Archive for the ‘American Double/Imperial IPA’ Category

Val nicely recorded the new Jersey Shore show for me. It is one of my guilty pleasures because it’s so ridiculous.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “NJ Beer Co. took a bold step into a new era last Friday, Oct. 14th, with the limited release of our Pit Boss Double India Pale Ale in 16oz 4-pack cans! This is a major step for us as we introduce exciting new styles into the New Jersey craft beer marketplace, and the reception has been very enthusiastic among both our most loyal supporters and casual fans alike.”

Random: I still haven’t visited this brewery yet. I have to get up there.

The brew poured with a four finger, ecru colored head. The body was slightly cloudy and bright yellow. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some citrusy notes up front, specifically grapefruit. There was also a lot of biscuit malt as well. The taste had a significant alcohol bite up front. It had some mineral water along with grapefruit flesh. There was a significant amount of malt as well. Lemon pledge and pine needles came through next. The body was thick and chewy with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with pine needles and biscuit malt. I picked this beer up for $3.75, which broke down to $.23 per ounce. I thought this beer was alright, but there are so many offerings that are outstanding in this style that I won’t be having this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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I’m really into podcasts, but I’ve finished all of the ones that I currently listen to, so recommend one in the comments if you’d like!

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Gold in color, this full-bodied IPA is a balanced showcase of the majestic hop species, in Latin, Humulus Lupulus, which translates ‘Wolf Among Weeds’. At 8%, Wolf will sneak up on you from behind the dank earthy hop notes and subtle rye spice.”

Random: I had a Golden Road beer that I never reviewed when I was out in California for work.

The beer poured with a three finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, lemon yellow with a lot of carbonation. The nose was filled with grass and quickly went into grapefruit and apricot. There was a slight note of pineapple as well. The taste leaned more towards citrus than grass. I picked up oranges with grapefruit, along with apricot and peach. The pineapple was more muted in the taste than in the nose. The alcohol was apparent and took away from the citrus in the taste. The body was on the thicker side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with sticky booze and citrus. A pounder can of this was $2.75, which came to $.17 per ounce. For a craft brewery that was bought out by big beer, I thought I would dislike this more, but it wasn’t terrible. It certainly wasn’t the best double IPA that I’ve ever had, but I wouldn’t refuse it if it was handed to me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This beer was one that I was excited to crack open. I love Night Shift beers and the packaging is on point.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our house double IPA, The 87, has a piece of NSB history in its moniker. Named for our home at 87 Santilli Highway in Everett, this luscious hop bomb is wonderfully drinkable even with a little extra ABV. The 87’s hop profile marries traditional American varietals with some exciting, newer hops. After a few iterations, we’re pretty dang happy with the recipe. Long-time Night Shift fans may remember the days when we packaged this beer in 750ml bottles. Once cans were in the mix, we knew The 87 was destined for a 4-pack. These tall boys are available year-round at our Taproom, and if you grab a glass at the bar, you can officially drink The 87 at 87.”

Random: This was first brewed in 2014.

The beer poured with a half a finger of thick, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was incredibly hazy and lemon yellow in color. Because of the cloudiness, there was no visible carbonation, but there were some floaties in the beer. The nose started with some light mango notes along with grapefruit segments and grapefruit zest. There was some malt at the end. The taste was very citrusy and bright. It had grass, but quickly transitioned into mango along with grapefruit segments and Spring flowers. There was very little malt to this beer and the booze made an appearance at the end of the sip as well. The body was on the lighter side for a double IPA and had lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with flowers. Val picked this up for me on a trip to New York, so I have no idea how much it was, but this was a solid beer that would pair well with food or would be a great standalone. This is worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s beer is one from a local brewery that I still haven’t gotten to. Let’s see how this one was.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Reserved for the most infernal of palates, Double Dementia is a sinful collection of classic west coast hops blended with malts the color of hellfire. Just the right amount of bitter, followed by an explosion of juicy citrus flavor blended with bright floral aromas. Drinking easier than any Imperial IPA should, this beer is evil… that’s what we love about it.”

Random: The beer store by my job has a great selection of local beers.

