Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #10

Brewery: Hill Farmstead Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 8%
Style: American Double IPA

Brewer Description: (from can) Imperial IPA brewed with honey and Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, and Simcoe hops.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.3
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. can, canned on 2nd October 2018, and with a drink by date of 13th November 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A murky dark orange colour with a big almost three finger off white head that had excellent retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Strong fruitiness, ripe mango, pineapple, citrusy orange zest and rind, with hints of melon, pine and spice.
Taste: Light sweetness, mango, pineapple, melon, followed by citrusy orange rind and peel, hints of honey sweetness and nice bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice easy drinking DIPA with lots of fruit and not a hint of booze.

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Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #9

Brewery: Hill Farmstead Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 8%
Style: American Double IPA

Brewer Description: (from can) Imperial IPA brewed with Amarillo, Motueka and Nelson Sauvin hops.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.45
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. can, canned on 24th September 2018 with a drink by date of 5th November 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A murky hazy dark orange colour with a two finger white head that had great retention and left lots of nice fluffy lacing.
Aroma: Tropical mango, peach, apricot, guava, some citrus orange, grapefruit, and resinous pine.
Taste: Fruity, tropical and citrus. Mango, peach, orange, grapefruit, citrus zest, with hints of pine. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Great aroma and flavours with lots of tropical and citrus fruit.

Gweilo Blooming Cherry Saison

Brewery: Gweilo Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 4.6%
Style: Belgian Saison
Other Notes: 15 IBUs. Seasonal Range

Brewer Description: (from can) Blooming Cherry Saison is a light, thirst quenching saison. The fruit and spice notes from the saison yeast work in harmony with the sweet and sour notes from the cherry. Combined with a slightly higher level of carbonation, this saison is an extremely well-balanced yet lively and refreshing beer.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.34
My ratebeer.com rating: 3

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 21st September 2019. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy apricot orange pinkish colour with a big two finger white head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Wheat, Belgian yeast, clove, banana, sugar, with only hint of cherry and spices.
Taste: Lightly sweet and lightly sour, wheat, Belgian yeast, clove, banana, cherry pitt, a touch of lemon and only hints of spice and cherry flesh.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Seems more like a Belgian Pale Ale or Witbier than a Saison. Where is the cherry? Despite cherry in its name, there is a distinct lack of any cherry aroma or flavours which were just extremely weak and possibly overpowered by the Belgian yeasty clove and banana notes. There is also a lack of Saison peppery spice. So, while the aroma and taste wasn’t bad or anything, as good as it sounds, the result was not what I expected given its name.

Knee Deep Hop-Trio Triple IPA

Brewery: Knee Deep Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 11.1%
Style: American Triple IPA
Other Notes: 122 IBUs. Hops – Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo

Brewer Description: (from website) Triple IPA brewed and dry hopped with large amounts of Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo hops that delivers exploding tropical fruit and citrus aromas and flavor. Intense hop aromas that are sure to stimulate your olfactory receptors.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.61
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 22 fl. oz. bomber, bottled on 23rd July 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A clear copper colour with a slightly less than two finger white head that had great retention and left lots of nice fluffy sticky lacing.
Aroma: Resinous pine, grass, grapefruit, citrus rind, orange juice, light caramel and a touch of booze.
Taste: Pine, resiny, light caramel sweetness, citrusy, grapefruit rind, orange peel, orange juice, booze, a touch of stone fruit, and a moderately bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Not bad at all, but perhaps a bit too boozy. I would have enjoyed it even more if the booze could have been hidden.

Stone 22nd Anniversary Anni-Matter Double IPA

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 9.1%
Style: American Double IPA
Other Notes: 22nd Anniversary. The no haze Double IPA. 81 IBUs. Hops – Columbus, Denali, Hopsteiner #06297, Galaxy, Citra and Amarillo

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Stone 22nd Anniversary Double IPA is a clean, crisp perfectly filtered IPA that reinforces giant, juicy, hop forward IPAs are a bailiwick of ours. Every year we have a special recipe creation challenge with two-person teams from our brewing department we’ve called the Stone Spotlight Competition. This year’s winner “Anti-Matter” was brewed (and named) by Stone brewers Jason Smith and Jose Flores. We felt it was a perfect candidate for our 22nd Anniversary IPA, as it’s not only an amazing IPA, but a perfect way to showcase the deep bench that is our talented and dedicated brewing team. This light amber colored IPA features an incredible mouthfeel from the malted oats. Citrus rides in the forefront, with plenty of fruit character to back it up. All in all, we felt this was the perfect IPA with which to say: Here’s to me, to you and twenty-two too!

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.87
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. bottle, bottled on 24th July 2018, and with an enjoy by date of 6th November 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A clear light copper amber colour with an almost two finger white head that had excellent retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Light biscuit, caramel malts, citrusy orange peel, grapefruit, citrus rind, hints of tropical melon, pineapple and pine.
Taste: Moderate bitterness, orange peel, mandarin, light caramel, pine and hints of melon.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: A good Stone styled Double IPA with nice aroma and flavours. The 9.1% ABV just drinks really easy.