Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Maker's Mark

God created the possibility of whiskey to be distilled and he is a genious for it. I've been absent from my writing because I haven't been drinking. Sorry to the three people that maybe stop by this blog once in a blue moon. 

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

More of the Mojo

This is kind of a step backwards in my reviews. A few weeks back I wrote a review on Boulder Beer Company's Mojo Risin Double IPA. Well, I wish I had saved a single of it because my roommate came home the other day with Mojo IPA, the normal IPA released by this brewery. I wish I had saved a single because then I could go back and forth. 

To keep the story short on this one tonight. I gave the Mojo Risin an 8.5 in my review and it had twice the flavor, twice the ingredients, and basically was twice as good as the original. Don't get me wrong, I think that the Mojo IPA is a great IPA, but I can see that Boulder doubled up on the original for a reason. It has more hops. Bottom line.

If weed is a gateway drug, consider this a gateway IPA. It's a good starter for those who aren't ready for complete and utter bitterness. Mojo IPA was Boulder Beer's 4th addition to the Looking Glass Series doesn't rise quite as far up as the Mojo Risin did, but I'd still give it a 

out of ten

Just one point down from the Mojo Double IPA on the overall scale.
But as far as IPAs go, I give this one a 5. 
It seems I now have two scales, an overall and an IPA scale. The Dude just keeps on thinking of new stuff. Shucks. Goodnight.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Shipyard Blue Fin Stout

So I'm not sure if it's because the beer has been sitting in a store awhile, how cold it was, or if it's just the beer. But I have to say, I've found the first Shipyard brew that been questionable to me. 

Shipyard's Blue Fin Stout doesn't entirely please my palette this time around. I have a feeling it might be better at a lower temperature or even on tap. Although, some say this is better drank warm, I disagree. This Irish dry stout is just too dry for me. 

It has a very dark blackish pour and a tan head. It looks like it would taste better than it is. It has a very thin taste for how rich it looks. I was looking for more of a creamy stout. The taste has a roasted cocoa feel to it, but it's more of a bitter cocoa. You can taste the hops, which I normally enjoy. It doesn't work well in this brew though. It's not a terrible stout, but it's not an amazing one either. An apology to my favorite Portland, Maine brewery, but this stout gets a... 

out of ten