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Old 09-25-2006, 05:08 AM   #51
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I love the flavor of this...perhaps you had a bad batch or it was mishandled in transport?
Possibly. My sister-in-law drank a bottle from the same 6-er and loved it. (For reference, she also told me Stella Artois was one of the best beers in the world.)


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Old 09-25-2006, 05:53 AM   #52
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Unfermented wort from my Picket Fence Porter that I just brewed. Very sweet, obviously, but plenty of chocolate flavor coming through. The smoke should just be in there once the sugars are fermented. Great so far...


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Old 09-25-2006, 06:59 AM   #53
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All three of my beers so far have tasted pretty unpleasant immediately after brewing. They are all too bitter, for one thing. Strange aftertastes and metallic twangs and curious sharpness. Unbalanced.

The first one I brewed is now starting to taste pretty good. I'm still a week away from bottling it. My other two brews aren't old enough yet for me to detect any improvement in flavor. It's only been 1 week for my second brew which is still in primary. I haven't tasted it again since the night I boiled it. It's just been a few hours for my third brew (the Kolsch recipe you gave me Brewsmith). I tasted it after taking a hydrometer reading, and it was quite bitter.
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Old 09-25-2006, 08:55 AM   #54
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(For reference, she also told me Stella Artois was one of the best beers in the world.)
what is the story with Stella Artois??? I was in France a year ago, and so i tried it first there. i was definitely not impressed, although none of the other french beers were worth mentioning either.
anyway, suddenly, i see billboards and its popping up in EVERY bar and restaurant I've been to in the last few months. seems very much the 'popular beer of the moment' at least in so cal.
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Old 09-26-2006, 05:29 AM   #55
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About a week ago I stopped by my local place to pick up micros and found this oddity:

The Brewers of Lagunitas
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2006 A.D.
The 40th Anniversary of the Landmark Album's Release

It's a special release comemerating the 40th anniversary of the Frank Zappa album for those of you who, like me, are a little too young to remember. The label on the bottle is the cover of the album. It doesn't say anything on the label about the beer other than it's 7.3% abv. It's a nice golden honey color with a nice hop aroma and flavor. It's an IPA of some variety. Nice and hoppy, with a little sweetness on the back end, but the finish is still bittering hops. I don't have a bottle of the regular Lagunitas IPA to compare. Very good though. Get it if you can find it.
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Old 09-26-2006, 09:43 PM   #56
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About a week ago I stopped by my local place to pick up micros and found this oddity:

The Brewers of Lagunitas
Freak Out
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2006 A.D.
The 40th Anniversary of the Landmark Album's Release

It's a special release comemerating the 40th anniversary of the Frank Zappa album for those of you who, like me, are a little too young to remember. The label on the bottle is the cover of the album. It doesn't say anything on the label about the beer other than it's 7.3% abv. It's a nice golden honey color with a nice hop aroma and flavor. It's an IPA of some variety. Nice and hoppy, with a little sweetness on the back end, but the finish is still bittering hops. I don't have a bottle of the regular Lagunitas IPA to compare. Very good though. Get it if you can find it.
Interesting!

However, I've absolutely hated everythign I've ever had from Lagunitas. All of the stuff tastes like iced tea, just nasty.
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I'm well on my way.

I broke into the growler of Duclaw Venom that I picked up when we were in Baltimore. I'm in beervana right now. Now that I've busted this puppy open, I've got to finish tonight. Could get ugly.

Right now I'm also getting ready to start grilling up some hop smoked chicken. It's an experiment, We'll see how it goes.
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Interesting!

However, I've absolutely hated everythign I've ever had from Lagunitas. All of the stuff tastes like iced tea, just nasty.
I think it's just too far in transit to get to you fresh. I think they make excellent beers. When will distributers and stores learn how to properly transport and store good beer?
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Nothing yet, though I have an Angry Simon ready for me while I do my homework tonight. Possibly 2. Just took a sniff of my IPA in the secondary....wow! the Cascade is really doing its job!
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I think it's just too far in transit to get to you fresh. I think they make excellent beers. When will distributers and stores learn how to properly transport and store good beer?
Don't know, but somethign was certainly wrong.

Man....life is good. Drinking great beer, got a nice fire going in the fire pit, and soon I'll be eating. Ahhhhh.............


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