theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Multiple samples at the Boulevard tasting room, post tour. Pour is a hazed brown copper, with a smallish off white head. Aroma is bright and fresh spice, additional fresh pine hops, mineral earthiness and caramel malt in the back. Taste is the malt initially, sweet and grainy, a touch acidic, and then turns to the spice and hop to close out the finish. Additionally, there is a pleasant bright earthy clove spice in the finish. Palate is medium bodied, very natural unfiltered mouth feel, lower level of carbonation. Some slickness through the finish. This beer is bright and fresh, quite vibrant. I have been able to try this the last few years, and its always a lot of fun, just bushels of flavor.
Strykzone (4195) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the Augusta Bottoms tasting. Obviously this brewery has a sense of humor. Hence the name. I had to ask their very attractive local rep for a Nutsack. This was a combination brewing of their Nutcracker and the hop sack from, I think, their Single Wide IPA. The result was a well hopped IPA with a unique and delicious spicy aspect. The name made this a fun beer but the flavor said it was seriously well brewed.
vyvvy (3419) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled a ridiculous amount of times at Augusta Bottom Beer Fest 2010 - monster thanks to the Blvd crew for bringing this ultra-rare treat. Pours hazy amber with a small beige head. The aroma has an overload of juicy fresh green hops that are floral and fruity with smooth citrus. The malt is very mellow, smooth and richer than nutcracker. While the malt is richer this is a very hop dominated beer. The body is medium and lush with a mild amount of semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts smooth with smooth toasted malt and a huge amount of hops, but there is not abrasive bitterness - just a smoothness to everything here. The hops show grapefruit, pine and spiciness. The finish is much of the same, but leave the mouth coated with hop resin. The was delicious and possibly the best thing Iíve had from Blvd.