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Review of To Øl Final Frontier

Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the To Øl Final Frontier produced by the To Øl Brewery located in Frederiksberg C, Denmark.

This will be my first review of anything from these guys, so let’s get to the website, to-ol.dk, for some information regarding this beer.

“Nature is Satan’s Church”

This is it!  The sequel to the hop success of First Frontier.  This beer is the final in every way.  We recommend it as the final of your evening!

This is an extremely potent and yet well balanced Double India Pale Ale.

This beer is well suited in extreme environments, whether it be Siberian winter, Volcano eruptions on Java, Danish earthquakes (They exist!) or rush hour.  This beer is seeking out frontiers and built for the test.  

Sounds great!!!  Let’s drink.

This brew came in an 11.2 oz. bottle and it had an ABV of 9.0%.

It poured a hazy, caramel brown to orange color.  The crown was off white, soft, soapy and rocky.  It was sized wonderfully and it provided and excellent retention time.  The lacing looked pretty darn good too.  Tons of foam and bubbles were left sticking to the side of the glass.

The nose brought forth some fresh and juicy hints of pineapple, grapefruit and orange.  A very light aroma of pine and resin as well as a solid bit of caramel sweetness underneath.  Just a smidgen of alcohol was detected deep within.  A very nice and well balanced bouquet in my opinion.

The taste seemed to release more of the caramel malt than was found on the nose.  A lot more dank resin too.  The bitter hops were still present and quite a bit of the fruity grapefruit, pineapple and orange citrus were recounted also.  Just a touch of a biscuity/grain flavor blended in very nicely while a slight redolence of booze made itself known at the back end.

The mouthfeel was a sturdy medium.  Very smooth, chewy, sticky and dry.  A light feeling of warmth was felt from the alcohol and a good, medium strength carbonation made for an easy swallow.  An excellent amount of flavor was left behind after each sip too.

Man, this was a great little beer.  Definitely a sleeper in my opinion.  I wish I would have picked up another bottle.  It had enough character to satisfy most any craft beer drinker and it is easy enough to drink that it would be a great introductory beer for someone looking to try a DIPA if they have yet to do so.  I believe that the To Øl Final Frontier could be enjoyed at anytime of the year as well.  With that bit of warmth it would even be satisfactory during the cooler months.  So, if you guys happen to see this bottle relaxing on the shelf and being overlooked by most everyone in the store, pick it up and give it a test drive.  I really doubt that you will be disappointed.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.2 out of 5
Grade:  A-      

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Country: Denmark, To Øl

 

Review of Three Floyds Gorch Fock

Hello everyone.  Thanks for checking back in on another review.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Three Floyds Gorch Fock produced by the Three Floyds Brewing Company located in Munster, Indiana.

This is one Three Floyds brew that I’ve never tried, so when I saw it on the shelf I had to pick it up because I’m such a huge fan of everything else they produce.

Let’s see if we can find out a bit about this beer from the website, 3floyds.com.

A light golden colored Franconian style Helles Lager.  With a slightly sweet malt body, a noble hop profile and a crisp finish this beer is as traditional as we’ll ever get.  

Let’s get it poured.

The Gorch Fock has an ABV of 5.0% and it comes in a 22 oz. bottle.

It poured a clear, orangish/yellow color with a white, soapy, fizzy head.  It was quite small and the retention time left a little to be desired.  The lacing was somewhat subpar as well.  Unusual for a Three Floyds beer I thought.

The nose brought forth a clean, crisp, bready nose.  Hints of crackers with some lightly fruity undertones.  Orange maybe?  A significant grassy and grainy hop profile.  It wasn’t overly complicated or “deep” with the aroma, however it was balanced fairly well.

The taste was, again, very grassy and grainy.  Precise bready malts.  A decent hop profile from some earthy characteristics.  A little bit of sweetness from the light fruit savor was found to offset some of the dry biscuit and bread base.  Very solid for the style I must say.  It tasted very nice.

The mouthfeel was medium to medium/light.  Clean, crisp, fairly dry, snappy, thirst quenching and refreshing.  The carbonation was good, but only a so-so amount of flavor was left behind after the sip.  

Well, I thought this beer was definitely solid and sturdy.  Especially considering the style.  It’s not an overly complicated or robust beer, however it’s a very easy drink and when I had this back in the Summer it really sat well with the heat.  I think this beer would really be great at a Summer BBQ or a friendly get-together.  I’m not usually a huge fan of Helles Lagers, but I doubt that I would ever turn this down if it were offered.  I’d suggest you guys give it a test run next Summer when it hits the bottle shops again.  If you’ve had the Three Floyds Gorch Fock before let me know what you thought of it.  Did you like it?  Feel free to leave a comment if you want.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Score:  3.8 out of 5
Grade:  B+   

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2012 in Country: USA, Three Floyds

 

Review of Arcadia Ales XV

Hello everyone.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Arcadia Ales XV produced by the Arcadia Brewing Company located in Battle Creek, Michigan.

I need to give a special shout out to Mr. Liquid Bread (aka. Chris Phillips) for sending me this rare brew that was only available at the brewery. 

From the website, arcadiaales.com, we find this bit of information about this particular beer. 

Brewed for Arcadia’s 15th anniversary.  Malt beverage with cherries aged with french oak barrels.  Note:  NOT to be confused with Arcadia 15.

Let’s drink this bad boy!!!

This brew came in a 22 oz. bottle and, unfortunately, I have no idea about the ABV.

It poured a relatively clear mixture of color from brown to ruby red to grape.  An off white head was formed to a decent size with a fairly easy pour.  It was slightly soapy and a few large bubbles were present right at the spot of the pour.  The retention time was short and the lacing was a touch meager, however it did leave a ring of foam around the top as well as a nice film of alcohol on the sides of the snifter.

The nose brought forth a beautiful dose of soured cherries.  Some tartness, but not a tremendous amount however.  Lovely woody/oak hints along with a very slight waft of dark bread.  Definitely a red wine type of profile.  Balanced pretty darn well I thought.

Within the taste I found both cherries and grapes that produced a very manageable amount of sourness and tartness.  Only the most faint vinegar savor.  The breadiness was quite subdued too.  The woody/oak popped in at the back end, but it wasn’t that forthcoming either.  It was a great compliment and balancing act for the dark fruits however.  It still tasted rather nice I must say.  Just not overly robust or “loud”.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Smooth, yet a little bit sharp and bitey at the very beginning.  Kind of lively in regards to the carbonation too.  Just a little smidgen of warmth was felt and not a whole lot of flavor was left behind on the palate after each sip.  It vanished a little quicker than I thought it might.

Overall, I thought this to be a pretty good beer.  Solid and sturdy.  Easily worth a try if you are able to obtain a bottle.  It’s very easy to drink and very wine like.  It started somewhat “meh” and uncomplicated, although as it warmed and moved along it became very nice and worthwhile.  Again, I need to thank Mr. Liquid Bread for taking the time to ship this bottle to me.  Be sure to check out his Beer Review Show mrliquidbread.wix.com/mrliquidbread sometime.  Hilarious stuff to say the least.  Also, if you have tried the Arcadia Ales XV let me know what you thought about it.  Feel free to leave a comment anytime.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.0 out of 5
Grade:  B+  

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2012 in Arcadia Ales, Country: USA

 
 
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