Category Archives: Beer

Drunken Brew Review: Lord Hobo Brewing Company Boomsauce IPA

Intro

Ok. We need to kick this drunken review off by addressing the absurd names being thrown around in the headline there. Let’s start with the brewery themselves. Lord Hobo. Comes in hot, forces you to buy pretty much anything they’re putting out. It also happens to be quite the interesting google search, especially when you forget to put the keyword “brewery” in at the end. Lord Hobo Brewing Company hails from the greatest state in the country, Massachusetts. Apparently it’s run by a guy named Daniel Lanigan, who used to be a bar owner but now is dabbling in the fine art of brewing. He’s opened and established several great bars in Boston and also in Baltimore, and now he’s running a gigantic brewery out of Woburn, MA, and this Boomsauce IPA is his flagship brew. So yes, we did buy this beer solely because of it’s name. But your third grade teacher who told you not to judge a book by its cover also told you that picking your nose in public is wrong. And we all know that’s the stupidest shit we’ve ever heard. So let’s get into it.

How to Drink It

To be completely honest, Lord Hobo Boomsauce IPA is really one of those beers that should be drank at a bar and at a bar only. Ordering this on tap and having it in a real glass brings out the ridiculous flavors that are going on in it. Pretty much your 1 way to go here. But 1A is definitely to buy it at a packie (that means liquor store) in the tall boy cans. The cans themselves along with this IPAs astounding drinkability will allow you to drink this bad boy while playing some low-key drinking games. Think card games, something along the lines of the lovingly named “Fuck the Dealer” or “Irish Poker” or something like “Horserace.” Or if you’re playing any kind of video game drinking game (we recommend Mario Party). The bottom line is this: there’s enough of a flavor depth to want to drink this at a bar and enjoy it, but it’s drinkable enough and high enough in alcohol, 7.4%, to help you out in your pre-game this weekend.

Flavors

Lord Hobo Boomsauce IPA takes all the normal flavors you’d think about in an IPA: hops, floral, bitterness, and seemingly runs it through a filter. Don’t get me wrong, I have no idea what or how they do it, but it tastes like it’s purified somehow. Makes some other IPAs taste like tap water while you’re drinking bottled. Which is what leads me to the main point: it’s fucking drinkable. If you read our reviews often, we like to get drunk. This means that when we have some of these high-octane IPAs that fill you up after six sips, we don’t like it, because that means we cannot get drunk off of it. So when an IPA comes along that lends itself to normal drinking, let’s just say there’s some movement in the pants area. Only other flavors to add is a scent of pine and an amazing aftertaste. You know that the brewer’s homebrewing background really comes out in spades with this Lord Hobo Boomsauce IPA.

To keep it fair, the only negatives I can find with this beer is the price itself. It’s definitely overpriced at $15.00 for a 4 pack, but let’s hope this gigantic brewery can help lower the costs down a bit in the future. Other than that, if you don’t like strong IPAs than you shouldn’t be drinking this. If you do, we think you’ll love the drinkability and the flavor depth.

Wrap Up

Lord Hobo Brewing Company is a well-named brewery that seems to have a bright future ahead of it. And when they came up with the name “Boomsauce” for their IPA, let’s just say they had a lot to live up to. And they did. If they can work on lowering their price, the sky seems to be the limit for this beer and the brewery itself. Great brew.

 

Drunken Brew Review: Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager

Intro

That time of the year again, time to get drunk off of fall beers and write about em. If you’re anything like us, some of the Oktoberfest-style beers actually speak to you more than the usual “fall” kind of beers. I’d substitute the flavors of the more German style, caramel-y flavors over some of the more pumpkin pie flavors any day. Berkshire Beer Co is straight out of western, MA. Which if you’re from Boston, you classify as basically anything west of Waltham. They’re known for making solid craft beers that sell for an extremely reasonable price around here in MA, and for having a pretty kickass brewery.  This bad boy clocks in at 7.5% booze which is awesome, and needless to say, it’s only around in the fall. So let’s get the party started.

