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)

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)

Green Head IPA (Newburyport Brewing Company)

Style: American West Coast IPA 7.2% ABV Hops: Topaz, Columbus, Centennial, Simcoe From: Newburyport, MA Brewer’s Note: “An assertive and hoppy west coast-style India Pale Ale. Bright hop aromas and flavors fade to a brief, smooth malt undertone and a clean, crisp, slightly bitter finish. This beer is brewed to bite you back!” The beer’s can is similar in style to the Plum Island Belgian … Continue reading Green Head IPA (Newburyport Brewing Company)

Celebration Ale (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

Style: American IPA 6.8% ABV 65 IBU’s OG: 16.0º Plato FG: 4.0º Plato Bittering Hops: Chinook Finishing Hops: Cascade & Centennial Dry Hopping: Cascade & Centennial Malts: Two-Row Pale, English Caramel Firstly I’d like to fill in all of those who (like I was before I wrote this review) were unaware that Celebration is really just an American IPA with fresh hops, and not a … Continue reading Celebration Ale (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

New England Gangsta’ (Earth Eagle Brewings)

Style: American West Coast IPA 6.5% ABV The beer pours a hazy murky marmalade color with a white fluffy head that fades onto the edges of the glass.  Lacing is not really noticeable, slipping off the side of the glass almost as quickly as the liquid.  As I said, the beers body is pretty murky and opaque with some carbonation bubbles, but nothing of the … Continue reading New England Gangsta’ (Earth Eagle Brewings)

Lunch (Maine Beer Company)

Style: American IPA 7.0% ABV Color – Orange O.G. – 1.061 Malt – American 2-Row, CaraPils, Caramel 40L, Munich 10L, Red Wheat Hops – Warrior, Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe   This beer’s label is another example of minimalism from the Maine Beer Company.  The whale’s back is a little interpretive as the graphic on this bottle, and I honestly didn’t recognize it was that until I … Continue reading Lunch (Maine Beer Company)

Hi.P.A. (Magic Hat Brewing Company)

Style: American India Pale Ale 6.7% ABV 70 IBU’s Yeast: English Ale Hops: Columbus Malts: Pale Gravity: 15.50 Plato SRM: 3.5 Cap Quote: “You owe you a beer”   I really love this bottle’s label.  The cool seventies psychedelic album feel of the label is just perfect.  I love the color scheme of turquoise, blue and gold, and the font works perfectly with the seventies feel, and overall this is … Continue reading Hi.P.A. (Magic Hat Brewing Company)

60 Minute IPA (Dogfish Head Craft Breweries)

Style: India Pale Ale 6% ABV 60 IBU’s   As my next post will let you know, I’m trying to brew a beer right now that started as a clone of the 60 Minute IPA, and then swiftly changed due to hop availability and my own little additions, but in honor of it being my base beer I’ve decided to review this pillar of the … Continue reading 60 Minute IPA (Dogfish Head Craft Breweries)

Smuttynose Finestkind IPA

Bottle:  (So I’m adding in a new segment of review to this blog, and it is for something I have always found very important for a beer that no one has ever heard of, the bottle design.)  This bottle has two nice old fogies sittin’ in their chairs in front of their mobile homes.  The rustic feel with the nice sky blue background for the … Continue reading Smuttynose Finestkind IPA