Review: Oskar Blues G’Knight
Oskar Blues has exploded onto the main-stage of craft beer as one of the early adopters of the “craft beer in a can” movement. With seemingly every brewery following suit with their own can releases, the trend does not seem to be going away anytime soon.
G’Knight is an Imperial Red Ale, or as we like to call it, one of those made up styles that’s really hoppy AND malty. G’Knight places more emphasis on the former, with sticky pine resin notes dominating the mouthfeel. A little lingering caramel, toast, and honey round out a solid malt backbone. It’s an intense beer as to be expected from OB, but certainly a good one.
Review: Ballast Point Victory at Sea
An unbelievable dessert beer, with huge notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla, the beer tastes like chocolate covered coffee beans. At 10% this Imperial Porter isn’t messing around, and the lingering alcohol heat is a reminder of just that. Highly recommended.
Review: Evil Twin Freudian Slip
This 11% ABV Barleywine from one of our favorite brewers is simply awesome. Complex but intense flavors of dark fruit, citrus, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, with hints of banana sticky resin round out a full and boozy body of malty goodness. But don’t forget about the hops! They’re definitely present here too, making for a well balanced beer.
prosperosfootnotes asked: I'm not much of a beer guy - I'm not a beer guy at all. My boozes of choice are usually spiced rum and milder whiskeys. That can get a bit expensive, however, not to mention awkward to order at a lunch with friends when you want to be sober afterwards. I'd like to find a beer I can enjoy; what are some good places to start looking?
It’s hard for me to answer that question without a better idea of your taste preferences in beer. Many beers will be aged in whiskey barrels and will carry some of these flavors through, but those are typically very intense strong beers that may be difficult to jump right into.
Fortunately, I’m currently working on an app (http://spothopper.tumblr.com/) that will allow you to really easily discover personalized drink recommendations when you’re at a bar or liquor store deciding what to order. We plan on launching it in October of this year so maybe follow the blog for now until then? It will be really cool when it launches because it will allow you to use flavor sliders to describe exactly what you feel like drinking in a beer, and then find the best match!
(Sorry for this response being all promotional but this is really the best answer I can give ya right now)
Review: Maine Beer Company Mean Old Tom
We’ve been wanting to try this beer here at SpotHopper for a while! Fortunately a business trip out to NYC did the trick.
Thinner than you would think, Mean Old Tom is about striking a balance between bitter coffee and sweet vanilla, though the latter comes through less prominently than expected. There’s also some charred dry nuts and wood flavors that bring forward a great toasty flavor.
It’s not a flavor bomb, but it’s a really nice beer that’s worth checking out if you don’t mind spending a few more dollars than most.
Review: Firestone Walker Sucaba
Sucaba is one of the most critically acclaimed barrel aged beers in the world, and for good reason. The complex depth of fruit flavors combined with a dominant bourbon finish will coat your tongue with rich sweet goodness. Surprisingly, citrus and tropical fruit have a notable presence, with fig, raison, and caramel rounding out the full body. It’s a tough find, but worth the hunt.
Review: Full Sail Black Gold
This is an astonishingly drinkable Imperial Stout considering the depth of flavors and 11% ABV. The bourbon is present but not in heat but flavor: rich, sweet, and buttery. There’s a notable amount of chocolate, banana, and vanilla, with some dark fruits and coffee lingering. The result is more of a complex beer than a pallet-bruiser, which is a nice accomplishment for an Imperial Stout.
Review: Stone RuinTen IPA
RuinTen is this years release of last year’s 10th Anniversary of Ruinition IPA ( I guess it was so good they just had to make it again!). Ruinition was one of the biggest, hoppiest, and boldest IPAs out there when it was first released in 2002. Since then, the hop wars have escalated to produce countless Imperial IPAs that proved similarly ambitious in flavor intensity. Well, I guess Stone wasn’t having any of that so they decided to go even bigger with RuinTen.
The result is a sticky, bitter bomb of hops with a large caramel malt backbone. There’s a ton of grapefruit and pine, while floral notes are forced to the background. It’s a great beer if you like really bitter, not so drinkable explosions of flavor. If you’re looking for balance, look else where (as Stone would say, you’re not worthy anyway:))
3 Reasons you’re wrong if you don’t think wearable tech is the next big thing
With Google glass and the iWatch, it seems as if the futuristic sci-fi societies we once dreamed of are suddenly thrusting themselves into the present. However the reaction hasn’t been all positive, with many insisting that the fad will never really catch on. Well, here’s why those people will be wrong… at least eventually.
1. Photo and Video Sharing
How many times have you gazed in awe at a truly stunning view… magnificent mountains, rolling hills, or beautiful architecture only to take out your phone and realize that it looks like crap on the tiny 4 inch screen?
But what if you could share with the world exactly what you saw? From eye to eye.. the full beauty of the landscape that surrounds you? Now we’re not saying wearable tech is capable of that just yet, but the idea doesn’t seem that far out of reach.
Furthermore, imagine the potential for video sharing. Have a friend at the football game: watch it with him! Or go cage diving with great whites right from your living room.
2. Connect information to your world
Walk past a cute little restaurant that you want to know more about? What if instead of googling it and scrolling through webpages for information, you could have all the info you would ever need broadcast to your glasses as you glanced upon the restaurant’s front door? GPS and already existing software are already taking us close to accomplishing this, so wearable tech may be the next step.
3. Interact with software organically
Touch, tap, talk, sing, or blink.. the days of interacting with technology with a keypad are dwindling. Wearable tech may just be the next step to being able to access a computer as if it was a person.
One example is outlined in point number two, the ability to specify a location simply by looking at it, but the possibilities are endless. Siri showed us (and then stopped showing us, but who knows maybe she’ll get back to work soon) that we can talk to a computer. But wearable tech with motion capturing controls can open the way for much much more.
Introducing SpotHopper Live Specials
Live Special push notifications allow bars and restaurants to send you instant, impromptu special offers on drinks that are exclusive to SpotHopper. The Specials are filtered based on your preferences as a user, so only the ones you care about get through!