Archive for the ‘American IPA’ Category

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

Tonight’s selection is another beer from Departed Soles that I picked up at the local beer store.


ABV 3.7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Departed Soles Brewing Company opened its doors in the Powerhouse Arts District in Downtown Jersey City in the summer of 2015. While the brewery produces all sorts of Craft Beer, it is proud to be New Jersey’s first Craft Brewery offering Craft Beer with 100% Gluten Free ingredients that can compete on the palate with traditional ales! Departed Soles Brewing Company was initially a brew pub concept – the hair brain scheme of two best friends, sitting in one of their parents’ house… drinking. One had a passion for craft beer and bar experience, while the other a way with people and resume full of restaurants; both with a passion for sneakers. Unlike virtually every other set of friends that has this conversation though, one of those friends had a personal motto: ‘DON’T TALK ABOUT IT, BE ABOUT IT.’ As time went on, each continued along their chosen career paths; one – Chris – a teacher, the other the Business Manager for his family’s funeral home. The Teacher would antagonize the Business Manager, Brian Kulbacki, that he’d never leave the family business and take the risk to chase his dream.”

Random: The cats like ham. We made black bean soup with ham and the cats went crazy for the ham.

This beer poured with a thick, two finger, white head. It went away slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a murky brown with high carbonation visible despite the cloudiness. The nose had a lot of lot of mango, passionfruit and other tropical fruit with orange pith. There wasn’t any malt to it. The taste was earthy with wet dirt and grass and didn’t have the tropical fruit that the nose did. It had a lot of caramel malt too. The body was thicker than I expected, especially given the ABV. It had moderate carbonation as well. The finish was quick with wet dirt and grass. The beer was $2.50 for the can, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer. It needed to deliver on the nose and all of the tropical hops.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

When I got home from Ohio, Val took me to Vault for a late lunch. Next to Vault is a small, local food market. We bought a blackberry and lime jam that paired absolutely perfectly with cheese. We just finished it and I need to get more. It was expensive, but definitely worth it.


ABV: 6.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A bright and pungent IPA hopped with Mosaic, Sorachi Ace, and Cascade. Notes of mandarine orange, blueberry, lemon, and apricot. Finishes fruity, bitter, and dry.”

Random: One of the best things at Vault is the beet salad and the hummus plate is outstanding too.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It went away almost instantly, but it left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow with light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with lemongrass from the Sorachi Ace hops. It had some white grape notes as well. The taste was also a lot of the Sorachi Ace hops. Lemongrass, basil and other green vegetal notes came out. There was light tropical hops to it as well that offered up some pineapple notes. It finished up with crackery malt. The body was on the light side with high carbonation. The finish was quick with lemon grass. This was one of the better beers that I’ve had from Vault and I also love anything with Sorachi Ace in it. If it’s on tap when you make a visit, order a pint.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

My last day in Ohio, I decided to take myself out to a late lunch and explore the city for a few hours. They had a giant food market that reminded me of Reading Terminal Market, which was cool to walk around. After walking for an hour, I was starving and ended up at a place that was famous for their fried chicken. This was the beer that I got while I was waiting for it.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An American hop assault for all the ambivalent warriors who get the girl in the end. ‘Look, I ain’t in this for your revolution, and I’m not in it for you, Princess.’ This iconic ale features a blend of four hop varieties which creates a crisp bitterness and imparts massive floral and citrus aromas.”

Random: The can art for this beer is quite cool. It makes it jump off of the shelves.

The beer poured with a one finger, off white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light orange with high carbonation. On the nose, I picked up a lot of tropical notes, specifically mango, grass and pineapple. There was also some pilsner malt. The taste was super smooth with tropical hops and pilsner malt. Then, it went into fresh-cut grass. The alcohol didn’t make an appearance. The body was light with a lot of carbonation, which made this really drinkable. It had a quick, but bright finish with mango and pineapple. This beer was just outstanding and as soon as I left Ohio, I found this beer in cans in New York, so I won’t have to go without it. If you see it on shelves, make sure you get some as soon as possible.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is a beer that I’ve been waiting years to try. Since Philadelphia gets Cigar City distribution, it made sense that they finally got this beer. When I saw it as a selection at the bar, I knew I had to review it.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A truly unique India Pale Ale, this iteration of our Jai Alai IPA boasts the addition of white oak spirals to impart sleek notes of vanilla, coconut and a touch of dill to Jai Alai’s bold citrus and caramel character. The oak also serves to temper the bitterness in the 70 IBU base beer while oak tannins elegantly dry the beer’s body to create a unique drinking experience that still remains true to Jai Alai’s unique qualities.”

Random: I got an entire collection of hot sauce for Christmas. I should be stocked up for at least another six months.

The brew poured with half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was slight hazy and bright orange in color. It had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose started with warm vanilla, oak and piney hops. There was toasted wood as well. The taste started with a lot of cedar and oak up front with vanilla. It quickly transitioned into pine sap and hops. There was some malt at the end of the sip that provided some sweetness. The body was on the heavier side and oily with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with oak and vanilla. This beer was outstanding and perfectly integrated the wood with the IPA. I highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

One of the things that shocked me about Ohio was their pizza. I didn’t expect their pizza to be great, but at work, we ordered a Hawaiian pizza. When it came, I wondered what smelled like dessert. It was the pizza. It had almonds and cinnamon on it. This was unlike any pizza that I ever had, although I can’t say that I disliked it.


ABV: 7.3%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: It seems to be a growing trend with Ohio breweries not having information about beers listed. This brewery has a bunch of other beers listed with descriptions, but not this one. Given the popularity of IPAs, I assume this would be the first one that they would put up.

Random: Whenever I blog for long periods of time, my big cat tries to climb on my laptop.

The beer poured with a one finger, cream-colored head. It went away quickly, but still left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, amber color with moderate carbonation. The nose was more lemony than any other IPA I can remember reviewing. It had grass and lemon pith and then crackery malt. The taste was much of the same. It had lemon juice, lemon pith and fresh cut grass. I was happy that it didn’t go into the realm of lemon cleaner. The body was light for the ABV and very easy drinking. The finish was quick with lemon verbena and grass. I enjoyed this IPA. The flavors were more like a pale ale, but I would have no problem having this one again while watching a game.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Where we moved is a bit farther from Kane Brewery. Now, it takes a little over an hour to get there, so I don’t get there as much as I should. But, they distribute their beers to a few of the bars and restaurants by me, so I don’t miss out on that much.


ABV: 7.4%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to, “An excellent hop in many applications from first kettle additions through to late gift. This hop offers a unique aroma and flavour profile suitable for producing bigger styles. Excellent when employed in multiple additions from a single hop bill and sits well on the palate to balance speciality malt sweetness. An excellent variety for a wide range of styles from Saison through to Pilsners.”

Random: They said that this hop gives a “mojito” characteristic.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of white head that dissipated at a moderate pace. It left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and yellow with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with tropical fruit. I specifically got mango and pineapple. The taste was even more tropical than the nose. There was the same mango and pineapple, but it also had green apple Jolly ranchers. Grass and a touch of malt finished up the sip. It had a medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with tropical fruit. I loved this beer and all of the tropical fruit notes that shone through. If you see this beer when you’re out and about, give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0