Archive for the ‘American Double/Imperial IPA’ Category

Another day, another beer. This was one that I was excited to try, especially given that the brewery is down the street from Val’s mother’s house. I had this one on tap at our local bar.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Limited cans and draft available – call your local retailer or follow Two Roads’ social channels for availability Two Juicy is an unfiltered, cloudy ‘New England style Double IPA’ that uses generous amounts of Hallertauer Blanc, Citra & Mandarina Bavaria hops. The result is a ‘juicy’, fully-charged DIPA with notes of grapefruit, pine, lychee, orange & tangerine against a soft malt backdrop.”

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The beer poured with a one finger, slightly off white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was very cloudy and yellow in color with no visible carbonation since it was so hazy. The nose was very fragrant with lots of bright citrus flesh and bordered on tropical. I specifically picked out mango, pineapple and kumquat. The taste wasn’t nearly as good as the nose. It had some citrus peel and dusty pineapple. It reminded me of the bottom of a container of orange pineapple juice. The alcohol was overly present. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with citrus pith and needed more tropical fruit. For me, this was a miss. Given that I had it on draft, I’d be curious to give it another shot.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

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I saw this beer sitting in the cooler at my local beer store and since I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, I threw it in the cart.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are huge fans of IPA and love our hops like anyone else, but we also like to have fun. Our Blah Blah Blah IPA is a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the popularity of this style and all the sub-styles that have become part of craft beer conversations and offerings. This is a deep gold color, double IPA (of course) and jammed packed with hop flavors and aromas. With nine different hop varietals, on top of late-kettle boil additions, this beer has a juicy, hop chewy flavor. IPAs are here to stay and Blah Blah Blah in many ways is a tribute to their prevalence and popularity and we love it. So, grab yourself a Blah Blah Blah IPA and celebrate this plentiful style and hoppy indulgence.”

Random: This beer came in at 65 IBUs.

The beer poured with a finger and a half of pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing with a significant crown as well. The body had a slight haze to it and was orange in color. There was moderate carbonation as well. The nose was filled with pine needles and some tropical fruit, specifically mango and pineapple. There was no malt on the nose. The taste was also incredibly piney with some cat urine that was to the point of being off-putting. It had some orange peel too. Alcohol came through next and was very prevalent. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with pine sap. A can of this was $2.08, which broke down to $.17 per ounce. This beer was alright, but a bit simple. I wouldn’t buy this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Kane is one of my favorite breweries in New Jersey, but it’s a good hour from the house, so we don’t get to go all that much. I sampled this beer when we went to pick up some bombers.

ABV: 9.4%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Parhelion is a bourbon barrel-aged Imperial IPA. Using Overhead as our inspiration, we added higher levels of caramel malts and modified our hop schedule of Simcoe and Amarillo. We aged this beer for six months in bourbon barrels that previously held A Night To End All Dawns. The influence of both the barrels and the previous beer impart subtle roasted, vanilla and bourbon flavors to this Imperial IPA. 9.4% ABV.”

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The beer poured with a huge, three finger, off white head. It took awhile to go away and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark brown color with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness of the beer. The nose was filled with oak, toasted oak, booze and bourbon. It took awhile for some hops to come through, but when they did, it was Simcoe all the way. The taste started with lemon and pine and then went into notes of bourbon barrel. There was toasted oak and vanilla as well. I was shocked at how the alcohol was hidden in the beer. It had a thick and chewy body with moderate carbonation. The finish took forever and had lots of bourbon and oak. This beer was simply outstanding, especially if you like bourbon barrels.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

I’m really enjoying Samantha Bee’s show. She’s not quite as good as John Oliver, but a close second. She has a lot of political material lately to say the least. Anyways, let’s talk about something more pleasant, like beer.

voodoorangerimperialipa

ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A rare blend of choice hops creates an explosion of fresh-cut pine and citrus flavors for a complex, rich and delicious flavor.”

Random: I still want to try the other beers from the Voodoo series.

