Thursday, February 23, 2012

Guinness Black Lager

Guiness Black Lager commercials came to the American airways a few months back and peaked my interest. I picked up a 6-pack of this roasted barley beer. It reminds me a more bold Shiner Black. This isn't as tasty as some of Guinness's fine beers but if you like darker beers that won't fill you up as quick as a regular Guinness will, try Guinness Black Lager.

How it was tasted: in a mug. Though I just read the "drink out of the bottle" text. D'uh!

Rating: 7 Good

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale

I am not the biggest fan of the regular Blue Moon. Any beer that a person has to put fruit in is not a good beer. I am looking at you Corona. Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale does not need any fruit to make it taste good. It has a sweet malty taste and is smooth. I don't think I would drink this beer year round, even if I had the opportunity, but it is a refreshing seasonal beer.

How it was consumed: Out of the bottle.

Rating: 7/10 Good

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Burke and Riley's Irish Ale

Burke and Riley's Irish Pub is a decent place to grab a beer around Breckenridge, CO. My family and I were walking down Main Street and wanted to grab a beer. They had a local brewery but my parents brought our Italian greyhound so we needed to find a place to drink outside.

I ordered a Original Coors hoping that it would taste pretty good straight from the source but it wasn't very pleasing. I can only speculate weather they gave me a Coors light, an soapy glass, or if the keg was older.

I then discovered they had an original beer. Being the  barista of beer I decided to order it.

It was nothing to write home about... but it is something to review. I usually review beers that are delicious. The Flying Sauce and The Ginger Man is not going to sell a crappy beer. They know they will lose money and they know their beer. I don't know why Burke and Riley wouldn't try to make a better beer since it represents them.

Alas I must say it isn't worth your money. It isn't a terrible beer but it is no where near the best.

How it was tasted: From a pint glass and from the tap.

Rating: 4/10 Below average

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Dillon Dam Brewery: Extra Pale Ale

Like I said before Dillon Dam Brewery is a quality find out  in Colorado.

This attempts to go after great pale ales as Dogfish Head's 60, and 90 Minute. I must say that they do a good job if you compare it to the 60 Minute India Pale Ale.

Of course IPAs have a distinct taste since they are highly hopped. This is not a beer for beginners but is quite enjoyable by fans of IPAs. If you ever get the chance try out any of the Dillon Dam beers you will not be disappointed. I have yet to find one I didn't like, though I didn't get a chance to try them all.

It is a beer truly worth the medal it won at the Great American Beer Festival 2004.

 Again here are where you can find the beer.

Denver, Colorado Springs

Front Range: Ft. Collins

Summit County: Keystone, Dillon, Frisco, Breckenridge, and Copper Mountain

Buena Vista, Salida, Poncha Springs, Fairplay, and Leadville.

How it was tasted: out of the Dam bottle.

Rating: 8/10 Great.