Flavor

Oktoberfest beers are just inherently hard to judge because they’re all trying to be the exact same thing. Personally I’m waiting to get drunk off of a beer that calls itself Oktoberfest but still tries to be different. So if you’re anything like me, you’re still going to be waiting for that “different” Oktoberfest after trying Berkshire’s offering. But Berkshire nails what it’s trying to go for mostly: a german oktoberfest that tastes like a regular German Oktoberfest. You know the flavors: malty, spice, earthiness, etc. All good shit, but again, nothing really stands out. Which puts a drunk reviewer between a rock and a hard place: be a dick and knock them points off for not reading your mind, or grade them off of what they were trying to be: a regular Oktoberfest. Well if you’ve read a sentence of this website before, you know I’m an asshole. So that’s points off from me. Now I will say the one amazing quality about this beer that sets it apart is the booze percentage. You definitely can NOT tell that it’s 7.5% Right when you drink it, you get a split second of insane flavors and intense alcohol hitting your tongue, and then it’s gone as fast as it arrived. You know another German who ruled hard and fast and then disappeared suddenly? Yeah you do. So that’s a pretty major swing in the right direction for this beer, I love beers that can pack an alcoholic punch without tasting like dirty dishwater.

How to Drink It

Now this is where it gets interesting. Because of the mix of the disappearing act of flavor, sneaky alcohol punch, and the fact that you can buy it for a reasonable price, I’m going to go ahead and say you should be drinking this as your Fall/ Halloween Party beer of choice. You can seriously get a nice buzz off the stuff all while staying in the holiday spirit. And because it doesn’t linger and is fairly light for an Oktoberfest, you can definitely play your regular drinking games with it. And if you happen to find yourself losing in a WWII-style beer pong game? Nevermind.

Wrap Up

So by now you’re probably kind of confused. On one hand, I like this shit because it’s kind of cheap and packs a punch. On the other hand, the flavor is a little bit disappointing and disappears from your mouth pretty quickly. So all in all I’d say this is an average and not extremely unique Oktoberfest, but it’s an above average and unique fall beer. Does that make sense? Probably not, but you read that we write these reviews when we’re drunk, right? So go ahead and buy some of this stuff when you have a party next time, and make all the Hitler jokes you want, because they’re a hit 100% of the time , unlike a certain German leaders’ missiles.

 

 

/ 10

~$7.00 / 22 oz

 

 

Drunken Brew Review: Foolproof Peanut Butter Raincloud

Intro

So now that it’s officially fall brew season, we’re kicking off our annual tradition like none other: getting drunk off of fall beers and writing reviews. This week’s contestant comes from the great incredibly mediocre state of Rhode Island, Foolproof Brewing’s Peanut Butter Raincloud. If you’re anything like me, your brain immediately starts thinking about Reesee’s cups when you hear the name of this beer. Encapsulates everything great about Halloween, and everyone knows the houses that hand out full-fledged Reesee’s cups (not the midget ones) are the absolute best. So needless to say we were pretty pumped about doing this review.

Now here’s my one issue with fall beers: most of them fucking suck. They’re usually just variations of the same core fall “flavors” of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, anthrax, etc. This beer is different. And it hits on something that everyone absolutely loves, and that’s peanut butter.

Flavor

The number 1 thing that shines through in this beer that you wouldnt know just by looking at it is that it’s an unbelievably good porter. Even if you take out the peanut butter flavor, it’s a rock solid porter. So it’s got all of the flavors in a good porter you can expect, but here’s the twist: the peanut butter is subtle as snot. You’d think by looking at the name and seeing the label that this shit is 95% peanut butter, but there’s actually a great balance that doesn’t make you feel like you’re drinking a reese’s cup. It’s very, very drinkable, and preps your mouth hole perfectly for ingesting some more booze. Actually my biggest complaint about this beer is that they lead you into thinking youre going to be drinking an actual peanut butter cup, and then you have this beer and realize how god damn moronic of an idea that is in the first place. If you like darker beers this is quite literally the perfect fall porter.

