Archive for the ‘American IPA’ Category

Tonight’s beer is a new take on an old standard from 21st Amendment. The original beer is one that I had years ago, so I was interested on this one.

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Four hop varieties and seven blood oranges ago, our founders brought forth in this brewery, a new beer, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that not all IPAs are created equal. Because sometimes, real fruit just makes things even more delicious. Blood Orange Brew Free! is brewed like our original west coast style Brew Free! or Die IPA, but with an abundance of fresh blood orange puree and a twist of citrusy dry hops. Refreshingly different. As Abe would say, ‘Whatever you are, be a good one.'”

Random: Fruited IPAs are the new thing. I’m curious to see what the next craze is.

This brew poured with a two and a half finger, slightly off-white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace, but left some lacing on the glass. The body was mostly clear and had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was disappointing. It started with oranges and lemon zest and then went into grapefruit. I didn’t pick up any blood oranges. There was some pine as well. The taste was better than the nose. It had some pine notes and quickly transitioned into orange juice and grapefruit zest. There was a little bit of blood orange, but not nearly as much as I would have liked. A can of this was $1.67, which came to $.14 per ounce. This beer was a miss for me. I won’t be having it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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One of the coolest things that we did in Hawaii was a cruise on the Na Pali coast of Kauai. First of all, the scenery is amazing. Second, we saw about 10 humpback whales too, which during all of my trips as a kid to Hawaii, I’ve never seen. The food on the boat was also really good, which definitely helped. I drank cocktails and wine instead of beer, because like most of Hawaii, the only selections are macros and Kona beer and when you’re on Hawaii, it’s all about the Mai Tais. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 6.3%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspired by a summer’s day and crafted to crush year-round, our IPA twists real tangerine peel and citrusy hops into this juicy experience. It’s the real deal!”

Random: Avery was an awesome brewery to visit. If you’re in Colorado, it’s worth a stop.

The beer poured with a finger and a half of thick, pure white head. It went away quickly, but left some lacing on the glass. The body was very hazy and bright orange. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with orange peel and orange segments along with tangerine juice. The taste was more of the same. It had a lot more tangerine juice than the nose. It quickly went into grass and orange peel with a touch of malt at then end. The body was light with lots of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with tangerine juice. I thought this was a solid beer, but I wish it had more body to it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Stone I bought years ago. Let’s pop it open.

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This IPA is spiked at bottling with Brettanomyces, a wild yeast that, over time, brings about charmingly unpredictable complexities of spice, funk, acidity and more. The operative words in our beer-cellaring thesis are ‘over time.’ For those of you who are impatient or like to experiment, the earliest we recommend sampling this beer is one year before the date on the label. The beer won’t be fully carbonated until that date. Ideally, you’ll want to cellar the beer up to-or beyond-the Enjoy After date to help it reach its full evolutionary potential. At that point, some facets of the Brett characteristics will have mellowed, while others will have become more profound; it all matures into a fascinating and delicious culmination. Individual results will vary…and that’s both the beauty and the intent behind this beer.”

Random: Stone has really lengthy descriptions on their beer bottles.

This beer poured with a super fluffy, four finger, pure white head. It hung around for awhile and left some lacing on the glass. The body was bright yellow and cloudy and had some visible carbonation. The nose had a lot of funk and lemon zest as well. There was some grass and hay as well. The taste also had a lot of funk, like the nose with a lot of hay. The lemon was present as well and then there was a slight pine note with bitterness from the hops. The body was on the lighter side and there was a punch of booze. The finish was lengthy with hay. This was $14.99 for the bomber, which came to $.68 per ounce. I thought this was an interesting concept and the flavors were solid. I’m glad I tried it, but I’m not sure that I can justify the pricetag.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

One of the best things about Hawaii was the insanely fresh produce. Although we weren’t huge fans of the food, the produce was amazing.

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We Have All good intentions to disturb, disorder and enlighten you with unforgettable beer after beer. Because We are so much in love with good taste, all the beers from Evil Twin are prepared in 10 of the best breweries around the world. Exclusively hand picked to please you with delicate, funky, extreme and by all means rare flavors. Maybe not the easiest way, but certainly the most fun!!! One More Thing A clever man once said: ‘Stay thirsty… stay foolish.’ That sounds like our vision, just with a tad less attitude.”

