Archive for the ‘American IPA’ Category

I love getting beer as a gift, especially when I will probably never get up to the brewery. This is one that I probably won’t ever get on my own. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 6.4%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “How a couple of guys who’d never worked in a restaurant, never brewed beer, and never owned a business started a brewpub. It was in the fall of 1993, during a visit to Baltimore, that my brothers Paul, John and I wandered into our first brewpub, Bill Oliver’s Wharf Rat. The ales were terrific and with every pint we drank we became more convinced we should start our own brewpub. After returning home to Glens Falls, John and I (recalling how convinced those ales made us) began to look into brewpubs, the microbrewing revolution, and our market. We enjoyed two years of due diligence, researching the Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs markets and visiting many brewpubs and microbreweries. In February of 1996, John and I, with the moral support of a dozen close friends, took the chance of a lifetime and made the winning bid on the building at 184 Glen Street in Glens Falls. We were officially in the brewpub business and Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery opened to the public on October 14, 1996. I’d always thought that after everything it took to get the thing off the ground, I’d be overcome with emotion when that first dollar crossed the bar. But I was too busy. We used that first dollar to buy more barley. Been busy ever since.”

Random: I’ve never really explored upstate New York. I hear it’s really pretty.

The beer poured with a finger of off white head that dissipated quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber color with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of metallic notes along with a lot of sweet caramel. Based on the nose alone, I would not have guessed that this was an IPA. The taste also had a lot of tin, but an insane amount of caramel and toffee notes. Whatever hops may have been there have disappeared. I would have guessed this was a lager if I didn’t know better. As I drank it, a significant butter flavor came through, which was definitely diacetyl. The body was on the medium side with light carbonation. It had a lengthy metallic finish with butter. This beer was a gift, so I have no idea how much it cost. Either way, this beer was terrible. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 1.0/5.0


I never thought that Ommegang would really embrace IPAs, so when I saw this one, it needed to be reviewed.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to, “Nirvana was an American rock band formed by singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting being Dave Grohl, who joined the band in 1990. Despite releasing only three full-length studio albums in their seven-year career, Nirvana has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and important alternative bands in history. Though the band dissolved in 1994 after the suicide of frontman Kurt Cobain, their music continues to maintain a popular following and to inspire and influence modern rock and roll culture. In the late 1980s, Nirvana established itself as part of the Seattle grunge scene, releasing its first album, Bleach, for the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989. The band eventually came to develop a sound that relied on dynamic contrasts, often between quiet verses and loud, heavy choruses. After signing to major label DGC Records, Nirvana found unexpected success with ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, the first single from the band’s second album Nevermind (1991). Nirvana’s sudden success widely popularized alternative rock as a whole, and the band’s frontman Cobain found himself referred to in the media as the ‘spokesman of a generation’, with Nirvana being considered the ‘flagship band’ of Generation X. In response, Nirvana’s third studio album, In Utero (1993), released to critical acclaim, featured an abrasive, less mainstream sound and challenged the group’s audience. Nirvana’s active career ended following the death of Cobain in 1994, but various posthumous releases have been issued since, overseen by Novoselic, Grohl, and Cobain’s widow Courtney Love. Since its debut, the band has sold over 25 million records in the United States alone, and over 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, in its first year of eligibility.”

Random: “Nevermind” was my favorite Nirvana album.

The beer poured with a three finger, beige head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a bright, yet hazy orange with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of pine with grapefruit flesh and a touch of sweetness from malt at the end. The taste was quite dank with pine sap and pine needles and an earthy dirt flavor. It went into lots of citrus notes with grapefruit pith and flesh along with orange pith. The malt came through at the end with a touch of caramel sweetness. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with pine and a touch of malt sweetness. A bottle of the beer was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. I really enjoyed this beer. It drank like a flavorful American IPA, which was executed well by a brewery I know for Belgian styles.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This was the second beer that I had at Uno’s for the tap takeover. They also had some interesting beer combinations with Mad Elf, but given how high the ABV was, I thought it was best not to try them. I’m always shocked at how good the tap selection is at Uno’s is, but it’s a little far from the house and the food always seems to be hit or miss. Anyways, let’s see how this is.


ABV: 7.3%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A standby in teas and juices, hibiscus flowers provide Scratch #250 with its lovely pinkish hue and vibrant floral aroma. A mix of spicy, fruity hops gives this IPA a berry-like tanginess with underlying tropical notes. Availability: draft & growler fills only.”

Random: I’ve been getting into tea more. I always liked green tea, but I found one that has hot pepper in it that’s a new favorite.