How to Drink It

Like I said, I think this beer is best for breaking up rounds of whiskey, or some higher-octane beers. You absolutely should not be playing drinking games with this, it’s best suited for sitting around with your buddies, having a good conversation, and physically torturing your friend who has a peanut allergy. And that is what brings me to my main point: everyone has a friend that no one fucking likes. For me it’s my marketing chief at Whiskey on the House. Can’t stand the guy. But you know what he has that I don’t have? A god damn peanut allergy. So throw a koozie on this beer and talk up how good it is as you slowly hand it to him, and bingo bango your problem is solved. That’s this beer’s secret weapon, drive away those losers in the world who are allergic to peanuts. I fullheartedly don’t believe anyone is actually allergic to peanuts. So if your loser friend is willing to lie to your face like that, you should be able to knowingly serve him peanut butter beer*.

Wrap Up

Do I love this beer? Yes. Do I love the flavors and ease of drinking? Yes. Do I love sneaky putting it under my “allergic” friend’s nose and watching his throat close up? Of course not. I don’t know why anyone had to bring allergies into this conversation, I’m just here to review a beer. That being said, this is an absolutely rock solid beer. It takes the fall flavors you love but doesn’t lombardi you in the face with them, it lets you enjoy your fall and your flannel shirts without being a hipster douchebag about it. I highly recommend this beer.

 

 

/10

 

 

*Whiskey on the House assumes zero responsibility for you having shitty friends

 

Drunken Brew Review: Narragansett Coffe Milk Stout

2014-11-04-gansett-690x299

Intro

Do you love iced coffee? Do you walk to Dunkin or wherever you go (besides Starbucks because fuck Starbucks) no matter how cold and shitty it is outside, and order an iced coffee every single time? Did you just answer those questions in your own head? Well guess what, pal, those were a little trick called rhetorical questions. Narragansett Coffee Milk Stout is pretty much an iced coffee with booze in it, and it’s unbelievably and undeniably awesome.

Color

Black. It looks like black coffee. Not much else to say. There’s a nice head of foam that comes when pouring it into a glass that closely resembles coffee with cream/milk in it. Are you getting the hint that this stuff tastes like coffee?

Flavor

Here we go. So much to your surprise, this beer tastes exactly like coffee. More specifically, it tastes like the perfect balance of coffee: not too bitter, not too sweet, and not overbearing. The flavor first hits you when you get some of the foam, it really eases you into the drink. When the meaty part of the beer hits your lips, that’s where you’re greeted with the finest tasting coffee this side of Colombia. This beer also lets you know that it’s a stout, but it’s not a dick about it. The theme of balance comes into play here as well, because it’s not overbearingly heavy, and it’s not water-like light, either. They did a great job of both balancing the flavor and the texture of this beer. I probably wouldn’t be able to have more than two of these in a row just because of the heartiness, but it feels perfect while you’re drinking it.

Wrap Up

Narragansett Coffee Milk Stout is one of the more balanced beers I’ve ever had. It’s easy to be balanced when you’re just making a regular, non-specifically flavored beer, but for something as hard to pull off as a coffee stout, they do an incredible job. It’s the perfect beer to have on a work lunch: you can lie to yourself saying that you’re just having a coffee to “get through the day,” and you’re just going to smell like coffee after drinking it. Making Darla from accounting say to herself “gee, that’s a goddamn winner right there. I’m going to show him my boobs later.” Or something like that.

Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 6.25.23 PM $8.99/sixer (pints)

 

 

Drunken Brew Review: Victory Brewing HopDevil IPA

Intro

 

HopDevil is an American IPA brewed by Victory Brewing Company out of PA. Apparently Victory uses some hop-press machine that squeezes all the flavor out of their hops, almost like a French Press but for drunks. It clocks in at 6.7% ABV and 50 IBUs. To be completely honest, we only wanted to try this brew out for a couple basic reasons: 1) we love IPAs 2) we love satan. Victory Brewing offers a good amount of beers, most notably for me their Belgian style “monkey beer” (I have no idea what it’s called but it has a monkey with I think 14 paws on it so it’s awesome). So here we go.

