From our friends over at Maize n' Brew. A few good ones in here.
Michigan vs Indiana: Player Ratings as Beers
Founders centennial being 6 stars???
but we are now friends after that comment
"No Stars: Heineken" What the hell?!
but Heineken tastes terrible to us micro-brew drinkers....the 5 star should be Bell's HopSlam or Founder's KBS, those are amongst the best beers in the world
Hopslam gets 6*
I cannot get enough of HopSlam and cannot wait until it is released again!
Hopslam and Dragon's Milk from New Holland are my two favorite beers
If you like thier Dragon's Milk, try and get a hold of Pilgrims Dole (Barleywine) or Beerhive (Trippel). Pilgrims Dole is what they use in competitions when they want to win awards, and Beerhive is just great, but it's being discontinued...
I think Oracle is better.
Can't speak to it myself, but I had a friend who had Heineken fresh in Amaterdam, and said it was significantly better than what we get in the states.
Same for me. It was delicious in Amsterdam
I never used to drink it, though, unless everything else on the beer list was worse.
But then again, I may have been under "other" influences at the time, so EVERYTHING was awesome.
Anything that makes Heineken that good should be illegal...
Similar story with Guinness in Ireland. Much better there and really in most of Europe than it is in the US. Don't know if it is freshness or just different brew sites. I would think Guinness and Heineken have other facilities that brew for the US.
Lol, "us micro-brew drinkers." Not sure who you're speaking for, but Heineken is a pretty good lager beer among the large scale brewers. Beats the hell out of a lot of the microbrew lagers that people try to make. Making a good lager is hard.
There are other styles of beer aside from IPAs.
There are ???
in America tastes like shit, plain and simple...it may be better in Amsterdam, but the smell alone of Heineken is repulsive...most large-scale breweries beers suck compared to micro-brew...the ingredients and craft put into making micro-brews are night and day better than the shit that comes out of St.Louis' assembly lines
The analogy I use is simple: as kids we like fast-food, but our taste evolves to liking better foods...the same is true with beer, I started out drinking busch light and thought it was the best beer ever....then I grew up/graduated college and developed a taste for better beers (not just IPA's, I have 8 Founder's KBS leftover from last years tapping party and I love black beers and most seasonal beers along with IPA's)
check out Brewery Vivant, they specialize in Frech style Farmhand beers and are really good and have gotten great reviews
Scrimshaw is a great Pilsner and great beer, in general.
is a nice Pilsner. It has a surprisingly hoppy taste to it; not hoppy like a good IPA, but enough for a nice full flavor.
I like micros but Heineken is a good beer. For me it's a sippin' beer, something to have on a high falutin night out. Nothing I like sipping better than frosted Heiny...
Blue Moon is my favorite beer...
by New Holland...thank me later
Ichabod isn't that good. Pumking from Southern Tier or Fat Jack from Sam Adams are much better options
I just tried a pumpkin ale from Kennebunkport Brewing Co that had a great spice/pumpkin flavor. Almost like liquid pie!
Don't know much else about KBC; the bottle says they're from Maine. I was able to get it on the west coast at a Trader Joes.
Why not only use beers from Michigan and Indiana? Odd article.
I agree entirely, no need to use any other beers here
Here's a rough ranking system I made using Michigan Beers:
5* Three Floyds' Dark Lord (or any of their other highly acclaimed beers)
4* Sun King Wee Mac (Brugge Tripel De Ripple or anything from New Albanian)
3* Anything from any of the local Indy brewers (Fountain Square, Figure 8, Triton, Daredevil, etc)
2* Anything from Upland
1* Anything from Scotties, Three Wisemen, or Granite City)
New good one to check out for you beer nerds out there. Evil Czech brewery in Culver, IN.
Zombie Dust is a definite 5* and I would also put Dreadnaught as a five* out of their year round team.
Zombie Dust is fully legit.
Unless it's a BA variant.
/been to numerous DLDs
I had a limited run (like 100 22 oz bottles) Dark Lord that was bourbon barrel with guajillo and some other chili peppers, and I didn't like it. It was like drinking molasses.
You need to bump Oberon up a bit.
I actually think it needs to be bumped down a bit. Oberon was a serious thing when I was living in Kzoo until Bells started filtering it, I loved Oberon until about 2008-09. After that, I prefer a Shock Top if I'm I'm the mood for a summer beer. Otherwise, (I know everyone likes to hate on it because it's 'too popular') I really have never ordered up an IPA that I didn't like. Hopslam is the truth.
I would move the Huma up to 4 star, respectively. Soft Parade is probably 3 star as well since it is a really well made high gravity ale, but it is definitely targeted at a different audience (it's nickname is the "ye olde leg spreader" if you catch my drift).
Last, your list of 5 stars is very imperial heavy (and I agree those are all great beers), but when it comes to everyday beers I would put shorts autumn ale in that 5 star category. It is just such a fantastic hoppy and malty ESB.
Thank goodness I'm not gluten intolerant or anything crazy like that. Otherwise I'd have to resort to drinking that cider. Blech.
some places have "low-gluten" beers. I accidentally ordered one when I was at Shorts this summer. It was actually surprisingly good.
Gluten-free beer ranges from passable to awful, but there are a couple I have every now and then as a change of pace. I have not been able to get my hands on one of the beers that have allegedly removed gluten (such as Estrella Damm Daura).
A good, dry cider is also a nice every now and then. Most of the ones I can get are too sweet, though.
Greens Tripel is good. The Omission series by Widmer are passable (they use Clarex like Damm Daura). Thus far the best I have found for my buddy who is gluten intolerant are from Harvester Brewing in OR (they have 2 IPAs), I would drink them without hesitation and I am not gluten intolerant. They ship, but have your Amex Black ready.
Unfortunately I can't get it here (Toronto). I'll have to see if I can get the Harvester beers when I'm in the states for Christmas.
I've heard mixed things about the Omission beers and Estrella Damm Daura from other people with celiac so I'm not that anxious to try them.
Clarex works very well at reducing gluten to FDA mandated "safe" levels for people with Gluten Intolerance (all Omission is tested at <20ppm, which is the standard from the Codex Alimentarius) but "safe" is hit or miss depending on the severity of your disease d/t the fact that it uses an enzymatic process to break down the protein chains in gluten. It doesn't omit (like sorghum based beers) or remove the gluten altogether. The Harvester Beers are Sorghum and Chesnut based which will always add a certain twang (drink a Bards to get a face full of the twang, worst beer EVAR) but they hide it enough for me to genuinely like them. If you are a very brittle celiac, I would tend to stick with the ANZAC definitions for gluten free and stay away from any enzymatically reduced beers.
Made by craft brewers, largely in Vermont and the Northwest.
Fat Tire getting 4 stars is beyond my comprehension. I can think of 20 ambers off the top of my head that beat the crap out of Fat Tire. It is by far the most overrated beer in craft beer nation. I understand it is made to appeal to the masses and convert macro fans, but still... 4 stars????
And to those that love Hopslam, cheers! I would include Bells Expedition Stout and Three Floyds Zombie Dust in that group also.
not a fan of Fat Tire. The Ranger IPA is OK but still kind of has Fat Tire tones - you drink anything from Bell's or Shorts and I don't feel there's any "cross-over" as each beer stands on their own.