Archive for the ‘American Double/Imperial IPA’ Category

For my last dinner in Ohio, two of my friends took me to Columbus Brewing Company. They have a brew pub on the outskirts of the city and I arrived about a half hour before my friends. The bar was packed, but I managed to find a seat and they had this beer on tap, which I was super excited to try.

bodhi

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: This is now available in bottles as well as on draft.

Random: This was the only time that I saw this beer on tap during the month and a half I was in Ohio.

The beer poured with a finger of slightly off white head. It took awhile to dissipated and left a crown and some lacing on the glass. The body was a bright yellow and slightly cloudy. There was some carbonation visible. The nose was super hoppy. It had a lot of pine resin with some floral hop notes as well. It quickly followed up with some grapefruit pith. I didn’t pick up any malt on the nose. The taste was filled with floral hops up front. It quickly went into dank pine resin and some green vegetal notes. It also had tangerine juice and peel. The malt came through slightly at the end to balance it. The ABV was well-hidden. It had a thick and chewy body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky. This is one of the few beers that was worth the hype. I’m so glad that I got to try this one.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

One of the other things that my hotel offered was a popcorn machine in the lobby. I loved fresh popped popcorn, so I visited the machine more often than I should have. It helped me get through some of the late nights working at the hotel.

mandalasimcoe

ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Mandala series is designed to highlight single hop varietals. These double IPAs are exclusively hopped with an individual hop strand allowing both the brewer & consumers to fully taste and smell all the pure hop character. We have released many different Mandalas including; Citra, Galaxy, Zythos, Simcoe, Motueka, and Columbus. More will surface in the future, but grab ’em fresh when you see them!”

Random: This beer comes in at 110 IBUs.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white, thick head. It went away slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, bright yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose had notes of cat pee, which reminded me of a pine cleaner. The taste was also all cat pee, more than any other Simcoe beer that I ever had. There was also some citrus pith and grapefruit juice. It still reminded me of a cleaner. The body was on the thinner side of the style with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with the same cleaner note. This beer had way too much Simcoe for me. If you’re really into Simcoe, I would say to give it a shot, but otherwise, this is one to avoid.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

I was hoping that during my stay in Ohio, I’d get to try a Jackie O’s beer. When Hop Yard 62 put this on tap, I was excited.

graveipa

ABV: 10.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In March 2013, after eighteen months of building and planning, Jackie O’s started a new chapter at our production facility at 25 Campbell Street when we began packaging beers into kegs. Two months later we fired up the line and canned Firefly Amber and Chomolungma, and the rest has been history in the making. We partnered with Cavalier distributing in August of 2013, around the same time we started canning Mystic Mama, and were able to start off 2014 with the addition of Hop Ryot cans. In February of 2015, we released Razz Wheat, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Our production facility provides the Jackie O’s team the room to play and think big- hence our arsenal of barrels! From rum and bourbon, to sherry and tequila barrels, we’ve been skillfully aging specialty beers since 2013. Bourbon barrel beers are packaged into 375 mL bottles, along side their non-barrel aged counterparts. 99.9% of the beers that our loyal customers have consumed around the state in 2014 year have come from this facility, and we are grateful for the opportunity expand our efforts and get Jackie O’s beer into more hands across Ohio. Equipped with 16 taps for you to enjoy beers straight from the source, our production brewery and taproom is open Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 9pm & Sunday from 12-7 pm. The taproom offers a wide variety of merchandise, specialty and core beers, as well as carryout of all packaged kegs, cans and bottles.”

Random: I used to love playing cards as a kid. Now, we mostly play Uno or Exploding Kittens.

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was amazing. It had a lot of hops that were citrusy and transitioned into dirt along with pine resin. The taste was bright, but also had an herbal characteristic with green onion and cilantro. Pine resin and grass came through as well. The alcohol was well-hidden for 10.5%. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with pine. This beer was just outstanding, I only wished that I got a chance to visit the brewery.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is from Anderson Valley. I haven’t had a beer from them in awhile and I see their beers less and less on local shelves. I found this one on tap in Ohio and decided to give it a shot.

heelchohops

ABV: 8.7%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed with a heelch* of Columbus, Chinook, and Cascade hops, our double IPA has a palate pleasing bitterness that is carefully balanced with a full-bodied malt foundation. With a deep color of polished brass and a nose that sings of pink grapefruit and redwood needles, the rich biscuit-like malt flavors intertwine with hints of vanilla, mangos, and peppercorns leading to a deep, warming finish. (*That’s Boontling for ‘a whole lot’)”

Random: The flight to Columbus was exactly an hour from Philly.

The beer poured with a thick, one finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright orange color with moderate carbonation. The nose was grassy with a lot citrus pith, but quickly transitioned into pine needles. There was also some malt and the end of the scent. The taste was a lot more piney than the nose. It was filled with pine resin and tree bark. It also had some alcohol dryness. After the beer warmed, some peppercorns and grapefruit pith came through. It had a light body for a double IPA with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with pine resin. I enjoyed this beer a lot, I just wish I tried it sooner.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

When I stayed at the Holiday Inn in Grove City, the only restaurants that were by the hotel were basically chain restaurants, which I’m not a huge fan of. I picked up a six of this for my room from the local gas station. I still wasn’t able to sleep due to the 2 AM cornhole tournaments outside my window.

bigvic

ABV: 8.6%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Named for our Brewmaster Vic, a bigger cousin of the English Pale, India Pale Ales were originally brewed with extra alcohol and lots of hops, both of which served to preserve the beer on the long voyage from England to the colony. Dry hopped with a distinct floral essence.”

