Posts Tagged ‘ IPA ’

Picking up where I left off.

I need to get my liver back up to fighting strength before all the Portland beer geeks realized I’m weakened and destroy me at the next bottle share. The clock is ticking!

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Melvin IPA: First can of Melvin since they started distributing to Oregon! So sticky and dank, I can’t tell if it’s because of how hoppy this beer actually is or if it’s because everything that’s a pale ale or hoppier tastes hoppy as hell right now.

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de Garde Biere Noir: Revisiting an old favorite, de Garde’s Biere Noir has taken a funkier turn without picking up additional tartness! Fruit is still in full force here, with tons of jam and blackberries. I know this beer is made with black raspberries, but I thought it tasted more like blackberries, sue me.

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Jackie O’s/Side Project/Tired Hands/Sante Adairius We Are You: So….there are four breweries represented here, but I only taste two of them in this beer, so I guess they stood on the sidelines and provided moral support while the other two got to work. Up front this beer is bracingly acidic in vein of Side Project beers, but the finish and funk is all Sante Adairius. Probably my favorite new beer from Sante in quite a while, it reminds me of a more sour version of their Nonna’s Blends, which are my favorite non-fruited beers from them.

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When there’s no fridge, get a cooler!

I really wanted to drink some beer last night, especially because I had picked up a collaboration beer between Terminal Gravity and Double Mountain. Since I still don’t have a fridge I called up a buddy and he came over with a cooler full of ice. Cold beer achieved!

Beer: Gravity Mountain

Brewery: Double Mountain/Terminal Gravity

Style: IPA

ABV: 7.2%

Location: OR

Appearance: Hazy golden with varying amounts of head as you can see.

Aroma: Big grapefruit notes with some mango and pine. No malts detected here!

Taste: This beer is nice. It’s like Terminal Gravity’s IPA with more floral notes thrown in. Nice and hoppy with a little bit of a malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability:

Beer Advocate Grade: B+

My Grade: B+

I can see the end of the tunnel!

I’m in the process of finishing up getting my new apartment. Hopefully I can move in my new, kind-of-swanky place by the end of the month. Between that, work, and the joke class I’m taking at PSU I find myself with little time to sit down and enjoy a brew. Fuck that. I’m sitting now, might as well enjoy a brew.

Description: With this feisty white IPA, Deschutes white knuckles again from the well worn path. Chainbreaker fuses smooth wheat and spice low notes with hop highs, Proof, at last, that crisp and refreshing can still be a thrilling ride.

Beer: Chainbreaker White IPA

Brewery: Deschutes Brewing

Style: IPA

ABV: 5.6%

Location: Bend, OR

Appearance: Opaque straw yellow with little head to it. Just a little bit of a ring around the edges.

Aroma: Lemon, some hops, wheat, and a bit of clove. This beer could be a little interesting.

Taste: OM NOM NOM. Yeasty wheat like character up front, with typical IPA hop bitterness afterwards. After all that I can get a little bit of lemon and more than a little bit of clove. Quite good, but I’d enjoy this beer a whole lot more if it was nice and sunny out instead of cold and rainy. Oh Portland.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Super crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Give me 80+ degree weather, and I’ll magically turn a full growler of this stuff into an empty one.

Beer Advocate Grade: B

My Grade: B

Sidebar: The fresh hop version that I had last fall was far superior to this beer. As is this beer on tap, bottles don’t quite do it justice.

Going to my happy place

Rough day at work the other day, so I went and got a burrito and had a pint over at BeerMongers. I felt pretty good afterwards!

Disregard the labeling on the glass please, it’s not a Sierra Nevada beer.

Beer: RPM

Brewery: Boneyard Brewing

Style: IPA

ABV: 7.5%

Location: Bend, OR

Appearance: Bright gold with 2 fingers of frothy white head. Opaque, and under the light it looks like the beer itself is alight.

Aroma: Pine, grapefruit, and some orange as well

Taste: Just what I needed after a long day. Very fruity with low hop bitterness. Grapefruit, orange, with a side of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, with moderate carbonation. Suits the flavor of the beer very well.

Drinkability: I almost filled a growler on the spot…I would have if I had a growler in my car.

Beer Advocate Grade: A- (93)

My Grade: A-

Rye can be relentless

Whoops, I meant ruthless!

Pardon the dark photo, Photoshop takes a surprising amount of effort (read: I’m kind of a lazy ass)

Description: It’s a rye IPA, there.

Beer: Ruthless Rye

Brewery: Sierra Nevada (whoops, had Boulevard listed before)

Style: IPA

ABV: 6.6%

Location: Chico, CA

Appearance: Brown with bits of orange in it. 1 finger of head that fades quickly

Aroma: Citrus and pine notes of a typical IPA are here, but then I get some woody/rye smell, with a touch of breadiness that I associate with a doublebock.

Taste: Much less complex than the smell I think. I get some caramel with a touch of rye along with good citrus and pine. Very balanced, and quite tasty considering I went into the beer not expecting a whole lot.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. None of the viscosity that usually comes with a bready nose. I like it, thick, thick beers should all be stouts and barleywines.

Drinkability: I could definitely drink 4 during a soccer match or football game. There’s just enough complexity to keep me interested, but it’s not complex or heavy enough for me to stop and think about all the crap that’s going on in this beer during a game.

Beer Advocate Grade: B+ (88)

My Grade: B/B+

For the IPA lovers

You guys will want to try this as much as I do. Three brilliant breweries that are all great at brewing IPAs….making one together as a team.

 

They have my attentions now.

More info here: http://beernews.org/2011/12/more-brown-than-black-ipa-collaboration-debuts-monday/

Time For Some Catching Up!

Well, now that I have interwebs, I can post some of the beer reviews that I wrote up over the last week.

Beer: Hercules Double IPA

Brewery: Great Divide Brewing

Location: Denver, CO

Style: Double IPA

ABV: 10%

Appearance: Ruby colored, looks very warm and inviting. Leaves little head and only leaves a tiny bit of spidery lacing

Smell: Pine, grapefruit, a little floral notes, and some malts

Taste: Very hoppy, with a lot more pine than grapefruit. No floral notes in the taste, but a lot of sweet malts to balance out how hop forward this beer is.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Leaves a little bit of a sticky feeling on my tongue.

Drinkablility: Not bad, I could probably polish off a bomber of this with little problems.

My Grade: B

 

I guess I’m spoiled with all of the fresh hops lately, because I would typically rate this beer as a B+. This is still a great beer, but it just can’t hold a candle to the fresh hop beers that you can find in the fall and early winter.