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Firestone Walker – Union Jack IPA

Firestone Walker – Union Jack IPA

Vuelven a Pez Tortilla las californianas Firestone Walker… empezamos con Union Jack IPA.

Firestone Walker Union Jack

Los que me conocéis ya sabéis de mi debilidad por las cervezas procedentes del otro lado del charco, de todas ellas hay una cervecera que me llama especialmente la atención, estoy hablando de Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Esta fábrica con sede en Paso Robles (California), fue fundada en el año 1996 por Adam Firestone y David Walker. En tan solo seis años de vida habían ampliado la fábrica en dos ocasiones, hasta que decidieron comprar las instalaciones que pertenecían a SLO Brewing Company. En las World Beer Cup de 2004, 2006 y 2010 recibieron el premio a la mejor microcervecera del mundo.

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La Union Jack de la que hoy hablamos es una IPA con un 7,5% ABV y 70 IBU de amargor, desde su lanzamiento en el año 2008 hasta hoy ha cosechado un total de 16 medallas en diferentes concursos a nivel mundial, y está elaborada con hasta siete variedades de lúpulo, Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Citra, Chinook, Simcoe y Magnum.

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En el vaso se presenta con un color dorado limpio, con una corona de espuma blanca, cremosa y duradera. En la nariz desprende un agradable aroma cítrico, destacables notas afrutadas y tropicales, se aprecian matices depomelo, mango, naranja, flores, hierba, lichis y caramelo. En la boca es amarga, seca, se nota la resina, destacan sobre todo matices herbales y florales, notas de pomelo y naranja, matices de caramelo para dar paso a un final seco y duradero, con un cuerpo medio y una carbonatación media.

En mi opinión es una de las mejores IPA americanas que he podido probar, he tenido además oportunidad de degustarla de barril y creo que el trabajo con los lúpulos es realmente genial, lógicamente no es una cerveza fácil de ver por estos lares pero si se tiene la oportunidad no se debe dejar escapar.

American IPA amarga, seca, con matices de cítricos y frutas tropicales, resina y caramelo.

Fuente: humuluslupulus.net

Lagunitas IPA

Lagunitas IPA

Adivina que barril tendremos en los próximos días! Barril de Lagunitas IPA. Vamos ahí!

Lagunitas IPA

Lagunitas IPA dorado y en botella

 

Estilo: IPA. 
País: EEUU.
ABV: 6.2 %
IBU: 51.5

Apariencia: De color ámbar y aspecto muy limpio, esta coronada por una duradera espuma blanca.
Aroma: Agradable a malta, caramelo, naranja y con algunas notas que recuerdan a pino.
Sabor: Amargor es moderado y muy buen equilibrio, encontramos cítricos, melocotón y caramelo.

Vaso recomendado: NonicShaker y Tulip.
Mi puntuación:  4,2 / 5,0

Formato: 33 cl
Precio: Ha sido un regalo.

La única vez que había probado esta cerveza fue en el brewpub de St. Andrews (Escocia) y tenía muy buen recuerdo de ella. En esta ocasión no estaba tan fresca pero ha sido una experiencia increíblemente agradable. Presenta un aspecto inmejorable: limpia, de color ámbar y con espuma blanca y consistente. En nariz se manifiestan notas derivadas de la malta como el caramelo pero también otras mas cítricas provenientes del lúpulo.  En boca el equilibrio es casi perfecto, con un amargor sutil que ira ganando presencia y muchas notas a fruta y caramelo.

Una IPA con aromas complejos y bien integrados; naranja, pino, caramelo… aporta un amargor que percibimos en la parte de atrás del paladar y que va incrementándose sin llegar a lo astringente; pasaremos de las notas a mandarina a identificar las de pomelo. Muy bien balanceada; te invita a seguir bebiendo, y deja un sabor de boca increíblemente agradable, mezcla de melocotón, cítricos y maltas caramelizadas. En la web recomiendan con hamachi kama, yo creo que con un mero o emperador a la plancha y aderezado con un poco de limón tenemos un complemento ideal para esta cerveza.

Russian River – Pliny the Elder

Russian River – Pliny the Elder

Desde este lunes tendremos Russian River Pliny the Elder hasta que se nos acabe, no te quedes sin probarla!

Does Russian River’s Pliny The Elder hold up to the hype surrounding this much sought after double IPA?

