Hello everyone! I haven’t done a video in a while. I apologize for that. I’ve recently had a baby and filming/editing has become difficult to fit into my schedule. But I can usually find the time for writing, so I’m starting a blog section on this site with tasting notes, educational articles, opinions, and more. I’ll still keep doing videos when I have the time, and I will probably do a lot more Instagram style short videos (people seemed to like those).
So to kick off the ‘Bry’s Blog’ section, I thought I’d start with a regular weekly column I call ‘Bry’s Saturday Six Pack Sampler’. Basically, I’ll take home six beers from our mix-a-six section every week and write a review on them. It’s similar to what I already do on Untappd, but it gives me a chance to go more in depth.
You may see a product (or several) on here that I didn’t enjoy. This in no way reflects the store’s feelings about that company. My posts are based entirely off of my own palate and tasting experience, and are meant to be an educational resource for our customers.
I will now take questions from the audience. Yes, the man in the powder blue corduroy blazer.
“You mean you’re going to drink a whole six pack every Saturday night?”
Good god man, I’m not an alcoholic. I’m a professional. Actually I’ll probably drink them over the course of a few nights and post it on Saturday. Or, just open them all on Saturday, sample them, drink one or two I like and dump the rest.
“Dump the rest? But that’s wasteful!”
I never said I was a saint. Next question please.
“I follow you on Untappd—”
That wasn’t a question, but thank you—
“I wasn’t finished…”
Sorry, go ahead.
“Anyways, I follow you on Untappd and I notice your reviews here are slightly different than what you give in the app. Why the discrepancy?”
Ah. Well, I tend to Untapp beers upon my initial reaction. I open, pour, sip, and Untapp all very quickly. The entries here are given a bit more thought, so I may raise or lower the score after a bit of introspection. Generally, the ratings you read here are my final verdict.
“Does a beer’s price factor into your rating?”
Typically not, but if it does I will mention it. I like to base a beer on it’s taste merits alone, but if I feel the beer is a rip off or a bargain for the money, I’ll consider it. With these ’Six Pack Sampler’ articles, every sampler pack I buy is $10, so they all pretty much cost the same, which levels the price playing field as far as I’m concerned. When I review bombers, where the price can fluctuate from $5 to $20+ a bottle, I will be more apt to mention and factor price into the equation.
“Where can I see all of your reviews?”
You can find me on Untappd (either by Bryan Chapel or by my username: Everetts), but I also plan on compiling them into a searchable database in the future. Stay tuned!
“What’s your favorite color?”
Dutch Boy D26-1 ‘Sunlit Forest’ Green. One last question. You, in the Blackhawks jersey.
“Do you sell Spotted Cow?”
…I think we’re done here.
Southern Tier. Hop Sun.
American Wheat Ale. 5.1% ABV.
Very easy going from start to finish. The wheat is evident on the nose and palate, even adding a bit of a biscuity texture, if that makes sense. Bright lemony citrus, a touch of sweetness, and a hint of piney hop to finish it off. Not bad. I preferred this on the colder side as the hops can get a touch soapy upon warming.
Rating: 3.25 / 5
Boulevard Brewing Co. Entwined Ale.
Malt Beverage Brewed With Grape Juice. 4.1% ABV.
Since my beverage industry expertise began with wine, I’m a big fan of wine inspired beers like Dogfish Head Noble Rot and Sixty-One, which are brewed with the musts of Viognier and Syrah respectively. Boulevard is in this same vein and is brewed with Muscat grape juice. The beer has a crisp, tart, wine like acidity that is clean and refreshing. You certainly taste the grape character, but even though Muscat was used, the brew stays dry from front to back. The carbonation is light, but it almost seems to continuously bubble in my glass like champagne. Overall, quite good. (I will be revisiting this one later in the year. The bottle says Best By January 2015. I’m interested in how it will evolve.)
Rating: 4.0 / 5
Smuttynose Brewing Company. Bouncy House.
India Pale Ale. 4.3% ABV. 86 IBU.
Opens with bright citrus and pine followed by a pleasantly malty mid-palate. The finish is a bit too cloyingly bitter, for my taste anyway, and I think it throws the beer a bit out of balance. Not crazy about it.
Rating: 2.5 / 5
Central Waters Brewing Co. Lac Du Bay.
English Style IPA. 7.5% ABV.
Right off the bat I noticed the beer’s rich coppery color. Toffee malt flavors abound, but without the viscous sweetness that typically follows those flavors. Easy going hops come in on the back end to clean the palate and tie it all up tight. Well done!
Rating: 4.0 / 5
Bent River Brewing Company. Raspberry Wheat.
Wheat Beer with raspberries added. 4.81% ABV. 20.4 IBU.
True and vibrant raspberry flavor with a slight, jaw-clenching tartness. I could drink more of this than the average fruit beer. Very easy going and fun, without going all raspberry soda on your taste buds.
Rating: 3.75 / 5
Deschutes Brewery. Twilight Summer Ale.
American Blonde Ale. 5% ABV. 35 IBU.
One of my favorite summer seasonals. Clean and smooth. Sweet up front but finishes crisp. Overall, very well balanced.
Rating: 4.5 / 5