This brew poured with a two finger, loose, tan-colored head. It took forever to dissipate and left lots of spiderweb lacing on the glass, along with a half a finger crown. The body was clear, but dark orange that bordered on brown. It had a lot of carbonation visible. The scent started as green and herbal with pine oil and some tea tree oil too. It had citrus flesh, specifically oranges and grapefruits, but they were bordering on overripe. The taste was a bit muddled. It had the same pine oil along with grapefruit zest. It had some sage or another green herb that was hard to place. The alcohol was apparent on this. Caramel malt was a minor flavor at the end. The body was thick, but appropriate for the style. It had a lot of carbonation, which made it go down easier. It had a lengthy finish with pine and old citrus zest. A bottle of this set me back $1.83 ($.15 per ounce). I thought this beer was alright, but some of the flavors weren’t integrated well.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

I got an Amazon Echo awhile ago and we hooked it up. We also put in a smart switch for a light in the living room, which I’m absolutely in love with. We also got our Nest to work (finally) since our house was wired like a drunk monkey. Even the electrician agreed. We’re well on our way to a smart home. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

bellcracker

ABV: 8.7%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “THE BIG SHOW. An ideally balanced double IPA without inhibition or prohibition for flavor. PUNISHING HOPS & THERAPEUTIC MALTS. DIPA striving for balance, but has an inexorable desire for American hops. NARCISSISTIC SATISFACTION. When intense flavorful food is desired, this beer is its love-object.”

Random: This is available all year long.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The head was super thick as well. The body of the beer was bright orange and slight cloudy with a lot of carbonation. On the nose, there was a lot of sticky pine resin with nothing else. I couldn’t pick up any malt. The taste was a bit more balanced. There was sticky pine resin along with some overripe mango and pineapple notes. Grapefruit zest came through next, which was quickly followed up with biscuity malt. The body was on the thick side with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and filled with pine resin. I picked up a can of this for $2.75, which came to $.23 per ounce. This was a solid double IPA that I would have again, but I wish it had more depth.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I cannot stand hearing Joe Buck call a game. It doesn’t matter if he’s calling a football game or a baseball game, he’s just terrible. I think the worst is when he calls a Dallas Cowboys game with Troy Aikman. There have been times where I will just put the game on mute so I don’t have to hear his voice. Anyways, this beer is one that I picked up at a beer store on my way home one day. The label art is adorable.

roguebull

ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Take flight with this Imperial IPA profusely dry hopped with Falconer’s Flight! Tropical, citrus, and grapefruit notes.”

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This beer poured with a four finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and mahogany in color. There was a lot of carbonation visible as well. The nose was earthy with pine sap and wet leaves. It had some sweet malt right after it. The taste was incredibly piney, but had a lot of citrus zest as well. The malt balanced this beer out a bit. I wish there was more tropical notes on this one, but I didn’t pick them up. A can was $3.75, which came to $.23 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot. If you see it on the shelves, bring a four-pack home.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

It’s been awhile since I’ve been in the Boston area. I went in my early twenties and haven’t been back since. I remember it being incredibly pretty and wanting to visit a bunch of museums and not having time to go. I think Val and I need to visit there. I’ve also heard that there are a bunch of outstanding restaurants there. When I was last there, I went to Dick’s Last Resort, where they make paper condom hats. That may have been cute when I was 21, but not exactly what I’m looking for now. Anyways, if we end up going, I want to hit this bar up and the brewery, assuming they allow tours.

consolationprize

ABV: 9.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: There is basically no information about this beer on line.

Random: The other beers I had from the brewery were solid.

This beer poured with less than a quarter of a finger of head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a small crown on top of the body. The body was light yellow and cloudy with some carbonation visible. The nose had pine needles, lemon flesh and pine sap up front. The taste did have some alcohol with pine needles and quickly transitioned into sweet caramel. It had a thick and syrupy body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sweet. This was expensive at $4 a can, which came to $.25 per ounce. I thought the beer was a bit simple and out of balance. I wouldn’t rush to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0