Beer Zombies year in review, Part 1 Local Beers

vegas2.jpgAs we draw close to a new year I’ve been looking back on all the great beers that I had a pleasure to pour down my throat. I decided to put together a list that I will be uploading in parts. It will be my favorite beers of 2015 broke down into styles/categories. I will add three beers to each style and they wont be in any order except that they where my top three in that category. Would love to hear feedback on my list in any form! So to start things off I will go with:

 

FAVORITE LOCAL BEERS

Morning Joe ( Kolsch ) – Banger Brewing 

http://bangerbrewing.com

ABV: 5.4% IBU: 25

This one was a huge win in my book, intense  burst of coffee, hazelnut aromas and a flavor that follows perfectly to the nose.The brewers at Banger accomplished this by dry hopping the base Kolsch with 4 lbs of French Caramel coffee and 4 lbs of Hazelnut coffee beans.  The addition of the coffee adds a wonderful flavor and creaminess to a beer style that is known to be  crisp, clean and balanced.

 

7th Anniversary Bourbon BA Ale w/ Vanilla & Cocoa Nibs – Joseph James Brewing

http://www.jjbrewing.com

ABV: 11% IBU: 50

This rich, complex, full-bodied ale was made by combining two of JJ’s popular bourbon barrel-aged beers. They where then blended to taste and conditioned on top of raw cacao nibs and vanilla beans. Do you like snickers bars? I know I do and anything that has a remote taste profile as a snickers is going to be consumed with joy. The vanilla dances gracefully with the char and wood flavors. Finishes with enough heat to let you know its been aged in bourbon barrels. Delicious!

 

BA Morning Pay Off ( Imperial Stout)  – Bad Beat Brewing 

http://www.badbeatbrewing.com

ABV: 8.8% IBU: 40

A complex blending of oats, wheat, smoked malt, lactose and 6 other ingredients create the perfect base to throw in some locally roasted beans from Mother Ship Coffee. A super solid example of a barrel aged stout with coffee. The flavor gives way to earthy fresh ground coffee, burnt malts with a slight pepper on the finish. Bringing in the barrels adds a wonderful woodsy character to the beer. Super smooth and easy drinking stout with no detection of the abv.

 

 

 

Well that is part 1 of my list of best beer I drank in 2015, check back for the next installment and please leave comments on either here or the Facebook page.

 

Cheers,

BZ

 

 

 

 

Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Las Vegas NV

Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits

http://www.khourysfinewine.com

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9915 S Eastern Ave #110, Las Vegas, NV 89183

(702) 435-9463

South East / Henderson area Khoury’s now has Beer Zombies glassware in stock! Not only do they have glassware, but its a go to spot in the SE for craft beer, bottles and draft. Swing by grab some beer and a glass, shopping in store saves you 30% off of online prices and no shipping.

Issa and Frank can drop some craft beer knowledge and suggestions on you.

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Beer Review – Ninja Vs. Unicorn – Pipeworks Brewing

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Ninja Vs. Unicorn – Pipeworks Brewing 

American double IPA , DIPA

8.5% ABV

50 IBU

APPEARANCE: I imagine if a ninja’s sword where to chop the head of a Unicorn, he would wipe his blade clean on his ninja pajamas. The color on his ninja costume would be reminiscent of the way this lovely beer poured. A beautiful golden amber, with sparkling highlights that really hypnotize you when you stair into it. Produced a nice big loose white head that lingering cap.

 

AROMA: Drinking this out in the forest has intensified the pine aromas, all around me the pine cones are falling. Getting tons of sticky pine and huge resinous piney hops coming off the pour. Fresh sliced juicy grapefruit, like the ones on “fruit ninja” game from my iPhone. Followed by some over ripe orange and tangerines. There is a wonderful maltiness that translate into toasted bread and sugar cookies. The nose on this beer is amazing. I imagine this is what a unicorn fart would smell like!

 

TASTE: After the ninja chopped the head off of this mythical beast, the blood spilled and filled bottle upon bottle of this beer. Usually when a beer has such an outstanding nose the taste doesn’t live up. Not in this case, the flavor layers are all right there in line with the aroma. For a beer that claims 10 ibu it inst a palate wrecker at all,  Its actually very easy drinking. The piney hops come flying at you like a ninja star. Super dank that’s followed up with a big bursting citrus flavor. The sweet malts do make an appearance like a piece of toast with a grapefruit/orange marmalade. There is a some heat on this beer, which is odd with the abv coming in at 8.5%.

