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)

Hop Essence Series: Motueka (Brewmaster Jack)

Style: Double IPA / Hoppy Maibock-style Ale 8.3% ABV 100 IBU’s From: Holyoke, MA Bottled On: 12/10/13 Brewer’s Note: “The Brewmaster Jack Hop Essence Series is our take on a single hop series. Rather than keeping the same malt bill and just roating the different hops, each beer in the Hop Essence Series is crafted to complement the specific hop variety used. That means different … Continue reading Hop Essence Series: Motueka (Brewmaster Jack)

Gandhi-Bot (New England Brewing Company)

Style: Double India Pale Ale 8.8% ABV 85 IBU’s Brewer’s Note: “Gandhi-Bot is an intensely hopped double india pale ale with a blend of three varieties of American Hops. Aromatic and fully vegetarian, Gandhi-Bot is an ideal aid for self-purification and the seeking of truth and love.” The beer’s label is a bit ridiculous, but then again, so is the beer’s name…  I’m not a … Continue reading Gandhi-Bot (New England Brewing Company)

Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA (Stone Brewing Company)

Style: German Double IPA 9.5% ABV 102 IBU’s Brewer’s Note: “Our latest anniversary beer, starring an all-German cast of malt and hops, is yet one more glorious example of a Stone IPA brewed outside the box. Our brewers have brought their experiments with German hops to fruition, leaving convention behind to create this hefty IPA entirely with pilsner malts. These provide a superbly crisp mouthfeel, while … Continue reading Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA (Stone Brewing Company)

Meadowlark IPA (Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project)

Style: American IPA 7.0% ABV 85 IBU’s Hops: Galaxy, Bravo, Citra Malts: Pale, Crystal, Munich, Flaked Brewer’s Note: “Meadowlark IPA is a new juicy and floral hoppy, hoppy ale we brewed to celebrate the flavor and spirit of American craft brewing.  This 7% alcohol beer has a sunny orange-yellow colour, 85 International Bittering Units, a smooth mouthfeel and layer upon layer of soft flowery hops.  We wove … Continue reading Meadowlark IPA (Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project)