2Kids Brewing One Twenty Three Cream Ale (275): Victoria says it’s the best cream ale she’s ever had. Daniel wasn’t impressed at first but after tasting it again at a colder temperature, it’s pretty tasty! If you’re ever in the Miramar Rd/Camino Ruiz area, check them out and have this beer.
Abita Pecan Harvest Ale (159): Very weak. Water would be better than drinking this. Victoria hated it. No one liked it really. I bet even the brewers just released it out of spite.
Alaskan Brewing 2009 BarleyWine Ale (177): Nice dark amber color, good sour barleywine flavor and lots of hops for this 10.4% ABV beer. I’d give this one easily a 4.5-5.0 out of a 6-pack. Thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Alaskan Smoked Porter (108): Good head, deep caramel color for the head, amber black for the body. Smells smoky. Daniel: not too bad, a little dry: 6 out of 10. Victoria: Hoppy and bittery, but a nice aftertaste: 6 ½ out of 10. Wouldn’t refuse if it were free. And it was. Thanks Bex.
AleSmith Anvil Ale (119): Fruity hop smell. Daniel says it’s a great refreshing beer and Victoria says, “This won awards?” before changing her mind as the taste grew on her.
AleSmith Decadence 2008 Anniversary Ale (145): Sour English Barleywine Style Ale. Victoria hates it. It took a bit to grow on Daniel and eventually he liked it. Victoria says it’s brewed out of shit. It’s like being shit on by the pony at your birthday party. High ABV is evident. Daniel puts it at a 3 out of 6.
AleSmith Decadence 2009 Anniversary Ale (172): Much better than their 2008 ale. Belgian flavors and a pretty decent flavor but still just a 3.2 out of a 6 pack.
AleSmith Grand Cru (283): When you buy this beer, buy two bottles. We didn’t and we were sad. It is everything we hoped for in a Grand Cru and so much more. Went very well with spicy foods.
AleSmith Horny Devil (136): Never got back to it in the episode but we did love this beer. Easy 4.5 out of 6.
Alesmith My Bloody Valentine (294): It tastes like a hoppy tootsie roll to Daniel. Victoria loves it and thinks it is in fact perfect for Galentine’s Day. Overall though, this is just a really awesome beer.
AleSmith Nautical Nut Brown (125): One of Victoria’s favorite browns. Daniel’s not a brown ale guy so he’s staying out of it.
Alexander Keith’s Amber (190): Malts and good coloring, hoppier than most mild reds but not quite to the Imperial status. Another tasty treat from Keet’s!
Alexander Keith’s IPA (190): A decent Canadian offering for IPA. It’s not as hoppy as we’ve had on the Pacific Coast but it’s easy going down, hoppy enough to be an IPA and very tasty.
Alexander Keith’s White (190): Victoria’s favorite of the three main Alexander Keith’s offerings. Daniel, who’s not a fan of white ales normally enjoys this quite a lot. For it’s style, a good 4 out of 6.
Allagash Black (273): It’s light, easy to drink. It’s a decent regular stout but it doesn’t blow us away. I like it a bit better than Guinness if that means anything to you. Butch liked it a bit more than us but he also loves regular stouts.
Allagash Dubbel Ale (198, 280): Daniel likes it but it’s a bit light for a Belgian. Victoria loves it and it makes her moan. Good easy to gulp Belgian with lots of carbonation. Later, Andrea calls it “lovely”. We all really enjoyed this but to be fair, in episode 280 we drank this after the bland and boring “Holy Grail Ale.” Solid 3.7 out of 6.
Allagash Victoria (176): This is the true champagne of beers. It’s $17 for 750mL and really does have a nice balanced mix of beer with the effervescence of champagne. Not only that but it tastes delicious! Easily a 5 out of 6 for us but a little pricey to have on a regular basis.
Allagash White Ale (110): 9th Place for Uncast Beers of 2008. A great white ale and easily Daniel’s favorite for this style.
Almanac Farm to Barrel Dogpatch Strawberry (284): Sour but good. That pretty well describes this one. It’s just slightly above average overall. We all enjoyed it but it wasn’t quite up to the same levels of the rest of their F2B series.
Almanac Farm to Barrel Heirloom Pumpkin Ale (292): A beer made with real pumpkins and not just spices and pumpkin like flavors? Awesome. This beer…kicks ass. It tastes like a blend between a pumpkin ale and a barleywine. Victoria doesn’t agree. She thinks it’s fine but not phenomenal.
Almanac Farm to Barrel Pluot Ale (281): Pluots brewed into a very interesting sour blonde ale aged in wine barrels. It’s quite sour but very tasty. Come into this expecting sour and you’re gonna have a good time. Butch isn’t a sour ale fan, so he didn’t care for it but Victoria and I appreciate sours, so we loved it. Pucker up and suck this down.
Alpine Brewing Captain Stout (167): Alpine is quickly becoming one of our favorite breweries. Captain Stout does not disappoint. Rick loves the chocolate/coffee overtones. Daniel doesn’t like stouts quite this mild but it’s pretty easy to drink. Victoria loves it and requests it every time we go out to get Alpine beer.
Alpine Brewing Nelson IPA (168): Victoria’s 2nd panty dropper beer after Port Brewing 3rd Anniversary Ale. Favorite Alpine beer of our friends, The DaHonays, and easily the best IPA I think I’ve ever had to this point. Easy 5 out of 6 and that might be very conservative.
Anchor Steam Small Beer (175): Daniel says he would drink a Budweiser before drinking this again. It’s like water that has a hint of beer in it. In fact Daniel was quite cruel about the beer. Might be one of the worst beers we’ve reviewed on Uncast. 1 out of 6 if there’s a point in even ranking it.
Anderson Valley 20th Anniversary Double IPA (140, 172): Winner of the 2nd Annual Uncast Beer Tasting. Easy 5.5 out of 6 by all involved. Quite hoppy and malty, full of flavor, complex but extremely well balanced.
Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale (147, 157): Very weak. Looks like beer. Smells bad. Tastes like water. Daniel says he’d drink Miller Lite before drinking this and yet we review it again in episode 157 and Victoria wants a dirty relationship with it. Daniel still doesn’t love it but he liked it better the second time. Perhaps the first bottle was bad?
Anderson Valley Brother David’s Dubbel Abbey-Style Ale (139): Made in very limited quality. 9% ABV. Daniel loves it as 4.5 out of 6 for a Belgian beer.
Anderson Valley Hop Ottin’ IPA (141): Great India Pale Ale. Wonder if this is what Anderson Valley specializes in because their hoppy beers are very good and their milder beers are not so hot. This one is really good for a low price.
Avery Dugana Double IPA (158): Victoria loved the label. Never really reviewed it on the show but if I remember right, it was decent but didn’t really stand up to the other double IPAs we’ve had. 3.5 out of 6 on this one but we’ll try it again at some point and give it a more proper review.
Avery Hog Heaven Barleywine Style Ale (124): Daniel’s favorite barleywine style ale. Great mix of malt and keeps a balance with the high ABV. Very tasty indeed.
Avery Maharaja (140): Great Imperial IPA. Avery is one of our favorite breweries and this is one of the reasons why. Great golden IPA color with a kick of extra hops and all the full flavor to balance it out.
Avery Mephistopheles (137): WOW Thick, alcohol is extremely evident (15.2% ABV) and strong coffee grounds flavor. This will kick you in the face and then sweet talk ya. Aftertaste and backend are very pleasant if you can survive the initial kick. Way too much work for not quite enough payoff. Won’t be drinking this again.
Avery Nineteen Belgian-Style Trippel Ale (245): This may be pretty close to a perfect Belgian-Style trippel. SO well balanced between malty, sour, sweet and easy to drink. 8.23% ABV is not felt at all and it’s a beautiful pour on the glass. We both loved this beer and easily give it a five and a half out of six.
Avery The Reverend (274): It’s a Belgian-style Quadrupel Ale. It has a good malt foundation with the Belgian yeast but not as much of the sour heaviness we expected in a Quad. Daniel isn’t impressed but still enjoys it. Butch and Victoria liked it much more and both rate it highly.