Random: This beer came in at 80 IBUs.

The beer poured with a one finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the plastic cup. The body was a clear, amber color with high carbonation. The nose was very malty for a double IPA. I picked up a lot of caramel up front that transitioned into grass and old pine oil. The taste was slightly more hoppy. I picked up grass, pine needles and lemon pledge. Alcohol came through next with a lot of caramel malt. The body had medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a lengthy and sweet finish with caramel malt. A bottle of this set me back $1.67, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. I thought this beer was slightly below average and one that I wouldn’t recommend.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

I haven’t tried any IPAs from Ommegang, but when I saw this one, I knew I had to try it. They do Belgian styles well, so I figured they couldn’t be bad at IPAs.

greatbeyonddoubleipa

ABV: 8.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tucked between lush hills and alongside a lazy river, beyond the lights and crowds and bustle, is a brewery unlike any other. From this bucolic setting in Cooperstown, NY, comes a very special new beer: Great Beyond Double IPA. More so than any other beer ever crafted at Brewery Ommegang, this beer was designed to be transcendent – to transport drinkers to an idyllic Upstate NY state-of-mind and being. The new brew ships nationally throughout June in six-packs and draft. The first beer Ommegang has released since it was named Champion Brewery and Brewmaster for mid-sized breweries at the 2016 World Beer Cup, Great Beyond Double IPA is a build upon the highly successful Nirvana IPA. Nirvana debuted almost exactly one-year ago throughout the brewery’s northeast backyard of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In only 12 months, as reported by IRI in NY Food data, Nirvana is already the #3 selling NY-IPA. Overall, it is the #13 selling IPA 6-pack despite having weighted distribution well below 50%. ‘Double IPA is a style we were excited to brew – it’s a further exploration beyond the Belgian-styles we are known for historically,’ said Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster for Brewery Ommegang. ‘Nirvana received such a great reaction, of course we wanted to see if we could take that to another level. And I’m really excited we are sharing this beer nationally – unlike Nirvana which we restrict to our heartland, fans everywhere can enjoy Great Beyond and tell us what they think.’ Great Beyond pours a hazy light copper color with a thick white head. The aroma is intensely fruity thanks to massive hop editions; notes of mango, pineapple, and apricot dominate the nose, with underlying hints of sweet citrus. The flavor is full of juicy, fruity hop character with resinous pine undertones. The body is pleasantly full with a silky mouthfeel and big balanced bitterness. The finish lingers, finally resolving to a pleasant hop presence. Great Beyond is 8.8% ABV and 83 IBUs, a true palate-wrecker. Brewed with pilsner and Munich 20 malts, along with additions of flaked oats, and dextrose, Great Beyond has a beautifully smooth mouthfeel. Hopping is done throughout the brewing process with a blend of Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic, Calypso, and Mandarina Bavaria hops, and the beer is fermented with American ale yeast. Great Beyond pairs with big bold flavors like smoked and cured meats, barbeque, curries, and all manner of spicy food such as Thai stir fry. Bold rich chesses like extra-sharp cheddar and bleu cheese are excellent as well. Find Great Beyond in June throughout Ommegang’s distribution area in 12 oz. six-packs and on draft.”

Random: I still haven’t made it up to the brewery yet.

The beer poured with a two finger, slightly off white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dusky orange color with light, visible carbonation. On the nose, I picked up bright citrus and grass with a hard candy note. The taste was interesting. It started with some grass and bitterness from the hops but quickly went into malt and sugar sweetness. The hops also imparted a fresh orange note. The flavor was well-balanced between hops and malt sweetness. Some simple syrup came through as well. The booze was insanely hidden. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with malt and grass. A bottle of this was $2.42, which came to $.20 per ounce. Despite how expensive this beer was, I was impressed by this offering and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Southern Tier. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a beer from them and they did a lot of rebranding in the past year or so.

2xtangier

ABV: 8.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tangier has inspired thousands of legendary stories. It is a land that has fallen under Roman, Arab and Portuguese rule, and it’s home to legends tall and small. It is written that before his battle with the giant Antaeus, Hercules rested in a nearby cave. It is said that the city is a haven of spying and espionage. The city is an enigma with a history unlike any other and it’s a worthy namesake of our 2XTangier. A Double India Pale Ale with spicy citrus aromas and stone fruit flavors. These flavors, with the addition of lightly roasted malts and brilliant hop bitterness, make 2XTangier a beverage as refreshing as it is exotic. 2XTangier is brewed as a stronger, bolder ale than its older brother, Tangier. It shares the same synergy between tangerine peel and spicy, citrusy, Mosaic hops. Enjoy 2XTangier in celebration of your epic adventure.”

Random: I always wanted to go back and revisit their Creme Brulee beer and see if I like it any better, but I still haven’t done it.

The beer poured with a finger’s worth of pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and bright yellow in color. It had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had notes of lemon and grass with peach and apricot. There was also some honey sweetness that followed up the citrus notes. The taste started with a lot of booze. It went into more citrus with tangerine, oranges and lemons. Grapefruit was also prominent. There was some malt at the end, but everything was dominated by the citrus. The body was on the thinner side with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with grapefruit peel. A bottle of this set me back $1.58, which came to $.13 per ounce. The prominence of the alcohol really took away from this one. I won’t be having it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0