 

 

The Pour

First of all, if you’re not drinking HopDevil IPA in a glass you should find the nearest bridge and walk backwards off of it. I swear to you it tastes like a completely different beer when you drink it out of the glass compared to out of the bottle. The foam layer that comes out is moderately thick, and does a nice job of sticking to the glass as you down it. And more importantly, the foam tastes fucking delicious. Since we haven’t done a beer review in quite some time, I will reiterate: if you actually care about the pour of your beer you’re an asshole, we’re just letting you know how to get the most out of this brew. So let’s get to what really matters: the flavor.

Flavor

HopDevil IPA fills your nozzle with scents of flowers and citrus before you take a sip. Which is awesome. Once you take a gulp, though, that’s pretty much where the awesome stops for me. The flavor profile is as follows: citrus (think orange, grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, etc), soap, and floral flavors from the hops. You may have missed it, but there’s one flavor in that profile that kind of sort of stands out. The aftertaste really hits on that soapy flavor, and that’s something that flat out confused my mouth. Is this the devil finally washing my mouth out with soap for not praising his name enough? Luckily these flavors disappear pretty quickly, but all that means is that there isn’t much depth to the beer itself. It actually tastes more like a light IPA, which is bullshit. I get it, I deserve to get my mouth cleaned out with soap, but that plus alcohol has a strange punisher-rapey vibe to it, and that’s not exactly what I’m looking for in a beer. I mean it’s close, but not quite there.

 

Wrap Up

Victory HopDevil IPA just screams “meh.” It’s nothing special. Does it deserve to have (hail) Satan on the label? Absolutely not. But does it deserve a shot? Yes absolutely. So go ahead, try this guy out, but maybe try it as a single brew, because I don’t think I’ll be drinking the other five in my sixer. Maybe I’ll consider them a sacrifice to the one and only S-Dawg.

$11.99/sixer

Drunken Pumpkin Beer Review: Two Roads Roadsmary’s Baby

Intro

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 10.38.26 AMSo Two Roads Roadsmary’s Baby out of Connecticut is picking up steam recently, much ado to their pun name I’d assume. I’m starting to see it at more and more bars, but I’m also starting to see it spelled wrong on more menus than I can count. Bartenders seem to think that they can just serve us the Rosemary’s Baby movie and call it a day. Newsflash, hombre. I can’t drink a DVD. So here we go:

How to Drink It

Definitely need to put this guy in a glass (see the color section). Not only does it seem to give you a much fuller flavor, it allows you to put some cinnamon and sugar on the rim if that’s your sort of thing.

Color

The color is a dark amber/brown that hides the carbonation bubbles fairly well, making it appear to be a very full and complex brew. The foamy head is off-white and bubbly, but disappears or sort of settles down pretty quickly after pouring. It’s a fairly “clean” brew, meaning the foam didn’t stick down the glass while we drank it.

Flavor

The first thing you’ll notice is the strong pumpkin flavor. But it’s not the typical, Shipyard-esque pumpkin, it actually tastes like a real pumpkin. As it goes down your gullet you get that cinnamon, nutmeg, and actually a pinch of salt. It’s a great combination of flavors and they balanced it very well. What I also like about this beer, especially in terms of fall/pumpkin beer, is it’s alcohol strength. This bad boy clocks in at 6.8%, which is much higher than the average pumpkin beer. And you can taste that strength. Too many pumpkin beers run into the problem of being a too sweet version of Coors Light, and Roadsmary’s Baby definitely stays away from that.

Wrap Up

If you’re in the mood for a fall beer that will still give you the kick you’re looking for. Here is where I’d make a reference to Rosemary’s Baby, however I am not 80 years old so I’ve never seen it. Definitely one of the stronger options we’ve seen as far as a pumpkin beer that you can find at some bars.