Avery Rumpkin (269): This puppy is aged in rum barrels, comes in at 18% ABV and tastes like pumpkin and rum. Daniel didn’t care for it and didn’t think the rum and pumpkin worked well together. Victoria loved it. Andrea says he enjoyed the 3 oz he got but he can’t imagine drinking any more than that.
Avery Salvation (172): Fairly decent Belgian ale. Spence enjoyed it.
Avery White Rascal Ale (148): Orange, coriander wheat ale. Lemonade in appearance. Victoria gives it a 5 out of 6. Daniel likes it too and he’s not a huge fan of wheat beers in general. 3 out of 6 for him.
Avery-Russian River Collaboration Not Litigation Ale (124): Mild Belgian. We both love this beer! Victoria deems it a “perfect perfect beer” and Daniel easily puts it in our top five of all time.
Aztec Brewing Hibiscus Wheat (278): Well the hibiscus is there but there’s also a good malty peachy flavor to it too. It has good flavor but it’s still light and crisp as most wheat ales are. This is a good transition beer for people who love wine coolers or ciders/lambics.
Baird Rising Sun IPA (142): A favorite of the ladies (DaHonay, Rachel and Victoria) from the 2009 International Beer Fest. MrDaHonay says it tastes like Japan.
Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA (140): Spencer loved this beer and it scored well at Uncast Beer Tasting II. Daniel scored it a bit lower 3.2 out of 6 but still quite decent.
Ballast Point Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale (133): Hoppy red version of Ruination? This is a strong 5 out of 6. We both love it!
Bayhawk Chocolate Porter (278): Spicy, sour, and acidic for being a chocolate porter; might be due to over-carbonation? Would be interested in trying this on draught.
Bear Republic Ricardo’s Red Rocket Ale (150): This is one of our favorite drinking beers. A great hoppy Imperial Red Ale. Strong 4.5 out of 6. A truly beautiful beer, Victoria says. Due to the price ($4 a bomber) and the fact that these come in six-packs, we drink this on a pretty regular basis.
Belching Beaver Brewing Me So Honey Ale (279): Everyone loved this, including David who said, “I don’t normally like beer. I liked that one.” Becky added, “it sure had a refreshing finish!” It’s a great honey ale that’s sweet, just a tad sour but very easy to drink.
Bellhaven Scottish Ale (117): Daniel likes this beer for a scottish ale. Quite tasty.
Black Market Brewing Invasion (273): This Imperial Red Ale lists near the bottom of the list among other imperial reds. It has all the components you’d expect but it’s a bit syrupy. Barrel-Aged beers can sometimes feel a bit greasy but this isn’t one and shouldn’t feel like this in my mouth…he said fully erect. It’d be a great pepper beer but again, NOT that. So it gets 2 out of 6.
Black Sheep Brewery Holy Grail Black Knight’s Reserve Dark Yorkshire Ale (280): Victoria says NOPE and Andrea doesn’t like it either. There’s not much to it, including flavor. It’s very mild, almost like water, not much taste or texture at all. We’ll give it about a 2.5 out of 6.
Blue Frog Grog & Grill Red Frog Ale (144): 31 IBUs means it’s mild and 6.1% ABV means it’s easy drinking. It’s a nice red ale that’s quite tasty. As red ales go, this is a “making love” beer.
Blue Point Brewing Toasted Lager (194): This might be one of the best lagers we’ve ever tasted. The toasty flavor comes through right off front end followed by a smooth easy lager feel. It’s got plenty of malt to hold together, enough hops to keep it interesting and all the smoothness of a great lager. Best served ice cold like we had it and as lagers go, definitely a 5 out of 6.
Blue Point Brewing Toxic Sludge IPA (195): Definitely an East Coast IPA. Mild feel and smooth but still hoppy IPA. Solid 3 out of 6.
Bootlegger’s Brewery 5th Anniversary Ale (276): Very confusing with a big 80 on the bottle. There’s not explanation for why this beer is so not bad. It’s basically a stout with Belgian yeast, regardless of what they label it as. It’s maybe a 3 out of 6 but barely. We just spend our review making fun of the label’s story and the Brewery than discussing the beer. Quote the Vivi, “meh.”
Boulevard Brew Irish Red (130): Very weak colored water. Basically blech. We both hated it.
Brasserie de Brunehaut Abbaye de Saint-Martin Triple Ale (282): This is a very old Abbey making a very fine beer. The brewery’s history dates directly to 1096 in Tournai. It was destroyed in 1793 but was reopened less than a century later. This beer is rich and very Belgian: a great blend of sour and sweet and heavy while still being easy drinking.
Brew Dog Hardcore Imperial IPA (155): Victoria calls it “cumtastic” and Daniel still found a way to love it. This is almost an Imperial Scottish Ale and is highly recommended by both of us. Strong 5.2 out of 6. Try it!
Brewdog Punk IPA (172): Brewdog does hoppy well, especially with it’s Hardcore Imperial IPA and this Punk IPA didn’t disappoint but didn’t quite make the mark when paired against the Blind Pig and Stone IPA. 3.5 out of 6 and definitely a good beer.
Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout (194): Thick and bubbly. I’m sure that’s a euphemism for something but this stout is awesome. 10% ABV makes it truly potent and this is definitely one of our favorite stouts out there. An easy 4.5 and what a great way to introduce us to Brooklyn Brewery.
The Bruery MASH Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine-style Ale(267): This is the 2013 edition at 12.5% ABV. Who knew that beer could taste this good? We did. Victoria says this is just like any other bourbon barrel-aged barleywine but paying $30+ because it’s from The Bruery. Only their “Smoking Wood” deserves that kind of price. There aren’t many barrel-aged smoke beers out there. Daniel agrees. We love it of course, and it’s amazing but it’s not really worth the price tag. Save your money and find another similar ale for less dough.
Butcher’s Brewing Center Cut Rauschbier (277): This is exactly what it sounds like. It’s very deep, rich, dark, smoky, and purely delicious. We can imagine enjoying this with a thick, juicy, flavorful steak.
Butcher’s Brewing Choice Red IPA (277): Very strong grapefruit hops flavor but has a good support underneath to make it drinkable. It tastes more bitter than the 79 IBUs would lead you to think. Tasty but not memorable among their various IPAs.
Butcher’s Brewing Continental Breakfast Stout (277, 289): We just found this brewery and visited their place which is the same suite as the old Manzanita Brewing location. The staff is friendly and the beer is truly amazing. This is one of our favorite stouts and is the best breakfast beer we’ve had. Sorry Lattitude 33, your Breakfast With Wilford is awesome too but this JUST beat you out. Victoria gives it a perfect 6 out of 6 and Daniel gave it a 4.7 because well…numbers.
Butcher’s Brewing Experimental Brown Ale (277): It’s a good tasty smooth brown ale but pales in comparison to Manzanita or Bayhawk while being leagues ahead of San Diego Brewing’s brown ale.
Butcher’s Brewing Free Range IPA (277): Victoria really didn’t like this one. “That’s a big ol’ bag of NOPE.” Has loads of piney and citrus (grapefruit) hoppiness. Great flavor balance. Daniel likes it but they have better IPA offerings at Butcher’s.
Butcher’s Brewing Mucho Aloha Hawaiian Style Pale Ale (277): Not a bad pale ale but in the end, it’s forgettable. This was the first Butcher’s Brewing beer that we tasted and it was pretty good, so we’ll give it a 3.1 out of 6 but compared to the rest of their beers, we couldn’t recommend it as a top choice.
Butcher’s Brewing Prime IPA (277): Daniel called this a candy IPA because it reminded him of a candy bar blended with life saver gummies. That may turn you off but we assure you that it’s tasty. Creamy feel and creamy hops. It’s very tasty but an entire pint might be a bit much. Go taster with it and enjoy it. If you feel up for a half-pint, treat yo-self!
Butcher’s Brewing Sari Sari (277): It is like sangria and spice was brewed into a beer. It’s sweet, with a nice citrus flavor without being too acidic or too sweet, which is something we don’t normally go for in beers. With just a hint of spice and hops, it’s an amazing beer for a taster or half-pint with a light dessert. A dessert beer. Hmm imagine that.
