What a great night in Brooklyn last night for The Beer Friends. We got there early and took advantage of all the rare pours. All 3 Gorilla Warfare pours were awesome. This Beer Friend’s favorite was the Coffee Hopped Cask pour, but I wouldn’t kick any of the three out of bed. Also, an incredible treat for us was the Hops of Love. I was amazed that one brewery could have two IPA’s that each have such different personalities. I certainly hope that Sixpoint brings this one out a little more often. Here is our night (now in chronological order) at Barcade. If you were there early, let us know what you think of our impressions. For those who got there late, see what you missed…
Hello and welcome to the second straight night of live blogging by the Beer Friends! Tonight we took the long journey out to Williamsburg to visit a great bar - Barcade. Around 24 taps of Sixpoint with a few cask pours... Should be fun so stay tuned!
6:28pm - First Beers: Brad tries the 2010 Sixpoint Gorilla Warfare- this porter is brewed with coffee from Gorilla Coffee and has a slightly different taste each year. This is one of my favorites, the smooth slight coffee taste goes down amazingly smooth with a little grounds taste on the aftertaste... This beer never disappoints.
Graham started with Bengali – Great as always. Went on to Glazer. Interesting flavor at the start that I just can’t peg and a real mellow finish. This is a pale ale of a unique kind…
Paul had a Bonehead Ale. It’s a sweet amber ale, there is a kick at the beginning but it finishes soft. Very light on flavor, could have a few of these in a row and not thing about it.
6:50pm - Second Round Graham- Third round actually Brad... Hops of Love is an extremely well balanced IPA. I don't know to say it any better than this: I have hops of love for Hops of Love!
6:56pm - Paul's second round is the cask pour of the "Coffee Hopped" Gorilla Warfare. The description says this particular GW was hopped with an extra batch of fresh ground coffee, and it tastes like it. I would drink this in the morning with my eggs.
7:02pm - Brad's second round - Sixpoint Express 2008 is a Belgian Quad that has a slight bite, finishes smooth and leaves with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
7:22pm - Paul's Third Round - Hops of Love... What a great IPA. This is like the successful older, more reserved, sister of Bengali Tiger. She's smart and sweet, but she's got the kink where it counts...
8:02pm - Brad's Third Round - Hops of Love (seems to be a popular one) - Sixpoint's Hops of Love is a great floral/citrus-y IPA... Light and refreshing yet enough of a kick to be a tasty beer-looks like we have a winner!
8:02:50pm - Paul's fourth round...ish -Mason's Black Wheat: This is an American wheat, of which I am usually critical, but this dark wheat has something to it. It is a dark beer and it smells that way, but it's sweetness overpowers leaving a very mild wheat beer. Another very strong pint from Sixpoint.
8:03pm - Graham's Fourth Round - 2008 Sixpoint Gorilla Warfare - A coffee porter with few equals. Age it a year or two and get something real special. May not pop up again for awhile (if ever again) but if you ever have the opportunity then you should jump on it!