"Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer." -Henry Lawson

Friday, 4 July 2014

Sierra Nevada Celebration

  Sierra Nevada Celebration (6.8%)
(4th of July Special)

Very Christmasy looking, kinda German feel about it. I'm very interested. Let's have a whiff.....actually pretty subtle, unlike Christmas marketing. What do I think on the most patriotic day of the year?? Reason to celebrate.....it's now any excuse to party and nothing to do with history or freedom. 

This beer epitomises this philosophy. Modest beverage, sadly drinking out of season, but at the end of the day we're here for the gaining of independence of a country so use that independence, experiment and instead of following the billboards and advertisement use your freedom to consciously choose your own path, be it occupation, home, lover but most importantly alcoholic beverage. 

Happy 4th of July, Bob Law will leave you with this.....
"Whatever you are, be a good one" Lincoln

Reasonable solution

Red Hook, Long Hammer IPA

 Red Hook, Long Hammer IPA (6.2%)
(4th of July Special)

http://res.cloudinary.com/ratebeer/image/upload/w_250,c_limit,q_85,d_beer_def.gif/beer_67663.jpgLabel makes me want to get involved in action activities.....this I like, but is it enough to make a great beer? That remains to be seen! 

The aroma is seriously pleasant, reminiscent of a floral garden in the lake valley's of Oregon. Good start, now for the first impressions in taste? Very understated, i fucking like this, it's deeee f'n lectable! For an average percentage beer, the taste remains consistently destinctive. I certainly could get (Red) Hooked on this bad boy. Probably the understated highlight of the day, strong, smooth, tasty and something drinkable upon Smith Rock or paddling the Deschuttes.  Bob Law's final thought: treat yourself to this scrumptious solution.

“The only woman I’m pimping is sweet lady beer! And I’m tricking her out all over this town.” - Hank Hill

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Kentucky IPA

Kentucky IPA (6.5%)
(4th of July Special)

Kentucky and foreign Indian pale ale? Shouldn't go together. I smell something fishy. And its not just the cod and chips that's been brought in. We've done research. 1999... ok. New to the scene. 

Smell is promising. The taste is hoppy and is surprisingly pleasant, unexpected compared to the shoddy label. They have numerous beers on the shelf which gives it the appearance of a well established brewery. I think we lucked out at their best. 

We're happy to announce it's actually Kenfucking good just like a cheap and cheerful English speaking Brazilian hooker. Goes down smoothingly easy. Like the aformentioned English speaking Brazilian hooker. Trying to keep up with market leaders like Brewdog and Stone brewery but unfortunately just misses the mark by a farmers mile. This doesn't take away from the pleasing taste but there's just not enough to get it past the post of the Bob Law Derby. Worth a try but in the long run notforal.com.

Rating: Reasonable Refreshment/Stamp of Approval

Anchor Liberty Ale

Anchor Brewing Liberty Ale (5.9%)
(4th of July Special)

http://res.cloudinary.com/ratebeer/image/upload/w_250,c_limit,q_85,d_beer_def.gif/beer_47.jpgAs American as it gets; liberty, bald eagle, crops and an anchor, the industries that kept this country running through it's darkest days. Bonus points already for label. Now to the important part: first, the smell... smells as dry as Michelle Obama going through the menopause. Hopefully the taste is more delightful. 

Crisp, tasty and slightly original. Like most of San Fran's residents, it could swing both ways. We decided it an appropriate titled drink given the day that's in it and we're not disappointed.....only just! Attempting to be a little too patriotic which loses points but regardless this is a decent feckin' ale, not a stand out and nothing to write home about......but don't fix what's not broken...."If you want to make enemies, try to change something" - Woodrow Wilson (Former president 1913 - 1921)

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4th of July 2014 special

Sierra Nevada: Ruthless Rye IPA (6.6%) 
(4th of July Special)

The label is complex. Ominous, but exciting. Reminds me of a Steinbeck novel. The initial sniff has me very intrigued, just like how Tom Cruise made it as an actor. I'm expecting something special. "Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty" (Jefferson), Real men enjoy the boisterous despotism only felt after a butchers dozen of a fine ale. Lets take a sip and compare. 

Liberty runs through the bubbles of this beverage, it's tense and lingering like Mel Gibson's next declaration during "The Patriot". As taste goes this is as comparable to the triumph and joy of impending freedom. Smooth, hoppy and as manly as a fruity taste could be. Freedom means....expression with no repercussions, ones right to be a cunt and the entire human races ability to not be reduced to drinking piss poor slop. 

All in all this is a thoroughly enjoyable tipple. Rustic from the label to the taste and ruthless on the brain cells. In short.....drink this you free living sons of immigrants!

One scrumptious solution