose this 6 pack is by how awesome the label is. Old guys sitting in lawn chairs, A.K.A. America. The packaging gets an A+. However, the beer tastes a little too much like the label looks, which is old and boring. I guess they're exactly as advertised, but I'd still like a little more flavor and uniqueness in my beer.
Beer 2 - 8:13PM
Beer 3 - 8:49PM
Wrapped up the banana bread prep, and popped it in the oven at about 9p.m. However plain this beer tastes, it made a good baking companion. No frills or overwhelming flavors to distract you during the process. This IPA won't be prom queen, but it also won't break your heart. It's a blue collar lunch pale beer. It tastes a lot better after a hard, honest days work. Which in my world is baking some banana bread because I'm a fruitbat.
Beer 4 - 9:19PM
Beer 5 - 10:00PM
Took the banana bread out of the oven right after finishing beer #4, and opened this one while I wait for it too cool off. Pretty impressed with myself because it actually looks good! Perfectly moist and tasty, but maybe a tad undercooked in the middle. The beer pairs pretty well with it. My mouth is really enjoying this combination of sweet & bitterness, while my stomach is screaming at me to stop this madness and just go to bed. But I must go on.
Beer 6 - 10:48PM
Grabbed a New Belgium Folly pack. A 12 pack. I'm splitting it with my buddy and we're playing some dominoes in the backyard tonight. It feels stupid to drink six beers that I've never tried before and not do a 6 Pack Review. I guess this is what I've made my life now. Anyways, here we go.
Beer 1 - 9:57 pm
Beer 2 - 10:29 pm
This beer is called Rampant. It does not taste like bubble gum. More of a true IPA taste. Very bitter. Very strong. It's good, not great, which is also how I'd describe my play on the first round of Mexican train. I didn't win but I only had ten points in my hand when the game ended. Not terrible. Keeps me in the running.
Beer 3 - 10:55 pm
Beer 4 - 12:04 am
The Citradelic was the worst thing that's ever happened to me in the last hour of my life. I hope this next beer, the fourth and last flavor in the mix treats me better. It's called Ranger.
It is very hoppy. I know this because the label has pictures of hops on it. And I only know it's a picture of hops because I put it infront of Brads face and asked, hey what are these things? He said, "whole bunch of hops". It has that metallic taste at the end of it that reminds me of Coors light or a shitty water fountain. I'm not a huge fan but it coming up after the worse beer I've had in a while so it's okay.
Beer 5 - 1:05 am
Beer 6 - 1:44 am
There were two beers left to chose from. Ranger, the hoppy metallic beer or Citradelic the cocksucker that ruined my entire night. I went with Ranger.
Believe it or not (believe it) I won the last round. Which kept me at 315 points. Which kept me in last place by 160 points.
As far as the beer goes it still doesn't taste very good. I'd tell New Belgium brewery to stick to Fat Tire but I don't even like Fat Tire (I haven't had it since high school when I would steel it out of my parents garage fridge but I didn't like it then).
I got smoked in Mexicans train. I totally blame the dominoes I picked and not my personal skill level.
The entire pack as a whole....
ZERO OUT OF FIVE
Tonight I will be drinking Icy Bay IPA. Reason for choosing this beer... I was walking down the aisle, trying to find one I hadn't heard of before then saw the word Alaskan with a surfer underneath and I thought 'people don't surf in Alaska, do they?' Then I read the name and thought, 'fuck people don't surf in bays either, do they?'.
Good job marketing department! You confused me. You made me ask questions, therefore I selected your beer.
Beer 1 - 7:49
First sip.... like it, like it, like it, wait a second, funky taste, no still liking it, ehh I'm not sure.
Second sip... yeah there's something a little funky going on. Just a touch different than the last two IPA's I drank. Still good though. It hasn't scared me away at all. It's been a long week though so I went into tonight really needing a beer or six. I've spend the last five days moving out of my house and moving out of my office for work. Such hell. Clocking in at work and moving boxes from one building to another. Then punching out and driving to the house to move boxes from one home to the other. I'm finally settled into both places, at least 95 percent settled so it's a good feeling.
Just finished the beer in four quick mouthfuls so I guess that means I like it. You can't really shove something down that quick and then bash it. Unless you are in a food eating competition and have to suck down some cow balls or you are eliminated. I am not doing that.
