Brewday – Burton Ale

Posted in Brewday with tags , on August 1, 2010 by sp1365

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Recently I picked up Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels. Before I get any further, if you homebrew and design your own recipes, you need to pick up this book. One of the fun parts of the book, is learning how styles have changed over time to what we know of today. Two of the fun styles that I read about were Burton Ales and Brown Porters, thus leading to todays Burton Ale Brewday.

Today was also the day that I got to use my birthday presents for the first time. Those presents being a malt mill, refractometer, and a false bottom for my mash tun. Overall, all of them worked flawlessly, but none so much as the refractometer. So much easier than taking hydrometer samples and without the waste either. Anyway on to the brewday.

The recipe for this was pretty simple:
90% Maris Otter
10% British Medium Crystal (50-60L)
OG: 1.085
Hopped with
Galena(60 min – 71 IBU)
First Gold (15 min – 18 IBU)
Challenger (5 min – 6 IBU)
Fermented with Wyeast Thames Valley

I plan on dry hopping with First Gold and Challenger as well.

Sorry for the lack of pictures. Kinda forgot about that today.

Cheers!

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Two Brothers Hop Juice

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on July 31, 2010 by sp1365

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I would not classify myself as a hop head, but I do enjoy a good IPA every so often. Two Brothers, out of Warrenville, IL, brews some of my favorite hoppy beers in Cane and Ebel and Heavy Handed, so when I found Hop juice I knew I had to pick up a bottle.

Hop Juice was one of the 2009 Artisan releases and coming in at 9.9% ABV with 100.1 IBUs, this IIPA certianly lives up to its name. It pours a golden amber color with a fairly thick off white head. The aroma is a nice balance of citrus and pine hops, though the aroma was much softer than I expected.

After taking the first sip, what hits me is the balance of the beer. The hops and the sweetness of the malt are perfectly in sync giving this beer a pleasant flavor. The malt provides a caramel sweetness to the beer that proves an excellent counter point to the hop bitterness and let’s face it, the bitterness and flavor from the hops are what we are here for. Hop Juice does not disappoint in that regard. The citrus and pine aroma from earlier show up in full force on the palate providing a firm bitterness and tons of flavor.

Overall, 9/10.

The Return of The Daily Pint

Posted in Beer News with tags , on July 31, 2010 by sp1365

Well, it has been a while, my friends. I have been gone for some time, but now I am back. New brews, new reviews, and my take on all things happening in the beer world.

Though I havn’t been around much, I have been brewing quite often as well has having my daily pint of craft beer (or two on some days). Right now I have a nice Impy Stout aging, English Summer Ale ready to keg, an Amber Ale carbing up, and a Burton Ale planned for tommorow.

The biggest news though is my decision to take the leap into the ranks of professional brewers in the next year. I have started the planning and development of a nanobrewery that, I hope, will start selling late summer or early fall of next year. Stay tuned for more information.

Tonight for your reading pleasure and to kick of my return, I will be reviewing the special release from Two Brothers Brewery, Hop Juice. A Double India Pale Ale that cracks the triple digit IBU threshold.

Prost!

Int. Beer Week: Baltika #6 Porter

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , on May 5, 2010 by sp1365

So as I said a couple days ago, this week is International Beer Week here at The Daily Pint. This should have been posted last night, but I got lazy, sorry. To start things off is Baltika #6 Porter from Russia. The reason that I choose this one to start is simple, I love porters and the Baltic Porter style is one that I have not yet had a chance to sample.

A little history into the beer and company (as stolen from Wikipedia):

  • Baltika Brewery started in 1990
  • Based in St. Petersburg and has 18 breweries across Eastern Europe
  • Second largest brewery in Eastern Europe behind Heineken
  • Majority owned by Carlsberg group

From the website on the #6 Porter:

  • Ingredients: water, pale barley, caramel and black malt, hop.
  • Alcohol content: not less than 7% by volume.
  • Original wort gravity: 17 %

Now on to the beer

Aroma – Very sweet maltly aroma with hints of fruit most of which being cherry. Pleasant and not overwhelming.

Appearance – Pours a rich dark reddish brown, almost black. Clear when you put it up to the light and has a fairly creamy long lasting tan head.

Flavor – First thing that hit me was the caramel/toffee like sweetness. That was replaced by a very slight roasty character and has a slight flavor of alcohol transitioning to a finishing bitterness. The balance of this beer makes it very smooth. The hops are not noticeable as a flavor, but definitely prevent the beer from being cloying.

Mouthfeel – This is a full bodied beer with medium carbonation and a slight alcoholic warmth.

Overall – I really like this beer. It might not be the most complex of beers, but that is okay. Baltika #6 is a smooth drinking beer and the flavors balance very well. 8/10

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International Beer Week

Posted in Ramblings with tags , on May 3, 2010 by sp1365

I’m sorry for the lack of posting for the last couple days, graduating, packing up my apartment, and moving back home has not allowed me much free time. That being said, I am now officially an alumnus of the University of Dayton and start my job in 2 weeks. This week in between finding a place to live (to anyone in the Chicago area I am open to recommendations), buying a car, and all the other things I now need to do for living in the real world, I will be reviewing 6 beers from around the world.

A couple weeks back my parents gifted me with these beers and I am finally going to get around to drinking them. They are:

  • Baltika #6 Porter (Russia)
  • Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Pale Ale (England)
  • Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA (Scotland)
  • Lvivska Lager (Ukraine)
  • Lobster Lovers Beer (Lithuania)
  • Hitachino Nest Beer Lacto Stout (Japan)

I will be starting this adventure tomorrow. So what beer do you think I should start with?

Sun King Brewing Sunlight Cream Ale

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , , on April 28, 2010 by sp1365

So today I had my 1st of two finals and I am rewarding myself a Sun King Brewing Sunlight Cream Ale. I went down to Sun King a couple weeks back and picked up a 4 pack of these along with a growler of their ESB. This beer took silver in the Cream Ale category of the World Beer Cup a couple weeks back. Pretty good for a brewery that has only been in existence for little over a year. Anyway on to the beer:

Appearance:Pours a straw to golden yellow with a billowy white head. Brilliantly clear.

Aroma: I really think my allergies are screwing with my sense of smell as I can barely smell anything. What I do pick up is grainy and a little sweet with no noticeable hop aroma.

Flavor:  Faintly sweet with just enough bitterness to balance, no real hop flavor. Finishes dry with moderate carbonation making this a really refreshing beer.

Overall: I will be the first to admit that I am not a huge fan of the style, though I will also admit that I enjoyed the beer. It is refreshing and great for summertime.  8/10

Smuttynose Baltic Porter

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , on April 25, 2010 by sp1365

So tonight was a bad night for me and to help myself cope I decided order pizza and drink beer. I decided to go with the second of the “Big Beers” that I picked up a couple of days ago. Tonight’s selection was Smuttynose Baltic Porter, which is the smallest of the three coming in at 8.7% ABV for the 2009 version. My first impressions, man this beer is black.  I have seen plenty of dark beers, but this one is one of the 2 darkest I have every seen. The beer is opaque, black, and has a wonderful brown head.

The funny thing is I am not getting much aroma from the beer. I might attribute this to my allergies which are terrible every spring. The first sip I get hit with 2 major flavors; coffee and alcohol. I wouldn’t say this finishes dry, but it does has a very thin mouth feel that really makes the beer very easy to drink. The aftertaste is all coffee.

Overall, this beer is a great one on to spend a couple of hours one evening drinking. I love dark, robust beers and this one does not disappoint, though it probably could use an extra year or so maturing. 7/10