Sunday, November 10, 2013

Stone Double Bastard - Limited Edition

22oz bomber poured into a typical pint glass.

Pours a beautiful dark amber/red color. Less than a finger of head and some nice lacing.

Nose is full of fruit, similar to a Belgian quad.

Taste is fruits and nuts. Definitely hoppy and no malt to cover it up. A hopheads dream. IBU's aren't advertised, but I'd guess they are in the upper 80's. Just the right amount of bitterness for a double ipa, with a nice 11.2 ABV.

Overall one of my favorites.Complex, yet simple. Sweet and bitter, not over malted like many double ipa's. In my opinion Stone should offer this brew year round.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Smoked Ribs - Baby Back Style

Just a quick shot of my baby back ribs. We used our signature rub with a couple extra spices and man did they turn out good. 5 hours in the Bradley Smoker with Jim Beam wood. This description just doesn't do them any justice.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Hop 15 by Port Brewing Company

22oz bomber poured into a typical pint glass.

Pours a dark golden color with a foamy, fluffy white head and some lacing. Full of sediment, very chewy looking. Not your typical looking clear IPA. See the picture below.

Nose is citrus, orange, lemons, grapefruit. Maybe some pine.

Taste is very good. Hops, caramelized malts, citrus. As mentioned, lots of sediment. Really a chewy brew (in a good way). Citrus and hops linger but no bitter aftertaste.

Overall a good imperial IPA. Very drinkable, but not so much a hop head brew. Tons of sediment in it if you like that kind of thing. On a scale of 1 - 10, I'd give it an 7.


Upslope Imperial IPA

19.2 oz can poured into a typical pint glass.

Pours a very clear golden amber with a nice white head and some lacing.

Nose is hoppy, but not overpowering. I wouldn't call it anything complex at all..

Taste is surprisingly very good. A lot of hop flavor as well as some malt.

Overall a great imperial IPA from Upslope, 90 IBU's, 10% abv. Very drinkable and appealing to hop heads. On a scale of 1 - 10, I'd give it an 8.5.

Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA

22oz bomber poured into a typical pint glass.

Pours a clear golden amber with a thick white head and nice lacing.

Nose is definitely hops. I think I read there is a blend of 8 different hop varieties. A little citrus, pine and even a little earthy as well as some malt.

Taste is very interesting and unique for an IPA. Lingering hop flavor in the aftertaste with a touch of citrus.

Overall a solid imperial IPA from Stone. Very drinkable and I'll definitely be drinking more of these. On a scale of 1 - 10, I'd give it a solid 9.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Hop Juice by Left Coast Brewing

22oz bomber poured into a typical pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange/copper color with a finger of head and very little lacing.

Nose is piney, carmally malts. 5 hop varieties, but it's difficult to tell which ones.

Taste is pretty malty (over malty imho), a little bitter. Not near enough hop to call itself a double ipa. Bottle touts 'massive' IBU's (hard to believe) and 9.7% abv.

Reading the name 'Hop Juice', I'd expect it to slap me in the face with hops. This really didn't do it for me. On a scale of 1 - 10, I'd give it a 5.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Smoked Turkey

 First of all, Happy Father's Day to all who qualify! Just wanted to share pics of my smoked turkey I made for Father's Day. Man was it tasty!

Details: 13 pounder, bradley smoker using maple wood, brined for about 18 hours, smoked it for 7 hours. Was perfect!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Elevation Tripple IPA by Renegade Brewing


12oz can poured into a typical pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange/copper color with a sticky head and amazing looking lacing.

Nose is definitely hoppy. As the can says, it is calling itself a tripple IPA. Other than hops we smell some citrus, maybe mango and/or pineapple.

Taste is full bodied, has a lot of hop, but some fruit as well. Pretty bitter at over 100 IBU's and 11.2% abv.

A solid beer, one of my fave double IPA's although they are calling it a tripple IPA. It was very enjoyable and right on track for a typical hop head like me.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Ass Kisser Double IPA


Bottle (22oz) poured into a glass beer mug (22oz?)

Pours a dirty copper color with foamy head, lacing is ok.

Nose has some hop, citrus, piney.