Butcher’s Brewing Standard Black IPA (277): We can see how this got its name. Victoria and I both loved this beer and it got the highest overall marks from us among all of Butcher’s offerings. This is better than Stone’s Sublimely Self-Righteous. It’s the best black IPA we’ve ever had. Easy 5.5 out of 6 from both of us, only because we need to try it a bit more before we give it a full 6 together. Only Pliny the Younger gets that treatment and if we don’t get to taste it in the next 2 years, it might lose it’s 6.
Butcher’s Brewing Haupia Toasted Coconut Cream Ale (277): Good coconut flavor but not overwhelming. There are hints of hazelnut enveloped in the cream ale. It’s like the coconut Ferrero Rocher as a beer. Victoria didn’t taste the coconut as much and was slightly disappointed overall. Daniel gives it an easy 4.5 out of 6. Victoria didn’t dig it.
Cerveza Cucapa Chupacabras Pale Ale (159): Victoria says it’s awesome. Good for a pale Ale, Daniel thinks, but not really all that impressive for a gimmick beer. 3 out of 6 maybe? It doesn’t suck goats…so I guess that makes it a liar.
Chimay Blue (110): Daniel’s favorite belgian beer of all time. His choice drink at Currant outside of the Absinthe.
Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer Imperial American Stout (278): The 10% ABV is nice! Strong coffee notes and warm like a winter at Castle Hill.
Coronado/Bottlecraft German Chocolate Stout (288): Chocolate but not too much, coconut but not too much. Victoria and Andrea loved this. It was George’s favorite beer of Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp. This is $15.95 but epically worth every penny. It would be great with french vanilla ice cream. Easy 5.5 out of a 6-pack.
Coronado Collection Barrel-Aged Scallywag (281): Daniel gets distracted by how awesome this beer is. It’s 11.4% ABV of awesome. We love barrel-aged beers and barrel-aging barleywines or strong dark belgians are best of all. This ranks well with any of those.
Coronado Idiot Imperial IPA (176): This is pretty yummy. Coronado is starting to come together for us as a brewery. This IIPA is not necessarily going to challenge for a top spot amongst others in this category but this is definitely a delicious beer and it would definitely rank in the upper third. 4 out of 6 on this.
Coronado Red Devil Imperial Red Ale (162): Pretty dark even for an imperial red ale. Lots of roasted flavor and all the awesome of a good imperial red. One of Victoria’s favorite beers and a great heavy hoppy malty mess of awesome.
DaH Brew Right Rye Red (225): MrDaH won a medal for this beer and it shows! It’s a bit overcarbonated but the hops and malts and noms and wow I love this! Can I have some more please? HIGHLY recommended.
DaH Brew Right Rye Red II (227): Victoria and Daniel REALLY love this. Big improvement on the first and this is just a truly excellent beer. Strong 4.5 out of 6 I think and the best rye red we’ve ever had.
DaH Brew Wrong Rye Red (225): Overcarbonated a bit but doesn’t take too much from the flavor. REALLY like this beer. Hoppy feel but easy to drink and a respectable ABV but not over the top or even strong.
De Dolle Brouwers Dulle Teve 10 – Mad Bitch Tripel Ale (280): This is a really good abbey style tripel ale. All three of us loved this one
Delirium Nocturum (115): Bad smelling beer, very fruity. Victoria describes it as a fruit salad plus Coke or grown-up Kool-Aid. Neither of us cared for it and give it a 2.2 out of 6.
Delirium Tremens (197): It’s ok. Nothing special. Better than the Nocturnum but not as good as the Noel. It’s tasty but it’s not great. Maybe 2.5 out of a six-pack?
Deschutes Hop In The Dark (186): Victoria says it smelled strongly of cannabis and had a distinct hoppy coffee flavor. We both really enjoyed this one. Easy 4-5 out of 6.
Deschutes Brewery Not-The-Stoic (286): Victoria is usually the one who talks of marrying things she likes a lot. Daniel has never understood this behavior. Daniel would marry this beer. 95RB/91BA and 12.1% ABV. Victoria would not marry this beer. She likes it a lot but it’s not a life partner.
Dieu Du Ciel Peche Mortal (272): Imperial Coffee Stout and fairly tasty but not spectacular. There are better stouts out there but if you’re looking for something you may not have had before that’s a decent pour, go grab some. 4 out of 6.
Dogfish Head 90-Minute IPA (140): This is one of our favorite beers to drink but the cost ($12 for a 4 pack) prevents us from doing so on a regular basis. 5 out of 6 easy and one of the best beers of Uncast Beer Tasting II.
Dogfish Head Burton Baton Bourbon Oak Aged Imperial IPA (172): Easily the winner of Uncast Beer Tasting III. This may be one of the top three beers we’ve ever tasted and easily the best imperial IPA we’ve ever had. As if we need to say but six out of six and hell I’d make a 12-pack out of this but alas it only comes in a 4-pack and costs over $15.
Dogfish Head Midas Touch (142): Victoria and Rachel creamed over this beer. Daniel will need to try it again but apparently it’s yet another great beer from Dogfish Head.
Dogfish Head Punkin’ Ale (153): Mix pumpkin flavor with just a truly great beer and you get this awesome autumn seasonal. You don’t get as bitch-smacked with flavor like you do with Shipyard’s version. Great balance, full-bodied and just good hints of pumpkin and spice. Great balance. Could drink this year round.
Dogfish Head Sah’Tea (211): Victoria says “At first I thought it was weird but then I ended up drinking the whole cup.” Daniel loved it. Definitely has a unique taste. Spicy tones of juniper, cinnamon and other herbs. 9% ABV but doesn’t taste like it. Awesome sahti beer.
Drake’s Denoginizer (205): Standard Double IPA. We both liked it.There are few Double IPAs that stand out and this is not one of them. Even Rhian liked it! Said it was kinda light with a lot of flavor. We thought it had too much flavor to knock down beer after beer.
Drake’s Drakonic Imperial Stout (241): Victoria and Daniel thinks it’s really good. Solid stout with definitive licorice, coffee and chocolate flavors and just a bit of bitterness to add character. It’s bold but easy to drink. We’ll give it a 3.75 out of 6 for the 8.75% ABV.
Evil Twin Brewing Imperial Biscotti Break (269): Andrea didn’t like this at first but it grew on him pretty quickly. Victoria didn’t care for it at all. Daniel says the same. It doesn’t impress at all at first but after it has infected your system, the flavors start to develop on your palate and it becomes worth drinking.
Firestone-Walker DBA (176): After all these reviews, though they aren’t getting any better about telling you about the hops and tastes or textures or any of that scientific bullshit, we realized that while there are some beers that are clearly better or worse than the rest, there’s definitely a long list of beers that are extremely tasty and satisfy without necessarily blowing your mind with awesome. THIS is one of those beers. GREAT session beer and one of the best beers out there to come home and just chill out with or enjoy with a burger or steak or something.
Flying Dog IPA (136): Butch says 3.5 out of 6, Daniel and Victoria don’t care for it much. 2.5 out of 6 MAYBE. Too weak to call itself an India Pale Ale.
Founder’s Brewing Breakfast Stout (194): Victoria’s favorite stout ever. Daniel very much enjoyed it. Thick and creamy double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout and at 8.6% ABV a very worthy stout. Victoria gives it a 6 out of 6 and Daniel a strong 5.
Full Sail 21st Anniversary Doppelbock (110): 4th Place for Uncast beers of 2008. We’re sorta mixed on most beers from this brewery but this beer came across as easy drinking, full of great malt flavor and just enough hops to keep it interesting.
Full Sail Sanctuary Belgian Style Dubbel (220): Victoria describes this as tuna fish OREO (also her porn star name) in that it’s good at the front and back ends but the middle leaves lots to be desired. Daniel agrees and says it seems like it wasn’t blended well enough. One taste is full of Belgian yeast and malts and the next is too bland and meh.
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (271): This is the best stout we’ve ever had. It’s strong as hell, kicks us in the ass and we beg for more. If you find it, buy it no matter the price. You will thank us. One of the few 6 out of 6 beers we’ve had.
Great Divide Brewing Yeti Imperial Stout (277): Great balance, heavy, coffee & chocolate are strong with neither overwhelming the other. This is an old favorite of ours and one of Victoria’s two “Go To” beers. Daniel gives it 5 out of 6. Vivi gives it a perfect score.