Beer 2 - 8:24
Beer 3 - 8:50
At this point I fully like this beer. I just read back what I wrote about my first sip an hour ago and have no idea what that weird I was talking about is. Shits good. It's also super bad ass! I just went to the website to do some research. Turns out people do surf in Alaska! Here is a video of the dude who is on the cover.
That video is so cool. Every frame is awesome. This is coming from a pretty big anti x games dude as well. Coors light had to watch that commercial and be like "fuuuuuuuck, that's what we want to be like!"
Holy shit, that video only has 177 views! I hope they run it as an actual commercial some places. Someone put a lot of time into it. The shots, the music, and the editing is all top notch.
Beer 4 - 9:37
In summation, the brewery was like "hey people like this kind of beer, lets make it". Then some nerd naysayer in the corner said, "it will never work, the journey is so long". In response to that they said, "we were born in the cold, we will die in the cold, let's use the cold to ship it better or something!" .... this feels similar to my joke in my last write up, I apologize. Gonna chug this beer and try to get better.
Beer 5 - 10:01
I popped this one open a couple minutes ago and am already pretty much done with it. I'm just so cool huh? Nah not at all. I'm watching Big Brother and blogging about it because I am the exact opposite of cool. The beer is still good though! Big fan! It must be all the super cold water in Alaska that they use. Feel like it has to boil at some point so that doesn't actually matter but I am not, nor have ever been, a scientist.
Beer 6 - 11:12
Just finished Big Brother. On to the sixth beer. Excited about it. Worried I don't have anything interesting to say so I am going to try and drink it in under 30 seconds in 4 mouthfuls. Lips can only touch the beer four times. Bottle needs to be empty after thirty seconds. Here. We. Go.
Okay, that was way easier than I thought it would be. Next time I will set the limit at fifteen seconds. Welp, in summation... it is better than Omission (the fucking fraud) but maybe not as good as Apocalypse.
FOUR POINT FIVE OUT OF FIVE!!!
7:34 p.m. - Tastes very much like a German beer. Lot’s of malt; a malty pilsner. Tastes pretty good boy. Going to put the beers in the freezer because I believe that will make them taste better.
7:46 – First beer left me with an assy taste in my mouth, hoping second will take the stale taste away. Smells similar to a Mickey’s or a PBR, I’m thinking it’s the barley malt. Then again, I know nothing about beer.
7:48 – Jeff beat me on the first beer, regretting the tennis comment immediately. Beer two is going down better than the first. Really praying it continues to get better because this beer kind of tastes like a butt. Would recommend it to someone I do not like.
7:56 – Cracked open beer numero three, and finding out this beer sure is meh. However, I’m quite thirsty, so beer three is going down well. Ripped the Lion King’s “I just can’t wait to be king” REMIX!
8:07 – Jeff snuck opening beer 3 on me. I thought I was about to pass him then remembered that I’m SOFT. A quick discussion about what the kids from “Home Improvement” did with their careers. I’m confident the youngest turned into a hippie, JTT still gets laid, no idea about the eldest. This beer is turning into a regular beer, which is great news.
8:54 - In 1997 I pooped my pants at sea world. This past Tuesday I pooped my pants while riding a bike. 2017 is gonna rock! Beer is a great thirst quencher, kids should drink these on the bench instead of water.
8:54 – Jeff’s waiting to now drink with me. More so keeps getting lost in TV theme show songs from the 90’s. Everyone should try these Radebergers. Should be served as a dessert in most restaurants. Just got sick to my stomach wondering if Jeff’s make them colder theory was true. Don’t know if it is possible for me to smell worse right now. Played golf before tennis, shot a 42 laughing my F A off.
9:25 – Jeff opened my beer with a lighter, just proving he’s the alpha. I’m just happy to be here right now. We’re watching some Wayne’s World clips debating if we should go to karaoke. 26 is treating me really well. So in review, Wayne’s World is a great movie. Recommend 10/10. Exsqueeze me? Baking powder? Drink Radeberger if it costs less than a dollar per beer.
I went to the store to grab a beer for tonight. Usually I'm just a label slut and grab whichever one catches my eye. Tonight it was a different reason that led me to my decision. I made a video to explain because I thought it would be better represented that way.
