Golden State Brewery Golden Gate Red

Hello readers! Jack from The Intoxicated Review writing today about yet another fantastic brew from my friends at Golden State Brewery in Santa Clara, California. Today’s selection is the Golden Gate Red Ale. This is a derivative of an Irish Red Ale, so be prepared for unique flavors! This is beer is on the year-round menu, so no need to worry about it going away soon.

BREWERY:

Golden State Brewery

APV:

5.5%

THE POUR:

Golden Gate Red pours with a “strawberry blonde” color to it. You can see the red brilliantly if you hold it up to the light. The head forms at about one inch, but will settle to almost nothing.

THE AROMA:

When you take a whiff of this brew you will detect some peppery notes. According to the brewers a 10% Rye is added during the brewing process, which gives this beer the peppery smells described above.

THE FLAVOR:

When you take your first sip you will get the pepper flavor, which comes from the rye that was added during brewing. It is a pleasant change from the average beer, something new is always good. The pepper lasts into the back end, but there is no heat in case you were wondering. On the back end you get a clean refreshing finish.

THE BODY:

Red ales tend to have a lighter body them. This one does as well. I would rate the body as medium light. This is a very refreshing beverage, which goes down smooth.

OVERALL:

I know not a lot of reds have been reviewed on this blog, so when we do one it means it sticks out. This is a very flavorful brew, with a unique flavor characteristic as well as unique smells. I highly recommend swinging by the brewery and getting some!

Thank you very much for reading!

See you on the next one!

Jack

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52 Cent IPA by Sandwich Brewing Company

Greetings everyone John here from The Intoxicated Review with a new local beer for you guys today. 52 Cent IPA by Sandwich Brewing Company. 52 Cent gets its name from the amount of IBUs in it. Science is awesome. Really thirsty today and that’s probably from me getting my wisdom teeth out today… Ugh. Before we get started I would like to wish my kick ass wife a happy birthday! She does a lot of background work on our site and keeps Jack and I in line.

The Brewery:

http://www.sandwichbrewing.com

Sandwich Town, Windsor, Ontario

ABV:

6.8%

IBU:

52

The Pour:

Pours an amazing caramel colour, the head itself is a light coloured mocha and it’s a clinger!

The Aroma:

Floral right off the bat with a nice citrus pop to boot. I did hint some pine in there too.

The Flavour:

Just like the Aroma you have floral and citrus and it’s got some hop to it.

The Body:

This has some good medium weight to it. It’s pretty smooth, perfect carbonation and smooth. It has a nice dry finish with a touch of bitterness on the back end

Overall:

This is an amazing brew and this is why I love Sandwich Brewing Company. It’s always hits and no misses with them. If you’re ever in the Windsor area hit them up you won’t regret it. Thanks and cheers!

21st Amendment Brewing Company Brew Free or Die IPA

Back from the beer run! Jack from The Intoxicated Review coming to you today with another GREAT beer from our friends at 21st Amendment Brewing Company in San Leandro, California. Today’s beer will revolve around the Brew Free or Die IPA. I know, at first glance it looks as though I may have done a review of this beer already, but actually I have not. The last one, resembling this one, was the blood orange version. This version of the beer has no fruit flavors other than the usual citrus we all are familiar with for IPAs. The can has a pretty awesome picture of Lincoln busting out of Mt Rushmore. You have my attention, but now onto the review.

BREWERY:

21st Amendment Brewing Company

APV:

7%

THE SHEET:

Hops: Columbus, Amarillo, Cascade, Simcoe, Centennial.

THE POUR:

Brew Free or Die pours with a bright golden color to it. The head forms up top at about three quarters of an inch, but will calm down to about one sixteenth of an inch. You can definitely detect the aromatics when you are pouring this beer.

THE AROMA:

As stated above this is quite an aromatic brew. As you bring the glass to your face you can smell the citrus and the hops. It has smells reminiscent of pine trees. All the hops give this beer a great aromatic experience.

THE FLAVOR:

Man what a beer! I can see why this is the top seller for the brewery. Full-flavored for sure! Up front you get the citrus and the hoppy almost pine flavors! Delicious! On the back end you get a crisp finish leaving your taste buds wanting more!

THE BODY:

Though this is a single IPA, it is a full-bodied beer. I would rate the body at medium high. All the hops in this beer definitely gives it more body and as stated above lots of flavor.

OVERALL:

Friends, this is a GREAT IPA! Good news, it is a year-round brew so no need to hurry out and get it before it’s gone. Plus they are usually pretty easy to find at your local grocery store. I highly recommend getting some of this beer! It’s good stuff as far as flavor and smell, plus it’s pretty easy to drink a few of them.

That’s all I have for now!

As always, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR READING!

Jack

10 Bitter Years Imperial IPA by Black Oak Brewing Co

Good evening everyone John here from The Intoxicated Review and Go Leafs Go!! The story behind the name is on the can… So here you go.

The Brewery:

http://www.blackoakbeer.com

Toronto, Ontario

ABV:

8%

IBU:

80

The Pour:

This IPA pours a beautiful hazy copper tone. There was a fair bit of head, but I blame myself on pouring it a little too quick. Regardless, it wants to stay for a while and cling to the walls of the glass.

