Monday, June 7, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
What is an IBU? An IBU is a unit of measurement. International Bitterness Unit to be precise. Bitter Bob and Shorty each drank 102 of them last night. Each one of them was quite tasty. Hop Stoopid, brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, California, USA) is an incredible beer. Though we both had this beer after a hard day's work in the sun, we think it could be best enjoyed as a 10:30am weekend kickoff. At first sip, there is a ridiculous amount of hops assaulting every corner of your mouth. Grapefruit juice. Then comes the piney aftertaste. Piney aftertaste? Who wants that? Well, we do. (Grapefruit + Pine = Hops). To fess up, Shorty and I had both had this 8% ABV beer before, and until recently, it was the hoppiest beer ever. By far. But then this quest for the hoppiest beer began, and this beast has since been tamed; knocked down a few notches. That said, this beer is nothing short of incredible. Perfectly balanced (to a hop enthusiast) and to quote the Lagunitas website, "...our goal is to use as many different hops as we could...". That means hop complexity which may be the reason the entire mouth is pelted by bitter beauty. So, is this what a lot of IBUs tastes like? If so, we like it. We need to find more of it. The Hoppy Grail is near. We are on the path. Enlightenment...
Sunday, April 25, 2010
GREEN FLASH! West Coast IPA: Hands down this is the best beer we have had in a while. Friday night Started out slow.... Headed out later than usual. Bitter Bob, Bernard, myself (Shorty), and the most recent Grail seeker Alfie D'orah. Didn't think much was going to happen'... then I got punched in the face around 11pm by Green Flash's: West Coast IPA. Pearly Baker's Ale House in Easton, PA currently has this delectable delight on tap. From start to finish this beer is a Hoprod! High marks in all categories (still not sure what they are). Alfie says, " not 2 fruity, Bartender 2 fruity!" This beer hits hard in the beginning with pungent floral aromas. The first sip bites with a bitter grapefruit twang that will have your taste-buds wanting more and more, and well, maybe just one more. As happened to us this very evening. Generously hopped, amber in color, and skillfully carbonated this craft beer is definitely on the trail of the Grail. Also worth mentioning, the evenings musical entertainment local reggae masters: The Trouble City All-Stars.
Green Flash Brewing Vista, Ca
West Coast IPA
Had a chance to sample this delicious treat Friday afternoon. The regular crew wasn't present but I feel compelled to review it anyway. After speaking with the bartender about the 19 or so draft selections... I decided on Elysian's Immortal IPA. Golden/amber in color with a nice full head of creamy foam, seemed I was in for an early afternoon treat. A nice floral aroma greats you as you take your first sip and then a punch of piny hops. Nicely carbonated and full bodied this beer will not disappoint you. The finish is bitter but not overly so... the bitter hangs in just the right places and lets you know you are drinking an IPA.
