Institution Recover The Pieces

Val and I were looking for a place to stop and have lunch when we arrived in Santa Barbara and found this place and gave it a shot.

ABV: 6.8%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Visit us at our on-site tasting room connected to the brewery in Camarillo or our taproom located on State Street in Santa Barbara, Ca. Both locations are open seven days a week. Enjoy a rotating selection of beers from the source and freshly baked thin crust pizzas and soft pretzels from our kitchen. Our Camarillo location offers indoor seating with seven TVs, game room, and an outdoor patio area with fire pit. Our Santa Barbara location offers indoor seating with 10 TVs, an outdoor patio area and extended back room area. NO reservations – first come, first served. Beer available to-go in 4-pack 16 oz cans, 32 oz and 64 oz growlers/crowlers. Food is also available to-go.”

Random: I liked Santa Barbara a lot. Institution had a really nice location and very chill vibe. The pizza was quite good as well.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. The body was orange and had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a decent amount of pine and grass to it. It had some malt as well with a touch of onion. The taste had some pine needles as well with pine sap. The malt was not as pronounced in the taste as it was in the nose. There was some cilantro as well. The body was on the lighter side with generous carbonation. The finish was lengthy with pine. This beer was really clean and crisp and had a nice flavor. I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Karl Strauss Aurora Hoppyalis IPA

Tonight’s beer is one from Karl Strauss that I had awhile back, when I was out in California. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Karl Strauss Brewing Company is a San Diego, California-based craft brewery with eleven brewpub locations across Southern California and an onsite tasting room at their main brewery in the Pacific Beach neighborhood of San Diego. Besides being available at its own brewpubs the company’s beers are distributed across all of California. Karl Strauss is the oldest surviving brewery in San Diego County, having been founded in 1989, and is credited with launching the county’s rise to prominence in the craft brewing industry. Based on 2016 sales volume it is the 47th largest brewery in the United States. In 2016 Karl Strauss was declared the Mid-Size Brewery of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival.”

Random: The Karl Strauss logo reminds me of the Jack Daniels logo.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and bright yellow in color. The nose had a lot of pine needles and some caramel malt. The taste was much of the same. There was a lot of pine needles and grass along with malt. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with pine. This was a decent IPA that was worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Wormtown Be Hoppy

I had to go to the dentist today and got 4 fillings. They had to numb both sides of my mouth and I felt like a chipmunk. I also sounded like I had marbles in my mouth. Four hours later and it’s starting to really wear off. As a result, I can’t have a beer, but here’s one I had previously.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Be Hoppy is our take on the Left Coast IPA. The huge aromatics and big citrus forward flavors come from the copious amount of hops we use during our double dry hop and hop back processes. Let our IPA put a smile on your face Harvey Ball would be proud of… Have a Great IPA!”

Random: This is a year-round offering that comes in at 70 IBUs.

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a straw-yellow color and clear with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of hops to it. I picked up pine and grass along with some green onions. The taste was also quite hoppy, but in a pleasing way. It had a lot of pine needles and pine sap. Grapefruit segments came through next. It had a touch of malt at the end of the sip. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with pine. This beer was outstanding and went down easily. I would have this one again without a second thought.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Cigar City Space Pope

This has been a really odd Winter, weather-wise. We’ve had basically no snow and the temperature has varied from 60 degrees to freezing cold. I just want it to be Spring already.

ABV: 7.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Is the Space Pope reptilian? That question remains to be answered but in the meantime we have his eponymous IPA to consider. Brewed with an astronomical amount of Mosaic, Citra, Hallertauer Blanc and (what else?) Galaxy hops that lend notes of passionfruit and melon to the clean flavors of base malt and a touch of crystal malt for depth of character. When your ecclesiastical jurisdiction encompasses the entire universe, only Cigar City Brewing’s Space Pope IPA will do!”

Random: After doing some research for this post, I found out that “space pope” is a reference to the tv show “Futurama.” I’ve seen a few episodes of the show, but never really got into it.

The beer poured with a large, three finger, pure white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body of the beer was cloudy and bright orange. I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose had some mango and papaya and then quickly went into some bready malt. The taste started with some tropical fruit, specifically the same mango and papaya and then went into a sweetness from the malt. The tropical fruit notes weren’t as crisp as I’m used to in most IPAs these days. The body was on the heavier side and carbonation was a bit light. It had a quick finish with the malt sweetness. This beer was fine, just not one that I would grab for again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Eight & Sand Raspberries & Cream

Val and I did some hiking recently and found a trail that at one point, had a pretty steep incline. It was also incredibly muddy. Like, getting water and mud inside the vents of my shoes. Next time, I’ll take my hiking shoes that don’t have vents.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Eight & Sand Beer Co. is a full production brewery and tasting room featuring 20 taps. All beer is made on premise in the brewhouse seen right through the windows behind our 40-foot bar. Our tasting room has a rustic industrial style that feeds right off of our train brand. Sitting in our beer garden or even at our bar you can hear the occasional train go by just a few buildings away.”

Random: The brewery itself was spacious and the staff was incredibly friendly.

The beer poured with a two finger, off white head that dissipated quickly. It left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a bright pink color and clear and had a lot of visible carbonation. The nose started with a lot of raspberry extract and a touch of lactose as well. The taste was raspberry extract dominant as well and there wasn’t lactose in the taste. There was a hint of grass, but that was it. The body was medium thickness with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with raspberry. The beer was alright and definitely had some raspberry flavor, but not much else. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Trillium Double Dry Hopped Summer Street

When you go to Trillium, you can’t have just one beer. They had a frozen beer that Val tried and I got this for my second choice. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 7.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Located steps away from our original brewery and retail outlet, in the heart of Boston’s Seaport District, the three-story brick and beam building is home to our pilot brewery, restaurant, retail space, courtyard patio and rooftop terrace. Take in views of the brewery in the first floor taproom, enjoy a farmhouse-inspired menu in our cozy and modern second floor restaurant, and meet friends for a beer on one of Boston’s few roof decks during warmer months.”

Random: The exterior bar of Trillium was packed, but the tables were not. Needless to say, we got a table.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left no lacing on the glass, but a small crown on top of the bright orange body. It was cloudy and had some carbonation visible. The nose started with some stone fruits, specifically apricot and peach and went into orange. The taste was filled with citrus. I picked up some orange juice and grapefruit segments. The stone fruit was not very apparent. There was an herbal note as well. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with citrus. This was another outstanding beer from Trillium that I would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Trillium Double Dry Hopped A Street IPA

Over the Summer, Val and I went to Boston and stopped at Trillium while we were there. This was the first beer I had.

ABV: 7.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Trillium Brewing was founded in March of 2013 by JC and Esther Tetreault with the desire to create a New England Farmhouse-inspired experience through the lens of craft beer. Launched with three employees and the support of family, friends, and community, our little brewery located at 369 Congress Street in Boston’s then-sleepy Fort Point neighborhood has grown to a team of nearly 300. Every member of our organization has incredible drive and purpose, working passionately each day to elevate the quality of the Trillium experience.”

Random: Val and I are going to Cincinnati for a music festival come Spring, but we’re also going to a Reds game.

The beer poured with a thick, half finger, pure white head. It took a long time to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was incredibly cloudy with no visible carbonation. It was a bright yellow, like juice. The nose was filled with citrus, specifically lime zest and lemon candy. There was pine resin as well. The taste was more upfront with pine than citrus, but also had a vegetal note with a touch of cilantro. The body was on the thicker side with generous carbonation. It had a sticky and lengthy finish with pine. The alcohol was not detectable. This was an excellent beer and one that I would happily quaff again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0