Archive for the ‘American IPA’ Category

Since I was 2 in 1985, I have no idea what a 1985 style IPA drank like. But, I think it’s interesting that Evil Twin tried to recreate one. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This is a tasty time-traveling tribute to an all time iconic beer style – the India Pale Ale. Though the style goes 200 years back this time around we re-created a 1985 style IPA – perhaps you remember the hip hop times. Enjoy a full on hoppy beer infused with everything you loved about the 80’s. The future is now.”

Random: This was brewed at Two Roads in Stratford, Connecticut.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It went away quickly, but still left light lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and bright amber in color. There was some carbonation visible. The nose was muted for the style. There was some old grapefruit rind and pine needles. There was some caramel malt. The taste started with a lot of nutty malt and went into a lemon candy note with some pine cleaner. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with nutty malt and a slight pine aftertaste. I received this beer as a gift, so I’m not sure how much it was (and beer gifts are always appreciated). I thought this beer was good and it was reminiscent of some of the first IPAs I drank. I think it accomplished what it set out to do.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0


When this beer came out, everyone on the beer Facebook groups went crazy, so I had to see what all of the hype was about.

ABV: 6.3%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Spring is definitely in the air and theres nothing better than some ice cream in a glass! Knowing what we now do about scaling we got this bad boy dialed in. Recipe has remained the same but our process was a little closer to last year’s canned run than this year’s first batch. If you loved either then be excited for this one! Awesome mouthfeel, tempered bitterness and orange and vanilla popping from the glass. New cans feature the BOLERO SNORT stamp along the bottom and have updated hop cones around the OVB logo. As always we recommend checking ahead before driving anywhere as deliveries are made throughout the day and may take time to hit the floor though we expect less issues as this is already in everyones systems. Any spots that didn’t already received last week’s allocations will get them along with their OVB drops. Tune back in as we’ll be updating the list throughout the week!”

Random: I loved creamsicles as a kid.

The beer poured with a finger of thin white head that dissipated quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was clear and golden-yellow with high carbonation. On the nose, I picked up lemon and orange hops with orange peel and vanilla extract at the end. The taste started more hoppy and earthy than expected with grass and then went into orange and vanilla. Lactose was a player as well. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with vanilla and lactose. A pounder can was $3.25 ($.20 per ounce). I thought the beer was alright, but bordered on gimmicky.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I’ve been walking a lot more at work and my feet are really sore. I used to get the gel inserts because I walked a lot. I think I need to get new ones and that should help. Tonight’s beer is one that I was really interested to try. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 7.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An odd couple can make for some of the most incredibly unique tastiness. Take Hotbox Coffee IPA (7.2% ABV, 70 IBUs) for example – a piney, citrus, mango, Simcoe-hopped IPA and an infusion of cold brew extract made with Hotbox Roasters’ Ethiopian beans poppin’ with creamy blueberry and cacao notes.”

Random: This beer comes in at 70 IBUs.

The brew poured with a one finger, white head that was incredibly thick. It took forever to go away. The body was amber in color and slightly cloudy with a lot of carbonation visible, despite the haziness. The nose was light coffee that paired with pine. It had some blueberry and mango notes at the end. The taste was an interesting amalgam of cold brew coffee, blueberry and citrus. It had a touch of smoke along with unripe mango flesh at the end. The booze was completely hidden. It had a light body with generous carbonation. The finish was quick with blueberry and coffee. I picked this up awhile ago, so I’m not sure how much I paid for it. I enjoyed this beer a lot, especially the uniqueness of the blueberry flavor. Give this one a shot if it comes out again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I’ve started listening to “This American Life” podcast. They pick these random topics, but have all of the different interviews they use are integrated very well. The one I listened to today was about pen pals and one girl’s story about how she had General Manuel Noriega as a pen pal and eventually went to Panama to visit him (this was back in the back in the 80s, so it definitely had to be interesting). If you haven’t listened to the podcast, I highly recommend it. Now, let’s talk about today’s beer.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: This is an occasional release from the brewery.

