Deschutes Inversion IPA

Brewery: Deschutes Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 6.8%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 80 IBUs. Malt – Pale, Munich and Caramel. Hops – Millennium, Bravo, Centennial, Northern Brewer, Cascade and Delta.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) We worship the flower, the hop flower, that is. We know you do too. Inversion is our tribute to that flower, with plenty of balance, finesse and personality to feed the hop lover in us all.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.59
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.4

Intro: A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 11th November 2015 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: The beer poured a clear copper amber colour. There was a huge three finger light tan head that had good retention and left plenty of stringy lacing.
Aroma: Strong piney and grassy aromas with hints of citrus lemon zest. There is also some light caramel malts and apple juice there.
Taste: Bready and caramel malts upfront followed by plenty of pine and hop bitterness. There are hints of apple juice and grapefruit in between and a long lasting bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation.
Overall: This was a good IPA if not stunning although I prefer more carbonation. But Fresh Squeezed is still my go to IPA from Deschutes.

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Stone IPA

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 6.9%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 77 IBUs. Hops – Magnum, Chinook and Centennial.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) To say that this gem of an IPA is “hoppy” would be putting it modestly, and modesty is definitely not one of our strong suits. So we used a totally immodest amount of hops to create big hop aromas, big hop flavors and loads of hop bitterness in this delicious brew. First the aroma delights, then the flavor moves one to rejoice aloud. In fact, it makes us feel downright poetic. We hope it moves you too!

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.64
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 12 fl oz bottle with a bottled date of 21th July 2015 and an enjoy by date of 19th October 2015. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: It poured a clear golden copper colour with a one finger white head that had good retention and leaves nice spotty lacing.
Aroma: Fainter than I expected but starts with tropical mango and pineapple before turning to pine, grass and citrus lemon zest.
Taste: There was none of the tropicalness from the smell, but strong lemon zest, hop bitterness, floral and grassiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.
Overall: This was only just ok for me. It wasn’t bad and I would drink it again but for example I prefer Stone’s Go To IPA.

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Stone Go To IPA

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 4.5%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: A vibrant hop-bursted session IPA.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Since Day One, we’ve been abundantly forthright and fully transparent about our lust for hops. It’s led us to craft man an IPA, most of them imperial – some intense for their time and all timeless in their intensity. For Stone Go To IPA, we are embracing our hop obsession in a new way, funnelling an abundance of lupulin-borne bitterness into a “session” IPA delivering all the fruity, piney character of a much bigger IPA. To accomplish this, we employed “hop bursting” a technique wherein an irrational amount of hops is added during the final phase of the brewing process to coax out extreme flavors and aromas while also imparting a burst of desirably pleasant bitterness. The result is an alpha-acid-rich beer that you can enjoy more of without missing out on the assertive hop character you, like us, crave. So, sit back and go two with your new everyday go-to IPA and bask along with us in the glory of the almighty hop.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.42
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 12 fl oz bottle with a bottled date of 20th July 2015 and an enjoy by date of 18th October 2015. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: It poured a clear golden orange colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left a lot of spotty lacing.
Aroma: Very nice blend of tropical fruit, citrus and pine aromas. Strong mango, peach and apricot along with some light grapefruit and orange zest and hints of pine. Only a very light breadiness in the background.
Taste: Like the aroma, taste is tropical and citrus fruits. Mango and apricot to begin with followed by some orange and finishing with grapefruit bitterness which is lasting.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mid to high carbonation.
Overall: A very nice IPA from Stone. The aromas are stunning and it is very easy to drink.

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Omnipollo Leon

Brewery: Omnipollo
Country: Sweden
ABV: 6.5%
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Other Notes: Brewed by Omnipollo at De Proef Brouwerij (Belgium)

Brewer Description: (from website) Tired of talking my friends into pit stops at beer bars before heading “out” – in fear of having to drink bland lager all night – I set out to craft an ale that would act as companion throughout the evening. Leon is assertively hopped and fermented dry using champagne yeast. The yeast and the hops in combination with a simple malt bill provides the beer with a quality of being rich in taste yet refreshing.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.4
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.3

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 25th June 2016 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
Appearance: It poured a golden copper colour with very light haziness. Aggressive pour left a huge three finger yellowish head that had very good retention leaving some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Mainly citrus lemon accompanied by apple, pine and some pepperness.
Taste: Apple juice and lemon zest with hints of grapefruit, orange and pepper.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium to light bodied with high carbonation.
Overall: This was a decent Belgian pale ale and although not the best from Omnipollo, I can’t wait to try more of their stuff.

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Stone Delicious IPA

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 7.7%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Hops: Lemondrop and El Dorado.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) From the beginning, Stone has been obsessed with the mission of providing people access to bold, high-quality craft beer. After all, great beer is for everyone and anyone with the good taste to recognize it, not just a niche group like us uber beer geeks. So, when we developed this pleasantly bitter, deliciously citrusy hop-driven IPA, we took it as an opportunity to go a step further and do something we’d spent over a year researching and perfecting: create a beer that makes it possible for nearly everyone to experience our aggressive, no-holds-barred approach to craft brewing. It’s a flavourful, cutting-edge, modern-day IPA for everyone. Lemondrop and El Dorado hops provide plenty of fruity citrus character and a burst of hop zing that sings on the palate. We’re proud to present it to those who, so far, have only heard the legends.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.73
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 12 fl oz bottle with a bottled date of 18th July 2015 and an enjoy by date of 16th October 2015. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: It poured a clear deep golden copper colour with a slightly less than two finger white head with good retention that leaves lots of lacing.
Aroma: Strong tropical beginning with passion fruit, pineapple and apricot followed by hints of grapefruit, lemon zest and pine.
Taste: Considering the strong tropical aromas, I do not get any of the tropical fruits in the flavours. Instead, there’s lots of citrus lemon, lemon zest, hoppy pine and a lasting peppery aftertaste. There was also hints of bready and caramel malts.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Overall: I loved the aroma of this beer. It’s strong tropicalness was just stunning. However, none of that tropical was in the taste and that kind of brought it back down to earth for me as the bitter citrus lemony and peppery taste was just ok.

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