Archive for the ‘American IPA’ Category

Val and I have certain shows that we watch together. Because of our work schedules, we usually save up a season full and then watch them on a weekend. We’re watching “The Fosters” right now, which really should just be called “Awkward Moments and Bad Decisions.” Despite that, we continue to watch the show. Let’s get to beer time.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “For all you hop thrill seekers, the journey down Route 4 is one for the books. Route 4 summons good memories of a journey home, and bitter memories of a perilous work day. With a bouquet of grapefruit, pine and peach on the nose, and enough caramel malt to balance out the hop bitterness, this IPA is restrained, balanced and easy-drinking.”

Random: This beer uses Simcoe, Galaxy, Nugget, Magnum, and Citra hops.

The beer poured with a huge and fluffy, four finger, slightly tan head. It hung around for awhile and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and dark amber in color. It had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of caramel malt up front and the remains of dried citrus. The taste was more piney than citrusy. It had pine cleaner and then transitioned into dried grapefruit peel, but it was really, overwhelmingly malty. The body was thick with light carbonation. It had an unfortunate and lengthy malty finish. A can of this was $1.67, which came to $.14 per ounce. I’m not sure if I got an old can, but this just wasn’t my thing.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

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Tonight’s beer is one that is close to my heart. I am very much an introvert, although I’ve tried to come out of my shell the older that I get. Although, some of my favorite days are just hanging out on the couch with Val and the cats. Let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 4.8%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Opinionated and hopped-up, Introvert can easily be misunderstood for having a strong personality. But this artistically complex IPA seeks balance and creative harmony with low ABV and a relaxed pace. Explore Your Introvert, gather your closest friends and explore the possibilities. Hop aromas of tropical papaya and kiwi with woodsy pine, balanced by honey malt and a clean bitter finish.”

Random: This comes in at 55 IBUs.

The beer poured with a one finger, thick, off-white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The nose had a lot of tropical fruit up front, specifically pineapple and papaya along with some pine oil. The taste had the same tropical fruit notes of pineapple and papaya, but transitioned into grapefruit zest. Pine oil and sap came through next and went into malt at the end. The body was light and had a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tropical fruit. A can of the beer was $1.83, which came down to $.15 per ounce. This was one of the better beers I’ve had from Left Hand. I would definitely stock a cooler with this.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Today’s beer is another one that I picked up from Maryland.

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Proudly Brewed in Baltimore. Oliver Breweries was born in 1993 in the basement of a brewpub in downtown Baltimore. The original brewing equipment was brought over from the U.K. with the aim of creating authentic English ales. Since then, we’ve created hundreds of beers, listened to thousands of hours of ear-piercing metal, and made more beer-loving friends than we can count. With our new brewery, we’re ready to bring Oliver Brewing Co. to the masses. But no matter how big we get, we’ll always stay true to our roots. Since then, we’ve created hundreds of beers, listened to thousands of hours of ear-piercing metal, and made more beer-loving friends than we can count. With our new brewery, we’re ready to bring Oliver Brewing Co. to the masses. But no matter how big we get, we’ll always stay true to our roots.”

Random: The brewery’s tasting room is open on Fridays and Saturdays.

The brew poured with a three finger, ecru colored head. It took awhile to go away and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was copper-colored with moderate carbonation. The nose was a combination of earthiness and malt. It had grass clippings and orange zest that was coupled with some nutty malt. The taste had a lot more grass and pine than the nose. It had a certain spiciness as well. The malt was there as well, which coupled well with the hops. The body was on the heavier side with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with a lot of malt. A can of this was $2, which came to $.17 an ounce. The beer was decent, just not amazing.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Today’s beer is one that I picked up in Maryland. The Total Wine that we stopped at was absolutely huge and had a lot of beers from breweries I’ve never heard of. This one is the first that I’ve ever had from the brewery, which is based in Virginia. The brewery is owned by veterans, which is pretty cool.

