Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bell's Mars

This 10.1% ABV Double India Pale Ale is Mars, The Bringer of War. It is the first of a seven part series of beers inspired by Gustav Holst's musical composition "The Planets." It is from Bell's Brewery of Comstock, Michigan.

The beer pours a deep amber with reddish tint. Mars is the red planet right? There is a tall, fairly thick head of off-white foam. The aroma is round, full of orange and tangerine, some subdued tropical fruit, guava and passion fruit, but also a bit spicy. The taste follows the aromas, alcohol upfront and very present, spicy, some tea with lemon, and some peach. The finish is very bitter and gives a strange mouthfeel like artificial sweeteners do. It drinks round and smooth, with a mild carbonation. This drinks pretty hot. I got to it a bit late, bottled 7-31-14, anyone know what it was like fresh? 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bent Brewstillery Lakeside Blonde

This 5.7% ABV beer is described as a fruited amber blonde ale. It is from the Bent Brewstillery of Roseville, Minnesota. It takes the Nordic Blonde amber blonde ale and adds honey, passionfruit and guava. 

The beer pours light amber in color, the color of dark honey. There is a thin, short, fizzy, white head. The aroma is fairly mild, mostly passion fruit and guava. The taste is also mostly passion fruit and guava, a shot of sweet, but then a kick of fruity tartness. There is a mild bitterness, more passion fruit bitterness than hop bitterness. The intense fruit flavors make the beer seem thin and watery. There is some tingling of bubbly carbonation. This is an experiment that, for the most part, did not work for me.