Archive for the ‘American IPA’ Category

This beer is one that I sampled in the Columbus airport. Every Saturday, before my flight, I found myself at the same restaurant, getting a bite to eat and watching ESPN. It was to the point that the bartender knew I’d be there at the same time every Saturday. This was a new IPA that they got in cans. The brewery is also putting a restaurant in the airport, but of course, it wasn’t slated to open until months after I left.

stiffarm

ABV: 6.7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Like a palm to your jaw, our American IPA delivers a jolt of hoppy goodness. An ale as well rounded as any All-Timer, our Stiff-Arm IPA combines all of its talents: All American hops, fragrant aromas of citrus and pine, a clean finish, and an uncanny sense of balance provided by a nice malt backing. It’s a classic American beer that will have you striking the pose year-round.”

Random: This beer comes in at 50 IBUs.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange with little visible carbonation because of the cloudiness. The nose was floral with an almost perfume-like quality. It had some citrus hops as well. The taste was equally floral, but also grassy and had a green, vegetal quality. After a few sips, I identified arugula and green onion. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with the green onion note. This was an interesting IPA and the vegetal notes held my interest. If I ever find myself in Ohio, I’ll be searching this one out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

My first week working out in Ohio, I had to do load out the morning of and fly out that afternoon. I was covering for a manager who quit. After I landed, I headed to the convenience store by my hotel and was shocked to see them selling beer. Apparently most gas stations and convenience stores sell beer. So, I picked up a six-pack of this for the hotel room.

truth

ABV: 7.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Rare are moments of truth, when you’ve struck the last match, belting out tunes with your friends, staring deep into the campfire – times when you feel infinite. Our Truth is found in the scintillating brilliance of hops. Brewed with a nod to the Pacific, hops sizzle with tropical fruit aroma, grapefruit and mango notes and a dry finish.”

Random: Sorry for the picture being blurry and only the can. I forgot to take one when I poured it into my plastic cup, provided by the hotel.

This beer poured with a half a finger of ecru colored head. It dissipated slowly and shockingly, left some lacing on the plastic cup. The body was a copper color and clear with moderate carbonation visible. On the nose, I picked up mango, pineapple and some grapefruit pith. There was also biscuit-like malt to back it up. The taste was equally crisp and hoppy. I picked up the same grapefruit pith along with mango and tangerine segments. It quickly went into biscuit malt, but was well-balanced. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tropical fruit hops. A can of this was $1.67, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. This beer was solid and would be a go-to for me if it came out to Jersey. If you find yourself in the Midwest, this beer is one you need to pick up.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Val and I went into the city and stopped for a pint before we saw “Waitress.” Where we moved is now about 2 hours from the city, which is sometimes a pain. It’s also why we end up in Philly more than NYC now. This bar was a little hole in the wall, but had a pretty solid tap list. Let’s see how this was.

hopshovel

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This pale and hoppy IPA was brewed with a high proportion of wheat and rye for a smooth, well rounded flavor and mouth feel. New hop varieties Mosaic and Meridian provide a uniquely American and modern hop flavor and aroma.”

Random: This comes in at 100 IBUs.

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. On the nose, I picked up orange, grapefruit zest and some mango and pineapple. There wasn’t any malt on the nose. The taste was really bright and juicy with a lot of citrus hops. Orange and grapefruit pith came through primarily. The tropical fruits were there as well and imparted mango and pineapple. Again, there wasn’t much in the way of malt. The body with thick with high carbonation. It had a lengthy citrus finish. As with almost every IPA from Bear Republic, I really enjoyed this beer. If you see it around, definitely grab a pint.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s selection is from a brewery that I’ve never tried before. I assume that they just started distributing to Jersey. I haven’t heard much about them, but I’m always down to try a new IPA. Let’s see how it was.

giganticipa

ABV: 7.3%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “True to its name. Cascade, Centennial, Crystal and Simcoe create a citrusy hop confluence that continuously embiggens with each drink. The embodiment of our brewing philosophy to ‘Never Give An Inch’.”

