Tag Archives: ipa

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


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

Devil Dancer, Founders Brewing Co.

17 Jan

Devil Dancer, what is a triple IPA anyway? You know, I am not entirely sure. I think that a reasonable description is a double IPA with the hops jacked a little bit and the malt jacked a whole lot. So what you get is an Imperial IPA with a lot of maltiness to balance an insane amount of hops. This flows through the three that I’ve tried, Devil Dancer from Founders, Molotov Cocktail from Evil Twin and of course Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA (although not named a triple IPA). Could it be a gimmick? Of course. Do I care? Of course not. 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 (=


Samuel Adams: Whitewater IPA

11 Jul

   It’s been too long since I’ve posted a review, but I’ve been lazy )= Getting done with doing a long ride at night, I often feel like just crashing and not putting one of these up. I’m getting there though, and I really want to tackle more with this blog. I’m even thinking of doing some local interviews, research stuff, who knows. 

In any case, today I am reviewing Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA. I really do like Sam Adams, but sometimes I think they make too many beers. It seems like they always have something new, and they are usually pretty decent, but I wonder if they made less variety if they could really make them great. 

There’s not a whole lot to speak of with the label on this one, it’s nice and subtle, sticking to the Sam Adams way. The rapids are a nice touch though.

It pours a golden amber with a pretty decent head and ample carbonation. The head isn’t incredibly resilient, but did stick around for a bit. It’s a pleasant looking beer. 

The aroma is quite sweet, fruity, hints of orange and a bit of spiciness with a nice hoppiness present. The taste follows suit, pleasant balanced hoppiness and the spice and apricots advertised do come through. It’s an interesting melding of two flavors, a Belgian White Ale and an American IPA. The wheat gives it a lighter character that brings a solid vibrant mouthfeel. While drinking I could really taste dried fruit, almost even felt the crisp texture. The mouthfeel isn’t too thick, but has a nice malty strength to it.

Overall it’s a pretty good beer. It doesn’t fall into the amazing category or anything, but does bring a little uniqueness to the IPA variety if not anything groundbreaking. I don’t know if I’d buy it in a six pack, but it sure works in a mix six!






Sierra Nevada: Ruthless Rye

23 May

Tonight I bring you a review of another beer from one of my favorite breweries, Sierra Nevada. I don’t think I’ve had a beer from them that has been anything short of excellent. They just really seem to know what they’re doing, and the Ruthless Rye is no exception. This is a very unique beer with its own delicious set of skills (=

I really like the label of this beer, it has an old feel. The subtle desaturated colors lend well to the seeming seriousness of a rye IPA, and set one up for the fortitude that lurks within.

It pours a nice dark amber with a gorgeous head. The head stayed too, nice and lacy, a good amount of carbonation present. It is not quite see-through, but has a bright feel, not cloudy, with lots of bubbles rising to the top.

Right from the start, the Rye backing of this beer makes its presence known. It smells of an IPA, with floral undertones, but the peppery presence of the rye is not missed. It brings a different depth to the smell, and I found it to be intriguing.

The taste does not disappoint. It has the bitterness of a good IPA, but the malty backbone of the rye balances out the hops nicely. It has a nice hoppiness, but it is not quite as strong as some IPAs, but in no way is that a detriment. The peppery malty side of this beer that lessens the hop intensity a bit, brings a whole new dimension of flavor that my taste buds found very welcoming. As well as the nice thick mouthfeel that coated my throat with what I can only describe as a peppery smoothness. Yup, I know that’s a contradiction, but you’ll have to try it yourself to see!

This is another great beer from Sierra Nevada. As I mentioned, it’s really unique and brought a welcome change to the IPA category. I love branching out, and I think you will as well. I got mine in a pick six at festival foods, but I don’t think it will be around much more now until next winter. Even so, if you see one on the shelf, grab it! It will do just fine with a little aging (=




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.