 

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. there is a very pleasant syrupy creaminess that makes this a really smooth drinking ipa. Lots of that resiouness pine comes through on the mouthfeel, really coating the entire mouth. Leaves the mouth with a long lasting lingering finish.

 

OVERALL: Not sure if Ninja Vs.Unicorn  is a the name it should have. Its so balanced that it should be called Ninja Sex Unicorn. Huge fan of every aspect of this beer, including the little heat that comes out i’m assuming from the battle. Speaking of battles I think the real winner was me! I just saw that they are going to start canning this beer, when that happens I will be trading for a case at a time. Truly everything I would want and ask for out of a dipa.

 

RATING: 4.5/5 Zombie Heads!

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Beer event – Locals Only – Las Vegas 5/23/15

Las Vegas! are you ready for the 1st of what will be an annual “Locals Only” beer festival? All of Las Vegas’ Craft breweries in one place offering unlimited samples for 4 hours, even better all proceeds will go to the Nevada Craft Brewers Association! The event is not only a showcase of Las Vegas craft beer but also a way to build more awareness to our craft beer scene.

There will be a home brew competition, with the winner getting the opportunity to not only brew the winning beer at Banger Brewing but also to have it on draft there as well. Such a solid event to be put on by Banger Brewing, with the idea of helping create and grow the next wave of craft brewers in Las Vegas.

http://www.bangerbrewing.com

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Review – B Cups Plastic IPA Cups

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Today I braved the Las Vegas wind and took a short drive to Red Rock Canyon. Wanted to break in my new Fermented Reality plastic ipa cup on a hike. I will say I was very impressed, with its light weight and great design. It really did feel like I was drinking out of proper glassware, it added the extra aroma and agitation I am used to with my ipa glasses. Only difference instead of at a bar or my house I was 5 miles back country enjoying the same experience. This will be with me on every hike and camping adventure from here on out!

http://fermentedreality.com

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From the website:

Bring beer, bring B Cups!

These are great poolside, on the boat, camping, barbecuing, tailgating, and more! Don’t drink from the bottle, always #pouryourbeer!

  • 4 pack IPA cups
  • 17oz
  • BPA free
  • Rugged and Shatterproof

The first go-anywhere plastic IPA cup in the world!

We love our Dogfish Head / Spiegelau IPA glassware and drinking beer from a proper glass is important to us. So in situations where glass just wouldn’t do, we were sick about having to drink beer from a red party cup. Rather than complain about it, we decided to do something about it!

B Cups plastic IPA cups are ONLY available from Fermented Reality! B Cups IPA cups are made from a rigid, shatterproof, fully transparent, BPA-free plastic. Your B Cups will last for dozens of uses when rinsed well with only water. Even left out overnight, these cups come clean with a little dish soap and warm water and leave no residual stale beer smell.

 

Beer Review – Blind Pig – Russian River Brewing Co.

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Blind PigRussian River
American IPA
6.1% ABV
70 IBU 
APPEARANCE:  Pours a shimmering golden orange, clear and vibrant. Two glorious fingers of white frothy head that settled into a nice dense cap.
 AROMA: Big ripe and juicy citrus with a delicate resinous hop profile. Not in your face but pleasant and inviting.Tons of fresh fruits, pineapple, mango, grapefruit and lemon zest. A slight bit of grassy aromas lingering around as well.
TASTE: Follows the nose very well, that nice subtle hop profile is right there on the first sip. The juicy citrus really comes in and brings that resinous piney hop flavor along for the ride.A wonderful  bit of caramel maltiness comes in towards the middle before the slight grassy ending that rounds out the lovely layers.
MOUTHFEEL:  Medium body with a medium carbonation.Slight oily texture with a long wet finish.
OVERALL: Extremely well made and easily drinkable IPA. Not in your face, or over the top just a very well rounded balanced beer. This drinks to me like it’s the base for the big brother Pliny the elder. I know a lot of people compare the two against each other, even though they are entirely different beers. As a stand alone single IPA this is in the very pinnacle of the style!
RATING: 4.4/5 zombie heads!

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Beer review – Galaxy Unicorn – Pipeworks Brewing

 

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Galaxy Unicorn – Pipeworks Brewing
Double IPA
9.5% ABV
APPEARANCE: Pours a murky, hazy orange with golden peach hues. Unfiltered but not finding any sediment in the initial pour. Big sudsy off white head that stuck around for the long haul, Leaving nice lacing all around the glass as it slowly dissipated.
AROMA: Big burst of over ripe oranges and grapefruit rind. Followed by a tropical cereal like aroma, almost like that special k with the dried fruit in it. Tons of hoppy, floral notes with a slight spicy earthiness, back end is grassy, slightly catty. Very interesting and inviting bouquet on this beer.
TASTE: Wow I knew the nose had fruit on it but the taste is a tropical fruit bomb! Fresh, juicy, ripe tangerines, pineapples even a bit of berry flavor. Toasted warm bread with honey butter on it. For sure getting some heat from the abv but I actually enjoy that especially when it’s balanced out with the big bitterness from all those hops.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium creamy body with a nice medium carbonation.Wonderful lingering oily finish. Super drinkable for a 9.5%.

