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Abnormal New Money (Vic Secret)

Brewery: Abnormal Beer Company
Country: USA
ABV: 7%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Hazy India Pale Ale. Hops – Nugget, Cascade, Citra, Simcoe and Vic Secret

Brewer Description: (from can) This Hazy IPA is a showcase of some of the most hipster millennial hops one can acquire. In this edition of our rotating series, we bring you Vic Secret, and no we didn’t dry hop with any lace or glitter. Strong fruity character and resiny pine dominate on the nose and flavor, finishing juicy and creamy. Remember, a nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore… unless you’re talking about New Money IPA. The symbol above is the currency symbol for bitcoin, the pioneer of cryptocurrency which, like this beer, is an innovative take on an existing paradigm.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.54
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.4

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 16th July 2018, ‘Love spell’. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden straw orange colour with a two finger white head that dissipated quickly while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Witbier like with strong sweet banana, clove and coriander. Lightly herbal with hints of pear, grass and citrus zest. Not at all what I was expecting.
Taste: What a strange one to describe. Less Witbier tones, although it’s still there with the banana and clove. I want to say the major flavour I get is pear juice. Hints of floral and grass as well as honey here and there.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Not at all what I was expecting. Based on aroma and flavour, it seems closer to a Witbier than an IPA let alone NEIPA, but the aroma and flavours were very apparent and not bad at all. Worth a try.

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Abnormal Boss Pour

Brewery: Abnormal Beer Company
Country: USA
ABV: 7%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: West Coast India Pale Ale. Hops – Cascade, Simcoe, Nugget, Citra and Mosaic

Brewer Description: (from can) Feel like a boss? You will when you crack open our flagship West Coast Style IPA, Boss Pour. Waves of Pacific Northwest hops are supported by American 2-row and copious amounts of English specialty base malts. Bright citrus and a touch of dank hop character are the ones in charge here, and will surely be good for the end of your daily grind. So step on up, be a Boss.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.16
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 16th July 2018, ‘Kiki, do you love me??’. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden straw orange colour with a two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Mandarin, mango, orange zest, pineapple, dank, pine and grass.
Taste: Bitter, citrusy orange zest, grapefruit peel and rind, light sweetness, mandarin, tropical fruit, pineapple, pine, grass and hints of mango.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A nice West Coast IPA. Good bitterness and good tropical and citrus fruit flavours.

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.