Thursday, October 23, 2008

The 505 is Blowin' Up

In other words, we are getting more good beers released here in Albuquerque every week.

If you read my previous post about the Denver trip, you will recall me finding Sam Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsener and calling it "a nice score". Well score one for the locals because this beer is now available in Albuquerque. This 8.8% beer is the hoppiest of all Sam Adams varieties so if you are used the the sameness in flavor of many Sam Adams beers, keep an open mind and try this one. It's hard to believe that German hops could produce such high IBUs. Jubilation is the first to receive this beer, and they are selling the Sam for $9.49 a four-pack. I paid more in Denver.

More wet hop goodness in a bottle, this time from Great Divide. Their Fresh Hop Pale Ale has been one of my favorites since it first came to town in 2006. This beer is 6.1%, and is categorized as a pale ale, but has always had more of an IPA finish to me, more so than Hop Trip or Harvest. Great Divide has recently changed their labeling to a "sleeker" look, but to me they are less recognizablr now so keep a sharp eye out for their beers. This is another Jubilation find, $4.99 for a 22 oz. bottle.

Redhook follows the coffee stout trend with DB- Double Black. This beer, infused with coffee, is labeled as an imperial stout but is 7%, which seems a little light for an imperial. I'm saving this for colder weather but if you have tried it let me know. I don't have high hopes for the beer, knowing that this is the same company that produces Longhammer IPA, but I do have a soft spot for Redhook. After all, it was a 12-pack of Winterhook, bought on sale at Quarters for $4.99, that lured a certain girl over to my house for the first time, and eight years later we are still together.

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