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Pietra

May 26th, 2009

Pietra

Pietra is my second beer from France.  Pietra is brewed by Brasserie Pietra in Corsica France.  So far my impressions of French beer haven’t been that great but you can’t judge an entire nation’s offerings from just one brew.

Pietra has a nice fluffy cloud on top when poured and tends to stay throughout and a beautiful, very active, golden color.  There is a great mix of floral hops and nuts to the scent.  The overall presentation in sight and smell are very good.  Unfortunately the taste is overly bitter.  You can’t really taste the chestnuts that were used in the brewing process due to the over bitterness.  The taste is smooth, even and dry, but it’s just too masked by the bitterness.  The bitterness just lingers on and on.  The alcohol content is 6%, so just about right for an amber beer.

The bitterness seems to be the great downfall of a lot of potentially good beers and this one falls under that catagory.  I can tell there is a great beer under all the bitter, but I just can’t find it.  It’s a shame really,  the initial presentation is great and really makes you want to enjoy this beer, but the taste just takes it all away.  Strike two for the French.

Rating: 2

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Harpoon Hibernian

May 11th, 2009

Harpoon Hibernian

Harpoon Hibernian is an Irish style red ale brewed by the Harpoon Brewery in Massachusetts.  I’m not sure what’s been up with all the nautical beers lately but I assure you it’s not on purpose.

Right off the bat you can see this isn’t a very red beer as the bottle would suggest.  It has a tint of red but is mostly leaning to the brown side of the amber gamut.  There is a nice frothy head that forms when poured and has, what I can only describe as, a hop explosion of floral fragrance.  This heavy hoppyness is probably what gives the beer it’s heavy thick texture and overall bitterness.  Hibernian is sweet and spicy with woody tones typically seen more in darker beers.  There is, however, a lingering aftertaste of bitterness that seems to stay on the palette long after you’ve put the beer down.  Alcohol content is 5.4% which is pretty standard.

I have to say this beer fails to excite me in any way.  Yes there is a complex flavor but it’s overpowered by the bitterness.  It’s not a face contorting bitterness but still too much.  Don’t get me wrong there needs to be bitterness to this beer.  The multitude of flavors needs that slight bitterness to balance it all out.  The emphasis on that sentence being “slight.”

Rating: 2

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Anglers Pale Ale

April 19th, 2009

Anglers Pale Ale

My brew for this week comes from the Uinta Brewing Company in Utah. There is a large fish on the front and it is billed as a brew for the outdoor enthusiast, and by outdoor enthusiast I’m guessing they mean fisherman.

Anglers Pale ale is quite dark for a pale ale with a mild, amber, orange color. You can pick up on the hops, in the aroma, but they are way overshadowed by the very bright citrus smell. It kinda reminds me of lemon scented Joy dish detergent, and that’s not a good thing. There is a very heavy lemon taste to this beer as well, oh and that smell of lemon scented Joy is back but this time you’re drinking it. Still, not a good thing. The only other flavor I can get other than lemon scented Joy is bitter. It’s not overly bitter but it just doesn’t go well with Joy dish detergent, not that I can think of anything that would go well with it. It is 5.8% alcohol, so it’s not too heavy and easy to drink.

I don’t know, maybe I’m just not outdoorsie enough for this beer. Maybe if I sat on a boat all day and drank this it would appeal to me. There are just too many things wrong with this beer. I have no problem with citrus beers. In fact during the summer months I actually prefer them. But the bland beer taste that is masked by dish soap just doesn’t do it. I’m not saying you can’t drink it. I just wouldn’t

Rating: 2

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