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Family Trip to Iowa, South Dakota and Colorado Yields American Craft Beer Score!

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

2015 trip for American craft beer booty

The family trip took out west, at least of where we live. Our main stopping points were South Dakota and Colorado with stops in Iowa, Minnesota and Wyoming. Per usual the wife was kind enough to allow me to stop at breweries, beer stores and brewpubs along the way.

The first stop was in northeast Iowa at Toppling Goliath Brewing Company in Decorah. I had a few beers on tap, excellent. The family was restless, time to move on. I picked up a few beers, highlighted in the beer haul section.

More to come…

Beer Haul

4 packs
  • Surly Furious (2)
  • Surly Doomtree
  • Surly Blakkr
  • Goose Island BCBS
  • Toppling Goliath Pseudo Sue (2)
  • Avery Liliko’i Kepolo (2)
  • Telluride Fishwater IIPA
6 pack
  • Squatters Off Duty IPA
  • Indeed Let it Ride IPA
  • Telluride Bridal Veil
  • Toppling Goliath Dorothy’s New World Lager
  • Bull & Rush 4.0 GPA
  • Bull & Rush Man Beer
  • Avery Tectum et Elix (2)
  • Avery Insuln mulfos Callibus
  • Toppling Goliat Zeelander (2)
  • Avery Raspberry Sour
  • Sulry 2015 Pentagram (2)
  • Victory Sour Monkey
  • Topppling Goliath 1492 IPA (2)
  • Humbolt Black Xantus
  • Squatters Outer Darkness
  • Alaskan IIPA brewed with Rye
  • Dschutes 2015 Jubel (2)
  • Alaskan Double Black IPA
  • Humbolt 500 BC
Crooked Stave
  • St. Bretta (late spring)
  • Hop Savant – Citra (2)
  • Hop Savant – Amarillo (2)
  • Petite Sour – Tart Cherry
  • Colorado Wild Sage
  • Vieille
  • Surette
  • Origins (3)
  • Nightmare on Brett (4)

Tasted: Award Winner

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

home brew award winner

Award Winner IPA was part of a double home brewing day in later March. The beer has been coming into its’ own in the last week. Time to write it up!

Look: Pours ridiculously cloudy giving a dull, dark gold color. Very drab looking, almost ugly. Huge amounts of white, billowing foam fill the glass. Retention is solid while the foam thins as it recedes. Lacing begins as the foam falls back, leaving sticky wisps.

Aroma: Lots of nice fruit. At times it almost makes me think strawberry. Pine mingles, strong arming occasionally. Caramel notes.

Taste: More of the same following the aroma. Fruit with a touch of pine. Bitterness is minimal. Malt is there, definitely not big.

Drinkability: Medium body. Medium carbonation, maybe.

Overall: It’s okay. There isn’t really much going on in the taste. Almost a dull beer. Maybe too many hops confuse the palate. The aroma is the highlight.

Being a home brewer I don’t mind cloudy beers but this one doesn’t ever give light a chance. Similar to Clash of Hops, I think I have over done the amount of hops in this batch. Less varieties of hops, less confusion? Time to go back to a bit more simpler hopping regimes for my next IPAs. New wave late June, early July to hit the brew kettle. Enjoy!

Useless fact: The average raindrop falls at 7 miles per hour.