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Dogfish Head may call its 120 Minute IPA the “holy grail for hopheads,” but to those of us who are outside of Russian River’s limited distribution footprint Pliny The Elder is a holy grail. Perhaps THE holy grail of double IPA’s. A seemingly untouchable beer that you must travel to find or know a guy, who knows a guy that can get it — or be willing to pony up on craft beer’sblack market.

The brewery goes through great pains to stress drinking this fresh. And for good reason; IPA’s and double IPA’s are at their peak when they’re fresh. Even two months on a shelf can have dramatic effects on the aromas and flavors of these hop-forward beers — one of which is thefastest growing segment in craft beer.

So drink it fresh I did.

When I imagined drinking my first, and perhaps only, Pliny The Elder I envisioned a perfect tasting environment; sitting down on a quiet weeknight with a notebook, pen and snifter — able to take my time with meticulous notes. Instead, I found myself sitting on my family room floor — splitting the bottle with family — as my daughter and nieces and nephews bounded from room to room.

But that’s what big bottles — and whales, bro — are made for, right?

With the scene set let’s talk about the beer. It’s good. It’s really good. However it wasn’t the hop monstrosity I expected it to be, which made it really, really good.

I’ve documented before that I am not a huge fan of overly hoppy beers. I like my hops, don’t get me wrong, but I need a bit more to my beer. And Pliny The Elder had more. There was fruit cocktail in the nose — pineapple chunks and peaches — mango and Juicy Fruit Gum. Take a sip and you’re greeted with a velvety smooth beer bursting with mouth-watering tropical fruit notes balanced out by some salted caramel candies. The finish is complex, yet endearing, fading from grassy to floral to medicinal hop notes before punctuating with a lengthy grapefruit tail.

So is Pliny The Elder deserving of its World Class honor on BeerAdvocate and the 100 ratingon RateBeer? Yes. Undoubtedly, yes.

What makes Pliny The Elder so good is its drinkability. The ABV is 8% but there is barely a trace of alcohol on the nose or palate. It is 100 IBU’s (International Bitterness Units) but doesn’t carry the abrasive bitterness that is expected with a triple-digit IBU beer. And it is supremely balanced and exceptionally smooth. So, so smooth.

Fuente: guysdrinkingbeer.com

Sierra Nevada – Hop Hunter IPA

Sierra Nevada – Hop Hunter IPA

A la rica Sierra Nevada oiga! Esta semana seguimos nuestra cata pinchando un barril brutal: Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA.

Mira lo que dicen los expertos:

REVIEW: Hop Hunter IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada – TORPEDO!

Sierra Nevada – TORPEDO!

Sierra Nevada por fin en barril en Pez Tortilla, empezamos con la Torpedo Extra IPA!

¿Qué no la conocéis?

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

La cerveza que va a ocupar la entrada de hoy es una de la India Pale Ale americanas más conocidas. Desde Sierra Nevada (no la de Granada, sino la de California) nos llega esta Torpedo, que recibe su nombre delcañón de lúpulo que usan para hacerle el dry-hopping y dotar a la birra de aromas sin añadirle más amargor.

Así, esta cerveza de color naranjasanguina o cobrizo oscuro y que tiene unacabeza media de espuma esponjosa que se reduce rápido, destaca sobre todo en su aroma. El olor es muy intenso y complejo a lúpulo. Huele cítrica,resinosa, herbal y floral. Lo tiene todo, gracias a la combinación de Magnum,Crystal y Citra.

En boca es amarga, claro, pero equilibrada. Sus 65 IBUs tienen una adecuada base de malta detrás. Y el aroma los supera y dota de sentido… si está joven. Porque esta es una cerveza de la que hemos repetido en varias ocasiones y es una de las que más diferencias hemos notado. Cuando mantiene elfrescor de su aroma, es una delicia. Cuando este ya no es tan agradable, un estropajo.

Asi que si vas a beber esta American IPA de 7,2% ABV, lo primero que te aconsejamos es que mires la fecha de consumo preferente. Y (aunque no se haya pasado) sólo con que esté cerca, mejor pídete otra cosa, que si no no será lo mismo. Además te aconsejamos beberla en vaso de pintay maridarla con carnes guisadas o queso maduro.

“Mi opinión en un Tweet:” Si hablamos de cerveza, no es pedofilia por preferirlas muy jóvenes. Nota: Sobresaliente.

Fuente: eljardindellupulo.blogspot.co.uk

Modern Times – Blazing World

Modern Times – Blazing World

Otra maravilla que acabamos de pinchar: BLAZING WORLD de MODERN TIMES.