 

OVERALL: This was my first Pipeworks beer I thought it was outstanding,I really enjoyed the galaxy hops flavor profile. The addition of wheat was very interesting as well. I found that all the sweet fruits where balanced nicely and not over powering at all.

RATING: 4.5/5 zombie heads!

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Beer Review – Zombie Dust – Three Floyd’s Brewing

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Zombie Dust – Three Floyd’s Brewing

American pale ale

6.4% ABV

60 IBU

APPEARANCE: Poured a hazy, burnt amber color. Bright and beautiful looking beer. Nice big off white pillowy head, great retention that leaves sticky lacing down the side of the glass.

AROMA: Very dank, herbal and hoppy. Bright fruits, grapefruit lots of lemon. Hints of wet grass, with bready malts on the backend. Bouquet is super inviting cant wait to taste this beer.

TASTE: Lots of grapefruit on the front. Very oily like a zombie stirred this with his finger. Citrus notes pop again in the middle with the hops before finishing with Carmel and pale malts.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with medium carbonation. Slick and oily with snappy finish that leaves you wanting another sip.

OVERALL: I had to keep reminding myself this is a pale ale. It drinks wonderfully and has such a good hop presence that it could be a mellow ipa. Lived up to the hype that surrounds it. The art work is amazing!

RATING: 4.5/5 Zombie Heads!

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Beer Review – Triple Sunshine – Lawson’s Finest Liquids

 

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Triple Sunshine – Lawson’s finest liquids

Double/triple IPA

10.5% ABV

APPEARANCE: Pours a hazy over ripe tangerine fruit color, with bright 24k gold sparkling highlights. Has a beautiful loose, billowy off white head that sticks around for the long term with some super retention.

AROMA: Fresh squeezed tropical fruit juice that has spilled onto a damp jungle floor. Pineapple, mango, guava peel. Some very interesting earthy, minty notes that get rounded out by sweet bready, doughy malts.

TASTE: Wow ! Juicy mango burst right away. Followed by sweet ripe pineapple and peaches. Huge dank, wet earthy flavors that give way to a very layered hop profile. The malty sweetness on the nose comes into play only to give way to the crashing bitterness that hits on the backend. I can’t believe this is 10.5% absolutely no heat and so easy to drink.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body, medium prickly carbonation. Lovely expansive creaminess that coats the whole mouth before retracting super quick with the dry snappy finish.

OVERALL: I received this a few months after release it had been properly cellared. I honestly can’t imagine how good this must have been fresh. This has blown my mind. This may be the best double/triple ipa I’ve had to date. So balanced but full of explosive flavors at the same time. I super confident in my rating of this truly masterful work of art!

RATING: 5/5 Zombie Heads!

Review – Hop Drop N Roll – NoDa Brewing

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Hop Drop N Roll – NoDA Brewing Company

ABV 7.7%

IBU 81

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear burnt orange copper color. With slightly muddy brown rim variation and an Intense dark yellow center to the beer. Small but dense khaki colored head, that really left some interesting lacing patterns down my glass.

AROMA: Unlike most IPA’s I have been drinking as of late, this one starts off very strong in the sweet malt profile. Warm fresh out of the oven sugar cookies laced with toffee and caramel. Lemon zest, tropical citrus profile with a tinge of mint in there as well. Lots of leaf floral hop aromas that round out the back end.

TASTE: Just what I was expecting after the the nose, honey spread on toast. A bit on the sweet side of the ipa style. Very malt forward, the malts set the stage for the hops to dance on. Middle of the beer has some wonderful bright tropical fruits, before ending with a bitter grapefruit and piney medley.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium sticky body paired with an aggressive medium plus carbonation.Oily, creamy and very enjoyable on the mouthfeel aspect.

OVERALL: I respect this ipa for not following in the paths of others and really trying to be unique. I do feel the candied malt sweetness is a bit overpowering. If the caramel and toffee were toned just a bit I think the hops would really get a chance to dance on the stage that is Hop Drop N Roll and add a much needed balance to the beer.

RATING: 3.9/5 Zombie Heads!

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