Sunday, September 2, 2012

Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale

Note: This is really more of a stout than a black IPA in my opinion.

22 ounce bottle in a typical pint glass.

Pours pitch black color with a very nice finger dense tan head,nice lacing.

Aromas of roasted malt, pine, dark chocolate, floral, and herbal spiciness.

Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, pine, coffee, floral, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of roasty and herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, roasted malt, light char, pine, floral, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. This is really more of a stout than a black IPA in my opinion as I don't really taste much hops in it.

Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice creamy and fairly sticky mouthfeel.

Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Very smooth and easy to sip on.

Overall this is a nice black IPA, very smooth to sip on. Just not sure it should be classified as an IPA. I'd call it a stout myself...

Saturday, September 1, 2012

New Belgium Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration) Lips Of Faith Series

22 oz bomber, poured into a typical pint glass.

Pours a nice golden color with a good inch of creamy off-white head, nice retention, good lacing

Sweet fruity aroma, fruity, citric hops, a little caramel malt.

Slightly sweet, citrusy, with a nice bitter pine resin. Nice balance of caramel and malty flavors that become more noticeable as it warms.

A very nice IPA with not too much over the top hop flavor for those of you not into double ipa's. It's very good and well worth picking up. If you are totally into hops, this may not have enough hop flavor for you.