Ojo al dato:

Modern Times Blazing World

type: hoppy amber ale
origin: San Diego, CA
price: $10/4-pack 16oz
ABV: 6.8%
NSP: 12.9
website

Modern Times hasn’t been around for too long, but they’re certainly off to an impressive start.  They’ve just begun releasing their products in cans (a perfect 16oz size) and their tasting room is poised to be a great place to drink at.

You may have noticed the general lack of respect for amber ale around these parts, but that’s only because none of them taste this delicious.  It toes the line closer to a red IPA, but it is most definitely not one, even with the ABV, IBU, and wonderfully hoppy aromas to back it up.  The base has plenty of flavor and complexity,  the body is absolutely perfect, and it’s a bit on the dry side; this means that once you’re through with a can you think, “well shit, how about another?!”  And my jeebus is it pretty to look at: A rich amber with a nice cream/tan colored head.  This is dangerous stuff right here, so try not to finish the whole 4-pack before dinner.  It’s safe to say this is easily my favorite hoppy amber ale.

I like the idea of useful information on the can, and these guys apparently do too.  After seeing Dave Chappelle recently, I would like to say that while I agree that this is ‘the stickiest of the icky’, please do not shout it out during his standup: he hates that, and so did I.

Stone Go To IPA

Stone Go To IPA

Desde California hasta Pez Tortilla, Stone Go To IPA, una session IPA con muchísimo lúpulo!

Os dejamos algo genial para leer:

I fall into a category of fast drinkers. I take large sips. Some might call it a big mouth. I say it’s my way of offering my best effort. Go hard or go home, right? Anyhow, large sips mean empty glasses and bottles, which means the next drink. Combine that with a complete lack of impulse control, and I end up totally blotto and weighed down by a “How did thathappen?” bar tab. About five years ago, in an amazing act of gluttony and self-destruction, I put away 24 bottles of Blue Moon’s winter seasonal: a sugared abbey ale tipping in at 5.6% ABV. I’m not sure exactly what I was trying to prove. I was careless, I was drunk, but mostly I was bloated for a few days after.

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What I could have used that evening was a quality session beer: a low ABV, lighter weight beer with more flavor than a Bud Light. Founders Brewing Company makes the All Day IPA, the gold standard of this class of 4 percentish ales with a solid IPA flavor. It’s the type of beer that goes down very smooth, allowing one to consume a large quantity in one sitting, or session.

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Stone Brewing Company entered the session race in 2014 with the Go To IPA. The challenge here is to reduce the alcohol content without compromising the beer’s hoppy profile. Here we get a 4.5% ABV India Pale Ale with a 65 on the IBU scale (for reference, Stone’s flagship IPA scores 77 on the same scale). Stone utilizes a technique called hop bursting, where it overloads the beer with hops during the final phase of brewing to “coax out extreme flavors and aromas while also imparting a burst of desirably pleasant bitterness.” The result is a quality IPA with a deceptively low alcohol rating.

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How does it stand up against Founders? The All Day IPA is more balanced with less hops and more malt than the Stone entry. You could call Stone’s Go To IPA a low alcohol IPA, but it’s really the first true session IPA. The IPA designation is deceiving on Founders’ label, simply as a matter of hop content. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a brilliant ale that I will continue to drink when I don’t want the big hop flavor, but what Stone did here was redefine things with the Go To IPA.

And now we have choices. Founders All Day, the best session ale out there, and Stone Go To IPA, the best session IPA you can buy.

2015-01-05 at 18-01-31Brewer: Stone Brewing Company
Beer: Go To IPA
Style: Session IPA
ABV: 4.5%   IBU: 65
Container: 12 oz. bottle
Price: n/a (provided by Stone Brewing Company)   Point of Purchase: n/a
To The Eye: Clear, golden with a big head.
To The Nose: Big piney fragrance as you would expect from an IPA.
To The Palate: Hoppy and citrusy up front, with a dry, crisp finish.
Aftertaste: The dryness lingers well after you set the glass down.
Boozy Factor: You expect this to have a big kick. Maybe it was psychological, or maybe it was the pot of boiling water nearby (I was making dinner), but I felt warm after drinking.
On a Scale of 1 to 10, with 10 as highest: 9

Fuente: blogaldente.com

 

Led Zeppelin and Pez Tortilla present Beavertown Gamma Ray Pale Ale

Led Zeppelin and Pez Tortilla present Beavertown Gamma Ray Pale Ale

Hoy hemos pinchado un gran barril: Beavertown Gamma Ray Pale Ale, cerveza de gran sabor y mejor cuerpo. El responsable? Logan Plant, hijo del mítico Robert Plant.

