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Beer Reviews / 13.12.2016

So I cant remember the first place I saw the idea for Driving Santa for sure but I know that one of our pint glass giveaway winners, @skatercraig on IG, shared a recipe with us where he poured half of a can of Saint Arnold's Art Car IPA and half of a bottle of Saint Arnold's Christmas Ale together. His idea was trying to create the next Saint Arnold Sailing Santa, which is a combo of Saint Arnold's Elissa IPA and Christmas Ale! While I love the ingenuity...

Beer Reviews / 12.12.2016

This No Label 5th Anniversary Barleywine marks their 6th anniversary. But wait, it's the 5th anniversary beer? It seems as though they say on it a while, but it was worth the wait. (I'm a little behind the curve, too.) This barleywine is pretty bold, and it starts off even bolder. It has a strong hoppy nose, with subtle fruity, woody notes, all wrapped up in the smell of pure alcohol. The tastes...

Beer Reviews / 06.12.2016

Hop Option Mosaic IPA is a very dank, fruity, citrusy, and smells and taste. This beer is listed at 7% ABV, which feels like a creeper beer, you've been warned. This is a very flavorful beer that is very smooth and light feeling. You could say drink this all summer long, and in a place where it feels like summer 80% of the year, that is very important! The only beer I would compare this to is...

Beer Reviews / 05.12.2016

Hop Gusher's got the sort of balance that's a bit rare in IPAs - I feel like the malt backbone and sweetness counteract the hop flavor and hop bitterness that typically turns off macro drinkers, although both are still there and very enjoyable. It starts off light on the palette, despite an aggressive...

Beer Reviews / 28.11.2016

Honey Hole ESB is a terrific beer from SpindleTap Brewery, and it's one of my favorites from them. I think I enjoy it so much because it's a bit unusual to see an ESB, and Honey Hole really hits the spot for the style (pun wholly intended). ESB stands for Extra Special Bitter, and Honey Hole's extra special, alright! It starts off clean and...

Beer Reviews / 24.11.2016

I popped the cap and poured Black Wit-O into my favorite “We Love Houston Beer” pint glass and observed the carbonation create a thin layer of head settle at the top. This brew is as black as ink and immediately made me think of Guinness or a strong coffee stout. I had slight whiffs of licorice followed by...

Beer Reviews / 23.11.2016

From the immediate pour to the lift of the glass, I was swarmed with caramel hints and what seemed like coffee undertones. The beer’s physical appearance was a copper with murkiness that allowed very little light to shine through, it seemed almost thick but allowed a thin lace of head to rest on top. My first taste was...

Beer Reviews / 22.11.2016

Sailing Santa is actually a consumer inspired brew! The great minds at Saint Arnold's Brewing listened when we asked for a seasonal blend of Elisaa IPA and Christmas Ale with a touch of Christmas spice! It isn't a true IPA, more malt characteristics than anything. It sure is smooth sailing though! it has a sneaky high ABV which is always good around this time of year. Most places are releasing stouts this time of year because cold weather is perfect for that style of beer. However, in Houston,...

Beer Reviews / 21.11.2016

Citra Mellow is a special beer. The team and I have been on a hunt for the last few weeks to gather a handful of certain "special" beers from around the Greater Houston area, and Citra Mellow was on that list. (More info on why it's special soon.) We got word that Galveston Island Brewing had started canning Citra Mellow, and the day the cans were available, we made a drive down to Galveston for a couple 6 packs....

Beer Reviews / 17.11.2016

8th Wonder Brewery did the city justice with Hopston. It's a TX IPA that's light on the tongue, but not light on flavor. I really dig 8th Wonder for their creativity - not only in the beers themselves, but in their names and artwork. Hopston's no different. Hopston is bit stronger in flavor than other IPAs I've had, but it's...