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Green Flash West Coast IPA & Popycock

I went to Costco on the way home from work tonight. It was convenient, well sort of as I had a work car for the night and needed some clothes washing detergent, and figured I may as well get it in a massive container.

It turns out that going there was actually a bad idea. I’m a touch tired, got stuck at work late yet again and there is always something confusing about trying to do the maths on if this massively oversized container of X is actually a good deal and cheaper than X would be in the local supermarket. You also have to walk past a bunch of stuff that you don’t need, and probably never will want to get the stuff you need (OK or want). The problem is there are a shit load of unhealthy interesting sounding products in massive packet sizes that seem like a good deal. 2kg of cheese stuffed deep-fried chillies you say? 2 kg of that weird american orange cheese you say? a container of Popycock, what is that I say?

I call it Bunnings for fat people (please note I love Bunnings). The meat at Costco is great, and that’s from me, a fussy bastard about meat who has done a little bit of meat judging and knows enough about it to be fussy. Costco, it’s the answer from America to a question that Australia never really asked, still its just down the road from my place, and as long as I don’t buy the Popycock I’ll be OK.

And what the fuck is Popycock?

Now to something else from America, Green Flash Brewing Co. West Coast IPA. Firstly I do not believe that this beer is any relation to West Coast Coolers, a premixwine soft drink combo that I remember grown ups drinking when I was a kid. I think it may have come in prima or tetra packs at some stage. I think my Mum used to drink them?

Green Flash West Coast IPA, approved by the lego man from space

Firstly this beer simply smells like hops. A bit like when they hit the boil kettle, that first fresh bit. As the label says this beer is extravagantly hopped, I like that. I also like that they take the time to call the beer a “West Coast IPA” then write India Pale Ale under it. The 7.3% ABV is really well hidden in this beer. I could see myself getting into some serious trouble if left to my own devices with a bunch of this beer, a bit like a fat kid being left alone in Costco. hmmmm

I really like this beer. An excellent example of the West Coast (of USA) IPA. Hoppy, resiny, foursome but not crazy bitter. It’s also not too heavy of a beer. One thing that IPAs of this type are not really known for being is ballanced, but this one is. The malt adds a sweetness that just makes it all ballance out. Its great, I could have this beer for desert, some citrus, some bitterness, some sweetness.

This is my kind of beer. Drink it with another one.

They dont really say much about the beer on the bottle so try their website Green Flash Brewing if you want any more info. Also the Brewing Network Can You Brew it show did a clone of this, I may just have to brew my own version of this beer. Click here to find the podcast, I highly recomend the recipes these guys give out. Also if you are trying to get a reference beer to set your beer compas as to what an American IPA should be like, this beer is the one you want. Extravagently hopped and excellent.

I’m glad that the US has more to offer than just Costco.

It is also important to remember that hops have a certain relaxing quality to them. After a long day a beer like Green Flash West Coast IPA is just what you need. As I have a booking with Ebony the Personal Trainer tomorrow I may need another tomorrow night.

Cheers D

 PS – no really what the fuck is Popycock?



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and the winner is?

So from my last blog the winners are;

  1. The Catters. We are in the AFL Grand Final, I have a ticket and all is in track for a corker of a game on Saturday. Go Catters!!!!
  2. Jasons Hangover, a clear winner thanks to a few too many at the Palmerston Hotel followed by a few more at the Casino. Second place was my hangover. Damn you hangover.
  3. Vicbrew- I recieved a 3rd place for Cosmic Tex, my imperial IPA and a 2nd place for my tripple so we are off to the nationals, much the same as last year. Great to get a couple of places and I’m looking forward to getting the feedback sheets. Sadly for Graham the Mannering Bitter did not triumph.

Full results for Vicbrew are available here

Cheers D

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a nothing post

I had a good day today, got plenty of work done, booked a holiday, went for a run and am currently enjoying a pint of my imperial IPA. Again its a house beer that I am very happy with.

Anyway nothing much to write about relating to beer, just two small things.

Firstly I had dinner at the Montague Hotel in South Melbourne with Jacqui last night where I had a Stone and Wood Stone Ale. Nice beer that I had been wanting to try for a while. I think they make it with heated rocks in the boil and or the ferment. Not sure but the beer had a great malty caramely flavor. The Montague didnt have huge beer list, but it was a very respectable one. The Wagu burger I had for dinner was pretty good too, but the idea of how a wagu burger would taste any better than any other breed of cow burger is a little strange to me. Actually no, its bullshit. Nice pub though.

The second thing is it looks like there is a great line up of IPA’s at Biero tomorrow night. Might have to try and drop by.

Cheers D

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Two Centurions

Two Centurions walk into a bar……

That could be the start of a joke. I am certain that many a Centurion would have walked into a bar, or an ale house, no make that a wine bar, or perhaps an orgy. Anyway what ever that venue was it would not have been the Portland Hotel, home of the James Squire brew house just around the corner from my office.

There are a number of reasons for this, one of which I’m pretty sure the security at the Portland does not allow swords. Centurions tend to have swords. Two Centurions = two swords = unhappy bouncers. There is also certain aspect of time travel required to get people from the Roman era into current brew pubs.

Therefore a bottle of this beer is a close as you’ll get. I don’t think any actual centurions were involved in the production of this beer, actually I have no idea of the link between the beer and the name of the beer. It’s an American style IPA, nice copper/golden colour with a rounded citrus hop profile. It was also free and that’s also a nice thing. I am tasting this beer with some cheese.

