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)

Space Cake (Clown Shoes Brewing Company)

Style: Double India Pale Ale 9.0% ABV From: Ipswich, MA Brewery’s Note: “Why are Miracle Mike and this dog being chased by many evil laser beam shooting cupcakes and two giant layer cake mother ships? Because we’re straight up lunatic fools? Well, maybe, but with a few brain cells remaining we managed to craft space cake double IPA, utilizing citrusy mosaic hops and an immaculate … Continue reading Space Cake (Clown Shoes Brewing Company)

Revisiting: Heady Topper (The Alchemist)

Style: Imperial IPA 8% ABV From: Waterbury, VT Yes, that infamous golden nectar that all the hop heads gush over. If I’m being honest with you folk, I’ve had Heady quite a few times since I first wrote that quaint review way back at the start of this blog.  I was young in my quest for beer, and was even naïve to just how sacred … Continue reading Revisiting: Heady Topper (The Alchemist)

Pliny the Elder (Russian River Brewing Company)

Style: Double India Pale Ale 8.0% ABV OG: 1.070 Hops: Amarillo, Centennial, CTZ, Simcoe Bottled On: 12/02/13 From: Santa Rosa, CA Brewer’s Note: “Pliny the Elder is brewed with Amarillo, Centennial, CTZ, and Simcoe hops. It is well-balanced with malt, hops, and alcohol, slightly bitter with a fresh hop aroma of floral, citrus, and pine. Best enjoyed FRESH! That is why we make it in … Continue reading Pliny the Elder (Russian River Brewing Company)