Aquí un par de curiosidades:

The New British Invasion – An Interview with Beavertown Brewery’s Logan Plant

 

 

There has always been a “special relationship” between the US and the UK – in everything from politics to music, and most recently, to beer. Good beer. Musically-speaking, the influence moved to the west in several waves. From the first British Invasion (think The Beatles and The Rolling Stones), to the second (on to The Police and Wham!), to perhaps even the third (Amy Winehouse and Adele), Americans have long had a love affair with British musical genius. Iconic bands like Led Zeppelin influenced entire genres of American music and culture…70’s hard rock, 80’s heavy metal, and everything to follow.

 As for influences in the other direction, Led Zeppelin’s lead singer Robert Plant, one of  the most significant singers in the history of rock, credits American rock n’ roll (Elvis)  and the blues as his inspiration. This taste (pardon the pun) for American culture,  specifically that of the Deep South continued on to the next generation in his soccer-  player-turned-musician-turned-brewmaster son, Logan Plant. Influenced not only by  his father, but through the U.S. tours with his former band in Brooklyn, NY, Logan  found what he now believes to be his true calling…craft beer. He has since brought his  love of American flavor back to London, turning his home-brewing hobby into the popular Beavertown Brewery and Duke’s Brew & Que barbeque joint, leading the way in London’s craft beer renaissance.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Logan during the recent Craft Brewer’s Conference, hosted annually by the craft beer industry’s biggest champions, the Brewers Association. I caught wind that he was in town through his brewing collaboration with Dogfish Head and Dieu Du Ciel on Twitter (nerd alert, I know). I actually felt a bit like a beer groupie, recognizing him from the brewing pictures. Logan was, in fact, the first person I saw at the conference. Without collecting myself long enough to think of a cooler opening line, shouted “Hey Logan!” across the room. Smooth. He handled it in stride, despite the early hour, and the many late night parties hosted around town the night before (hey, it is a beer conference, after all!).

Thanks to Logan for sitting down to chat with The Booze Bin about Beavertown, the U.K. craft beer movement, his inspirations and his dad’s favorite beer. Here are a few excerpts from our conversation.

“There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west” ~Led Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven

Why did you choose to collaborate with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head?

“Looking west to our inspirations, particularly my inspirations with America itself in food and beer, Dogfish Head is a key player. Their ethos and the way they push their recipes, and just their whole thinking top to toe; they seem like a really good, organic company making great beers.”

Newfound Art Form

How did you find the transition from music to beer?

“They have a lot in common actually. [Beer] is an art. Brewing is an expression, as was being a singer in a band. It’s really similar. To be able to pour your own beer, serve people, and for them to be turned on and give you feedback…and, most of the time, enjoy it …it’s a really good feeling.”

Source of Inspiration

Which other brewers do you admire?

We make a porter (Smog Rocket, his flagship smoked porter), and I found inspiration from one of the first to make this style, Stone Brewing Co., as well as other American craft breweries, like Bear Republic, Flying Dog and New Belgium.”

Who’s Drinking Craft Beer in the UK?

Logan thought there was a “wide demographic” of people “really into their craft beer, who have some disposable cash and want to buy things they’re passionately into – things that stimulate them with flavors.” He continued to say,“The scene in London is very happening at the moment, so there are a lot of people jumping on that. We were actually recently voted one of the best new breweries in London [by The Telegraph].”

For more on the raging London craft beer scene, check out this recent article in The New York Times.

The Voice of Beavertown

Do you believe in social media?

“It’s a massive part of what we do and it’s great to keep people informed. It’s almost like a story. Every day in a brewery is like a story, and it is fascinating stuff, I think.”

 What is Your Death Row Beer?

After reflecting for a while, he replied “the beer that I always go back to when I go home is a very simple, traditional English best bitter. It’s brewed in the Midlands where I’m from. We brew a certain way, keeping quite a bit of sweetness in there. It’s quite hoppy, but there’s this sweet, hoppy thing going on. It’s like drinking honey. It is delicious!” Influence or not, I guess we all want to come home for our final sip.

Nerd Question!

I ended my interview just as smoothly as it began. So, what’s your Dad’s favorite beer?

Banks’s Best Bitterhe replied, without missing a beat. I guess the only thing better than your son becoming a professional soccer player, or following in your footsteps, is for him to find his calling making really good beer.

 

 

Fuente: buzzbinpadillacrt.com

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