This beer poured with a one finger, thick, off white head. It dissipated quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and orange with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of floral notes, specifically hibiscus. It also had some grass and citrus. The taste was really bright with citrus and mango flesh with hibiscus tea. It had a shockingly thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy and floral. I enjoyed this one a lot and it paired really well with pizza. If you find this one on tap, give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s selection is from Bolero Snort, which is a Jersey brewery. They’re starting to see some significant South Jersey distribution (well, Trenton to me is South Jersey), so I’m starting to be able to grab cans with regularity. I think that they pull off their theme really well and their can art is incredibly attractive. Let’s pop this open.


ABV: 7.1%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The same grist to balance a big juicy IPA with a different whirlwind of hops in each batch.”

Random: I wonder if Alex Trebek is ever going to retire and who would take over for him if he did.

This beer poured with a full finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of spiderweb lacing on the glass. The body had a tinge of cloudiness and moderate carbonation. It was dark yellow in color. The nose was floral up front and quickly went into notes of citrus pith and grapefruit segments. The taste took a tropical turn with mango and papaya. It had some pine and moderately intense bitterness. It was quickly followed up with caramel malt. There was a touch of alcohol apparent. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. I wish it had a bit more. The finish was sticky with pine and floral hop notes. A can of this was $3.25, which came to $.20 per ounce. This was a solid IPA with some good flavors. I just wish it had a bit more carbonation and was a touch lighter.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s beer is one that is a turbid IPA. A lot of people have their opinions on whether they are good or bad. Personally, it doesn’t matter to me one way or another. If a beer is good, I’ll keep drinking it.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are a small craft brewery located in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. We brew small batch beers that are yeast driven and inspired by French & Belgian farmhouses. Everything we do is done by hand the old fashioned way, utilizing local Pacific Northwest ingredients. Our beer can be found at our tasting room as well as finer beer bars and bottle shops across Washington State. For more information follow us on FB and Twitter.”

Random: Lime is one of my favorite ice pop flavors.

This beer poured with a huge, four finger, pure white head. The head was very fluffy, like whipped egg whites. It also dissipated slowly and left a lot of spiderweb lacing on the glass along with a crown. The body was very turbid and lemon-yellow in color. The nose had a lot of lime juice, lime zest and bread. It was all citrus. The taste was not nearly as good as the nose. It had artificial lime cleaner and a medicinal taste, like green Ny Quil. Lemon and lime pith and Sprite came through too. It was a bit more tart to me than it was hoppy. The body was on the medium side with light carbonation. It had a quick finish with artificial lime. The bottle was $10.49, which came to $.62 per ounce, which I thought was pretty expensive. I liked where this beer was conceptually, just not the execution.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Val and I are watching the Golden Globes tonight (yes, I post that far in advance) and we’re watching the red carpet arrivals. I’m not exactly sure why they have one of the Bush daughters interviewing people because she is making the interviews super awkward. I’ll probably be posting about the Golden Globes for the next few days, so let’s get to the beer.


ABV: 5.9%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Ours is a traditional IPA, using traditional aroma-filled hops, instead of the very bitter but less aromatic hops common among Americal IPAs. This is a very bitter beer, with a sizeable hop aroma and dry finish. The overall impression is of a hoppy, medium-bodied beer. Our bestselling ale, it has remained on tap since the day we opened.”

Random: These labels look like they need an update.

The beer had a three finger, off white head that was quite thick. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear mahogany with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of metal and then went into mineral water and river stones. There was also some caramel malt. I hada hard time finding the hops in the nose. The taste started with mineral water and went into nutty malt. All of the hops were gone. I’m not sure how old the bottle was, but I am guessing it was on the older side. It didn’t drink like an IPA. The body was thick with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with caramel malt and river stones. I have no idea how much this beer was since I received it as a gift, but I wasn’t a big fan. I’d be curious to try it on draft.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Since we had a concert in New York City, we decided to stay to stay overnight at a hotel since it’s such a long drive. My sister and I were texting since I was right by her old law school. It ended up that she also happened to be in the City and was staying at another hotel on the other side of town. Val and I went to brunch with her friends first and then ended up at Blind Tiger in the West Village, which is one of my favorite beer spots in the city. This was the beer that I had there.


ABV: 7.7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: The taproom is open Wednesday through Sunday.

Random: My sister ended up meeting us at the Tiger too.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of orange flesh with some Mandarin orange juice. There was some grapefruit rind in there as well. The taste was also a mix of citrus flesh and pith. I picked up tangerines, oranges and grapefruits too. It was more on the sweet side with not as much bitterness as I would have thought. The body was on the thin side with high carbonation. It had quick finish with citrus rind. I really liked the brightness of the beer. I wish it was more bitter, but I had no problem throwing it back.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0