Hop Savant: Galaxy (Crooked Stave Artisanal Beer Project)

Style India Pale Brett 7.0% ABV October 2015 From: Denver, Co Brewery’s Note: “Primary fermented with Crooked Stave’s mixed culture of Brettanomyces yeast and then received over three pounds per barrel of Galaxy hops, a varietal known for its distinct citrus aroma and stone fruit characters.” The beer pours a pale, greenish yellow-orange. It pours with a smooth, creamy head of off-white bubbles that dwindle … Continue reading Hop Savant: Galaxy (Crooked Stave Artisanal Beer Project)

The IPA (Building 8 Brewing)

Style: American India Pale Ale 6.5% ABV 70 IBU’s From: North Hampton, MA Note on the Beer from an Interview with Draft Magazine: “They say a writer should write about what they know. So really, we’re brewing what we like to drink and we really wanted to get something that was tropical and citrusy up front with a piney, dank baseline to it and a … Continue reading The IPA (Building 8 Brewing)

Mosaic IPA (Lost Nation Brewing Company)

Mosaic IPA (Lost Nation Brewing Company) Style: India Pale Ale 5.5% ABV 65IBU’s From: Morrisville, VT Brewery’s Note: “Our single hop IPA is brewed and dry hopped with Mosaic hops. Clean and crisp with an incredible balance between juicy fruit flavors and hop bitterness.” The beer pours out a murky copper with a fluffy, slightly-off-white head of bubbles that leave a nice, sheeted cling of … Continue reading Mosaic IPA (Lost Nation Brewing Company)

Double Battle Axe (Kelsen Brewing Company)

Style: Double India Pale Ale 9.0% ABV 80 IBU’s OG: 1.078 4.6 SRM From: Derry, NH Brewery’s Note: “This beer uses a “damn the cost” approach to recipe design. We use 6 lbs of hops per BBL with a majority of those hops being used in late whirlpool additions and dry hopping. Following our steadfast commitment to drinkability in our beers, the abundance of hops … Continue reading Double Battle Axe (Kelsen Brewing Company)

Clusters Last Stand (Smuttynose Brewing Company and Stone Brewing Company)

Style: Double India Pale Ale 8.8% ABV 62 IBU’s OG: 17.5° Plato Malt: North American 2-Row, Flaked Maize, Munich 10L, C-60 Hops: Bitter-Clusters, Flavor-Brewers Gold, East Kent Goldings, Dry Hop-Bullion Yeast: White Labs WLP-001 American Ale Brewery’s Note: “Old, new? It’s all the same, really. Cluster’s Last Stand defies the commonly accepted notion that strong, hoppy beers are recent arrivals on the US beer landscape. … Continue reading Clusters Last Stand (Smuttynose Brewing Company and Stone Brewing Company)

Blind Pig (Russian River Brewing Company)

Style: India Pale Ale 6.1% ABV OG: 1.058 Bottled On: 12/05/13 From: Santa Rosa, CA Brewer’s Note: “Ask for a blind pig during prohibition and you might just get a beer… During prohibition using the term “blind pig” discreetly meant many different things. Sometimes it was a secret code given to a bartender to receive a beer. In other places, it meant you paid a … Continue reading Blind Pig (Russian River Brewing Company)

Sea Hag IPA (New England Brewing Company)

Style: American India Pale Ale 6.2% ABV Brewer’s Note: “Sea Hag IPA is one of the first craft brewed American India Pale ales to ever be packaged in cans. Hand made with 3 malts and a generous amount of hops throughout the brewing process lends a crisp finish and a big floral aroma.” The beer’s label is a bit generic for a canned craft beer … Continue reading Sea Hag IPA (New England Brewing Company)