Category Archives: American IPA

Stone Ghost Hammer IPA

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 6.7%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 56 IBUs. Featured hops – Loral

Brewer Description: (from can) A fermenting beer never slumbers. Consequently, there is always scattered activity tending our precious beers throughout the dark hours. In these late nights and wee hours that hallowed responsibility fall to the shoulders of the overnight Brew Crew. These brewing vanguards brave the long nights, often alone, to do what needs to be done. Most areas of the brewery are dark or in shadows. Throughout the night the cellars resonate with the occasional knocking of expanding and contracting pipes. It can be a bit spooky to hear the brewery creak and groan as if possessed by a spirit randomly knocking about with a mallet. This IPA, brewed with a striking array of hops, honors our intrepid overnight team by naming it after their mischievous poltergeist companion – the Ghost Hammer.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.32
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.1

Intro: A 330ml can, canned on 18th May 2017, with an enjoy by date of 18th May 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a just under two finger white head that had pretty good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Lemon zest, floral tea, dank pine, herbal and a light spicy pepper feel.
Taste: Floral and herbal character is quite strong with lots of fruity lemon, lime and melon in the background. There is also some pine, honey and a light pepper bite on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is just ok for me as I’m not too fond of overly floral flavours and unfortunately for me, this IPA really has quite a bit. The citrus and melon combo was nice, but I just couldn’t get away from the floral.

Pipeworks Mango Guppy

Brewery: Pipeworks Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 4.6%
Style: American IPA

Brewer Description: (from can) Session IPA brewed with mango and honey.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.28
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 17th April 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy golden orange colour with a two finger white head that had decent retention and left some lacing.
Aroma: Mango, honey and some nice citrus rind, pine and mandarin to balance.
Taste: Tropical mango sweetness with some bitter mandarin peel and rind, pine, plus maybe a hint of honey, but not much.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: It’s a very tasty and enjoyable Session IPA. Easy to drink and extremely crushable on a hot summer day.

Mikkeller Single Hop Simcoe IPA

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 6.9%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Brewed & canned by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij

Brewer Description: (from can) Single Hop Series – Simcoe

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.88
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 7th November 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: It was a dark copper amber colour with a two finger off white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Pineapple and candied orange sweetness with hints of caramel, berries, pine and grapefruit.
Taste: Sweet malt, light caramel, pine, grass and herbal with hints of bitter citrus and mixed berries.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was pretty good, but the malts seemed to take charge when it was supposed to showcase a single hop, which was a bit disappointing. However I did feel that this was the best of the four Single Hop Series that I tried.

Mikkeller Single Hop Mosaic IPA

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 6.9%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Brewed & canned by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij

Brewer Description: (from can) Single Hop Series – Mosaic.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.64
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 9th November 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy copper amber colour with a two finger off white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: A good mix of citrus orange and mandarin with tropical papaya and mango plus hints of pine and grass.
Taste: Malty sweet biscuit and caramel with bitter citrus rind, peel and orange. Maybe hints of mango and pine on the finish, but not much.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Not as good as Cascade or Simcoe, but like the others, the malts overpowered the hops and was just ok.

Mikkeller Single Hop Citra IPA

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 6.9%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Brewed & canned by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij

Brewer Description: (from can) Single Hop Series – Citra.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.58
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.4

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 8th November 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark amber colour with a two finger off white head that had good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: A bit light but there’s citrus and tropical grapefruit, melon and peach with hints of caramel and pine.
Taste: Bitter grapefruit, citrus orange, pine, grass and caramel maltiness. The booziness was also actually quite obvious here.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was ok, but the malts overpowered the hops and it was surprisingly boozy.