ABV: 6.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Warrior IPA is bold and flavorful American ale that showcases the intense citrus and pine aromatics of U.S. hop varieties. It is brewed with a mixture of lightly kilned malted barley and a generous amount of un-malted oats for enhanced body. Heavy late additions of Nugget, Zythos, and Ahtanum hops bring forth flavors reminiscent of lemon balm, grapefruit zest, dank herbs, bright citrus fruit and pine forest.”

Random: This beer came in at 65 IBUs.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and lemon juice colored with moderate carbonation. The nose was dominated by lemon zest and aged lemon peel. The taste was reminiscent of lemon pledge. It also had notes of lemon juice, lemon balm and a certain off-putting herbaceous note. It had a certain flavor of old, oily lemon peels. The body was thick with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with lemon balm. A can of this was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. This beer was a miss for me, especially when the market is flooded with IPAs.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

I feel like breweries are popping up everywhere. It’s hard to keep up with all of them. This is a brewery that I’ve never heard of. After some research, I found that they are in Media, Pennsylvania, which isn’t too far from me. I’m going to have to take a trip out there. They have a few IPAs on tap, but also have a saison, grisette and schwarzbier. They seem to have a nice balance between styles. Let’s get right into it and see what their house IPA has to offer.

ABV: 6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery, “Easy drinking house IPA with hoppy notes of citrus & tropical fruit.”

Random: This beer uses Simcoe, Crystal, Citra and Centennial Hops.

The brew poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It hung around for awhile and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and mahogany colored with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had some orange and lemon rind and a decent amount of caramel malt came through as well. The taste had a lot of citrus, specifically lemon and orange flesh. It had some mango at the end of the sip. There was significant malt to this as well, which gave it some sweetness. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with malt. I enjoyed this beer a lot and it had nice flavor. Now, I’m going to have to seek out more beers from them.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Val and I went to one of my favorite places, The Pour House in Pennsylvania for dinner. Every time we go out there, we stop at World Market. It’s one of the few retailers that I enjoy going to. It’s not overly crowded and they have a lot of unique things, like lavender candies that remind me of fabric softener (which is something I like, Val thinks it’s weird).

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Windows Up is a single IPA made with Mosaic and Citra hops. It pours a hazy straw color and is topped with bright white beer foam. Piney aromas mingle with fruity notes, while hints of citrus fruit and an overall lingering resinous quality lend a touch of complexity to this dank IPA.”

Random: This beer comes in at 41 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 clear and orange in color with lots of carbonation. The nose was filled with grass and vegetal notes of green peppers and green onions. The taste was equally vegetal with grass clippings, pine cleaner and light lemon notes. Green peppers and onions were there as well. The body was on the lighter side with high carbonation. The booze was well-hidden. It had a lengthy finish with pine cleaner. This wasn’t the best beer that I’ve had from Alpine, but I had no problems drinking it. That being said, there are better examples of the style out there.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I’m almost finished with the first season of “Legion” and it just keeps getting weirder, to the point that it is difficult to follow. I do enjoy it conceptually and I like the characters, but they keep going between reality and this alternate reality and it gets confusing. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 7.7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “New England style Farmhouse IPA with an earthy, citrus aroma leading to notes of Meyer lemon, tropical fruit, and dew covered pine needles. Underlying spiced, peppery, and funky characteristics that contribute to a dry finish with lingering bitterness.”

Random: I went to their tap room at Peddler’s Village and it’s a great spot.

This beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and lemon yellow with no carbonation visible due to the haziness. The nose had a lot of grass and lemon citrus notes. The taste had a lot more depth than the nose did. It had lemon citrus with grass and pine as well. There wasn’t much tropical fruit to it. What was there manifested as pineapple. The beer really needed a lot more hops to it. It had some white pepper at the end of the sip. The body was on the thinner side with very light carbonation. The finish was quick and had white pepper. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer and wish it had more hops. I won’t be ordering this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0