Archive for the ‘American Double/Imperial IPA’ Category

This was a beer that Val picked up from the brewery for me. Since the brewery is across town, it’s very convenient.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “You don’t have to be in a dead end job to feel like you aren’t going anywhere. That’s the way we felt before River Horse. We were finance geeks living in a world without soul. Grinding it out everyday for a fee, wearing suits and kissing butt. Then this brewery chose us…she forced us to ask ourselves, ‘Is this desk job really how I pictured my life?’ We answered that question by taking over River Horse in 2007 and have not looked back. We may not end up as the greatest success story on earth, but at least we had the balls to try. Sometimes, for better or worse, your dreams get the best of you. Just remember, it’s a big world out there and cubicles don’t have doors, so you can walk out anytime. Come see us when you can. We are located in Ewing, NJ. Thanks for supporting the cause. Hope you enjoy the beer…”

Random: This was the precursor to Juiced IPA.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was incredibly hazy and a murky orange in color. There was still moderate carbonation visible. The nose had citrus, specifically grapefruit and orange. The taste had more depth to it. I picked up a lot of citrus pith and citrus flesh. There was also white peppercorns and booze was very apparent. The body was thick and chewy and the carbonation could have been more plentiful. It had a quick finish with citrus and alcohol. This wasn’t my favorite River Horse beer, but I’m glad I got to give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Today’s beer is one that I have heard absolutely no hype about. Left Hand is putting out a lot of new beers, which is nice to see. I had a few beers at Savor from them that were bordering on outstanding. Let’s see how this one fared, hopefully it’s good.

ABV: 9.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Citrus, pine and tropical fruit characteristics with big ABV. This double IPA delivers a synthesis of hops from opposite hemispheres with an aggressive disposition of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit characteristics for a delightfully juxtaposed consequence. Count your blessings, accept the curse.”

Random: The label on this was super cute.

The beer poured with a large, three finger, pure white head. It took a long time to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and dark orange in color. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had old leaves and grain. Some grass and citrus peel came through next with overripe pineapple. The taste started with astringent alcohol that wasn’t pleasant. It quickly went into lots of malt with brown bread. The hops came through next with old citrus peel and the same overripe pineapple. It had aged pine needles next. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sweet finish. A bomber of this was $9.49, which came to $.43 per ounce. This beer just wasn’t my thing. I wouldn’t rush back to have it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

I love getting beer gifts, especially when it’s a beer that I’ve been waiting to try for years. There’s a lot of hype around this beer and I’ve heard that it actually lives up to it.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This lupulin-laden India Pale Ale is packed with juicy tropical fruit character, bright floral aromas and delectable layers of hop flavor. Pour mindfully, inhale deeply and enjoy a tropical vacation in a glass. Always store cold, enjoy fresh and stay cool! Sip of Sunshine IPA is brewed by Lawson’s Finest Liquids at Two Roads Brewing Co. in Stratford CT.”

Random: Since they contract brew this now, it is a little easier to get.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger, slightly off white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was incredibly fragrant with a lot of pine, lemon zest and earthy hop notes. The taste had pine needles and fresh spruce tips. There was also lemon zest and lemon verbena. There was a small amount of malt. The flavors were all very fresh. The alcohol was almost undetectable. It had medium thickness with moderate carbonation. The finish took awhile and had lemon verbena. This was another gift beer, so I have no idea on price, but this beer was just outstanding. If this got distribution to New Jersey, this would have a permanent place in my fridge.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tonight’s beer is from a brewery that I have never heard of before. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 9.3%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In 2010, after attending the Siebel Institute for brewing, Eric began looking for a location for his new brewery. He visited over 60 different sites, but all were tainted by levels of contamination. Refusing to put the quality of his future brews in jeopardy, he looked west, considering locations in Southampton, Three Rivers, Palmer, and Easthampton. He ultimately settled on a former hay field in Easthampton at the base of Mount Tom, located on Fort Hill Road. Why Easthampton? The water. Per the German purity law, water is one of only four main ingredients that go into our beer. We strive to use the highest quality ingredients in our beer, and the water was no exception. Easthampton’s water comes from the Barnes Aquifer system, a complex of several productive aquifers extending about twelve miles underground. In 2015, Easthampton won the gold medal for best tasting water in the 16th annual Great American Water Taste Test. We like to think better water means better beer, and we think you’ll agree. Finding the right location was just the beginning. In November 2012, Fort Hill Brewery rose under the watchful eye of Mount Tom. Construction went on for two years before the first beer, an Oktoberfest, was released in 2014. The same month, Fort Hill Brewery opened its doors to the public, offering tastings, tours, and growlers, as we continue to do a year later today.”

Random: I’ve never been a big fan of jazz music.

This brew poured with a huge, three white head that reminded me of whipped egg whites. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was incredibly hazy and lemon-yellow in color. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was citrus dominant with orange and lemon peel. It also had some yeast to it. The taste had some tropical fruit in addition to the citrus. I picked up grapefruit segments, mango and pineapple. There was a decent booze presence and no malt to balance it. The body was very thick, bordering on syrupy, with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy yeast and citrus finish. This was another beer that was a gift, so no clue on the price. Despite it being free, I thought it needed some more balance and it didn’t stand out against a very saturated marked of double IPAs.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

While we were at the brewery, I picked up a crowler of one of their beers that I hadn’t tried before. SingleCut gets some distribution in my area, but it tends to sell out really quickly. Their tasting room was nice, but the music was super loud and there was some sort of party there, which didn’t make it my favorite tasting room, but better than average.

ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “WE’RE GONNA KICK DOWN THE DOORS of restraint with this bruiser of an IIPA. Double dry-hopped, drinks smooth smooth smooth, no sign of the 9% with a unique combination of new varietal PNW hops. Fast Talking Fanny and Washboard Sam are already down at the Union Hall sipping this beaut of a brew. Just say Automatic Slim sent you.”

Random: I’m not sure where the name of this beer came from.

This brew poured with a full finger of white head. It took forever to go away and left some lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and orange in color with moderate carbonation. The nose was very citrusy and grassy with some malt at the end to balance it. The taste had some lemongrass to it, which was unexpected, but quite pleasant. It had orange and grapefruit pith, but not a lot of malt to balance it. The body was dry and medium thickness with a slight alcohol presence. It needed slightly more carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with freshly cut grass. I thought this beer was good, just not nearly as good as the other IPAs that I’ve had from them.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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.”

Random: I am starving. We ordered sushi tonight and I’m definitely craving it.

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

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