Random: The beer uses London Ale yeast.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It went away slowly, but didn’t leave much behind on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and amber in color with moderate carbonation. The nose was strong and filled with grapefruit segments, pine sap and lemon seltzer. The taste was more intensely pine focused, but had fresh pine needles along with an earthy note. It had grapefruit pith and very little malt, which I was fine with. The body was thick, but had high carbonation, which made it easier to drink. The finish was lengthy with pine needles. I paid $3.25 for the pounder can, which came to $.20 per ounce. I liked this beer and it had good flavor, but it didn’t wow me. If someone handed me one, I wouldn’t hesitate in having it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

As I’ve mentioned, Val and I have terrible experiences with restaurants. Either we get seated right by the bathroom, the service is terrible or we get lots of onions on things (Val hates onions and we request everything to be onion-free). We went to a new restaurant in Burlington and as expected, had a terrible time. We ended up at Brickwall Tavern after going there because we couldn’t eat anything at the original restaurant. This was the beer I had on tap.

ABV: 7.1%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: The brewery only has a Facebook page and is located in Hammonton, New Jersey.

Random: Until Val and I started dating, I didn’t realize how many dishes utilize onions as garnish.

The beer poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was very hazy with no carbonation visible and bright yellow-orange in color. The nose had a lot of wheat and lemon flesh to it with honey sweetness and grains of paradise as well. The taste had a marked bitterness to it, which manifested mostly as citrus pith. The wheat characteristic came through as well with a touch of bubblegum. It had a body that was thicker than I would have liked with lots of carbonation, which mitigated the thickness. The finish was lengthy with citrus and wheat. I enjoyed this beer a lot and it was a great introduction to the brewery. I would gladly have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

So, Val and I finally set a date to get married. Since I’m posting this in April but it won’t publish until much later, this will be old news. But, expect a lot of complaints about how stressful the process is, since planning a wedding is like a full-time job. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our single hop Mosaic IPA brewed with Milk Sugar and a whole lot of oats. Pillowy and tropical.”

Random: Since I switched jobs, I’m by a beer store that has a lot of Bolero Snort.

This beer poured with a thick, two finger white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass, along with a thick crown. The body was a dark yellow that was cloudy with moderate carbonation. The nose had some light citrus with grapefruit. It had a green tea note with some earthiness as well. The taste had some citrus up front, but not as much as I expected. It had the same green tea note as in the nose, along with apricot and peach pits. It had some dried apricot as well. I didn’t pick up any of the oats or milk sugar. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with stone fruit and green tea. A pounder can was $3.50, which came to $.22 an ounce. I had no problem finishing this beer, but it wasn’t the best beer that I’ve had from Bolero Snort.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Alpine Duet

Posted: October 11, 2017 in Alpine Beer Company, American IPA, Reviews

I keep listening to CNN on the way to work. It’s depressing. I’ve never been so interested in politics, and I was a Political Science minor. It feels like a bad reality show. Anyways, this is a beer that has been on my “try” list for a long time.


ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A West Coast IPA Our original single IPA made with Simcoe and Amarillo hops ‘in harmony.’ 1.065 OG 7% ABV”

Random: Alpine’s beers are still on the more expensive side, but well worth it.

The beer poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated relatively quickly. It left very little lacing on the glass. It did leave a half a finger of a crown on top of the body. The body itself was clear and yellow. The nose had a lot of citrus fruit, specifically grapefruit. It also had grapefruit zest along with some pine needles. It had a touch of a stone fruit note as well. The flavor of the beer mirrored the nose. It was a lot of grapefruit flesh and zest and even a touch of tangerine. The pine needles and oil came through next. There was very little malt on this beer. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish. A bottle was $2.50, which broke down to $.21 per ounce. This beer was perfection in a glass. The flavors married so well together and it just worked. I will definitely be having this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0