Great Lakes Brewing Pumpkin Ale (190): Amy and Victoria loved this but the rest just felt like there was too many spices than pumpkin and not even the right KIND of spices proving that as pumpkin ales go, this is a chick beer. Not that there’s anything wrong with that but Victoria takes offense.
Green Flash Le Freak (111): Hoppy but tasty, not that bad. Easily the best beer we’ve had from this brewer who loves to add the hops but seems to forget the overall taste. Fruity-ish. A good three and a half out of six.
Green Flash Barleywine Style Ale (125): Not enough definition. Very hoppy but very thin. Daniel gives it a 2.8 and Victoria a 3.0 out of a six pack.
Green Flash 30th Street Pale Ale (176): This was the first beer we tried at the brewery. After really disliking most of the Green Flash beers we’d had to this point, this beer really opened us up to having hope for the rest of their offerings. It’s one of their rare well balanced beers and just great to drink. We really liked this one but it still didn’t truly overwhelm us past just having hope that this brewery can brew a decent beer. 3.5 out of 6.
Green Flash Double Stout (176): Victoria’s favorite Green Flash offering. Daniel really likes this beer as well. It’s a good 4 out of 6 and nice easy but heavy dark stout color and texture and really tasty coffee flavors.
Green Flash Extra Pale Ale (176): We’re not lager folks normally and don’t tend to go for the really light beers. So this review COULD be a bit skewed and slightly unfair. This was like drinking a glass of water with some yellow food coloring in it. There was very little flavor at all to tell our tongues it might be a beer. 2 out of 6
Green Flash Grand Cru (176): I love Grand Crus. This wasn’t too bad. I tend to rank everything off of Rodenbach and this didn’t stack up at all but was still nice to drink. Victoria can’t stand any sour ales so she wouldn’t even try it. 4 out of 6.
Green Flash Hop Head Red (176): Victoria and I both really dislike this beer. It’s way out of balance and we can’t quite place it but perhaps it’s just far too malty or something. The texture is off and the taste is strange. We’ve had this on draught and bottle and even poured bottle to glass and we’ve never liked this beer at all.
Green Flash Imperial IPA (176): Ahhh Green Flash does Imperials well. If they added stuff to correct the balance issues in the West Coast IPA, this is what it would taste like. This is what happens when you take a bad beer recipe and fix it. Nicely done, Green Flash. 4 out of 6.
Green Flash Imperial IPA (140, 176): Big loser on Uncast Beer Tasting II. No one liked it much and few scored it over a 2 out of 6. Green Flash loves their hops but there’s never enough behind them to back up the beer with any flavor or substance. How do they win the awards they do with beers like this? Then we tried it on it’s own two years later and it’s either improved or our palates have gotten worse. We both weren’t impressed to much with it but still enjoyed it.
Green Flash Trippel (176): Not a great Belgian. Again it seems Green Flash gets an idea of what a style of beer should taste like and they overdo it. IPA is way too hoppy, Red is way too malty and this is way too sour. The balance just isn’t there at all.
Green Flash West Coast IPA (176): Victoria likes this and Daniel does not. Consider it an even 3 out of 6 since Daniel would give it a 1 and she gives it a 4 out of 6. Like the Hop Head Red, it’s out of balance, hoppy for the sake of being hoppy and yet Victoria found something to love about it. Unfortunately for her, she’s not writing this review.
Gulden Draak Brewmaster’s Edition Triple Ale (275): When we first tried Gulden Draak, we were not impressed. That was 6 or 7 years ago. Now, we try it the way the brew master intended. You know, because it didn’t get released that way to begin with. This one’s not too bad! Sweet and creamy with good Flemish sour notes. It’s a really nice beer and we’re both very impressed with this edition.
Humboldt Nectar IPA (176): We both truly enjoyed this beer. It’s a good mild IPA that’s easy to drink while still bringing enough hops to give it that IPA feel. Easy 4 out of 6.
Iron Fire Brewing Synner Pale Ale (259): Tony thinks it’s hoppy for a pale ale. Daniel agrees. It’s bordering on the IPA level but at 5% it might qualify. It’s not quite a Mount Rushmore beer (top 4) but it’s tasty. As Butch says, it’s a fuck not a marry. The smell to the hops was so strong, Daniel almost felt it was skunky but other reviews of the beer says the same. Tony is guessing it’s columbus hops but perhaps Iron Fire can tell us. Maybe they can also tell us why they chose a name so similar to Iron Fist.
Iron Fist Brewing Spice of Life (224): Ale with orange peel, grains of paradise and coriander. This stuff is pretty tasty. I think we’ve enjoyed every beer we’ve tasted from this brewery. It’s very spicy but easy to drink. Goes down smooth but very flavorful. Victoria isn’t sure if she cares for it or not and Daniel loves it. Total 4 out of 6? You bet!
Irondale Brewery Johnny Mo’s Tres Vieux IPA (204): An unfiltered IPA, Victoria and Daniel love this beer! Great IPA. Rhian says it’s strong but tastes good and this is coming from a wine whore. Victoria says it smells like pot (hops anyone?) and Daniel keeps praising it. As IPAs go, one of our favorites and a solid 5 out of 6 if not higher.
Joseph’s Brau Hopfest Pilsner (137): Trader Joe’s attempt at a hoppy pilsner fails to hit the mark. Daniel thought it was alright but Victoria’s saying a low 2 out of 6.
Karl Strauss 21st Anniversary Ale (174): Belgian Strong Ale brewed with juices from old vine zinfandel grapes. Very strong vinous flavor with big Belgian attitude. Spice in the nose of a wine, burn of a good strong ale and the sour maltiness of a Belgian. Daniel likes it but Victoria does not care for it.
Karl Strauss 22nd Anniversary Vanilla Imperial Stout (201): Victoria LOVED this beer. Has good carbonation to it, has great flavour profile and is well balanced. The vanilla is present without being overpowering or overly sweet. High ABV (9.0%) is noticable but again not overpowering. Rhian says it was a great stout. “Guinnessy without the ashy flavor”. It’s a great stout even if Daniel thinks it was just average. This would change later in the week as Daniel had the beer on draft and agreed it was a strong 5 out of 6 for a stout.
Karl Strauss 23rd Anniversary Old Ale (237): Very rich, toffee, molasses and berries. This old age beer is really good and aged in American Oak Bourbon Barrell aged. 5 out of 6 and one of our favorite bourbon barrel aged beers.
Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA (161): 9.0% ABV tastes great. 90 IBUs. Apparently it seems that extra .9% ABV and 9 IBUs make a difference (vs their “To The 9’s”) cause this beer is really truly excellent. 5.5 out of 6 from Daniel and 5 out of 6 from Victoria. Will have to try this again when sober.
Karl Strauss Oktoberfest (154): Malty ale, low ABV and a bit of a belgian flavor. Full bodied, toasted flavor. Really easy to drink. This works great in a chili and is one of our favorite Oktoberfest style ales.
Karl Strauss – To The 9’s (161): Pours a dark golden, almost amber color. Head disappears quickly. 9.9% ABV is really evident as the alcohol flavor is strong as are the flavors of pine and citrus. Seems a bit out of balance. More sour than bitter and more sharp alcohol than smooth tasting. Daniel likes it because he love Imperial IPAs but it doesn’t stand up with even the top 10 IIPAs he’s had. 3.5 out of six-pack. Victoria, an ardent lover of Karl Strauss beers, gives it a 5 out of 6, especially when eating chocolate.
Karl Strauss Tower 10 IPA (125): We both like this light hoppy IPA. Used to be called Stargazer IPA. Very tasty. Piny and citrusy and just light and tasty. One of Spencer’s favorites from the 2009 International Beer Festival.
Knee Deep Brewing Imperial Tanilla (244): We love this. An imperial version of their Tanilla Porter. 10% abv and creamy smooth. The vanilla isn’t strong but has the normal chocolate scent and taste of a porter and easy to drink for 10%. This is dangerous. We could have many of these…or not.
Kona Brewing Pipeline Porter (171): This is one awesome porter. Top three porters we may have ever put in our faces. It doesn’t quite beat out Stone or Deschutes but still a very stront 4.5 out of 6 pack. Just a really good beer.
