Beer Review: Green Flash Symposium IPA

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Got a review of a Green Flash IPA from their Hop Odyssey series which has brought some pretty great beers in the past. Symposium comes in at 7% ABV.

Appearance: Hazy light glowing copper with a very thick 1 and a half finger head that makes for some sticky lacing.

Nose: Super piney, resiny and floral. Really nice spicy vibe to it as well. Some pungent grapefruit in there as well.

Taste/Mouth: Grapefruit, grassy and earthy that finishes slightly dry and piney. Grapefruit flavor lingers throughout the taste and in the finish. Good malt to back up the brutal bitterness. Really good feel to it, bitter and brutal but still drinkable.

Price/Availability: Seasonal following the hop odyssey calendar. Pretty good pricing around $7.

Overall: Nice seasonal IPA offering from some of the masters of west coast IPAs. Just make sure you catch it when it first is released as Green Flash beers tend to become shelf turds. This beer or any of their IPAs fresh are great bets though!

Grade: B+

Beer Review: Deschutes Jubelale

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This is actually a review of last year’s Jubelale from Deschutes, just finally getting around to turning my notes into a proper review. They changed the packaging and label this year as it has just begun to show up on shelves. That’s how far behind I am on these reviews!

Appearance: Dark brown with a 1 finger head and some really great lacing.

Nose: Sweet caramel, brown sugar, caramelized sugars, toasted malt with some nice chocolate notes in there as well. Really nice malty, sweet nose. Smells like a delicious cookie.

Taste/Mouth: Follows the nose pretty closely with lots of caramel, sweet and roasty flavors. Brown sugar, caramelized sugars and a little bite from the carbonation make this a really easy beer to drink. Malt dominates the palate with really no hop presence at all.

Price/Availability: 6 pack for around 9-10$ in Chicago. Mostly available in the midwest and west coast, although Deschutes footprint may be bigger than it used to. It is a seasonal beer available in Fall/Winter.

Overall: One of the best winter seasonals out there, its not one of those gimicky bullshit spiced beers or loaded with orange peel or coriander. It is just a really great, malty, drinkable beer perfect for a cold night by the fireplace. I will always have a few of these in the winter months.

Grade: B+ 

Beer Review: Bell’s Oberon Ale

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Bell’s Oberon Ale is the Michigan breweries summer seasonal offering. It is a fruity, spicy wheat ale and is definitely meant to help you cool off on those hot summer days (hence the bottle artwork). I had it from a 12oz bottle but it is now being offered in 16oz cans by Bells as well as their classic IPA Two Hearted, which is really awesome.

Appearance: Slightly hazy but a really bright golden color. Decent 1 finger head, lacing wasn’t crazy. Typical wheat ale look.

Nose: Pick up some good spicy hoppiness up front with orange/lemon peel citrus aromas. Pick up the wheat and malt in the back too.

Taste: Really light and crisp, high carbonation on this one helps give it that nice crisp bite on your tongue. Has a good mouthfeel all around really. Tastewise you get that citrus from the nose carried over into the taste especially getting some orange flavors. The wheat also shines in the taste being able to get some banana flavors.

Availability/Price: This is a seasonal release so obviously available throughout Spring/Summer. That being said in that time-frame it is definitely very readily available in states that see Bell”s distribution. Price was pretty on point for what I think I would and most other people would want to be paying for a summer wheat beer, 8-9$ for a 6-pack.

Overall: It is what you expect from the style. That being said it is definitely one of the better executed examples of the style. Most summer seasonals are a big time pass for me but I would drink this if it was offered to me or on draft somewhere and I was sitting outside in the summer. I enjoy Bell’s Spring seasonal offering as well the Smitten Rye Ale. I would definitely say Oberon is worth a go and would definitely be enjoyed by casual drinkers and beer snobs a like.

Grade: B