Monday, August 3, 2015

Grapefruit Sculpin IPA

I've recently seen a lot of social media chatter about Ballast Point Brewing's Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, so I wanted to check out this West Coast classic with a twist for myself. The label is the same as the original, except for some of the background colors changing to pink grapefruit flesh color. Same angry fish with poisonous spikes on its fins, just marinated with grapefruits now, I suppose. 7.0% alcohol.

Really great aroma, full of grapefruit and the original tropical tangerines and peaches, super juicy. Terrific flavors! Fruity, both in a citrus grapefruit type of way, but also some tropical pineapple sweetness in the background. Plenty of bitterness: citrus, fresh resinous green hops, pine, but then again come excellent gentle fruity sweetness.

Sharp, crisp, awesome flavors and balance. I actually prefer the original which leans a little more toward the tropical sweet fruity side, but this is definitely a nice variation on a great beer. Check it out!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ruination Double IPA 2.0

I recently saw that Stone Brewing released a new version of their Ruination Double IPA. I've always loved this beer so had to check out what was new. The story on the bottle says that since releasing the original Ruination in 2002, techniques and products have evolved, so they brought the beer up to date to "squeeze every last drop of piney, citrusy, tropical essence" to create Ruination Double IPA 2.0, "A Liquid Poem to the Glory of the Hop!" DRINK FRESH! 8.5% alcohol.

Beautiful fruity sweet aroma with tons of pine. Flavors mostly drop the fruity sweetness in the beginning. Rather, loads of pine and sharp spiciness, aggressive on the palate. Dank, fresh hoppy bitterness dominates. Yeah, there is a subtle fruity sweetness that adds some relief, but even that is doubled up with more citrus zest and bitter peel challenges.

You won't miss the kick of alcohol. Hop lovers will love this! Updated but still a classic. Love it!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Free Dive IPA

Coppertail Brewing out of Tampa recently packaged and started sending four of their beers over to the Southeast coast of Florida. I already tried Wheat Stroke and Unholy Trippel. Today I'm checking out Free Dive IPA. As usual, the label art is really cool, so many little details. In this label, a guy is free diving to see an old sunken shipwreck. He must not breath oxygen because he found the time to chill out in an old grandma chair, turn on an underwater lamp and hang with his squid and lobster pals. Pretty realistic considering I've seen every Spongebob episode half a dozen times!

The third panel of the label offers style, flavor insight and food pairings. They suggest spicy grilled shrimp with Free Dive IPA. Best if enjoyed by 09/09/15.

Sweet tropical fruity aroma, full of pineapple and tangerines and a mild pine in the background. Loved the smell! Sweet fruity start as well, tropical and citrus. Just like the aroma, there is also a pine aspect in the flavor profile. However, fresh dank hops play a much bigger role in your mouth than on your nose.

Spicy, great bitterness that lingers into the finish. Very nice beer. Great sweet rich fruity backbone with a killer fresh hoppy bitter answer. So far, I'm loving this brewery's lineup. Probably going to need to take a road trip!