Kona Brewing Wailua Wheat Ale (174): Daniel enjoys this and he’s not usually a fan of wheat beers. Slight taste of passion fruit and this is a great choice of fruit to use with a wheat beer. Victoria thought it’d make a great beer bread with some dried pineapple and papaya. Might go well with grilled shrimp.
Krebs Brewing Prairie Artisan Ales Birra (284): It was good at first and then it’s not so good after a while. There’s not really much to it really. Rachel says, “it’s good, for a beer.” It could be something one of the Big Three did. It’s water colored to look like beer.
Lagunitas 2009 Correction Ale (135): Hoppy but little backend which is a bit uncharacteristic for a Lagunitas ale. 3 out of 6. 74 IBUs and 6.33% ABV
Lagunitas Bavarian Style Doppel-weisen (224): I believe this may be the first German style beer we’ve had from Lagunitas. It may be the first they’ve done. We don’t know. Either way, this is some amazing beer. We’ve never knowingly had a doppel-weisen before but this maybe the start of a beautiful relationship. We make the observation that women more than men tend to moments when they get lost in their own world and no one else exists in the world but them.
Lagunitas Brown Shugga’ Substitute (274): It’s a great IPA. Daniel doesn’t like the smell but the beer is pretty awesome. It’s slightly piney, very strong grapefruit taste in the hops, and yet still very easy to drink.
Lagunitas Censored Copper Ale (132): It’s alright. Not one of Lagunitas’ best by a long shot. They call it a copper ale and they weren’t kidding. It tastes like pennies. Weak 3 out of 6.
Lagunitas GnarleyWine (172): This is Daniel’s favorite Barleywine-style ale, barely beating out the Reuben and the Jets also from Lagunitas. Easy 5 out of 6 from Daniel, and even Victoria likes it.
Lagunitas Hop Stoopid (123, 172): Very hoppy. Really great Double IPA. Victoria loves it as well.
Lagunitas Imperial Red (130): One of our favorite regular drinking beers. So glad this comes in six-packs cause it’s easily worth a full case or more. Hoppy red ale and just very well balanced. Strong 5 out of 6.
Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale (145): Good hoppy red ale. Lagunitas is great at that. Victoria wants to pour it all over Daniel’s body and lick it off. I’m guessing that means she liked it. Daniel likes it as well but not quite THAT much. Both give it a strong 4 out of 6. Not quite as good as their regular Imperial Red but still very high.
Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale (131): Wow what a name for such a great great beer. Victoria’s favorite beer and for Daniel it’s easily a five out of a six-pack.
Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot (172): 3rd place at the Uncast Beer Tasting III. This beer is so good, we forgive the fact that it’s Whisky not Wilco for the NATO phonetic alphabet. Maybe they just like the band. Either way, it’s a great American Strong Ale or perhaps we just happen to love this style. Lagunitas continues in it’s line of great beers. Easy 5 out of 6-pack
Latitude 33 Pasha’s Rye Brown Ale (268): Everyone loved this one. Serious 4.8 out of 6 on this. Butch nearly came. “It has that nut undertone that I like in a brown.” Daniel isn’t a fan of brown ale. He loves this. Perhaps it’s the rye we love that much?
Left Coast Asylum Belgian Triple Ale (140): Daniel gives 3.3 out of . Bit more of a bite than most triples. 11% ABV is evident. Tastes pretty good but has a strong alcoholic bite to it. Victoria doesn’t care for it much.
Lightning Black Lightning Porter (120): Bitter coffee flavor. Neither of us like it much. We love this brewery but this beer is just not good. We’ll try it later just in case we got a bad batch.
Lightning Elemental Pilsner (141): We love this beer on tap. Enjoyed most often at Poway’s Hamburger Factory, we love enjoying this beer with burgers or sandwiches. One of DaHonay’s favorites from the 2009 San Diego International Beer Festival.
Lightning Old Tempest Ale (142): One of our favorite beers from Lightning. Brewed like an old English strong Ale, it’s got lots of malt, some hops and a respectable ABV. A Full 4 out of a 6-pack.
Lost Abbey Carnevale (125): We both LOVE this beer. Great beer!
Lost Abbey Inferno Ale (172): In the losing third of the Uncast Beer Tasting III. Light and mild red ale. Perhaps after all the IPAs, Imperial IPAs and strong ales we’d had, we were a bit unkind to this ale. We’ll have to try this again soon for a proper review.
Manzanita Brewing Night Before Christmas 2013 (254, 277): A chocolate stout with peppermint. Victoria doesn’t care for it but Daniel thinks it’s alright. Way too much peppermint though. 2.5 out of 6 between both of us.
Manzanita Brewing Night Fighter (277): This English Dark Mild Ale is not too bad. Guessing the mild is for the field and the taste gives It goes great with red velvet cake donuts. We’d probably rate this around a 3 out of 6.
Manzanita Brewing Serenity Barleywine (217): We both LOVE this beer! Gingerbread cookie flavour comes from the vanilla and whiskey developed aging in barrels, coffee backend, and very drinkable. High ABV (12.0%) as expected in a Barleywine. Rhian’s mom will be losing what little remnants she has from the 21st Century (though at 1994 levels).
Maredsous Dubbel (110): 5th Place for Uncast Beers of 2008. Was once our collective favorite belgian beer but is still highly ranked.
Marin Brewing Company India Pale Ale (161): Piny, grapefruit backend. Kind of a mild Pliny the Elder and very reminiscent of Northern California Ales. We both liked this ale a lot. Not the best IPA out there but they sure do think so by all the awards they’ve put on the label.
Maui Brewing CoCoNuT Porter (110): Easily our favorite alternative porter out there. Great coffee, chocolate and coconut flavors and it comes in a can which is awesome. 2nd Place for Uncast Beers of 2008.
Mendocino Black Eye Ale (172): This is the horrible thing that happens when you mix a stout and an IPA. Two good beers (or so we’ve heard) do not a great beer make. Add some Four Loco to this, however, and you get a great black forest cola flavored concoction. That’s the only way someone can really enjoy this beer.
Mendocino Eye of the Hawk Pale Ale (176): Victoria hates this beer. She says it’s not the worst beer ever but wouldn’t voluntarily drink it again. 2 out of 6. It’s very evocative of a Belgian without all the sour bitterness of a Belgian. Daniel likes it just fine. It’s a good 3.5 out of 6 for him. Nice hoppy Pale Ale.
Mendocino Winter Ale 2009-2010 (163): Really enjoyed this one. Not the best IPA I’ve had but still pretty decent. Strong 3.5 or 4 out of a 6-pack. We’re excited to try some more of their brews when we travel out there later in the year.
Midnight Sun Brewing Fallen Angel (230): 8% ABV awesome Belgian-Style Golden Ale. Vivi and I both love it a lot. Vivi says it’s pale, sweet and has a spicy kick to the back end like Rhian. Forceful but sweet. Daniel wants to have it all the time. We loved it!
Mike Hess Brewing Magna Cucurbita (292): Victoria was a bit off put by all the spice in this pumpkin stout. Daniel enjoyed it in bottle but prefers it on draft.
Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast Stout (160): We didn’t get it at first but after getting about halfway through the glass, we’d both give it a good 7 noms. It’s milder than I was expecting, given how dark and thick it was. Nice mocha head as I would expect with a good stout but the coffee flavor wasn’t too harsh and there was almost no chocolate flavor that you get with most stouts. Truly complex, this does fit the claim: Beer Geek Breakfast. This would go great with some eggs and bacon.
Misison Brewing Carrack Ale (281): This may be the best beer that Mission brews by itself and they’re a decent brewery. Daniel loves this one at a 5 out of 6 pace.
Misison Brewing IPA (157): Slightly sour backend. Pretty tasty but a little meh for it’s style. 3 out of 6 because it’s decent but not all that impressive.
Mission Street India Pale Ale (137): This isn’t too bad. Pretty decent actually. Strong 3.2 out of 6 and very drinkable. Not quite a full IPA perhaps but a good beer.
