Daily Archives: August 21, 2008

Review: Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA

An India Pale Ale (IPA) brewed by
Thomas Hooker

Bloomfield, Connecticut USA

ABV: 6.5%

Glassware: Tulip or pint

Yea, for Connecticut. There are a couple good ones from Connecticut and I don’t always count on them coming from Thomas Hooker but this IPA was nice. This Hooker poured a dark amber color with a very small head. It was dark for an IPA. It smelled nice and hoppy and had a slight carmel and malt-like aroma as well. On taste it was smooth and hoppy but still had that big malt backbone that was quite interesting. This was a good IPA. The beer finishes a bit sweet (maybe carmel like flavors). A good well balanced IPA. I was surprised and satisfied. 

Beer Advocate suggested food pairings: Cuisine (Curried, Thai) Cheese (peppery; Monterey / Pepper Jack, sharp; Blue, Cheddar, pungent; Gorgonzola, Limburger) Meat (Poultry, Fish, Shellfish, Salmon)

My ratebeer.com score: 3.5


Review: Oskar Blues Old Chub

A Scotch Ale brewed by
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Lyons, Colorado USA

ABV: 8%

Glassware: Mug or pint glass

Pours from the can – go figure – a dark brown with a nice head that reduces but remains for the entire experience. The lacing on the sides of the glass is perfect. A thick scotch ale that feels like it is textured on your tongue. Strong flavor of toffee and roasted malts.  It has a very rich malt flavor, great smoked character, lots of rich chocolate, a nice amount of balancing sweetness. An excellent, excellent scotch ale.

My ratebeer.com score: 4

News: Boston Belgian Beer Brouhaha


Just received yet another friendly reminder from the Alström Bros that Boston’s Belgian Beer Fest is right around the corner.

Here is the cursory schedule:

Friday, Sept. 26 > Night of the Funk – 50+ handpicked funk-a-licious beers, plus guest speakers and delicious food. $50 per person; all inclusive. Limited to ~600 tickets. 

Saturday, Sept. 27 > Sessions One & Two – 100+ beers from here and there, guest speaker panels, and two sessions. $40 per session; includes tastings and education. Limited to 1,000 tickets per session.

Check out http://beeradvocate.com/fests/bbf for more information.