3 Floyds Zombie Dust

Beer type: Pale Ale
Alcohol Level: 6.2%
Brewed By: 3 Floyds Brewery
IBU: 50

Back to back 3 Floyds beers on the blog. Let’s be honest, I should’ve written about 3 Floyds a lot sooner, I just didn’t get around to it. Like I mentioned in my post about Gumballhead, 3 Floyds is a major craft brewery not just in the Chicagoland area, but also the midwest.

To the beer…Zombie Dust is one of 3 Floyd’s signature beers and is available year round. Coming in at 6.2%, it’s the right amount of alcohol to get you feeling good, but not too crazy. It has a hazy, dark yellow color. It’s darker than a lager but lighter than a brown ale. When you’re about to drink it, you get a whiff of earthy notes, along with citrus. It tastes how it smells, earthy and citrusy, but has a bitter bite to it towards the end. Overall, it’s a great pale ale with an easy drinkability.

3 Floyds says it’s an, “Intensely hopped and gushing undead Pale Ale will be one’s only respite after the zombie apocalypse. Created with our marvelous friends in the comic industry”.

3 Floyds Gumballhead

Beer type: Wheat Beer
Alcohol Level: 5.6%
Brewed By: 3 Floyds Brewery
IBU: 35

Happy Monday and welcome back! With over 30 beers on the blog, I’ve never talked about a 3 Floyds beer yet. I know, what’s wrong with me? The coveted Munster, Indiana brewery is well known for their crazy beer names, beer labels, and more importantly, great beer. So, I managed to get two of theirs in my fridge and the first one I opened up was Gumballhead.

Gumballhead has a citrus aroma that reminded me of an IPA at first, but not quite as strong. When tasting, it didn’t have a crazy bitter finish. It just has a simple, wheat beer taste to it. Nothing crazy, just a smooth, easy drinking beer. It pours a nice dark gold color. It almost looks like a miller lite, but a few shades darker.

3 Floyds says it’s “An American wheat beer with a refreshing, crisp citrus finish. This delicious session beer is brewed with boatloads of Amarillo hops.” This one is available year round, so look to your local liquor store to grab a six pack. My next post will be about the other 3 Floyds beer I have, so stay tuned.

Temperance Beer Co. Birdsong Farmhouse Ale

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Beer type: Farmhouse Ale
Alcohol Level: 6.3%
Brewed By: Temperance Beer Company

Temperance Beer Company, I never heard of them until today but I’m a fan. Based out of Evanston, IL, they brew Birdsong. After the first sips, I can say that I like this beer.

This farmhouse ale has a hazy golden color to it. It has a semi-sweet aroma to it with hints of bitterness as well. When you first sip it, you get a citrus-bitter taste. Then, as you finish drinking it, you get a semi spice/pepper/dry aftertaste. Overall, I’m a fan. I bought a sixer of the Birdsong and I’m excited to finish the rest.

Farmhouse ales have a lot of different flavors to them and this one fits the description. Other farmhouse ales include Off Color’s Apex Predator, Goose Island’s Sofie, and 3 Floyds’ Rabbid Rabbit.

Lagunitas Aunt Sally Sour Mash Ale

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Beer type: Dry-Hopped Sweet Tart Sour Mash Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.7%
Brewed By: Lagunitas Brewing Company
IBU: 33

It’s been a while, but I’m back again trying more beers. I was out of the beer drinking game for a while due to a nasty cold/Chicago CTA shared virus. Now, I’m back to feeling 100% and craving some tasty beers.

The Aunt Sally by Lagunitas is definitely different compared to your normal Lagunitas beers and just any ales in general. It has a citrus smell to it, instantly making you think it’s going to taste sweet. When you taste it, you know right away that this is a sour beer. It isn’t too sour to drink, but you definitely get a sweet then sour taste. It has a golden color to it and it goes down pretty easy. Some people are really into sours and some hate them. This one is good, but I wouldn’t drink a lot of them. If you haven’t had a sour before, they’re definitely an interesting take on beer.

Lagunitas says, “It tastes like a big bowl of fruity candy or some chewable flavored vitamins, but what’s the difference? It’s sweet, tart, and sassy, just like the tasty cherry pie that your favorite aunt makes.” As a reminder, Lagunitas brews in Petaluma, CA and Chicago, IL.

 

Maplewood Brewing Co. Charlatan American Pale Ale

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Beer type: American Pale Ale
Alcohol Level: 6.1%
Brewed By: Maplewood Brewing Company
IBU: 35

Maplewood Brewing Company is back on the beer blog for round 2. This time, they brought their award-winning Charlatan American Pale Ale. I now see why it won the Great American Beer Festival Pale Ale contest in 2016.

When you smell this beer, you get a sweet, citrus aroma like many good pale ales. When you take a drink, the citrus taste comes out right away, then it transitions into the bitterness of a pale ale. It’s a good beer, and it’s available all around Chicago.

Maplewood has a lounge where you can go and grab a few drinks and have a good time. It’s 2717 N Maplewood Ave in Chicago, hence the name. Maplewood also is a distillery, making spirits like whiskey and gin.

Switchback Ale

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Beer Type: Amber Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.0%
Brewed By: Switchback Brewing Company
IBU: 28

Hey everyone, sorry it’s been a while since my last post. Don’t worry, I’ve still been drinking beers, just haven’t recorded them due to reasons like travel, drinking cheap beer, or drinking ones I’ve already written about.

This post is all about Switchback Ale. Switchback Brewing Company is based out of beautiful Burlington, Vermont. Their Ale is one of their fan favorites and every time in the Green Mountain State I have to get my hands on one of their bottles.

Their Ale has a hazy, red/amber color with a semi-sweet smell to it. It’s easily drinkable and it’s a great beer to have if you’re looking to relax after a long day. Switchback Brewing Co. says, “Five different malts, select hop varieties, and our own specially cultivated yeast create an ale which leads with hop flavors and a subtle impression of fruit (our yeast’s contribution), followed by a palate pleasing malty finish.”. All in all, it’s a great beer that you should try out when in the Northeast.

Lagunitas CitruSinesis Pale Ale

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Beer type: Pale Ale
Alcohol Level: 7.7%
Brewed By: Lagunitas Brewing Company
IBU: 49

The CitruSinesis is one of their limited releases that has a lot of flavors packed in. It has a citrus type aroma with a hazy gold color to it. When you initially taste it, you’ll experience hints of orange and citrus. They took juice from blood oranges and added it to one of their past pale ales to get this wonderful beer. Right in time for the 90+ weekend in Chicago, I got to enjoy this while trying to cool off from the heat. I’d recommend this beer to any person who likes a fruity type of beer or anything refreshing during the summer. Make sure to grab a six-pack or two before they’re gone.

Lagunitas is based out of Petaluma, CA and Chicago, IL. They have great branding, a good variety of beers and they’re known for their IPA, Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale, and others. They’ve been around for a while and they always come out with new beer releases, so be on the lookout for the next!