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Amazing Steak Marinate with Arrogant Bastard

Posted by ebrius on November 3, 2008

I found this great recipe online for a very tasty steak marinate, courtesy of Carolyn Smagalski.

Its a very simple recipe, just Arrogant Bastard, lemon juice, onion, and pepper, but the results are terrific. The arrogant bastard and onion flavors complement themselves very well, and the taste of the arrogant bastard is very apparent, which is a good thing.

For the cooking sauce, I improvised a little bit, I used the remaining bastard, my homemade BBQ sauce (this time with the onion powder) and some steak and Cajun seasonings. I ended up broiling this as apposed to cooking it on the grill, but it was still very good. I highly recommend trying this recipe, and marinating meat with beer in general.

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Review: Long Trail Double Bag

Posted by ebrius on October 11, 2008

For my second review, I will be looking at an interesting brew from Long Trail Brewing Company, Double Bag Ale:

Apperance: Pours with very little head that trails off after a couple of seconds. Color is a clear amber with no haze

Aroma: Very pleasant, malty aroma with a hints of fruits, slight hint of raisins.

Taste: Interesting, but in a good way. Strong malty backbone with the same fruity flavors detected in the smell. I could not isolate any of the hops in this brew. This beer finishes very clean with almost no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slightly syrupy feel. Light carbonation.

Overall, this is a very good beer that I would definitely drink again. It is an interesting strong ale with a 7.2 ABV that is not even noticeable. I am not usually a fan of low IBU strong ales, but I really liked this beer, I would love to try it on tap.

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Review: Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

Posted by ebrius on October 7, 2008

For my first review, I’ll be looking at beer from a brewery known by most hopheads, Dogfish Head. Dogfish Head has three different IPAs that they release on a regular basis, 60 Minute, 90 Minute, and 120 Minute. For this review, I will be looking at their 90 Minute IPA.90 Minute falls somewhere between 60 Minute and 120 Minute (go figure right?) and, in my opinion, is a perfect balance between the two. It has drinkability close to 60 Minute, but if you look hard enough, you can pick up hop and malt characteristics similar to 120 Minute.

Dogfish Head’s website lists 90 Minute as having an IBU of 90 and an ABV of 9%. Although it’s not listed, I’d guess its SRM falls around 12.

First, appearance: This beer has a nice clean pour with a deep amber color and very little head that quickly dissipates.

Next, aroma: Both malty and hoppy, it has hints of grapefruit and other citrus flavors, but there is also a malty smell there as well, I’d guess from a Crystal 80 or so. Overall, this beer is very pleasant and balanced.

Now, the most important part, taste: This beer is very full flavored and rich. It is not as bitter as one might expect from a beer listed at 90 IBUs, but this is not a bad thing. The balance of the malt and hops allows the finer flavors of both to come out. It finishes with a malty finish that anyone who has tried a 120 minute will recognize immediately. But in this beer the malty taste is more of a background flavor, which I think is much more preferable in an IPA

Lastly, mouth feel: Light carbonation that is slightly chewy. This is definitely not a beer that one could drink 6 of in an hour, but it is still very drinkable.

Overall, I would give this beer a 9/10. I honestly don’t believe that Dogfish Head could improve on this beer, except maybe lower the price.

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