So yeah... it's a gluten free beer with a giant government warning on it saying it probably contains gluten. Couldn't pass it up.
Beer 1 - 5:51PM
First sip... tastes a lot lighter than your normal IPA. Definitely not as much body to it. Maybe that's because its gluten free (but not really). Still a good taste though. The first flavor that hits you is the bitterness, which I think is the hops. Then you get a tiny bit of fruit flavor. At the end you are left with a foamy mouth. I feel like there's gotta be a real term for that. Certain beers just get like foamy at the end, like a soap, and they leave a big residue in your mouth. If I was outside right now I would be spitting a lot post beer consumption.
Gonna go cook myself some dinner.
Beer 2 - 7:49PM
Beer 3 - 8:11PM
This may not be a common thing that happens to people...but... there are some mouthwashes or toothpastes out there that, when I use them, my mouth becomes a saliva factory. Constant build up of spit on my tongue and back of the throat. That's what this beer is doing to me. So so foamy.
It's 6.7% alcohol. The drink-ability is through the roof. Feel like I'm drinking a light beer.
Beer 4 - 8:50PM
This beer is Brewed by Widmer Brothers Brewing company. They make the Hefeweizen that everyone loves. I went to there website and looked around but there isn't much about this beer on there. Probably because it was a total failure and the surgeon general outed them to the masses.
I feel like the history of this beer went something like this.
The owners son, a man who doesn't enjoy beer but still is part of the business because blood is thicker then water around his parts, sat at the round table meeting one day and said, "you know what Pa, my wife is a celiac and I think it would be nice if we made a gluten free beer so she could enjoy it."
The father, a rusty old brewer, born on a bar stool, said, "UH WHAT?! A sheliac? What the hell is that? What's gluten?" He realized he didn't want to hear the answer to those questions so he just told his failure son sure, go ahead.
Oh my god what am I typing? Get me my next beer please.
Beer 5 - 10:01PM
The Widmer Brewery website has a video titled How to Pour A Widmer Brother Hefeweizen. I'm not drinking Hefeweizen but I made an my own instructional video, which is loosely based off their instructional video.
Beer 6 - 10:42PM
Been over four hours since I cracked the first beer but I wont lie, I'm feeling pretty good. Good enough to record that last video, edit it, post it, know that I shouldn't post it because most people will watch it and get sad for me, "Did you see what Jimmy has been up to? He's drinking alone in his room making awkwardly quiet videos, wearing a two frogs shirt and having terrible hair," I thought about all that and still went through with posting it so yeah I'm feeling good.
Tonight I will be indulging in a 6 pack of the Flower Child IPA by Cambridge Brewing Company, located in Cambridge, MA.
I normally try to not drink 6 beers on a Monday night, but I have a fantasy football draft at 8:30 so I thought this would be a good opportunity to write my first 6 pack review while also giving myself an excuse for drafting poorly.
Beer One - 8:00PM
Beer Two - 8:25PM
IPA #1 has the hands nice and steady for this draft. SO unprepared for it though. I spent 15 minutes picking out this IPA at the liquor store and did almost no research beforehand. Beer #2 tastes IDENTICAL to Beer #1, so that’s good.
Beer Three - 8:47PM
Really starting to sweat. Think it has more to do with the draft than the IPAs though. These IPAs have become a safety valve for me under the immense pressure. On a lighter note, the beer has proven to pair very well with Doritos Cool Ranch chips, though I challenge you to find me something that doesn't! Love Doritos.
Beer Four - 9:05PM
They’re going down a little too quick at this point. The 6.5% alcohol leads to a nice drinkability with this IPA. Every sip has been smooth and tasty.
Beer Five - 9:29PM
Not much has changed since Beer 4, so I’ll comment on the label art. Love the uniqueness of the purple can & packaging. 'Flower Child' is not a name I would normally be drawn to, but this 6 pack was hard to miss in the store. After drinking a few the name makes more sense, as the different flavors come together to give a nice flowery sensation in my mouth. I’m not a huge fan of the hippy girl & type-face, but it fits the beer pretty well. There’s a lot of nature in this can. W/e that means.
