Posts Tagged ‘american imperial ipa’

Trade, Oregon edition

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

So I never got around to Ohio, Fresh Hop part 2, but I had a new one to me last night from a friend named Phil who is a recent transplant to Oregon. He sent me a Pelican Brewing’s Mother of All Storms (which will be shared with a certain beer dude at some point), a bottle of Hair of the Dog’s Matt (for obvious reasons, a beer I’ve always wanted to try), and two cans of STICKY HANDS, an IPA from Block 15 out of Corvallis Oregon.

The first thing I can say about it is it was brewed December 19th, 2017, and I had the first one between January 10th and 14th, and it was amazing. The second thing I can say about it is it is not a beer to let age more than three to four weeks, as while it was amazing, it definitely wasn’t as good as it was when fresher. I guess that’s why the can reads “best before yesterday”.

Any way, it’s a fun looking beer. It’s a very cloudy gold orange with slight foam and lacing, plenty of particulates and carbonation. The smell is straight up danky hops, with a slight mild citrus presence. Taste starts with a dank bitterness than opens up into hoppiness and citrus and pine flavors. It’s not as crisp and booming as it was when fresher, but it still has plenty of hop presence and flavor. It’s a dry beer, but very mouth filling with a strong alcohol presence. It’s an easy sipper and a very good beer, and I’d look forward to trying it again, only this time finishing them all off right off the bat instead of letting any age too long.

Onion Pub & Brewery Hop Slayer

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

calvin pissed off

I think this is the week of being pissed. I ranted recently about the haul I received form my Secret Santa and today I am going to rant about something else. Hopefully I get this out of my system before the weekend officially starts.

The wife and kids met up with me for dinner at Jak’s Tap in Chicago for dinner. I was there a bit before them as light rain was falling making their travel slow. I ordered a Hop Slayer by Onion Pub & Brewery which is an American IPA. The beer was above average with pine and citrus hops in the aroma but seeming to fade minutes after receiving the tulip. Taste has some back end bitterness but overall fairly clean.

I wanted to check out the Onion’s web site but upon arrival I was requested to give up my email address to see the brewery site. There was no way around it. I even filled it out with bogus information but then had to confirm via an email they sent. The short of it: without giving up my email address I couldn’t see their site. Fuck that! Therefore there are no vitals for the beer or the brewery on Two Beer Dudes to link to from the blog entry.

That sickens me. Do they really believe their site is such an important stop for people that they will eagerly give up their email address so they can be spammed by the Onion? I hope not, but people are stupid. Unless they are sending me gold bar in the mail for allowing me to send their stank, go kindly fuck yourself.

Okay, that is enough. I am also done with the swearing in my entries too. I like to swear when I get pissed. Enjoy!

Useless Fact: Cinderella’s slipper, many scholars believe, was made of fur, not glass. The word verre, or “glass,” they claim, was incorrectly substituted in early versions of the story for the word vaire. In medieval French, vaire means “fur.”

Homebrew 203 Imperial India Pale Ale

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

American Imperial India Pale Ale is one of my favorite styles of American craft beer. It only took me 27 batches of beer before I brewed one of my own. I really don’t know what I was waiting for but I am glad the day has finally come.

I brewed 203 about seven weeks ago as I let it sit in primary for four weeks, then dry hopped for a week, and two weeks bottle conditioning. I shared a bomber with Chuck who happened to be over to pick up grains from today’s brew day, which I will comment on tomorrow. 203 is dry hopped with Amarillo and Galaxy hops.

The beer came out as I imagined and was quite drinkable in spite of a high ABV and IBU values. Chuck liked it which also makes me happy to hear a fellow home brewer appreciates my hard work.

Close to the finish of this beer I brought up the fact that I had also aged a gallon of this beer on an oak spiral. Chuck was game. In spite of the beer being cellar temperature, this beer turned out fantastic. Better than I expected. Darker in color and actually smoother in the finish than the non-oak version, Oaked 203 is my new favorite home brew. Enjoy!

Useless Fact: Stage bows were originally devised as a way for actors to thank the audience. The audience would or would not acknowledge each of the actors in turn, depending on how much they enjoyed the performances.

Mothership Wit Leads A Trio Of Beer Reviews

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

new belgium mothership wit

After only a couple of nights of tasting, testing, and beer reviewing, I feel like I am back in the beer review saddle again and the saddle feels good! 🙂

I have sat down for three new beers over the past few days:

  • Mothership Wit by New Belgium Brewing Compnay is a Witbeir that has the usual taste and aroma of the style but does it refreshingly well. Even though I enjoyed in the colder months, this beer could and should be imbibed during the warmer months. A great post-mowing the grass beer. 8/10
  • Yakima Twilight by Victory Brewing Company is an American Imperial IPA which has some dark fruit, beady malt backbone, and, of course, hops. I have to admit it wasn’t what I was expecting and the bready malt isn’t something I like in a big IPA. An average beer, at best, in my eyes that I might have again, especially since I have to finish of the sixer. 6/10
  • The Bellaire Brown by Short’s Brewing Company is an American Brown Ale that is true to style. It was an easy drinker that, as the brewery mentions, is a good gateway beer. This is also a drawback for me, since they make it for the masses, the aroma and flavor isn’t as big as it could be. Don’t get me wrong, free run 3.0 v5 femmes it is a good beer, but just a sliver away from being much better. 7/10

No matter how good these beer were or were not, having a chance to review beers is something that I missed. Enjoy!