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 11.08.09 AM

pumpkin beer/5

 

 

 

Drunken Review: Pumpkin Beer Review: The Pumking

pumpkin beer review

So this fall we’re going to be reviewing slash mostly just telling you about some awesome fall brews. To start out is The Pumking from the Southern Tier Brewing Company. Now we haven’t ever done beer reviews before so here we go.

Intro

First off, this is one of those fall brews that you buy in the legit craft beer section. You get one of those 22 Oz bottles for a pretty premium price, and it’s an event when you get to drink it. Now it is available on tap in many locations, and it’s available in regular six packs as well, but their most common distribution method for this bad boy is in the 22 oz fashion.

How to Drink It

DEFINITELY put this guy in a glass to fully enjoy it. You’ll want to see the medium orange and light brown colors and consistency of this beer while you drink it, and you’ll also want to smash your glass when you’re finished and declare yourself the Pumpkin King.

Color

Like I said above, this beer looks like how a fall beer should. It is a dark to medium orange to light brown color, which is a little lighter than usual, but all it does is allow for the drinker to see more of the carbonation and foam.

Flavor

This flavor is really complex for a pumpkin beer. Meaning it’s not just pumpkin pie (which is fucking awesome don’t get me wrong, I just can’t drink a shitload of pumpkin pie). The pumpkin is what hits you right off the bat, followed by cinnamon, vanilla, and the key differentiator of this guy: spice. Spice hits your tongue from start to finish, and blends in well with the relative sweetness. That is really the only downside for me, as it was just a little sweet for my taste, but my tolerance for sweetness is really low.

Smell

I don’t know if you’re like me, but smell has a lot to do with how much I like a certain beer (Coors Lights and Narragansett aside). But fall beers are like scented fucking candles, so we need to include smell as apart of the rating. This beer smells like your grandmother’s house in November. It smells like how it probably smells like when you sit down, light a candle, crack open a beer, and put on the Nightmare Before Christmas every fall/winter.

Wrap Up

Overall it’s a great beer. Not sure if it warrants the price tag when it comes to the 22 Oz variety, but the flavors are complex, the color is great, and it smells like home made pumpkin pie. My only gripes were with the sweetness, but that usually comes with the territory of pumpkin beer.

pumpkin beer4/5

$8.99 for 22 Oz

pumpkin beer review

 

Pumpkin Beer Review: Harpoon UFO Pumpkin

Intro

UFO-Pumpkin-bottle-glassMaybe it’s an East Coast bias that I have with Harpoon. Maybe it’s the fact that I like making harpoon-dick jokes when I drink it. Maybe go fuck yaself. I generally like the kinds of offerings they put out, and I’m always impressed by their variety. So it’s a no-brainer that we review their UFO Pumpkin. Now “UFO” means “unfiltered offering” where they skip the last stage of the filtering process, which is designed to give a fuller, more open flavor. So let’s see how they did.

How to Drink it

Personally I liked this brew poured out into a glass, because the smell is exactly what you’d want out of a pumpkin beer, and I just didn’t quite get enough of it when drinking it out of the bottle. So go ahead, give it a nice pour that will really bring out the colors and the smells of this bad boy.

Color

When you pour it out, you definitely see sort of a charred copper/ light brown color that really lets you drink it with your eyes before you start downing it. There’s definitely a hefty head to this beer when you pour it out, but it vanishes rapidly upon raising the glass. Overall it’s a very appealing looking beer, and you can tell that it being unfiltered helps because it gives off a hefty vibe before you start drinking it.

Flavor

The first thing I got when I tasted it is banana bread. No clue if they used any banana or any fucking bread, but that’s what I got. After that, you start to taste the malt, pumpkin, and cinnamon/sugar. What I personally liked also was the presence of hops in this pumpkin beer. Not necessarily tart or anything like that, but they complimented the pumpkin/squash flavors well and ensured that this pumpkin beer didn’t end up tasting like a dessert. This is definitely one of the more drinkable offerings for this season, as most pumpkin beers end up leaving you feeling like you just ate a pumpkin pie after two beers. So drink up.