The Aroma:

The aroma here is pretty vibrant. Picking pine up front with citrus pop and caramel is preset.

The Flavour:

This is delicious. Mango, pineapple and grapefruit. Pine finishes this off on the end. Not boozy.

The Body:

For being 80 IBU this is incredibly smooth. It’s not boozy as mentioned above. It’s a medium bodied beer, not very carbonated. With a nice dry finish.

Overall:

This is a a fantastic beer. It’s smooth, not boozy. Although, you shouldn’t pound this back. It’s crafted really well and I can’t wait to have another one soon! Thanks for reading and cheers!

Pizza Port Brewing Company Surf Stop Pale Ale

Hello again loyal followers! Jack from The Intoxicated Review coming to you yet again from downtown San Jose, California. I am attending Game Four of the Playoff series featuring The San Jose Sharks versus the Anaheim Ducks (BOOOOOOOOO! DUCKS SUCK!) Ok, with that out of the way, today’s beer comes from Carlsbad, California. For those that don’t know where Carlsbad is, it is just North of San Diego. Pizza Port Brewing Company has been brewing since 1987. Today’s brew is a limited release entitled Surf Stop Pale Ale. I have never had this brew or any other brew for that matter from this brewer before, so hope it’s good! Here’s the review.

BREWERY:

Pizza Port Brewing Company

APV:

5.5%

THE SHEET:

Hops: Idaho 7, Amarillo, Callista, Melon, and Denali.

THE POUR:

Surf Stop pours with a lovely golden color. The head forms up top at about one quarter inch, but will quickly dissipate to almost nothing.

THE AROMA:

There are some very unique aromatics going on in this beer. There are citrus fruit notes, pepper…yes pepper, and an earthy smell. All these smells form a very unique and pleasant smelling brew.

THE FLAVOR:

I hope all those smells combine for a great tasting beer…*glug glug*… And so they did! Right away I can taste the pepper and citrus fruits. In the middle I can definitely taste rye. And on the back end the pepper flavor seems to last and linger. Quite flavorful!

THE BODY:

The body of this brew is surprisingly light. I would rate the body at medium light. The lighter body makes this brew easy to drink and quite refreshing.

OVERALL:

I was surprised by this brew. Having never had it before…it was pleasantly surprising. Lots of flavor, lots of unique aromatics. Just good tasting beer!

Well that’s all I have, plus I have a very important hockey game to get to! I’ll right again soon!

Jack

Hibiscus Saison by Royal City Brewing Co.

Happy Tuesday everyone! John here from The Intoxicated Review and I got a new saison for you today. Out of Guelph, Ontario Hibiscus Saison by Royal City Brewing Co. I’m thirsty so let’s get to it.

The Brewery:

http://www.royalcitybrew.ca

Guelph, Ontario

ABV:

5.4%

IBU:

15

The Pour:

This was an interesting pour. As I was pouring it the saison had a pinkish colour to it. But as it filled the glass it had an light tea colour to it. The head itself had a pink tinge to it. I would say it was 2 fingers thick which went away failing quick.

The Aroma:

Obviously floral notes right up front with some citrus and spice. It’s delightful.

The Flavour:

This was a pleasant surprise! Hibiscus upfront but not super in your face with a nice citrus compliment.

The Body:

This is very refreshing, light and crisp. A great patio beer.

Overall:

If you want to start trying saisons then I recommend you try this one. It’s worth the trip to the store and to try it out! Thanks for reading and cheers!

Coronado Brewing Company Idiot IPA

Happy Hockey Night is San Jose! Jack from The Intoxicated Review coming to you live from downtown San Jose just prior to tonight’s playoff game. Today’s brew comes from southern California from the city of Coronado, which is down by San Diego. The brew for today’s review is Idiot IPA, which is an Imperial IPA. Never had this one before, so here we go.

BREWERY:

Coronado Brewing Company

APV:

8.5%

THE SHEET:

Hops: Nugget, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, and Columbus Hops

THE POUR:

Idiot IPA pours with a lovely golden color and has a head that forms at about one half inch, but will quickly subside to about one thirty second of an inch.

THE AROMA:

This is a very aromatic brew. Right away you can smell tropical fruits and a hint of citrus. This is an amazingly pleasant smelling beer!

THE FLAVOR:

This is a full-flavored brew with a variety of flavors. Right away you get a “burst” of the tropical fruit flavors and a pleasant bitterness to accompany your taste buds. On the back end you have a quite crisp, yet clean finish.

THE BODY:

This is a lighter than average IPA given the APV and the fact that it’s an Imperial. That being said, I would rate the body at medium.

OVERALL:

Overall this beer was a very pleasant surprise being that it was an IPA. This was a very flavorful and quite aromatic brew. The fruit flavors do not overpower the beer, but rather compliment it well. I highly recommend getting one of these brews! You won’t be disappointed.

That’s all I have for now as I have a hockey game to get to!

Be back soon!

GO SHARKS!

Jack