Hoopla Pale Ale Review

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What I drank: Hoopla Pale Ale, from Boulder Beer Company

Taste: 6/10

Price: $

Alcohol Volume: 5.70%

The all important taste/price/potency satisfaction ranking: 6/10

Final thoughts:
This was a good beer. I think because i drank it with a burger, it was a 7/10 at the time. I didn’t have any bitterness that you get from some pale ales, although it didn’t have a lot of flavor either. I liked the fact that it was from a can too. It’s not something I would buy again, but I did enjoy it.

Have you ever had Hoopla Pale Ale? Where would you rate it?

Cheers!
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Don Julio 1942 Review

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I was given a bottle of Don Julio 1942 by my brother for my 30th birthday. Needless to say, being a tequila fan, I was quite excited. This stuff did not disappoint at all. Don Julio 1942 is some pretty high-end stuff and you can tell by the exquisite packaging. If you’re trying to impress a boss, or father-in-law who is a fan of tequila, go big and get them this stuff.

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Ok, on with the review, in our standard format:

What I drank: Don Julio 1942 Anejo Tequila

Taste: 10/10

Price: $$$$

Alcohol Volume: 40%

The all important taste/price/potency satisfaction ranking: N/A – it is not fair to rate this here, because the price tag is so high. Here’s the thing – it’s a really, really good tequila. If you can afford the price, it’s a 10/10 here. If $100+/bottle is nuts to you, obviously it would get a very low rating.

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This is definitely worth trying at least once in your life. If you find a restaurant that has it, bite the bullet and buy a shot!
Here’s a quote from BevMo’s site, which I 100% agree with: “Don Julio 1942 is one of the best tequilas produced. Aged in oak barrels for over one year, the tequila has a natural golden brown color and an exceptionally smooth taste.”

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Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout Review

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What I drank: Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout

Taste: 4/10

Price: $$

Alcohol Volume: 7%

The all important taste/price/potency satisfaction ranking: 4/10

Final thoughts:
This was disappointing. I have tried and enjoyed a handful of beers by Samuel Smith and I was very disappointed. This beer was the weakest Imperial Stout I have had. It also had a burnt taste and lacked the sweet smoothness of an Imperial like Old Rasputin.

Have you ever had Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout? Where would you rate it?

Cheers!
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Basically Free Pabst Blue Ribbon if Your Find this Rebate

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Heads up, there’s a sweet rebate out there that basically means free Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. Yep, free Pabst!

The rebate says get $10 back by mail when you buy a 12pk. or larger of Pabst (that is always less than $10) and $10.01 or more of Summer Essentials, which the rebate defines as: grilling meats, produce, condiments, charcoal, non-alcoholic beverages and/or ice. So basically anything. Buy anything and a 12+ pack of Pabst and get $10 back by mail. Well, not anything but you get the idea. This is easy FREE BEER. Well, almost beer. :D

Buy the stuff, send off fthe form and in a few weeks, (just when you forgot all about it) you’ll get a nice little check in the mail!

If you are lucky enough to get this in the “no beer purchase required” states, I envy you because that is straight up free groceries!

The rebate expires 9/30/13, so you have some time to search for it.

Sacramento people, I found a rebate form attached to just about every single case of PBR across from the meat department at the Safeway on K and Alhambra.

Speakeasy Prohibition Ale Review

Speakeasy Prohibition Ale Review

What I drank: Speakeasy Prohibition Ale

Taste: 7/10

Price: $$

Alcohol Volume: 6.10%

The all important taste/price/potency satisfaction ranking: 7/10

Final thoughts:
This was a solid ale. Lots of flavor and not much bitterness, which is a great combination for an ale. Plus the bottle is cool, so there’s some brownie points earned there.

Have you ever had Speakeasy Prohibition Ale? Where would you rate it?

Cheers!
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Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale Review

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What I drank: Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale aka The Perfect Beer

Taste: 10/10

Price: $$

Alcohol Volume: 9.4%

The all important taste/price/potency satisfaction ranking: 11/10

Final thoughts:
Yep. This beer goes to eleven. Another amazing beer from North Coast Brewing Co. Those guys know what they are doing. This beer is smooth, full of flavor and packs enough punch to cheer you up! The taste is a little sweet, with just a tiny touch or tartness. It is the absolute perfect blend of taste and potency. This is one of the 5 best beers I have ever had.

Have you ever had Brother Thelonious? Where would you rate it?

Cheers!
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Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier Review

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What I drank: Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier

Taste: 6/10

Price: $

Alcohol Volume: 5.50%

The all important taste/price/potency satisfaction ranking: 5/10

Final thoughts:
This was okay. It definitely had a blackberry flavor. I am not a fan of wheat beers, so I am biased on this one. It wasn’t spectacular, especially once it started losing the ice coldness. This is a good beer if you’re trying to transition someone into drinking beer.

Have you ever had Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier? Where would you rate it?

Cheers!
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Allagash Black Belgian Style Stout Review

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What I drank: Allagash Black Belgian Style Stout

Taste: 8/10

Price: $$

Alcohol Volume: 7.5%

The all important taste/price/potency satisfaction ranking: 9/10

Final thoughts:
This was a good one. I am a fan of stouts and this did not disappoint. It had a ton of flavor and was leaning a little toward the imperial stout territory. Very similar to Obsidian Stout.

Have you ever had Allagash Black Belgian Style Stout? Where would you rate it?

Cheers!
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Strubbel’s Flemish Red Ale Review

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What I drank: Strubbel’s Flemish Red Ale

Taste: 3/10

Price: $$

Alcohol Volume: 6.5%

The all important taste/price/potency satisfaction ranking: 1/10

Final thoughts:
This was honestly one of the most disappointing beers I have ever had. Red ales are some of my favorite beers. This one seemed to be trying way too hard. It was incredibly sour for a red and had a general funky taste. The only reason I choked down the whole bottle was because I didn’t want to waste the $4 I spent on it.

Have you ever had Strubbel’s Flemish Red Ale? Where would you rate it?

Cheers!
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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Review

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What I drank: Sierra Nevada Summerfest

Taste: 7/10

Price: $

Alcohol Volume: 5%

The all important taste/price/potency satisfaction ranking: 7/10

Final thoughts:
Good beer. If it’s hot as hell outside and you want something to cool down, one of these ice cold is about as good as it gets. It’s not too fancy that you don’t want to take some big sips, and it’s also not Coors Light. It’s a step up from the cheap American beers but not too heavy that you can’t drink a couple of them.

Have you ever had Sierra Nevada Summerfest? What did you think of it? Let me know!

Cheers!
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