Well, didn't this beer just burst onto the scene? If you've been active in the craft beer online community in recent months, you've almost certainly come across the vibrant, psychedelic bottle and the pink hued craft beer.
If you've ever checked out the craft beer communities of prevalent social networks, odds are you have come across Stone Brewing before. Creating popular brews such as Ruination and Tangerine Express, Stone Brewing's reputation for quality craft beer lays on a solid foundation. The only Stone beer I had tried in the past was Arrogant Bastard, which is in a grey area as it was originally a Stone brand but went solo in 2015. As far as I can tell, it is still owned by the same people.
If you've kept up with my previous reviews, you will be familiar with my less-than-friendly relationships with IPAs. In my June review rankings, an IPA finished dead last, and another finished second overall. In many cases, I find that IPAs are overly bitter, meaning that by the third or fourth mouthful they are no longer enjoyable to drink.
Fugli embraces the traditional bitter hoppy-ness of an IPA but brings a unique twist to the table. In counteracting the traditional flavors with a slightly citrusy, sweet taste, Oskar Blues have developed a beer that can appeal to those (like me) who are not fans of the growing trend of bitterness.
When I started out, I wasn't really sure how I felt about this beer. Whereas with some brews I know within a mouthful or two whether or not to recommend it, The Don's complexity made things difficult. I ran the full gamut of responses on this one, at times feeling highly impressed and at others questioning my grip on reality.
Shiner's Family Reunion is a combination six-pack including a variety of beers brewed by the Spoetzl Brewery. Having now tried all six beers from this six-pack, it's time to break down each brew in a worst to first.