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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.

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

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 (=

 

Beer Review: New Belgium Ranger IPA

8 Aug

Ranger is probably an overdue beer for me to review, so here it is! New Belgium is one of the best selling craft breweries in the country, and I think they’ve earned it. I am really excited for the day when I get to head out to the beauty of Colorado, and take the tour. It goes without saying, that if your logo is a bicycle, you’ve already won my heart (=

For starters, I love the label of Ranger, it’s very simple. Green is also my favorite color so I’m a little biased, but hey. I also love seeing the fat tire bike anywhere and everywhere.

Ranger pours a very clear golden with nice visible carbonation. When I say clear, I mean it, this beer has no haze, it’s a color that feels crisp. I find that a lot of beers tend to be stronger than they smell, but Ranger is a bit of the opposite. The smell is good, but it doesn’t slam you with hops right away, it’s a bit of a more gentle introduction. You can smell hops for sure, with the light earthy and citrus aromas, but you don’t get a total hopslam. I get a little caramel as well.

The taste of this beer is great. It has a great flavor, hoppy with a bit of caramel, and not a ton of bitterness. It brings the hops, but not overpowering, it’s pretty pleasant. The mouthfeel is good as well, somewhat gentle, it seems to roll around in the mouth as if the feel is mimicking it’s crips golden color. I think the aftertaste could be a bit more bitter, but it fits with the rest of the beer very well.

All in all, Ranger is a great IPA. It’s not my favorite, and it’s not intense, but it’s very pleasant. I think it would be a good option for those who aren’t looking to get hop-slammed. It’s a great all-around beer though, really satisfying. Go buy some and drink it. For real.

New Glarus Black Top: “Drink Indigenous”

6 Jan

Well, I am working with my wife on changing our diets, and eating healthy. I’m doing The Abs Diet, and am working towards the six weeks and am going to see how that works. I do need to figure out how to work beer into this diet though. Obviously with my aspirations of being a home brewer, and even writing this blog, cutting beer completely is not an option. Well, this Black Top is the first alcohol I’ve had this week period, so I figure if I only drink enough to keep the blog going I’ll be good.

I’m really looking forward to the day when I can showcase my own beer on here, and document the process, don’t worry it shouldn’t be too long (=

So anyways, on to the main event!

New Glarus: Black Top, an american style black india pale ale. Wow. Black IPA’s are a relatively new beer, and are just starting to gain traction in the beer world. I am a fan of everything New Glarus, and had to try this out when I saw it on sale.

First of all, I love the hand-drawn style of New Glarus’ labels. They have a solid continuity between all their beer labels, and I think it adds to the allure. I love the big bubbly letters of Black Top, to go with the big flavor, and the road floating off, like some hidden mountain pass.

This beer pours real nice and thick with a small creamy head that dissipates quickly. It smells hoppy, with deep mollases overtones, hints of chocolate and coffee and a little bit of the citrus that often comes with an IPA. The texture is very smooth,and brings a nice bitterness, but stays smooth and crisp throughout.

The taste is phenomenal, it’s the first BIPA I’ve had, and it brings wonderful dark flavors to the normal citrusy hop. The taste is rich, with hoppy molasses, and chocolate with just a hint of that citrus. This beer combines the dark malty flavors common with a stout and the hoppy bitterness of an IPA, all in all a wonderful flavor combination.

The finish is also wonderful, keeping the bitterness but not lingering too long or being overpowering. It’s a solid aftertaste, finishing off the beer the proper way.

I highly recommend this beer, I know people love IPA’s as a summer beer, but this really goes well in the cold weather, I love having bitter hops to warm me in the cold weather. Final analysis=amazing. I love hoppy beers, I love the rolling bitterness, this one doesn’t overwhelm and it definitely does not disappoint.