The Beer Release Round Up, 2/14/2014

Blake Smith, February 14, 2014
  1. ​In case you missed it in last week's comments (props to JohnnyHops for this one): "For those of you in the Philly area... Tired Hands is releasing a new collaboration beer today, 'BrainHands.' It's a Gose beer -- a very rare style brewed with salt. It's like a very salty Berliner Weisse." I had Almanac's Golden Gate Gose (which might I add, is now available in bombers nows) last week, maybe the 2nd time I've ever had the style, the bottle states that it was brewed with coriander.
  2. Beachwood BBQ, winnner of five medals at the GABF (three Golds!) is throwing a party at the pub in Seal Beach, California, to release Amalgamator (IPA). "This bold IPA is kettle hopped with Amarillo, Warrior, Columbus, and Mosaic, a new American variety. The dry hop is a massive charge of Mosaic that lays down an amalgam of passion fruit, blueberry, dank resin, and citrus aromas."
  3. Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA is coming. REPEAT: DESCHUTES FRESH SQUEEZED IPA IS COMING!!! Plus! It's available not only in bombers but starting this year, six packs! This beer was always extremely dank and resin-y last year. I know they played with the hop profile this year, as it will only be a combination of nugget and mosaic.
  4. Speedway Stout coffee variants have been extremely succesful for Alesmith: See Speedway Stout individual leaderboards here. These coffee variants go very quickly and I expect Jamaica Blue Mountain Speedway Stout to do the same.
  5. Hop JuJu from FatHeads Brewery took home gold in the Imperial India Pale Ale category at GABF, so you should probably get your hands on this if you can.
  6. Big news from (maybe) America's oldest craft brewery, Anchor Brewing releases an IPA. See tasting notes plus history below.

Anchor IPA - Anchor Brewing Company (Style: 101, Bar: -0.33)

Appearance = 4/5

Poured from a tap to a pint glass. Medium head, well carbonated. Copper, almost caramel-like color.

Smell = 3.5/5

Cascade. It's Anchor, what do you expect. Not over-ly hop forward, also expected. Smells of honey and lemon.

Taste = 3.75/5

Nailed the English style IPA, in my opinion. Very drinkable. There is a nice contrast between the malt (caramel, honey, breadyness) and hop flavor (mild pine & lemon). Does have some spice to it, almost coriander like. 

Mouthfeel = 4/5

Very drinkable and balanced. There is no real bittness or carbonation issues to fight in my opinion. Biscuit and breadyness about this one. Nice residual sweetness on the finish.

Overall = 3.75/5

This will be a great summer beer. The English style IPA would pair well on a warm evening at the ballpark or front porch. I personally preferred this one to their Liberty Ale. Anchor was wise to release this one as kind of a kick-off to SF Beer Week. During the Alamanac Beer Talks, Anchor brewmaster Mark Carpenter was the final speaker. He spoke to Fritz Maytag's crazy ideas to re-introduce the market to a barleywine or dry hop their beers, both of which are pretty commonplace in craft beer today. There was soo much history in that 20 minute span, I'm sure I missed more than I could remember. The talk ended fittingly, with Mark raising a toast (anchor) and the audience giving him a stand ovation. I will continue to 'raise my Anchor' everytime I reach for a Steam Beer and now Anchor's newly crafted IPA. 

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