Wrap Up

Harpoon’s Unfiltered Offering of  pumpkin did not disappoint. It’s a full, flavorful, and aromatic beer that does not fall into the trap of being too sweet, or knocking you on your ass with pumpkin/ fall spice flavors. Again, if you’re looking for a pumpkin beer that you can actually sit down and drink a shit load of, this is it. So buckle in, pick up a twelve pack, and get your power hour on.

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 9.28.15 AM  $8.99/ sixer

pumpkin beer/5

 

Drunken Review: Magic Hat Wilhelm Scream Pumpkin Beer Review

Intro

Number two coming up here on our fall beer reviews is Wilhelm Scream from Magic Hat. Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 1.02.30 PMFirst of all it’s definitely worth noting that the label/artwork is fucking awesome for this brew. It’s basically a pumpkin doing what all of us want to do on a badass fall night: rock out with your dink out and drink some pumpkin beer. Like the hard-nosed, hard to convince consumer that I am, this label is what prompted me to buy this brew in the first place, so here we go. The brew is 5.4% ABV with 20 IBUs.

How to Drink It

I actually would recommend drinking this one straight from the glass for a couple reasons. One is that the color isn’t all that special (see later). Two is the badass label that we just talked about, and three is that it’s the type of beer that seems to do better in it’s own home (the bottle). The flavors and carbonation sort of ticked down a couple notches when drinking it out of a glass, so the bottle is definitely where this brew feels the most comfortable.

Color

This brew is pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a pumpkin beer: light brown/orange, with a darker brown closer to the head of the beer. It’s a good color, but nothing to really admire other than matching your weirdo fall decorations.

Flavor

Again, like most pumpkin beers, you’re going to taste a lot of the usual suspects in terms of spice: cinnamon, nutmeg, and some sugar. But what I noticed about this beer is it’s caramel and more general vegetable taste. It’s a beer that definitely lets you know that the leaves are changing around you, but it’s not corny or annoying about it. Another key here is that this beer is not overly sweet like so many pumpkin beers choose to be. It’s extremely drinkable and doesn’t make you feel like you just plowed through your kids’ bags of Haloween candy in 15 minutes. It’s exactly what you’d expect from a fall beer, and that is a good and a bad thing.

 

Wrap Up

Wilhelm Scream Pumpkin Ale is a fantastic pumpkin beer that will definitely make you feel like you’re sitting on a field in Vermont, amazed by all the beautiful foliage, which is a much better image than the reality of you probably being in your living room with your boxers on watching Netflix. It isn’t really as complex of a beer as I would like to have seen out of Magic Hat, but it does strike that ideal balance of spice and sweetness.

pumpkin beer review    $7.99 Six Pack

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 8.47.47 PM /5

Drunken Pumpkin Beer Review: Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale

beer_64778

Intro

Punk’n Harvest Ale is out of the Uinta Brewing Company in Salt Lake City. This is one of the more craft style pumpkin beers that we’ve reviewed, so we wanted to give these guys their fair shot.

Color

This pumpkin beer actually has one of the best colors that we’ve seen so far. Pours out a really clear orange that lets you know you’re in for a shitload of pumpkin. The head is a perfect contrast: medium foam and bright white color. When you step back and look at this beer in a glass, it really does look like a piece of pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top.

Taste

I’ll just come out and say it: if you don’t like sweetness of some pumpkin beers, you’ll probably want to stay away from this beer and go for something less pumpkin-y. If you love pumpkin and want a beer that really tastes like pumpkin pie, go nuts, because this is your beer. Huge flavors of nutmeg, pumpkin, spice, and sweetness. Honestly there isn’t much that’s unique about this beer. You get exactly what you expect, nothing more, nothing less. If you’re like me and tend to stay away from overly sweet drinks, it’s really hard to drink more than one of these, and you might even find yourself sipping it really slow due to the sweetness.

Wrap Up

We wanted Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale to be unique. Unfortunately it’s a pretty middle of the road kind of pumpkin beer. Nothing really wrong with that, but when you buy craft, you often expect something different. 

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 11.35.14 AM/5

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 11.38.39 AM