The beer poured with a two finger, ecru colored head. It went away slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and in between yellow and orange. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose didn’t bring much to the table. It had some grapefruit along with grass. The taste was a lot better. Initially, I picked up a lot of citrus, specifically grapefruit flesh and zest. It then went into pine and grass and quickly transitioned into a slight honey sweetness along with malt. The body was on the lighter side of the style with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick and sticky finish with pine. I paid $4 a can for this, which came to $.25 per ounce. This was a decent beer, but was on the more expensive side, as local beers tend to be. I enjoyed it though, and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This was a beer that I was very excited to give a try and had again after the review during our honeymoon. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “From the crucible of conflict come beers of great intention. The sparring Lion and Bear not only speak to the unorthodox rapport between founders Adam Firestone and David Walker—they also hearken to the heart of our brewery culture, which for 20 years has been forged by often opposing forces in pursuit of the perfect beer. These forces now culminate in Leo v. Ursus, a chronology of beers that shift stylistically with each limited quarterly release. These are bold creations, often hoppy and intense, but always with a native sense of balance. Many also address ‘wish lists’ expressed to us by loyal fans.”

Random: This was on tap at a decent amount of bars in Hawaii.

The beer poured with a three finger, ecru colored head. It took awhile to go away and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and bright yellow in color. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with tropical scents, which reminded me of Hawaii. I picked up pineapple, papaya and grapefruit. The taste was much of the same. It had more pineapple than the nose along with passion fruit, papaya, mango and grapefruit. There was a touch of malt at the end of the sip. The body was on the lighter side for the style with lots of carbonation. It also had a touch of booze. The finish was quick with tropical fruit. A pounder can was $3.50, which came to $.22 per ounce. This was another solid beer from Firestone Walker.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Stone that I was very interested to try. I thought this beer would either be great or just completely miss the mark, with no middle ground. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Clearly, style lines have been crossed. Is it half-IPA, half-stout? Not quite. It’s definitely all IPA, but it’s also the best of both styles, making this love child of a beer simply just a beautiful, pleasure-seeking meld of imperial IPA and mocha indulgence. How did we come up with this inexplicably delicious creation? Well, that doesn’t really matter. What matters is that it exists and that it’s here for you now, thanks to our deliberate disregard for brewing norms. Some things are not meant to be known, just enjoyed…thoroughly.”

Random: Val and I love a good cup of coffee or a good mocha.

This beer poured with a fluffy, two and a half finger, slightly off white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was quite cloudy and bright orange in color. There was some carbonation visible. The nose was definitely interesting. It had the normal notes that I’ve come to expect from the style: pine, lemon, grapefruit pith. But, it transitioned quickly into cocoa powder and instant coffee. The taste was equally unique. It had a nice dose of booze along with pine resin, but quickly went into milk chocolate shavings, instant espresso and cocoa powder. It had some tropical notes as well, specifically pineapple. The body was on the thicker side with lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with coffee and chocolate. A bottle of this was $2.50, which came to $.21 per ounce. Despite the price, I think this beer combined some interesting flavors and is definitely worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This is another beer from a brewery by the house, although we’re still on our honeymoon. For the first time in a year, I actually ran out of posts, so I’m at least trying to get current. Let’s see how this was.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: This beer comes in at 100 IBUs.

Random: I don’t understand why it’s more expensive to buy beer from the brewery than a regular beer store. One would think they would get a discount from going to the source.

This beer poured with a huge, three finger, loose, pure white head. It dissipated quickly, but left lots of spider web lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and a dark orange color. I only saw a little bit of carbonation through the haziness. The nose was relatively muted. I picked up orange and mango segments, but not much else. After a few sniffs, there was also some grass clippings as well. The taste was much of the same and was more reminiscent of a pale ale than a double IPA. I got some mango, orange and grapefruit, but it quickly transitioned into grain and bread. It wasn’t overwhelmingly bitter and the alcohol came through, but not to the point of being a double IPA. The body was on the thicker side and had just enough carbonation. The finish was relatively quick for the style with grass. A can of this was $2.08, which came to $.17 per ounce. This wasn’t the best example of the style that I’ve ever had, but not the worst either.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0