My Beer Pix

A visual tribute to beer and the people who love it.

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Dry Hopped Steam Beer

An offering from Anchor I had not tried.  I like it better than the regular steam beer.

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San Clemente Left Coast Pale Ale — The perfect ending to your week

I have a lot of go-to beers.  Sculpin IPA is one as long as there’s no fruit in it.  Coronado Idiot is just one of my all time favorites.   San Clemente Left Coast’s beer is just the right beer at the right time.  It’s better than Pizza Port’s Kook,  6.5% by volume.  Some nice crisp […]

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Rogness Taxon

A hoppy brown ale, with a hop bitterness on top of the roasted malt bitterness, all the way from Austin, Texas. Not really my style, but that didn’t stop me from finishing it.

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Graveyard’s Pale Ale

I had the draft version of this beer at Bressi Ranch some weeks back, and very much enjoyed it.  This 6.2% “San Diego” pale ale was made with Mosaic and a mix of Australian hops, and would be considered an IPA in other parts.   Though it’s supposed to be stocked at each of their […]

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Shockolate Wheat

The flavor is remenisent of a Tootsie-Roll dissolved in large quantity of soda water…more watery than Tootsie-Roll.  As one might imagine, it’s not very good.  Not sure how much better it would have been if we had fresh, whenever that would have been.  Couldn’t fine a date on the bottle, but snowflakes make me think […]

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Mohawk Bend 5th Anniversary Hoppy Ale

A 7% ABV collaboration IPA…from Mohawk, Tony’s Darts Away and Bagby Beer.  I’m told Mohawk and Tony’s Darts Away are owned by the folks from Golden Road.  I was pleased with it…went well with vegan happy hour foods.

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Peyote Pale Ale

The $4 pint for the night at Diablo Taco, from Baja Brewing.  It worked for me.   The day is looking up. 

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Soundcheck Wet Hop IPA 

A newer offering at Amplified Ale Works.  6% ABV, well balanced…get while you can cuz I doubt it will last long. 

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Mosaic Pale Ale

A 6% ABV from Figueroa Mountain Brewing.  Maybe the same as the Fig Mtn Mosaic I had elsewhere, indicating 5.5%..but with someone typing or writing it out on the beer menu, I’m  not so sure. Enjoyed both.

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Brew Your Mind Peach Please

I’m get zero fruit flavors or smell from this 6.5% ABV IPA that Michele smuggled back from her recent trip to Hungary.  Maybe it has no fruit but thought it needed it.   A somewhat dry bitter finish, that reminds me of grapefruit peel, overpowers any malty sweetness.  I’m enjoying it, though I think more […]

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Huff n Puff

A “Slovenian” pale ale from Pizza Port Bressi. Crisp and clean 4.8% abv. I didn’t even know there were Slovenian pale ales.

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Cuvee de Tomme 2008

Found this little gem in the beer cellar while doing a little re-arranging the other day. What carbonation there was is gone, but the tart raisin, cherry and malt remains. Pretty solid for an 8 year old.

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Beautiful Princess Yeasty Red Vagina Ale

Michele’s colorful name for this American amber ale, dry hopped with Mosaic, and made at do-it-yourself brewery, Citizen Brewers, during a party celebrating a good friend’s birthday, was sadly not selected as the official name for the beer.  I’d like think it was only because we did not make the label required for the group […]

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Champagne Velvet..

..Brand Beer. A 5.5% ABV pre-prohibition pilsner from Indiana’s Upland Brewing.  Not really my favorite style of beer, but decent enough..I ain’t pouring it out.  Also not wasting time with a glass…drinking right out of the can. Oddly the pale malt, or so I assume cuz the can is opaque, reminds me of unsalted oyster […]

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Hopster nyilván IPA

I’m pleasantly surprised by this 7.7% ABV American-style IPA that Michele smuggled back from her recent trip to Budapest. Balanced with pleasant hop flavors that linger slightly on the palate, and no malty sweet aftertaste. 

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Infinity+1

The 12.3% ABV triple IPA from Hess Brewing is quite nice.  No underlying sweetness in the base, just great hop flavors..which only linger on the pallet a short time urging you to take another sip.   I had a bottle couple months ago and enjoyed, but I think I like this bottle that’s been on […]

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Citracado IPA

Stone’s 20th Anniversary beer has resinous and dank hop flavors with lingering bitterness long after you’ve swallowed, or spit it out… if’n that’s your thing.   No malty sweetness that you can find in some higher gravity IPA.  This one’s clocking in at a respectable 9% ABV. It’s working for me at the moment. 

