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Mikkeller Weird Weather Hazy IIPA – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8.3% ABV

Mikkeller Weird Weather Hazy IIPA American Double / Imperial IPA at 8.3% ABV (C$8.96 at Collective, 500 ml, best before 18-Jun-2019, acquired 17-Nov-2018, reviewed 26-Nov-2018)

Appearance: hazy pale straw with two fingers of rocky white head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: grapefruit zest, stone fruit, apples, grainy malt, hint of pine & cattiness. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-low bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, sweetish slightly sticky finish. (4/5)

“Weird”, check, but I dunno what weather’s got to do with anything. Ditto “hazy”, but I’m not entirely sold on the “New England Style”. Sort of, I guess, but it’s not really the opaque juice bomb example of the style I prefer. On the other hand, the “IIPA” part is actually fairly impressive, since it drinks like something much lighter than its 8+ ABV. On the other other hand (yes, that’s three hands) the sweetness and apples, especially in the finish, are reminiscent of sweet Belgian Tripels, which are my least favourite interpretation of that style. I can’t find any details of the hops used here, but there’s a hint of cattiness that makes me think Citra or Simcoe. While that cattiness isn’t necessarily a negative in all cases, I’m not used to encountering it in an alleged NEIPA, in which the dry hopping process seems to avoid that characteristic (which I hypothetically associate with overextraction of the hops in the boil). Ultimately, yeah, it’s juicy and hazy, with mild bitterness, but the sweetness in particular prevents it from really wowing me. Which seems to be the case with far too many Mikkeller beers these days – hey Mikkel, buddy, here’s an idea: instead of 40 or 50 beers a year, how about you produce only 20 or 30, and make them not suck? (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze

2016 Craft Beer Advent Calendar

Well, I’m ready for December 1! Looking forward to another year’s advent calendar starting in less than 10 weeks. For reference, here are the origins and strengths for the 2016 calendar:


And as soon as I saw that there might be IPAs and lagers in there, I tore it open and stuck ’em all in the beer fridge. Didn’t look at any, though: I put ’em in a box with labels for 1-24 without looking – I like my daily surprises. However, a cardboard IPA that’s been sitting at room temperature for three months isn’t the kind of surprise I like!


Milk and citrus liqueur

I made a thing!

It was marinated for about 10 days. The first pass was through cheesecloth, and the milk solids that squeezed out looked like vanilla pudding. Quite edible, too, though very strong.

The liquid was still pretty thick at that point, so I did two passes through coffee filters to polish it up. Made a huge difference to the appearance, though really not a lot to the taste or texture.

So, now I’ve got a golden-coloured milk and citrus liqueur. And, in the immortal words of Homer Jay, “It passed the first test: I didn’t go blind.”



Latest revision of the one-handed bottle opener

Latest revision of the one-handed bottle opener. Revision 6 or so failed after a few weeks’ use, but you can see that the problem wasn’t completely solved with my current daily use one (revision 8 or so) because the stress crack is starting in the same spot. In-progress photo of the latest revision (10 – I don’t print all of them) shows how I hold the flat neodymium magnet in the slot with another magnet so the magnetic auto-level probe doesn’t suck it right back out again. This revision is a couple millimetres thicker through the region that habitually cracks, so we’ll see how it stands up.

#3dprinting   #ryansbooze

Belgium 2014 Roundup

Belgium 2014 roundup. Here’s the final tally of new beers before going to the airport in the morning:

Brouwerij Mort Subite (formerly De Keersmaeker) – Kriek
Brouwerij Mort Subite (formerly De Keersmaeker) – Gueuze
Brouwerij De Ranke – XXX Bitter
Brouwerij Huyghe – Delirium Red
Brouwerij Alken-Maes – Maes Pils
Brasserie Piedboeuf – Jupiler
*Brasserie Cantillon – Iris
*Brasserie Cantillon – Single Barrel 3 Year Lambic
*Brasserie Cantillon – Rosé de Gambrinus
*Troubador – Magma Tripple IPA
*Brouwers Verzet – Oud Bruin
Brouwerij De Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren – Trappist Westvleteren 12
Duvel Moortgat – Duvel Gefilterd (Green)
Brouwerij Bosteels – Kwak
De Halve Maan – Brugse Zot
Brasserie de la Senne – Zinnebir
Duvel Moortgat – Duvel Tripel Hop (2014)
Brouwerij Mort Subite (formerly De Keersmaeker) – Faro
Brewery John Martin & Brewery Timmermans – Martin’s IPA
Brouwerij St. Bernardus – Tripel
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck (Castle Brewery) – Kasteel Donker (Bruin-Brune)
Brewery John Martin & Brewery Timmermans – Bourgogne Des Flandres Ambrée
Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste (Bockor) – Vanderghinste Oud Bruin
Brouwerij Oud Beersel – Oude Geuze (Vieille)
Brasserie Dubuisson – Cuvée des Trolls
Brouwerij Bosteels – Tripel Karmeliet
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden – Hoegaarden Grand Cru
Brasserie Dubuisson – Bush Ambrée (Scaldis Amber)

(* No photo)

That’s, what, 27 new beers in five days? And small-ish tasters (250ml) and/or spread out so that I have not been drunk once. Fairly well-behaved, I’d say…


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