Peak Organic Hop Blanc

peak_hopblancBrewer: Peak Organic Brewing, Portland, ME
Style: White IPA
ABV: 6.4%
IBUs: Unspecified

Description:  Fresh from Portland Maine comes this White IPA, part of Peak Organic’s regular lineup. It is brewed using local wheat and Belgian yeast, and then bittered using a combination of West Coast Centennial, Simcoe and Citra hops.

Tasting Notes: Yet another sampling from the Advent Beer Calendar, this White IPA was a fitting example of this resurgent style of beer. Wheat malt and Belgian yeast provide a smooth, refreshing base, with is then accompanied by notes of citrus and tropical fruit that pair nicely with the yeast’s spicy finish.

Appearance: Deep gold, cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Wheat malt, yeast, coriander, orange, spice
Taste: Smooth malt, mild tang, yeast, orange zest and fruit, spicy finish
Aftertaste: Lingering orange zest, yeast bitterness
Overall: 8.5/10



Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale

Arrogant_bastard_aleBrewer: Stone Brewery, Escondido, CA
Style: Strong Dark Ale (bit indeterminate)
ABV: 7.2%
IBU: ??? (high)

Description: First brewed back in 1997, Arrogant Bastard Ale was a tribute to craft brewing and a giant middle finger in the face of mass brewing and generic beer. Employing strong malts, a high alcohol content, and a hefty dose of unidentified hops, this beer defies convention and classification.

Tasting Notes: This beer is aptly named, and I do feel like it was brewed with people like me in mind! I mean, just look at the name on my blog. And I have been hearing its name uttered for quite some time by craft beer enthusiasts, so its high time I drank some. In terms of taste, it comes off in the vicinity between a strong dark ale and an IPA, with a darkly roasted malt base and a hefty dose of hops. It’s not exactly well-balanced, or easy-drinking, but it makes its point, and without a hint of subtlety!

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Roasted malt, grassy, herbal notes, floral and citrus hops
Taste: Rich malt, hint of sweetness, strong notes of dry, herbal and citrus hop flavor
Aftertaste: Lingering hop bitterness, citrus rind and malt flavor
Overall: 8.25/10