A strong coffee flavor is a defining factor for this beer. If you like coffee as strong as Cathy, this is heaven in a glass. If you like both strong beer and strong coffee, this is also amazing. There are notes of sweetness. In a completely predictable decision, this was Cathy’s favorite of the episode. It was also Katie’s favorite of the episode.
A nice pale yellow Lager that is more reminiscent of an IPA than a lager, but a good taste. Katie noted especially the bready taste. It has got an intense flavor to it that kind of builds. Don’t let the cheerios taste turn you off of the Lager, it's a solid choice.
Surly tries to defy categorizing the Furious. The color of an amber with the hops of an IPA? Tricks your brain just a little bit. It's a very hoppy beer. Katie liked it, but disagreed with the brewery’s claim of it being balanced. Cathy thought it was an IPA, and liked it as much as any other IPA.
The Big Wave Golden Ale was similar in vibe to the Long Board Lager but with a warmer, deeper color and flavor. This would also satisfy a Bud/Miller/Michelob fan though without the crispness of the lager or the juicy fruit notes of the wheat.
Read more about the Big Wave Golden Ale at Kona's Website.
If you're looking for something on the fruity side but still a true beer then the Wailua Wheat is for you. Juicy like a blue moon but with passion fruit notes instead of orange peel. The sunshiney taste is great for patios or on the water. Cathy's favorite of the episode.
Read more about Wailua Wheat on Kona's website.
The Longboard Island Lager was surprisingly refreshing, a perfect summer beer and a great way to get into craft brews for those who enjoy a Budweiser or Miller Genuine. Katie's favorite of the episode.
Read more about the Longboard Island Lager on Kona's website.
After spending a summer being obsessed with Coffee Porters, Cathy was anticipating the Vanilla Java Porter quite a bit, and was not disappointed. Had this been any other episode, it would have been the favorite of the week. The coffee flavor was strong and it was still very smooth.
Read more and check out the art of the Vanilla Java Porter on Atwater's website.
It's a hit! It's both sweet and bitter, like a nice dark chocolate. It's extremely smooth, and has a great aroma. Both Cathy and Katie couldn't get enough of it, even going so far as to open a second bottle during recording. Both agree that it was the best of the episode.
Read more about the Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale, and the art on the bottle on Atwater's website.
The best IPA Cathy has ever tried! No sarcasm, no fake politeness. It opens with a nice malty taste, and it takes just a little bit for the hops to overwhelm you. Check out the video on the blog of Cathy trying the IPA. It's the same face she makes with each hoppy beer. It was Katie's favorite of the episode.
Check out more about the Goose IPA on Goose Island's website.
The Goose Honkers Ale is very similar to the 312 Wheat (also from Goose Island), however, it is less complex and a little bit more bitter than expectations. Katie enjoyed it more than Cathy, but both wer un
Read more about the Goose Honker's Ale on the Goose Island Website.
The 312 Urban Wheat was underwhelming for our expectations. It is hoppier than Cathy will usually drink, but it is sessionable, and both Katie and Cathy liked the crispness of the taste. It is a good Budweiser replacement beer. Cathy's favorite of the episode.
Read more about the 312 Urban Wheat at Goose Island's website.
Cathy's first beer was a Fat Tire. It is a more complex amber. It is very drinkable. Pay attention to the malt taste. That is a good starting point when trying beers. Fat Tire is an excellent crowd pleaser if you're not as confident about what people want to drink.
Read more about Fat Tire at New Belgium's Website.
Summer Shandy was Katie's first beer. Both Katie and Cathy thought that it was very crisp, and highly drinkable. Cathy thought that the citrus taste was high, while Katie noticed the honey that helps to make sure that the citrus wasn't overwhelming. Both enjoyed the "sparkle" feeling that the first sips brought. Overall, a high recommendation.
Read more about Summer Shandy at Leinenkugel's website.