Top 5 Beers – As of now. (3 for now)

1. Stone Brewing Company Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale (Strong Ale)

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard is a beer that simply states on its label that it is extraordinarily powerful. This beer overpowers your pallet to the point where it is unlikely that you will wish to try another beer after. Not because it is so good (it is, but that’s not the point) but merely because your taste buds need a nap to recover from being onslaughted by hop bitterness and a heavy amount of roasted malts.

The style of this beer is an American Strong Ale. A veritable catchall style in the beer industry of American takes on Belgian Strong ales, but with the use of American hops, malts and specifically yeasts.

2. Lagunitas Brewing Company Hop Stoopid Ale (IIPA)

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This is another adventurous beer. A little back story is needed here. I am quite the appreciator of high ABV beers. I seldomly drink anything that is not labeled Imperial, Strong, Double, Dubbel, or Triple. Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale, like the beer above is one of quite high alcohol. To be exact, 8%. This brew features an unorthodox brewing procedure. Instead of adding the hops to the wort pre-boil, during boil and finishing hops afterward, Hop Stoopid gets hop resin/extract or essentially a hop “tea” added in at boiling time. Though normally hop extract is often considered a cheap alternative to whole hops, in this beverage the extract brings out a whole different characteristic. Try this one if you really want to be kicked in the teeth with a hop bomb.

3. Great Lakes Brewing Company Edmund Fitzgeral (Porter)

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Though contrary to my obsession with high alcohol beers the Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter is an outstanding beer. To me, this is the quintessential beer for the cozying up need a fire in a log cabin type of beer. When the cold winter months roll around I crave a nice dark mocha chocolaty sipper like this. Brewed with the classic Great Lakes Cascade hops and dark roasted Two row (I think) malts, the balance of this beer is outstanding. Flavors of strong burnt coffee and dark chocolate attack your tongue. I carries a slight alpha acid hop bitterness in the beginning, but finishes off with a lingering roasty flavor that keeps this beer around in your mouth for hours. My only complaint about this beer is the over carbonation of it, but it is merely a pet peeve rather than an actual negative. Support Cleveland, buy Great Lakes.

I’ll finish up the last two a bit later. Finals study time.

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2 Responses to Top 5 Beers – As of now. (3 for now)

  1. Davud says:

    Great post – I have had La Fin Du Monde and am kinda wishy-washy on it. I really liked it the first time I had it, and then really disliked it the second time. More research needed. And you’re right, buy Great Lakes.

    • phaiel says:

      I’d get into a Belgian Hefeweizen (especially given that it’s getting warm out now) before I’d really sink my teeth into Belgian Tripels. It’s a great bear, but you gotta give some time for that Belgian yeast and spicing to grow on you. It may never. I’m sure you’ll get acquainted to it this summer with me being home.

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