Random: Last Fall, I paid someone to take my leaves because I didn’t have time due to my work schedule. The pile ended up being about double the size of car. At least they take leaves straight from the curb here.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dusky orange color with light carbonation visible. The nose started with grassy hops and quickly went into pine sap. It also had a hard citrus candy note. The taste also started with grass and had candied orange peel. There was some astringency with pine needles and a touch of booze. The body was light and didn’t have enough carbonation. The finish took awhile with hops and pine sap. The bomber came home with me for $5.99, which came to $.27 per ounce. This beer had some nice flavor, but it’s not the most impressive of the style that I’ve ever had, although the bomber price was reasonable.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Single hop and single malt beers are becoming the new trend in beer. I’ve had some good ones and some not great ones, but I think it’s interesting how the trends keep changing. It will give more familiarity with certain hops and malts though, which I think is a good thing. Let’s see how this one was.

smashvol2

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “ONE HOP, ONE MALT, ONE SMASHING IPA. A delectable duet of Cascade hops and Goldpils Vienna malt sing notes of citrus and grapefruit and rich, toasty malt tones.”

Random: I’m almost done watching “Blindspot.” I really enjoy the series so far. It reminds of the first few seasons of “Prison Break.”

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It went away quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with high carbonation. The nose had a lot of pilsner malt with mineral water and grass. I didn’t pick up much in the way of hops, but what was there was grassy and had some lemon rind. The taste had more of a hop presence with grapefruit segments. But, it also had an off-putting metallic note. It also had some sweetness from the malt. It had an overly thin body with high carbonation. The finish was quick with grain. A bottle was $1.83, which came $.15 per ounce. This IPA was overly thin and simplistic. It would be good for a beginner who was just getting into IPAs, but would be boring to the experienced drinker.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

It’s finally starting to get a bit warmer out. Soon, I’ll be complaining about how hot it is. But, for now, I’ll take this weather. I love when the Spring flowers start coming out and the cherry trees bloom. We have a large cherry tree on the property and I want to try to plant a few more this year. Val wants me to plant some honeysuckle too, so I guess I’ll need to get on that too. Now that we’ve talked about the plants, let’s get to the beer.

hopknife

ABV: 6.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hop Knife Harvest Ale recognizes the time-honored tradition of hand-harvesting at the peak of maturity. At the end of fermentation, the beer flows through our HopCyclone releasing a bounty of preserved citrus rind, crushed jungle and tropical aromas.”

Random: I still love my fuzzy blanket on the couch even if it’s just a little cold in the house.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with grass clippings, pine needles and freshly cut wood. The taste started with fresh pine sap, cedar wood and light grain. I didn’t pick up any alcohol. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with pine sap. The bottle was $1.83, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. This beer was really good and was another solid offering from Troegs.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

One of the beer podcasts I listen to (The Beerists) changed how they rank their beers. They now do recommendations, which I think is actually a lot more helpful. If you haven’t listened to them, they’re quite awesome.

treasurechest

ABV: 5.7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Back by popular demand! Say Aloha to Treasure Chest IPA – an exotic ale brewed with grapefruit, prickly pear juice and hibiscus flowers. Erupting with fruit-forward complexity, 100% Mosaic hops present aromas of heady citrus and refined stone fruit. The pleasantly bitter flavors of the hops are enhanced by fresh grapefruit juice and balanced by prickly pear juice and hibiscus flowers.”

Random: My Dad always had a hibiscus plant that he would bring into the house in the winter. I have not tried my hand at growing one yet.

The brewed poured with a finger of pure white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with lots of carbonation visible throughout. The nose was bright with notes of prickly pear and a lot of grapefruit. The Mosaic hops also gave some peach and apricot notes. The taste was filled with a bready characteristic up front and quickly went into tropical hops. Prickly pear, peach and apricot came through with a passion fruit sweetness. The body was incredibly light and drinkable with a lot of carbonation. The finish was swift with prickly pear and grapefruit zest. The bomber was $8.99, which came to $.41 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot and it was quite drinkable given the low ABV and the profits go to a good cause. This is worth buying.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0