Friday, April 22, 2011

Brewery Lefebvre: Hopus Ale

Style: Belgian IPA

ABV: 8.3%

IBU: Unknown (but not nearly high enough)

Vessel: Tulip glass (poured from an 11.2 oz flip top bottle)

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw color. Tons of sediment floating in the glass. Beautiful fluffy white head with mild lacing. (4.5/5)

Aroma: Sour fruit notes with zero hop scent present (it is an IPA right?) Yeasty esters and mild malt similar to sour dough bread. I also detect a little bit of honey malt. No hop aroma at all (this is an IPA right?) (2.5/5)

Flavor: Reminds me more of a Trippel than an India Pale Ale. Strong sour ester notes. Almost no hop notes at all until a slight bitter finish washes down the back of your throat. Straw flavors that start moderately sweet but finish bitter and dry. Lingers on the palate. Not what I was expecting. (3/5)

Mouth Feel: Unexpectedly light bodied. Nice carbonation level for this perplexing style. Moderate alcohol presence that warms as it flows down the esophogus. (2/5)

Overall: Shes a pretty girl. I couldn't wait to taste her but upon the first sip I was confused. India Pale Ales are heavily hopped beers. Hopus has almost no detectable hop presence what so ever. So is she a Trippel then? No too sour and not enough body. Like most pretty ladies she left me perplexed, a bit disapointed and wanting for more.

I don't know a whole lot about the history of this particular style but it seems to me to be a bit of any oxymoron. I'm a huge fan of Belgian beers and of IPA and hopus set my hopes high yet failed to deliver much about what I enjoy about either style.

Was it a bad beer? Not by far. Would I seek it out again? Yes, because I need more time with this one to figure her out.

Give Hopus a try. If anything its different and won't leave you bored. (12/20) 60%

 - Jay

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Jester King / Amy's Black Metal ice cream!

Beer, awesome.
Ice Cream, awesome.
Black Metal, awesome.
Black Metal Beer Ice Cream, Uber awesome

Two great Austin area companies Amy's Ice Cream and Jester King Craft Brewery are collaborating on what I would refer to as Craft Brewed Ice Cream. Amy's has done a few beer Ice creams in the past Shiner is usually easy to find at most Amy's locations. This one is a bit more exciting though.

Black Metal Imperial Stout Ice Cream from Amys IceCreams on Vimeo.

I'll let you read it from the horses mouth here.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Quick update.

This past week I began working for Austin Homebrew Supply. My In-laws were in town too. It was a good but exhausting week.

I'm currently working in the wearhouse. My primary duties include measuring and milling grain for kits and custom orders. I'm greatful to have my foot in the door and I know there is great potential for me there. The crew is great to work with and I'm looking forward to learning from them.

As if to confirm that I'm on the right path I cracked open a fotune cookie last night and it simply read beer.

I'm planning on brewing in the next few weeks. I'm thinking mini mash to get back into brewing mode. More updates soon.

 - Jay