Category Archives: American IPA

Carbon Brews Like the Wind

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 6.4%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 50 IBUs. Hops – Amarillo, Mosaic and Sabro. Malts – Pale, Wheat, Carapils and Carahell. Yeast – wlp-001. Experience – Pine, citrus, grapefruit

Brewer Description: (from website) A robust American IPA with a sturdy malt backbone. Pours a lovely pale yellow and bursts with mango, orange and peach with undertones of grapefruit and a little dankness. Citrus and pine dominate on the palate with a beautiful dry crisp finish.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.92
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 17th March 2022. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A clear golden colour with a two finger white head that had decent retention while leaving lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Biscuit malt, pine, grassy, pineapple, candied grapefruit.
Taste: Moderately sweet, candied grapefruit, pineapple, biscuit malt, light caramel, light bitterness, with notes of pine and grass.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: It’s super fresh and easy to drink, but it was sweeter, more malty, and less bitter than I prefer for a West Coast IPA.

Cigar City Jai Alai Spanish Cedar

Brewery: Cigar City Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 7.5%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 65 IBUs. Rested on Spanish Cedar

Brewer Description: (from can) The bold citrus qualities of Jai Alai IPA are complemented by sandalwood and cracked pepper notes imparted by Spanish cedar, the same wood used to build the world’s finest cigar humidors.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.31
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. can with a canned on date of 8th June 2020. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A mostly clear copper orange colour with an almost two finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Piney, wood, perfumy wood, cedar?, herbal, floral, with citrusy and pepper notes.
Taste: Herbal bitterness, wood, light sweetness, biscuit malt, pine, citrus, lemon, peppery spice.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I’m enjoying these wood aged Jai Alai IPAs even more than the base beer, and this Spanish Cedar variant is no different. Very interesting perfumy, herbal, and floral wood notes.

Satyr Brews Menace IPA

Brewery: Satyr Brews
Country: Greece
ABV: 5.2%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 40 IBUs

Brewer Description: (from website in Greek) Μετά την τρανή επιτυχία των πρώτων περιορισμένων παρτίδων Menace, η ναυαρχίδα μας που έδωσε το στίγμα των Satyr Brews και τάραξε το ελληνικό τοπίο στις IPA, με αποκρουστικές -για τους μη γνώστες- υπερβολές στη χρήση λυκίσκων (21 g/L) παίρνει την τελική της μορφή και τη βρίσκετε πλέον σε βαρέλι και σε μπουκάλι για κραιπάλες κατ’ οίκον. Διάβασε περισσότερα για τη Menace στο μπλογκ μας.

(best I can do is use Google translate) Following the tough success of the first limited Menace batch, our flagship Satyr Brews branded the Greek landscape in the IPA, with repulsive – for unconscious – excesses in the use of hops (21 g / L) form and find it in a barrel and a bottle of bruises at home. Read more about Menace on our blog.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.35
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 9th November 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden orange colour with a slightly more than two finger white head that had excellent retention and left some nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Citrus and tropical fruit. Grapefruit zest, lemon rind, pineapple, mandarin, pine, and a light caramel malt base.
Taste: What you’d expect from the aroma, with grapefruit and lemon rind and zest, mandarin, mango, pineapple, tea, pine, grass, on top of a nice light caramel malt base. Light sweetness with a good lasting bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Light and easy to drink, with a great balance between the caramel malts and the fruity citrus and tropical hops, and a nice bitter finish.

Toppling Goliath Pompeii

Brewery: Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 6.2%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 50 IBUs

Brewer Description: (from can) This India Pale Ale is brewed with the same attention to detail as the beautiful mosaics that graced the walls of prominent buildings in the city of Pompeii. It features mango and pineapple hop flavors with a medium-bodied feel to tantalize the senses.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.93
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 28th December 2018 with a best by date of 27th April 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a nice two finger white head that had pretty good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Citrus pith, orange zest, grapefruit, onion with hints of mango.
Taste: Bitter, grapefruit pith, citrus zest, grass with a sweeter finish of orange juice, pineapple and mango.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Nice easy drinking IPA that is solid.

Stigbergets Vision

Brewery: Stigbergets Bryggeri
Country: Sweden
ABV: 6.5%
Style: American IPA

Brewer Description: (from can) Mighty Bright IPA (not entirely sure what this really means…).

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.53
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 440ml can, with a best before date of 11th March 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a two finger white head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Orange peel, pineapple, fruit tea, pine, with a touch dank and herbal.
Taste: Lightly bitter, pineapple, citrus peel, fruit tea, pine, dank.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Balanced and easy drinking, but not the most exciting especially when compared to GBG Beer Week 2016 and Amazing Haze.