#SippyTimeBeer Review – @Dogfishbeer, @Seventh_Son_Brewing, @ShockTop and @ZauberBrewing

Dogfish Head India Brown Ale

Not my favorite beer picture but it’ll do.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Inc.India Brown Ale – I could have named this column the mutt beer column since three of these four beers are hybrid beers. This one is the most complex since it’s a mix of a Scotch Ale, IPA and an American Brown Ale. I probably could have used the Scotch Ale to be cut out of this equation since I’m not a fan of scotch. It’s similar to a beer being barrel aged because it tends to overwhelm the other flavors. It does come with a nice 7.2% ABV and is not that bitter with a 50 IBU. You can use their Fish Finder to figure out if you like this blend of beers.

Seventh Son Black Sparrow IPASeventh Son Brewing CompanyBlack Sparrow IPA – Seventh Son had the brilliant plan to open on Thanksgiving Day but from 9-12, I believe. The closing time is what I forget. It allowed my lady and I to pick up a couple of growlers before heading to her parent’s place to enjoy some turkey and football. I knew her father wouldn’t drink Black Sparrow because he is definitely not a hops man. I had assumed, for some reason, that my older brother’s taste in beer was similar to my younger brother’s taste. If you read the Round Table of Dunks Part 1, you’ll know that my older brother’s taste is nothing like my younger brother’s. I had bought the IPA for him to drink during the Miami Hurricanes at Pitt Panthers tail gate party the day after Turkey Day. I ended up doing the drinking at the tail gate though when I found out he didn’t like IPAs. This beverage continues my path down the hops rabbit hole. The roasted malt again makes a difference that takes the edge off the giant dose of hops. Another fantastic beer from this company in the heart of Cbus.

Shock Top Belgian WhiteShock Top Brewing CompanyBelgian White – The main reason I told the tail gating story is because of this beer. It is quite the shock (seriously, no pun intended) to the taste buds to go from a black IPA to a Belgian wheat beer. Just a brutal turn around in flavor profiles. I will not be doing that again. I would be fine drinking this beverage again though. It has orange in it for sure and was highlighted more by the lemon peel and not as much of the line peel. It has a nice cloudy orange look. Shock Top drank smooth after the initial swig. This beverage comes in at a tail gate friendly 5.2% ABV. I’m sure I don’t need to list the availability of this beer considering it’s made by Anheuser Busch.

Zauber PortergeistZauber Brewing CompanyPortergeist – Zauber sent out a tweet to see what this beer should be called. I knew it’d be a dark porter so I figured Schwarzwald, Black Forest, with all of the Germanic references in their lingo would be a good fit. They didn’t think so. Boo. Another reason that seems like a good name is because it is a mix of a porter and a Schwarzbier. Double boo. Because of the mix, the beer is thinner than I like my porters but that’s okay since I don’t know the usual mouth feel of a Schwarzbier. Like most porters, I can taste the coffee coming through but the chocolate doesn’t quite touch my palate. There’s just enough vanilla in it to be a nice highlight. The ABV comes in at 5.0% and has a low 31 IBU so if you like dark beers without too much bitter, this one is for you. Too bad this in a Columbus only choice.

#SippyTimeBeer Review – 21st Amendment, Magic Hat & Zauber

Magic Hat Elderberry

I had a couple of tasty beverages during Wrestlemania. I actually had a fantastic food and beer day. I’ll concentrate on the beer side of things though. We had dinner at their place so I had:

Magic Hat Brewing CompanyElder Betty – I’m not the biggest Magic Hat fan so I wasn’t sure if I should try this beer but it’s always worth trying especially when your neighbors are the ones who’d have to finish the rest of the six pack. It’s an Elderberry Weiss beer.  Considering that it was a busy and warm day, it was a perfect beer to start off with. I am really getting into the wheat beers. I wouldn’t be able to tell you what an Elderberry is or how it tastes. This beer though had just enough fruit in it to not be overwhelming. It’s definitely worth a try and you’ll need to do that soon because it’s a seasonal beer.

When we came back to my place to watch Wrestlemania, I had two more types of beers.

21st Amendentment

21st Amendent Brewing CompanyBitter American – I couldn’t resist the packaging when shopping earlier in the day. All of their art work was in this style. I love it. It reminds me of companies that use the same art style for all of their products. The first product I thought of was KMFDM’s album cover art. It’s an Extra Pale Ale and also called a Session Ale. On their site, they are very happy because of it’s low alcohol content. It doesn’t really bother me what the alcohol level is but I don’t think it’s something you trumpet. It is a tasty beer though. I think it has more hops than a normal pale ale. I like pale ales because of the lighter hops but it is balanced more than an India pale ale because of the malts that are used. This beer is one of their year round beers so it’s not a rush to grab it but if you like pales & IPAs, this beer is for you.

Zauber Brewing CompanyVertigo – There are a number of breweries that I like in Cbus. Two of them are well established, Columbus Brewing Company and Elevator Brewing Company. The other two are recently established, Four Strings and Zauber. I have steered away from the later two because their distribution is pretty limited. They are both in the same area but I go to Zauber more. They sell growlers Thursday-Saturday in the evening. They also have food trucks there on a regular basis along with rallies when the weather is really nice. I got to taste their new flavor Portergeist & Berzerker (IPA) but I decided to buy the Vertigo growler. After drinking a pale ale, it was another good switch. It is refreshing and has just some hints of clove & vanilla. I don’t get any of the banana flavor. It is extremely tasty although it isn’t my favorite beer from them. If anyone comes to Cbus, I will be sure to take them down there. Jeremy missed their opening by a month or two last year. If you’re lucky, the Ajumama Food Truck which is run by a fellow Kent Stater, will be there selling their Korean street food. It’s extremely tasty even when you try something new like pork belly. -Kevin

Ajumama Pork Belly

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