365 Iowa Beers 297-305: Shamrocks, jalapenos and smoke

If you read my last entry, you’ll probably notice that it ended on beer 299. So why is this one starting on 297? I decided to plug all my beers into Excel, and discovered I had three duplicates. The purity of my experiment is ruined!

I suppose I could go back through, renumber every entry and make my list a bit more accurate, but that seems like too much work. So I just decided to drink three more beers. That’s always the best answer.

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Beer 297: Bent River Brewing Jalapeno Pepper Beer

ABV: 4.8%

Notes: Light, with a little heat that hits you at the back of the throat. It seems like a good beer for sampling, but I don’t know if I would drink a whole point.

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Beer 298: Parkside Fordy-Five

ABV: 4.7%

Notes: A kolsch, this struck me as refreshing but a little bland.

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Beer 299: Lion Bridge Olde No. 17 

ABV: 5.5%

Notes: A nice flavor, mellow but malty.

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Beer 300: Firetrucker Shamrock Shake Ladder 17

ABV: 6.3%

Notes: An Irish cream ale that I really enjoyed. The hint of mint really works here.

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Beer 301: Barn Door Brewing Iowa Gold

ABV: 4.1%

Notes: Light and easy drinking. Not spectacular, but a good beer for “I don’t really like craft beer” types who I’ve run into with surprising regularity during this experience.

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Beer 302: Barn Town Millennial Disco Party

ABV: 3.9%

Notes: A Berliner Weiss, with some nice tartness.

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Beer 303: Barn Town Repeat

ABV: 3.9%

Notes: A session IPA with a subtle citrus flavor.

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Beer 304: Barn Town Repeach

ABV: 3.9%

Notes: It seems like I was going for lower ABV beers on this visit. This is Repeat, but with peaches added into the brewing process. A lifetime of school cafeteria peaches has made me leery of anything peach flavored, but this was really tasty.

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Beer 305: Chateau Fourth St. Smoked Brown Ale

ABV: ?

Notes: Brown ales are boring, but adding some smokiness makes for a much more rewarding drinking experience. This is one of my father-in-law’s homebrews, by the way.

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