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Cutthroat Pale in Utah

One thing I do like about the craft beer revolution is that you can get a good beer in Utah. On a Sunday.

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Über Jam

I’m like’n this 6.6% ABV Belgian-style ale.  Somewhat sweet up front, mild bitterness on the finish, and overall refreshing.  A new offering from our friends at Amplified Ale Works.

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Oneida 

Enjoyed this 5.8% ABV hoppy pale ale from Modern Times Beer Company.  Not sure if it is pronounced wăn-ee-tah, or won-ee-dah, or oh-nee-dah…

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Barba Pale Ale 

We found an alley with plenty of shadow, a nice breeze and the local brewery’s beer on draft.  The draft version is much better than the bottle of the same beer we tried earlier. The bottle was flat and too sweet..almost syrupy. On draft it’s still malty, but in addition to the better mouth feel […]

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Benevolent Son IPA

Another in a long list of IPAS from Back Street brewing in Vista. 6.6% abv, bright, fresh and crisp with just a little maltiness. Perfect for an ungodly hot day.

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Varionica Pale Ale

Decent, but not my fav.  Malty base is a bit too sweet to me.  

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A La Americana

The 5.4% ABV American-style wheat beer generously hopped with Mosaic is one of the best Croatian beer we’ve had so far. With the light /pale malt body and pleasant bitter finish it was very refreshing. It’s made on the island of Hvar just a 5 minute bike ride from Hvar town center (maybe a 20 […]

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Zmajska Pivovara Pale Ale

Our first Croatian craft beers.  Both were clean, balanced and true to style.  Both seemed more American-style and less similar to their European counterparts.  The 5.3% ABV Pale Ale ale was refreshing and had a mildly hopped finish.  The 6.5% ABV Porter was smooth and roasty with with no unpleasant bitterness. 

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Dalmatian Beer

Točeno on draft for me and the bottle of Tomislav for the lady.  The 7.3% ABV Tomislav Croatian made dunkel was the better of the two.  The Slovenia made pale lager on draft was just…not my style.  

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Majaraja IPA

Nothing like a big, hoppy DIPA to take the edge off a hot summer afternoon.

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Betty IPA in bottle

Seeing Adam’s Betty in a can, I got jealous and had to go get my own. This is one of those I prefer in a bottle.

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Millstone Cobbler

A delicious blend of cider and peach wine.  Pleasantly tart with a more dry finish, and 8% ABV.  Really quite good. 

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Hungarian Craft Beer

Fresh off the plane Vári Nővérek ’16, from Hungary’s Szent András Sőrfőzde, is like a hoppy American-style session pale ale.  It remind me of a northern east coast IPA or pale ale, with some rye with the malt.  No citrus or pine notes, but a distinct dry bitter finish.

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Watermelon Dorado

I like watermelon.  I also like Dorado, Ballast Point’s 10% ABV double IPA.  I don’t think I would have thought to mix the two…but why not give it a try. When first poured, the nose is sweet watermelon and very little hop character.  Taste is not sweet but hop bitterness over the malt base, with […]

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Beers in Hungary

Untappd tells me I tried 15 new beers while in Hungary.  Some big commercial yellow beers and a few craft beers. I can’t spell their names, but could look them up if I had to…

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Fünke Hop Farm

My fav of the many brews we tasted at last week’s International Beer Festival at the Del Mar Fair.  A pleasantly tart wine-barrel-aged, dry-hopped saison.  6.5% ABV and 15-IBU.  From Sudwerk Brewing,  Davis, CA.  Quite nice. Hmm..or was that last, last week?  Time flys when you’re…busy…doin’..stuff.

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Palanfrina

A 9% ABV gruit from Italy made with chestnuts. Malty sweetness and alcohol, like a boozy mild English brown ale but with a Belgian – like yeast..maybe.  Interesting.  I couldn’t tell you there were any kind of nut in the beer based on flavor…but I suppose without the chestnuts it would have been imported Italian […]

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Fourthmeal

A hoppy Belgain style collaboration ale from The Bruery and Maine Beer Company.  6.something% ABV hops more fruity, with pleasant bitterness.

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Hula Bay IPA from Left Coast

An exclusive from Left Coast Brewing for Islands restaurant. Light bodied and citrusy. Perfect for a warm day in late spring

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Beatitude Pineapple Tart Saison

Pineapple not evident at first taste..mostly just tart and wet.   But I get hints of pineapple after I swallow a sip and exhale through my nose.  