Mission Street Blonde Ale (213): Not bad. As Pale Ales go, it’s maybe a good solid 3.5 out of 6. Easily drinkable but not something we’d normally buy.
Molson Rickard’s White (190): Victoria loves this. Daniel was not quite as much a fan. Let’s leave it there, smile and walk away slowly.
Mother Earth Brew Co Sin Tax (279): This one’s a peanut butter stout. Bex didn’t like this quite as much BUT Spence loved it and he normally doesn’t care for stouts or porters. This is more like a PB stout trying to be a stout rather than most PB stouts who put a big emphasis on the peanut butter. This one makes a great black and tan with their Cali Creamin’ Ale.
Mountain Meadows Semi-Sweet Mead with Agave (142): DaHonay loved this beer at the 2008 International Beer Fest. Daniel loved it as well. Sweet and thick yet light and full bodied but easy to drink. Well balanced and a truly great mead.
Moylan’s Kiltlifter Scottish Style Ale (122): It’s light but has a great taste and smell. Victoria loves it and Daniel likes it a lot as well. Victoria started not digging the alcohol carbonation after a while but Daniel says it’s an easy drinking beer.
New Belgium/Lost Abbey Lips of Faith Brett Beer (248): Daniel loves this sweet Belgian blonde. Andrea thought it was a bit light and not quite as hoppy as most of the beers we drink.
New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale (146): Victoria says it tastes like a tootsie pop with beer. Daniel agrees. Quite tasty. Victoria says 4 out of 6 and Daniel says 3.7 out of 6. We both liked it a lot.
New Belgium Fat Tire Ale (110): The beer that introduced Victoria to real craft ales and for a short time was our beer of choice. Official Beer of Uncast for their sophomore year.
New Belgium Lips of Faith Belgo IPA (183): Really good beer. Part of the “Lips of Faith” series of beers from New Belgium Brewery and the best we’ve tasted so far. 8% ABV Belgian IPA. A solid 5 out of 6.
New Belgium Lips of Faith Coconut Curry Hefeweizen (268): It’s really good. At first it’s really weird but after a while, it gets all up in your DNA. Much better than the R&R. Everyone loved it and this is a Lips of Faith beer. We all loved it.
New Belgium Mighty Arrow (127): Decent beer. Good but not great. Maybe a 3.5 out of six?
New English ESB (141): We both loved this beer but outside of Ritual Tavern, we haven’t been able to find it or the brewery listed anywhere. Nice sour strong ale with loads of flavor.
Nimbus India Pale Ale (122): We both really love this beer. Daniel says it’s easily in his top 3 IPAs.
Nimbus Red Ale (138): Mild red ale but good fruity bend to it. Decent for a red. 3 out of 6.
Ninkasi Believer Double Red Ale (172): They called this a double red and we expected all the hops and malts and high ABV that comes with such a beer but alas it was nearly a semi-Japanese Irish red ale. Probably the 2nd worst actual beer from Uncast Beer Tasting III.
Ninkasi Seasonal Spring Reign (205): Vivi thought it tasted like pot but Rhian and I both felt it did not. I don’t know if the bottle we got was skunky but we’ll try it again for a better review.
Ninkasi Sleighr Dark Double Alt Ale (229): Kinda hoppy and it’s a bit of a stronger ale. Bit of a warm kick to it. Vivi gives it about a 3.5 out of a 6 and Daniel maybe gives it about a 3.25.
Ninkasi Tricerahops Double IPA (181): Really good beer. Much better than than the Double Red they put out. It’s a great $4 Double IPA. Both Victoria and I would not put this up against higher acclaimed double IPAs but it’s quite tasty and well worth the low price.
North Coast Brother Thelonious (118, 193): Nice Belgian smell. Victoria says it’s one of her favorite Belgians. Would go great with sushi. Daniel thinks it’s very tasty but not quite as good as Maredsous Dubbel. Really great American-made Belgian-Style ale. Victoria, Butch and Daniel tried this together and we all loved the beer. 9.4% ABV is high but after a bottle of this you won’t care. Victoria rates it above every other Belgian she’s had. Butch gives it a solid 4.5, Victoria gives it a 7 and Daniel gives it a 4.5 out of 6.
North Coast Pranqster Belgian Style Golden Ale (178): Good strong Belgian scent on the nose, little to no head, a light golden flavor but plenty there. Very easy to drink. Victoria is usually not a big fan of Belgians but she likes this one quite a bit. Lots of sweetness and sour on the nose but not overwhelming in the taste.
Ommegang Fire and Blood Ale (281): We did not enjoy this on draught as much as we did by the bottle. Slightly spicy, amber color, hence the name. All the taste of the Targaryen dynasty without the incest or the bros
Ommegang Rare Vos Amber Ale (285): We loved this beer. It’s a good summer amber. Butch believes this deserves to take on Saint Archer White as the official summer beer and gives it a solid 5 out of 6. Victoria says “would drink again.” Daniel puts it as 5 out of 6 as well and also lists it as a top 5 favorite for beer of the summer.
Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale (266): It’s a great beer in a can. This is the perfect beer to bring to the park for a picnic or a Mixtape Society gathering. It’s a refreshing pale ale, with a good amount of hops without adding any tinny flavor that old canned beers used to have.
Oskar Blues Gubna Double IPA (174): As we popped the can, we claimed this wasn’t a shitty beer. We may have been a bit hasty. The smell of the hops and malt comes out strong on the nose and the taste is that of extremely sticky sweet piny ale. Imagine a double IPA with the character of Pliny the Elder but filled with gallons of sugar. Daniel says it’s the worst double IPA he’s ever had.
Oskar Blues Ten Fidy (172): Poors like motor oil but tastes like an awesome Russian imperial stout. Might have to list this as our 4th or 5th favorite stout overall. Victoria may list this third on her personal list. Quick and easy 4.9 out of 6 pack.
Port Brewing 3rd Anniversary Double IPA (140): One of Victoria’s favorite beers of all time. Daniel gives it a good 3.4 out of 6 but it just didn’t quite stand up with the rest of the double IPAs at the Uncast Beer Tasting II.
Port Brewing Hot Rocks Lager (144): Rick dark lager. Flavors of a porter, colors of an amber and lightness of a lager. We liked it a lot in the summer heat. Good “fucking” beer.
Port Brewing Jetty IPA (176): Really nice hoppy IPA. Victoria particularly loved this. Daniel felt it was just a bit too much grapefruit flavor but that could just be the breed of hops used in the beer. Daniel will give it a 3 out of 6 and Victoria a 4.5 out of 6.
Port Brewing Revelations (176): Nice Belgian beer. I wouldn’t put it up against Chimay, Maredsous, Duvel or even Russian River’s selections but still quality. It’s a good 3.3 out of 6.
Port Brewing Reed’s Wee Heavy Scotch Ale (176): Victoria and I both loved this beer. It’s a great balance between malt and bitter and sour. Nice dark brown colored ale with a great character. This could be our favorite scotch ale out there so far.
Reaper Ale Redemption Red (182): Do you dare? At 6.8% you bet your ass. Thick and malty red ale. Good hop flavor. Heavy on the front end and light on the back end. We both enjoy this beer. Solid 3.5 out of 6.
Reaper Ale Sleighbor Double IPA (146): Shit beer. Tastes like ass, according to Victoria. Hoppiness of a Double IPA but very light and unbalanced. Bitter water doesn’t make a good beer. They have to stop making beers from the Green Flash school of beer making and try again.
Red Branch Brewing Diabhal Ale (184): Weird ass beer. Belgian style ale fermented in honey. Victoria and Daniel both detested this beer. Maybe a 3 out of 6 combined? Victoria liked the honey flavor in the beer but she couldn’t handle the overall sweetness of the beer. Daniel didn’t care for the style overall but recognized that someone who’s into sweet Belgian beer and honey might dig it.
Red Hook Limited Release 8-4-1 Expedition Ale (178): 8 brewers working in 4 teams to make one beer. It’s listed as an imperial brown ale that was oak aged and brewed with cherry-wood smoked maltes, brown sugar and honey. This definitely looks like a brown ale and the 9.5% ABV is pretty obvious in the taste and feel. Prominently acidic in taste and feel, smoky and nutty like a brown and just a bit sweet. It’s alright but not all that great. Backend almost reminds me of bile. Won’t be able to buy this again and won’t miss it.
