Archive for the ‘American Double/Imperial IPA’ Category

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

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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.”

Random: I have never been a big fan of the “Star Wars” movies. I’ve watched some of the older ones, but never really got into the prequels.

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

Val really likes going to Trader Joe’s. I consider that place to be my own personal hell. It’s always crowded when we go and people hit me with their carts. I think the food they have, especially their snacks are good, but it’s almost torture for me to go there. Val and I went there last weekend and although it was still crowded, it’s the first time I’ve left there without being hit by a cart.

softlyspoken

ABV: 8.6%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “FAR AWAY ACROSS THE FIELD there is a golden IIPA with a tropical / bright citrus / mild pine and smooth / soft lightly sweet malt that will take you home home again.”

Random: This beer came in at 130 IBUs, although most people will say that you can’t detect anything over 100.

The brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that went away at a moderate pace. It only left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of tropical notes up front. I picked up mango, honeydew and cantaloupe along with a lot of citrus juice. It also had some sweet malt. The taste started with more pine resin and pine sap, but quickly transitioned into papaya, mango, cantaloupe and honeydew. It had some pineapple as well. The booze didn’t come through at all. The sip finished with a touch of sweet malt. It had a lengthy and bright tropical finish. A bomber of this was $8, which broke down to $.36 per ounce. As with almost all SingleCut beers, I enjoyed this one a lot, I just didn’t think it was their best work.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Val and I had to go into New York City for a concert and went to the Whole Foods in Columbus Circle. The bar there had Other Half on tap, but I have never seen a food store so crowded. I got hit in the ankles at least 10 times trying to get to the bar. We stayed for a beer and then left.

otherhalfcitraequinox

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Other Half Brewing Company was founded in 2014 by Samuel Richardson and Matt Monahan. We brew craft beers for draft consumption, bottles, and cans in limited release. We believe local breweries play an important role in their communities which is why, despite the challenges of running a brewery in NYC, we couldn’t choose anywhere but Brooklyn as our home. The brewery is located on the edge of Carroll Gardens, only two blocks from the subway. Our tap room is open to the public and we also offer tours of our brewery (by appointment).”

Random: I could never live in New York full time. I need my space.

This beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly and it left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, lemon-yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose was filled with tropical fruit. Specifically, I picked up mango, papaya and guava and passionfruit. There wasn’t any malt in the nose. The taste was equally tropical with a lot of mango and passion fruit. There was a drying presence from the alcohol. There was also some crackery malt. The body was light for the style and very crisp. It had a lot of carbonation as well. The finish was lengthy with tropical hops and mango. I thought this beer was outstanding and had great hop flavor. If you haven’t tried this beer, you need to do so immediately.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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