Category Archives: 4 – Good (buy)

Epic New England Style IPA (Citralush)

Brewery: Epic Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 7%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: “Praise the haze”

Brewer Description: (from website) These juicy, hazy, hop bombs are packed to the brim with flavor. In fact, we’ve been downright irresponsible when it comes to hop utilization. Our brewers have been experimenting with everything from lupulin powder, to massive hop backs, exploring the flavor synergies of fermentation hopping, and literally cramming in more dry hops then our tanks can even hold. Our New England-Style IPA rotates through different recipes as and hop charges as we source new and interesting hop verities. See the side of the can for indicators about each new recipe.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.08
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. can with no canned on or best before date. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A cloudy dark orange (like mango juice) colour with a one finger white head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Mango, orange, citrus zest, pine and a hint of damp wood.
Taste: Juicy tropical mango and peach, citrus orange zest and lemon peel coupled with touches of pine, dank, bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A nice, refreshing and tasty NEIPA.

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Prairie Bomb!

Brewery: Prairie Artisan Ales
Country: USA
ABV: 13%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Spaceship Earth Coffee Co.. Brewed and bottled by Krebs Brewing Co., Krebs, Oklahoma

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperial Stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and chili peppers.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.43
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 10317, meaning it was bottled on 13th April 2017. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a slightly less than one finger brown head that had dissipated to a thin layer and left some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and chili peppers.
Taste: Similar to the aroma with chocolate and vanilla followed by hints of coffee and chili pepper spice.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: A very nice and balanced Imperial Stout that I could just keep drinking.

Stone x Paul Bischeri & Patrick Martinez x Abnormal Neapolitan Dynamite

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co. x Paul Bischeri & Patrick Martinez x Abnormal Beer Company
Country: USA
ABV: 8.5%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Imperial Stout brewed w/ chocolate, vanilla, strawberries and coffee. 2017 Stone collaborations

Brewer Description: (from bottle) An Imperial Stout scooped from the freezer into your glass. At Stone Brewing we are proud to partner with the American Homebrewers Association to host a chapter member rally and homebrew competition in the commons at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station. Every year for the last 8 years, San Diego region AHA members have submitted their homebrews to be judged by their peers, and a team of Stone folk (that always includes Steve and Greg, natch). The prize? A chance to strut their stuff in front of craft beer fans on the national stage. You hold in your hands the most recent winner. Finding inspiration in that humble box of striped ice cream from our childhoods. Neapolitan Dynamite is an intense Imperial Stout brewed with vanilla, strawberries and chocolate, revved up with a shot of coffee to fuel the ultimate dance contest on your palate, gosh! You seem this specialty Imperial Stout is the Rex Kwon Do of Imperial Stouts. It’s got nunchuck skills, computer hacking skills AND bow hunting skills. Pair this dynamite stout with life’s finer things, like quesadillas, tater tots and freestyle dancing. This also answers the eternal question: Can you pair a stout with a liger? Hell yes you can. We just did.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.05
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 22 fl. oz. bomber with a bottled on date of 25th August 2017. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a nice one finger brown head that had decent retention and left some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Coffee with light melted and mixed Neapolitan ice cream.
Taste: Lightly sweet beginning as coffee dominates followed closely by vanilla and roasty malts. The strawberry and chocolate are lurking around in the background before a finish that is lightly bitter from the coffee.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: This was quite nice but not quite Neapolitan enough for me as only the coffee and vanilla dominates the aroma and flavours while the strawberry and chocolate were not strong enough. I’m a big fan of mixing melted Neapolitan ice cream, so that was what I was hoping for. Body was also thinner than I hoped for, but not too much of a problem. I may seem a bit overly critical here, but it really is quite good and enjoyable.

AleSmith Double Red IPA

Brewery: AleSmith Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 8.5%
Style: American Amber Ale
Other Notes: Limited Edition, Seasonal

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Previously known as Winter YuleSmith, this warming, hoppy ale used to be available exclusively during the holiday season. But the popularity of this red-hued India Pale Ale grew to the point where sharing a limited run of the beer with our fans seemed insufficient. Our answer was to convert this crimson IPA into a seasonal offering to be enjoyed from fall through the winter months. Caramel malt sweetness combines with citrusy highlights to bring forth a dry, highly drinkable beer that’s simultaneously hearty and thirst-quenching. The holidays are too brief to contain this much flavor.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.96
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. bottle, bottled on 19th September 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A clear dark amber copper colour with a big two finger light beige head that had great retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Caramel malts, grapefruit zest, citrus rind and pine.
Taste: Similar to the aroma with sweet caramel malts, grapefruit flesh, zest and rind, grass and pine. Finish was nice with moderate bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Solid tasting Red IPA with good balance of malt and hops.

8 Wired A Fistful Of Cherries

Brewery: 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 6.7%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Sour Ale with Marlborough Cherries aged in wine barrels. 2016 vintage

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A sour ale brewed in the Belgian tradition. Barrel aged for two years on fresh Marlborough Cherries. Vibrant flavours of funk and fruit. Contains a fistful of cherries per bottle. No more, no less. Depending on the size of ones fist of course…

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.13
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 500ml bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date other than 2016 vintage. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy ruby red colour with a one and a half finger off white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse lacing. Near the end, the pour becomes a cloudy purple-reddish colour.
Aroma: Tangy, cherry and lemon with light citrus zest, oak, leathery brett and funk.
Taste: Tart, lightly sour, cherry, oak, barnyard, funk and brett.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium to light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: A solid sour that is enjoyable and very drinkable.