Elysian Brewing Seattle, Wa
Elysian Brewing Seattle, Wa
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Shorty's on his own for this one... A buddy of mine (Mikey PP) gave me a call today...said he had a beer that I had to try. Not knowing what I was in for I marched right over to his house to see what it was all about. This beer is real good! Lots of floral aromatics here and I'm sure there would have been more had I had a chance to pour this beauty into a pint glass and let her breathe. Six different styles of hops present, Warrior, Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo, and Cascade. All of them blended together to give you a true hop experience from beginning to end. A slight hint of grapefruit and piny bitter finish. This beer has a nice strong carbonation that helps keep it bright clean and crisp. -Shorty
Terrapin Brewing Athens, GA
We were expecting to really enjoy this one... Many of this small Vermont Brewery's selections are tasty... their IPA, Double Bag, and Hibernator brews are all high on our "drink-ability" list. Unlike the other half of our fight card for this evening, This 22oz. only set us back $3.99. I really wanted to like this beer, but, to quote B.B. after taking his first sip... "you won't be buying a case of this." To bad too because at that price I would have been back there quick picking some up. If we had to choose a winner of the two... it would be this one. Much easier to drink and not nearly as bitter. Like the Moyland's this beer had no real bouquet to speak of. It did however, have the strange taste of melon? Cantaloupe, or Honey Dew we couldn't really put our finger on it. It was a little strange but if you like "melons" then maybe you'll dig it. We were expecting a more traditional style Double IPA clean and bright, well balanced, with maybe that punch of citrus hoppyness that is oh so delicious. No such luck this time. And so our quest continues.... one bottle or pint at a time. Thanks for reading... -Shorty
Long Trail Brewery Vermont
Brewmaster Series Double IPA
What's in a name? I'll tell you... nothing! I had high hopes for this brew. I figured with a a name like Hopsickle and a price tag of $11.99 for 22oz., and 9.2% ABV it had to be good right? Wrong. One of the only notables for this beer is it's carbonation, it has a silky feel to it, not overly carbonated. On the downside is everything else. No real aromatics to speak of, the label speaks of a triple hopped flavor, but we couldn't find it, just bitterness from beginning to end and no hop flavor. "It's the white rind of a grapefruit." -B.B.
Moylan's Brewery Novato, CA
Hopsickle Imperial Ale
Thursday, April 15, 2010
One of the three exceptionally hoppy brews we found on tap at Porters Pub last Friday night. A true BIG beer coming in at staggering ABV of 10%, this Double IPA hits you strong with floral aromatics and a fruity clean crisp hop finish. Though it has a high ABV it's not overly sweet and it is surprisingly easy to consume. Thanks for reading and remember to always "Salt the candle" -Shorty
Mojo Risin'Double IPA
This beer is as good as they come. If you can find this on tap, get it! ~Shorty
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
While I find this web logging beneath me, Shortenfellow and Robert have convinced me to place my higher thoughts into this network. So without further ado, I will now write to the masses. It appears Shorty has adequately informed you of the heightened numerical levels associated therein. I tend to be drawn to brown ales, so the color first attracted my attention as I watched the goblet delivered to a table nearby. While I typically don't allow petty stimuli such as this to call me to action, I was in the company of more earthly beings. Before ordering, I hesitated as the name was quite pretentious. While I do believe in a quiet confidence, this liquid refreshment has the nerve to be Self Righteous; so smug. But then the word Sublime did tickle my fancy, meaning uplifting or even transcendent. So perhaps this beer transcends the need to be sanctimonious. I will try it. Upon receiving the chaliced beverage, I was very pleased by the aroma. I would have enjoyed these moments longer had my dear guests not bellowed "Drink it, pussy." While I am not swayed by their name-calling, I prefer to avoid the visual attention, so I consumed my first mouthful. With a subtle swish around the cheeks and a controlled gulp, I was delighted, but moreso, I was taken aback... my goodness, this brown ale has hops. What a well-balanced combination. It was quite complex with subtleties I can't quite identify. Perhaps I'll have another to ascertain. Conceivably, this beer tasting and blogging is more refined and challenging than I suspected. For now, as Shorty mentioned "It's good; drink it." ~Bernard Bäch
Above is a very scientific look into one really great beer. The elaborate notations and conclusions are a result of three of the most sophisticated palates in the business.
Clipper City Brewing
Loose Cannon Hop3 Ale
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Three friends have embarked on a quest in search of the hoppiest beer ever created. Tonight we traveled 15 miles to the tiny beer mecca in Easton, PA known as Porters Pub. Though they are well revered for their extensive beer list, they usually fall short when it comes to the hoppy delights that we so fondly seek. This evening however, we were pleased to find three strong contenders on the tap list. Clipper City's Loose Cannon, Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous, and Boulder Brewing's Mojo Risin'. Stay tuned for an in depth review of each of these selections and many more as our quest continues. Thanks for reading... Sincerely, Bernard Bäch, Bitter Bob & Shorty