Category Archives: American IPA

Garage Project West Coast Ultra Dry IPA

Brewery: Garage Project
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 7%
Style: American IPA

Brewer Description: (from can) A new level of refreshment. This is West Coast Ultra – Dry IPA. Big on hops, low on carbs – not that you need it, you’re looking bloody good! It’s an ultra dry west coast hop bomb packed with Nelson Sauvin, Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado – all the hop flavours of an IPA brewed longer for a crisper, cleaner, more refreshing finish. The perfect beer to enjoy with other bloody good looking people who don’t need to worry about carbs.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.87
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 440ml can, with a best before date of 26th April 2019. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A clear golden colour with a slight orange hue, and a two finger white head that had good retention while leaving behind some decent lacing.
Aroma: Citrusy mandarin flesh, rind and peel, tropical mango, melon, mixed berries and pine.
Taste: Piney, citrusy grapefruit, mandarin rind and peel, with a hint of mango.
Mouthfeel: Dry, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Quite nice with great aromas and balanced flavours.

Advertisements

Sierra Nevada Single Hop Amarillo IPA

Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 6.7%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 55 IBUs. Single Hop Pack

Brewer Description: (from box) Each hop varietal has its own distinct flavor and aroma, which our brewers use in various combinations to create different flavors in our beers. Sometimes, though, we prefer to strip away those layers and let the bold flavor of an individual hop shine through. Discover the flavors of these unique single hops in this all-new pack of four hop-heavy beers.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.72
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. can, packaged on 5th September 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A clear golden orange colour with a big three finger white head that had good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Citrusy orange, grapefruit and lemon zest with hints of tropical peach, apricot and mango.
Taste: Moderate bitterness, light sweet caramel malt, biscuit, melon, peach, apricot, grass, pine and light herbal.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Quite nice with good bitterness, but the aroma was probably more promising that it tasted.

Knee Deep Breaking Bud

Brewery: Knee Deep Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 6.5%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 50 IBUs

Brewer Description: (from can) This is a true West Coast IPA. A restrained malt profile of American 2-Row, German Wheat and a touch of English Crystal give the beer it’s golden straw color and allows the hops to shine. Mosaic, Simcoe and Columbus hops provide dank aromas and flavors of tropical fruit and pine leading to a refreshing dry finish.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.79
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 20th July 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A clear golden colour with a just over two finger white head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Sweet biscuit malt, pineapple, pine, melon, mandarin peel and tea leaves.
Taste: Considering the aroma, tastes seems to be a bit lacking. Biscuit malt, light to moderate bitterness, pine, grass, light tropical fruit.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was ok. Aroma was great, but taste just didn’t quite match up to it as some of the nice fruit aromas just didn’t translate.

To Øl Garden Of Haze

Brewery: To Øl
Country: Denmark
ABV: 6.4%
Style: American IPA

Brewer Description: (from can) New England style fruit India Pale Ale.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.14
My ratebeer.com rating: 2.9

Intro: A 500ml can, with a best before date of 8th November 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A very lightly misty golden colour, with a two finger white head that had good retention and left some nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Light tartness, guava, passionfruit, mango and grass.
Taste: Tart, guava, passionfruit, mango, lemon juice, then it just goes really sour with nothing to balance it.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: A self described NEIPA, but really, nothing about it screams NEIPA. I believe it was created with Garden of Eden (which I actually enjoyed) in mind, but this was just a strange one for me. Aromas were good and fruity, but taste just went full on sour after starting out encouragably with some nice fruitiness. There was no balance to the sour and zero bitterness. A sour Fruit beer comes to mind here, but good ones have more complexity than this pure sour bomb.

Gweilo Blazon IPA

Brewery: Gweilo Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 6%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 60 IBUs. 1000L Batch

Brewer Description: (from can) Blazon IPA showcases two classic hop varieties. A large dose of Citra delivers an immense aroma of grapefruit and lime. This combines with the orange, lemon and peach notes from a large measure of Amarillo, creates a juicy, lip smacking tropical hop bomb.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.02
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 1st August 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A very lightly hazy (from very small but suspended particles) golden straw colour with a two finger white head that had pretty good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Light tea, lots of citrus, lemon zest, lemon, grapefruit rind, lime and pine with hints of peach and mango.
Taste: Light sweetness mixed with a good amount of bitterness. Grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, lightly grainy, pine, grass, peach and apricot.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I like it. It’s light and it feels more session than a 6% IPA, but it’s got pretty good citrus and tropical fruit in its aroma and taste.