62 IBU's, ABV is 7.75%.

Tastes like an ok ipa. Not the best double ipa that's for sure..

Mouthfeel is almost watery, thin, lightly carbonated.

Being a double/imperial ipa fanatic, this was not one that I'd go out and buy again. It was alright, just not deserving of what an imperial ipa should be in my opinion.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Dry Dock Double IPA by Dry Dock Brewing


Bottle (22oz) poured into a glass beer mug (22oz?)

Pours a nice orange/dirty copper color with foamy head, lacing is ok.

Great nose. Malty aroma initially. Definitely some hoppy aroma, maybe a little pine.

No info on the IBU's but I'd guess it's about 65 - 70. ABV is a nice 9%.

Tastes as good as it smells. Piney, citrusy, finishes with a strong hop bitterness that's nice.

Mouthfeel is medium, almost creamy, lightly carbonated.

Decent double ipa, enjoyable, and recommended. I wouldn't make a special trip to find it, but definitely a good brew if you see it.

Supa Hero by Clown Shoes


Tried on tap at my favorite local bar in a pint glass.

Pours a nice orange/copper color with good lacing. Color reminds me of Blue Moon.

Great nose. Hops, hops and yes more hops.

No info on the IBU's but I'd guess it's about 80 - 85. ABV is a healthy 8%.

Tastes as good as it smells. Piney, earthy, and definitely hop-delicious. One of the more bitter double ipa's I've had lately.

Mouthfeel is medium, not over carbonated.

Can't wait to get back to the bar and have a few more of these before they blow the keg!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Burton Baton by Dogfish Head Craft Brew Ales


Bottle (12oz) poured into a dogfish head pint glass.

Pours a nice red/orange color with beautiful lacing.

Smell amazing. Great nose here, sweet oak, light vanilla, nice hop aroma and some booze.

Aroma is vanilla and slight oak, followed by a nice hoppy bite and a slightly malty backbone. ABV is 10%, but I really was not able to detect much of an alcohol taste. Nice amount of hop bitterness but not over the top, taste lingers perfectly.

Mouthfeel is medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall this is my favorite dogfish head brew so far, a tasty and aromatic imperial ipa. If youre a fan of imperial ipa's, this comes highly recommended.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Old No. 23 by Bristol Brewing


Bottle (12oz) poured into a nice Belgian globe.

Pours like a thin brown ale. Little to no head or lacing. Kind of murky looking.

Aroma is definately malty, ok very malty. More like a Belgian Quad than just a barley wine. ABV is at 11.25 (be careful drinking this one). Definately some alcohol flavor. Dry mouthfeel, like the malt evaporated.

Not much to say about this one. Good for the style. Not syrupy. If you love Belgians and quads then this brew is for you.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

G'KNIGHT by Oskar Blues


16 oz can, poured into a typical pint glass.

Pours a beautiful amber to copper color. Yields a decent finger of foamy white head. Good lacing. Extremely active carbonation for the first few minutes.

Aroma is sweet and tropical. Hints of grapefruit, maybe some pineapple, fruity, but a nice hoppy aroma as well. Kind of a unique and different smell to it (in a good way).

Grapefruit notes, mild pineapple sweetness, hard to nail down the exact fruit. Tropical is definitely what we taste though. Sweet, with a great hop bitterness that lets you know you're drinking an imperial IPA. Malty goodness reinforces the sweet, tropical flavor. Smooth.

Smooth, thick, and carbonated just right. Refreshing considering 8.7% ABV and thickness. Great feel with this one.

One of my favorites. A delicious and unique IPA.

Sublimely Self-Righteous by Stone


22 oz bomber, poured into a typical pint glass.

Pours almost jet black in color with a half finger of head. Leaves nice lacing throughout. Beautiful American Black Ale.

Toasty, citrusy note, resiny pine scent, and plenty of hops in this one.

Bitter, piney, citrusy hops, toasted chocolate malt notes.

Mouth is slick, bitter finish, a hint of alcohol, warm going down. Medium bodied and carbonated.

Drinkability is excellent. 8.7% abv hidden well.

Once again, an excellent offering from Stone. Hop flavors and scents are complex and intense and the malt presence is the perfect counterpart.