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Dogfish Head: 60 Minute IPA

29 Jun

 

Well folks, in the spirit of keeping up with the blog and the various media platforms, I’ve got another blog this week! A little bit of housekeeping, go over to the sidebar and follow me on instagram and like me on facebook if you want more content. My instagram is more than just beer, but I don’t do all food and kid photos (=

Anyway, Today it’s on to another Dogfish Head IPA, the 60 Minute variety or what I guess would be the classic IPA. I believe that the 60 Minute was the first of their continuous hopped IPAs, thus the minute designation. They add hops for the duration of the boil. So far, I like the 90 Minute best, but we’ll give 60 a chance, I’ve heard it’s quite good.

I’m learning, that regular IPAs are pretty clear, while their double brothers tend to be significantly hazier in nature. 60 Minute pours a clear gold, almost lager color, with a heart of copper coloring. There wasn’t much head to speak of, but a nice little ring held on for most of the session. Minimal lacing left on this one.

I’m having a hard time with the aroma on this one. I am getting over a cold, but I’ve been able to smell the other brews I’ve had recently. 60 Minute IPA does have a piney smell that’s lightly detectable, and maybe some very light tropical fruit hints.┬áThe mouthfeel is decent, good for an IPA. It has a medium body, good carbonation. It’s solid so far.

60 Minute’s flavor profile is piney hops with a little fruity tartness. It’s well balanced and definitely not a hop monster, though the hops are present. It’s a good flavor, nothing crazy. This seems like the kind of IPA you’d give someone who hasn’t tried many IPAs, or claims not to like them. 60 Minute is a good representation of a classic IPA, a delicious refreshing beer, that is just a solid beer. No gimmick, no craziness, just good beer. It’s no 90 Minute, but of course, it’s only 60.

MKE Brewing: Hop Freak

15 Jun

Man I just can’t get over how many amazing beers you can get in this state! MKE Brewing Co. has created another wonderful specimen with Hop Freak, a rishi tea double I.P.A. I tried this one out while at Houdini’s Escape Gastropub in Appleton, and just had to grab some for a review cuz it was so delish. Continue reading

Oskar Blues IPA

31 Jan

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Well, today it’s time for another beer that I’ve never tried before. In fact the only Oskar Blues beer I’ve had is Dale’s Pale Ale.┬áThat is a pretty dang good beer, so we’ll see how this IPA measures up. Continue reading

Brutus, an MKE Brewing review.

25 Jan

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Man, just seeing this beer makes me happy. It makes me think of the song by The Hives. If you haven’t heard it, go look it up. Anyway, Brutus is an American Strong Ale, one of my favorite styles, pretty excited for this one. Continue reading

Blueberries! Weekend at Louie’s, a review.

10 Jan

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Well, as much as I don’t care for sweet things, I have been known to enjoy some fruitier beers, as long as they are tastefully done. Today I’m checking out MKE Brewing’s Weekend at Louie’s, a blueberry amber ale. Continue reading

Idiot Farm, an Imperial IPA

7 Jan

Idiot Farm. First off, it’s a great name for an IPA. I don’t why, it just is. I first heard of Karben 4 a couple years ago when they opened, but haven’t had an opportunity to try anything from them until they recently started wider distribution. I’m definitley a fan of their packaging. Idiot Farm is a pretty entertaining landscape for sure.

The pour of Idiot Farm is visually exciting, a beautiful hazy golden amber color. It is quite hazy for an IPA with lots of apparent sediment floating around. It looks quite different from most IPAs that I have imbibed.

The aroma hints of greatness, I must say. A malty hoppy swirl of flavors tell of deliciousness within. Normally beers like this lose the maltiness in the smell, but this one starts off with a balance and then gives way to hoppiness as it should be. Earthy pine and resin accompany a touch of pineapple. It’s almost as much fun sniffing as it is drinking.

Okay that’s a lie, it’s more fun to drink, but it is a great smell. Idiot Farm has a perfect mouthfeel for a double IPA. It’s fairly heavy, a good thickness to support the powerful flavor. It’s well carbonated, delicious bubbles all over.

The flavor is perfect. I’ve seen some mixed reviews on this one, and maybe I’m too easy on beers, but I can’t find a flaw anywhere. It seems at first that it’s going to be an overpowering death by hops, but the bitterness swirls again with malty support and it’s like a Sufjan Stevens concert in my mouth. There is a detectable note of fruit underlying the earthy wonder.

This is a great double IPA. One of the better ones I’ve hd I feel. Of course, I always suffer a bit from the “My favorite beer is the one I’m drinking right now” bias, but nonetheless, Idiot Farm is fantastic. From start to finish, it’s almost perfect. Highly recommended from the beercyclist (=

 

New Belgium Review: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale

4 Jan

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Well, today on the blog after a long hiatus, I am reviewing New Belgium and Ben & Jerry’s current collaboration, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale. I’d been searching for it for a while and sort of accidentally stumbled upon it. I was at Fox River House in Appleton (a most fine establishment) for our an annual resolution ride. You know, ringing in the new year with bikes and beer as is apropo, and there it was on tap. I was so excited I had two, and then found it at the local grocer! You either love this one, or you hate even the idea of it, so what could make for a better review? Let’s get to it! Continue reading