Rodenbach Grand Cru (142): This is MrDaH’s favorite beer. Daniel likes it as well but Victoria doesn’t care for sour beers so we won’t count her opinion here. Very quality grand cru style ale. 4 out of a 6 from Daniel.
Rogue Dead Guy Ale (117): We both LOVE this beer. It’s on our list as beers we love to drink when we can. At $11 a six-pack it’s hard to justify very often but when we get it, we’re happy we did.
Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale (134): Didn’t dig it quite as much as the regular Dead Guy Ale. Took about a half a pint to get into it. Very soft and not very bitter. Still good, just not quite worth the price.
Rogue Morimoto Soba Ale (178): Roasted Soba and signed by Morimoto. Very grapefruity flavor. Looks like an IPA with a dark golden color. Goes down like a wheat beer but has the palate feel of an IPA and the attitude of a Belgian kinda peeking in the background.
Rogue Brewing Raspberry Chocolate Pretzel Ale (271): With their first two VooDoo offerings being an even split between totally awesome and totally disgusting, this one was a nice turn. It’s well balanced, refreshing but still good and malty. We’ll give it a solid 4.5 out of 6.
Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve Ale (159): At 65 IBUs there’s some hop flavor but it’s not overwhelming. Victoria and Butch didn’t care for it but Daniel liked it alright. 2 out of 6 from them and 3.5 from Daniel.
Rogue Voodoo Donut Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ale (259): We can’t even fathom how high somebody would have to be to even think about this beer much less try it. They failed. This was Dan Uggla staring at three strikes to end the game. Three guys who love beer and are quite adventurous when it comes to weird beers could not finish this beer. DO NOT BUY THIS BEER. It’s a pretty pink bottle but it’s not the Bacon Maple version. This is closer to drinking the moth balls out of your grandma’s clothes.
Rogue VooDoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale (240, 250) – So good, Butch nearly Ghostbustered himself. It’s clean, it’s smooth, it’s well balanced…it tastes like breakfast! Victoria and Daniel agree that for what it is, it’s very well balanced and tasty than it seems like it would be.
Rough Draft Amber Ale (285): As beer critic Brandon Hernandez puts it, this beer is “on the thick side, with an abundance of malt that fails to get balanced out despite a clear abundance of hops.” We’ll forgive the language there and say ourselves, this is not the final draft. That is why it’s the rough draft. The story on the beer was clearly written when Jeff SIlver was high on something during President’s Day weekend. Victoria thinks it’s a pretty good beer. Daniel thinks it’s just average. It’s a solid 3 out of 6 but it’s clearly a rough draft.
Rubicon Brewing IPA (176): Victoria thinks this is super yummy and gives it a 5.5 out of 6 pack. Drink five bottles and break the last one over the table and drink half the bottle from the broken end. She calls this the perfect session beer. Daniel thinks it’s a decent enough IPA and would be a really great session beer. Good moderate amount of hops mixed with a bready malt flavor. 4 out of 6 from him.
Russian River Bling Pig IPA (138, 172): Not quite as good as Damnation but still damn tasty! Easy 3.8 out of 6 by Daniel. Dry but lots of flavor.
Russian River Damnation (126): Malty with a bit of cider. Daniel says it looks like an IPA but tastes like a Belgian. Even Becky liked this beer.
Russian River Pliny The Elder (125, 130): Piny hoppy balanced delicious double IPA. In Daniel’s top three double IPAs.
Saint Archer Blonde Ale (265): It’s a good fizzy yellow beer. Tasty & light blonde ale.
Saint Archer Coffee Brown (293): Butch doesn’t dislike it but it’s not for him. That said, it smells nice and it might make a good body scrub. Victoria says this beer falls somewhere between the thin veneer of trust between a horrible married couple and hating your children.
Saint Archer IPA (265): It’s a decent IPA but doesn’t rank among the best in San Diego.
Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat (149): The cherry flavor is very similar to whatever is used to make Cherry sodas. It’s a beer version of Cherry 7-Up. Victoria doesn’t usually like wheats and she hates fruity beers so you can imagine this gets less than a 2 out of 6 for her. Daniel liked it after a few bottles but wouldn’t put it on his regular buy list at all.
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Organic IPA (182): Victoria strongly dislikes this beer. Daniel doesn’t really care one way or the other. 0 out of 6 for Victoria and 3 out of 6 from Daniel.
SanTan Hopshock IPA (131, 195): Not in our top three overall for IPA but definitely VERY tasty all the same! Strong four out of a six-pack. This is the best IPA offering we’ve had in or from Arizona at all coming from our favorite pub/restaurant in the greater Chandler area.
Schlitz (115): Daniel can see why it would make a loser out of someone. He doesn’t care for it. Victoria thinks it goes down easier than a Miller Lite. Daniel says if you want to quench your thirst, just drink water.
Schmaltz Brewing Coney Island Freaktoberfest (154): Very candy colored red ale with a pink head. Fruity scent, hoppy but light so a lager with hops. Blood Red Lager, as they call it, with 6 types of hops. Easy to drink & tasty. Confusing and blew Daniel’s mind. Enjoyed it but wouldn’t buy again.
Schmaltz Brewing He’Brew Funky Jewbelation (286): 7 Ales aged in various types of whiskey barrels. Surprisingly this comes in at under 10% ABV (9.4) and it’s funky indeed. This Gold Metal winner is tasty as hell. We like it. Barrel-Aged Belgian Sour Ale. That’s what this tastes like.
Schmaltz Brewing He’Brew Origins Amber Ale with Pomegranate (156): Really tasty. Rachel, Victoria and Daniel all loved it. Even Victoria, who hates fruity beers. 8% ABV is tasted but not overwhelming and the pomegranate comes through on the backend which might explain why Victoria still likes it.
Shipyard Brewing Pugsley’s Signature Series Smashed Pumpkin Ale (153): 9.0% ABV even better than their pumpkin ale. Very rich and full of pumpkin and spice flavor. Really kicks you in the head with pumpkin. Daniel says 4 out of 6 and Victoria says it’s liquified pumpkin butter good. Very effervescent.
Sierra Nevada 2009 Anniversary Ale (148): This IPA is really good. 5.9% ABV is a bit low for an IPA but still has good hoppy flavor like most Sierra Nevada beers. Solid 3.5 out of 6.
Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary “Fritz & Ken’s Ale” Stout (175): Dark Chocolate flavored color. Victoria thinks it smells okay. Has a thick consistency and tons of coffee flavor. It’s a heavy stout but very little of a Fritz feel to this one. Not too bad and definitely drinkable. We’ll rate this a MEH out of eh. 2.5 out of 6 maybe?
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #45 Oatmeal Stout (246): Started out tasting sour but through the bottle the beer really works out to a nice oatmeal stout.
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Whole Cone Imperial IPA (197): Holy shit! 10.4% ABV and hops don’t smack you in the face. They roll over you like a tank! We love this beer! Solid 5 out of 6 from both of us.
Simpler Times Pilsner (156): Doesn’t cause fog and at $3.99 a six-pack, it’s a great beer. Gotta love it. Definitely an awesome budget beer. Forget the PBR or Natty Light. Get this stuff. It’s far tastier. Not the best beer in the world but for what it is, you can’t beat it.
Sonoran 7 Wives Saison (244): We both loved this beer. Victoria said it had many very distinct flavors but was well balanced and subtle. It’s definitely a saison style ale. Daniel thought it was a great easy drink and the various ingredients did present themselves individually but balanced out overall for a great taste.
St Feuillien Saison Belgian Farmhouse Ale (183): Victoria could not stand this beer but Daniel felt it was alright. To be precise, she gave it a “meh” out of 6 and Daniel perhaps a 3 but even he admitted it wasn’t as good as any other Belgian Farmhouse Ale he’s had.
Stift Engelszell Gregorious (280): “This is fuckin awesome!” – Andrea. Victoria simply moans in ecstasy as it’s one of her favorite things ever. It might be our favorite Belgian beers ever.
