#DrunkIntern Olivia here happy to be back in New York City at the ever so awesome Upright Brew House bringing you five new brews to get you to and through your weekend. This past Friday I had my fare share of noteworthy beers from a watermelon ale to my first “Gose” brew, lets get started!
Coronado 18th Anniversary Imperial IPA 10% (CA)
Let me start by saying if you are ever in the San Diego area of California Coronado Beach is a must see! The Hotel del Coronado is absolutely beautiful. Go inside & sit at the centuries old wooden bar and order a Bloody Mary, you will feel famous! (Until the tab comes). Out of Coronado is the 18th Anniversary Imperial IPA, for those of you who don’t know “imperial IPAs” are essentially the same as “double IPAs”, with that being said the hop explosion in this beer was SO real. There is a mild bitterness to this and it finishes dry and clean. Any lover of the double IPA will really enjoy this beer!
Almanac Golden Gate Gose 5% (CA)
Another California beer!If there is anyone reading this and like me and has never heard of this type of beer before, I learned a good amount of background from our informative server at Upright! A Gose is an unfiltered wheat beer; it is brewed with ground coriander seeds and salt. Right off the bat the beer even smells salty, it is a cloudy yellow color. I take a sip and immediately want to spit it out, seriously it tastes like someone just took a margarita and dumped it in the beer. I would say this is without a doubt an acquired taste, but my taste buds are not used to this…I have to give the Gose
River Horse Hipp-O-Lantern Imperial Pumpkin Ale 8.5% (NJ)
OK who wouldn’t want to purchase a neat four pack of beer with a headless horseman holding a pumpkin and riding a hippo? I’m giving the people over at River Horse style points for their festive yet bizarre label. As you might of guessed from my last post about Harpoon Breweries Octoberfest, I am a fan of autumn beers.The Hipp-O-Lantern pumpkin is dark amber with a creamy white head. It smells of pumpkin and cinnamon and molasses. The head seems to lock in all the flavors; I considered it a savory treat! The first gulp is fantastic, the pumpkin spices are not overpowering, it is slightly sweet, have I sold you??
Against the Grain ‘Galangal Action’ Watermelon Ale 4.8% (KY)
Ah, the watermelon ale…I was eager to try this one because I had never dabbled in a watermelon beer before.I cleanse my pallet with some French fries and a swig of water. This ale smells sweet, I take a sip and am hit with a floral mouth feel throughout, but then I am taken a back by a weird sensation…the flavor profile drastically changes as soon as you swallow and BAM there’s the watermelon! This beer is light, sweet and easily drinkable.
Finback ‘Le Porter Kaldi’ Coffee Porter 6.8% (NY)
UGH, I excused myself from the table for a few minutes and I returned to find that this coffee porter had been added to the flight list. I am only disappointed because I am not a coffee drinker nor do I like very dark beers…but it added diversity! I admit I think I was the only one at the table who didn’t enjoy this brew. It has a caramel smell to it, and leaves you with the same bitter aftertaste as coffee does. It has a burnt and smoky finish …I actually think it is more comparable to a cup of coffee than a pint of beer. A rating of 1 ½ stars may be harsh, but just like the Gose I gotta listen to my taste buds…they definitely wouldn’t want me to order another one.
As custom I will leave you with some literature, now go out and drink some beer people!
"Fill with mingled cream and amber,
I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber
Through the chamber of my brain —
Quaintest thoughts — queerest fancies
Come to life and fade away;
What care I how time advances?
I am drinking ale today."
-Edgar Allen Poe
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