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    It's going to be an all local weekend this week!

    Trying another new, local brewery by the name of Dead Low Brewing. Haven't come across any of their offerings in retail so I've got a growler of their Timberhead Roasted Chocolate Stout.



    Poured black into a Snifter with a thin brown head. Smells of roasted malt, sweet cocoa, and a little coffee. Has flavors of slightly bitter dark roast coffee, cocoa, some earthiness, and some ash. The body is on the thinner side of medium and this only clocks in at 6.3% ABV. Not the best stout I've had (which is an admittedly high bar) but decent enough I'm going to be giving more of their stuff a try.

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    Kicking off the weekend with some high test from Bell's - This One Goes to 11 Ale.



    This One Goes to 11 Ale opens with bright, juicy aromas such as tropical fruits & ripe cherries, largely derived from massive kettle & dry-hop additions of Southern Hemisphere hop varieties such as Galaxy, Motueka, and Summer. The citrus & resinous pine notes of the Pacific Northwest hop family are also well represented, making their presence known through Simcoe, Citra, and the newly released Mosaic varietal, just to name a few. A wide range of specialty malts anchor the hops to this IMPERIAL RED ALE, contrasting the assertive bitterness & juicy aromatics with a robust, toasty depth of flavor. Fermented with Bell’s signature house ale yeast, This One Goes to 11 Ale finishes with a lingering warmth.
    This is definitely a red ale! Poured a slightly brownish red into a Shaker with a good sized red-orange head. A lot of fruit and citrus in the smell with a bit of sweet caramel malt. Lots of caramel malt up front on the flavor which is quickly followed up by moderately bitter citrus. The two balance pretty well. Slightly boozy but the alcohol is hidden pretty well for 11%. It's a tad more bitter than I usually prefer, so wouldn't be a "go-to", but not at all offensively so. As is the typical case with Bell's, they don't brew a bad beer!

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    Doing a double review tonight! Both from Rhinegeist.

    One for Skeleton Brut White and one for Skeleton Brut Red



    First up is White...

    Skeleton Brut is a unique collaboration brew made with our friends and neighbors at The Skeleton Root urban winery. A Brut Imperial IPA, this beer is full of interesting additions: the enzyme amyloglucosidase for bone-dryness, Vidal blanc grape must and yeast from a bee’s knees (seriously) sourced from Cincinnati’s Eden Park. Skeleton Brut is a limited release available in bottles and on draft.
    Poured clear, light gold into a Shaker with a smallish white head that didn't last. Smells of white wine, slight Belgian spice, and a little wheat. Definite white wine flavors with the Belgian-like spice I could smell, very slight hoppiness. The body is light and crisp with a 9% ABV. Quite tasty!

    Next up is Red...

    Skeleton Brut debuted in 2018, a unique collaboration with our neighbors at The Skeleton Root urban winery. Sporting the characteristic bone-dryness, this Brut Imperial IPA is brewed with grape must and yeast from a bee’s knees (seriously) sourced from Cincinnati’s Eden Park. This year’s release is a Brut double feature: two different beers, two different grapes. Skeleton Brut Red uses Chambourcin grapes, adding a tannic touch to this wonderfully complex brew. A limited release, available in bottles and on draft.
    Poured a brownish red into a Shaker with a minimal white head that, like the White, didn't last long. Smells of sweet and tart red grapes and some floral hops. Much like the White, has a definite flavor of a Red. Some sweet malt and light hop flavor. Heavier weight body than White but coming in at the same 9% ABV. Also quite tasty!

    In sum, both were pretty good!

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    Going local again tonight!

    Tonight is Listermann's Polar Beer 2.0 NEIPA



    NE IPA with Citra, El Dorado, Callista, and Sabro hops.

    Cincinnati Zoo researchers are working to save polar beers with science. With only 26,000 remaining in the world, polar bears are under threat due to decrease of sea ice. Despite the worldwide popularity of this iconic species, little is known about their unique physiology or how they will respond to a changing environment. Scientists at the zoo are using cutting-edge technologies to create successful breeding programs and preserve irreplaceable genetics so that they are not lost forever.

    Proceeds benefit the Cincinnati Zoo's polar bear conservation efforts.

    Did you know? Polar bears' large body size, layers of thick, hollow hair, and three to four inches of blubber provide insulation from the cold, in and out of the water.
    Poured pale, hazy, light gold into a Shaker with a fair sized white, foamy head. I've got a head/chest cold but I get citrus and tropical fruit hops. I'm just too stuffed up to get much more. More tropical and citrus fruits in the flavor with some doughy malts. Body is really thin. Only comes in at 6.4% ABV as well. I've thought most of Listermann's NEIPAs have been pretty good but this one is just "okay". At least the purchase goes to a good cause!

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    Tonight I'm trying a brew from Mikkeller, whom I haven't had anything from in a while. It was $4 for a 4 pint pack so figured why not!

    This is Murk and Honey NEIPA



    Poured semi-hazy, medium gold with an extremely large, foamy head. Smells of tropical fruit, malt, and a touch of honey. Interesting taste. Definite hop and malt characteristics of an NEIPA but with noticeable lactose creaminess and honey sweetness. Slightly bitter. Body is light-medium and this comes in at 6.8% ABV. Not bad at all and an interesting flavor profile for an NEIPA. A bit reminiscent of the Listermann Orange Julius but without the citrus.

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