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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 360

Wait, really? Only five days left in the Year of Beer Paintings? Insane! I still have paintings to make, and beers to try. Cool, it’s a good gig! I tried Winter Cheers Wheat Ale yesterday by Victory Brewing Company, and yes, it was available in Anchorage, Alaska! Thanks, La Bodega, for stocking such a great brewery’s beer! A hefeweizen is an unusual choice for a winter warmer, but refreshing in front of the perfect fireplace, nonetheless. Imagine your colonial home all decked for the holidays, and this beer sitting in a nice tulip glass, while you ponder the next holiday event. That’s what I was thinking about when I was painting this image, although, I live in a condo, not a colonial home. This beer had a unique citrus flavor for a wheat ale, with hints of nutmeg. We opened this bottle after drinking three of the hoppiest IPAs I could find in my cellar, so it was definitely a palate changer at that point, and I wish I had gone in reverse order. However, I still enjoyed this one, and I shared it with my fellow beer tasters, considering it was the only one I had of this style, and everyone always wants to sample the next day’s Year of Beer selection. Great end to a great X-mas brunch!

Winter Cheers! Good job, Victory! I hope your crew in Downingtown is hunkered down around the brew kettle, staying warm and brewing spring seasonals for me to try in a few months!

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Craft Beer Paintings of Winter Cheers by Victory Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.26. Winter Cheers Wheat Ale by Victory Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 350. Hop Ranch IPA by Victory Brewing Co.

Have a little Victory Hop Ranch! I have three bottles left (thanks for sending them my way, Rich), and I hope to share this hoppy ale with fellow Alaskans. This beer is uniquely different than the classic West Coast style IPA, and Alaska IPA. So what does Hop Ranch taste like? Just imagine a hop cone wearing boxing gloves, and punching your palate on the first sip. It will make your eyes roll back inside your head. This beer is a hop bomb for sure, with tons of IBUs. The website video lets you know all kinds of information about how the brewers arrived at the colossal beer known as Hop Ranch. It was originally released during Philly Beer Week as the Liberty Bell Ringer, and then they tweaked it slightly, adding extra fermentables to the mash, making it a slightly stronger beer.

The fellow in the video mentions pineapple and mango, exotic fruits and citrus as parts of the flavor and aroma profile of the Azacca and Mosaic hops that are steeped in this beer. Is it just me? Am I the only one who gets a little savory hint from the spicy hops that tastes a bit like green onions? I noticed a touch of the same flavor recently in the Enjoy By 12.26.2014 from Stone Brewing Co., and in the last few cans of Heady Topper I had during my trip to Vermont. Maybe it is the yeast that brings out the spicy flavor, because I know that Stone’s Enjoy By was probably not using the same hop bill. Maybe it is just my own palate developing as I taste so many different IPAs during this year. I wish I had a couple of bottles of DirtWolf to compare to the Hop Ranch right about now.

Three cheers for Victory! Love the Beer! Great job on everything you brew! Can’t wait to open my next bottle of Victory!

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Year of Beer 12.16. Hop Ranch Imperial IPA by Victory Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 12.16. Hop Ranch Imperial IPA by Victory Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 193

The featured beer painting of the day is of Oak Horizontal Barleywine-style Ale from Victory Brewing Company.  A vintage from 2012, this beer was screaming to be let out of its bottle.  I loaded it into my bike bag and road down to the former airstrip that McCarthy residents now use as a softball field.  I brought extra cups for sharing during the game, and poured out barleywine for a few people who had never tasted it before.  The group here in McCarthy gave it mixed reviews ranging from, “Amazing!” to “What the hell is that!”

I thought it was tasty!  I know what barleywine should taste like, and it is one of my favorite styles of beer, even though I don’t get to drink it very often.  I want to find a reliable source for 8 oz cans of the stuff.  Then I could bring tiny cans of barleywine on backpacking trips.  I have sampled a few barley wines in my day.  Alaska is probably one of the few places in the world that promotes barleywine.  Before Christmas, the Glacier Brewhouse in Anchorage hosts the Twelve Days of Barleywine featuring two barleywine offerings every day for twelve days in a row.  We are also lucky enough to have the Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine Festival every January, and almost every brewery in attendance has a barleywine to enter into the contest.  Sierra Nevada brought four different versions of the Big Foot barleywine to last year’s event.  Midnight Sun Brewing normally brings two or three to the Connoisseur’s session, and watch out for Anchorage Brewing’s Deal with the Devil — the gold and bronze winner for best barleywine in the last two years.

The Oak Horizontal bottle cork barely popped, although there was plenty of carbonation.  I had rallied down the dirt road downhill for two miles all the way to softball, and thought the bumpy road may have shaken up the dusty bottle.  However, I was not let down despite the lack of pop.  It was perfectly carbonated, lightly bubbling in my cup.  Beautiful and sweet, the bourbon barrels added a nice caramel flavor that threatened to overwhelm my palate – strong, but then fading to a smoky, almost brandy-like flavor.  It was decadent, to say the least!

Great job yet again, Victory Brewing!  You should enter this brew into the Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine competition!  You have a good chance with a beer that tastes as solid as this one.  I bet if you enter the 2012 Oak Horizontal in the mix, it would place for sure!

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Beer Painting of Oak Horizontal Barleywine-style ale by victory brewing year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 07.12. Oak Horizontal Barleywine-style Ale by Victory Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.