Dreaming Dog Brewery Mexican Xoloitzcuintli Session Lager

Happy Saturday beer friends! Jack from The Intoxicated Review writing to you live from Dreaming Dog Brewery in Elk Grove, California. Dreaming Dog Brewery is hosting a fundraising event today, which raises money for Xeroderma Pigmentosum, which is a rare inherited skin disease that causes a person to be extremely sensitive to the damaging effects of UV radiation. So come on down and get a beer! One dollar from every beer sold benefits the fundraiser! Here’s the review.

BREWERY:

Dreaming Dog Brewery

APV:

4.9%

THE POUR:

Xolo pours with a dark golden color to it. The head forms ever so briefly at about three sixteenths of an inch. Then just like that…it’s gone.

THE AROMA:

This brew has a very light aroma, which goes along with the lighter characteristics of the beer. It has some great malty notes.

THE FLAVOR:

This is a very smooth tasting lager! Up front you can taste the malts and a hint of corn. Yes…corn. It gives it a great flavor combination.

THE BODY:

This is a very light and easy to drink brew. I would rate the body at light. This is a very smooth, light and refreshing beer! It goes great with the hot weather up here in Elk Grove.

OVERALL:

Friends, this us great beer. It’s light and easy to drink. I found it to be very refreshing. I highly recommend this brew! Swing on by and get one! While you’re there say hi to David and Liz and tell them The Intoxicated Review sent you!

Thank you very much for reading and I’ll see you on the next one!

Jack

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Knee Deep Brewing Company Man Juice IPA

Happy Thursday everyone! Hang in there! The weekend is almost upon us, so let’s welcome it early with a new beer for the blog! Today’s beer comes from the brewers at Knee Deep Brewing Company in Auburn, California. They are a hop skip and a jump from one of my most favorite places…Lake Tahoe. Man Juice IPA…yes Man Juice…never gets old…is a single IPA made with Mandarin oranges that were locally grown in Newcastle, California. My wife’s family loves this stuff, so I thought I’d give it a try! Here’s the review.

BREWERY:

Knee Deep Brewing Company

APV:

6.5%

THE POUR:

Man Juice has a dark yellow, almost orange color to it. You can smell the aromas from the beer as you pour it. The head forms at about one half inch, but will quickly settle down to almost nothing.

THE AROMA:

Well…as you may have guessed it smells like an orange grove in a glass. It has a very floral, but not overpowering aroma to it as well.

THE FLAVOR:

Right at the first sip you can taste the oranges…and it is amazing! This is a very smooth, mildly bitter, orange delight.

THE BODY:

Given the smoothness and the mild bitterness I would have to rate the body at about medium light to medium.

OVERALL:

Well, I can see why my wife’s family loves this stuff. It is quite delicious! I highly recommend getting a sample!

Well, that’s it for today, but I’ll be back soon!

Thank you as always for reading!

Jack

New Belgium Brewing Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA

Hello again friends! Jack from The intoxicated Review once again coming to you live from my kitchen. I have Snoopy the brewdog keeping me company today. Today’s review is on New Belgium Brewing Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA. I have had many New Belgium Brewing beers in the past, however, I have never had this one before. This is an unfiltered, juicy IPA. I can’t wait to review this one and share my thoughts with you! Therefore, here’s the review.

BREWERY:

New Belgium Brewing

APV:

7.5%

THE SHEET:

Hops: Citra, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, Nugget

THE POUR:

This version of Voodoo Ranger has a pale orange color and has a hazy, opaque look to it. The head formed ever so briefly at about three sixteenths of an inch. It will settle to almost nothing.

THE AROMA:

Wow! There are some amazing scents present here! I can smell lots of citrus smells, definitely more than one fruit is present. I can smell hints of caramel, and some tropical fruits as well.

THE FLAVOR:

This beer threw me for a loop in this category, but I think I figured it out. It is sweet up front, but becomes slightly bitter towards the back end. I can taste the citrus, and tropical fruits up front and can taste the caramel toward the back end. The back end has a very clean finish to it.

THE BODY:

This category I also had some trouble with. So after I finished the first glass I popped open another bottle and had another. After thinking about it for a little while I came to the conclusion that this is a medium body beer. The hazy and she aspects of the beer definitely give it more body then say a Session IPA, but more like is smooth and drinkable than a medium heavy bodied IPA.

OVERALL:

Friends, at first this one was hard in a lot of categories to put to paper. The beer itself has its own unique characteristics. Such as its own flavor profile and its own aroma profile. Those aspects make this a very unique and wonderous beer to drink. I highly recommend getting a sample of this beer.

Well guys that’s all I have for today. As always thank you very much for reading! And I’ll be back soon with more beer!

Jack

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Experimental Hop Session IPA

Well beer buddies, another Monday in the books! That means it’s beer time with me! Jack from the intoxicated review coming to you live from my kitchen to bring you Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s Experimental Hop Session IPA. This is the fourth beer in the pack of four and thus marks the completion of my review of these four beers. I snuck a few other beers in between my reviews of these beers, but I figured what the heck for variety’s sake. Today’s review, obviously, is a Session IPA, which I don’t typically review very often. I have nothing against them, it’s just personal preference. Here’s the review.

BREWERY:

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

APV:

4.6%

THE SHEET:

Hops: HBC 520 and 09326

THE POUR:

This Session IPA has a bright golden, almost yellow color to it. It has a very frothy head to it, which forms at about one half inch, but quickly sets down to about one sixteenth of an inch.

