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Canned Micro's

Saddleoflamb Jun 20, 2010 01:16 PM

Hope this isn't too tired a topic..........Summer is here in full force (NC)...........recently was able to try Ska Brewings Modus Hoperandi..............loved it........along with Dales Pale Ale and Oskar Blues ..."Little Yella Pils" ... am in search of other great canned Micro's.
Not a huge fan of the Old Chub Scottish, and have not gotten around to dropping serious coin on a 4 pack of the the Gubna (100 IBU's).
Other than the above mentioned have not really seen other Micro cans in NC.........prefer IPA's (SN Torpedo, Bells 2 Hearted, Stone IPA...etc).
Any takes, and/or suggestions would be appreciated..........understand the daunting task of assembling a canning line, but for some reason have a fantasy of seeing SN Pale Ale or Torpedo in a beautiful green can on a hot summer day.

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    rubicond RE: Saddleoflamb Jun 20, 2010 04:07 PM

    I recently discovered the Oskar Blues at a tasting in a wine shop, and was quite impressed. At first I was a little skeptical but I have enjoyed 3 of the beers they offer.

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      Saddleoflamb RE: rubicond Jun 20, 2010 04:28 PM

      Did you try the Gubna?

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        lavaca RE: Saddleoflamb Jul 4, 2010 11:21 AM

        I've tried Gubna and wasn't very impressed. Too much alcohol for the style. Ten Fidy is worth a shot if you can find it.

        7 Seas out of Gig Harbor, WA recently started selling beer in 16 oz. cans, including a double IPA. However, you are unlikely to find it more than 10 miles from Puget Sound.

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          The Professor RE: lavaca Jul 5, 2010 11:48 PM

          I thought Gubna was pretty good!
          As far as 'too much alcohol for the style', besides the fact that I disagree, in the end there are no dictates for such parameters...the interpretation of any "style" is strictly up to the brewer and there is no right or wrong. (well...a 'golden stout' would kind of be "out there", come to think of it. LOL)

          I sure do agree with you about Ten Fidy though...that's a really well made beer.

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            Saddleoflamb RE: The Professor Jul 6, 2010 01:15 PM

            Please refresh my memory.......GUBNA is double IPA

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              lavaca RE: The Professor Aug 7, 2010 05:38 PM

              From a double or imperial IPA, I generally expect both more hops and more alcohol sweetness than a traditional IPA, but I felt that Gubna's alcohol level overwhelmed the other flavors. At a similar strength, I found Ten Fidy to be much more balanced.

              A relevant disclaimer would be that I find this to be a common problem in stronger beers and now generally avoid anything with "imperial" in the description unless it's an imperial stout.

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          rubicond RE: rubicond Jun 20, 2010 07:12 PM

          No, I tried the IPA, the Pale Ale, and 1 other one the name escapes me

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          ticdup RE: Saddleoflamb Jun 20, 2010 05:46 PM

          New Belgium has canned some of their beers, I don't know if they distribute them far and wide though. Sunshine and Fat Tire are the canned mainstays, but they did do some Ranger IPA too.

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            Saddleoflamb RE: ticdup Jun 20, 2010 07:11 PM

            Tried a New Belgium once...........could not finish it

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              rubicond RE: Saddleoflamb Jun 20, 2010 07:13 PM

              I cannot finish a FAT TIRE unless it is on tap.

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                Saddleoflamb RE: rubicond Jun 20, 2010 07:22 PM

                Couldn't think of the one i tried......it was Fat Tire in a 22oz bottle.......there was a very heavy push on this many months ago when i tried........packaging caught my eye and I figured to give a try........once again could not finish .....maybe a bad bottle , but very leery of attempting again.

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                  juantanamera RE: Saddleoflamb Jul 8, 2010 09:13 PM

                  Don't let your experience w/ Fat Tire discourage you from trying other New Belgium beers. I'm no fan of FT but Ranger is an excellent IPA.

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                    Saddleoflamb RE: juantanamera Jul 11, 2010 08:20 AM

                    Thanks.....will try.

