Beer Reviews

As a gift for a recent milestone birthday, my lovely children gave me an amazing gift.  They purchased one beer for each year I have inhabited this planet.  Each beer was a different type which allowed me to try a bunch of different beers I probably would have never purchased on my own.

My wife suggested that I write down a little review for each one so I'll remember which ones I liked.  Below are my reviews of the different beers.

The reviews are ordered chronologically.  The first couple of reviews are fairly basic as I was still trying to determine what information to capture.  Actually, I still struggle with how to describe the different aspects of a beer.  For the last beer I reviewed I asked my son what he thought it smelled like.  Since he is too young too drink he is not familiar with beer odors -hops, malts, etc - so he has to relate the smell to something else.  He said it smelled like honey.  I thought this was insightful.  I may solicit his help on future reviews.

These are very unscientific reviews.  I usually drank the beers right before dinner but there were other times I drank them in the evening.  This may affect my perception of the beer.  I'm not sure.

Brewer Abita
Beer Purple Haze
Type Rasberry Wheat Brew
Color Light amber color
Carbonation Good
Aroma
Taste Light taste, smooth, very little bitterness, very slight raspberry taste - not overpowing.
Comments OK
Rating 5
Brewer Victory
Beer Prima
Type Pilsner
Color Very light yellow color
Carbonation Good
Aroma
Taste Skunky bitterness.
Comments Did not like it - the bitterness was unpleasant.
Rating 3
Brewer Hebrew
Beer Messiah Bold
Type Dark Brown Ale
Color Brown color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Malt aroma
Taste Mild bitterness, mild but not completely tasteless flavor of malt and hops, slight bitter aftertaste.
Comments OK
Rating 6
Brewer Yazoo
Beer Pale Ale
Type Pale Ale
Color Nice yellow color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Slight hop aroma
Taste Pleasant bitterness, clean aftertaste.
Comments Nice pale ale.
Rating 6
Brewer Yazoo 
Beer Dos Perros
Type mexican brown ale
Color Dark brown color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Little fragrance, slight malt aroma
Taste Strong malt taste at first, finish is clean with no aftertaste
Comments OK
Rating 6
Brewer Highland
Beer Oatmeal Porter
Type Porter
Color Dark brown color
Carbonation Low
Aroma Little aroma
Taste Smooth taste all the way through, little bitterness, finish is clean with no aftertaste.
Comments Only drawback: seems to lack carbonation.  Still like this one.  The wife liked this one also.
Rating 7
Brewer Fort Collins Brewery
Beer Chocolate Stout
Type Stout
Color Dark brown, almost black color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Little aroma
Taste Smooth malty taste, little bitterness,  a slight aftertaste that is off.
Comments OK except for the slight, awkward aftertaste.
Rating 6
Brewer Left Handing Brewing
Beer Milk Stout
Type Stout
Color Dark brown color
Carbonation Low
Aroma Little aroma
Taste Smooth malty taste, slight milk like aftertaste which was surprisingly pleasant.
Comments Good beer.
Rating 7
Brewer Shock Top
Beer Belgian White
Type Belgian wheat ale
Color Dark yellow, murky light orange color
Carbonation Good
Aroma A slight skunky type odor
Taste Mild wheat flavor; mild bitterness; clean finish; no aftertaste.
Comments OK
Rating 5
Brewer Monthy Python's
Beer Holy Grail Ale
Type Ale
Color Amber, clear color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Not much aroma, a little bit of hops
Taste Smooth, little bitterness, little aftertaste.
Comments It's OK, not much flavor but smooth.
Rating 6
Brewer Abita
Beer Pecan Harvest
Type Ale
Color Amber, cloudy color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Slight hop aroma
Taste Smooth taste, little bitterness, very slight pecan flavor - could be a bit stronger; very slight bitter aftertaste. OK
Comments OK
Rating 6
Brewer Dundee
Beer Oktoberfest
Type Marzen lager
Color Dark, clear, amber color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Mild malty aroma
Taste initial taste is a strong malty flavor, slightly bitter; finish with slight malty aftertaste
Comments OK
Rating 5
Brewer Lost Coast Brewery and Café
Beer Great White Beer
Type Light Ale with wheat
Color Light golden color, little cloudy
Carbonation Low
Aroma Slight aroma
Taste Smooth, light taste, no bitterness; mild aftertaste; Good mild beer for guests.
Comments OK. The wife liked this one also.
Rating 5
Brewer Flying Dog
Beer In-Heat Wheat Hefeweizen
Type Hefeweizen
Color Dark amber color, slightly cloudy
Carbonation Low
Aroma Slight wheat aroma
Taste Smooth, light taste, a slight bitterness; mild aftertaste
Comments OK
Rating 5
Brewer Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer Late Harvest
Type Ale
Color Medium amber color, cloudy
Carbonation Low
Aroma Slight hop aroma
Taste Some slight bitterness at first, clean finish with little aftertaste.
Comments I like this one.
Rating 7
Brewer Sierra Nevada
Beer Pale Ale
Type Pale Ale
Color Light clear amber color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Nice hop aroma
Taste Strong bitterness at beginning, fades quickly, clean aftertaste.
Comments OK
Rating 6
Brewer Cerveza Mexicali
Beer Special Dark Beer
Type Dark Beer
Color Clear, dark color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Slightly skunky aroma
Taste Strong bitterness at beginning, a little skunky bitterness; lingering bitter aftertaste.
Comments Lingering aftertaste was unpleasant.
Rating 4
Brewer Boulder Beer Company
Beer Hazed and Infused
Type Dry hopped Ale
Color Slightly cloudy amber color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Mild hop aroma
Taste Strong tasteful hoppy bitterness at beginning; pleasant fading aftertaste.
Comments This is a good hoppy beer.
Rating 8
Brewer Kingfisher Premium