Beer Six - 10:04PM
Hindsight is 20/20 but I definitely drank these too fast. This beer is extremely easy to drink. I'm definitely a fan. It was smooth and delicious, and I don't even feel like complete shit have drinking 6 of them. Would definitely recommend.
Note: Afterwards, I went down to the convenience store and bought a bag of Peanut M&Ms (sharing size) and ate all of them. Next time I will be sure to drink more water in hopes of avoiding this purchase, or at the very least buying the normal size bag.
FINAL VERDICT: 8.7 / 10
This is a new thing we're gonna be doing. Evan and I were talking about how we like trying new beers, specifically new IPAs. My brain jumped to drinking a six pack and reviewing it beer by beer. So here we go. Usually I just grab a six pack of Lagunitas and call it a day because it's easy, I know I like it, and I hate making decisions. Today I had to mix it up. I grabbed Apocalypse IPA. The choice was strictly due to bottle design, not gonna lie. Maybe as I delve deeper into this I'll do some research on the brewery. Here. We. Go.
Beer 1 - 6:15PM
I just got home from work. First order of business is to get the fuck out of my pants and long sleeve shirt because it is summer and I am a human bag of sweet. Second is to get situated at the desk. Have my laptop next to me playing my tv shows. Have Adobe Premiere up on the main computer so I can edit a blind taste test. Everything is ready to go. Now comes first sip.
Especially when it comes to tasting things or when someone is hanging a picture and they ask me if it is straight.
Beer 2 - 6:38PM
Drank the first beer quick. Maybe too quick? I haven't eaten dinner yet so sad as it is to say that one beer has me already feeling good. Maybe it's just the mindset that I know I'm gonna feel good later kicking in. Anyway I think I like Apocolyspe IPA. I'ts making me not hate editing this blind taste test, which I usually hate doing.
Beer 3 - 7:48PM
Feeling good. Just finished cooking. I made a Blue Apron meal but had to go rogue. I know this isn't about blue apron but real quick let me get this off my chest. Yo Blue Apron, your cooking instruction paragraphs make me feel dyslexic. I've never read a paragraph so many times and obtained so little. Bullet points and visuals please.
The food was okay. It'll make a nice soft landing spot for the beer to soak into. Believe it or not (believe it) the IPA is still tasting good.
I did some research.
Apocalypse IPA is brewed by 10 Barrel Brewing Company, which works out of Bend, Oregon. Apocalypse is 6.8% alcohol.
They've got three breweries in Oregon and one in Idaho! Idaho! No Idea when they started. That probably means they are new to the game. Feel like companies only advertise when they originated to brag about how long they've been around. I found this video of a brewer named Jimmy (coincidence or serendipity) explaining how it tastes.
Flavor. Pop. Drinkability.
Check, what?, check. So far so good.
Beer 4 - 8:44PM
Clearly the pace has slowed down. About an hour for the last couple beers but I've been busy. I finished the blind taste test edit. I'm feeling great. I just started tonight's episode of Big Brother and I'm pretty sure I will put this beer down over the course of the episode.
I know I've said it already but I'm not afraid to repeat myself. I like this beer. I liked it from the get-go. Good stuff. I feel like this review process will be way more interesting when I don't like the beer I'm drinking right away. Even more interesting if I dislike it and have to drink six of them.
Beer 5 - 9:47PM
Big news folks. Apocalypse IPA... still a fan. If I were to guess what flavors i am tasting and these are total guesses cause i don't know what beer flavors are. I would say that this beer is not fruity. It's not sour. It's not proteiny. It's not chocolaty. It's bitter. Does bittery mean hoppy? Fuck if I know. It's good. It's not too filling. It's getting me a nice drunk.
Beer 6 - 10:42PM
Kind of interesting to see that it was an hour for beer for the last five. I guess it was good of me to space it out that way. Final thoughts on the beer. Good stuff. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Will drink again. I like the graphics. I like the name 10 Barrel Brewery. I don't like the name Apocalypse cause it reminds me of nerds and the bible.
Alright because I am pretty drunk and I feel bad about how bad I am at actually reviewing beer. Here is a review of Apocalypse by someone who at least knows how to fake be a beer critic.
If you have a suggestion for a beer to review. Lemme know.
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