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The Beer Release Round Up, 1/17/2014

Blake Smith, January 17, 2014 -   
  1. Stickee Monkee (English Barleywine) was by far the class of my visit to the Firestone Walker brewery this past weekend. I tasted it along side Sucaba '13 & '14, which were both amazing in their own right, but the Monkee was still my personal favorite. It's worth the stop if you're in the area, otherwise look for it like you would any of their other Proprietor's Vintage Series in May.
  2. Thank you Alex for this one! "Scheduled for release around Victory’s 18th anniversary, 1337 Ale is a salute to the legislation that legalized homebrewing with a throwback recipe from co-founders Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet’s early days as homebrewers." Alex also pointed out that the name was very "leetspeak" of them.
  3. Another thank you to Ceetar for the Sixpoint Hi-Res release. Hi-Res isn't on the leaderboards quite yet, but I'd look for it to have similar #'s, if not greater to it's parent project Resin (Style: 101, BAR: 5.99).
  4. Bible Belt, a Prairie Artisan Ales x Evil Twin Brewing collaboration, is a blend of Prairie Bomb! and Even More Jesus. There hasn't been much news regarding release date or distribution, but if I had to guess I'd imagine it would follow Prairie's distribution in the Midwest only. Side note: I really enjoy their artwork, this has a "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" kind of style to it.
  5. Anchorage Brewing Company got together with Crooked Stave to create: Between The Staves (Sour Ale). The label reads "fermented in oak tanks, aged in cognac barrels for 11 months." It will land in Denver first, then Anchorage and then each brewery's distribution to follow, starting in the beginning of February.
  6. Deschutes is set to release their spring seasonal Cinder Cone (red ale), as well as Green Lakes Organic Ale. Both should be arriving in the Spring. Green Lakes is brewed with "organic malts, barley and seven types of hops."
  7. My Bloody Valentine Ale is way better than conversation hearts. Perfect for your secret admirer, who is also a beer lover.
  8. Bonus! Review:

Lagunitas Sucks!, Lagunitas Brewing Company (Style: 106, Bar: 6.00)

Appearance = 4/5

Yellowish-Gold, subtle head.

Smell = 5/5

Poured into a pint glass. Lemon, citrus, and a little spice on the nose.

Taste = 4.5/5

I love this beer from head to toe. It's smells great on the nose out of the glass, sweet with a pine-y West Coast IPA finish. Very balanced but has a little bit of everything for IPA drinkers.

Mouthfeel = 4/5

Good carbonation out of the bottle makes for great mouth feel. Not overall-y harsh or mouth puckering. Very drinkable. Its got the hoppiness you look for in a Lagunitas IPA, but enjoyable all the way through.

Overall = 4.5/5

I love this beer, it's not a secret. I'm also probably a "Lagunitas" fan boy. I don't care. This beer is fantastic. Fantastic all around. It's not just another Lagunitas IPA with a funny name. I look forward to the new year for many reasons, this release is one of them. I will be sad to see it go, but gladly welcome it again next year.

Thanks to user Blink on Wiki Commons for the header image.

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