Goose Island Fulton St. Blend Coffee Ale

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Beer type: Golden Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.5%
Brewed By: Goose Island Beer Co.
IBU: 30

If you like coffee for the taste and are looking for a unique flavor of beer to try, Goose Island made this one for you. Right away, you smell the coffee blend in the beer and it transitions to a coffee aftertaste. Besides that, there’s a transition from coffee to a sweeter smell right before you drink it. The beer is a lighter caramel/golden ale color. For being a beer with coffee in it, it’s actually a lighter type of beer.

Goose Island says this beer is, “a golden ale infused with rich coffee flavor and aroma.” Until I checked their site, I didn’t know that Goose Island used Intelligentsia coffee beans for this beer. Another reason to like this beer if you’re a Chicagoan. To summarize this beer review, if you like a lighter style of beer and you like Intelligentsia, you have to give this local beer a try.

 

The Alchemist Brewery Focal Banger IPA

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Not the best photo quality….black and silver cans make it hard. 

Beer type: IPA
Alcohol Level: 7%
Brewed By: The Alchemist Brewery

This beer comes straight from Vermont with style. This American IPA is packed with Citra and Mosiac hops, providing a pure and clean IPA taste. The can has a great design to it with a artsy type of drawing. I love the message on the bottom of the can, “Don’t be a D-Bag. Recycle this can!”

Regarding the taste of this beer, it definitely has all the characteristics of a good IPA. It has a sweet smell to it. When you first drink it, you get a light and sweet taste and then a bitter aftertaste. I’m not a huge IPA fan, but I could drink a few of these and be satisfied.

Cheers to the Alchemist himself, John Kimmich on this masterpiece of a beer.

 

Flying Fish Brewery Exit 10 Trail Mix Brown Ale

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Not me, my boss actually. 

Beer type: Brown Ale
Alcohol Level: 7.5%
Brewed By: Flying Fish Brewery
IBU: 16

Shout out to Kyle for modeling this beer while he drank it. Yeah….we did crack this one open in the office. Shout out to the startup life.

Anyways, when I first saw the label on this I was skeptical, we all were actually. But, when I thought more about it, I was pretty excited to try it. My expectations were pleased as I tried this nutty, brown ale. This beer has an exceptional flavor to it. You immediately taste the chocolate, caramel, and sweeter side to it. It has a robust, semi-sweet smell to it. Don’t let the dark color push you away, this is a great beer.

Flying Fish Brewery says it’s a “Smooth and tasty brown ale features notes of toasted malt, caramel, dried fruit and chocolate.” On their site, it says this beer is retired so if that’s true, I’ll be a little upset.

I’d recommend this to anyone looking to try some more flavorful beers…if you can get your hands on one.

Alaskan Brewing Co. Amber Ale

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Beer type: Amber Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.3%
Brewed By: Alaskan Brewing Co.
IBU: 18

Shoutout to Maurice for leaving this one at my place.

We all know that I love amber ales. This beer is not an exception to that rule. With the traditional amber color and smooth taste, this beer is as good at it looks. This beer comes all the way from Alaska into your glass just so you can enjoy it as much as I do. I suggest really swirling this one in your mouth to taste all the flavors.

I’d highly recommend this beer to anyone. It’s a easygoing beer to drink and anyone can enjoy it. Alaskan Brewing Co. says it’s “Richly malty and long on the palate, with just enough hop backing to make this beautiful amber colored “alt” style beer notably well balanced.” Whatever they do to make it, they shouldn’t stop.

Cheers!

Blue Point Toasted Lager

Beer type: Amber Lager
Alcohol Level: 5.5%
Brewed By: Blue Point Brewing Company
IBU: 28

Sorry folks, no photo of this one. (I was too ashamed to take a photo of my beer while sitting at the bar.)

Traveling in Pittsburgh, I stumbled upon a nice burger spot called BRGR. I tried a few beers and this one was my favorite. With a sweet and caramel aroma, this one went down great. It has a nice amber and caramel color to it. The aftertaste was semi-sweet and made you want to keep drinking it. I was a big fan of this one.

Blue Point says, “Toasted Lager’s balanced flavor of malt and hops makes for easy drinking and our special proprietary lager yeast produces an exceptional, long-lasting smooth finish.” Blue Point is based out of Long Island in New York. Overall, great beer and I’d love to have it again.

Revolution Bottom Up Wit

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Beer type: Wit
Alcohol Level: 5%
Brewed By: Revolution Brewing
IBU: 23

Review

Revolution Bottom Up Wit is one of my favorites from Revolution and any craft brewery around. A wit is just a Belgian Style Wheat Ale, different from a US Wheat Beer like a Blue Moon. Usually, if you like Blue Moon, you’d like this beer and probably like it better. It has an amazing sweet aroma and it has an easy drinkability. I’d always recommend this beer to friends who are out of town or who are newer to craft beer.

Revolution is an amazing brewery. They’re based out of Chicago and both their brew pub and their brewery is close to where I live. Not only do they brew great beer, but they have some pretty awesome merch. Yeah….I bought two pins for my backpack and I have a pair of Rev Brew drinking glasses (No Shame). Along with that, the movie Drinking Buddies was filmed in their brewery! Great movie, great beer, enough said.

Bell’s Amber Ale

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Beer type: Amber Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.8%
Brewed By: Bell’s

Review

What beer do I not like? Either way, this beer is one to like. Bell’s Amber Ale is your classic Amber Ale. You can find it out at your liquor store year round. This beer has a smell of caramel and a beautiful amber color. The aftertaste is a balanced mix of bitterness and sweetness. Overall, a refreshing, flavorful beer to have after a day of work or after any occasion.

Bell’s made another great brew. They say that this beer is a good mix between sweet caramel and citrus hops. Whatever it is, it works. Michigan brought home another great one, even if they couldn’t close the NCAA Men’s Championship…..sorry.