694-697. The Brazen Head

I went to New York on July 31st for David's wedding. He was busy and had to work on Wednesday, but I stayed with Dave in Park Slope on Tuesday night. After arriving, I headed out to Park Slope and waited for Dave and Kristin, his girlfriend, in the Tea Lounge. We dropped my bags off at Dave's place and took a bottle of Tripel Karmeliet and a bottle of red wine to The Olive Tree Cafe. We had a couple of their pizzas, one with spiced, ground lamb, and the other with eggplant, zucchini, artichokes and mozzarella.

After dinner we went to the Brazen Head for some beers.

694. Hoptical Illusion

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Blue Point Brewing Company
Alcohol: 6.20%
Serving: Tap
Style: American IPA, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.5): Pours a hazy copper. A fluffy, beige head thins to a half-inch layer, laving sheets of lace.

Smell (3.5): Lightly toasty malts and citric, resiny hops.

Taste (3.0): Toasty malts, with some mild sweetness. The finish is resiny, herbal and leafy hops. Needs a bit more sweetness to balance.

Mouthfeel (3.0): Light-bodied, low carbonation. Feels a bit thin

Drinkability (3.5): It's hurt by the lack of balance.

Overall (3.45)

695. Titan IPA

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Great Divide Brewing Company
Alcohol: 6.80%
Serving: Tap
Style: American IPA, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.0): Pours a clear copper. A foamy, beige head thins to a film.

Smell (4.0): Sweet caramel, fruity malts, some spiciness and light resiny hops.

Taste (4.0): Toasty, light caramel sweetness, grassy bitterness, with a nice peppery finish.

Mouthfeel (4.0): High carbonation, medium-bodied, quite refreshing feeling.

Drinkability (4.0): Well balanced.

Overall (4.0)

696. Black Hole XXX Stout

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Chelsea Brewing Company
Alcohol: ?
Serving: Tap
Style: Foreign / Export Stout, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (3.5): Pours an opaque black/brown. It's topped by a thin, beige head that subsides to a film, leaving patchy lace.

Smell (3.5): Roasted malts: coffee and chocolate with some mild fruitiness.

Taste (4.0): There's a fruity soda like sweetness upfront. The finish is some nice roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Medium to full-bodied. Low carbonation. Smooth.

Drinkability (3.5): A little sweet, but nice.

Overall (3.75)

697. Raspberry Wheat

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Chelsea Brewing Company
Alcohol: 5.40%
Serving: Tap
Style: Fruit Beer, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (3.0): Pours a hazy, reddish copper. Topped by a thin head that leaves light patches of lace.

Smell (3.5): Just raspberries, but still pleasant.

Taste (3.5): Pretty standard for a wheat beer brewed with fruit. Some neutral graininess with raspberries to add some sweet and tart notes. There's a light bitterness, which was nice.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Light-bodied, grainy, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability (4.0): Pretty tasty and drinkable.

Overall (3.45)

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