After over 6 years of beer blogging, it’s pretty damn rare that I run upon a style of beer that’s foreign to me. Tonight, I’m drinking Harpoon Braggot Rights, a beer in Harpoon’s 100 barrel series. It’s a braggot style brew, a style that I have reviewed only once before…and hated it. I ended that review with, and I quote: “this is my very first braggot. I’m hoping it will be my last.”
I was wrong. Harpoon Braggot Rights is an interesting beast. It took me 10 confused sips before figuring out that I was tasting honey with a mix of citrusy hops. The honey was a funky twist I wasn’t expecting. Perhaps a true expert would have known a braggot style beer usually has mead-like qualities.
The mix of flavors made for an interesting and unique blend of flavors. Highly enjoyable, although watch out for the 8% ABV.
Happy Friday everyone. Another week down. Today was a fantastic day for me. First off, I made an epic run to Julio’s, bringing back a slew of new beers. At every turn and on every shelf I was finding beers I have been wanting to try. Have you tried these? Which of them is your favorite?
In other awesome news, I just landed a position as a columnist for Craft Beer Magazine. I will featured for the first time in their next issue! First the blog, then Yankee Brew News, now this. Before long, I’m going to have to own up to being a “real” writer. But not tonight…
Tonight I’m spending time with the wife, watching movies, upgrading my PS3 hard drive and drinking this bottle of Cisco Winter Shredder. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one, as all the label says is “ale brewed with natural spices”. Note: I’m glad it’s not brewed with unnatural spices.
The Shredder pours a dark amber color with an average amount of head. At first sip I was caught off guard, as I was expecting spices, but instead got a ton of earthy hops. At first I’m intrigued, but after a few sips I’m overwhelmed by how unbalanced the brew is. Reading other reviews, it seems like I should be getting a thick malty sweet backbone with spice, but I get none of that. Not a fan.
Side note – This beer is categorized as a “braggot” by style, an ale brewed with honey that is almost a mead-beer hybrid. This is my first every braggot. I’m hoping it will be my last.