#57 Baird – Angry Boy Brown Ale

Baird Angry Boy Brown AleName: Angry Boy Brown Ale
Brewery: Baird (Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan)
Style: Brown Ale
ABV: 6.2%
Source: Regional Wines (Wellington)

Me: Brown ale. Ugh. I hate brown ale.

*takes sip of Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale*

Me: Oh no wait, maybe I like brown ale.

That a little transcript of my thoughts (I’m a simple soul) as I went to drink yesterday’s beer. It’s becoming a regular thing, as every time I come to any kind of conclusion about a beer style, something comes along and turns it all upside down.

For example, I thought I didn’t like brown ale because the last two I’ve order have been a bit sweet and sluggish for me, so much so that I didn’t even finish them which is saying quite a lot. (I’m not a spittoon kinda gal.)

So I probably wouldn’t have picked this one (and in fact I didn’t – Kieran at Regionals did), but I’m glad I tried it because it was actually damn good.

It came in a bottle with super-cool artwork, and poured a hazy chocolaty-amber, with a loose, fluffy tan head.

The aroma took me by surprise – much more fragrant and hoppy than the brown ales I’ve had before. It smelled to me like caramel and citrus – mostly grapefruit I think.

On the tongue there was an initial hit of sweetness – malt, toffee, chocolate, then a burst of citrusy hops (I guess that’s the angry bit) which carries through to a lasting dry finish. Carbonation was quite low and the mouthfeel was velvety and smooth.

This is definitely the hoppiest and (I think) the most interesting brown ale that I’ve tried, but then again, I really haven’t had many at all. Can anyone recommend some others?

And now, here’s a video of me as a baby.

Published in: on October 5, 2011 at 10:41 am  Comments (4)  

#43 Baird – Rising Sun Pale Ale

Baird Pale Ale Name: Rising Sun
Brewery: Baird (Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan)
Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.1%
Source: Regional Wines (Wellington)

I know my beer photos aren’t great at the best of times, but I have to apologise for the sudden dive that they’ve taken since my phone went flat (this one is from Photo Booth). Hopefully I’ll get my charger tomorrow and the pics will be back to their usual mediocre standard!

So today’s beer was from Japan, which is a bit exciting because a) Japan rocks and b) I’ve had hardly any beers from there. I chose to drink it tonight because I thought it might be nice to write a post with a clear head for once, and this was the only beer in my ever-growing stockpile that wasn’t going to knock me on my arse.

It poured a nice hazy golden colour with a big foamy head, which is my favourite way for a beer to look. I know some people like their beer to be as clear as crystal, but personally I think there’s something rustic and appetizing about a bit of cloud.

It smelled nice – slightly floral and soapy, with citrusy (orange I think) and herby hops. The taste was similar, but less sweet than I was expecting and with a lot of bitterness at the finish. It was really clean, dry, and refreshing, with subtler flavours than other APA’s I’ve had recently (Tuatara & Anchor), making it really easy-drinking stuff. Since I’ve finished it and I can focus on the letters as I type for once, I actually wish I had another one…

This beer was bought to you (or to me, really) by Hashigo Zake, Kieran at Regionals, and my mum. Thanks to all!

Published in: on September 20, 2011 at 8:29 pm  Comments (1)