THE AROMA:

This brew has a light, but very unique smell to it. I can smell lemon, something that smells like herbs, and hints of coconut. Should be quite a taste.

THE FLAVOR:

Sierra Nevada describes the flavor of this beer as “snappy”. I’ll admit, it does have a flavor all of its own. Up front I get the hoppy flavor from the experimental hops. I also get the aforementioned herbs. On the back end it get the citrus from the lemon. This beer has a very crisp finish to it.

THE BODY:

In my experience Session IPAs tend to have a lighter body than your average IPA. You get the same flavor quality, just with a lower alcohol content. That being said I would rate the body of this beer at light.

OVERALL:

Friends, though I may not choose a Session IPA often, this one I would willingly choose again. I was quite surprised by the flavor as well as the aroma. I highly recommend this beer.

That’s all I have for today, but I’ll be back again soon with another review for you.

Thank you very much for reading!

Jack

Alvarado Street Brewing Imperial International Style Juice DIPA

Happy Saturday beer lovers! Jack from The Intoxicated Review coming to you live from Taplands in Santa Clara. Taplands is a popular taproom that has tons of beer on tap. I have had Alvarado Street’s beer before, but I have not had this one before. I will say thought that I have not been let down by this brewer before. That being said…here’s the review.

BREWERY:

Alvarado Street Brewing

APV:

8.0%

THE POUR:

This Alvarado Street delight pours with an almost orange color to it. This is a hazy/juicy brew, which not only gives it it color, but also gives it its opaque look. The head forms at three eighths of an inch.

THE SHEET:

Hops: Mosaic, Cita, Armarillo

THE AROMA:

This brew has a very citrusy smell to it. It’s not overwhelming, rather very pleasant.

TGE FLAVOR:

This is a very full-flavored brew. Right away you can taste the citrus. Again it’s not overpowering, rather compliments the beer well.

THE BODY:

Given the hazy nature of the beer…I would rate the body at about medium heavy. It was heavier than your usual DIPA, however, it was very smooth and easy to drink.

OVERALL:

Friends, this is an amazingly tasty beer! I was very impressed by everything this beer had to offer. I highly recommend getting a sample!

Friends, I know it’s been a few days since the last post. I’ve been having a lot of fun with the family lately, but more is to come…I promise!

Thank you very much for reading!

Jack

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Experimental Hop Double IPA

Hello again beer fans! Jack from The Intoxicated Review writing today about beer number three in the Experimental Hop Pack I wrote about previously. I said I was going to do them in succession, but I tasted other beer worthy of the blog, so think of it as a break and now the break is over. Today’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Company selection is the Experimental Hop Double IPA. I have never had this one either, but Sierra Nevada has never let me down before. Here it is.

BREWERY:

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

APV:

8%

THE SHEET:

Hops: Experimental Hops 472, 104 and 07270.

THE POUR:

This DIPA has a dark, practically amber color to it. The head forms at about one half inch, but settles down to about three sixteenths of an inch and will decrease more and more as the beer is drank.

THE AROMA:

Sierra Nevada describes one of the aromas as a “dank pine”. I do agree with that as there is a robust pine smell. I can also detect some citrus fruit. I’m leaning towards grapefruit.

THE FLAVOR:

This DIPA is a full-flavored brew! I can definitely taste the pine up front and the grapefruit on the back end. This beer has a very clean finish to it, which I was not expecting. Typically an IPA has a crisp finish.

THE BODY:

This DIPA is a full-bodied beer and thusly heavier. It is very smooth with very mild bitterness to it. I would rate the body of this beer at medium high. It does have a heavier feel to it.

OVERALL:

This is a great beer! I was very impressed with the flavor combinations as well as the body. They come together well. I highly recommend this brew! It’s one of those IPAs that stands out from the others.

Well that’s all for today. But more beer is on the way! Thank you as always for reading!

Jack

Clandestine Brewing Ploughman’s Porter

Happy Monday everyone! Happy on a Monday is relative I suppose, but the work day is over, for me at least. That being said it’s beer o’clock! Jack from The Intoxicated Review here with another fantastic beer from our friends at Clandestine Brewing…Ploughman’s Porter. I have had this one before, but it was before The Intoxicated Review was a thing. Nevertheless, I will share my thoughts with you today. Here they are.

BREWERY:

Clandestine Brewing

APV:

5.2%

THE POUR:

This porter’s color is very dark brown bordering on black. It looks like flat soda when I look at it in the glass. No head formed when I poured it into my glass, but I was being extra careful to pour it because I really wanted to drink it.

THE AROMA:

Wonderful aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee eminate from this brew. Very enticing indeed. This could even be a dessert beer…you know…poured over ice cream.

THE FLAVOR:

From first sip to last…you can taste the coffee and the chocolate. The chocolate is the stronger flavor of the two. In fact you have a lingering chocolate taste after you swallow. The back end has a very smooth, clean and refreshing finish.

THE BODY:

So, as you may have guessed from the fact that this is a porter, the body is going to be heavier than the average beer. I would rate the body of this beer at heavy. Having the full-body that this beer does, it goes down very smooth.

OVERALL:

I may be biased, but I am a sucker for a good porter. That being said, this is a great porter. The chocolate and coffee flavors meld together perfectly producing a great full-flavor! I highly recommend this beer if you are a porter fan!

Unfortunately friends, I’m out of time, but I’ll be back again soon with another reviewfor your reading pleasure!

Thank you as always for reading!

Jack