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Saint Archer Mosaic IPA

Quite possibly the best MillerCoors beer I’ve tasted.  Still got that 9% ABV thing going for it and only 6 bucks at Price Club. 

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Another Gold Record

A damn good Belgian-style strong golden ale from Amplified Ale Works.  …and more drunk for your buck at $3.50 each…almost half price….for another six minutes.

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On a Mission to Plunder

In a world of popular session IPAs this is a real IPA, thank goodness someone brewed a complex IPA which as rich as you can get.  It’s got all the taste of a West coast DIPA, but the smoothness of a regular IPA with some bite of citrus and pine.  This beer is so rich […]

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Mischief rising

A little young, sour and yeasty, but a great golden Belgian ale.  A little malt and maturity would make this one go a long way. It’s got a unique dryness that makes it worth drinking.  I bought it at OC wine mart in YL for $7.99 so worth the price.

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California Wild Ales

Beautiful day to taste R&D samples from California Wild Ales while they await permits.  All 7 samples tasted of tart Lactobacillus and most were fruited.  

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Pikes Peak Gold Rush

An enjoyable 9% Belgian-inspired strong golden in Colorado Springs…complete with local frogs croaking ‘n all.  Not all south of Denver is lost. For me..  next trip….plan better. .

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Panther IPA

7.6% ABV at Colorado Mountain Brewery,  Colorado Springs.  

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Electrocution IPA

A great day for a bike ride.  We stopped at Amplified Ale Works new Miramar location for some fuel.  I chose a small glass of the Electrocution IPA, she chose the G-string, the Belgian-style strong golden listed as Gold Record at PB location.

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Top Rope IPA

Another local IPA. This one 6% abv. A solid 16 ounces of IPA.

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At Little Apple Brewing

Having a 24/7 session IPA (unfiltered IPA 4.6% abv) and an Irish Angus Stout (6.2% abv). Both are delicious. #manhattan ks, #littleapplebrew

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Eagle Rock White Rabbit 

Random old bottle found in a liquor store stamped “enjoy by 06.06.14″… Loved it originally, now excessively boozy with less flavor. 

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Tiger Bite and Tiger Paw

At Topeka, Kansas’ very popular Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant enjoying a Tiger Bite IPA and Tiger Paw Porter

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Slow Ride Session IPA

From New Belgium. Nice and hoppy but with an ABV that makes it possible to have one at lunch and still be functional the rest of the day.

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Sunny Day Electrocution IPA

Another beautiful day in San Diego…so clear after yesterdays rain.  A nice reward for making the 2 mile trek down the coast to Amplified Ale Works. This 7.1% ABV west coast IPA is never a bad choice.  I expect we will need to fortify for the trek back home.

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Shake a Day IPA

From Big Sky. Super fruity hop profile, 7% ABV. Definitely a thumbs up.

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De Dolle Ara Bier

8% ABV Belgian strong pale ale at Fathom Bistro Bait & Tackle.

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Gold Record

A new 9.4% ABV Belgian-style golden strong ale at Amplified Ale Works.  It’s somewhat sweet, a bit of black pepper in the finish, and warming alcohol throughout.  Nice beer.

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Toolbox Brewing

L to R Free Range Lettuce, Chéne Bretta, and Ruby. 

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It’s Dynamite IPA

New one in a long series of IPAs from BSB. Uses TNT and Motueka hops for a really fruity profile. 6.7% abv

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Amplified Miramar Now Open

Now available east of I-5, Amplified Ale Works brew house, off Miramar Road, soft open has been happening since 3pm today.   Enjoying the colaboration beer, Centerpointe, made with next door neighbor, Pure Project. 

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Twisted Pretzel Wheat

Odd for them to have made it.  Odd also that we ended up with a bottle of it.  5.1% ABV.  Smells like…stale kettle popcorn.  Not much flavor…but I’m getting a watered down marzen, but a tad more sweet.  Reminds me of popcorn flavored Jelly Bellys…but not in a good way.

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Booze Bros Sauer Blanc

Very refreshing 6.5% ABV saison.  Mildly tart, a bit of brett funk, some white wine notes, some sweetness too, but not overly so. Way way more to choose from compared to my last visit.

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El Segundo Mayberry IPA

Chose over Firestone Luponic Distortion, and it was a close call between this and Three Weavers Expatriate…but happy with my choice.