Beer Premium Lager Beer
Type Lager
Color Very slight cloudiness, light amber color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Strange hop aroma
Taste Skunkiness taste at beginning; little to no aftertaste.
Comments I did not care for this one.
Rating 4
Brewer Spaten
Beer Oktoberfest
Type Oktoberfest
Color Clear, rich amber color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Nice clean hop aroma
Taste Pleasant bitter hop taste at first; finishes clean with no aftertaste.
Comments Excellent beer.  Although this beer is just as bitter as others, the bitterness is of a different type and is pleasant to both the nose and palette.  The bitterness almost has a flowery type aspect to it.  I'm guessing a different type of hop is used in this beer.
Rating 9
Brewer Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer ESB Original Ale
Type Ale
Color Medium amber color, cloudy
Carbonation Low
Aroma Slight skunky hop aroma
Taste Some slight bitterness at first, clean finish with little aftertaste
Comments It was OK, bitterness was a little skunky.
Rating 5
Brewer Bluegrass Brewing
Beer Amber Ale
Type German Style Altbier
Color Dark amber color, slightly cloudy
Carbonation Low
Aroma Slight malt aroma
Taste Smooth, light taste, a slight bitterness; mild aftertaste
Comments It was OK.
Rating 6
Brewer O'haras
Beer Irish Stout
Type Stout
Color Dark, almost black color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Very little aroma, slight malt aroma
Taste Smooth taste all the way through, little bitterness, finish is clean with no aftertaste.
Comments Only drawback: seems to lack carbonation.  Still like this one.  The wife liked this one also.
Rating 7
Brewer Dixie
Beer Blackened Vodoo Lager
Type Lager
Color Dark brown, cloudy, color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Slight malty aroma with a little skunkiness
Taste Mild malty taste at first with a strange flavor I cannot place, no aftertaste
Comments OK
Rating 6
Brewer Wolters
Beer Pilsener
Type Pilsner
Color Clear, light yellow-orange color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Very slight aroma
Taste mild bitterness with slight skunkiness, no aftertaste
Comments OK
Rating 5
Brewer Napa Smith
Beer Wheat Beer
Type Wheat Beer
Color Slightly cloudy, light orange-yellow color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Slight aroma - can't really place the odor, wheat maybe?
Taste Strange taste with a lingering unpleasant aftertaste
Comments I did not like this one.
Rating 2
Brewer Cerveza Mexicali
Beer Original Formula
Type Ale
Color Clear, light yellow color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Slight skunky aroma
Taste Initial skunkiness, quickly subsides, very slight aftertaste
Comments OK
Rating 6
Brewer Harpoon Brewery
Beer Hefeweizen
Type Unfiltered Wheat beer
Color Slightly cloudy, light golden color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Sharp bitter smell - not skunky
Taste Nice initial bitterness, quickly subsides to a pleasant finish with no aftertaste
Comments This is the first wheat beer I have liked.
Rating 8
Brewer Fuller's
Beer London Porter
Type Porter
Color Dark, almost black color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Strange, skunky aroma
Taste Initial skunky bitterness with a lasting, unpleasant aftertaste
Comments I could barely finish the bottle.
Rating 1
Brewer Highland
Beer St Terese's Pale Ale
Type Pale Ale
Color Clear, dark amber color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Very slight hop aroma
Taste Initial taste is a slight skunky bitterness, finishes clean with little to no aftertaste
Comments OK
Rating 4
Brewer Paulaner
Beer Oktoberfest Marzen
Type Oktoberfest
Color Clear, dark amber color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Mild hop aroma
Taste Initial taste is a skunky bitterness, finishes with a lingering slightly skunky aftertaste
Comments OK
Rating 3
Brewer Bridgeport
Beer India Pale Ale
Type Pale Ale
Color Very cloudy, amber color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Mild hop and orange armoa
Taste Initial taste is a mild skunky bitterness, finishes with a slight bitter aftertaste
Comments OK
Rating 4
Brewer Boulder Beer Company
Beer Singletrack Copper Ale
Type Copper Ale
Color Clear, medium amber color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Mild skunky aroma
Taste Slight initial bitterness, clean finish with small amount of aftertaste
Comments OK
Rating 5
Brewer Harpoon Brewery
Beer Oktoberfest Beer
Type Marzen lager
Color Clear, dark amber color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Very slight hop aroma
Taste Initial taste is a slight skunky bitterness, finishes clean with little to no aftertaste
Comments OK
Rating 5
Brewer Saranac
Beer Caramel Porter
Type Porter
Color Dark brown, almost black
Carbonation Good
Aroma Odor is an odd aroma that is a sweet caramel-like smell
Taste Initial taste has strong flavor of caramel mixed with some bitterness, finishes with slight bitter aftertaste
Comments I found the flavor odd, not necessarily unpleasant, just odd,  could probably only drink one.
Rating 4
Brewer Spaten-Brau
Beer Franziskaner Weissbier
Type Dunkel
Color Slightly cloudy, medium brown color
Carbonation Good
Aroma Slightly skunky aroma
Taste initial taste has strong bitterness that is slightly skunky, finishes with very slight aftertaste
Comments OK
Rating 4
Brewer Sam Adams
Beer Noble Pils
Type Five hop beer
Color Slightly cloudy, light amber color
Carbonation Good
Aroma A strong aroma that is slightly fruity, kinda honey-like, and slightly bitter
Taste Bitter, pleasant hop taste at first, a little fruity/sweet taste immediately follows, no aftertaste
Comments Different than other hop-heavy beers.  Has a slight sweet, fruitiness to it.  A pleasant bitterness.  Not as bitter as I expected for a beer with lots of hops.
Rating 7

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