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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. The 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.

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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. That 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

New Glarus: Moon Man

31 Jul

Moon Man is one of my favorite beers from New Glarus. I’m really starting to love the APA (american pale ale) style of beer. I love my IPA’s and am pretty sure they’ll always be my favorite, but the sessionable nature of the APA is quite pleasant.

Moon Man pours a very clear golden. Light carbonation is visible with lots of good bubbles rising, and a fairly small crisp head. It smells great, in fact actually smells stronger than it actually tastes. It has a floral aroma, with maybe a bit of orange or maybe a tiny hint of grapefruit. The floral stands out to me the most. The taste is great, you taste the hops right away but they’re just present, not too powerful or very bitter. It has a good malty bitterness on the backend aftertaste. I could Taste the floral hops, little bit orangey. Moon Man is smooth, rolls right down the throat, very pleasant. It has good carbonation, and fills mouth well, bitterness comes out more if you let it sit a bit.

Overall this is a solid beer, very enjoyable. Good if you’re in the mood for an IPA type beer, but aren’t totally in the mood to get hammered with hops. A solid sessionable offering from New Glarus. I think the claim they make on their website is pretty acurate:

“You hold a session beer with a bright bold blend of five hops that flirt obligingly with the smooth malty backside. Don’t let this one lay around it is brewed to be enjoyed today. Bold and engaging without pretense, because in Wisconsin you do not have to be extreme to be real.
Just be”

Sierra Nevade Bigfoot 2012

16 Mar

Wow, it’s been way too long since I’ve posted. Life has been a little crazy, but then again when isn’t it? And it’s not like I’ve ever been great at consistently blogging. Well, I enjoy it anyway, so yeah.

And another wow. This beer, it’s one to remember. Sierra Nevada’s 2012 Bigfoot, their Barley wine. First of all, the design. Sierra Nevada is great, it has that classic look with the banner, and I love the feel. The sasquatch hiding in the woods is pretty epic if you ask me (= I love that there’s a beer named after Bigfoot.

It pours smooth, and should probably have a bigger head than you see in the picture, but I’m pouring from a bottle here, not a tap. In any case it’s a nice foamy head. The beer itself you can see is a reddish-brown, pretty clear, not hazy.

It smells hoppy and strong, and has a slightly sweet pine aroma. It smells great, and fills your nostrils, builds a great anticipation.

Upon first sip, it starts smooth and fills your mouth, and the bitterness pulls your pallet. I’m not even sure how to describe that, it’s like your taste buds are being pulled like puppet strains if that makes any sense. The beer takes over. The flavor stays, wonderfully hoppy, and almost IPA quality but with deep flavors, very complex, with a thick almost stouty texture.

Not only do I recommend this beer, I will be getting more, and trying it each year that Sierra Nevada puts it out. Amazing beer. Oh, and I felt pretty good after just one (=