Random: This is another beer that I could not find any information for on the website.

This beer poured a three finger, pure white, thick head. It took forever to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body had a pink tinge and was bright orange and cloudy. There was no carbonation visible due to the cloudiness. The nose was filled with lemon zest and not much else. The taste was almost completely reminiscent of Country Time pink lemonade. I picked up the sugar and then the lemon zest and lemon flesh. There was no malt to speak of. The body was on the lighter side with lots of seltzer-like carbonation. It had a quick finish with lemon. A can of this was $3.50, which came to $.29 per ounce. This was an expensive beer, but had good flavor. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Here’s another Jersey beer that I popped open. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6.6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our brewery is proud to offer one of the most unique selections of craft beer not only in New Jersey, but all of the Tri-State Area. Departed Soles is one of the only brewery’s crafting beer with tradition ingredients, such as barley and wheat, as well as options with 100% Gluten Free ingredients, fermented in dedicated fermentations vessels. Below is a selection of beers that we brew in our Jersey City brewery throughout the year, many of which are served in our Tasting Room any given weekend!”

Random: This beer doesn’t exist on the Departed Soles website or Beer Advocate. The only information I found was from Untappd.

The beer poured with a thick, ecru colored head. It took awhile to go away, but left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and a dirty orange color with only moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some pine needles along with grass. There were also some tropical mango notes as well with caramel malt at the end. The tropical notes were not all that strong. The taste was a bit maltier than I expected. It had some caramel malt sweetness and then went into grass and pine. The tropical note was a bit lost in the taste. The finish was quick with malt. I can’t recall how much I paid for this one, but I believe I picked it up as a single. It was a pounder can, which is my preferred contained, but the flavors were just muddied on this one. I wouldn’t rush to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Tonight’s beer is another IPA from Evil Twin. I love apricots, so I was curious to see if this one delivered.

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We Have All good intentions to disturb, disorder and enlighten you with unforgettable beer after beer. Because We are so much in love with good taste, all the beers from Evil Twin are prepared in 10 of the best breweries around the world. Exclusively hand picked to please you with delicate, funky, extreme and by all means rare flavors. Maybe not the easiest way, but certainly the most fun!!! One More Thing A clever man once said: ‘Stay thirsty… stay foolish.’ That sounds like our vision, just with a tad less attitude.”

Random: I rarely buy bottles now. There are so many good selections in cans.

The brew poured with a huge, three and a half finger, white head. It was loose and dissipated quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a dusky, dark orange color with limited carbonation visible because of the cloudiness. The nose had the normal attributes of an IPA with pine resin, floral hops and a touch of grapefruit, along with a touch of apricot extract. The taste started with some apricot extract, but not as much as I would have liked. It quickly went into tropical hops with notes of pineapple and mango and then went into pine. It had a touch of malt at the end. The body was on the thicker side with a little less carbonation than I would have liked. The finish was quick with pine. A pounder can was $2.50, which broke down to $.16 per ounce. This was an alright beer, but in a flooded market of IPAs, it does little to stand out.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Omnipollo Shploing!!

Posted: March 24, 2018 in American IPA, Omnipollo, Reviews

One of the cool things about our wedding venue was that we had firepits where you could make smores. We didn’t really have time to get out to the firepits (except when I was sent to get one of our friends to come in to dance to R. Kelly’s “Ignition,” but it look liked everyone else enjoyed them. At least I found a beer that tastes like smores.

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Shploing!! is our first ever beer to go into cans and we wanted to make something extra special for the occasion. A mango s’mores IPA brewed with mango, vanilla, marshmallow fluff, graham crackers, rock salt, lactose sugar and an abundance of our favorite hops.”

Random: We have smores at every family reunion barbecue.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and lemon yellow color. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose was very fragrant. I got some lactose along with mango and orange. It also had some malt at the end. The taste was an enhanced version of the nose. It definitely had the same lactose and candied mango that I picked up on the nose, but had a touch of vanilla as well with some brown sugar sweetness. It also had a brine note as well that countered well against the sweetness of the fruit. This was a full-bodied beer with lots of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and slightly sweet with candied mango. A can was $3.75, which came to $.31 per ounce. This was definitely an expensive beer, but brought a lot of unique flavors to the table. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0