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                    Jim Dorsch RE: Saddleoflamb Jul 9, 2010 06:25 AM

                    Do you think it was defective, or just not something you care to drink?

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                      Saddleoflamb RE: Jim Dorsch Jul 11, 2010 08:21 AM

                      Don't think defective.......many i spoke with found FT god awful.....at least to us.
                      Have u tried, and did you like this offering.......

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                        Jim Dorsch RE: Saddleoflamb Jul 11, 2010 03:44 PM

                        I've tried it. FT is a simple Belgian-style pale ale, solid but not exciting to me. I don't consider it bad.

            2. Tripeler RE: Saddleoflamb Jun 22, 2010 10:47 PM

              I have really enjoyed almost all of the U.S. brewed microbrews in a can. The IPA from 21st Amendment and Oskar Blues were particularly good.

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                Kenji RE: Tripeler Jul 7, 2010 04:11 PM

                Oskar Blues has a range of brews (Old Chub Scotch Ale, Dale's Pale Ale, Gordon 2IPA, etc.), and all the ones I've tried have been good.

                21st Amendment's IPA is a solid effort.

              2. MGZ RE: Saddleoflamb Jun 24, 2010 10:11 AM

                At around $5.99 a six pack, the beers from Butternut's in Upstate New York are quite good. I have enjoyed each of them.


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                  thinks too much RE: MGZ Jul 9, 2010 06:29 AM

                  I tried the Butternut beers wanting to like them. But there just isn't any finish to them. It leads in strong and then the taste evaporates at the end.

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                  soupkitten RE: Saddleoflamb Jun 25, 2010 11:00 PM


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                    Saddleoflamb RE: soupkitten Jun 27, 2010 09:43 AM

                    Wish it was available in NC.....

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                      soupkitten RE: Saddleoflamb Jun 27, 2010 06:46 PM

                      oh! sorry i overlooked the region-specific part of your post. well, it's good beer, if you travel this way, or if it ever gets distributed outside of the region-- imo a "great canned micro."

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                        Bobfrmia RE: soupkitten Jul 4, 2010 11:35 PM

                        "great canned micro"
                        Strangely, that doesn't do it justice.
                        I think I would go with "arguably the best IPA in the country, if not the world".
                        Not trying to start a debate, just sayin.....

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                          soupkitten RE: Bobfrmia Jul 7, 2010 02:40 PM

                          no debate from me :)

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                    solargarlic RE: Saddleoflamb Jul 1, 2010 07:59 PM

                    New England Brewing out of Woodbridge, CT has 3 of their brews in cans. I'm not sure if it's sold down where you are though. I just saw that Harpoon is now selling cans, but that's not quite a "Micro", right?

                    1. Chinon00 RE: Saddleoflamb Jul 7, 2010 01:36 PM

                      Sly Fox Brewing Co., Phoenixville, PA
                      Cans include:
                      (1) Pikeland Pils - An outstanding German style pilsner.
                      (2) Royal Weiss - An outstanding German style hefeweizen
                      (3) Dunkel
                      ;4) Phoenix Pale Ale
                      (5) Rt 113 IPA

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                        Saddleoflamb RE: Chinon00 Jul 7, 2010 01:45 PM

                        Not in NC

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                          cwdonald RE: Chinon00 Aug 12, 2010 05:49 AM

                          Great list Chinon. I am also becoming partial to the Lancaster Kolsch.


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                          Seanchai RE: Saddleoflamb Jul 9, 2010 10:35 AM

                          You probably don't get it in NC yet, but Blue Mountain Brewery in VA puts out a very hoppy pale ale in cans called Full Nelson. Good stuff.

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                            Saddleoflamb RE: Seanchai Jul 11, 2010 08:26 AM

                            Looks very promising.....growing their own Cascade hops.....will keep an eye out for it.

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                              mojoeater RE: Seanchai Jul 11, 2010 09:01 AM

                              Agree that Full Nelson is an excellent beer. They call it a "Strong Virginia Pale Ale" and it is probably closer to an IPA in hoppiness than a traditional pale.

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