We’re getting back into the swing of things here at Pick Six. Kendall is currently watching the Desperate Housewives of some county so I figured this is as good a time as any to rate some beers!
We’ll start today’s reviews with Ballast Point’s Pineapple Sculpin IPA. Now, if you remember (click here if you don’t) Ballast Point has the reigning champion on Pick Six with their Grapefruit Sculpin IPA so I was very excited to give this a try. Kendall apparently had a sampler of this when we went to the War Mouth for dinner one night and wasn’t much of a fan. It’s good, but it’s not as good as the grapefruit. The first thing I noticed was that it didn’t have near the frothy head that it’s grapefruit brother did, nor did it leave much lacing (I’ll get more into this later). The lack of head meant it didn’t have that magnificent aroma that prepares your tastebuds for greatness. All that said, it’s not as if my tastebuds were sad by this, just a little let down from the high expectation that the grapefruit set. This is a good beer and is easy to drink. I just think it is suffering the same fate as the Avengers 2, Age of Ultron (nerd alert!). It’s a good and entertaining sequel, but nothing can stand up to the first one.
Up next we have Sweetwater’s Hash Session IPA. We first got introduced to Sweetwater a LONG time ago on the blog. Suffice to say, we’re fans of the brand here. I am, unfortunately, not able to rate this beer. Through no fault of Sweetwater, this simply sat in the fridge for too long and was past its “best by” date by about a week. Now, that didn’t prevent me from drinking it. No no no, it just isn’t fair to give it a star rating. I will say that I liked it. It was easy drinking and I could taste some grapefruit (I think I’m starting to like grapefruit beers) with just enough of a good hop flavor to say hello to. I’ll be getting this again and will provide an Untappd rating you can see.
You’ll have to forgive my old age here, but apparently we reviewed this beer years ago! Not much has changed on my end as far as liking it. It’s good. On Kendall’s end however, there has been some change. The former Mrs. Beer was not a fan of it back in the day, but has definitely warmed up to it as we have aged like fine wine. Sophisticated our palates if you will. My summary back then is pretty much my summary now, so you can click the links to look at it. What I want to talk about is the head and lacing. Since restarting the blog and focusing more on craft beer, I decided to make an actual effort to learn more about beer and how to drink it. Kendall even got me a book for Christmas! If you notice above, you will see both a lack of head and a lack of lacing. This can be a symptom of a couple of things, how fresh the beer is, how clean the glass is, the effectiveness of the pour, the quality of the ingredients and a few others. Now, I’m not at all going to hit Sierra Nevada on any of those because they are as top notch a brewer as there is, plus the glass was clean, so maybe this beer just doesn’t have much head and it seems (according to most reviews on Beer Advocate) it doesn’t. This beer gets a star rating of ***.75 which means it’s good, but let’s keep this dialogue going with our next beer…..
Lagunitas Pilsner! Take a look at the difference between it and the Sierra Nevada above. Sierra Nevada Summerfest calls itself a Lager (Beer Advocate calls it a Pils) and here we have a Pils. We can debate that another time, but look at the head of this beer. You can also see the carbonation and I wish I took a picture of the glass when I finished, but I remembered at the worst possible moment that we had no dog food so I had to go get some (#add). The reason why I wish I took the picture is because the lacing on the glass was beautiful for the Lagunitas, and nowhere to be found for the Sierra Nevada. As far as flavoring goes, I really like this beer (but you all know I’m a Pilsner fan). It has a unique flavor at the end that I can’t quite describe, but it’s hoppier than most other Pilsners that I have tried (here and here). This beer has VERY mixed reviews on Beer Advocate. People seem to either really like it or really hate it. I really like it so it gets ****.
I’ll be finishing the imports over the weekend and will rate them then. I plan on stopping by Vino Garage tomorrow to pick up another mix pack so I’ll be sure to let you know what’s in it.