Curiosity Twenty Nine (Tree House Brewing Company)

Style: American Double IPA 7.9% ABV From: Monson, MA Brewery Note: “Our curiosity continues with an intensely kettle and dry hopped Double IPA featuring a combination of Simcoe & Amarillo! The base of Twenty Nine is straightforward to allow the unique and intriguing characteristics of our house yeast to play with a big punch of Simcoe & Amarillo. We experience flavors and aromas of apricot, … Continue reading Curiosity Twenty Nine (Tree House Brewing Company)

Bright w/Nelson (Tree House Brewing Company)

Style: [New England] Double IPA 7.8% ABV From: Monson, MA Brewery’s Note: “This batch of Bright was crafted to be a clean and elegant showcase for the notoriously awesome hop from New Zealand, Nelson Sauvin!  It is crafted with a simple malt bill and fermented with clean American Ale yeast to create a flavor profile that is more a function of its vibrant fresh ingredients … Continue reading Bright w/Nelson (Tree House Brewing Company)

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)

Biere Sauvage Saison Reserve (Brasserie Dunham)

Style: Saison blended with an ale brewed with Tea and Guava aged in Pinot Noir Barrels 6.5% ABV From: Dunham, Quebec Brewery’s Note: “A blend of our Saison Rustique (82%) and Leo’s Early Breakfast IPA (18%) patiently aged in oak barrels with a single yeast flora . The result is a complex beer, dry, floral bouquet, fruity and rustic. Special brew 2nd Birthday.” The beer … Continue reading Biere Sauvage Saison Reserve (Brasserie Dunham)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Dark Penance (Founders Brewing Company)

Style: Imperial Black Ale 8.9% ABV 100 IBUs Brewery’s Note: “A heavy malt foundation includes Crystal malt for sweetness and just enough Midnight Wheat malt to push the color to black. The bitterness is huge, but balanced by malt sweetness and alcohol burn. The hop flavors and aromas range from citrus to floral to pine thanks to a delicious blend of hand-selected Chinook and Centennial hops.” … Continue reading Dark Penance (Founders Brewing Company)