Epiphyte (Deciduous Brewing Company)

Style: Double India Pale Ale 8.0% ABV From: Newmarket, NH Brewery’s Notes: “Our 8.0%abv interpretation of a double IPA. Brewed with no Citra, no Mosaic, no Galaxy, no Azacca, and no Simcoe.” I like how I have to look up the definitions of Deciduous’ names. Learning and beer should go together more often. This lovely little ale pours out the color of oranging bronze. It is … Continue reading Epiphyte (Deciduous Brewing Company)

Freak of Nature (Wicked Weed Brewing Company)

Style: West Coast Double India Pale Ale 8.5% ABV 100 IBU’s (?) Bottled on: 8/13/15 From: Asheville, NC Brewery’s Note: “n. An unusual unexpected natural phenomenon. 2. An Outlying, west coast-style double India Pale Ale brewed with an abnormally large quantity of hops. 3. A delicately crafted and crushable ale designed for fresh and immediate consumption. 4. A hophead’s vice or downfall. Ex: Though warned … Continue reading Freak of Nature (Wicked Weed Brewing Company)

Smuttlabs Shebang (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Style: Double India Pale Ale/Triple India Pale Ale 10.5% ABV From: Hampton, NH Brewery’s Note: “Shebang (triple IPA, 10.5%) goes further than Big A; featuring a lupulin cornucopia! Bravo and Zeus were used in the boil additions, while dry hopping is a blend of Summit, Pacific Gem and Falconer’s Flight.  For perspective, Shebang uses about 6 pounds of hops per barrel, while Finestkind is brewed with just … Continue reading Smuttlabs Shebang (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Le Freak (Green Flash Brewing Company)

Style: Belgian Double IPA/ American Tripel 9.2% ABV 101 IBU’s Brewery’s Note: “Le Freak is the first-ever hybrid ale of its kind: the convergence of a Belgian-Style Trippel with an American Imperial IPA. Spawned over barstool pontifications between Publican and Brewmaster, this zesty Amarillo dry-hopped, bottle-conditioned marvel entices with fruity Belgian yeast aromatics and a firm, dry finish. Experience a legendary beer phenomenon.” The beer … Continue reading Le Freak (Green Flash 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)

Dinner (Maine Beer Company)

Style: Double/Imperial India Pale Ale 8.2% ABV OG: 1.069 Malt: 2-Row, CaraPils, Caramel 40 & Dextrose Hops: Citra, Falconer’s Flight, Mosaic & Simcoe. From: Freeport, ME Bottled On: 7/31/14 Brewery’s Note: “Our first Double IPA – dry, refreshing and hoppy. We really focused on hop flavor and aroma here. To maximize hop character, we dry hopped Dinner twice with over 6 lbs. of hops per … Continue reading Dinner (Maine Beer Company)

Ethereal Gin Barrel Aged – Realization (Beer’d Brewing Company)

Style: Double India Pale Ale aged in Gin Barrels 9.0% ABV From: Stonington, CT Brewery’s Note: “Aged for at least six months in a Berkshire Mountain Distillers Ethereal Gin Barrel. Realization, our pine & grapefruit forward DIPA marries with the floral & botanical gin characteristics, creating a concoction sure to please beer & spirit drinkers alike.” The beer pours a sickly, oranging yellow color, and … Continue reading Ethereal Gin Barrel Aged – Realization (Beer’d Brewing Company)