RedneckRinpoche's Beer Universe Profile

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  • Username:
    RedneckRinpoche
  • Name:
    Wesley Griffin
  • Gender:
    Male
  • Location:
    Durham, North Carolina
    United States
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  • Brief Bio:
    Georgia-born, NC-raised preacher's kid and Duke alum. One of my favorite beer-pairings is a great ballgame, which is why I worked after college in sports information. I have some pretty solid favorite beers but am always willing to pass them up to explore a new one.



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  • Favorite Beers:
  • Favorite Beer Type:
    American Double/Imperial Stout
  • Favorite Beer:
    Founders Breakfast Stout
  • Ratings Submitted:
  • Reviews Contributed:
    29
  • Added:
    27 Beers, 2 Bars, 2 Breweries
  • Beers Owed:
    2
  • Beers Owed to Others:
    3
  • Group Name:
    IPA Lovers
Recent Beer Universe Reviews
  • Apr 26, 2011

    Cottonwood Frostbite Winter Ale
    3.8
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 2.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    Received as a part of my Craft Beer Club monthly shipment. Lovely amber pour into my Bell's snifter with a full, dense 2-finger head. The aroma isn't bad, just incredibly faint and somewhat indistinct. The flavor is a great deal more complex: white grapes and dates, a sharpness that doesn't bite too hard, a clear layer of Crystal malt and a piney hop finish. All that, and the brew is balanced and smooth with a slick texture. All-around delicious, and not even so boozy that you need cold weather to enjoy it. I'll have this a few more times, for sure.
  • Apr 26, 2011

    Trout River Rainbow Red Ale
    3.3
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 3/5
    • 2.5/5
    Pours a nice glowing red, like cherry wood, with a thin and bubbly head. Aroma is nutty with a bit of dark fruit and maybe some light biscuit malt. The body is a tad weak and there's an unexpected flatness. The flavor has a nice chestnutty sweetness but there's an aftertaste that lingers a bit too long for me. Not a bad red ale, just a little unbalanced.
  • Apr 25, 2011

    Cottonwood Endo IPA
    3.6
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 3.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 3.5/5
    Received as a part of my Craft Beer Club shipment. Pours a deeper amber than expected for an IPA, quite lovely. Citrusy hop aroma up front but you know that some toasty malts are also in store. Nice medium bodied brew with a more doughy character once you start to drink. Not very powerfully hopped but nicely balanced with a late bitter bite.
  • Apr 13, 2011

    Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
    4.9
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 5/5
    • 5/5
    • 5/5
    • 4.5/5
    A wispy mahogany head swirls and fades quickly above this jet black beer just poured into my goblet. Light gleams a deep ruby brown around on the edges where liquid meets glass, but it doesn't shine through this hefty brew.

    The aroma does little to hide the beer's prolonged hiding place, as the oaky bourbon aroma only burns the top of the nostrils, filling the rest with sweetness and hints of vanilla. There's chocolate here, too, but not milky - more like a dark chocolate covered espresso bean.

    Hello. A soft bourbon flavors warms the tongue and breathes across the palate before it can register a roasted java strong enough to wake me up on Monday. Hops are present too, but they balance, not boast.

    There is very little carbonation, but it isn't quite as thick as you might think from the look of it. Even with a moderate booziness, it goes down silky smooth, finishing with a dryer bourbon than the start.

    This beer is exquisite and deserves a while to sit and be appreciated. It would be tough to put many back in one sitting, but my imagination is more than willing to entertain a life with one KBS each evening. Even if you have a hard time tracking this beer down, put in the work. It doesn't disappoint.
  • Feb 13, 2011

    Rogue HazelNut Brown Nectar
    4.5
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 5/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 5/5
    Enjoyed a 22oz with a friend. Pours a bit lighter than I expected, mahogany with a ruby glow and a short-lived bubbly head. The aroma is caramel sweetness and decadent hazelnut, perhaps a light coffee but without much roast. My friend rightly pointed out that the hazelnut flavor is so intense that you almost breathe it, like Frangelico. It's super sweet - there's no denying that - but the body is so light that it doesn't overpower. Incredibly smooth through the middle and finish and only the hazelnut lingers. Not much fence-riding on this beer, you either like hazelnut or you don't. And I do.
  • Jan 28, 2011

    Odell IPA
    4
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 3.5/5
    Pours a golden orange with tiny bubbles clinging to the glass as the head dissipates. Fantastic IPA aroma, strong pine with hints of grapefruit and lemon. Flavor is also a forest of pine, but not overpoweringly bitter. Sticky mouthfeel fades a bit before the flavor does. If this one kept its balance throughout, it would be stellar. Still, I'd have another.
  • Jan 27, 2011

    Odell 90 Shilling
    2.9
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 2/5
    • 4/5
    • 2/5
    • 3.5/5
    Not knowing whether to judge this as a Scottish ale, an Amber, or something in between has me confused. On the one hand, the beer has a medium body and a much crisper, less sticky mouthfeel than every Scottish ale I've ever had. I'm okay with that, but as the general heavy/stickiness of the beer has diminished, so has the flavor. Instead of tasting like an interesting Amber, it reminds me more of a watered down Scottish ale. The aroma is sweeter than the flavor, and there's even a moderately unpleasant aftertaste. Might try again if I could find on draft in Denver, but in NC out of a bottle... probably not.
  • Jan 25, 2011

    Blue Point Toxic Sludge
    4
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 3/5
    Wonderful example of the new Black IPA style, with a roasted and nutty malt aroma and backbone to balance a good hop bite. Reminiscent of its namesake oil spill, the beer pours an impenetrable black. My only complaint is that the beer is a bit thin for name like Toxic Sludge. Still, bump it an extra point because a portion of every sale goes to help clean up the Gulf!