American Strong by Oceanside Ale Works

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American Strong by Oceanside Ale Works is a 9.2% ABV American Strong Ale.

Label:
American Strong is high in malt character with luscious malt complexity. Featuring six select varieties of northwestern hops, the balance is malty with a hint of fruity esters. It’s brewed in Oceanside, California, near the historic Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, in a city whose rich military history makes it truly American Strong. Now you can enjoy Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of great craft beer with OAW’s American Strong Ale.

==Introduction==

I was able to find this one at my local shop and this along with Daliesque, The DUDE IPA and Bleuet, this would be the 4th beer I try from OAW. Ever since Mark Purciel, owner at OAW introduced me to the video (http://www.thehopshighway.com/video/) he was interviewed in about this beer I had been meaning to try it. I finally have it and even as I write I am pretty damn excited to give this one a whirl. Such Pride, Much ‘Merica, Wow Craft Beer, Very Cheers!

Aromas:
Rich toasted rye bread over honey and peanut butter hints, toffee, vanilla, dulce de leche caramel, honey, dark fruit raisins, cherries, plums, blackberries, dragon fruit, strawberry notes, butterscotch, toffee, hazelnut nectar, flan, salted caramel ice cream, rocky road, waffle cone and marshmallows

Flavors:
Rye bread, rich dulce de leche caramel, vanilla, honey, grapes, Apples, pears, apricots, strawberries, dragon fruit, passion fruit hints, black currants, black berries, dark fruit cherries, raisins, plum, marshmallow smores, graham crackers, milk chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, pecan pie, floral notes, rich hazelnut nectar, peanut butter hints, flan, rock candy, butterscotch and salted caramel ice cream.

Aftertaste:
Rich rye, honey and caramel linger along with hazelnut, fruity notes and earthy notes as well. No alcohol in the taste, creamy mouthfeel, sipping drinkability and a caramel brown body.

Overall:
Very awesome indeed! Lot’s of malty sweetness that I love from awesome beers like these reminding me almost of a Barleywine but yet more of a rye ale with some complex fruitiness. I loved this one so much I unfortunately did not save any and drank it in a sitting. Lucky it was my last beer for the night and was definitely spot on in many ways. I love malty beers and this one hit the spot for me on so many levels. Long Live America and thanks to Mark Purciel for making this awesome beer 😛 . Cheers Oceanside Ale Works!

Anime Corner:
Lumisa Kosugi from La Mulana 2 was used in this pairing as I wanted to give a good representation of American and Strong and well, this awesome picture came up of this cowgirl that happens to be Japanese but proud American bringing in the whole aspect Anime pairing. I really like how bad ass she looks and goes as bad ass with the beer.

Sources:
http://nigoro.jp/ja/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/lumisa.jpg

Black Racer IPA by Bear Republic

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Black Racer IPA by Bear Republic is an 8.1% ABV Black India Pale Ale

Label: 
Black Racer™ blends Bear Republic’s love of hops with the Pacific Northwest’s appreciation for dark ales. Our pit crew brews this award winning ale which boldly defines a new frontier of flavors and always maintains pole position. Race to the Dark Side™.
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Been waiting to see what this release is about. Racer 5 and Racer X are some of the best West coast IPAs out there. Now for this one, should be interesting. The aromas start off more hoppy and aggressive than other Black Ales or Black IPAs. Some of the other ones start with more malty sweetness forward in the aromas. This one has the grassy, piney, grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas up front followed by the roasty chocolate malty sweetness after. The taste is very much so hops and IPA goodness full front followed by the sweet malt near the end. Flavors of Grapefruit, Mango, earthy, grassy, piney and somewhat floral hops, lemon, citrus, mint, molasses, minor dark chocolate, minor vanilla and caramel notes here and there, somewhat herbal and spicy, some minor roasted coffee notes, possibly a dark fruit note as well, mostly all IPA. This one caught me off guard. I was thinking it was gonna be more malt driven, but when they state, this is a “Black IPA” it almost seems like it really is an IPA with a dark complexion. An IPA that still a regular IPA but stepped into the dark side. Think Crystal Pepsi vs. Regular Pepsi. Ofcourse, it is still not as tropical strong as other IPAs but the fact that they got it to where it is a dark IPA even with some minor sweet roasty notes, it is still pretty amazing. It is also pretty drinkable too for that big ABV. Awesome stuff