Sunday, September 16, 2012

Beering in the Burbs: Cypress and Sugarland

As any good Cy-Fairian knows, the place with the coolest restaurants for beer in our neck of the woods are in straight up Cypress and dragging as down to Sugarland.  So we made it up to Rockwell Tavern to catch up on some specialty brews.  Always nice to have a good beer bar without having to pack a lunch to get to the bar.

Beer Log: May 4, 2012

Ranger Creek Strawberry Milk Stout
Deep black with a great lasting tan head. Taste has a nice chocolate stout flavor with a nice fruity aftertaste.  Very drinkable with low hops.  I'm going to assume that I'm getting that strawberry in there, however the flavor can be overpowered by the chocolate stoutiness, however Ranger Creek did not fall for it.  4 stars once again for the San Antone.

Karbach Hop Baron
Nose has a noticeable hops with feint chocolate notes.  This black beer is basically the stout version of the Rodeo Clown.  Awesome!  Clean hops with light roast and chocolate.  4 Stars.

No Label Jalapeno Ale
Oh boy.  I've never been a pepper beer guy, no matter how much I've tried.  I'll keep trying as I do not want any particular type of beer to be off limits to me (there used to be a time I didn't like hoppy beer).  Anyway we are in the burbs and so that means I'm drinking No Label.  Jalapeno nose comes through just barely.  Beer has strong flavor but no bite.  Some hops and malt in there but not overdone.  Aaaaaaaaaaand not long after that I start coughing and I'm getting that heat.  2 stars, but I'm not a pepper beer guy anyway.

A couple weeks later I make it back down to the Flying Saucer in Sugarland with the family.  We tried to kill some time with the baby by going to City Park but the mosquitoes jacked us up.  No wonder they call the baseball team the Sugarland Skeeters.  The Skeeters... HA!

Beer Log: May 19, 2012

New Belgium Prickly Passion
For a company where even the damn JR Crickets in Atlanta has Fat Tire on tap and in the neon sign, New Belgium is showing their naked ass with all these various beer styles.  These guys are hitting it at both ends apparently.  Congrats to the New Belgians.  So anyway the Prickly Passion has an orange amber color with light head.  The beer has nice banana, sour apple (I guess pear), nose.  Nice moderate sourness in the flavor with low carbonation.  Beer has something like a brett sour and cinnamon to it.  Maybe something akin to pine needles like thing for the hops.  Light sour aftertaste.  This beer is all over the place.  Just wish they took down the ABV to make it more session-able.  High 3 star - Low 4 star.

Great Divide 18th Anniversary
No nose but great malty oak, wood, vanilla and pine hops.  To put it simply, just amazing.  After that my daughter got my beer book and wrote all over it.  She did managed the words "Beer is Good".

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