Voodoo Brewing – 4 Seasons IPA

Voodoo Brewing Co. – Meadville, PA

4 Seasons IPA – 22 oz.

Amber colored as it pours, creates a moderate head that lingers for a while.  There are hints of brown in the color.  There isn’t any visible carbonation, but lots of foam is created with just a quick swirl of the glass.

The aroma has lots of pineapple in the fruity hop profile.  There are light whiffs of pine underlying with a tiny bit of oily resin.  There is also a sweet malt base in the aroma suggesting a good balance of hops and malt.

Bitter and sweet flavors fight it out with this season.  I’m not sure who the winner would be…  The flavor begins with lots of floral notes and a bit of vegetation.  There is an earthiness which is a background idea that materializes slightly.  The first notes of each sip are bitter, then tempered by the sweet malt profile.  There are some hints of caramel sugars in there.  The finish hits with a lingering bitterness and a slight herbal flavor like tobacco.  Oh, and after the bitterness, there’s some more bitterness.  But, I don’t think it’s “too” bitter.  Though, you do have to like hops to be admitted to this party.

The mouth feel is refreshing with a touch of oiliness and a fair amount of carbonation that helps to cut the medium-body of the beer.

Voodoo doesn’t print an ABV on the bottle, so I’m going to peg it at 6.5%.  If it’s higher, it’s easy drinking.  So, drinkability…  Let’s say, “Yes”.

4 Seasons is a nice winter IPA that would have no trouble picking up periodically.  It would be perfect with a New York Strip steak.  It has a bit more caramel notes than average.  And the lingering sweetness would go well with the seared, crisp exterior of the steak.  Throw in some sautéed mushrooms and onions, and I’m golden.

Overall – B+

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Published in: on March 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Great Goose Island Flight +1

A flight at the Blue Dog contains 4 choices.  Today, they tapped 5 Goose Island beers.  I ordered a flight plus 1 extra sampler size of the 5th beer.

Summertime German Kolsch – 4.7% ABV

Nut Brown – 5.3% ABV

IPA English Style – 5.9%

Matilda- Belgian Pale Ale – 7%

Pere Jacques- Belgian Abbey Ale – 8%

Summertime is crisp and clean with flavors of herbs, fresh cut grass and hops.  It’s very refreshing.  There is a peppery flavor present with a hint of spice.  It feels a bit watered down and it’s very light bodied.

Nut Brown has mild, roasty-toasty grain flavors with malt.  There are English hop notes, as well as slight chocolate and tobacco notes.  It has a balanced hop/malt profile.  It’s smooth and silky texture has a nice moderate carbonation with excellent head and lacing down the glass.  A very subtle brew.

IPA – 55 IBUs.  Styrian, Fuggle, Cascade and Centennial hops provide a fresh, fruity hop flavor with a malt middle.  There is a fine, bitter finish with fruity hoppiness and a piney bite.  It’s lower than average alcohol and IBU may make it easier drinking than a regular American IPA.

Matilda – The spicy, herbal aroma is slightly sour.  It’s yeasty with hints of spices like cinnamon and cloves.  It’s faint, but present.  The carbonation is aggressive with a bit of alcohol heat and great overall texture and drinkability.

Pere Jacques – A big malt Belgian profile with yeast, candi sugar and dark fruit.  Raisin and date flavors present.  Big flavor with a bit of warming alcohol on the tongue.  Great Belgian Double.

My favorite is Matilda, but the flight is the way to go to get some impression of Goose Island’s profile and mission.

Great stuff to seek out  Highly recommended.

Published in: on March 8, 2012 at 10:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

Goose Island Update – First Tapping Tomorrow – Thursday March 8, 2012

Reposted from Blue Dog e-mail:

It’s been a long wait, but Goose Island Brewing Co. has arrived in Pennsylvania!  If you’re the type who lines up for the release of the latest iPhone, then you’ll want to be at Blue Dog Lansdale tomorrow.

Tomorrow Blue Dog Lansdale will be the very first establishment in Pennsylvania to serve Goose Island when we tap-

Matilda

Wild in character, with a slightly fruity aroma and a spicy yeast flavor that is as unique as it is satisfying – Matilda is an intriguing choice for beer and wine lovers alike. Dry and quenching, it’s the perfect accompaniment at the dining table or for casually socializing at the bar.

Style: Belgian Style Pale Ale Alcohol by Volume: 7%

Pere Jacques

Brewed with loads of malt and Belgian yeast, Pere Jacques is a wonderfully fruity, malty ale. Pere Jacques’ complex flavors stand shoulder to shoulder with the Belgian Dubbels enjoyed in the world’s finest beer bars. At the dining table it’s the perfect alternative to a glass of vintage port.

Style: Belgian Style Abbey Ale Alcohol by Volume: 8%

India Pale Ale

Our India Pale Ale recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result is a hop lover’s dream with a fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle, and long hop finish.

Style: English Style India Pale Ale Alcohol by Volume: 5.9% International Bitterness Units: 55 Color: Bourbon Hops: Styrian, Fuggle, Cascade, Centennial

Nut Brown

Our Nut Brown Ale combines the finest domestic and imported malts to produce a chestnut-hued ale of unusual complexity. Subtle notes of chocolate, honey and fine tobacco give this ale an enjoyable and satisfying “nutty” finish.

Style: Brown Ale Alcohol by Volume: 5.3%

Summertime

The color of sunshine, with a light fruity aroma and a hint of fruity acidity, Goose Island Summertime is the perfect summer session ale. A Kölsch beer brewed in the traditional German fashion, you’ll find yourself enjoying and savoring each sip of summertime as much as you do those hot summer days and cool summer nights.

Style: German Style Kölsch Alcohol by Volume: 4.7%

Published in: on March 7, 2012 at 5:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Upcoming Suburban Pliny the Younger Event, Sunday March 11, 2012

Blue Dog’s “GREAT BEER” FESTIVAL featuring HOPS!

at BLUE DOG Chalfont

Sunday, March 11 starting at 11 am

This is a pay-as-you-go event.

The draft line-up thus far:

Alesmith IPA

Victory Ranch R Double IPA

Tröegs Nugget Nectar Imperial Amber

Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter Double IPA

Russian River Pliny the Elder Double IPA

Russian River Pliny the Younger Double IPA (4 oz pours)

Dogfish Head Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew Russian Imperial Stout

Mikkeller + Three Floyds Boogoop Buckwheat Ale

Ballast Point Sculpin India Pale Ale (Rated #1 American IPA by BeerAdvocate)

Williamsburg AleWerks Brewers Choice Bitter Valentine Double India Pale Ale

Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer Imperial Stout

We’ll be adding some other great beers to this line-up to make it a fantastic day for everyone who attends!

I hope you can join us on March 11!

Published in: on March 6, 2012 at 7:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Breaking News!!! Goose Island Brewing Available in the Philadelhpia Suburbs!!!

Goose Island Brewing is coming to Philadelphia. That in and of itself is a revelation. Rarely, does a beer entering a new market create as much a buzz as the arrival of Goose Island.

Chicago based, they are the makers of a fantastic line-up of Classic Ales and an excellent line of Vintage Ales, including some excellent Belgian offerings.

They are also the brewers of the famous and utterly spectacular Bourbon County Stout and Bourbon County Coffee Stout.

Having finally arrived at a distribution agreement, they will be entering the Philadelphia market this weekend. But, in an excellent coup, the Suburbs will be serving Goose Island before the City.

The Blue Dog Pub in Lansdale will be serving the first drafts of Goose Island as early as Thursday.

There will be details to follow, including tap list!!

Published in: on March 5, 2012 at 10:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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