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Aurora Hoppyalis IPA

I’m very happy with Karl’s 7% ABV San Diego – style IPA.  A well deserved  bronze at last year’s GABF.

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Midnight Jack Brewing

Of the 10+ drafts available,  we chose 6.  L to R, top to bottom,  Belgian-style blonde, pale ale, IPA,  coconut porter, milk stout on nitro, and double chocolate stout.  

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Lunch with Wild Lady

Pleasantly surprise with this Belgian-inspired farmhouse ale with brett from Santa Ana’s The Good Beer Company.  7% ABV, slightly tart, a little funk, clean finish.   Nice beer.  This was 2015 release.

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Kook

An 8.5% ABV double India Pale Ale from the fine folks at Pizza Port Brewing Company. 

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Pineapple Sculpin

Nose is sweet, but I don’t think I could have identified it as pineapple if it wasn’t indicated on the label.  Flavor is not sweet, but seems less bitter and doesn’t have the crisp finish of the original.  I get the most pineapple notes after swallowing a sip and then exhaling  through my nose.  Exhaling […]

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Aberrant

I’m not surprised that this farmhouse golden ale from Oregon’s Logsdon Farmhouse Ales is really good.  We’ve been eyeing the bottle in the back of the fridge for quite some time now.  A nicely balance combination of flavors.  Funky/earthy notes with mildly tart notes…also a touch of sweetness.  Not dry.  The 8% ABV is a […]

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Black and Gold

Modern Times Black House Coffee Stout and Backstreet Schism Rye IPA shortly before Rhythm & Brews fest in Vista.

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Casa Bruja La Fantasma

Brujeria edition #10 is a wonderful funky 10% ABV farmhouse ale we smuggled back from Panama City, Panama. Loosely translated…Casa Bruja = Witch House,  La Fantasma = The Ghost, Brujeria = Witchcraft

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Pizza Port SB 152 IPA

Of the many options to choose from, this is what ended up in my glass….and I was not disappointed.  Freshly tapped, and quite enjoyable, IPA.

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De Garre Tripel

A small consolation after this afternoons tax appointment.  Another consolation may be required.

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Culver Beer Company Tasters

Still in the soft opening stage, but open hours are more regular than a week or two ago. L to R = top to bottom on the menu.  First two glasses are both Daily Routine;  the first is on nitro, the second CO2. Our favs were the Tiger Ride, the 8% ABV Belgian-style blonde, and […]

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Southern Tier Choklat Oranj

A 10% ABV imperial stout from New York’s Southern Tier’s Blackwater Series releases.  Good, but not as enjoyable as the Choklat version was by itself.  We found Choklat Oranj more bitter and less sweet and dessert-like.

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Not the Worst Place for a Flat Tire

….in front of Acoustic Ales.   I chose a flight… L to R, Hop Way to the Danger Zone, a 10% ABV triple IPA,  Shojo IPA, a 6% ABV  IPA brewed with rice and fermented with sake yeast, Road to the Abbey,  an 8% Belgian-style abbey ale, and Westbound and Down, a 10% ABV Belgian-style quadruple. […]

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A 7.3% ABV red IPA from Stone Brewing.  Reminds me of a rye IPA.  Decent, but nothing great.

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Lobster Telephone

A 6% ABV Automatic Brewing Company  English strong pale at Blind Lady Ale House  (BLAH). Much better than the ol’ run-of-the-mill English strong pale.

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Altamont Brewing Scarcity IIIPA

A tasty 11% ABV triple IPA from Livermore, CA.  It was not an easy choice between the three on draft.  Benchmark’s 13.5% ABV Hildegard was good.   So was Acoustic’s 10% ABV Hop Way to the Danger Zone.  This is not the first time I chose something in the middle….this time it just happened to be […]

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Don’t Call It A Comeback IPA

At Southpark Brewing Company.  Sad to see they no longer are doing the fresh fish thing.  Looks like many good options still…and beer is still good.

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Grape Sour by Free Will

Nice mild 4.9% lambic with grapes added by Free Will Brewing in Pennsylvania.  Picked up on a recent work trip in another state last year.  Florida maybe…  

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Resident Brewing

Resident Brewing, located in the back of the downtown/gaslamp location of The Local, has been pouring their own beers for about a month now.   Five on draft when we stopped by last Sunday. Nothing outstanding, but all were decent and clean. 

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