Ernest (6834) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Head is initially huge, fizzy/frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy light yellow. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs, grass, resin), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), with a strong note of lemon zest, other notes of pepper, band-aid, sour apple, sage. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, fizzy/lively carbonation, lively alcoholic. As with Bitter Monk and Love Buzz, this brewer is kind of difficult to rate. The feeling I keep getting is one of missed opportunities. Love Buzz could have been 4+ quality if heíd toned down the alcohol and hops (and left out the spices). This guy has brewing skills without a doubt, but the end results are always a bit of a mixed bag, like a cook that uses too many ingredients but still ends up with a reasonably enjoyable concoction. I think heís held back only by his lack of focus with any recipe...and this is a terrific example of that problem: lots of hops, barrel aging, Brettanomyces, fruit, spices...itís a mess, honestly. A pretty good mess, yes, but still a mess.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A funky banana bread with dry oak and citrusy hops. Fantastic beer by AnchorageÖ again
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed fresh a few weeks after purchase
The look: Cloudy yellow-blonde body topped by a medium white head leaving lots of lacings on the glass
In long: Nose has a big bold funk with citrus and tropical fruits hops and banana esters. The funk here was very Jolly Pumpkin-ish, more so than with previous Anchorage offerings. Taste is just that. A whole lot funk, and then more funk, banana bread, notes of woody white wine, mangos, white grapefruits. Dry woody finish with a mild bitterness. Nourishing body, a bomb of funk, a complexity that is hard to put into words, another kick-ass beer from Anchorage. Jolly pumpkin has competition of their throne of king of American funky beers. I really love this Anchorage, and Iím certain when this brewery is making their main goal is to please me, and that makes me wonder what the world would revolve around if I didnít exist.
Stine (1677) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gorgeous, thick blonde pour. The aroma is a medley of everything expected in proper proportions; citrus, peppercorns, green spice, and leafy hops. Brett becomes obvious in a big pineapple tang that doesnít really show sourness yet, and thereís a substantive white wine oak character that serves to smooth everything over. Also like the way the zesty greenness of the hops kind of dances around, hard to follow.
Ripe wheat and hops flavor, highlighted by clove, white tea, and green herbs. The wine yeast constantly seems to surround things here, and the brett is of course laid back; as such the flavor of this right now is a lovely depiction of hops, wheat, and oak/wine in quiet harmony. When the brett comes roaring out it will surely be fabulous in a new way, but the flavor now is something to seek out. Itís pungent, and mysterious, but approachable.
Creamy palate with bite. Thereís a pungency in the finish that reminds me of what Bam Biere used to taste like. Coriander, and a certain bitter-saltiness. Thereís so much going on here and because itís all somewhat predictable, this is less than enchanting. Still, yes, itís great.
doublebock (532) - California, USA - SEP 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy golden-yellow with very frothy white head. Beautiful fresh of the vine hop aroma. Big grapefruit flavor with ginger, butter, pepper and coriander followed by the crisp dry hops . Iím not picking up the sour that I thought would be there with Brett.
reebtogi (4962) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml corked bottle opened with a good pop and pours a cloudy straw color with a huge rocky white head that retains weel and leaves some good lacing on the glass. Aroma is fruity with some grass and hints of yeast. Taste is a fruity and grainy malt sweetness and an earthy hop bitterness and some yeast in the finish. Overall, a very interesting brew which is medium bodied with genereous carbonation and highly recommended.
deyholla (8568) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear pale yellowish gold with a white head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a nice combination of light fruit, light pine and citrus hops, with lmust/funk and a hint of clove. Flavor begins with light fruit and musty grass hops with a bit of citrus and funk underlying. Slightly dry finish.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Pours hazy/cloudy pale yellow, thin white head, great lacing. Nose is Galaxy hops, white wine, coriander, lemon, lemongrass, wheat. Flavours of spicy tropical fruit, lemon, clean wheat and kaffir lime. Perfume, ginger, sooooooo pretty. Really loving this stuff! Another top-class Anchorage brew!
Rasmus40 (14419) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy yellow with a lasting white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, yeasty, bretty, white wine and rather hoppy - fruity. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 140912
chrisv10 (13131) - DENMARK - SEP 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ FOneFan. Hazy dark yellow with medium white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, herbs and hops. Flavour is malt, fruit, hops, medium carbonation, brett, dry and medium bitter.
Dedollewaitor (14836) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Really Late Ulfborg Summer Tasting, 2012. Pours cloudy yellow with a frothy white head. Nose is brett, summer fruit, brett, melon and fruity hops. White wine and oak - subdued. Crisp and dry. This brewery is bananas!