Stochasticity Project (Stone Brewing) Grapefruit Slam IPA (276): I think Stone brewed this under the SP moniker so they didn’t have to take responsibility for this monstrosity. It’s fruit loop beer. Grapefruit, grape nuts, grapes, it’s like chewing on grapefruit peels. 1 out of 6. Quote the Vivi, “Nope.”
Stochasticity Project Hibiscusicity (291): This might be the best offering in this series so far. Victoria loves it to the point of marriage. Butch says it is one of his favorite beers of the year so far. It’s not Stone’s best of 2014 but it’s in the top 3 for sure.
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale (143): Daniel’s favorite beer of all time! An extremely hoppy red. Stone claims four barrels of hops per batch and we don’t doubt it. Full of flavor and malts to back up the large hops. Easy 6 out of 6 from Daniel. Victoria isn’t quite as much of a fan but she still likes it.
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA (179): Smells like a lot of marijuana, we LOVE this IPA like mad! Easily a 6 out of 6, this one will be a favorite for years to come. All the ingredients of Britain made in the standard San Diego IPA style. Piny and hoppy and smoky and hoppy and malty and hoppy. LOVE IT!
Stone 15th Anniversary Esondidan Imperial Black IPA (216): 10.8% ABV and you can taste it. Hops abound! Pours a deep black with a dark thick head (that’s what she said). There’s definitely a coffee attitude to this for sure. Victoria thinks this is far too hoppy and we call her out on it. Like the 13th Anniversary Ale, Daniel loves this as much as almost any beer he’s had. Combined 3 out of a six-pack but Daniel gives it a strong 4.8. The bottle says to enjoy fresh but I might just let a bottle age 6-12 months and see how age treats the blast of pine hops and the high ABV.
Stone/Firestone Walker/21st Amendment El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale (174): Victoria says the head sneaks up on ya. Nice beige head and smells delicious. Sean, Matt, Steve, Mitch took fennel, chia, pink peppercorns and figs (all California ingredients) to celebrate our great state of California. This came together to give us a truly awesome American Strong Ale. Victoria and I absolutely love this beer. 9.5% ABV but you really can’t taste it. Easily 6 out of 6.
Stone/Mikkeller/AleSmith Belgian Style Triple Ale (115): Daniel likes it. Good 4 out of 6 and even Victoria likes it. She doesn’t normally like Trippels.
Stone/Victory/Dogfish Head Saison du Buff (176): Victoria really loved this beer and Daniel did not. Victoria loved the hops and complex flavors while Daniel felt the Rosemary or Thyme just overwhelmed the entire beer. We’ll say 3 out of 6 combined since Daniel gives it a 2 and Victoria gives it a 5.
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA (110): Take a Stone IPA and mix it with belgian yeast and you’ve got this winner. Easily a 5 out of 6 and one of our all-time favorites. 1st Place for Uncast Beers of 2008.
Stone Farking Wheaton W00tstout (266): Everyone on the show loved this beer except Spence but that’s fine because he also dislikes stouts in general. Claim was you could taste every bit of the 13% ABV but Daniel disagrees. It was a very malty, wheat driven stout with a good pecan aftertaste. Andrea appreciated the aftertaste and mouth feel the most. Vivi and Daniel enjoyed it on cask over any other delivery method. Is that the word for it? Whatever, just find this and drink it. You won’t regret it, we hope.
Stone Wheaton/Curtis/Tyler W00tStout 2.0 (288): Surprisingly this beer is even better than the first version. It’s slightly higher alcohol content (13.8%) is mellowed out with some cocoa nibs from the hot and hilarious Aisha Tyler.
Stone IPA (117, 172): Easily 4 out of 6-pack and one of the better IPAs out on the market today. Strong hop attitude but still light enough to drink as a session beer. Listed just under 7% ABV would perhaps keep it qualified as such.
Stone Old Guardian Barleywine Style Ale (131): Great barleywine and easily a four out of six. Highly recommended and second only to Avery Hog Heaven at this point for Barleywine-style ales.
Stone Russian Imperial Stout (110, 115, 130, 174, 242): Daniel loves this stout and it’s easily one of his favorite stouts. 4.1 out of 6. 10th Place for Uncast Beers of 2008. We list this as our 3rd favorite stout behind Lagunitas Imperial Stout and AleSmith Speedway Stout. Victoria disagrees about the AleSmith. In 2012, we said it pours like crude oil and tastes far better, or so we would assume. Everyone on the show loved this beer and gave it a strong 5 out of 6. Standard Stone RIS. Butch says he doesn’t even like stouts and it’s a tremendous beer.
Stone Smoked Porter (141): Rachel’s favorite beer of all time or at least close to it. Certainly one of our top 3 porters. Great with BBQ sauce or chili. Enjoy with your favorite grilled red meat.
Stone Smoked Vanilla Porter (110): Victoria’s favorite porter of all time. Daniel likes it but not quite like the standard and chipotle versions.
Stone Spice Oddity (272): Take Vertical Epic 12.12.12, age in red wine barrels, add Christmas and bottle. It’s Christmas in your mouth and it is awesome! A strong 5 out of 6 and well worth the $18 price tag.
Stone Spotlight Series – Rick and Robbie’s “Sprocket Bier” Black Rye Kolsch Ale (282): It’s dark which fits the “Black” part of the name and has a good malty feel and complex but slightly spiced flavor for the “Rye” part of the name. It’s sessionable which makes it a good Kolsch and it has a good hop profile which fits in well with most Stone beers. It is very well balanced which does not fit with most Stone beers. We’re very impressed with this one.
Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale (125): Victoria doesn’t care for it but Daniel liked it. 3.5 out of a six-pack.
Stone Vertical Epic 08.08.08 (110): 7th Place for Uncast Beers of 2008. Just a great hoppy belgian made by Stone and meant to be stored til 2012.
Stone Vertical Epic 09.09.09 (151): Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Chocolaty, tasty and Daniel approves. Going to rate it below last year’s version but you can’t really compare the two. Victoria liked it better than she expected. Strong 4.5 out of 6.
Stone Vertical Epic 11.11.11 (228): Amber ale with Anaheim chilies and cinnamon. Perfect balance of spices, malts and hops. We both really love this beer. So far our favourite of the Vertical Epic series.
The Tied House Cafe & Brewery Menage a Singe (186): Beer that’s good for whatever it was supposed to be I guess. It wasn’t mind-blowing but wasn’t bad. We’d drink it again for sure but won’t go out of our way to buy it. Tasty but not memorable. You get the point. 3 out of 6.
Tony’s Ale To The Chief (250) – Not too sweet, good tasty honey ale. Tony added a pound of high quality honey into the mix and it came out spectacular. Butch says it doesn’t taste enough like Karl Rove’s tears.
Unibrau Terrible (117): Victoria hates the smell but likes the taste. Kinda like a Belgian champagne. Daniel says it’s like a Fruity Belgian Porter. Perhaps a little overcarbonated. Easily 4 out of 6.
Unita Brewery Cockeyed Cooper Barleywine (225): For a beer that is 11.1% and from Utah, this is an awesome beer. We love barleywines and this one is bourbon barrel aged which makes Victoria love it even more.
Victoria Pils (142): Daniel didn’t care for this one at first but after a second bottle, it’s a pretty good pilsner. This is another of MrDaH’s favorite beers. Light and malty yet still flavors that dance. Easy drinking and great with seafood.
Weihestephaner Hefeweissbier (130): Really don’t like it. Far too light and weak for our taste. VERY weak beer.
Widmer Brothers Drop Top Amber Ale (110): 8th Place for Uncast Beers of 2008. A fine amber ale. Hoppier than your average red but not quite an Imperial.
Widmer Brothers Reserve Bourbon Ale (228): Reddish amber ale aged in bourbon barrels. Vanilla, Caramel, oaky, dry finish. It’s not Victoria’s favorite bourbon barrel aged beer. VERY mild and wouldn’t hold up on its own if it wasn’t aged. Daniel thinks it’s okay. Neither of us would rate this very high as aged ales go, so let’s give it a low 3 out of 6 and maybe into the twos.
Witchwood Scarecrow Golden Pale Ale (123): Daniel feels it’s weak. Butch thought it was “feh”. Victoria didn’t care for it. We all disliked it strongly. Beer colored water.