Two Centurions and OK some cheese

This bottle came into my possession thanks to the nice people at the Portland giving it away through Facebook. It was no doubt linked to a promotion but I’m liking the beer and that’s all that matters. It seems that it’s a limited edition, I have bottle number CLXIX of CC. As I don’t remember doing the whole Roman numerals thing at school someone else can figure that out.

OK to the beer. It’s a little past its prime I think but from where I’m drinking that’s not a bad thing. I’m not certain when the beer was brewed but I think it would have had a much more aggressive hop profile, more bitterness, more hop flavor and more aroma. However I can only guess how it was. Nice I guess. The age hasn’t really hurt this beer though, the bitterness has rounded off and kept the citrus and jammy character, but I like aged hop flavors in beers. If only it had an english yeast character (I recon it was brewed with a US ale yeast?). The lable says 70 IBU’s. I think it may be a tad under that, I’m guessing its a calculated rather than a measured figure but no stress there. The hops are smooth in this beer, no nasty after taste.

So nice hop flavor, brewed just around the corner from my office, bit past its best but still ok. What is my favorite bit of this beer? The malt backbone! It gets the hell out of the way of the beer and you don’t have to chew the damn thing down. I have said it before and I’ll say it again I’m not a massive fan of heavy chewy under fermented indigestible cloying interpretations of the IPA style. This beer is not one of those. Would I have a second pint? most certainly. It’s a big beer (6.8% ABV) that’s easy to drink and doesnt leave you feeling like you need to go for a massive burp before you can drink any more.

I think its time for the boys at the Portland to dust off the recipe book and bust out another batch of this one, nice beer. If they do I’ll be in for a pint (OK I’ll be in for a pint anyway, but this would be nice to see on tap).

So people I also need to ask for some positive thoughts to be directed towards my Vicbrew entries. On Saturday I packaged up my 8 entries, filled in the 8 forms and put the entry fees in a ziplock plastic bag and dropped it off at Grain and Grape. I’m happier with the beers I’ve entered this year, but I havent entered as many as I’d hoped to. This is part due to James the IPA going bad and just not brewing as much this year. disappointed I didn’t get as many Belgium beers or any sour beers made in time to enter. That will some soon, perhaps even a spontaneous ferment beer? perhaps that will go into next years Vicbrew?

my 2011 Vicbrew entries, plus a couple of tasters for the guys at Grain and Grape

So there we have it, positive thoughts at my beers, and the Catters for the AFL grand final. September is all about finals!

Cheers D

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and IPA called James

Tonight there is very little on TV. It kinda sucks. Supernatural has finished for its current season and it seems Monday night isnt a focus for the TV guru’s. Right now its a toss-up between old Top Gear episodes, and the Iron Man cartoon. Like I said its a tough call.

To add to the ambiance my apartment is very smokey, like a 1970’s pub, thanks to me having a steak for dinner. I must add it was a fucking excellent steak, part due to me being excellent at cooking steaks, but mostly due to the good people a Costco having the sense to use all MSA graded beef. Excellent.

Now to the IPA called James. As previously blogged I brewed a batch of Cosmic Tex on the weekend that started out as a US IPA but due to a hiccup or two and a few more hops it ended up as an Imperial IPA. All things are more or less the same on the malt % and the hop profile but it is now 1074 OG and 132 IBU. Now that is calculated! not actual. I have no doubt if I was to measure the IBU’s properly it would go nowhere near that. Also I have no idea of the hop utilisation through the hop rocket. All I do know is that my car smelt really good driving the wort back to Yarraville. When all the dry hopping is done there will be over 450 grams of hops in a 22 litre batch. That’s a lot, over 21 grams per litre. That’s a lot.

Now back onto an IPA called James. This beer is an English IPA. I have an English uncle. It makes sense that they have the same name. This beer is about 1070 and about 40 IBU’s so kind of mild in relation to Cosmic Tex but it had a wonderful spicy hoppy aroma. I am still uncertain if I’ll dry hop it. Probably. Will see later on this week.

Anyway its a good thing having a couple of IPA’s fermenting away in your spare room. I recommend it to everyone. Also as there are now 2 IPA’s I am extending the idea of sending me in ideas of tap handles or bottle labels to James the IPA as well as Cosmic Tex. Havent been overrun by entries yet. I guess the lack of a prize may be a factor? hmm…

As far as my Brand Power lady impersonation for today “If you like home brewing beer and really want to shove a gutload of hops in your beer try new Hop Rocket from Blichmann Engineering. Its wonderful all stainless construction and simpleton proof construction make it ideal for even the most stupid home brewer. Get yours today” A really good product that worked first time, no stuffing around straight out of the box. And it lets you play with wonderful resiny whole flower hops. And it acts as a kind of filter for all the crap that otherwise would end up in my plate chiller.

Anyway there is something nice about being opulent and inefficient. Cosmic Tex is both these things. I have decided that the unit of hops added to this beer is a metric opulence. It’s also nice to invent your own unit of measurement. So much so that I looked for a picture that says opulence. Using Google the seem to think that means pictures of ladies in their underware. Fair enough but insetad I went for the below picture.

Cheers D



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2 foot tex 2011 reboot. Now with more Galaxy!

Just went and got some hops. Seems that whole hop flowers only come in bags of 100g, so I guess I’ll throw the whole bag into the hop back.

I cant see any way that adding more hops can do any harm? I mean look at the picture below, poor little defensless green things just waiting to make beer all hoppy and beery. What harm could they possibly do?

Cheers D

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